Sunday, January 24, 2010

Vietnamese Salad

This healthy, quick salad is crunchy and has lots of refreshing flavors. It’s wonderful on its own and also takes well to simply prepared proteins; grilled fish, shrimp, chicken or tofu are great options.

TIME: 15 minutes

* 4 large bok choy leaves, rough bottoms discarded, stems cut into ¼" bias and leaves shredded
* 4 big leaves Napa cabbage, shredded
* 1 bunch watercress (discard thick stems), roughly chopped
* 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into matchsticks
* the leaves from about 8 stems each basil, mint, cilantro, roughly chopped
* ½ small cucumber, thinly sliced on the bias
* 1 red Thai chili (or more…or less), thinly sliced
* ½ cup roasted, salted peanuts, roughly chopped
* Vietnamese Dressing (see recipe below)
* grilled fish, shrimp, tuna, chicken, or tofu for serving (optional)

Toss the bok choy, cabbage, watercress, carrot, herbs, cucumber, chili and ¼ cup of the peanuts together with enough dressing to coat. Serve sprinkled with the remaining peanuts and whatever protein you like.

A perfect balance of hot, sour, salty and sweet, this dressing is like a flavor knockout—also a great dip for summer rolls.

SERVES: about 4
TIME: 5 minutes

* ¼ cup fresh lime juice
* 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
* 2 teaspoons soy sauce
* ¼ cup fish sauce
* ¼ teaspoon salt
* ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sesame oil
* 2 tablespoons agave nectar
* 1 teaspoon minced garlic
* 1 teaspoon minced ginger
* 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion or shallot

Mix everything together.

Week 3 Cleanse


Week 3 completed! The biggest accomplishment of this week (and really one of the main goals of this cleanse and challenge) is that I no longer have any cravings for simple sugar! Foods that are not on my diet (except in moderation) no longer have any "power" over me, I can choose to eat or not eat them - this is such a wonderful feeling when you have been eating a lot of sugar products! I also went out to dinner 2x this week with alcohol and had no starchy carbs, no problem. In addition, I had a "cheat" of 2 slices of pizza after a long run in the rain today and it was well worth the calories!

Another accomplishment is the beginning of cutting my calories and carbs while running long distances. Today I had a small protein shake (100 calories) and a bananna (100 calories) before a 100 minute trail run (about 9-10 miles) and only took in 200 calories during the run! Was not easy, but I will get used to this (I burned about 1200 calories during the run).

Week 3:

Wt loss: .6lbs (again, expected)
Clothes: much looser
Energy and mood: FANTASTIC!

(Side note:I have noticed Rami is thinner! I am his wife and I get to see him more than anyone! If you know what I mean!

Talk to you next week!