Curry Laksa

I was given a packet of curry laksa to try by my boss who hails from the same country I’m from, Malaysia that is.OMG I was shocked that a pre made package tasted close to something made from scratch. I was excited to try it and finally got round to making it. This packet says it serves 6 but I guess it depends on how much curry you want to add to your noodles. Usually its serve with a lot of curry, as in deep soup bowl amount.

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Stuff I added to make it a meal.

The directions to prepare it is given though you can always add things to it that you want its all personal preference. Usually the basic ones have bean sprouts, a boiled egg, deep fried bean curd (or tofu goreng as we call it) and a mixture of bihon (thin rice noodles) and yellow noodles. The rest depends on who serves it and where you eat it.

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Making the curry I let the bean curd and shredded chicken cook in with the curry.
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The noodles, egg, bean sprouts and fish ball were cooked separately from the curry.
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This was the meal. It was delish

So basically apart from the noodles, bean sprouts, coconut milk and bean curd that the packet tells you to add, I added:

  • Fish balls (however many you like per serving)
  • Shredded chicken (1 large chicken breast for 2 people)
  • Boiled egg (usually half per person but SP declined the egg)

What also works with this are seafood stuff like prawns (yum!) for example. I also added more bean sprouts the second time I had this as I needed more veggie crunch of some sort. Just don’t overcook the bean sprouts, blanching them is more than sufficient.

I froze the left over curry and noodles into portions. You could always just cook enough noodles for however many meals you are preparing instead of the 600grams called for on the packet. So if you ever come across this packet (asian grocery stores, TNT in my case) give it a try. Laterz.

Sara xo

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Quinoa Bean “Soup”

Chunky hearty and healthy! Its a weird summer day today, cool and cloudy and I felt like a hearty soup that was in keeping with healthy eating. Plus I know making a pot means I can go back and grab food on the run if I don’t feel like cooking.

I ran through the ingredients to “add recipes” on MyFitnessPal and it came out really low on the calorie scale, seems wrong but who knows. All I care about is that it is a hearty filling soup that doesn’t induce guilt. It is super chunky and may serve more if your portions are small. Also this soup is not very soupy as the quinoa absorbs the liquid, so if you want it more “liquidy” add more stock.

I did not use oil to sauté my veggies this time around so if you want that touch of oil go for it! The whole process took about 45 minutes give or take.

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Quinoa Bean Soup                                                                                                           serves 6-8

  • 5 oz Organic wild quinoa
  • 1 big can (795ml) Diced tomato no salt added
  • 1 can (540ml) Navy beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cups Chicken stock (I just used regular Knorrs or sub for veggie stock)
  • 1 cup Mushrooms
  • 1 cup Chopped sweet onions
  • 2 Carrots (mine were about 10 oz)
  • 1 medium Green bell pepper
  • 1 medium Red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 TSP Italian spice/herb
  • 1/2 TSP Chili powder
  • 1/2 TSP Dried parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop vegetables to small bite size pieces, sauté chopped vegetables with the herbs/spice in a bit of chicken stock in your pot for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add can of diced tomatoes and rinsed navy beans, stir in and add the quinoa and the rest of the chicken stock. Bring to boil and turn heat down medium/low(5-10minutes). Stirring occasionally.
  3. Let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes till everything is fully incorporated and quinoa is cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

I have about 1 cup in those containers. The MyFitnessPal calculations are based on 6 servings for the recipe above. Laterz.

Sara xo

Orange Delight

Okay so yesterday I felt awful I was dizzy and felt just so tired I had to bail on work. Yeah that bad. Got home and was thinking why on earth do I feel so bad and then light bulb moment! My body was detoxing….

I started having smoothies consistently about 3 weeks ago but it was just for breakfast and I wasn’t rigid about my meals.The past week I have been doing smoothies breakfast and/or lunch and I’m having healthy meals for dinner except the weekend which I let go a little. Yesterday I guess my body just started really purging and I felt awful.

Well heres to pushing on with healthy eating and a yummy citrus smoothie I made for breakfast!

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I just love the colour! Orange Delight smoothie.

Orange Delight Smoothie                                                                                               serves 1

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed Orange juice
  • 1 cup Pineapple chunks (I freeze mine)
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 TBSP Sunflower seeds (raw unsalted)
  • 1 TBSP Honey or date paste
  • 1/2 avocado or 1 banana
  • 1 Lemon juiced

I just throw this all into my Nutribullet and blend. Laterz

Sara xo

 

Health Food Spot

Theres this little health food spot that opened up by me. It is yummy convenient and guilt free in my opinion. Great way for me to stick to clean eating when I get lazy to prep or cook my meals. The place is called Good To Go and so far everything I’ve tried I have loved.

Their menu is limited but that is definitely not a problem. Their food so far has been fresh (at least when I get them) and satisfying. Their prices are comparable/cheaper to a lot of other health food spots . They have smoothies, salads, wraps and soup. Mind you I have only had 4 items from their menu as I make my smoothies daily at home so I don’t generally spend money on smoothies.

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Burrito bowl with guacamole dressing

Their hours are 9:30 to 5pm, so I guess its more lunch crowd than anything else. So far I’m happy with this place as it is convenient on lazy days. My favourite so far is the burrito bowl with guacamole dressing. But really the wraps I’ve had (Turkey and pesto chicken) are just as good and filling and so is the godzilla salad.

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Godzilla Salad

So if anyone that does drive by the area I definitely recommend stopping by and grabbing a bite here. Laterz.

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104-450 East Columbia St, New Westminster, BC

Sara xo

Herb & Spice Roast Potatoes

CARBS!!!!!! I admit my tendency to inhale things that I love until I am sick of it. Potatoes are one of the many things I overeat when I have not had them in a while.

Anyways I have made roasted potatoes a number of times usually I just throw what ever spice and herbs I fancy so if you asked me I wouldn’t be able to tell you exactly how much or how many different herbs and spices I added. This time while I was browsing ideas for a side dish for a steak dinner and knowing I was leaning towards potatoes because I had a bag that was starting to “grow” I went on reliable Pinterest. There are ton of herb roasted potatoes, so many similar to what I’ve made but I decided to use a recipe (somewhat) from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice.

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I only altered the recipe some by adding nutmeg (don’t ask why I just felt like it) and a pinch of cayenne. Also I had a bit more potatoes and threw in some left over baby carrots.

Next time I will probably cut my potatoes a little smaller to make the cook time a little less. Maybe my oven just sucks but it took and hour and twenty to get the potatoes to a state I liked.

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Steak was yummy as were the potatoes.

Laterz.

Sara xo

Pork Strips “Char Siu”

Char Siu refers to a way of flavouring and preparing BBQ Chinese pork. I guess I am a fan to a point. I find it a bit too sweet for my taste buds sometimes. Last night SP was hounding me to cook the pork strips we bought from a local Korean grocer. Seeing as how I’ve never cooked pork belly strips before I was racking my brain as to how to prepare them and decided to do a version of Char Siu that wasn’t too sickly sweet. The recipe I’m giving is all approximation I didn’t use exact measuring spoons as I don’t quite measure stuff when I throw things together on a whim.

 

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Fresh out of the oven.

Sara’s Version Char Siu Pork Belly Strips                                                   Serves 3

  • ~1 1/2 lbs Pork Belly Strips (I had 9 strips)
  • 1 TBSP Honey
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Chinese wine
  • 1 TBSP Soy Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Oyster Sauce (i did a heaping spoon)
  • 1 TBSP Dark Soy
  • ~1 1/2 TSP Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1/2 TSP White pepper
  • 2 TBSP  Brown sugar (in actual char siu I believe its about 1/3cup  of sugar)
  • 1 Tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves minced garlic

Directions:

  1. Marinate the pork with all the ingredients overnight if possible (I did half an hour) in the fridge.
  2.  Take the pork out to sit at room temperature while you preheat the oven to 400F. At this time I place the pork on a rack over a baking pan. IMG_20160807_201126.jpg
  3. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping them over at 15 minutes and slathering on the left over marinade over the strips.
  4. After 30 minutes I turned the oven to broil on high and let it crisps for about 3-4 minutes or so.  Watch that you don’t burn your pork. To serve I cut them to smaller bite size pieces.

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    Baked Potato with Pork Belly Strips

This recipe does not provide a super sweet pork though some might still find it too sweet. Adjust recipe to your taste buds as this is a guideline. Laterz

Sara xo

The 7th..Final Day

I’m all done with the 7 day diet plan and honestly it was not difficult to follow at all. I think what helped was my eating habits leading to this 7 day diet, I had been eating cleaner and was doing smoothies every morning. I was also prepping food for few days at a time and had snacks handy. So no dirty eating meant this 7 day diet was a breeze. Apart from that cheat on day 6 for date night. Which still makes me feel really guilty.

Overall doing this diet make me felt satiated, my gut health was way better, there was no bloating or gassiness etc. and cravings didn’t hit hard at all! Now I think thats amazing for a diet. Lets be honest when you think of a diet you go oh god how am I gonna deal with cravings? will I be strong enough to not indulge etc. etc. Well for me at least thats what goes through my head. With this I swear I didn’t feel like that at all. I could easily say no when SP offered me jubes jubes or crisps and I didn’t go looking for excuses to grab junk food. For the last day I just did a smoothie and the curry dish that was suppose to be the day 6 dinner.I subbed the Chocolate Orange smoothie for a Chocolate Coconut as well.

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Vegetable curry & Chocolate Coconut Green Thickie

Initially when I was cooking (which only took 30 minutes from start to finish) this I thought to myself oh god thats a lot of food, but really it isn’t when you are not eating anything else with it except salad. This was yummy and so was the smoothie.

What it comes down to though, for  me at least, this diet kept me off junk and made me feel good but was not enough to lose weight. Maybe if I was doing hardcore workouts I would lose some (I was doing moderate 3 times a week weights) but otherwise this is just a good healthy alternative to implement once a month or so just to change things up. On the up side I have felt so extremely guilty eating meals that have processed food or having white bread since this 7 day thing ended yesterday….yes its only been one day and I feel like I should be eating as I have been the past week.

As for now SP is hounding me to go cook the pork belly slices we bought…Laterz

Sara xo