Posted in diet, health, recipe

Just a Thor’s Day Recipe

Happy Thursday! A day named after (you guess it) the Norse god  of thunder, Thor. So today, I will be sharing a recipe inspired by this pagan god. ^_^ How? By cooking using ingredients that are believed to be sacred or related to him.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs goat meat (chopped)

According to legend, whenever away from home for more than a day, the god Thor will cook his two goats (then resurrect them the following day. Convenient and he will never starve for sure but I can’t imagine what the goats might have felt like. x_x By the way, the goats also pulls Thor’s chariots and the thunder? That will basically be the chariot and their hooves marching up the skies 😛 ) Thor is also known for his generosity and love for mankind and so, according to another legend, Thor generously shared goat meat to a human family. However, the boy broke one of the bones to suck out the delicious marrow. The following day, when Thor resurrected his goats, he found out that one of his goats was limping. He was furious and demanded those humans to be his servant.

But if you don’t feel like eating goat meat, you can opt for a lamb. 🙂

  • 3 garlic cloves

Sacred to Thor, garlic protects against lightning, and is specifically a ward against the “unseelie” Alfar of Svartalfheim. Also, according to the pagan lore, wearing it while there invokes Thor’s protection.

Other herbs below… because Thor is a patron of farmers. He brings lightning, storms and rain. So we’re talking about water and rain here, something prayed for by farmers to grow crops. 🙂

  • 3 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 3 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1½ teaspoon cracked whole peppercorn
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

And something to put a bit more taste to the dish. 🙂

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions for cooking:

  1. Put the rosemary, garlic, thyme, salt, and red pepper flakes in a food processor. Hit the pulse button until the ingredients are fine and mixed well.
  2. Pour the olive oil in the food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Push the pulse button for 3 to 5 seconds.
  3. Arrange the chopped goat meat (or lamb if you prefer that) in a Ziploc bag. Pour-in the olive oil mixture and add the cracked whole peppercorn. Make sure that the chops are fully coated. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  4. Remove the bag from the fridge. Let the chops reach room temperature.
  5. Heat-up the grill. Grill each side for 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with your favorite vegetable side dish.
  7. Share and enjoy! (Because hey! The god of lightning is a generous god according to legend! 😀 )

There it is.. this will serve around 4 people. ^_^

Happy Thor’s day!

Tintin

(PS: recipe inspired from chef V. Merano post)

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Posted in breakfast, diet, health

Simple French Toast “healthier version” (beat the time, eat on time :D)

Sometimes, a girl just needs more snooze.. but that doesn’t mean that breakfast should be skipped. NO NO NO! If you want to start the day right, skipping breakfast is definitely not the right way to do it. However, who says sleep needs to be compromised either. 😛

Below is a simple French Toast I prepared this morning using the healthy stuffs in my inventory. It’s super simple, I think I did it while still half-asleep, in my pajamas, while waiting for the water to fill the rim of my pail (for a morning bath 🙂 )

Because, again, BREAKFAST is important. Skipping meals is a NO NO. But sleep also matters. 😀

Time consumed: 5 minutes

What you’ll need: 2 slices of whole wheat bread, 1 medium sized egg, 1/3 cup non-fat milk, 1 tbsp honey, 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder,

Directions:

  1. Preheat a non-stick pan over medium-low  heat. Grease it lightly. I just sprayed a lil olive oil to mine but you can use butter/ margarine as well. The latter will result to a tastier toast.
  2. While preheating, you can combine and whisk together egg, milk, honey and cinnamon. Do so until smooth.
  3. Soak the bread slice in the mixture until saturated.  I do mine one at a time so it wouldn’t be messy. x_x I know some people will dip all slices at once (it depends on you, really 😀 ) One more thing, doing french toasts using whole wheat bread is less messier that doing it with white bread since the slices can hold more mixture. White breads got easily soggy and soaked in the mixture. (go wheat bread, go! ^_^) anyway, going back…
  4. Now you just have to transfer the bread unto the preheated pan. Cook until golden brown, that’s about 1 minute. Flip and do the same for the second side.If you want to toast it a bit more, you can put a lid on top.
  5. Slice french toast in half (or eat them as is rawwwr!).
  6. You can serve it with honey or (personally, I prefer) fruits. This morning, I just ate it with a banana.

This breakfast is heavy and despite the challenges at the workplace,I didn’t feel any hunger at all before lunch time. It also satisfies my sweet tooth. 🙂

I do hope you’ll try it. Let me know what you think about it. Or if you have another version yourself, kindly share below so I can try making them myself. 🙂

To health and happiness 😛 ,

Tintin

Posted in health

Five Day Diet Plan

Hi Everyone! It’s Tin! 🙂

So last week, boyfie and I decided to start eating healthy together after months of “food trips” and eating “unclean”. 😀

When we started dating I was around 50kg and after a year, the scales show a 7kg increase. For a ton of happiness and fun, I say gaining 7 kilos isn’t that bad. hehe But hey! I don’t want to go heavy weight so might as well think of “healthier” options that we can do together. We love travelling, going on hikes, camping, exploring the world. Thus, if we don’t want to slow down or not be able to go to trips due to health conditions (super fast forward thinking but very feasible if we don’t stop eating toxic x_x), then we definitely have to do something good starting asap. 0:)

Before this, our normal meals would be something with fries, burger, fried chicken, etc. We’re very near food chains like Mcdonalds and Jollibee. Tasty and convenient.

If food chains are near, same thing goes with the supermarkets. Basically, getting the healthy stuff shouldn’t be an issue either. However, the switch will mean I have to get up earlier to prepare our food for the day. Not so convenient, but eventually, I find myself enjoying it. All the colors in the lunch box is <3. When I get the hang of it, I’m planning to do those cute bento boxes. 😀 hehe!

Anyway, we were nervous about switching to healthy mode. Boyfie and I, uhm.. we do NOT like getting hungry. That is why, so as not to shock ourselves so much, we tried doing the Zero Hunger Diet.

So when I saw the name of the ‘diet’ plan, *mental light bulb ON* and I said, “This should make a decent start!”

At the end of 5 days, I lose around 3kg (seriously!) and the coolest part is I was NEVER hungry. My skin was also a lot LOOOOOT clearer and dewey. Boyfriend wasn’t as bloated as before and I can see improvements around his waist. No abs yet, but hey we’re working on that! 😀 One step at a time.

We had cheat day on the 6th day, and we have an agreement to have one every weekend. 😀

So that’s basically what happened this week. 😛 (It’s kinda long but hey! That’s one week crunched ^_^)

Just a quick, quick info about this “Zero Hunger” diet: Meals have high water and fiber content. This is basically the reason why you feel full all day. 🙂 Important Note: You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Here’s what I did, you can do the same OR NOT. 😀 There’s no one correct way of doing it. It’s just drinking water so.. chill. 😉

  • 1 glass upon waking up (we had milk for breakfast and that’s enough fluid for us for breakfast)
  • 1 glass morning on/ before morning snack
  • 1 glass before lunch
  • 1 glass after/during lunch
  • 1 glass on/ before afternoon snack
  • 1 glass before dinner
  • 1 glass after/during dinner
  • 1 glass before going to sleep

All meals below (for 1 person)

Day 1

  • Breakfast- 100g oatmeal, 250 mL nonfat milk, 1 orange, half apple
  • Snack- Coffee, no sugar
  • Lunch- 2 slices Whole Wheat Bread, 2 chicken breasts (grilled, but I sprinkled pepper on it so it tastes better), 1/2 sliced tomato and lettuce
  • Snack- 1 plain yogurt, 2 apples
  • Dinner- 85g whole wheat pasta with tomato basil sauce, 90g lettuce with 1 tomato and 1 tbsp. low calorie dressing, 1 apple

Day 2

  • Breakfast- 100g oatmeal, 250 mL nonfat milk, 1 pear, 1 plain yogurt
  • Snack- Green Tea with lemon, 1 apple
  • Lunch- 90 g lettuce tossed with 1 small can of tuna (canned in water), 1 tomato, 1/2 cucumber, 1 tbsp. low calorie dressing, 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • Snack- 1 pear, 1 apple
  • Dinner- 170 g chicken breast, 100 g steamed vegetables

Day 3

  • Breakfast- 100g oatmeal, 250 mL nonfat milk, 1 apple
  • Snack- Coffee (no sugar)
  • Lunch- 90g lettuce, 110 g chicken breast, 1 tomato, 1/2 cucumber, 1 tbsp. low calorie dressing, 1 slice of wheat bread
  • Snack- 1 plain yogurt, 2 pears
  • Dinner- 170g chicken breast, 100g steamed vegetables (To make it not boring and different from what we had the other night, I chose different set of veggies every time. ^_^ )

Day 4

  • Breakfast- 100g oatmeal, 250 mL nonfat milk, 1 orange, 1 plain yogurt
  • Snack- Green tea with lemon
  • Lunch- scrambled egg white (with pepper and garlic), 2 slices chicken breast, 11/2 tomato and lettuce
  • Snack- 1 plain yogurt, 1 apple, 1 orange
  • Dinner- 1 slice whole wheat bread, chicken breast in BBQ seasoning (only a few to taste), lettuce, 1/2 tomato

Day 5

  • Breakfast- 100g oatmeal, 250 mL nonfat milk, 1 pear, 1 plain yogurt
  • Snack- Coffee, no sugar
  • Lunch- 90g lettuce, 1 small can of tuna (canned in water), 1 tomato, 1/2 cucumber, 1 tbsp. low calorie dressing, 2 slices of whole wheat bread, 1/2 carrot (sticks)
  • Snack- 1 plain yogurt, 2 apples
  • Dinner- We had dinner outside because it was Friday. ❤ We got one serving of Kenny Roger’s healthy plate which is basically roasted chicken, a bit of corn cob plus Tuscan salad. No rice for us. 😀

That’s it friends! Saturdate is cheat day so we got to eat a lil bit of all the things we missed. The cool thing after this week however, is that we couldn’t bring ourselves into eating as much rice or fries as we used to before this diet. We still like the taste of them, to be honest, but surprisingly, after eating around 6 fries for example, our palate already felt a bit off like the food was too salty. Thus, we were not able to finish one regular fries serving and just ordered another bottle of water to clean off our palates. 🙂

Right now, I’m planning for this week’s diet plan. Will be sharing the details in my next post.

Love, love, love,

Tintin