I got up early as usual to do my morning workout – P90X Legs & Back and Abs. Quite good workout, I was drenched in sweat. Anyway, after the workout, I had my recovery drink, one cup of plain soymilk with 1 scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder and the last banana. It refueled my energy as I needed it after a hard workout in early morning.
After updating my workout blog, I packed my afternoon snacks, which were 2 small gala apples and a bag of mixed nuts.
Also I need my second breakfast, which I’d eat in the office later. Same thing as yesterday, plain low fat yogurt with some dried cranberries and remaining of Kashi® GoLean® Crunch Cereal. Seriously, I STILL haven’t finished that bag in the end! Those fiber cereal really filled you up!
Around 11 am, my stomach demanded to be refueled so I snacked on the nuts & crackers. I finished most of the nuts, except the pumpkin seeds or whatever they’re called. So hard to eat them! I always end up break the whole thing with the shell and can’t get the inside part. 😦
I packed a really good lunch today so I was pretty full even throughout the rest of the day, until I got home.
My brother was home first this time and he was nice enough to start steaming the chicken that I marinated last night. It’s supposedly baked chicken, but it’s faster to cook if you steam it first for about 30 minutes, then bake it at 375°F for another 30 minutes.
Chicken turned out soooooo GOOD! The marinate is pretty simple. I usually didn’t measure anything to the t, but here’s the rough idea:
Baked Whole Chicken marinate:
2 tsp salt
2-3 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp black pepper
a dash of cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp chili powder (or more if you like spicy)
4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
Mix all the marinate together, then rub generously over the whole chicken. I cut mine into half because my countertop oven is pretty small. Besides it’s easier to spread out the marinate evenly.
Also try to rub in the marinate underneath the skin as well, otherwise, the meat won’t have much taste. I don’t eat the skins so I always try to rub a lot more marinate underneath the skins.
Leave it for at least 4 hours or overnight for the best result.
Steam on high heat for 5 minutes (when it started to boil) then turn down the heat to medium high for about 25-30 minutes (depending on how big the chicken is). If you do the whole chicken, might need to leave it a bit longer.
After it’s done, preheat the oven for 400°F. Turn down the heat to 375°F, put the steamed chicken in, and bake for about 30-35 minutes. Again, depends on how big the chicken is. The way to check it is make sure there’s no blood coming out from the meat when you poke the thickest part of the chicken.
Remove the chicken from the oven, and enjoy! 😀
The rest of the dishes were pretty simple, lots and lots of veggies.
Dinner was done early today, but my husband didn’t come home until around 7 pm. I was hungry and while waiting for him, I snacked some nuts from this container:
I have to tell myself to go easy on the nuts. I feel a pimple coming out on my chin 😦