13.05.2014 – It is really not a good idea to start off the eat clean challenge over the weekends and furthermore with holiday along the way. Having both landlord and landlady who often whip up something delicious from the kitchen is not helping at all! To date, a few of my eat clean days didn’t quite end with clean eating. LOL. They all ended tergendala over dinner with sinful indulgence of pork chop on Day 1, herbal duck soup with rice on Day 2, and as for Day 3…read ahead to find out if I succeed or not 😀
Day 3 falls on a public holiday (Wesak Day) and since I’ll be home the whole day, l swapped Day 3’s menu because Day 4 consists of egg omelet for breakfast, and that means I will need to wake up early to cook it before heading to work. So, might as well swap lah.
#Day 3 Eat Clean Breakfast: Shallots & Basil Omelet topped with Cherry Tomatoes
This omelet is not like your ordinary plain omelet but packed with exotic aroma from basil leaves and sweet flavours from the shallots. And because the omelet was a tad dry, I added sliced cherry tomatoes on top, also to give it a vibrant touch to it.
SHALLOTS & BASIL LEAVE OMELET
Makes 1 serving
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large eggs for women; 3 large eggs for men
4 basil leaves, roughly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper
- Beat eggs into a mixing bowl with salt and pepper until well combined. I like mine well beaten until bubbles form 😀
- Heat olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until softened. minutes.
- Pour the egg into the skillet and sprinkle the sliced basil leaves and cheese on top. Turn the heat to low and cook 1 minute, or until the bottom of the omelet is set and the top is only slightly liquidy. Carefully flip the omelet and cook 1 minute.
- Transfer to a serving plate. Garnished with sliced cherry tomatoes, at your preference.
#Day 3 Eat Clean Lunch: “Roasted” Chicken on Garden Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
The original recipe uses lentils as the source of protein for the meal. I replaced the lentil with chicken breast because I didn’t buy any (I’m not a fan). Since the first time trying out cooking chicken breast using the microwave, I decided to cook a big batch of chicken breast so that I can keep and eat on other days and also because it is so easy to make! Plus, the chicken breast didn’t turn out as dry as I thought it would be. Still tender and juicy just like roasted in the oven! Best part is, it only takes approximately 15 minutes to get the chicken done. #somuchwin Will do a separate post on this chicken micro-cooking-wonder.
“ROASTED” CHICKEN ON GARDEN SALAD WITH LIME DRESSING
Makes 1 serving
1/2 chicken breast from the BIG BATCH ROAST CHICKEN BREASTS (leftover from Monday)
1/2 medium red bell pepper, cut into rough 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 medium seedless cucumber, cut into rough 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon Big Batch Lime Vinaigrette (recipe below)
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into 4
2 cups fresh crispy lettuce, washed and dried
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the chicken, and toss to combine. Make sure everything is evenly coated with dressing. Transfer to a bowl or plate.
- Cut the chicken breast and arrange on the salad and ready to serve.
BIG BATCH LIME VINAIGRETTE
Makes 1/3 cup
juice of 2 limes, strained (approximately 1/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar (or 1 teaspoon honey)
1/4 cup olive oil
In a mixing bowl, combine lime juice, salt and honey. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while vigorously whisking the mixture with a small whisk. Whisk for an additional 30 seconds after all of the oil has been added.
Vinaigrette will keep up to 5 days, refrigerated in an airtight container.
#Day 3 Eat Clean Supper: Sweet Crunchy Pepper
Thinly sliced sweet fresh crunchy pear for supper.
Day 3’s eat clean challenge was ALMOST perfect! Well, again dinner tergendala BUT close enough to a perfect eat clean day because my landlady cooked ABC soup. Considering it as pretty successful except that I cheated on a small bowl of rice to go with the soup. huhuhu..
The original recipes for Day 3 Eat Clean Challenge can be found here.
Well, as you can see, I tweaked most of the recipes and I don’t follow them 100%. I improvise the recipe based on the ingredients I have and more on what I love to eat. I wrote my disclaimer before here. So, haters be gone. kthxbai!
#icandoit #just2weeks #eatclean