My newest cookbook officially launched yesterday, and it sure has been an exciting week so far to celebrate! In case you missed it, I shared some recipes from my On a Budget cookbook on Good Morning America on Monday, and I’m excited to post some behind the scenes details today! Jump to Easy Chinese Chicken recipe >>
It’s funny how my girlfriends and I sometimes have trouble coming up with a dinner or lunch date to see each other at home, but within 24 hours of me telling them about being invited on GMA, five of them booked tickets to join me! I could not believe it! And my parents, who are just a train ride away, very quickly decided they’d be there for all the excitement as well. My book launch date was also my mom’s birthday, so it’s hard to think of a better way to celebrate, right?! :)
Behind the Scenes at GMA
I knew I probably couldn’t have a “posse” of seven people following me around behind the scenes so it worked out perfectly that GMA has the little studio audience tables where I could reserve spots for my friends to watch the show. So that just left my parents and me to arrive at 5:45 AM (when it was still dark out!!) where we rotated among my dressing room, the studio for review/practice, the hair and makeup room, and down to the kitchen basement (where their food stylist was hard at work) for more review/practice just before the segment started. I really spent a lot of time going through everything since I would be cooking a little on air – no pressure!
It was a busy morning, and I have to say it was very exciting to be walking back to my dressing room and casually passing Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan in the hallway. I tried to play it cool like I am not just a mom from NC normally sitting in carpool or working on my laptop in my comfy pants at home, LOL. It was definitely not your average Monday!
Then, as we approached the end of the 8 o’clock hour, it was time for me to go on set for my segment with Michael. I tried so hard not to be too nervous! He was SO incredibly nice and easy to do the segment with. I honestly couldn’t believe how genuine and kind he was (because I am just one of the thousands to do this type of thing with him). He acted like I was going to be leading him through it, not the other way around. Haha – good one! But I sure did try my best and managed to just fly right through everything we were supposed to talk about (it went by so fast) without stumbling on my words or catching anything on fire. I took one big sigh of relief when it was over, but then – unbeknownst to me – all the hosts came on set and still wanted me there as they said goodbye and ended the show – bonus!
As soon as we were done we were allowed to take pictures with all the hosts – Michael was sure to grab my book so I was holding it (this is what I’m saying, super nice), and they were happy to let my parents come up and join me for a photo. And my friends got plenty of selfies and other pics with the hosts in the audience as well. Pretty much, it’s going to be hard to top this trip when we go on our next Girls Weekend Away together!
After the Show + Other Highlights
The Good Morning America studio is right in the middle of Times Square, so one super cool part of all of this is that they showed my book cover on the huge jumbotron above their studio (pictured below)! My older daughter was especially excited about that little detail since she’s on the cover with me. :)
Also during the show, they gave away a copy of my new cookbook to every single person in the studio audience! So when we were all done my parents and I walked around outside to where the studio audience comes out (so we could meet up with my friends), and it was so funny to see every single person exiting holding my book. It only took a few minutes for someone to figure out I was the person who was just talking to them about the book so he came up to me and asked me to sign it. Then little by little everyone followed suit and we had a little impromptu book signing right there in Times Square (in the rain!) with my dad holding the umbrella for me. It was so unexpected and fun.
I thought I would crash hard after all that excitement and such an early morning (with not much sleep coming to me the night before), but my friends and I somehow managed to paint the town red for the rest of our trip until we flew home the next day. My parents enjoyed being a part of the action, and all in all, it was a successful (and tiring) couple of days that I feel so fortunate to have experienced! It was a super special time that was made even better by getting to share it with family and friends.
Easy Chinese Chicken
I’m also sharing a printable version of the recipe that my family and I made on Facebook Live last week. This Easy Chinese Chicken recipe is one of my favorites from my new cookbook, so I hope you enjoy it too. It’s a perfect busy weeknight dinner, and if you get the book, you can make the Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Carrots and Coconut Rice (pictured) that I like to serve with it. :)
27 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes at GMA (+ a recipe from my new cookbook)”
We really enjoy this recipe but don’t make it often because every time we do, the fumes created while making the sauce make me cough ALOT. is that just me? I don’t know if its the garlic, or when I pour in the sauce to reduce down, but every time, the steam that comes from it really irritates my throat. we open all windows and have fan on full blast too. any suggestions on how to avoid as it may be last time I make this recipe. :(
That’s what happens when you make ethnic food.
This is Delish. Wondering how it could be done in the instant pot?
Hi! Lisa has not tried it in the instant pot. You can read more about that in this post: https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/why-i-dont-like-instant-pot-curried-lentil-sweet-potato-stew/
Question— I made this recipe several times and while we love the flavor, we find that it is extremely salty! Am I doing something wrong?!
Hi Laura, I might suggest doing a gluten-free soy sauce instead. That may help out with the salty flavor. – Nicole
Low Sodium Soy Sauce or try Bragg Amino Acids , or use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
I now have all of your cookbooks and really enjoy them but am grateful that you include the ability to email any recipe that isn’t in your books. I’m always up for trying something different. Thanks much!
This is such a good recipe! I have been trying to find a Chinese chicken recipe that turns out good and this one did! My only comment would be if you like sauce, make more of it. I could have used a little more but it was still very good!
This is such a great recipe! So easy & full of flavour. My whole family loves it. I’ve made it several times now & have even been lazy & skipped the ‘flouring’ step. It still turns out delicious with a lovely thick sauce.
Can almond flour be substituted for the wheat flour?
Yes, almond flour should be fine since it’s used for coating the chicken. Let us know how you like it! – Nicole
That sounds super exciting! It’s always nice to know the people we watch on TV are genuinely kind folks. Fun that your parents got to join in on the adventure!
I made this last night along with the maple roasted sweet potatoes and carrots and stir fried broccoli from your cookbook. I did use chicken breasts as it was what I had on hand. It was all absolutely delicious!
What can I substitute for coconut oil? My granddaughter is allergic to coconut.
Debora, check out this list of different oils that you can use : https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/problem-refined-oils/
I just made this and its really yummy!
Just made this tonight with rice and broccoli and it was delicious!!! I did not have rice wine vinegar, so I substituted apple cider vinegar and it seemed to work fine. Thanks for another fabulous recipe!!
Good to know about the substitute. Glad you enjoyed the recipe! :)
I made the Easy Chinese Chicken for dinner earlier this week, and it was fantastic! I’m eating the leftovers for lunch today, and I can’t wait to make it again soon. I love that I usually have all these ingredients on hand for a quick meal. Love all of your cookbooks!
So glad you’re enjoying it! :)
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Hi there. Here ya go: https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/what-i-buy-at-trader-joes/.
You did great. I’ve been following you since you began your blog. Very proud of you.
Awww, thank you! :)
Lisa, thanks for sharing the behind-the-scenes info at GMA. How exciting for you. That was a once in a lifetime experience, well maybe not. How cool!!! Keep writing those cookbooks.
It really was! Thank you! :)