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Hey all
For some reason I got up quite early today cause I was itching to keep continue working on my work stuff. I know, I know I might sound like a broken record keep talking about it but seriously it actually helps to motivate myself to keep doing and not giving up. You see, I do have a tendency to put myself down a lot and comparing myself to other people – whether in fitness, food choices, cooking skills, job etc.

Anyway, I had a simple breakfast with 2 tea green tea bags – I wanted to take a little break from making loose leaf tea. It’s good but just require a little effort. Tea bags are more convenient, don’t you agree?
2 slices of Egg Loaf Sweet Potatoes & Carrots Frittata that I made yesterday plus some veggies.

Then I sat on my stability ball, working in front of my computer for the entire morning, while also snacked some macadamia nuts – Promise this time I didn’t finish half of the bag in one sitting. A handful at the most.

Btw I only have 1 bag left..ARGH!

Lunch was a huge plate of greens, shredded carrots, whole avocado drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar, some sweet potatoes (purple and Japanese) and some beef dish I made yesterday.

It was my first time cooking with parsnips and I’m not a big fan of it. When I saw them on sale on my local grocery store, I was intrigued to try adding them into the beef dish that I made. The taste wasn’t bad, but it had that off taste I just don’t like- sorry can’t explain that more.

Then I continued working on my stuff while got distracted along the line by checking emails, Twitter, FB and now blogging! šŸ˜›

Anyway, Hubby K and I are off to have a dinner for some special occasion. Can you guess what is it? šŸ˜‰

Later all!

Do you compare yourself with others a lot? Do you like parsnips and turnips?

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in food, life

 

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What is Paleo?

Nothing could explain more what is Paleo diet than the graphic below. Major thanks to Patrick for creating this brilliant, educational visual guide about Paleo diet.
Paleolithic Diet Explained
Learn more about the Paleo Diet.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in life

 

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Quick Post

I had another great workout from Bodyrock.tv and I also made up my own exercise challenge after I finished with Bodyrock.tv workout.

Breakfast/post workout meal – nothing could beat these colorful sweet potatoes and some chicken!

Lunch was yummy Roast Masala Lemon Date Chicken with sliced of whole avocado and steamed veggies, drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar reduction.

And I continued working on my portfolio website, and took me an entire afternoon figuring out how to upload the site using FTP and put up the splash page. I don’t have the entire thing ready as yet, but at least I want to put a placeholder instead of the default page from my hosting.

I took a little break from the computer so I made another beef stew (another type beef stew- will post recipe and think of a better name) and also I made another Egg Loaf Frittata. This time the combo was shredded carrots, shredded sweet potatoes, green onion, seasoned with garlic powder, Red boat fish sauce and some pepper.

Here’s my dinner

Ok now I gotta go back working on my stuff.

Nite all!

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in food, life

 

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Roast Masala Lemon Date Chicken

I made this chicken dish yesterday and turned out very yummy so I thought I’d share the recipe to you all. As usual, when I’m going to bake bone-in chicken, I prefer to steam them first for about 15 minutes to make sure the inside will be at least half cooked before baking it in the oven. Besides it cut down the baking time, plus the meat will stay moist.

Ingredients:
About 2 lbs chicken/beef – I used a whole chicken, cut up in to 4 pieces -skins removed
Juice from a whole lemon
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 tsp roast masala seasoning

(or you can make it your own: chili, garlic, ginger, cloves, black pepper, coriander & vinegar)

3 shallots
3 soaked pitted medjool dates
1 tsp anatto powder
1/2 tsp (or more if you like spicy) chili powder

Directions:
1. Puree shallots & soaked dates in your food processor (I used my Magic Bullet) and mix in with the rest of the ingredients

2. Place the meat in a gallon size zip lock bag, coat evenly with the marinate. Let it sit for about 2 hour or overnight for best taste.

3. Steam the meat for about 15 minutes (If you use boneless meat, you can skip this part and head on to the next one). If you want to skip steaming, make sure to put longer time when baking in the oven.

4. Broil the meat in 400Ā°F for about 20 minutes (turn over once halfway through). If you didn’t steam the meat, bake it for 350Ā°F then change the setting to broil. Time depends on the size of the meat that you use.

Remove from heat and enjoy with your favorite veggie dish.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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Time to Get Back to the Game

Hi everyone! Today I totally declared that my lower back pain is 100% gone *knock on the wood so I won’t jinx it* so I totally could get back working out regularly. Wanna know what I ate yesterday and today?

Yesterday
After my workout, I warmed up some left over Asian Style Cauliflower “Fried Rice” with slices of baked Japanese sweet potato and 2 fried eggs.

We went to Curry House, a Japanese-style curry and spaghetti restaurant to meet 2 of my former colleague, C and Val for lunch. Technically speaking, it was almost nothing I could eat entirely Paleo at Curry House – majority of their menus are full of rice, spaghetti and not to mention their curry sauce ingredients contain non Paleo stuff: wheat flour, corn syrup, peanut oil, rapeseed oil, palm oil, and monosodium glutamate(!) How do I know this? Well that’s one nice thing of their menu.

So I ordered Hamburger curry, no rice, extra salad and no curry sauce.

I should asked the waitress no salad dressing next time. I am not sure what kind of dressing it was, but it tasted like miso style dressing. It was good, but combining it with the juices from the hamburger was a bit too salty to me.

It was actually nice to talk to some of colleagues that you got along with. Val told us there were 2 more people being laid off. Btw Val totally missed me and C as lunch buddies cause now he doesn’t have anyone he can share his stories with, other than his cousin, who’s also works there. Joking and teasing Val around with C is something that I will definitely miss from my former job. Ha!

Val had to go back to work cause his cousin, who came along for lunch was on hourly schedule. So I chatted with C and we were catching up. C is a nice person and someone that I actually enjoyed working with. Definitely will miss her as my colleague.

After we got back home, we snacked on some berries. Perfect for this hot and kinda humid weather.

And what’s for dinner? More Asian style “Cauliflower Fried Rice” topped with sliced of whole avocado.

I was still a bit hungry so I sliced some baked yam to curb my appetite.

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I had such a blast at my morning workout today that I even added my own workout circuit after Bodyrock.tv workout. When I opened the fridge, I saw a bowl of that Baked Mashed Cauliflower with Sliced Beef (somewhat similar with Paleo Shepherd Pie) which has been sitting in the fridge for a couple of days. Seems like the boys are not a big fan of that so I guess I had to finish that thing today or it’ll just be there! So I deconstructed that “Shepherd Pie” into Mashed Cauliflower Beef with Tomato, with some slices of baked sweet potatoes and I got my post workout meal/breakfast!

And as usual, I drank lots of tea along with my breakfast. You could say I’m a tea addict šŸ™‚

I prepared some marinate to cook my next whole chicken (will post the recipe soon- it was super simple, really) for dinner as our food supply was getting low.

For lunch, I had the remaining Oven Fried Curried Chicken Fingers with the last batch of Asian style Cauliflower Fried Rice with some Chinese veggies on the side.

And for the FIRST time since I was out of job, I spent my entire afternoon putting together my resume and work samples for my job interview preparation. I thought I already lost my passion on my chosen career, but apparently yesterday’s meet up with my former colleagues sure had something to do with this. Everything just triggers me and suddenly I have this urge to put myself together and be back in the game. I was so excited that I already purchased a domain and a hosting site to put up my work samples. Speaking of which, there might be a chance I’ll start self hosting my blogs – fingers crossed. šŸ™‚

I forgot how I could lose track of time when I start working on my project that I had to start dinner a bit late. Good thing I already marinated that chicken in the morning so by dinner time, I just need to cook, bake and serve!

More berries after dinner, shared with Hubby K.

Apparently, after a little break from being working, I actually start to feel a little excitement of working again. I’m even excited that tomorrow I’ll start putting together my work sample website so that I can start applying for jobs. Not sure how long it will take me to finish everything, but I am aiming for this entire week and start hunting next week. Wish me luck!

Good nite all!

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in food, life

 

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Weekend Eats and Poker

I’m happy to let you know that starting tomorrow I’ll be back bodyrocking like before thanks to my healed lower back pain šŸ˜€ When I woke up this morning, I knew that my lower back pain was about 90% healed. However, I decided not to do workout too hard so I did a 40 minute yoga (I made up my own sequence btw). I haven’t done a full yoga for a while so this morning yoga was really good. Yesterday I did a quick 12 minute strength training, which I came up on my own.

Breakfast/post yoga meal
Baked Japanese sweet potato with a tin of sardines – YUM!


A little better than yesterday’s breakfast – 2 slices of Chocolate Espresso Gluten Free Cake with sliced strawberries

Lunch was really simple: steamed spinach, sliced of whole tomato, Baked Mashed Cauliflower with Beef (it was ok, not great so won’t post recipe, unless you really want me to :P) topped with macadamia nuts

Ironically, it almost looked identical with yesterday’s lunch (also my dinner) (just different type of greens and fat)

Spent the entire afternoon cleaning up, organized paperwork, paid bills etc and by dinner time, I had the urge to be a little more creative on my food so I made a big batch of Asian Style Cauliflower “Fried Rice.”
This time the combos were 1 cauliflower head,sliced beef milanesa, sliced egg omelet, diced carrots, minced shallot and garlic, chopped 3 stalks of green onions (white and greens separated)


Seasoned with salt, white pepper, Red Boat fish sauce, sesame oil, and coconut aminos.

I LOVED my dinner today! I had 1 1/4 of this plate.

After dinner, Hubby K and I were playing poker. This was my first time playing it and I think I started to understand the game a bit more. Gotta be a good in bluffing and reading your opponent’s reaction and have a poker face.

We used tea bags as our “chips” (each of us had 10). If one lost all the tea bags, had to take off one shirt..haha.

I won at first round and Hubby K had to take off one of his shirt.

Unfortunately, in the end he won back his shirt and I LOST and I had to lose one of my shirt (still wearing a tank top, so get your mind out of the gutter) and sadly I didn’t win it back…*sigh*

I don’t usually play cards and never a big fan of it. Once in a while I do play Black Jack if I go to Las Vegas, but I don’t usually play big. I’m waaay too cheap to just gamble my money away like that. But the poker game that we played today was quite interesting and fun at the same time, probably because we only had to use tea bags as the chips, not our real money.

Any card games you’re good at or like to play?

Have you made up your own workout sequence?

Have a great night!

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2011 in food, life

 

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Keeping My Plates Colorful and Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Thank you everyone for all your nice comments regarding my lower back pain. I took a complete 2 days off from working out, but I made sure that my eats stayed squeaky clean as much as possible.

Wanna see what I had yesterday?
Breakfast
Simply 2 slices of Egg Loaf Frittata that I made the day before. This thing tastes good even out from the fridge!

Lunch was simply shredded chicken from Citrus & Spice Baked Chicken, steamed veggies, sliced whole tomato and diced whole avocado. Look how colorful my plate is šŸ™‚

My afternoon fruit snacks was colorful and tasty as well. I shared this bowl with Hubby K as well while watching Sex and the City 2 the Movie.

Dinner was very simple yet yummy. Last remaining of shredded chicken, some quick stir fry beef, steamed veggies sprinkled with TJ 21 Seasoning Salute, topped with macadamia nuts. I enjoyed this dinner with Hubby K while watching some random episode from LOST Season 1.

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Today my lower back felt a lot better although I still could feel it hurt, especially if I’m trying to bend down to sit down or picking up stuff from the ground. But no worries, at least it’s not like it hurts everytime I move. So this morning I did 12 minute workout from Bodyrock.tv and some additional upper body strength that I came up on my own.

After stretching and cooling down, it was quite a horror when I saw this

OMG! Are you freaking serious?! My fridge was totally almost empty! There was no more protein other than the eggs (hell I could only eat so many eggs in one day!). And silly me not pre-baking any sweet potatoes for my post workout snack so I had to improvise a bit.
Breakfast/post workout meal
3 over easy fried eggs, steamed veggies from last night and thinly sliced pan fried sweet potatoes

Afterward we ran to grocery store to shop the essentials. Came back home, I just had to whip up quick and tasty protein for lunch so I made Oven Fried Curried Chicken Fingers. Those stuff was easy to make, no need to marinate too long and so damn yummy! Nothing could go wrong with it (unless you don’t have the curry powder). Hubby K made a simple Tomato and Egg dish and steamed veggies.

While waiting for the chicken fingers to be done, I experimented making Plantain Chips. These are great!!

I don’t have a mandolin slicer so I used my not-so-great knife skill to slice the plantain as thinly as possible. Pan fried this with some coconut oil in medium low heat, I got myself Plantain Chips!

Lunch

Ever since I saw Fit Daffy made her gluten free Chocolate Cake, I’ve been itching to make some as well and today finally I did!
I followed the recipe from Tropical Traditions Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake and made some modifications here and there.

Chocolate Espresso Gluten Free Cake (modified from Tropical Traditions Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake)
Ingredients:
9 eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp instant coffee
1 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut milk
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla powder
3/4 cup & 1/8 cup coconut flour
3/4 tsp baking powder

Directions:
1. Combine the dry ingredients (coconut flour, coffee, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, vanilla powder) mix and set aside
2. Melt the coconut oil then mix with honey and coconut milk and set aside
3. Beat the eggs with hand mixer on high speed for about 5 minutes (until the mixture is pale yellow and not much bubbles)
4. Lower the mixer speed, spoon in the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients one after another. Keep mixing using the mixture to avoid lumps
5. Grease 9″x5″ loaf pan with coconut oil and pour the batter in
6. Bake in 350Ā°F for about 40-45 minutes or until the tooth pick comes out clean
7. Remove from heat and let cool before slicing

BOY, this is so DELICIOUS! Unlike traditional cakes, cakes made from coconut flour tends to be on the dry side. Mine has a bit thick crust probably I baked it a little bit too long, that it got burn a little, but still yummy though. I reduced the honey since I don’t want it too sweet and the coffee added some bitterness to it, which I like (bitter sweet taste)

My dinner was exactly the same as my lunch (minus the tomatoes) but in a smaller plate. And after that, I had the chocolate cake. Super yummy that I couldn’t help myself to have 3 slices! Not gonna lie about it.

This x 3!

Earlier today I spoke with C, my former colleague who got taken out the same day as I did and we will be having lunch this coming Monday with our other colleague, who’s still employed btw. Talking to her kinda reminds me that I need to get my act together again. True, I’ve been enjoying this little break, maybe a little too much. However, job market out there isn’t that great either. Couple days ago, Brother A told me his friend just got laid off while he was on his vacation. Isn’t it sucks to find out that you no longer have your job after you come back from your vacation? Life can be harsh sometimes.

As you noticed, lately my eats aren’t as varied as before, because of my lack of cooking inspiration. But I do try my best to keep my plates colorful as much as possible. I want to show that even with simple ingredients, I can still make my plate look appetizing, taste great and good for my body. Just because I’m at my lowest point of my life now, doesn’t mean I should give in to the junks, right? šŸ˜‰

Anyway, enjoy the weekend.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in food, life, recipe

 

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