The Wild Side Of "E"?
Today, we are stepping out of our comfort zone -- and straight into a wild, crazy recipe... One fraught with intrigue and loaded with "taboo" ingredients. Shhhhh.
Brown rice, pineapple, grapes, peaches, apples...
Whaaaaaat!? Am I leading you astray? Are we straggling and lost -- veering far off course, into the realm of evil, blood-sugar-spiking, weight-promoting foods?
Breathe easy, friends! You are soon to discover that Trim Healthy Mama isn't such a narrow path after all! This is the wild side of "E"! A delicious, fun, daring and energizing meal... and it is "on plan"!
3 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 C Cooked brown rice, cooled
1 Red Delicious apple, cored and chopped
1 C Green, seedless grapes
1 C Peaches, sliced, fresh or frozen
1 C Celery, sliced thin
1 C Fage 0% fat Greek Yogurt
2/3 C Pineapple Tidbits, drained
1/4 C Swanson Organic Coconut Shreds
1 tsp Swanson Organic Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp Wrights Hickory Liquid Smoke
1/2 tsp Wrights Applewood Liquid Smoke
2-3 "doonks" THM Pure Stevia Extract
THM Himalayan Mineral Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste (optional)
*When I make my rice, I like to cook it in a light broth, using "Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base".
Yield: 6-8 generous servings
Carbs... and from sources we often hear are "off-plan" for THM, due to their higher glycemic index.
The truth is, there is a bit of misunderstanding when it comes to certain food items. I often see posts in the THM Facebook group which state several of the ingredients listed here are "off-plan". This is, simply, not true.
Brown rice, pineapple, grapes, peaches, etc can all be eaten in an E setting... but they are higher in natural sugars than other fruits -- so we do want to eat them in moderation, less frequently than other fruits, and we really need to be sure we add a solid, lean protein source and a bit of fat to the meal to help blunt that sugar-spike.
For all its glory here, 6 generous servings equal (roughly) the following:
7 g of fat
40 NET g carbs
20 g protein
Before you worry that you have gone over the fat limit... The above numbers include the naturally-occuring fat found in the chicken breast - which we do not need to count. So, we are well within E range! *Also note... Some coconut shreds are much higher in fat content then the Swanson's Organic.
Precision-run households may find my title, "RunAmok Mama" to feel a tad alarming, so I'd like to offer a quick assurance that my life is more an exercise of controlled chaos than sheer pandemonium!