September Food 2 B Fit

Today residents gathered in the Chambers House Restaurant for a healthy and informative lunch hosted by Meggin, our restaurant Catering Manager, and Melissa, our Fitness Coordinator. While Meggin was preparing the delicious meal, Melissa was teaching us how to

          Fight Cancer with Chicken + Broccoli

Broccoli contains sulfuraphane, which has been shown to protect against cancer by inhibiting and activating certain enzymes to stop cancer development. Chicken contains selenium, which is formed into antioxidant enzymes that help prevent cell damage from free radicals. Together they are 3 times more beneficial than when consumed alone. Melissa shared many more health facts and heeded one warning about the element selenium. Although selenium is required for cell function, if consumed in large amounts it can actually be harmful. Most people receive enough selenium from their diet and, therefore, selenium supplements are not recommended.

Below is the recipe that was served, although Meggin threw in other vegetables such as asparagus, carrots and mushrooms.




Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry ~ Serves 4

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce

1 Tbsp Cornstarch

1 tsp Sesame Oil

2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken cut into strips

2 Tbsp fresh ginger root grated

2 clove garlic minced

2 scallions thinly sliced

1 bunch broccoli into small florets

Cooked white rice 

  1.    Whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, oyster sauce, cornstarch and sesame oil.
  2.    In a wok, heat vegetable oil over high, add chicken and cook til browned, 10 minutes.

Add ginger, garlic and broccoli, stirring frequently and cook 3 minutes. Add ¼ cup H20and stir in soy sauce mixture.

Cook 1 minute more until thickened and serve over rice.

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