Hello there and Happy Sunday to you. It seems as if a good portion of the Northern Hemisphere has been experiencing some fairly extreme weather of late. The temperatures here in Toronto have been bordering on ridiculous at times, and all one can do to cope is to hide inside where the air conditioning keeps things feeling civilized. The result of all of this intense heat and sun are not doing anything to put a damper on the delicious foods being harvested from the local farms around the globe. The raspberries this year are as good as anything I can remember, and I’m making sure to take full advantage of what the season has to offer. As our Wednesday Super Food was the raspberry, that means The Sunday Quickie will be featuring low carb and muscle building recipes featuring raspberries. So let’s get right to it shall we? Give these a try and it will be very easy to enjoy the rest of your day…
1 1/3 cups fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons real Canadian maple syrup
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 1/2 spoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Press the raspberries through a sieve over a bowl to get rid of the pulp and the seeds, keeping the juice. In a Tupperware container combine the juice, water, vinegar, olive oil, and Dijon. Put in the fridge. Give it a really good shake before your add it to the salad of your creation. A favorite of mine is baby spinach, boiled omega eggs, sliced red onion, and either sliced chicken breast or steak – usually flank or striploin. Simply pour the vinaigrette over top when these ingredients have been put on plates, and you have an amazing dinner that is low in carbs and high protein. Muscle food!
Raspberry Vinaigrette Marinated Chicken In Bell Pepper Salad
Make the above vinaigrette, but double the ingredients to make twice as much. Also as for ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons coconut oil
4 chicken breasts or 8 boneless thighs – sliced
1 each of red, yellow and green bell peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
2 green onions – chopped
cayenne or black pepper to taste
Put the vinaigrette into a bowl and add the sliced chicken. Let this sit in the fridge for the day. In the evening mix the bell peppers, green onion, cayenne or pepper, and the olive oil together in a bowl. Heat a large skillet, melt the coconut oil at a medium temperature and cook the chicken until it’s white all the way through. Divide the pepper mixture in half on two plates, or however you skew your servings depending on which person eats more. Cover this with the chicken. Drizzle the hot raspberry vinaigrette and coconut oil from the skillet on top. Add a few fresh raspberries on top and get eating! More low carb, high protein muscle food.
Low Carb, High Protein, Raspberry Frozen Yoghurt
4 cups fresh raspberries
2 cups Greek yoghurt
2 tablespoons real Canadian maple syrup
Put the raspberries and the real Canadian maple syrup in a blender and blend. Stir this mixture into the yoghurt in a Tupperware container with a lid. Put it in the freezer for an hour or more. When it’s frozen you have a low carb, high protein dessert to enjoy after one of the two above main course options. If you are really into going high protein you can mix a little casein in with the Greek yoghurt. If it’s an evening dessert then having some slow digesting protein in the frozen yoghurt will keep your muscles primed with amino acids while you sleep for optimal recovery and growth. Enjoy!
There you go. Two great meals and even a great dessert option to add to our growing list of recipes. There are many ways to make healthy food taste great, and i hoe you give these options a try and let me know what you think of my latest culinary creations. It’s been fun experimenting at home to come up with these combinations for you, and I look forward to next weeks challenge. Next up on the agenda is the newly named Muscle Monday post. Your enthusiasm for all things related to muscle building has been too difficult to ignore, and here at the corner of MattToronto and the internet the aim is to give the people what they want. So until then my friends,
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