Lettuce Wraps – Quick, Easy and Delicious

October 25, 2017

Dear Readers,

My boyfriend, Jason, is currently going through a strict “no-carbs” diet. Essentially, a “no-carbs” diet is pretty simple to follow as long as you remember to AVOID ALL BAD CARBOHYDRATES at all costs. Examples of carbohydrates are rice, bread, potatoes, pasta, and sugars. To those of you who had been following my blog since the beginning of my fitness journey, you would recall my various attempts at trying out the best diets possible for my physical health, nutrition, and daily lifestyle. Of all the crazy diets available, my two favourites in which I was consistent and strict throughout the whole diet, was my “vegan diet month” and “no to low carbs diet month“. (Originally, I started with “vegan week” but I decided to continue on). Read more about my vegan diet journey: GOING VEGAN FOR A WEEK!!! Read more about my “no to low carbs diet” journey: Healthy Lifestyle – Daily Diet

This time it’s Jason Yang’s turn! This week, I had been preparing meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for us, that would fall in the “no to low carbs” diet. This lettuce wrap recipe is an original recipe of mine, and I hope you all give it a try! This is an easy, quick, and incredibly healthy meal!

This recipe can be used for lunch prep for the next 3 days for 2 people!!!

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Ingredients: 

-1 onion

-6 cloves of garlic

-1 tbsp of coconut oil (melted)

-Romaine lettuce

-0.75 kg lean ground beef

-3 tomatoes (diced)

-454 g/ 16 oz. mushrooms

-400g Asian blend/mix frozen vegetables (I used the brand called Green Giant)

-5 tbsp taco seasoning

-pinch of salt

-pinch of pepper

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BEGIN:

1.) Sautée minced garlic, and chopped onions using coconut oil

2.) Add ground beef when onions start to golden

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3.) Cook for 10-15 minutes in medium heat, until the beef turns brown

4.) Add diced tomatoes

5.) Add mushrooms

6.) Add full bag of frozen Asian blend vegetables

7.) Cook in medium heat for 5 minutes

8.) Reduce heat to low, and cook for another 5 minutes

9.) As you cook, the beef’s natural oils will come out and make the dish look “soupy” and wet. We want a dryer consistency, so we MUST scoop the excess liquids out. Just like this:

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10.) To taste, season with salt and pepper

11.) Continue cooking under medium heat for another 5 minutes.

12.) Serve when meat has been thoroughly cooked. Serve separately from the Romaine lettuce. The idea is to spoon the beef into the lettuce and create a nice wrap!

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With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

Gluten-Free Banana Bread (Using Coconut Oil & Maple Syrup)

August 12, 2017

Dear Readers,

This recipe was inspired by the ripe bananas sitting on our island countertops… just kidding! On a serious note, this recipe is my honest attempt at finding the perfect mix of healthy yet delicious banana bread. Typically, most banana breads are made with wheat flour, unsalted butter and brown sugar. In this recipe, I changed things up to be a little bit healthier and because of my step-dad’s celiac disease it also needed to be gluten-free. I used rice flour, coconut oil, and maple syrup instead of the other ingredients I previously mentioned. Meaning, this recipe is 100% gluten-free and a little bit more guilt-free than most!

FACT: glutinous rice flour DOES NOT HAVE GLUTEN. Read more: “Is glutinous rice flour gluten free?”

Ingredients:

-2 1/2 cups white glutinous rice flour

-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

-1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

-2 eggs, beaten

-5 ripe bananas, mashed

-1/4 cup maple syrup

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1/4 cup melted coconut oil

-1/2 cup chocolate chips (OPTIONAL)

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BEGIN:

1.) Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit

2.) Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together, rice flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon

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3.) Mash bananas

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4.) Beat eggs

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5.) Combine mashed bananas, beaten eggs, melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a separate bowl

6.) Combine wet and dry ingredients together

7.) Add chocolate chips

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8.) Pour batter into into a pan

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9.) Bake for 1 hour

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10.) After baking, let it cool for 30 mins and enjoy! 🙂

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With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

Beef, Mushrooms and Bok Choy in Oyster and Soy Sauce

June 19, 2017

Dear Readers,

I’m back with a superb “lazy-girl” dinner recipe!!! This 30 minute, easy to cook dinner will be your new favourite dinner recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

– 0.7 to 1 kg of cubed beef

– 2 tbsp oyster sauce

– 2 tbsp soy sauce

– bok choy (as much as you please- I used 6 heads of bok choy)

– 454 g / 16 oz. mushrooms

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BEGIN: 

1.) Heat oil and then cook beef at high heat for 10 minutes

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2.) Add oyster and soy sauce. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes in high heat.

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3.) Add mushrooms and cook in medium heat for another 10 minutes

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4.) Add bok choy and cook in low heat for 5 minutes

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5.) Cook until bok choy is soft. Then, plate and serve it with rice!!!

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Enjoy 🙂

Sincerely,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.