Health-ify Unheathy Meals

I LOVE Chinese food. I especially craved it when I was pregnant, and I still love it now while I’m nursing. Of course there are a lot of fried, msg things involved in Chinese food, but if you do it yourself at home, you can make some of your favorite dishes a little less horrifying.

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One of my favorites is orange chicken. Battered chicken, fried, and the smothered in a sugary orange sauce. Also fried rice [noticing a theme yet?]

Since I’m nursing, baby girl still needs me to be eating nutrient rich foods, and while this dish isn’t the healthiest, making a few changes allowed me to consume one of my favorites without a lot of the guilt.

I used Trader Joe’s mandarin orange chicken and their organic brown rice [found in the freezer section]. I baked the chicken as opposed to frying it and I also added some pan seared snow peas so our dinner wasn’t completely veggie free. In substitution for the fried rice, I found that the brown rice tasted pretty darn good in combo with the saucey chicken, as opposed to its bland taste when eating it solo.

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How do you try to health-ify your favorite dishes?

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