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Apres-Gym Meal: Seared Chicken Breast with Pineapple Barley

Lately I’ve been working pretty hard at the gym: I’m trying the fewer reps/ heavier weights routine, and find it actually very satisfying.  After a workout I try to eat something healthy, filling and high in protein: much like this barley and chicken combo.

I already had cooked barley that I made in a rice cooker the day before. I mixed it up with some onion, garlic, chili pepper and pineapple slices – stir-frying until warm. Then I added a teaspoon of fish sauce to add a bit of depth and 2 teaspoons of soy sauce to add a bit of salt.

I seared the chicken on a very hot pan for about 4- 5 minutes on each side.

Serve with cilantro.

You can easily make this with any other whole grain you like!


Chicken Satay

We love getting chicken satay in restaurants. When I had some boneless/ skinless chicken thighs, I thought it would be really fun to try making the satay ourselves!

They went fast, so pretty staged pictures for you 🙂

You will need:

Chicken, thighs or breasts, cut into strips

For the marinade (measurements are approximate):

2-3 inches ginger

3-4 garlic cloves

juice of 2 limes

scallions, chopped

1 small onion, diced

soy sauce (maybe about 1/4 cup)

1 Tbsp sesame oil

You will also need a grill pan and some wooden skewers


– Marinate the chicken overnight, or at least of couple of hours

– Soak the wooden skewers in water and lime juice for at least 40 minutes

– Skewer the chicken, drying it off and shaking off the chunky marinade

– Grill ’em for 3-4 minutes per side (I used a grill pan)

Serve with a Spicy Peanut Sauce (this is a variation on the one on the Food Network website)

Spicy Peanut Sauce:

3 Tbsp smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup water

2 tsp fish sauce

1-2 tsp chili garlic sauce

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp agave nectar

Whisk until smooth!


Ground Beef with Spicy Tomatillo Sauce

Amazing Mexican treat can be served as tacos or with some cilantro rice – it is delectable either way 🙂

So, after the aforementioned final I decided to treat myself and Loren to something deliciously spicy and hearty. I pretty much made this up using what I had in the pantry.

You will need:

1 – 1.5 lbs lean ground beef

1 big can of whole tomatillos

3 garlic cloves

1 tsp chopped ginger

1 big onion – diced

1 medium-sized green chili – chopped, without the seeds or membranes


chili powder

red pepper

canola oil


1. First, you will need to brown the beef with the dry spices: paprika, chili powder and red pepper.  Use your taste and judgement to determine the amounts, but in general it’s about 2/3 tbs of chili and paprika and about 1/4 tbs red pepper.

After you browned the beef, take it out and let it hang out on a paper towel on a plate to drain some fat – even though it’s lean, you’ll be surprised!

2. Next, make the sauce. Add a little canola oil to cover the pan, then throw in the garlic and ginger.  After the garlic and ginger become fragrant, add the onion and the chopped chili.  Let the goodness simmer for about ten minutes on low heat

Drain the tomatillos.  Increase the heat, and start adding the veggies (or fruit?) I like adding them whole and smashing them later.

Let the sauce simmer for 15-25 minutes.

3.  Add the beef and let the whole thing cook for another 30 minutes.

Serve with cheddar cheese, cilantro and sour cream – with rice or tortillas.