attempts in the kitchen: stir-fry salad

I am not great in the kitchen but in my attempt to cook more, I am always browsing through food magazines, cookbooks, and online for new ideas.  I especially seem to do this on those ever dreaded "grocery days".  I hate grocery shopping, but it sometimes doesn't seem so bad if I know I have something new to try for dinner. 

Recently, I have been eating a lot of salads.  They are quick, easy and (mostly) healthy.  It helps for me to keep things simple and uncomplicated for week night meals... and I will be less likely to make a pit stop at Panera instead.  

For tonight...

Teriyaki Mushroom, Spinach, and Chicken Salad
recipe & photo from Cooking Light, SEPTEMBER 2010

Other Time: 32 minutes minutes
Yield:  4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
10 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine) or 2 tablespoons water plus 1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
8 cups baby spinach (about 6 ounces)
1 3/4 cups chopped green onions

1.   Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook 3 minutes or until chicken is just done, stirring occasionally. Remove chicken from pan.

2.   Add mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to pan; stir-fry 6 minutes or until mushrooms brown and most of liquid evaporates. Add 1 tablespoon oil, ginger, and garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Return chicken to pan; add soy sauce, mirin, and vinegar. Cook 2 minutes, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Remove pan from heat; stir in spinach and onions.
CALORIES 205 ; FAT 8.4g (sat 1.5g,mono 3.6g,poly 2.8g); CHOLESTEROL 33mg; CALCIUM 82mg; CARBOHYDRATE 13.4g; SODIUM 629mg; PROTEIN 19.3g; FIBER 3.1g; IRON 2.9mg

Hopefully it turns out as good as it sounds!


  1. Well that looks delicious... good luck!!

  2. I am always looking for new salad ideas. This sounds amazing!

    And I know what you mean about branding! Even though I am a designer, I sometimes just want to hire someone else to do it all! ha ha!
    Have a happy weekend!


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