February 13

A new start – Monday, day 14

New week, new start
New week, new start

MONDAY MORNING – when the scales looked at me – poked me in the face, the gut, and told me ‘what have you done when you’ve been going so well??!!!!’ I knew I had just 2 options – give up, like i’d done so many times before, or get back into it. And really option 1 was NOT an option.

So I got myself dressed after my little sulk to J about being north of start yet south of 66kg (the heaviest i’d been since I started my weight loss adventure in May 2012 – i’ll show you evidence of what’s happened)

Fat loss adventure TAKE ONE
Fat loss adventure TAKE ONE

I can talk about that later.

AND I went to cross fit. AND as soon as I’d finished cross fit I went to the gym and ran my 5km. I can’t tell you how awesome I felt having done all the exercise i’d wanted to do for the day and it wasn’t even 11am.

I hadn’t eaten breakfast – I know that’s bad, will get better – so got home and made a smoothie. I put a banana, a couple strawberries, a few blueberries, ground flaxseed, a few almonds and a glug of almond milk. It was DEEEELISH!

I had a couple of eggs with tomato and mushrooms and a sprinkle of feta for lunch – a late lunch and dinner was a disaster! Well it was healthy just didn’t taste too good.

Chicken with asparagus and broccoli, just that the chicken I tried to cover in coconut flakes, coriander and chilli flakes all held together by a beaten egg. I’ll get this recipe right and share it, right now it’s worthy of the bin!

I’m happy with my ‘first day back’ – it WILL continue!!

We will continue and be better
We will continue and be better

 

 

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January 30

Cooking – Thai red chicken and veg curry with cauliflower rice

My favourite foods are saucy; spag bol, curry, stews…and guess what comes with them – yup carbs! Pasta, rice, potatoes. And although I know that I can eat rice – wild, red and brown are obviously better than white – and I can substitute pasta for rice noodles or something but that’s not the point, I need to during this little adventure try and eat better but find food which are still yummy.

So last night I cooked cauliflower rice with chicken and veg Thai red curry and it was yum! I will definitely cook it again and experiment other cauliflower rice recipes.

The Curry

(for 2 people)

  • 2 chicken breast – chopped up into cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons of thai red curry paste (make sure buy the one which only has herbs and spices in the ingredients, nothing you can’t pronounce!)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (I used lite)
  • loads of veggies, whichever you like (I used red pepper, mushrooms, courgette, broccoli, snow peas)

I got everything chopped and ready

Veggies ready to go
Veggies ready to go

 

Chopped the chicken and seasoned it with freshly ground salt and pepper

Tasty chook
Tasty chook

Get the coconut oil in a big heavy based frying pan on medium heat and once its nice and shimmery add the chicken and brown it

Getting your tan on chook
Getting your tan on chook

Once the chicken is brown (so dont worry if its not cooked all the way through) take it out the pan, on to a plate and put the onion in to the same pan and get it nice and cooked (when it goes kind of transparent). Then add the chicken back in and add the curry paste

 

The flavouring is ready
The flavouring is ready

And give it all a good stir so that the chicken is completely coated

All covered up with yummy paste
All covered up with yummy paste

Then add the coconut milk and stir so everything is covered

Curry coming along
Curry coming along

Then you’re ready to add the veggies. Stir and cover and put on looooow heat for at least 20 mins.

The rice

  • A medium cauliflower head – florets roughly chopped up
  • small onion – chopped up small (you can put it in the food processor to make it tiny)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Put the chopped up cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until it gets to a rice consistency

Get the cauli in the processor
Get the cauli in the processor
Fake rice!
Fake rice!

Fry up the onion in the coconut oil and once its translucent add the ‘rice’ and season (you can even add some paprika or chilly flakes)

Cooking up the fake rice
Cooking up the fake rice

Cover the cooking ‘rice’ and leave for 10-15 mins on lowish heat with the occasional stir. Then you are ready to serve!

Ready to munch!
Ready to munch!

Hey and guess what it was yuuumy!

 

 

 

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January 29

Cooking – Salmon all wrapped up

I love salmon and have tried for months to get my boyfriend to eat fish and he has always said no… so today when I asked  him could we have it – as a start of the new regime – he kindly agreed, bit the bullet and said go for it. I knew I had to make it delicious and non-fishy so that any other request for it would be allowed.

Salmon and veg done well –

  • 2 handfulls of baby bak choy – chopped length ways
  • 1 red pepper – thinly sliced
  • 1 handful of snow peas
  • 2 salmon fillets (if cooking for 1 then only one fillets and reduce the veg as well)
  • half a red onion finely diced
  • 3 small cloves of garlic sliced
  • 1.5 thumbs of ginger – peeled and sliced into batons
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup of tamari (or low sodium soy sauce)
  • ground pepper to taste

How I put it together –

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Get all your veg ready and chopped
  3. Mix up the ingredients from the onions down in a bowl and set aside
  4. Tear off as many long pieces of parchment paper as you have salmon fillets and fold in half (i’d say 60cm total – 30cm when folded)

Arrange the veg on the parchment paper with the salmon on top

Veg and salmon all piled up
Veg and salmon all piled up

Drizzle the onion etc mix over each salmon fillet

All drizzled
All drizzled

With the salmon fillets parallel to you bring the paper edges together and roll and fold, then fold up the ends

Wrapped up and ready for the oven
Wrapped up and ready for the oven

Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 20 mins

Yum yum yum
Yum yum yum

Enjoy!

ps – he loved it, there will be salmon on the menu again :)

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