Eating Clean Tip: Well Stocked Fridge
Are you the sort that looks at the person standing in line in front of you, judging every purchase he is making? Many years ago, perhaps 3-4 years back, my shopping cart consisted of a few types of cheeses, a variety of cold cuts and juices among my fresh produce and meat for cooking. I wonder what people thought of me?! Nowadays, we are more conscious of what we ingest and prefer to snack on fruits (expensive habit, but we feel so much better).
Our eating philosophy is just to eat well balanced food. Yes there are days when we have our hawker food, open houses, birthday cakes, lavish dinners but we try to balance it with eating clean on most weekdays and getting a healthy dose of exercise.
Eating clean is very easy when I have a fridge always stocked with tofu, vege and homemade chicken stock.
Here’s how I whipped dinner up yesterday:
Cajun Chicken with Couscous and Vege
2 chicken breasts
3 big stalks of broccolini
½ kyuri (or cucumber)
½ bowl of couscous
1 tsp soy sauce
11/2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cajun spices (or any Mexican spice rub)
1 tsp tomato powder
1 tsp harissa powder (optional)
Sprinkle a pinch of salt and white pepper
Let the chicken marinade at least 3 hours (for busy office people, you can easily do this in the morning and pop it into the fridge)
Cooking it is the easiest part.
I need to thank the geniuses for inventing this. I just turn the dial to 13 Fried Chicken, select Less or More (for 2 chicken breasts, choose Less). This is the best equipment for preparing chicken breast because I noticed that the Microwave Oven starts by steaming the chicken breasts first, then proceeds to air fry it and repeats the process. The result is very succulent pieces of white meat - you will never achieve the same juiciness and taste with the pan fry technique. I know this because I tried it haha… check out my previous blog on my ode to epic fails ^.^
Add chicken stock so that it covers the couscous
Heat pan until boils
Turn heat off and let the couscous cook on its own
Blanch broccolini’s stalk first, followed by the leafy parts
Make sure they are removed from the boiling water within 7 seconds
Chop some kyuri and set aside
After that, just assemble and enjoy!
Let me know if you feel great the next morning :)