Challenge Accepted!

05 Jan

Recognize the title? It was Barney Stinson’s quote from “How I Met Your Mother“.

How’s your week been so far? As for me, it’s kinda hard to get back into the grind after 2 consecutive short weeks *sigh* But at least I still managed to stay true to my workout schedule, except Monday.

I took a complete day off from working out, which was something I haven’t done for a month or two I think? Even though I am working out everyday, mostly they’re only 30 minutes max and on some days I only do short mini workouts which only about 15 minutes. All thanks to Zuzana’s workout style 🙂

I got a complete brutal workout which left me totally drenched in sweat despite the chilly morning. It always makes me feel good whenever I got good sweat from my workout.

However, the b-fast wasn’t quite great. I whipped out 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats with 1 cup of homemade almond milk and a dollop of homemade almond butter, remaining Kashi Go Crunch cereal crumbles and nuked it for about 4 minutes.

The oats turned out to be a little too thick and creamy (might be from the creamy almond milk?) After I consumed the whole bowl, I felt a little too stuffed, not in a good way.

I much preferred Monday’s b-fast

A glass of creamy unsweetened almond milk with 2 banana pancakes I made days ago

I made a bunch of tea eggs again on Sunday night and this time I used 4 Lipton tea bags, 2 star anises and a bit more salt. Results? More flavor! Love it!

And I had 2 of these!

Since I didn’t workout prior to the meal, I stick to non grain/starchy carbs and it made me felt great!

Anyway I’ve been obsessed with Banana Nut Squash! Yesterday I made b-nut squash soup with mixed veggies (carrots, cabbage, onions, garlic sprinkled with dried parsley) and with only couple dash of salt, that soup was super yummy!
Taste so good especially eaten in this chilly weather! Hubby loved it too!

So I made another batch of b-nut squash soup for the remained half. This time I pureed them in my food processor, resulting this creamy soup- without any cream at all.

Lately, I’ve been trying to cook without using sugar other than from fresh fruit juices and so far so good.

Braised Sweet and Sour Chicken
2-3lbs chicken breasts – cut in cubes/bite size
2 red apples or any apples – puree in food processor/blender
1-2 tsp salt to taste
1 bell pepper -diced (I used yellow color)
2 very ripe tomatoes -diced
1 inch of ginger – julienne
3-5 cloves of garlic -minced (or more if you are big garlic fan)
3-5 cubes of fresh pineapples
2 scallions -minced (separate the white and green)
1/2 apple – chopped

I pre cut this to save time for the next day

1. Marinate the chicken with pureed apple and salt for 4 hours or overnight

2. Heat non stick pan with cooking oil of your choice – lightly pan fried the chicken meat

I got lazy and was in short of time so I just sauted them instead. Not much time left to cook for dinner after you got home from work!

3. Saute the garlic, ginger and peppers until fragrant. Add in the remaining veggies.

4. Frankly I added 1/2 chopped apples (peeled) to give more taste. Add salt and apple cider vinegar accordingly.
5. Stir in the cooked chicken meat
6. Cover the pan in medium low heat for about 5 minutes.
7. Serve with veggies of your choice

with the puree b-nut squash soup..yum! I had 2 bowls of that!

This dish came a bit watery and doesn’t look pretty, but taste good! I love it (and so does K)!

So far I’ve been stayed true for not using any sugar in my cooking and it’s quite a challenge. I might wanna experiment with different fruits like pears, orange or even pineapple!

Another challenge that I’m doing is to not looking at myself into the mirror for 30 days! What it means I won’t trying to look at how much tone my arms/ how much more flat my abs need to be. I will only to look at the mirror if I’m combing my hair, adjusting my shirt and that’s it! This way I’ll be more focus on my work out and diet and I won’t let my physical appearance ruling my life.

Have you challenged yourself for something?

Do you watch any TV shows?
As lame as it sounds I watch “Desperate Housewives“, “How I Met Your Mother” (Neil Patrick Harris Doogie Howser MD was my childhood idol:P) and recently No Ordinary Family. Strangely though I never watch these on TV. I don’t have time to commit myself to watch them on their scheduled time so I usually watch them online later. And I don’t own cable TV (not even the basic one) nor TiVo.

Do you like to cram your to do list in one day?
I’ve made 3 doctor’s appointment in one day couple weeks from now. LOL. So glad I finally could cram those in one day so I only need to take 1 day off from work and no need to go back and forward!

Have a great week!


Posted by on January 5, 2011 in food, recipe, soup


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13 responses to “Challenge Accepted!

  1. CaraB

    January 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Wow, I’ve never seen eggs like that before. very cool!


    • Jos

      January 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Thanks! It’s super easy to do and yummy as well!

  2. Kath (Eating for Living)

    January 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    This looks really yummy! I also try to avoid most sugar despite small amounts from fruit or natural sweeteners like honey. Oranges work very well for cooking, as well as plums and berries, I’ve found. And I like nectarines and apples in salads.

  3. Miho

    January 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Ha ha! I love desperate housewives too!!! 😀 That’s something I look forward to on Sunday!
    Can I make a suggestion on which fruit you use to marinate the meat? Can you pleaaaaaaaase try oranges? It just sounds like a good idea! 😀
    Good luck with the challenge! I don’t look at myself in the mirror to look at my body, so I don’t have this problem, but for an exerciser like you, it’s going to be a challenge. Are you giving yourself an award when you’re done? It’s a good motivation to keep up the good work, you know! 😉

  4. adventuresofpretendcook

    January 7, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I also watch Desperate Housewives and HIMYM. I laughed at your blog title because even before you mentioned where you got it from, I recognized it as a Barney quote. He is so funny!

  5. dianacheung

    January 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    i need to stop judging myself in the mirror. it’s gotten unhealthy and ridiculous so I commend you on this challenge. Anyways I made 2 appts in one day as well! Get it over with right?

  6. lele

    January 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    the not look in the mirror challenge is awesome! it takes serious mind power! In the back of my mind I always tell myself to stop looking, but I always catch myself doing it!

    drool at your tea eggz

  7. leashieloo

    January 6, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I love HIMYM!! I try not to watch a lot of TV but it sucks me in, those reality shows and comedy series like 30 Rock are my downfall. Oh yes, and True Blood 🙂

    • Jos

      January 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      Glad to “meet” another fan of HIMYM 😀

  8. lequan

    January 6, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Ooh, dinner looks good, Jos. When you said not look in the mirror for 30 days, I thought you meant not at all. Was thinking it’d be a really tough challenge, but then looking to comb your hair eases things a bit. Good luck with that.

    I’m a “How I Met Your Mother” and “Modern Family” watcher. Oh, and Grey’s Anatomy. These days, I hardly have time to sit and watch a whole episode though.

    • Jos

      January 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

      LOL, I think people will start looking at me weird b/c I won’t notice my hair is all messed up…nah can’t do that 😛 Thanks for your complement of my dinner 🙂

      That’s why I’m glad most of TV shows that I watch can be watched online 😀


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