After four wonderful years of helping us reach our “Ideal” selves, we want to thank Carmen Reid Thompson for her dedication to Achievers Wellness and our community. Please join us in wishing blessings to Carmen and her family.
An Ideal Protein Partner
by Janet White
This recipe is one you can prep ahead and store in advance, then stir-fry the whole meal just before eating!! TIPS: Marinate the meat, make the sauce, and cut up the raw veggies. Store them in covered containers or baggies in the fridge.
Side dishes to compliment: Cauli-rice (oven roasted).
Place flank steak in freezer for 10-15 minutes. Slice very thinly, across the grain. Toss with marinade ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
In a small bowl, mix the garlic, red pepper flakes, Chinese five-spice powder, rice vinegar, splenda/stevia, soy sauce, and oil; set aside.
Put water in a large, non-stick skillet, and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and red pepper; steam until just tender, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Set aside.
Reheat the pan and add oil, allowing to melt, about 2 minutes. Brown the meat in batches, transferring to a plate as it’s done to save the juices. In the same pan, stir fry the onion until it’s just limp – not tender, about 2-4 minutes. Add the broccoli, bell pepper, and scallions, stir-frying until heated through. Add the reserved beef and sauce, tossing with two wooden spoons until sizzling hot. Remove from heat and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Dig in with chopsticks and feel the love.
For years and years, we have been hearing of the health benefits of fish. So which varieties of fish are the best for our bodies? Which fish is the best bang for our buck? Which one packs the most nutritional punch without sacrificing taste?
“Enter Mahi Mahi, or Dolphin fish or Dorado as it is often called. Although often thought of as native to Hawaii, this fish likes its vacation spots, cropping up in warm water locales such as Florida and areas off the Pacific coast. When in the water, Mahi Mahi can be easily recognized by its blunt head and vibrant blue-green and yellow scales. Once out of the water, a quality Mahi Mahi steak or fillet can be identified by its relative odorlessness as well as by the texture of its flesh, which should give slightly when you press it with a finger, and should be moist to the touch.
This fish is readily available, fresh or frozen. It is super easy to prepare – brushing with oil seasoned and baked with the freshest of veggies. Grilling this fish is another route to take. You can easily baste with oil and lemon or marinate with your favorite blend of spices.
“Mahi Mahi is an extremely good source of protein and contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, Mahi Mahi is an excellent source of selenium, an antioxidant thought to have cancer protecting qualities, and vitamins B3 and B6. However, since Mahi Mahi can contain moderate levels of mercury (similar to that of tuna), it should be limited during pregnancy to about one serving per week.
Our verdict? Mahi Mahi is a versatile and healthy entrée option to add to your dinner repertoire!”
Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/mahi-mahi/#ixzz3yaMNWgHB
Check out Chef Verati’s spin on Mahi-Mahi with some vanilla bean and awesome sauteed veggies on our Facebook page.
Prime Rib Portabella with Pan- Fried Brussels
by Ruth O'Keefe
Convenience foods are all around us. We can be tempted by a drive thru almost every block we drive down. Because we have taken the initiative to change our bad habits, we know giving in to temptations are not worth it.
Many of us are at a point in our journey to where we just want something else to eat. We are thinking about the ways in which we used to eat causing us to develop cravings for those foods that can make us FAT. Convenience foods are all around us. We can be tempted by a drive thru almost every block we drive down. Because we have taken the initiative to change our bad habits, we know giving in to temptations are not worth it.
To lose weight – we must eliminate the foods that elevate insulin – the sweet and starchy ones!! So many people struggle with eliminating starches and sugars from their diet due to intense cravings. Instead of giving into those horrible cravings that set us back and only hinder our willpower and weight loss, we can look for alternatives to our previous “so-called” favorite foods.
SAY IT WITH ME – “I NOW CONTROL THE FOOD I EAT; IT NO LONGER CONTROLS ME”.
Let me reassure your that changing your diet is WORTH the EFFORT!! You will feel better, your cravings will eventually become a thing of the past, your mood will be better, and blood sugar spikes will diminish.
You will feel happier, healthier, absorb nutrients better, and prevent future illness and health related diseases.
The health benefits of fish has been known for quiet some time. Combine that with the amazing Ideal Protein dressing and you have a wonderful meal for two.
Serves 2 people
16 oz wild salmon (2 pieces with skin)
1 tbsp. ginger puree
3 tbsp. Ideal Protein Italian Dressing
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half or whole
1 cup mushrooms, diced
2 cups asparagus, blanched
Sea salt & pepper to taste
There are many ways to prepare your veggies. With this recipe you can enjoy the flavor of the roasting with the sweetness of the maple dressing.
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 medium red pepper, diced
1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into pieces
1 red onion, sliced
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, Mrs. Dash, or other seasonings
Directions: 2 cup servings: 170 calories, 5 grams protein, 15 grams carbohydrates
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup Ideal Protein maple syrup
2 Tablespoons Splenda or Stevia
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 small clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup canola or olive oil
Did you know you can utilize your Ideal Protein Chicken or Leek Soup as a satisfying gravy this holiday?
Looking for a stuffing recipe that won’t set you back in your healthy weight goals? This recipe for stuffing falls under Phase 1 of the Ideal Protein program.
2 cups of your favorite vegetables chopped up in food processor
1 cup of diced mushrooms
3 egg whites
1 tsp Poultry Seasoning
1 tsp Redmond’s Real Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
8 – 16 oz. water
1 -2 TBS Braggs or Trader Jo’s 21 seasoning
1 – Chicken Soup
1 – Oatmeal
Rosemary, Basil, Thyme and/or Garlic
Prepare Oatmeal Biscuits: