Enormous Kabocha Protein Shake

IMG_1914If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you may have noticed the lack of shake recipes and the plethora of protein cake recipes. (Check here and here for some awesome ones.) And that is because I always like to eat my calories, rather than drink them. Personally, if I drink a protein shake that is just powder mixed with water, I’m not going to feel satiated at all. There is nothing satisfying about that either!

However, throw in a whole bunch of ice cubes, add a couple secret ingredients, and voila! You have yourself a super filling, super satisfying, creamy delicious protein shake masterpiece what will make you feel full, satisfied and super happy! Or at least that’s how I feel. And for only a few extra calories.  Continue reading

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Cabbage Rolls

A few years ago, I made a chicken cordon bleu recipe from Hungry Girl. I remember thinking it was really good, so I decided to try a version of that again. But, I wanted to include some vegetables. In the past, I’ve tried stuffing chicken with veggies, which can work fine, but this time I wanted to try in-casing the chicken in a vegetable. Enter cabbage rolls! I’ve never actually made real cabbage rolls before, and I’m not exactly sure what all goes down with them, but what I did worked pretty well, so I’m going to share it.

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Convenience Foods- Korean Bodybuilding Chicken

Last year, I worked at an English Hagwon, which is a Korean private study academy. Students here go to these academies after they’ve finished their regular school day. They take classes like English, Math, Science etc… anything to possibly get them a leg up on getting into their preferred Universities once they get to that age. Even though these are elementary students, the pressure for them to perform is already very much present. I now teach at a Public Highschool, but most of the students here don’t go to a Hagwon. That’s because they go to school from 7:50am to 10:00pm. No joke. Some do go to academies after this time- I’ve ran into my students at 10:30 pm on their way to a study hall, or science academy. It breaks my heart but I’ve realized it is not in my power or ability to make any kind of change to the system. I could go on about the pressure and stress of the overworked Korean student, however that is not my goal for today. Instead, I wanted to share a convenience food that I learned about from one of my co-teachers from the Hagwon last year: Korean bodybuilder chicken.

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You too can look like this if you eat my sausages 😉

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Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Yeast Bread

Hello out there! I’m super excited to get back to recipe making and blogging! I’ve been trying not to go too crazy but there are just so many things I want to try!! applebread (22 of 27)

One thing I really miss is yeasty bread. Make it crusty, seedy, yeasty bread and you really got me! Alas, this isn’t your typical yeast bread, but you know what- it does taste delicious! I got the idea after seeing some recipes over on Foodie Fiasco– Kelly has some awesome stuff. But I’ve changed it up to make it single serving, and more suited to my macros. Continue reading

Sweet Kabocha Puree

Last week I promised the recipe for the dip you saw with the Low Carb Protein Stick recipe, so here it is!

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As you know, I LOVE kabocha. Love Love Love Love Love Love Love kabocha!!! Actually now, I get a discount at my local “Angel Home Mart”- just a random Korean grocery store on danhobak  단호박, as it’s called here. I told them it is my favourite, and because they like me, they say “special discount, only for you” 🙂 Continue reading

Low Carb Protein Sticks

This week I’m breaking the post into two parts. This post will be the protein part. Next week will be the carb part. Together, these recipes have been my post workout meal of choice recently. IMG_1426-25So what is a protein stick? Um well basically it’s just a protein pancake that has been cut into stick form. Exciting right? Continue reading

What is a healthy diet?

This is such a challenging subject it seems. And yet it isn’t. But what makes a healthy diet is still such an area of confusion to so many people. And even when you follow your version of a healthy diet- is it really that?

I thought I would share my thoughts on diet. As a person who has been very food focused for many years, I’ve definitely read a great deal, experimented a lot, and am still finding myself frustrated and confused.

However, right now, and since I hired my coach, I feel better than I have all year. Do I look better? Well I still don’t feel as lean as I like to, but my show is still 6 weeks away and slowly but surely I am getting there. Before I go into what I’m doing now, I’ll share some of the things I’ve tried. And keep in mind, that although these things have worked for weight loss, they haven’t been very good for health or performance. Continue reading

Curried Chicken with Creamy Veggie Puree

I sort of have a love hate relationship with chicken.

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It’s one of those foods that is usually safe to get when you eat out, and is pretty readily available, both positives. Also, it fits into my meal plan on both rest days and training days, so its easy for me too cook a big batch and be able to eat it every day of the week. However- whenever you end up eating something over and over and over… you can get pretty sick of it. Continue reading

Tom Yam Soup with Mackerel (or frogs!)

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!  And although it is the Year of the Snake, I’m posting something with frogs- if you so dare!_MG_1286Okay so I made this soup with mackerel, a perfectly normal fish, when I made this at home.. however- I did partake in jungle frog Tom Yam soup when I went on a trek in the Northern Thailand jungle. Continue reading