I kept hearing nothing but good things about chia seeds so we finally decided to integrate them into our diet by altering a dish we already know and love. We added chia seeds to some whole wheat bread crumbs for our chicken cutlets and made some cauliflower mashed “potatoes” with no potatoes of course and just some simple corn and peas on the side. I have to say it was a very enjoyable meal for me. The cauliflower mash isn’t for everyone my father hates it, my sister tolerates it, but my mother and I actually like it. It’s no mashed potatoes but we’ve gotten the texture pretty close and it’s still yummy! I say this meal was a success!
Remember when I said to stay tuned because I’d be switching it up for dinner? This was that dinner. It was baked chicken in a tomato and pineapple mixture, cauliflower “rice”, and “refried” red beans. Now let me address all the quotation marks. First off the beans, when I was younger my mother always used to puree our beans and call it refried beans so that we would eat all of the bean instead of just asking for the “juice” over our rice. It worked. Today we still do this and it gets my dad and my boyfriend to actually eat their beans! Second is the cauliflower “rice. I had seen a few posts about this on several blogs and decided to give it a try. All you have to do is cut off the florets in small chunks and throw it in the food processor with whatever seasoning you prefer and blend till it’s in rice sized bits, then you cook it up in some coconut oil until it’s tender with a little bite left so it doesn’t completely fall apart. I have to say I didn’t enjoy it and was incredibly jealous of my father who was the only one eating real rice that meal. The chicken and beans were great but the cauliflower in no way compares to rice! I’ve used cauliflower to substitute in place of mashed potatoes and although it’s not much like potatoes it gets the job done and is tasty. This was just upsetting and made me feel like I was on a sad diet. I’ll probably never do it again, but to each their own. I would have rather used a little brown rice or quinoa for this dish, then I would have been eating healthy and happy! Other than that the chicken was great and a must try!
Yesterday my mother, sister, and I stayed in and had a girls day. Obviously this called for some alcoholic assistance and so this drink was created: I hand-squeezed 1 1/2 grapefruits, 4 clementines, and 1 lime into a pitcher. Then we added about 1/5 of a bottle of tequila, a little bit of coconut milk, and a whole lot of coconut water. All we wanted to do was create a drink that involved coconut milk since we had to open it up for a chicken recipe and had so much left over, and ideally we wanted to use pineapple juice but we didn’t have any and so we improvised. After tasting it we realized although refreshing, it needed to be sweeter so we added a little blue agave and it was much better. Then we threw it in a blender with some ice and we were set. (If you make this and you have more than you’re ready to drink put it in the freezer, the alcohol wont let it freeze solid so it will remain in slushy form! — we always put our frozen drinks in big zip lock bags when putting them into the freezer!)
Now on to the chicken! When we have our “let’s stay in and have fun” days we never eat normal: breakfast/lunch/dinner style meals, those are the days to get on Pinterest and find some fun appetizer style recipes. This day one of the items on the menu was coconut chicken strips with a mango dipping sauce. For the chicken itself we marinated it in grapefruit juice, lime juice, coconut milk, (and added an egg to the mix so that the “breading” would stick) when we were ready to cook it we dipped each piece in a shredded coconut and panko mix. For the sauce we pureed a mango with a little more lime, coconut milk, and some honey.
We also had nachos that day but let’s pretend we didn’t…
Okay, so yesterday I forgot to take a picture of breakfast before I inhaled it and I forgot to take a picture of dinner to. (but we’ll talk about that in a minute…) Here’s what I had yesterday for breakfast before class and again today before I got into some paper writing, but today I added baby spinach. Of course, is was still so yummy. (if you want to know what’s in it scroll down I put up the ingredients yesterday!)
Now into the important stuff: When I got home from class late last night my lovely boyfriend and I went to the gym. Even though I was tired I’m glad I went and got in a good leg day. After I came home my amazing mother had a plate made up of grilled chicken and a veggie mix that looked so pretty! it was corn with red onion and green beans laid just over top with a few slices of tomato. I wish I took a picture but I didn’t have my phone on me and I was hungry! But don’t worry, I will be requesting or recreating that dish again soon!
Yesterday, after going to the gym, my mother and I went food shopping. We picked up lots of veggies and lean meats and portioned and prepared some of it for easy snacking and easy eating when we were in a rush to avoid grabbing something unhealthy just because it was fast. I live and go to school in two different boroughs and I have a 2 hour commute very early in the morning, so needless to say breakfast was usually an unhealthy choice or skipped all together. This morning however, I grabbed a small whole wheat wrap and added a spoon full of the homemade hummus we made yesterday. Then I cut up a hard boiled egg (another pre-prepared item we thought ahead for) and mixed up some of the (also pre cooked) diced grilled chicken from yesterday with a little bit of greek yogurt and honey and then added that to the little wrap as well. I had a few pieces of pineapple on the side with a cup of cold brewed iced coffee with almond milk and I was set. It took me all of 5 minutes and I had the nutritional boost from chicken, eggs, chickpeas, avocado, greek yogurt, honey, peppers, and pineapple. AND it was delicious!