It is hard for me to eat so much fruit. I am required to eat 1 1/2 c. of fruit, 5 times a day on this phase. I made steel cut oats for breakfast. letting it cook overnight in the crockpot. For lunch I had a large spinach salad topped with tuna fish and sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and for dinner we had.......
this absolutely delicious Chicken Broccoli Bowl that I slightly adapted from a recipe in the book The Fast Metabolism Diet. I liked that the entire group of us could eat and enjoy the same thing for dinner. I think that one of the benefits of this eating plan is that it is easily adaptable to eating with others which is always important to me.
Before I share the recipe with you I want to talk a bit about how I am feeling after 2 complete days on this eating plan. I felt pretty good yesterday, however I awoke twice during the night with a headache probably from caffeine withdrawal. It was gone when I got out of bed but I am feeling a little shaky, weepy and have a touch of nauseau today. I am sure this is part of the detox process and will, hopefully, soon pass.
I ate a sprouted grain English muffin and berries for breakfast. My out of town guests and I went out shopping. I snacked on cherries in the car. We went to The Little Mustard Seed for lunch where I had a black bean quinoa salad and a pear. My headache was back and I was still feeling yucky so when we got home I took a nap. I felt much better when I got up, snacked on raspberries while I prepared dinner. Dinner was like a normal dinner for me, grilled pork loin, sweet potato, salad and green beans. I had to add a grain so I ate some brown rice crackers for dessert as we drove to choir practice. Snacked on an apple and now get to relax before bedtime.
I will update you occasionally during this venture I am undertaking and sharing the meals that I make for us during this 28 day period. I adapted this recipe by changing up some of the veggies and making enough to serve 6 people instead 4. I also cooked the brown rice much longer than suggested in the book, following the instructions on the package
Chicken Broccoli Bowl
slightly adapted from The Fast Metabolism Diet
4 c. chicken broth
1 c. water
3/4 c. vidalia onions, diced
3/4 c .carrots, diced
3/4 c. celery, diced
2 T. parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. brown rice
1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1" chunks
4 c. broccoli crowns
1 red pepper, seeded and cut into strips
1/2 lime, juiced
2 T. parsley, minced
Place broth and water in a stock pot or dutch oven. Add the onions, carrots, celery, parsley and garlic. Bring to a rolling boil, add rice, reduce heat and gently boil, covered, for 40-50 minutes until liquid i absorbed and rice is tender.
While rice is cooking, toss the chicken, broccoli and red pepper with the lime juice, salt, pepper and parsley. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375* oven for 35-40 minutes, until chicken is cooked and broccoli is tender.
Place a scoop of rice into each bowl and top with the chicken and vegetables. Print Recipe