So, I know what you’re thinking and yes, I’ve been away for a while. Where did I go? What happened to me? (I’m sure you’re very concerned). Nothing really, I guess life happened. Work, family, friends, fun, and fitness have all been tying up my time. What’s new? Well, I’ve been eating healthier and working out. I joined a Crossfit gym. They are really big on the Paleo diet which I have also “sort of” adopted. The Paleo Diet, aka the Paleolithic or Caveman Diet is based on only eating fish, grass-fed raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruits and nuts. It specifically excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined sugars and processed oils. I have to say, that I completely agree with the concept. So much of the food available today is over processed with preservatives and other sorts chemicals that our bodies weren’t made to digest.
My modified version of Paleo is basically cutting out gluten, refined sugars, and processed foods. Eating more protein, vegetables and fruits that I prepare myself so I can control the oils, salts and other additives. If you have a busy lifestyle, like me, it’s definitely possible, it just takes a little planing and prep. I’ve started to feel much so much better. I found that I’ve been eating a lot less as well. The foods I eat are “clean” and provide valuable nutrition instead of chemical fillers. I’m not preaching or advocating any sort of diet, however I am recommending considering the type of foods you eat on a daily basis and what they are made of, try looking towards all natural foods instead of processed junk!
Here’s a great pale recipe. It’s pretty easy to make, relatively low prep time and great for a week night meal. If you check out some of the Paleo forums, some would argue that soy sauce isn’t technically Paleo, but these same people have noted that it’s just one of those small percentage of foods that they aren’t too concerned about. Again, I’m doing a “modified” version. I definitely wouldn’t recommend omitting soy sauce from this recipe.
1 Large Chicken Breast or Two Small Chicken Breast
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Cup Chopped Cauliflower
1 Cup Chopped Summer Squash
1/2 Cup Chopped Red Bell Pepper
1/4 Cup Mushrooms Chopped
3 Garlic Cloves Minced
1 Tbsp Finely Chopped Ginger
3 Tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1-2 Tbsp Chili Sauce (Siracha)
1 Tsp Sesame Oil
1/4 Tsp Ground Coriander
1/8 Tsp Curry Powder
Cut chicken into small pieces (think finely chopped or minced) and set aside
In a large sauté pan, melt coconut oil over medium high heat and add cauliflower, squash, bell pepper, mushrooms, ginger and garlic. Stirring frequently, cook for 5-7 minutes until slightly tender
Add soy sauce, sesame oil, chili sauce, coriander, curry powder and stir to combine
Add chicken, stir to combine and cook ingredients until chicken is fully cooked, about 5-7 minutes
Serve with butter lettuce for a healthy, low carb meal.