Superfood chicken or vegan Guyanese dhal (lentil soup)that eats like a meal

  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Total time: 40 minutes, cook time: 30 minutes, prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for the base

Red lentils

  • 6-8 cups of water
  • For those who don’t want vegan, use 3 boneless chicken breasts, chopped or sliced, or whatever chicken you have in your fridge
  • 1.5 cups of red or yellow lentils
  • 1-2 cups of chopped spinach or kale
  • 1-2 cups of chopped broccoli or cauliflower
  • 1.5 tablespoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tomato
  • Salt to your taste
  • Optional: 1-3 habanero, wiri-wiri or chili peppers, omit the pepper if you don’t want it spicy. I use 3 habanero peppers because they’re hotter.

Additional optional ingredients

I’ve used a cup of leftover rice, asparagus, leftover chicken from a restaurant, whatever I need to finish in the fridge. It’s’ hard for me to include these in the recipe because it changes every week. So go crazy with your favorite ingredients!

Directions

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  1. If using chicken that’s not a leftover: Use 1 teaspoon of the curry powder, salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon each of the turmeric and cumin to marinate it in a baking dish and set it aside. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Rinse the lentils and set them aside.
  3. Chop the onion, garlic, tomato and peppers.
  4. Bring the 6 cups of water to a boil (can be done at the same time you are doing the above steps).
  5. Add the lentils, onion, garlic, tomato, peppers and olive oil to boiling water.
  6. Add spices and salt
  7. Turn the heat down to medium-high and boil lentils for 20 minutes.
  8. If using chicken: Put it in the oven to cook for 15 minutes or until cooked while the lentils are boiling. If your chicken is already cooked add it in during the next step to warm it up.
  9. Blend the soup with hand blender to achieve a smooth texture or partially smooth (I find it blends the flavors together better).  Return to a low boil and add the spinach and your other ingredients, including chicken if using it, for another 10 minutes.

lentils blending

I let it cool down for five minutes before I eat it.

Chicken: Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Based on brands and amounts used in the recipe)

dhal amped up
Dhal with chicken, rice and other other ingredients

Note: Your nutritional value may differ depending on what you use. When I’m eating it, I usually have 1.5 servings or 1 I’ve thrown rice in it.

  • Calories: 301 g
  • Fat: 9.2 g
  • Carbs: 20 g
  • Protein: 34 g

Vegan: Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Based on brands and amounts used in the recipe)

Dhal
Vegan version without rice

Note: Your nutritional value may differ depending on what you use. When I’m eating the vegan version for dinner I usually have 3 servings, or 1.5 if I’ve thrown rice in it.

  • Calories: 152 g
  • Fat: 6.2 g
  • Carbs: 20 g
  • Protein:  8 g

Thai-rific Gluten Free Spicy chicken or vegan noodle soup

  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Total time: one-half hour, cook time: 15 minutes, prep time: 10-15 minutes

Notes:

  1. I use less of the noodles and more veggies and chicken or tofu to cut down on carbs because vermicelli noodles are low in fiber and protein.
  2. The reasons for using pepper is for stress and weight management, if you cannot handle spice, you can take a mild pepper and add some strained tomato until it’s mild enough

Ingredients

  • 180 g (1 cup) of vermicelli rice noodles
  • 540 g (a little over 2 cups) of chicken breast or extra-firm tofu cubed or cut into strips
  • 3 chili peppers of your choice, like wiri wiri, habanero, scotch bonnet, jalapeno (banana peppers have no spice). See note number two above if mild may also be too hot for you
  • 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock, homemade or a low-sodium gluten-free brand
  • 3 cups of capsicum (any color, or a variation), chopped or sliced
  • 1 cup of carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 cup of green onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup of shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of corriander, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for chicken

Thai chicken noodle soup

  1.  Wash the chicken and cut it into cubes or strips when dry.
  2. Grate the ginger.
  3. Cut the capsicum, chili, carrots and mushrooms.
  4. Finely dice the garlic, onion and cilantro.
  5. Marinate the chicken with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of lime juice and 1 and a half teaspoons of the curry powder for 1 hour (or longer) or a minimum of 15 minutes.
  6. Boil the chicken stock in a pot and then turn down to medium-high.
  7. In the pot, stir in the coconut milk, remaining oil and curry powder.
  8. Next, add in the chicken, the chili, salt, pepper, garlic, mushrooms, peppers and carrots, and cook for around 10 minutes.
  9. Add in 1/4 cup of the coriander and most of the green onion and cook for a few minutes.
  10. Cook the noodles in a separate pot according to the package directions (usually 5 minutes). Drain and rinse with hot water.
  11. Place everything in bowls and toss with more chili pepper, salt and pepper if needed.
  12. Top with the remaining parsley, green onion, and the peppers and bean sprouts if using.

Directions for tofu

Thai chicken noodle soup

  1. Drain and pat the tofu dry.
  2. Grate the ginger.
  3. Cut the bell peppers, chili, carrots and mushrooms.
  4. Finely dice the garlic, onion and cilantro.
  5. Marinate the tofu with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of lime juice and 1 and a half teaspoons of the curry powder for 1 hour (or longer) or a minimum of 15 minutes.
  6. Boil the vegetable stock in a pot and then turn down to medium-high.
  7. In the pot, stir in the coconut milk, remaining oil and curry powder.
  8. Next, add in the tofu, the chili, salt, pepper, garlic, mushrooms, peppers and carrots, and cook for around 10 minutes.
  9. Add in 1/4 cup of the coriander and most of the green onion and cook for a few minutes.
  10. Cook the noodles in a separate pot according to the package directions (usually 5 minutes). Drain and rinse with hot water.
  11. Place everything in bowls and toss with more chili pepper, salt and pepper if needed.
  12. Top with the remaining parsley, green onion, and the peppers and bean sprouts if using.

Chicken: Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Based on brands and amounts used in the recipe)

  • Calories: 384 g
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbs: 37 g
  • Protein: 34 g

Tofu: Approximate Nutritional information for 1 serving (Based on brands and amounts used in the recipe)

  • Calories: 375 g
  • Fat: 12.4 g
  • Carbs: 49 g
  • Protein: 29 g

 

Crispy Chicken and Lettuce Wraps

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 small green apple, diced (unpeeled)
  • 1/4 cup diced red capsicum
  • 1/4 cup diced cucumber
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (approximately 100 each), cooked and diced
  • 1/4 cup low fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small head of lettuce (4-5 leaves)

Directions
In a bowl, combine all ingredients except for the lettuce. Chill for 1 hour. Place the chicken mixture inside each lettuce leaf, roll into cylinders and serve.

Papaya Chicken

Ingredients

2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp asafoetida
2 Tbsp grated garlic
1 Tbsp grated ginger
1 green chili, finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp Spanish paprika
1 tsp salt
2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in small cubes
1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 cup cubed ripe, juicy papaya

Method

  1. Place the oil, fenugreek seeds, and asafoetida in a non-stick pan over medium heat and cook for 10 seconds. Add the garlic, ginger. and green chili, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the onion, and saute for 4 minutes until caramelized.
  3. Add the whole cumin seeds, ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, paprika, and salt, and cook for 10 seconds.
  4. Add the chicken and cook until it’s almost done, about 8 minutes.
  5. Stir in the yogurt and cook until the chicken is it fully done, another 2 minutes.
  6. Add the papaya chunks, and remove from the heat. Serve over rice, cauliflower rice if you want to make it super healthy,  or with naan or plain rotis.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Everyday Indian

Intermittent Fasting

We are super excited to reveal that we have  incorporated a fasting protocol into our 4 week program at www.4weekfatflush.com as well as some new super easy recipes for the first few weeks to make the transition as easy as possible for the whole family.

I intermittent fast pretty much every single day, and find it a very natural approach, which is what a paleo (low carb, healthy fat or ketogenic) lifestyle promotes, as once you are fat adapted, you stop the hunger cravings for food, as you are supplying the body its key nutrients in the most natural way, which in turn makes this way of eating cheaper and quicker.

The whole notion of 3 small meals throughout the day and snacking in between (recommendation of the Dietitians Association of Australia) is not based on evolutionary science but created to help the multinational food industry stay in business by keeping the population craving carbs and not being able to maintain a healthy weight or to stay healthy.

These days I generally eat 2 good meals a day and sometimes just one depending on how I feel (I eat when I am hungry.)  The other thing to consider, is the more exercise you do, the more you generally want to eat. Which is why we provide a at home fitness plan, when your body adapts and you have the energy, then you can increase your activity do the activities/exercises that make you happy including some resistance exercises and running (see bottom of post for who intermittent fasting may not be suitable for and to always consult with your health professional prior.)

Here is a little information from the recipes/meal planning area of the program.

Your Week 1 Meal Plan

Our suggested meal plans have been designed to be easy and affordable for all, whilst also considering that many of us live in differing regions with differing accessibility.

You will have access to your meal plan as soon as you join to enable you to purchase the required ingredients at your local supermarket, butcher, health food shop or farmers market. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous in your cooking and experiment with your new way of cooking

Fasting

Fasting is the ultimate way to limit and help control the body’s insulin production. The latest scientific research suggests that fasting could play a part in the prevention of many conditions, especially obesity and type 2 diabetes. New research suggests that restricting the number of insulin-spiking carbohydrates and excess protein, by intermittent fasting, is one of the best ways we can live a healthy life. It’s only in the last 50 years that fasting has stopped being used as a healing modality in the western world, but it’s free and easy. All you need is a little bit of information to get going.

What fasting does is stop the body from needing to produce insulin for the period of the fast. By fasting intermittently, we are able to normalise our blood-sugar levels and lose weight. Fasting teaches our body to produce only the insulin it needs to function – something our bodies do naturally, unless the process is disrupted by too many starchy and sugary foods.

A low-carb lifestyle works in a similar way, offering an impressive 70 per cent of the insulin-lowering ability of fasting. Used in tandem, the two are very effective: a low-carb diet makes fasting easier. Because you’ve already turned on your fat-burning switch, fasting enables your body to get the maximum benefits from eating in this way. Several programs pairing fasting with a low-carb lifestyle have had success with helping people with metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, manage their condition more effectively.

If you choose to fast, it can be either breakfast or dinner;

If you want to fast at breakfast, eat your evening meal before 6pm and delay your first meal of the next day until 10am, so you fast for a period of 16 hours overnight. This can be done daily as there are no negative health consequences to eating only during eight hours of the day. If you don’t think you can skip breakfast entirely, then try one of our bone broths or fat smoothies instead.

If you find that you get hungry in the morning, try fasting at dinner. Make yourself some breakfast, have a late lunch and then skip dinner.
If you are comfortable with intermittent fasting then adopt it for the whole 4 weeks of the program.

Of course, it’s best to work with your healthcare professional to find a way of fasting that’s right for you, especially if you take regular medication. Note that fasting is not recommended for babies, children, teenagers, elderly people, pregnant or breast feeding women, type 1 diabetics or those with hypoglycaemia.

To join the 4 Week Fat Flush go to www.4weekfatflush.com/the-program

 

 

 

Paleo Chicken & Coriander

For relish:
– 1/4 cup chopped coriander
– 1/4 cup of chopped red or yellow or combo of capsicum.
– just under 1/4 of olive oil. Your pick
– salt/ pepper
– crushed garlic
– a few tsp of lemon
– lemon zest
Mix all together and let sit for half hour.

Coriander aioli;
– make a mayo with a handful of coriander and roasted garlic.
When done, add quarter cup of chopped coriander some additional lemon zest and roasted garlic. Let sit and always taste for flavor.

For chicken;
– 2 tsp of cumin, sweet red pepper, garlic, salt, cardamon, oregano, honey
– 4 tsp of coconut aminos
– a gentle pour of EVOO or olive oil
– rough chop of coriander
– crushed garlic.
Mix all in a zip-lock bag and massage bag occasionally. I used 6 chicken legs and pocked with fork all around so we get flavor in. Or you will need two days to sit in bag.
Heat oven to 190 and bake for 25 min then turn legs and cook for 10 min, turn again and cook for 5-7 min.

To plate
Four aioli across plate, add chicken legs or whatever you like (I cut breast and thighs in half), pour relish across top and finish with some slice tomato in between. Voila and enjoy!