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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 ­čÖé

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 350┬░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? ­čśë

Anyway, enjoy the weekend.

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

 

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Then It Finally Happens…

It’s Hump Day and before I know it, weekend is around the corner. This morning I did one of Bodyrock.tv older workout since Zuzana didn’t post any new one yesterday. It was ok, but I wish I should push myself harder to prevent plateauing. You might wonder why I am so eager to get up at 4:30-5:00 am in the morning everyday just to squeeze in the workout? Well, for me working out actually clears up my mind and makes me feel I accomplish something for the day. After working at the same place for a while, it could become daunting and flat. I’m not saying I don’t like what I’m doing now.

Anyway, enough rant. Let’s move on to the food.

I’m getting lazier to eat post workout snack and pack another food for breakfast to bring to work, so I just combined them together instead.
Half sweet potato and Applegate Organic Roast Beef Slices

That didn’t really sustain me until lunch time so I snacked on some coconut flakes.

Lunch was another deja vu from dinner.

Plus Lotus Root Soup.

Not sure why the lotus root soup turned out to be darker than the last time I made it. I made it exactly the same way. Probably because I boiled more roots in the soup?

Lunch filled me up pretty good, but in the back of my mind, I kept thinking of these babies:

So late afternoon, I ate them and was happy.

When I got home, I made Oven Fried Curried Chicken Fingers, Bo Bo Cha Cha and Easy Oven Fried Taro Fries.

Today’s Bo Bo Cha Cha combo was taro and purple yam ­čśÇ

While waiting for everything to be done, I was snacking on these. Do you know what are these?

Those are “loquat” or according to wikipedia it could also be referred as “Japanese plum” and “Chinese plum” (Wiki source). These fruits are used to make Chinese cough syrup known as “Pei Pa Koa“. You might have noticed I mentioned I took that syrup whenever my throat feels scratchy or dry.

Ingredients: Honey Loquat - just mix with hot water

This was my first time eating fresh loquat. The best part is they are ORGANIC because they came from my sister in law’s parent’s backyard. ­čśÇ Currently they are not completely ripe yet so the they aren’t that sweet. When the skin turns into deep orange color, according to Hubby K, it’ll taste really sweet. Geez, I wonder if I could wait that long.

Anyway, finally dinner was ready and I devoured it.
And I had some taro fries afterward.

Ok now about the post title..you might wonder what is it about? Well let’s say that from now on I’ll be the only one who’ll bring in the money to the house. This means I might have to adjust our spending. If you notice, recently I started to shop at Organic store or Farmer’s market to get organic produce or grassfed beef etc. That might have to be limited. We actually do not eat out that often but we do spend quite some for grocery (plus mortgage, utilities etc). We don’t even shop clothing that much either, let alone furniture (it’s about more than a year we got this place and we are still using our apartment-style furniture instead of real ones).

Anyway, here’s my plan:
I will only buy strawberries for organic fruits. Other than that I’ll just either skip them or buy conventionally. For meat, I’ll stick to conventional lean cuts (boneless skinless chicken breast, lean cut beef and some lamb). For once in a while splurge, I might buy grass fed ground beef.

Alright, this gal needs to get ready to shower and get some zzzz so she’ll have enough rest and sleep to get up early tomorrow to bring home the food after her usual morning ritual.

Nite all!

Tell me about your food budget strategy. Ironically, Kath also posted something similar as well.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2011 in food, life

 

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Oven Fried Curried Chicken Fingers

I love chicken fingers and I’ve made the healthy version couple times in the past, but the process was a bit hassle as I had to grind the almonds to replace the breadcrumbs for coating. Plus I dislike having grease build up in my kitchen exhaust fan from pan frying food, so I opted for oven fried. And since I had a massive amount of shredded coconut flakes, I know I don’t have to take out my food processor to grind the almonds.
Talking about combining Healthy Chicken Finger recipe with Coconut Fish Fillet recipe.

Oven Fried Curried Chicken Fingers

Ingredients:
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts- cut into long strips
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup coconut milk
A dash of chili powder (or more if you like spicy)
1 cup or as much as you need shredded coconut flakes

Directions:
1. Marinate the chicken breast strips with salt, pepper, curry powder, chili powder and coconut milk for 2 hours or overnight

2. Pre heat oven to 350┬░F

3. Mix in the shredded coconut flakes to the marinated chicken. No need to roll them one by one if you can just mix all of them together with spoon ­čśë

4. Place on the baking sheet, lined with foil- trust me it’ll save you hassle of cleaning the baking sheet later on!

5. Bake for about 15 minutes

6. Change the oven setting to broil, turn up the temperature to 400F – broil for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Keep an eye on this! The coconut flakes will turn from golden to charred brown in a second if you are not careful enough. Watch it like a hawk!

7. Remove from heat and serve with your favorite condiments!

Super easy, simple and yummy!

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2011 in food, recipe

 

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