So last night didn't go as planned. I planned to go to the gym and eat chicken and veggies when I got home. Nothing special, just reheated chicken and veggies my husband was going to steam.
And then it went to heck. But I won't get into that. ;)
He cooked our (frozen) green beans (we had fresh, go figure!) while I pouted for a bit, and then when I got over my pity, party of one, I decided to do something with the chicken. If I'm staying home, I'm gonna do something pretty awesome with it.
Enter the weirdly spiced chicken. It was AMAZING. I can't tell you why it worked, only that it did. Oh, and pecans in your green beans is pretty tasty. I'm just sayin'.
I also managed to exercise, after talking with a friend. Like he said, you can't NOT train. It's not an option. No clue what I'm training for, now that Stronger is winding down, but okay, I can't feel much worse, right?
I did 1.3 miles on the elliptical (just under 6 minutes), followed awhile later by 10 push-ups, 30 sit-ups, 30 squats and a minute plank. Work out - done. Not as much as if I'd gone to the gym, but I didn't sit around in my pity party. Yay me.
So my evening of feeling unmotivated and pitiful ended in sweat and a happy tummy. Pretty good night, if I do say so myself.
Spicy Asian Cajun Chicken
1 lb Chicken, pre-cooked leftovers or rotisserie, seasoned with salt and pepper
Coconut milk - about a cup, cup and a half
Cilantro - either fresh or the stuff in the tube (I used tube)
In a large skillet over medium heat, pour just enough coconut milk to cover bottom with about 1/2 inch of milk. Sprinkle a light layer of garlic, onion, pepper, salt and cajun seasoning. (Go lighter on the pepper and cajun seasoning until you taste it, especially if you're not into hot food!) I like mine spicy, so I did extra of both.
Add strips of chicken and cilantro. I added about a 1/2 tsp of cilantro paste.
Cook over medium heat until liquid is mostly evaporated. This will integrate the flavors into the chicken and leave it tender and moist. YUM!
I've stuck with the kickboxing, but I still feel like I need a kick in the pants. (no, not literally. Try it and see what I do! haha) I want to get on the elliptical more and get my running and endurance up, but I realized it can't all be fitness. Some of it has to be nutrition, as well. No, not the ugly D word (diet, for those of you who just got pervy) but nutrition. Fuel for my body to be able to function throughout the day and then exercise without feeling like I'm dragging a boat behind me with every step.
Enter Whole 30. I shopped Saturday at Fresh Market (whoa, those prices! But - some were actually on par with Publix and Kroger - good to know!) and followed up at Kroger for some odds and ends we forgot. Sunday was prep day - I boiled eggs for salads, roasted veggies, cooked nitrate-free, organic, nearly fat-less turkey bacon that didn't remotely look like bacon, and made a beef curry.
So food today - breakfast was fruit (berries, yay!), carrots, olives and that turkey bacon. I was expecting dry, gross, tasteless stuff, but it was moist, yummy, and better than the real pork bacon. Don't tell anyone, but I'm a convert, at least bacon-wise.
Lunch today is going to be a salad with a homemade lemon balsamic vinaigrette. It is SO good. I tweaked a few recipes to make my own, and I'm pleased as punch at the result. (Recipe will be below) I'm also putting in some of those eggs, cucumbers, and the greens are baby bok choy leaves, organic green leafy lettuce and baby spinach.
Dinner tonight is that beef curry, and I'm going to make steamed broccoli to go with it. I can't tell you how excited I am for it! I tried it last night and it was AMAZING! (Again, recipe to follow!)
So this clean eating, tougher-than-Paleo Whole 30 thing is so far so good!
Lemon Balsamic Vinaigrette
(makes approx 6 servings for a decent size salad)
(makes approx 3-4 servings)