Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lemon Curry Baked Haddock

Tonight I came home from yoga absolutely famished. I had nothing in the fridge and still managed to whip together this exotic dinner recipe. Enjoy!

Lemon Curry Baked Haddock

1 tsp coconut oil
4 sliced green onions
1 sliced carrot
1/2 sliced apple
1 piece haddock

Curry Sauce
1/2 squeezed lemon juice
4 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp cayenne powder
cracked pepper

Take the coconut oil and add it to a small skillet. Add onions and cook over medium heat until tender.

Add your sliced carrots and apples. Continue cooking for only 3-4 minutes. Add cracked black pepper and cayenne powder. 

Remove ingredients from skillet and add to a baking dish. Add either fresh or defrosted haddock. If you cut them up into palm-sized pieces they'll cook faster.

I got my haddock from Costco. They were only $14 for 5 pieces individually wrapped.

Add your curry sauce overtop, cover the dish with tin-foil and bake at 400 for 12 minutes.

Servings: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Deliciousness: Extreme

Breakfast Scramble with Fresh Mint

I love breakfast. I love it in the morning, and I love it with coffee, and I love the routine, and I love how it makes me feel and I love starting my day with a happy full belly.

A few comments about my recipes. I focus on the natural benefits of each ingredient.
1. For example, I eat a lot of onions. They have very high natural anti-bacterial properties and if you heat them up, they really don't taste like anything. I guess I use them as a natural filler for a lot of recipes.

2. I use cinnamon on everything. Whenever I eat fruit, I pour a whole load of cinnamon on top. I also use it to sweeten up recipes without using sugar. It helps to stabilize blood sugar and keep your hunger down.

3. Cayenne powder or Tabasco sauce is amazing if your goal is weight loss. It will naturally speed up your metabolism and add flavour without adding calories.

4. No more salt. For those of you who personally know me, you know that I used to over-use salt. I would lick on a salt stick if I could. But once you cut it out, after about 10 days, you won't miss it. Do not add salt to ANYTHING. Sodium is naturally found in a lot of foods, so just go with that.

Breakfast Scramble with Fresh Mint

1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 diced mushroom
1/2 diced tomato
1 egg
1 splash of Almond milk
2 tbsp Hot salsa
1 bunch of fresh mint
3 sliced strawberries
Cracked black pepper
Cayenne powder

Take 1 tsp of coconut oil and put it into a little frying pan. Add your onions and heat over medium. 

When your onions are kind of see through, add cracked black pepper and cayenne powder (as much as you want). Then add mushrooms and tomatoes. Saute on low heat for 5 minutes. 

In a little bowl mix your almond milk, egg, and salsa. Add more cracked black pepper here. 

Pour your mixture into the frying pan. Cover with a lid and cook over low heat for 6-8 minutes. Do not open the lid until it's done (it will become fluffier if you don't take the lid off).

Put your sliced strawberries onto your place and cover with cinnamon. 

Place your fresh mint into a side bowl. You'll eat this mint alongside the meal. Add finished scramble to the plate and make yourself a cup of coffee. Enjoy! 

Monday, May 28, 2012

My Paleo Journey

            My name is Azin and I’m 27 years old. I live in Downtown Vancouver and have dual careers as Makeup Artist/Operating Room Nurse. I’m a city girl who loves beauty, fashion, surgery, and Paleolithic living. If anything, I’m probably more of a cave-girl than a city girl.

I started eating Paleo on February 27, 2012. I had 2 days where I fell off the wagon, but I got right back up and have been going strong ever since. Today marks my 3-month anniversary!!

The main reason I started eating Paleo was because I was bored with my eating routine. Don’t get me wrong, I was eating very healthy at the time but I had a very imbalanced diet. If I didn’t have specific instructions then I would just eat whatever was in the fridge/pantry. Then I would be hungry again an hour later. I ate lots of quinoa, oatmeal, brown rice, and popcorn. I would crave popcorn like an African craves water. Now, 3 months later, the only types of cravings I get are for red meat and more red meat.

When I first started following the Paleo diet I used the 30-day meal plan found in Robb Wolf's book The Paleo Solution. It was important for me to use this meal plan because I had no idea what I was doing. I needed guidance, structure, and exposure to the variety of recipes that you can create with Paleo. After 30 days I understood the core concepts of Paleolithic living and was excited to put my own spin on things.

My recipes are based on 4 ground rules: affordable, creative, tasty, fat-blasting.

My first ground rule is really important to me because I’m a single girl living in the city. I love beauty and fashion, so if I can save money on food and instead spend it on having fun, then sign me up!

My second ground rule is also really important to me. Before I started Paleo I would literally eat popcorn for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I had absolutely no motivation to cook because I was bored out of my mind by the same old recipes.  My nutrition was poor and but I thought I was in okay shape.

My third ground rule is also really important because it’s the reason that I actually eat the food! I’ve developed my palate to enjoy foods and spices that I used to absolutely hate. One spice in particular is curry. I can’t tell you how much I hated curry. I wouldn’t even step foot into an Indian restaurant for fear of smelling like curry. But now I love curry powder!

My fourth ground rule makes me very happy. Fat-blasting! What better reason to stick to a diet than weight-loss. While I have only lost 10 lbs since I started Paleo, I feel like I’ve lost more because my body shape has changed so much. The biggest difference has been in my stomach. By no means do I have abs, but it's definitely a lot flatter. 

My favorite meal is breakfast, but they tend to resemble brunch more than anything. I’m constantly eating almonds and I always start my day off with at least one cup of coffee. Cinnamon will be your new favorite all-purpose spice. It literally tastes good on everything! An always use cayenne powder or Tabasco sauce, that’s a no-brainer.

I’m dedicating this blog to Paleolithic recipes. I’ll post videos recipes or picture recipes. Even if you follow these recipes once a day/once a week/or all the time, you’ll be hooked! (Plus you’ll lose weight!!!)