Spot the difference?

Tonight I cooked a yummy stir fry for me and Ian after the kids were in bed.

I face the eternal dilemma that a lot of us face- me- fat- Ian- skinny. So- how on earth do you try to lose weight without imposing this on the non-chubster?

My answer- which won’t, admittedly, suit everyone, but which works for me, is to do two variations of the same theme, in two different pans simultaneously.

Tonight, I marinated, in two separate bowls, diced chicken for Ian and Quorn (meat free) chicken style pieces for me.


2 tbsp dry white wine
juice of 1 lemon
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 tsp sesame oil
3tbsp soy sauce

Both bowls were left to marinate for around 2 hrs.

Then, I fried some sliced spring onions, in Ian’s case with some oil and a touch of sesame oil, and for me, in a non stick pan with a little one calorie spray. I then added each bowl of marinating meat (or meat substitute!), complete with marinade, and cooked for 5-6 minutes to cook through the meat.

Add to each pan a straight to wok pack of noodles, some sliced baby corn, mushrooms, water chestnuts, carrots and mange tout, and we were good to go.

Ian’s was much more calorific- I gave him a pack of noodles which were already flavoured with sesame oil, where I had plain noodles, and cooked his meat in a little oil.

Either pan was healthy- but one was really low in fat and calories. Here are pics of both pans- I bet you can’t tell which is which! I certainly couldn’t taste any difference!



Ian seemed to like his, but he’s a grumpy bugger tonight. 😛


4 Responses to Spot the difference?

  1. Kimmothy says:

    Those pictures just made me drool all over my keyboard. Especially since I’m planning on doing stir fry sometime in the next couple of nights!
    I love learning little tricks like this, because the way I look at it, if you’re not sacrificing taste, why NOT choose the healthier alternative?

    • suzy2110 says:

      The marinated not-chicken pieces- they really mop up the marinade. I can’t really reconcile myself to tofu, but this tastes WONDERFUL! I could easily sit and munch it all night!

  2. Laura says:

    I can’t tell! They both look great! I love stir fry. Trader Joes has pre-packaged stir fry greens (cabbage, celery, pea pods, other stuff) that I toss in the wok with some low sodium soy sauce and olive oil. I reduce that a bit, add some cooked chicken, and heat it all up with a couple of tablespoons of this stir fry sauce also provided by TJ’s (I have a hot, torrid love affair with them). I could it eat by the bucket.

  3. Taoist Biker says:

    I agree, they both look good to me, Suz! It’s a good thing you live too far away for me to just drop by unannounced for dinner, let’s put it that way.

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