kebabs, clean eating, gluten free, paleo

Kebabs deconstructed

kebabs, clean eating, gluten free, paleo

I’m a pinch of this, pinch of that kind of girl. I had some chicken in the fridge that was about to go bad so I decided to throw something really quick together.

Ingredients:

Chicken

Salt

Fennel seeds

Black cumin seeds

Garlic powder

Ground ginger (less than 1/2 tsp)

Crushed red peppers

1 tsp Flour ( I used tapioca flour, but any kind of flour to bind the ingredients together will work)

Onions

Bell peppers

Mushrooms

Optional sauce

Light yogurt with grated cucumber

I placed the chicken in a food processor to grind the meat, but you can just buy ground chicken yourself if you want to skip this extra step. I just had whole chicken. Throw in the salt, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, garlic powder, ground ginger, flour and crushed red peppers in the food processor and give a few good pulses to mix everything together. I eyeballed most of the measurements in this recipe, so use your best judgement to how you want your flavors to come out.

I molded the chicken into several small cylindrical strips and cooked them on a skillet on low-medium heat, and left them covered towards the end so the steam could cook them. Once they were cooked and I let them cool, I cut them in small bite sized pieces.

In another pan I sauteed the onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms in ghee and some salt. Last step is to add the chicken pieces and VOILA!

Optional Sauce

To counter some of the spice, I made a cool and refreshing sauce with all-natural plain yogurt, and grated cucumber.

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On the go

I think I hit the snooze button 5 times on my alarm this morning, so I was running a little late. But really, when have I not been a little behind the clock lately. It’s come to the point where I just leave my oatmeal, toppings, dried fruit, and breakfast bowl at work. I grabbed my green juice from the fridge that I made the night before, and a crate of raspberries to munch on with a sprinkle of stevia. It’s the only way I’ll keep myself from visiting the vending machine during this detox when I’m a morning hungry bear.

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Raspberries & Stevia

Bun-less Mushroom Turkey Burger

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I’ve been craving burgers lately and to satisfy that craving I turned some rather large portobello mushroom caps into buns, making this a gluten-free and mostly paleo burger. I say mostly paleo because I added cheddar cheese. Normally during a detox or elimination diet, you’re told to stay away from dairy until you are aware of what your body can and can’t tolerate. I was just tested by my allergist and I came back negative to milk and cheddar cheese, meaning I’m in the clear to eat them:) Other molds of cheese that are more aged like blue cheese I tested positive for so I’ll have to stay away from those.

Mushrooms

I sauteed the mushroom caps on both sides on medium heat in ghee (clarified butter) to add a nice flavor. Seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

Carmelized Onions

I sauteed sweet yellow onions for several minutes. If you let these onions sweat long enough, the sweetness will come out and you won’t need to add sugar.

Turkey Patties

I bought a pack of 4 patties pre-made to save on time. These burgers taste great AND are gluten-free with only natural seasonings, free of preservatives and antibiotics.

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Sauce

I used a little less than half a teaspoon of Webster’s All-Natural Gluten Free Barbecue Sauce (click for review).

I topped with some spinach, tomatoes, and avocados on the side and that was my lunch:)

Day 1 Breakfast: Gluten-Free Oatmeal

I never got turned onto oatmeal as a kid. I absolutely hated the texture and the blandness. All I wanted was my sugary cereals for breakfast. Growing up does a funny thing to your taste buds though. I actually like oatmeal now. The nice thing about it is, you can add whatever you want to create a different taste. Maple syrup, cinnamon, and apples; honey and strawberries, raisins you name it. I like to skip the instant oatmeal because it normally has some other added ingredients that I find hard to pronounce so I stay away. I like to get organic rolled oats. Any brand will do. I switch between Trader Joe’s and Bob’s Red Mill.

How to cook rolled oats:

I usually fill 1/3 of my bowl with the rolled oats and pour in boiling hot water to where it just barely covers the top of the oats. DON’T pop in the microwave like you do with instant oatmeal. These oats expand and will get all over your microwave.

After the oats have cooked, remove the plate/cover and add your choice of sweetener and whatever else you want. I’m staying away from sugar during detoxing so I like to add in Stevia. For this morning’s breakfast I added ground flax seeds loaded with omega-3s and fiber to keep me full, cinnamon, cacao nibs, blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries.

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Health Motivation Tips For Success

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Whether this is your first time going on a cleanse/diet or your nth time, motivation is key to keeping yourself on track with any type of diet or fitness goal.

Here are some sure-fire tips I used when I went on my own personal elimination diet:

Go public!

Share your journey by telling your family, your neighbors, your coworkers, and your friends. It shows accountability. If Susie at work knows you’re going on a health cleanse, but sees you stuffing your face with a handful of fries at lunch you’ll look less credible. We tend to break the promises we make for ourselves, but when we know another pair of eyes are watching us we’ll most likely stick to our goals. It may seem scary at first, coming out so openly, but you’ll be surprised with how many people will actually cheer you on in full support. So forget about the judgement. If anything, you might just inspire someone to start their own detox or fitness journey and they’ll be the ones coming to you for advice.

Use social media

Share your fitness pictures or recipe ideas. Just be careful not to spam your friends’ Facebook walls everyday. In this case I would use Facebook sparingly, and use a blog, or Instagram to document everything. These platforms are great for documenting lifestyle changes because they’re niche-specific. If you don’t feel like you have the time to blog, definitely go with Instagram. Don’t underestimate the value of a good hashtag. They’ll help direct you to the categories you’re interested in, and lead you to connect with other like-minded people that can inspire you. I suggest using or searching tags like #fitness #cleaneating #healthy #recipe.

Trust the process

Expect that there will be setbacks. There will be days when you don’t see progress, and you’ll feel like giving up, but that’s when you need to push through it the most because after that hump you’ll see the results. Once you start to see the progress, you’ll feel too good to go back to feeling bad again. If you fall off the wagon, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Start where you left off the next day. I mention this in Making time for a Detox:

It took me nearly 3 months to get myself ready to fully commit … One week I would cut down on my sugar and wheat intake, and the next week I would see a piece of strawberry shortcake beckoning my name and I would cave…The following week when I felt like I was ready, I would start up again and this time I would try to cut out a said food for 2 weeks. I did this on-and-off-again for the next 3 months, gradually increasing from 2 weeks to 3 to 4, etc. until I felt like the changes I had made would allow me to fully commit…

Stop counting

Leave that to your accountant. No more counting calories. As long as you’re keeping your processed foods to a minimum and have less than 30 grams of added sugar a day, you really can eat all the healthy food you want.

Document

Write down what you’re eating. If you’re at work, fill in your calendar while you’re on a break. At school? Jot it down in your planner if your teacher’s putting you to sleep. If you’re always on your phone, there’s apps like MyPlate among others that help track what you’re eating, and even breakdown the ratio to carbs, fat, and protein you are consuming.

Most importantly stay positive and enjoy the process. Have fun with creating new meals and recipes that you would never pair together before. You don’t have to be a great cook…I know starting off I certainly wasn’t. I could get by with the basics, but I had no clue until I started to really get dirty in the kitchen of how I could play with different flavors. Good luck and as always…

I Dream of Coffee

Hi I’m Rakhi and I’m a recovering coffee addict lover. There’s nothing I don’t like about coffee, except maybe for the fact that it makes me sick:( If you read my first post on how I jumpstarted my recovery to good health by doing a  detox, you’ll know that coffee was one of those items on the ‘break up with these foods’ list and it was one of the hardest breakups I’ve ever had to face. I’ve never cried over a guy, but I have for coffee. And cake. I still dream of cake too. 

In the beginning of my elimination diet, giving up coffee wasn’t that bad since I liked it for the taste rather than needing it for the caffeine. I felt great, my GI issues went away, my allergies were clearing, and I had all the energy I needed from fruits. But once I introduced it back into my diet, it was like giving candy to a baby. The initial few moments were great, I felt the rush and I wanted more…and then came the crash and the bloating and the joint pains a few days later. I was in denial. I was convinced it was something else I had eaten causing my symptoms to come back again. So I switched from sugar to stevia, and went for an all-natural creamer and that seemed to help. But then I started drinking a cup a day and it became pretty obvious, too much coffee made me sick.

In the beginning I was devastated. No more hot White Mocha Breve’s during fall and winters? A lifetime of summers without Iced Coffees? How was I going to deal? I tried coffee again, because well sometimes, like in any relationship you have to keep working at it to make it work, and I still loved coffee, and I was hoping coffee still loved me back; and it did. Turns out I’m intolerant to coffee in large amounts, but drinking one cup a week won’t make me utterly ill.

Being in great health to me isn’t about having to make great sacrifices but just slight compromises. Being in good health means I can still put on my William Ackerman playlist while I do yoga sun salutations without having my wrists ache. It means walking down to the farmer’s market on a Sunday and coming home to make a great nutritious meal with my family while winding down to some wine. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste for health and it’s ok to cheat every once in a while because at the end of the day you deserve what makes you happy.

This post is part of the Daily Post Weekly Writing Challege: Fit to Write