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Berry and avocado smoothie

Berry and Avocado Smoothie

During the summer season, we cannot help but crave with that cold and refreshing drink that will quench our thirst after a day’s exercise or after getting out of the beach water while basking under the scorching heat of the sun. Berry and Avocado Smoothie is a good treat for you which you can share with your friends and family. This smoothie is made for those who are already at Phase 3 of the Fast Metabolism Diet Program and will prove that breaks should not necessarily be boring and bland.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Avocado From Mexico halved, pitted and peeled
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries not thawed
  • 2 cups cranberry fruit juice

Instructions:

  • In a blender jar, combine avocado, frozen berries, and juice; whirl until smooth.
  • Serve.

 

Pressure-cooked Barbacoa Beef

pressure-cooked barbacoa beef

An easy-to-make Barbacoa Beef Phase 3 Recipe with a squeeze of lime nails it. For tough cuts of meat, the pressure cooker makes it easy enough for anyone to prepare this recipe as it seals the flavors of spices and tenderizes the meat faster. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ½ pounds of chuck or round bottom roast (trimmed of excess fat)
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1 medium onion (see notes)
  • 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of lime juice
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2-4 chipotle of peppers
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp of dried oregano
  • ½ tsp of ground cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • sea salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend altogether the beef broth, tomato paste, onion, vinegar, cloves, lime juice, garlic, chipotle peppers, cumin, and oregano until the mixture becomes smooth.
  2. Cut the chuck or round bottom into 3 to 4 pieces and sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on all sides.
  3. Heat half of the olive oil in a pressure cooker. In two batches, sear the meat for about 7 to 8 minutes. Add all the beef in the pressure cooker with the blended mixture of sauce and bay leaves. Cover the pressure cooker and let it cook for about 60 up to 70 minutes depending upon the thickness of the meat.
  4. Allow the pressure to release naturally or turn to the ‘vent’ setting to do this quickly. Allow it to vent thoroughly before removing the lid.
  5. Discard the bay leaves.
  6. Shred the beef using two forks then add it in the juice. Cover and let the beef immerse in the juice for about 10 minutes or so.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Easy Baked Fajita Chicken Roll-Ups

easy baked fajita chicken roll-ups

These Baked Fajita Chicken Roll-Ups are a healthy low carb, low-calorie, paleo meal that is easy to prepare and a delicious meal for Phase 3 exercises. This dish will surely impress everyone if you serve it alongside rice, veggies or warm tortillas.

INGREDIENTS

For the Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon of chopped cilantro
  • ½ juice of lime
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

For the Chicken:

  • 3 chicken breasts or 6 thin sliced (¼-inch thick) chicken cutlets
  • ½ of sliced red bell pepper
  • ½ of sliced yellow bell pepper
  • ½ of sliced green bell pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, cayenne (optional) and cilantro then set aside.
  2. Skip to the next step if the chicken is bought in pre-sliced cutlets. If whole chicken breasts are used, slice them in 2 even longway slices and then pound it firmly into about ¼ inch even thickness using the smooth side of a meat tenderizer. 
  3. Place the chicken cutlets into a large resealable freezer bag and thoroughly pour marinade over the top surface. Allow chicken to marinate for an hour or up to overnight.
  4. Place 6 bell pepper slices in the middle of the marinated chicken cutlet, roll up and secure with a toothpick. Repeat this step until all the cutlets are rolled up. When this is already done, place seam side down in a baking dish.
  5. Use the remaining marinade to brush the tops of the chicken and bake for about for about 25 to 30 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or until the juices run clear.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Chicken Breast with Balsamic Mushrooms

chicken breasts with balsamic mushrooms

Are you looking for a  mushroom recipe yet don’t want to settle for boring meals? Chicken Breast with Balsamic Mushrooms is a quick dinner yet tastefully exciting enough to serve in every meal of the day. It oozes with balsamic vinegar, mushroom, and thyme flavors which make a great and delicious weeknight dinner and Phase 3 diet meal alongside with vegetables and salad.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 6 clove of garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sea salt, to taste
  • 1 freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3⁄4 lb of sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1⁄4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 3⁄4 cup of chicken broth
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon of dried thyme

Directions:

  1. Rub the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. On a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and saute the chicken for about 3 minutes or until it is browned enough on one side and turn it over to show the other side. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes all the while shaking the skillet and sauteing the mushrooms.
  3. Add chicken broth, thyme, bay leaf, and balsamic vinegar. Cover the skillet then decrease the heat to medium-low. For about 10 minutes, simmer the mixture while turning it occasionally.
  4. Place the foil-covered chicken while covered chicken on a warm and clean serving platter. Let it sit for a while.
  5. Uncover the mushroom sauce and simmer it for about 7 minutes while increasing the heat to medium-high and discarding bay leaf. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.

Garlic and Cilantro Sauce in a Tasty Grilled Halibut

Garlic and Cilantro in a tasty Halibut

Get this amazing sweet-flavored and easy to cook Garlic and Cilantro Grilled Halibut that is full of healthy nutrients. This low-carb and gluten-free dish is perfect for your Phase 3 recipe. If you are looking for a weeknight meal which is simple, easy and quick to prepare, then this dish is right for you.

Ingredients:

  • halibut filets or steaks (1 per person)

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 4 cloves of finely minced garlic
  • 1 cup of chicken stock (or use a combination of chicken stock and white wine)
  • 2 teaspoon of lime zest (from 2 limes)
  • juice of 2 limes (2-3 T or more)
  • 4 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon of very finely chopped fresh cilantro (or more)

Instructions:

  • Saute garlic for two minutes in a small amount of olive oil.
  • Pour in lime zest and chicken stock and then simmer the mixture for about ten minutes until stock is slightly reduced. Add lime juice and olive oil while stirring to mix and heat the mixture for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Gradually add Cilantro while stirring and cook for another minute.
  • Brush both sides of fish with sauce and let it seep in for about 15 minutes while you preheat charcoal grill or gas to high heat.
  • Grill the fish until it becomes firm yet not hard to touch for about 5 minutes each side.
  • Put the fish on a diagonal grill slats to achieve nice grill marks. Rotate the fish after 3 minutes of cooking on one side. Serve with additional sauce spooned over each piece of fish.
  • Other grilled fish perfect to pair with this include Sea Bass, Mahi Mahi, and Swordfish. You could also serve it with Tilapia, Red Snapper, or Sole.

 

 

Easy Sweet Potato Hummus

sweet potato hummus

Get yourself an unbelievably tasty, creamy, sweet and full of flavor Easy Sweet Potato Hummus. An easy to prepare delicacy with a golden color from the sweet potato. You can slip this Phase 3 hummus recipe onto your buffet table or serve it as a snack at work.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized Sweet Potato (about 1 Cup Mashed)
  • 1 cup of Cooked Chickpeas
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of Water
  • 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon of Salt
  • ½ teaspoon of Chili Powder
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
  2. Prick the sweet potato all over using a fork so steam can escape while the potato cooks.
  3. Place a baking sheet, and bake for approximately 50 – 65 minutes or until the potato is tender all the way through, and a knife can easily pierce through the entire potato.
  4. Scoop out the flesh of the potato and add it to a food processor.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients: the garlic, lemon, chickpeas, water, chili powder, salt and pepper to a food processor also.
  6. Blend the ingredients until completely smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. If you want a thinner hummus, add a bit more water or oil until your desired consistency is reached.

Korean Rolled Omelet

Rolled omelet Korean style

A very quick, delicious and easy Phase 3 side dish that can make your dinner table beautiful and nutritious. You will be satisfied to add this healthy recipe to your cooking routine.

Ingredients

  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped carrot
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped green part of spring onion
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt for seasoning

Instructions

  1. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and add in almond milk and salt. Whisk until combined.
  2. Pass through a fine sieve to remove chalaza. In making rolled omelet successful, the liquid should not have lumps.
  3. Add in carrot, onion, spring onion, and pepper. Stir until combined.
  4. Lightly grease and heat a frying pan with vegetable oil.
  5. Pour in ½ egg mixture. Over low heat, cook it over until half done. Roll the egg in half from the right to the middle. And move the egg roll to the right edge of the pan. If there is not enough oil, lightly grease the pan each time you roll up.
  6. Add another ¼ egg mixture to cover the left half of the pan and let it cook until half done. And roll again half way up from the right to the left and move the egg roll to the right side of the pan. Repeat the process to the remaining egg mixture until done.
  7. Place the rolled omelet to a cutting board. The rolled omelet is easily broken when it is hot, so make sure to let it cool first before cutting. Slice into bite-size pieces. And serve.

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