Ah my monthly plateau. I've eaten perfectly all week and worked out six out of seven days and yet today at my weigh-in I find I've gained a 1.2 lbs. This happens every month right before "the time that shall not be named" and even though I know it's just a fact of life, it still drives me completely up the damn wall. Seeing a negative number on the scale can really mess with your head, but you just have to persevere and remember all the work you've put in plus how important it is to continue moving forward. As Gold Five says in Star Wars: A New Hope, "Stay on target!"
One thing I've been working on is amping up my knowledge of nutrition and various different diet plans. I've been interested in learning about Paleo even though I'm unsure if it's ultimately what I would want as far as a full time eating plan. I'm a part of the "Nerd Fitness" Rebellion and a lot of people on those forums swear by it and I can see it's appeal because it's one of those diets that really does allow you to eat a ton of different delicious things in any quantity you like as long as you avoid the big "no-nos" which are anything processed; wheat, flour, sugar or its equivalents, dairy, or legumes.
As a part of my "Level Up Your Life" 6 week challenge on the Nerd Fitness forums, I made a goal to cook three Paleo recipes in order to help me explore the plan and also remedy my lack of cooking ability, something that is going to have to change if I'm going to maintain my weight loss and eat on a budget once I reach my weight goal on the Nutrisystem plan. So without further ado, here's the recipe I came up with for stir fry!
Stay on Target Stirfry
- Shiitake Mushrooms
- Chicken Breast
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- First wash and cut up all of your veggies. I bought mine already cut up and ready to go which really cut down on my prep time so if you don't mind spending a bit more money, then awesome. Are they cut up? Great! Set them aside.
- Next put your skillet or wok on the stove. Set the heat on low.
- Cut up your chicken into small pieces. I prefer half inch thick slices but it's really up to you.
- Throw your chicken into the skillet and drizzle a dash of your extra virgin olive oil on it. We're trying to be conservative with this ingredient. Now use a spatula to stir the chicken to get it all coated with the olive oil and make sure it's all spread out evenly.
- Now season the chicken with the garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt (be conservative!), and black pepper.
- Cut your lime in half. Squeeze one half over the chicken and save the other for the veggies.
- Cook the chicken for 10-15 minutes to make sure it's cooked. Keep moving it around with your spatula every once in a while to make sure it's cooking evenly and that everything is covered in the seasoning. I also use this time to clean up after myself while I'm hanging out; wash the cutting board, the knife, clear away any packaging, etc.
- When the chicken is done, remove it from the skillet and put it aside on a plate.
- Dump all your veggies in the skillet. Drizzle a modest amount of olive oil on them.
- Repeat the same seasoning process you used for the chicken.
- Squeeze the second half of the lime onto the veggies.
- Stir everything up. Keep moving it around so that it will all cook evenly.
- When you think it's done, then taste one of each type. If it tastes done, then it's done! If it doesn't, keeping going and repeat the taste test process.
- When the veggies taste done, dump the chicken back into the skillet and cook everything together for about a minute.
- Turn off the heat and serve up your stir fry!
It's delicious, healthy, and will definitely help you stay full and stay on target when it comes to weight loss! I promise you that you'll be super excited to clean your plate and sad to see it all gone. I know I was! Let me know how you liked the recipe if you try it out!