Asian Chicken Stir Fry

One of the easiest recipes to throw together if you are busy or are on the go is a stir fry.

Simply take chicken breast strips and cook with broccoli, onions, carrots and mix with a sauce of consisting of of oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and a touch of sesame seeds.
The great thing about a stir fry is that it can easily be adapted based on your preferences and plan. You can play around with different vegetables, proteins, and spices, depending on what ingredients are on your Metabolic Balance plan.
For example, for phase 2 leave out the sesame seeds and use the lemon juice only if lemons are on your plan. If lemons are not part of your plan you can add some lemon zest.

Yogurt with Watermelon

Watermelon is coming into season and this recipe below is perfect for summer!

Ingredients (1 serving):
1 serving of natural yogurt
1 serving of watermelon
1 pinch of cinnamon

Preparation:
Put the yogurt into a pot and warm it up. Place it in a small bowl and season with cinnamon. Remove the watermelon skin and cut the flesh into bite-sized pieces. Mix the yogurt with the watermelon and enjoy!

Meal Plan Flexibility

Can you find the protein component in this wonderfully colorful bowl? If you can not find it then you are correct!
One of the great things about a Metabolic Balance is that it is not restrictive. You have the freedom to choose to add whatever protein to this salad that is on your plan. For example, you can prepare a yogurt dressing, add in a few chick peas, or add some fish or meat. The only important thing is that you choose a single protein component on your plan and do not mix any proteins.
Rather than having a meal plan limit your choices, your Metabolic Balance plan will open you up to new ingredients and combinations.

Asparagus Salad

This fruity and fresh asparagus salad is easy to prepare and absolutely delicious!

Simply blanch a serving of green asparagus and carrots. Then add a few fresh strawberries, watercress or arugula, and mix with a light dressing made from white balsamic vinegar, a little water and – if you’re allowed in your plan- cold-pressed olive oil. Feel free to add herbs such as fresh basil, parsley, garlic, and chives for additional flavor!

Caprese Salad

One of the best things about the start of summer is all of the beautiful fresh produce that comes to markets and stores. One of our favorite dishes to make with fresh produce is a Caprese salad. Slice a few ripe and juicy tomatoes and layer with fresh herbs such as basil or even an herb based pesto. Season with salt, pepper, olive oil, and some balsamic vinegar!

This recipe can also be modified and adapted with different vegetables and ingredients to fit almost any plan.

Mango SmoothiešŸ„­

Yesterday we published a post about the delicious and nutritious mango!

Today we have a very simple, but absolutely refreshing recipe for you: a wonderful mango smoothie:

Take a serving of ripe mango and some fresh ginger and puree in blender until smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass, add some cold sparkling water, stir, and enjoy! The combination of spicy ginger and sweet mango creates a delicious and refreshing smoothie.

If you are not a fan of sparkling water, simply add enough tap water to the blender and mix until you achieve the desired consistency. For a colder drink you can also add ice cubes to the blender and puree until the ice cubes are incorporated.

Barbecue Marinade

In the United States, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, which means grilling season! Today we want to share a recipe for a delicious barbecue marinade that is easy to make and perfect to try!

Mix 1 cup (250 mL) rapeseed oil with a teaspoon of sea salt, freshly ground pepper, 1 large grated onion and 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley. For extra flavor you can add in 2 chopped garlic cloves or spices such as smoked paprika or red pepper flakes. Place any type of protein or vegetable in the marinade for at least three hours, or even better overnight before grilling. Enjoy!

Grilled Eggplant

Today we have another delicious summer recipe: grilled eggplant. Simple to prepare, this is an ideal dish for sharing.

Cut the eggplants in half, score the flesh, and then cook on the grill or in the oven until the eggplant is nice and soft. While the eggplant is cooking, take yogurt (according to your plan) and season with salt and pepper and any other spices (cumin, red pepper flakes etc.). Remove the eggplant from the grill and serve with the yogurt and fresh herbs (mint, parsley etc.). This recipe also works great with other vegetables such as zucchini and bell peppers.

Tip: Sprinkle the eggplant with salt and allow to sit on a paper towel for 10-15 minutes. This removes some of the water and allows for faster cooking.

Salad Bowls

Bowls whether in the form of a “burrito bowl”, “Buddha bowl”, or salad bowl have become very popular over the years. Rather than going out and buying one, these can be made very easily at home. Simply mix salad greens and vegetables on your plan as desired and combine with a protein component. Give variety to your plates by creating unique combinations using different dressings and spices. The recipe we want to share today uses grated carrots, cucumber, spring onion, green chili and baby spinach with beef tenderloin. For the meat, we simply seasoned it with salt and pepper, wrapped it in aluminium foil and braised it in the oven. The dressing is a simple vinaigrette.
Feel free to experiment with the ingredients on your plan to make tasty creations!

Apple-Oat Crumble with Walnuts

Eating a healthy and balanced diet, has a wide range of positive effects on your body including on your skin and hair. For example, apples contain valuable vitamins and nutrients that are important for healthy looking skin. The recipe below is a great way to incorporate apples into your diet. Ā 

Ingredients (1 serving):
160 g (1 cup) of sour apples (e.g. Granny Smith)
30 g rolled oats
15 g butter
20 g chopped walnuts
Cinnamon
Vanilla
Lemon juice
Pinch of saltĀ 

Preparation:
Cut the apple into small cubes or slices, mix with lemon juice and place into a small greased casserole dish. Combine the nuts and oats and then add together with the butter, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Gently work the mixture with your hands to form crumbles. Spread the mixture over the apple slices and bake at 300 Ā°F (150 Ā°C) for 20 to 30 minutes.Ā Enjoy!

The crumble can be adapted to your own plan depending on the phase and food list. If you donā€™t have lemon on your plan, you can substitute lemon zest. Instead of oats you can also use rye flakes and some chia seeds.