Quick,  & Healthy Teriyaki Chicken

Quick, & Healthy Teriyaki Chicken

It has been such a long time since I’ve posted a recipe here.  Since my little girl started Kindergarten this year I feel like someone has pressed the fast forward button on my life – there is just so much going on at the moment!  I hope to be more active with you all from now on – especially now that the weather is getting warmer and I am feeling more inspired in the kitchen to whip up some new fresh and healthy meals!

PS:  My cookbook is currently on sale AND for the month of September,  I am offering free postage as well!  Head over to the shop here and enter the code SPRINGTIME at the checkout and you won’t have to pay for postage!

This healthy Teriyaki Chicken dish is so easy it doesn’t really qualify as a recipe.  My kids love it with rice and we enjoy it with cauliflower rice (as pictured).  I have shared my instructions for cauliflower rice before on this website here and also in my book.  This is a quick and super tasty meal for young and old alike – I hope you enjoy it!

Quick and Healthy Teriyaki Chicken

What you will need:

  • 2 chicken breasts (or thighs if you prefer) diced
  • Oil of your choice – coconut oil, olive oil, butter
  • A handful of parsley for garnish (optional)

Marinade – whisk the following together in a bowl

  • 3 Tablespoons Tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste

Method:

Toss the chicken through the marinade until well coated.  If you have time, you can let it sit for an hour or so to marinate, but if you are in a hurry that’s fine too!

Put some coconut oil/olive oil/ butter in a pan and stir fry the chicken until it’s cooked through and coated with a heavenly glaze.

Serve over your choice of rice with some parsley for garnish.

If you would prefer, you could baste a couple of chicken breasts or thighs and bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 30 minutes (or until cooked through).  Drumsticks and wings would work brilliantly too!

Enjoy!

Healthy Teriyaki Chicken

Healthy Teriyaki Chicken

 

Asian-Inspired Zoodle Salad by The Shrinking Hubby

Asian-Inspired Zoodle Salad by The Shrinking Hubby

There is a dish I’ve been making for years consisting of an Asian-inspired marinade tossed through buckwheat noodles and served with Salmon.  Absolutely DELICIOUS!  The other night I was craving the flavours but really wanted a super light meal.  I can’t believe it had never occurred to me before to replace the noodles with ‘zoodles’ (zucchini noodles)!  Needless to say it was delicious and definitely hit the spot!

I posted this photo on Facebook and Instagram and it received such a positive response so I thought I had better share it with you all!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did :-)

PS – if this recipe tickles your fancy you might be interested in checking out my cookbook The Shrinking Hubby’s Healthy Food We Love To Eat.  Full of over 50 healthy ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert – all easy to create and family friendly.  All my recipes are Gluten Free, Refined-Sugar Free and most are Dairy Free and Thermomix Friendly. All my products are currently on sale (no code required!) which you can check out here:  www.theshrinkinghubby.com/buy-book.  Enjoy XX

Asian-inspired Zoodle Salad by The Shrinking Hubby

Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the Zoodles:

  • 2-3 zucchinis/courgettes per person
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh Lemon Juice (or lime juice)
  • A vegetable spiraliser (or you can use a vegetable peeler for a ‘fettucine effect’ if you don’t have a spiraliser)

For the Marinade:

  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Macadamia Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Mirin
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Tamari
  • Juice of ½ Lime

For the Salad:

  • 2 Green Shallots (sliced)
  • ¼ Cup Toasted Sunflower/Pepita seeds
  • 1 Finely Diced Red Chilli (seeds removed).  If you like your food spicy – keep the seeds in!
  • 1/2 Bunch Coriander Leaves
  • 1/2 Bunch Parsley Leaves

Method:

Make your Zoodles according to the instructions below.

While your Zoodles are resting, shake the marinade ingredients together in a jar.

When the Zoodles have drained (or after about 15 minutes) add them to your salad bowl and toss through the shallots, chilli and half of the coriander and parsley.

Drizzle with the marinade and top with the reserved ingredients and seeds.

Serve with some grilled salmon or chicken or on its own for a tasty and very light meal. PS – if you have some sesame seeds (which I didn’t this time) – these would be delicious toasted and sprinkled over the top to serve!

Making your Zoodles:

Create the zucchini noodles using a vegetable spiraliser (see note below).  Place noodles in a colander, sprinkle liberally with good quality sea salt, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and drizzle with a splash of olive oil.  Toss and let sit for about 15-30 minutes (if you have time).  You will find a lot of liquid leaves the noodles which means that they will shrink down quite a bit.

NOTE:

  1. I have tried many spiralisers to make these vegetable ‘noodles’ and the GEFU Spiral Slicer Spiral Fix is by far the easiest and most effective I’ve used.
  2. Zoodles are great – and so versatile.  You can heat them up before serving, or have them raw – they are delicious both ways!
  3. PS:  If you like the idea of Zucchini noodles and want more inspiration I have used Zucchini noodles previously with the delicious Dina’s Tomato Sauce here, my Salmon with Pesto Zucchini Noodles here and we absolutely love our zucchini noodle ‘spaghetti bolognese’ here!
My Asian-Inspired Zoodles are delicious served with BBQ salmon.

My Asian-Inspired Zoodles are delicious served with BBQ salmon.

 

 

 

The Shrinking Hubby on Studio 10 – Watch It Here!

The Shrinking Hubby on Studio 10 – Watch It Here!

Well, we have had such an exciting morning!  We were very lucky to have been invited to appear on Channel 10’s Studio 10 programme this morning with Ita Buttrose, Dicko and Sarah Harris.  Everyone was so lovely and attentive and we got to share Andrew’s incredible story about his 60 kg weight loss with so many people.  It was really fantastic!

You can watch the segment here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smOne0Uy98o&feature=youtu.be

Because of the success of the segment, my website couldn’t handle the traffic – which is why it looks a bit different at the moment!  But I appreciate your patience and wanted to let you know that if you want to purchase the book or eBook you can get your copy here:

 www.theshrinkinghubby.com/buy-book.

As a special offer for studio 10 viewers I am offering free shipping (Australia-wide) using the code studio10 at the checkout!

 

For those who missed it I will post the link to the segment as soon as it comes to hand.

Thank you again for your patience, I hope you love my book as much as we do and wishing you all the very best in your own health journeys!

Cheers,

Alix and Andrew

The Shrinking Hubby’s Healthy Food We Love To Eat – Cookbook Now Available!

The Shrinking Hubby’s Healthy Food We Love To Eat – Cookbook Now Available!

Healthy Food We Love To Eat is my first cookbook and is the result of a decade of countless hours spent in the kitchen experimenting with recipes to support my husband Andrew in losing an enormous 60 kilos (130 pounds). Our whole family has permanently embraced a healthy lifestyle and this cookbook includes over 50 of our favourite recipes.

 

I am so proud of this book which has been beautifully designed and photographed.  It presents in a simple and easy to follow format for both Thermomix and non-Thermomix users alike.

All my recipes are gluten free, refined sugar free and many are dairy free.  The simplicity of the recipes will have you and your family enjoying delicious flavours and some of your favourite foods without feeling deprived – all while enjoying the added energy and vitality that better food choices bring.  Healthy Breakfasts, Vibrant Smoothies, Hearty Soups, My Favourite Salads, Healthy Meals for Lunch and Dinner and Sweet Treats provide something for everyone . . . click here to buy the book now and be inspired to get into the kitchen and start creating delicious meals that are perfect for you and your family!

As a very special offer for a limited time, I am offering free shipping throughout Australia. Just use the code MOTHERSDAY at the checkout.

Happy Cooking!

Love, Alix

XX

 

Surviving The Silly Season

I am still struggling to come to terms with the fact that it is already December.  We personally have had a massive year filled with lots of exciting adventures but it has really flown!  So here we are at that time of the year when everyone is trying to squeeze catch ups and celebrations in before the year ends and 2015 rolls in.  

I know that when I am in my normal routine it is a lot easier to stay on track with my food and general well-being.  When you are eating out a lot more than normal it becomes challenging to stay in control of what you are eating and drinking, and if you don’t have iron-clad willpower (let’s face it – how many of us really do?!) then you can pretty much guarantee that you will over indulge.  

Here are my top 5 tips to staying on track during this crazy time.

1.  Drink lots (and lots and lots) of water.  Try and drink at least 3 litres per day.  If like us you are living Down Under  you’ll need it to help your body deal not just with toxins but also with the heat – and we are expecting a scorcher of a summer in Australia this year!

2.  Don’t let your training regime go out the window.  Make sure you commit to as many of your regular sessions as you can, and if you can pick up a couple of extra workouts to make up for relaxing your diet, then that’s all the better for you!  If you can find a training buddy to keep you accountable and motivated it will make it much easier to stick to your resolve.

3.  Don’t skimp on your sleep.  Yes there might be some late nights celebrating, but make an extra effort to turn the screens off and have early nights when you don’t have stuff on.  You should be aiming for at least 7 hours sleep – more at this time of the year would be even better!

4.  Eat more greens!  Full of essential nutrients to help your body detox and recover, eating more leafy greens at this time of year will really make a difference.  Throw a handful of spinach in your scrambled eggs in the morning, or in your protein shake.  Even better, now is a good time to make a green smoothie a daily ritual.  My favourite green smoothie is a blend of spinach, cucumber, lemon,green apple, ginger, turmeric, ice and filtered water.  I also like to add my supplements including a probiotic powder, greens powder and collagen.  All which keep me on top of my game!

5.  Try not to stress about it!  Stress is probably the most toxic thing you can do to your body.  It’s been a big year, why shouldn’t you be able to let your air down and enjoy yourself a little more than usual?!  Do the best you can but don’t beat yourself up for having a bit of fun over the next few weeks.  Just make sure you resolve to jump straight back on the wagon in the new year.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and all the best for 2015!

X

Alix

 

3 Home Workouts Guaranteed To Test You Regardless Of Your Ability – Guest Post By Jess Robinson of Lazy Girl Fitness

There are many reasons why it’s not always possible to get to the gym. It could be your kids, absent partners, lack of time and/or lack of motivation to walk through those often intimidating gym doors.  I am often relegated to my garage to train  and so I am always on the lookout for nifty little workouts that I can pull out and use.

Lucky for you guys, I asked my good friend Jess from Lazy Girl Fitness for a selection of workouts so you can start doing the same thing.  It doesn’t matter how fit you are! Here is an example of a beginner, intermediate and advanced workout to get you started.  I tried the advanced one with a good friend last week and it wasn’t pretty, we were a sweaty mess by the end of it, but it was fun and we felt amazing all day!

So give at least one of these a go this weekend and let me know how you feel after!  Thanks Jess!!!

We were a sweaty mess but it was loads of fun!

We were a sweaty mess but it was loads of fun!

3 Home Workouts Guaranteed To Test You Regardless Of Your Ability

By Jess Robinson of Lazy Girl Fitness

No matter where you are on the spectrum of fitness, planning a workout can be tough. How long should the session go? What body parts should I work? Why am I having a complete mind blank on ideas?

We’ve all been there.

Luckily, putting together workouts is one of my favourite things, so today I’ve done not one, but three for you! All are no-equipment bodyweight workouts that can be done anywhere – from the gym to your backyard or even your living room. And everyone’s a winner because I’ve designed a beginner, intermediate and advanced session.

No excuses guys!

Beginner Workout

This total body workout is a great place to begin, full of simple exercises that will get your heart rate up and your muscles into gear, When you’re just starting out, it’s important to include ample rest time in your program. As you progress, feel free to increase the intensity of the workout by decreasing your rest time and/or increasing the intensity at which you perform the exercises.

Lazy Girl Fitness Workout For Beginners

Lazy Girl Fitness Workout For Beginners

 

Intermediate Workout

OK we’re starting to really work now. Part one of this workout will send your heart rate skyrocketing. Part two is all about intensity – go as hard and as fast as you can (while keeping good form) and try to better yourself with each round. This workout isn’t a long one, but you should be dripping with sweat by the time you’re done.

 

Lazy Girl Fitness' Intermediate Workout

Lazy Girl Fitness’ Intermediate Workout

 

Advanced Workout

Yikes. You know that any session starting with five minutes of burpees is going to be a doozy! It’s a 45-minute full-body HIIT session that focuses on big movements for maximum calorie burn and finishes with a cheeky little abs circuit. If you don’t curse me by the end then I’ll be a bit surprised.

Lazy Girl Fitness' Advanced Workout

Lazy Girl Fitness’ Advanced Workout

 

Hope you enjoy them!

About The Author:

Jess Robinson is a certified personal trainer, outdoor fitness instructor, writer and sub-editor, based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. She created Lazy Girl Fitness in the hopes of building a positive online community where everyone – from the fitness-crazed to the fitness-phobic – can come together for workout ideas, conversation and empowerment. She also needed somewhere to post pictures of her dog.

You can read more on her blog here, follow her on facebook at here or twitter/instagram @LazyGirlFit

PS – Jess is holding a Get Set For Summer 6 week bootcamp in Sydney in November – if you are interested please check out the link here.

jessandlou

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