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Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Cauliflower-Pomegranate Salad – Phase 3

This Beef Tenderloin is awakened with a queer tangy taste complemented by cauliflower-pomegranate salad. It is sure to satisfy any crowd and the best part is, you can have this as your only dish to prepare this Valentines season!

Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Cauliflower-Pomegranate SaladIngredients:

  • 1 whole filet of beef
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 5 large shallots
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 package baby kale
  • ½ c. pomegranate seeds

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 475 degrees F. Place the beef on a large rimmed baking sheet. Rub with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake at 475 degrees F for 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toss 2 tablespoons oil with cauliflower and shallots; season with additional salt and pepper. Quickly scatter vegetables around beef in the pan and continue to bake, stirring vegetables once, 18 more minutes (for medium-rare) or until meat reached desired degree of doneness.
  3. Remove beef from pan and cover with foil; let stand 15 minutes. Whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, and mustard; season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir kale into hot pan with vegetables.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil mixture and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds. Slice beef and serve with cauliflower pomegranate salad.

Baked Chicken with Lemon and Sweet Potatoes – Phase 3

If you and your lover are fond of eating chicken as your main dish, then why don’t you try to cook this new chicken recipe that taste like Italy? This delectable recipe will help make your Valentine’s day extra special!

Baked Chicken with Lemon and Sweet Potatoes - Phase 3

This Baked Chicken with Lemon and Sweet potatoes are heavily seasoned with spice and herbs to add rich flavor to your favorite chicken meal. Topped with starchy sweet potatoes to complete your dinner.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 2 lemons
  • 5 clove garlic
  • 2 scallions
  • sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1¾ lb. small to medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley leaves

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F with rack set in middle. Remove any excess fat around chicken cavities and discard; rinse chicken and pat dry, inside and out.
  2. In a small bowl, combine basil,  lemon zest, garlic, and scallions.
  3. Season chicken (inside and out) with salt and pepper, then tie legs together with kitchen string.
  4. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and enough pepper to coat well. Cut reserved lemon into quarters and set 3 aside.
  5. Heat roasting pan in oven for 10 minutes. Remove; then put sweet  potatoes and any oil left in bowl into pan, keeping potatoes in a single layer and pushed to edges to make room for chicken. Place chicken in pan, breast-side up.
  6. Roast chicken for 20 minutes, then remove pan from oven and turn bird breast-side down. Continue to roast for 20 more minutes, then remove pan from oven and turn bird breast-side up again. Sprinkle parsley over potatoes, then stir to coat with pan drippings. Squeeze reserved lemon over chicken and put rinds into pan. Continue to roast until juices of chicken run clear when thigh is pierced with a fork, or an instant-read thermometer inserted in breast reaches 160°F, 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from oven; let chicken rest for 15 minutes before transferring to a cutting board. Let rest for 5 more minutes, then carve. Spoon pan juices over chicken; serve with sweet  potatoes and roasted lemon.

Shrimp with White Beans and Cashew Cheese – Phase 3

Shrimp with White Beans and Cashew Cheese is a Tuscan-inspired stew recipe that will make a perfect romantic supper for two, though it can easily be doubled.

Shrimp with White Beans and Cashew Cheese - Phase 3

You can also enjoy its leftovers with a piece of sprouted grain bread to serve as your healthy snack. Chop the fresh fennel fronds and stir a little into the shrimp mixture, top a fresh salad, or make a pesto.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 cup finely chopped fennel bulb
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 cup chopped  tomato
  • 3/4 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ounce crumbled Cashew cheese (about 1/4 cup)

Directions: 

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  2. Add fennel, onion, and oregano; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add tomato; cook 2 minutes. Add stock, beans, and bay leaf. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Gently stir in shrimp; cook 2 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove bay leaf; discard. Stir in parsley and pepper. Sprinkle cashew cheese over top.
  4. Serve and enjoy eating!

Spicy Turkey with Lettuce Wraps – Phase 3

This fun and spicy turkey with lettuce wraps are the perfect appetizers this Chinese New Year.

It can be served with a chili garlic sauce for extra zip and it can be tossed with delectable raspberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.

Spicy Turkey with Lettuce Wraps - Phase 3

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 8-ounce can artichokes, rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heads lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as cilantro, basil, mint and/or chives
  • 1 large carrot, shredded

Directions: 

  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa
  2. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add turkey and ginger; cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon until the turkey is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in the cooked quinoa, bell pepper, artichokes, broth, crushed tomatoes, chili powder and salt; cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
  4. To serve, divide lettuce leaves among plates, spoon some of the turkey mixtures into each leaf, top with herbs and carrot and roll into wraps.

Spicy Chicken Turnip Noodle Soup – Phase 3

Substitute your plain noodles with turnips to give Spicy Chicken Turnip Noodle Soup a richer taste – it makes for a perfect lunch or appetizer.
Spicy Chicken Turnip Noodle Soup - Phase 3

Ingredients: 

  • 1 12 ounces chicken breast (with bones), skin discarded
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 5 scallions
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder 
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 large turnips
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime cut into wedges for serving

Directions

  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring the chicken, broth and two cups of water to a simmer.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken and let cool.
  3. Deseed and thinly slice the red bell pepper and slice the scallions on an angle. Peel the turnips, spiral cut them (use Blade C for Inspiralizer) and trim them.
  4. Shred the chicken and set aside. Place bones into the broth and raise the heat to bring to a boil. Let cook uncovered and reduce down by one-third, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Scoop out the bones with a slotted spoon. Whisk the chili paste and crushed tomatoes into the broth and return to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  6. Add the turnip noodles and bell pepper and cook until the noodles are just tender, about three minutes. Stir in the shredded chicken and scallions.
  7. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with cilantro leaves. Serve with the lime wedges.

Ginger-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry with Quinoa – Phase 3

The perfect blending of veggies, herbs and spices of Ginger-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry with Quinoa brought tons of sensational flavor with this meal. Stir in chili paste to have a spicy variation.

Ginger-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry with Quinoa - Phase 3

 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-in wide strips
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil divided
  • 2 cups uncooked broccoli, small florets
  • 1 medium  red pepper, quartered lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 large uncooked carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup drained, chopped canned artichokes
  • 4 medium uncooked scallions, whites cut into 1-in pieces, greens sliced, divided
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger root (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons water, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups of cooked quinoa

Directions: 

  1. Combine chicken and 2 tablespoons coconut aminos in a medium bowl; let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry until lightly browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes; remove to a plate.
  3. Add remaining teaspoon oil, broccoli, pepper, carrot, artichokes and white part of scallions to same skillet; drizzle with 1/4 cup broth and reduce heat to medium-high. Stir-fry until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add scallion greens, ginger, and garlic to skillet; stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Add chicken and any accumulated juices back to skillet; add remaining 1/4 cup broth, remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos and water.
  6. Cook, until heated through, stirring, about 1 minute. Stir in chili paste, if using. Serve with quinoa.

5 Healthy Superfoods You Can Eat This Holiday Season

Christmas holiday is fast approaching. A lot of us are already so looking forward to the numerous parties, holiday events, vacations, and family reunions that will take place this season. While most of us are anticipating this Holiday Season with a lot of preparation, it can’t be denied that deep down inside us, there’s a  feeling lurking upon us, that feeling of fear in acquiring excess weight again due to food abundance that’s being served on the table

5 Healthy Superfoods this Holiday Season

Ever since we started our fast metabolism diet journey, we learn how to differentiate healthy and unhealthy foods. We become aware of its roles in healing our metabolism and promoting our overall health and well-being. And the good outcome is we consciously practice sticking to the fast metabolism diet plan. However, the mouthwatering foods served on the table during this season are completely unavoidable. These irresistible foods weaken our resistance and trigger our cravings and temptations. How do we overcome this challenge this Holiday season?

Fortunately, the solution to this dilemma is within reach. The only way to battle with foods is by eating the right foods. Remember, foods heal our metabolism and our body. So back to basics, we just have to choose the foods carefully.

We’ve listed down these healthy superfoods that you can pack and munch to minimize eating unhealthy foods this holiday season.

1. Fruits

You can never go wrong with fruits! Fruits usually sate your sugar cravings. Before attending to a party, pack a low-glycemic fruits like cranberries, apples, pears, and grapefruit to supply your body with enough sugar it needed without worrying of spiking up your blood sugar. By the time you attend the party, you won’t be craving to sugar anymore.

2. Clean Proteins

As you attend the party, it is important that you feed yourself first with protein foods. It’s because Protein packed foods will keep you full thus reduces your chance of eating all the foods served on the table. Focus on eating Turkey, eggs, and tuna recipes in the party. Of course, you can also pack some nitrate-free deli meat snacks like turkey jerky. You can munch them if you’re feeling hungry.

3. Nuts and Seeds.nuts
Alternatively, you can also pack nuts and seeds. These healthy fats are rich with omega-3 that is good for your heart and keeps your blood sugar stable. Fat based snacks such as almonds, cashew seeds, and nuts decrease your temptation to unhealthy indulgence.

4. Sweet Potatoes

If you are ready to take that delicious pasta, lasagna, and other delectable grains served on the table, you better think twice! Before you dig in to these type of foods, seek out for sweet potatoes dishes first! Try out any sweet potato recipes that you prepare. Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse of beta-carotene, vitamin C. and fiber. Sweet potatoes will fill in your cravings for carbs.

5. Veggies

If there are veggie dishes served on the table, then you are one lucky dieter! Go enjoy them! Veggies are a great source of nutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins that are essential to our our overall well-being. If you can’t find well prepared veggies in the feast, you can always opt for a veggie salad as your side dish if you still want to eat other dishes.

With these 5 healthy superfoods, you will be at ease that the foods you eat on parties and events will not ruin your weight loss goals. You are able to enjoy eating all the foods served on the table while checking your portions. Healthy eating is all about mindful eating by choosing the right foods and in moderation.

By being a conscious eater, you can flaunt your body on parties without worrying the love handles while wearing bodycon dress. Regardless, be confident with your weight, you are on the road in reaching your life long goals.

Delectable Roasted Turkey with Apple – Phase 1

Thanksgiving Day won’t be complete without our star menu, the Turkey! It has been our practice to feature Turkey recipes every year and this time around, we are featuring a Delectable Roasted Turkey with Apple recipe!

Filled with a rich flavoring of heavenly spices and aromatic scent of apple and ground cinnamon, this dish will surely become one of the requested recipes of your family members!

Delectable Roasted Turkey with Apple - Phase 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey

For the brine:

  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup stevia
  • 1-gallon vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • 1 gallon heavily iced water

For the aromatics:

  • 1 red apple, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 leaves sage

Instructions:

2 to 3 days before roasting:

  1. Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F.
  2. Combine the vegetable stock, sea salt, stevia, black peppercorns, allspice berries, and chopped ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.Early on the day or the night before you’d like to eat:
  4. Combine the brine, water and ice in the 5-gallon bucket. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the turkey to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.
  5. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Remove the turkey from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine.
  6. Place the bird on roasting rack inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels.
  7. Combine the apple, onion, ground cinnamon, and 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  8. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey’s cavity along with the rosemary and sage.
  9. Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes. Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  10. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. A 14 to 16-pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting.
  11. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving.
  12. Served. Enjoy eating!

Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers – Phase 3

These cheesy, fluffy little bites of Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers make a savory party appetizer or snack this Thanksgiving Day.

Non-Dairy Cheese Popovers

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt.
  2. In a microwave-safe measuring cup, heat the milk until warm but not hot, about 30 seconds. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the egg on low until frothy. Increase the speed to medium and add the warmed almond milk.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture, then stir in the chives.
  4. Place two 12-hole non-stick mini muffin pans on a large rimmed baking sheet and heat in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Fill every other hole with batter (there should be 12 popovers total; the extra space is so the popovers have room to spread). Sprinkle the tops with the cashew cheese and bake, rotating the sheet halfway, until puffed and golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes.

Healthy Halloween Trick and Treat Tips for your Children

Ding, dong! Now that the Halloween season is fast approaching, I bet your kids are pretty excited for the event and by now preparing their treats and Halloween costumes for the upcoming Trick or Treat Party.  Halloween season is the favorite season of most kids as they get the chance to indulge themselves with unlimited candies and sweet pastries. A lot of pretzels, apples, pumpkins are coated with thick layer of caramel and chocolates will be present on the table  and as a health conscious individual, we couldn’t help but be anxious for our children’s well being.

Healthy Halloween Trick and Treat Tips for your Children

To help you navigate through the holiday with ease, we compiled these healthy Halloween tips for you and your children to recover your curb from sweet tooth and Halloween candy hangover.

  1. Eat Healthy Food before Trick or Treat Party

It is recommended that before your kids attend the trick or treat party, they should be full already with healthy foods. Serve your kids a healthy dinner packed with lots of protein, fruits, fibers and veggies. If the Halloween party falls on your Phase 1, this will be the perfect opportunity for you to serve high glycemic fruits. High glycemic fruits such as pineapples, mangoes, watermelons keeps your sugar cravings sated. If their sugar craving is already stable, they are less likely to indulge themselves in candies and other sweet pastries served on the table.

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  1. Hand Out non-sugary foods or Cook For Them!

Instead of packing sweet treats, go for healthier options like fruits, veggies, mini rice cereal, nuts and almonds, mini pops popcorn or turkey jerky!  If not, cook for them a healthy Halloween snack recipes they can enjoy and indulge themselves to something sweet. The trick here is to design and assemble these foods into funny, cool and spooky shapes, they are more likely to consume it.

  1. Stay Active

Encourage more activities and body coordination with your kids while they are in the party. A quick walk from house to house, or a little body movement such as dancing will help your kids burn the sugar they take and convert it to energy instead of depositing it as fats.

  1. Practice Portion Control

If possible, remind your children that although they can eat the treats served on the table, they should have a limit of how much they are allowed to eat. Explain and make them understand that they can take a nibble on their most favorite sweet treats while discarding the rest. Another trick is cutting the portion sizes into smaller ones. Instead of taking one large chocolate bar, it can be cut into smaller pieces and they can have a taste of all those candies and sweets.

  1. Bounce Back From a Candy Binge

If you found yourself or your kids still having their Sweet Halloween hangover, you can consider applying these tips to beat sugar cravings. Or you can have this detoxifying soup.

Applying these tips will let your kids enjoy the Trick and Treat party without worrying about health and well-being. Let your children participate in your healthy lifestyle activities for them to be conscious about the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and in no time, they will take the initiative themselves in choosing their food wisely. Check our fast metabolism diet Halloween recipes for trick and treats snack ideas. The community wishes everyone to have a wonderful Halloween!

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