Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day 2, Orange Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry Recipe

Joe's working on Day 3 right now, and while he's at it I'll fill you in on yesterday.

Day 2 of the Challenge went like this:

5 AM
Wake up - Take Catalyst.
Joe mentioned that when he woke up this morning he felt really good physically - no usual muscle aches, pains and stiffness.

5:30 AM
Mix, mix, chug the Citrus Fiber Drink. Follow that with another glass of water.

Mix, sit and enjoy a Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake.

5:45 AM
Mix up a Fruit Punch Spark for the ride into work. Grab his premade lunch (recipe coming tonight once I get Joe to write it out) of homemade coleslaw and steak. Pack in a banana and a small bag of almonds for snacks. Don't forget to take your Catalyst and Spark with you for later. (Told you he was a creature of habit.)

6 AM - 5:30 PM
While Joe's at work he took his Catalyst again half an hour before he ate his lunch. LAter on he mentioned that he noticed he feels full after the meals and snack. More importantly, that he feels just full, not overfull and bloated.

5:30 PM
Joe went to help our friends move apartments and valiantly resisted both pizza and puppy chow. I honestly am incredibly proud of him for that.

9 PM
Got home, ate the dinner I saved for him (Orange Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry, recipe below).

Ate one orange for a snack.
Catalyst, Herbal Cleanse Caplets.

We added up all the water he drank for the day... I'm wondering how he did it but he drank a total of 210 oz of water on Day 2. ::slow clap::

Orange Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry

You'll need:

2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, sliced thin or in 1/2 in cubes (or about 3 cups of cubed, raw chicken)
1 Orange
1/2 tsp Ginger (I used powdered, would be great with fresh, just adjust to your own tastebuds)
Red Pepper Flakes to taste (I just shook the container about three times.. very precise that way)
Coconut Oil

1 Onion, sliced thin
1/2 tsp Ginger
More Red Pepper Flakes
1 16oz Bag of Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables (I used the Broccoli Stir Fry Blend from Walmart's Great Value Brand)
1/4 cup Water


- Place chicken in medium bowl
- Zest orange, reserve half and add to bowl
- Juice orange over chicken, small pieces of orange may fall with the juice, it's no big - leave em
- Add ginger and red pepper flakes to bowl
- Stir for even coverage, let sit for 10 minutes

- Lightly coat large skillet (or wok, if you're feelin' fancy) with coconut oil
- Heat skillet (medium high heat)
- Add marinated chicken
- Stir often, cook through (timing depends on thickness of slices or cubes), remove from heat and set aside for later.

- Clean your pan, re-coat with coconut oil, heat - medium heat
- Add sliced onion to the skillet, sprinkle with ginger and red pepper flakes. Sweat til softened, but not transparent
- Add stir fry veggies and water. Raise heat to medium high. Cook according to bag directions.
- Once veggies are all finished add your chicken to the veggie mixture, stir well and serve.

We ate this on it's own as Joe is cutting out the complex carbs during his challenge - but if you're on a standard challenge you can absolutely serve over brown rice, quinoa or whole wheat stir fry noodles (definitely saw some whole wheat udon noodles at Fresh Market last week... that would be awesome..). Just be sure to watch your portions.

While we're on the subject of recipes - please keep in mind that while I am doing my best to stick to Daily Guide regulations and the advice of our mentor I am by no means an expert. I may add something and find out later it's on the "foods to avoid" list. These are just my ideas, not at all sanctioned by AdvoCare Corporate - just one mama trying to the the Challenge into our lives.

Let me know if you try the recipe or if you made any changes. I think next time I'll use Bragg's Liquid Aminos as well, which is a 24 Day Challenge friendly replacement for soy sauce (made from vegetable protein and has much lower sodium than soy sauce, but tastes similar). Even the kids ate this stuff up, and they don't usually like when different foods touch.