Sunday, August 25, 2013
My first "Refuse to Regain" soup -- the salmon, celery and tomato experiment -- was all gone yesterday. The R2R concept here: focusing on "primarian" foods compatible with our evolutionary history, pre-farming: so hunter/gatherer veggies, fruits and lean protein, but no grains or legumes.
Yesterday I tried a variant on an Asian chicken vegetable theme: no edamame or peanuts (to eliminate legumes) and no soba buckwheat or rice noodles or brown rice (to eliminate grains).
Just chicken and lots and lots of vegetables!
I made it simple and quick by using a 1.75 kg bag of frozen Asian veggies (the kind with green beans, bell peppers, broccoli, onions, mushrooms and water chestnuts, but no mini corn cobs: corn also being a grain).
Ingredients include: chicken broth; 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cubed; about an inch of fresh ginger root, grated; chile pepper flakes; Chinese five spice; a little low-sodium soya sauce (yup, I recognize that's a little legume sneaking in) ; the Asian veggies plus lots of baby bok choy; and lots of fresh cilantro, chopped.
Tastes just great -- really spicy. And the extra vegetables, so briefly cooked, provide lots of "body" and texture.
All an experiment -- at some point I'll be using up my pantry supplies of couscous and quinoa and whole grain spaghetti noodles and canned chickpeas and oatmeal -- but it's interesting! Changing it up, trying something new helps me sustain motivation.
[Another motivator . . . fashion finds. Bought off the sale rack for $10 yesterday: very dark burgundy velvet skinnies!! So soft and comfy! Next weekend I'll be putting away the white summer cottons . . . . ]