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Peanut-Coconut Red Thai Chicken with Grilled Pineapple

It’s Monday, it’s Family Day (in BC, at least), the sun is shining, and we have a week of vacation to look forward to!

Our plans for the week include climbing, cooking, cycling (Jonty is finally able to do this after his knee injury!), and generally relaxing – really, all the attributes of a good stay-cation ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Peanut-coconut red Thai chicken with grilled pineapple

Flying home this past weekend, I had a 2-hour layover in LAX, in which I spent a good chunk of that time people-watching. The waiting area was filled with a plethora of highly-tanned / sun-burnt people, wearing shorts, flip-flops and sun hats. Looking at the t-shirts many of them were wearing, I suspect most were coming back from a vacation in Mexico.

I’m convinced that a week, or even a couple of days, of sunshine can do good things for a person’s general well-being, especially if you live on the West Coast, where it’s generally a given that the first few months of the year will be spent in grey, rainy weather.

So if you can’t get away for a few warm days somewhere, this meal might be your next best bet! It’s very colourful, and the taste of grilled pineapple will whisk your taste-buds away to a brighter, more tropical place. At least, that’s what we’re telling ourselves ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s something very satisfying in the pairing of sweet and spicy; in this case, the grilled pineapple mixed in with the spicy red curry hit the spot.

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This meal is easy to make and can be a clean-out-the-fridge kind of dinner, using whatever protein and vegetables suit your mood. We used coconut milk and our homemade Thai red curry paste as the base for this curry, and added in chicken and an assortment of veggies. While the curry is simmering away, the farro can be cooked and, just before you’re ready to eat, the pineapple can be grilled.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Peanut-coconut red Thai chicken with grilled pineapple

In about 30 minutes, you’ve got a dinner ready that will hopefully whisk you away to a warmer, brighter place (at least, in taste ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

Peanut-Coconut Red Thai Chicken with Grilled Pineapple
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4 servings
  • Serving size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 560
  • Fat: 32.3 g
  • Saturated fat: 22.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.6 g
  • Sugar: 14.6 g
  • Sodium: 217.7 mg
  • Fiber: 6.9 g
  • Protein: 36.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 91.3 mg
Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 500 g boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 can (495mL) full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste (we used our homemade version)
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ¼ whole pineapple, sliced into wedges
  • ½ cup farro
Instructions
For the farro:
  1. Rinse the farro under running water until the water runs clear. Place into a small sauce pan and add enough water to cover the farro by a few inches.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to low, partially cover and let simmer for ~25 minutes, or until the grain is tender but still has a bite. Drain any water remaining in the pan, and set aside until ready to eat.
For the curry:
  1. Add the coconut milk, red curry paste, peanut butter and fish sauce to a large sauce pan over medium heat. Let simmer for about 5 minutes, until the coconut milk starts to thicken slightly.
  2. Add the chopped chicken, stir and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the pepper and carrot, and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, add the chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.
  5. While the curry is simmering, grill the pineapple pieces. Place the pineapple on a grill pan over medium-high heat for 2 - 4 minutes, until the pineapple starts to caramelize and get the nice sear marks on it. Flip the pieces over and grill for the same amount of time.
To serve:
  1. Spoon some farro into a bowl and laddle the curry over top.
  2. Sprinkle with any remaining cilantro and serve with the grilled pineapple.

Enjoy!

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ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Crazy Carrot Smoothie

Sunday Smoothie: Week 5

Well, we’re officially at the end of January and, holy moly, the month seems to have gone by in a blink of the eye.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Caring-carrot smoothie

I’ve loved doing the Green Smoothie Challenge for January but, if I’m honest, it really wasn’t much of a challenge! Once I got into the hang of preparing everything the night before (or freezing multiple days worth of fruit at the beginning of the week), I found it wasn’t time consuming or difficult. Also, all the smoothies tasted good and kept me full until lunch-time, so a win all around ๐Ÿ™‚

These last two smoothies I’m going to share with you, hit the taste-bud mark for me.

The Green Nutter Smoothie

You can’t go a full month of smoothie drinking without adding a nut-butter to at least one smoothie! I added peanut butter to this one, because that’s what we had in the house, but almond butter would be great, too. There’s something very satisfying (and somehow decadent) about tasting the peanut butter. When Jonty was mixing one of them up for me in the morning, he said “Ohhhh, peanut butter!”, and I’m pretty sure he was slightly jealous he wasn’t drinking one, too ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Caring-carrot smoothie

The Crazy Carrot Smoothie

This was the only smoothie I made during the entire month that added veggies (other than the greens) to the mix.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Caring-carrot smoothie

I wasn’t sure how it would taste but, as I’m learning, when you have sweet fruit in a smoothie (like pineapple and oranges), you can add almost any type of veggie you like and you will most-likely just taste the sweetness from the fruit. In the future, I would definitely be inclined to add more veggies to my daily smoothie!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Caring-carrot smoothie

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed my Sunday Smoothie session in January, and perhaps been inspired to try incorporating some into your weekly routine!

Some of the benefits:

  • It’s an easy way to increase the amount of fruits and veggies in your diet.
  • One smoothie can keep you remarkably full for a few hours (I drink half a smoothie around 7:30 am, and finish the other half around 10:00 am). It’s always something I look forward to having.
  • Adding a spoonful of chia seeds or flax seeds can give your diet a boost of protein, fibre and good omega-3’s without much effort.
  • They just taste good ๐Ÿ™‚

The Green Nutter Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 smoothie
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 260
  • Fat: 11.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.9 g
  • Sugar: 16.4 g
  • Sodium: 70 mg
  • Fiber: 8.5 g
  • Protein: 8.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 70 g spinach
  • 1 medium banana, frozen
  • 1 tbsp nut butter (I used peanut butter here)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Blend together the spinach, chia seeds and coconut water, until smooth.
  2. Add the frozen pineapple and the nut butter, and blend until completely smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, ensure at least one fruit added is frozen.

Crazy Carrot Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 smoothie
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 198
  • Fat: 3.8 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.5 g
  • Sugar: 27.1 g
  • Sodium: 112.1 mg
  • Fiber: 8.8 g
  • Protein: 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 70 g spinach
  • 160 g pineapple, frozen
  • 1 small mandarin orange
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Blend together the spinach, flax seeds and water until smooth.
  2. Add in the orange, carrot and pineapple, and blend until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, ensure at least one piece of fruit is frozen.

Enjoy!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Caring-carrot smoothie

Climb Eat Cycle Repeat | Apple Ginger Smoothie with Lime and Chia Seeds

Sunday Smoothie: Week 3

Well, I’ve just finished Week 3, and it’s been Smoothie Sailing! ๐Ÿ™‚ But seriously, it’s been a pretty tasty challenge I’ve taken on! I may not be following the daily recipes religiously, as I’ve tried to use them more for inspiration and as a guide in order to expand my fruits and greens combinations.

The winners this week were the Apple-Ginger Smoothie (with ginger, lime, apples and chia seeds)…

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Apple-ginger smoothie

… and one I’m calling the Tropical Fiesta Smoothie, with kiwi, oranges and pineapple.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Tropical-fiesta smoothie

Mornings can be a bit of a rush, so I always make sure to prep my smoothie ingredients the night before. Once you get into the habit, it’s pretty easy. I weigh out the greens and liquids into the BlendTec jar, along with extras like chia seeds, flax seeds and ginger. The fruit gets chopped up and put into the freezer, so it’s always nice and cold.

In the morning, Jonty blends up my smoothie for me (because it takes me longer to get ready!!), all he has to do is put the frozen fruit in the blender jar and he’s good to go! Making them takes a minute or two and just requires tweaking the liquid to get the perfect consistency as the ingredients are blending!

Preparation is the key for success ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Apple-ginger smoothie

As always, these smoothies make one big glass, so if you have a few people in your house who want to partake, feel free to double the ingredient list.

Also, I can’t stop seeing a face in the Tropical Fiesta Smoothie picture above, do you see it too?! Those big green eyes and kiwi nose staring at me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great Sunday, and Happy Smoothing!

Apple-Ginger Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 large glass
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 245
  • Fat: 4.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.1 g
  • Sugar: 25.3 g
  • Sodium: 284.2 mg
  • Fiber: 13.2 g
  • Protein: 7.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 70 g (1 packed cup) kale
  • 1 cup coconut water (we use the King Island Pure Coconut Water)
  • 1" piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (or ½ tsp ground ginger)
  • ½ banana, chopped
  • ½ medium apple, cored and diced
  • ½ lime, juice
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Place the kale, lime juice, ginger, chia seeds and coconut water in a high-speed blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Add the banana and apple and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, make sure at least one of the fruit is frozen.

Tropical Fiesta Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 large glass
  • Serving size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 270
  • Fat: 1.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.9 g
  • Sugar: 41 g
  • Sodium: 39.8 mg
  • Fiber: 11.2 g
  • Protein: 6.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 70 g (1 cup, packed) kale
  • 1 cup coconut water (we use King Island Pure Coconut Water)
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and chopped
  • 1 mandarine orange, peeled
  • 160 g (1 cup) diced pineapple
Instructions
  1. Blend together the kale and coconut water until smooth.
  2. Add the kiwi, orange and pineapple and blend again, until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, ensure at least one of your fruit ingredients is frozen.

Enjoy!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat | Ginger-Citrus Smoothie

Sunday Smoothie: Week 2

How was your first full week of the new year?! Our week seemed to fly by, due in a large part to a pretty crazy work week. I had to go in to work today (boo!) to test a new machine upgrade, but was rewarded with a few hours of climbing afterward (Jonty sent his 12c, and Moira her V6 – yay!).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Moira bouldering V6, Cliffhanger Climbing Gym

Moira using her super core strength on a V6 boulder problem.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Jonty climbing 12c, Cliffhanger Climbing Gym

Jonty half way on a 5.12c route.

Week 2 of my Green Smoothie Challenge has been successful (you can find my favourites from Week 1 here). I managed 6 green smoothies in 7 days (after aiming for 5 per week), with the only day missing beingย the day Jonty and I go out for breakfast after our 5:30 am gym workout (in which case we console ourselves with a coffee and a muffin from Whole Foods.) ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Pomegranate spritzer green smoothie

Like last week, I ended up changing up the ingredients of most of the intended recipes. Luckily, they were all quite tasty – my go-toย ingredient this week was fresh ginger, I added it to everyย smoothie! I absolutely love the smell and taste of fresh ginger, so I probably add more than most people might like, but the combination of the spicy ginger with sweet pineapple is a winner in my books ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Ginger-citrus green smoothie

I’ve included recipes for my two favourite smoothies of the week:

A Ginger-Citrus Smoothie…

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Ginger-citrus green smoothie

… and a Pomegranate Spritzer Smoothie.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Pomegranate spritzer green smoothie

Both recipes make enough for one big serving, so if you want to make enough for two people, just double the ingredients.

We hope you have a great Green Week!

Ginger-Citrus Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Serving size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 165
  • Fat: 1.2 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.1 g
  • Sugar: 26.2 g
  • Sodium: 40 mg
  • Fiber: 7.1 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup / 60 g (packed) fresh kale
  • 1 cup / 150 g chopped pineapple (preferably frozen)
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 piece (1 - 2") fresh ginger, peeled and diced
  • ½ fresh lime
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Using a high-speed blender, blend together the kale, orange and water until smooth.
  2. Add the pineapple and ginger and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, make sure at least one fruit is frozen (the pineapple, in this case).
Feel free to use water, coconut water, or non-dairy milk for the liquid.

Pomegranate Spritzer Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Serving size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 189
  • Fat: 4.1 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.7 g
  • Sugar: 22.3 g
  • Sodium: 40.3 mg
  • Fiber: 9.5 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast, Drink
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup / 70 g (packed) kale
  • 1 cup / 150 g chopped pineapple (preferably frozen)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 (1" - 2") piece fresh ginger, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Using a high-speed blender, blend together the kale, pomegranate and chia seeds until smooth.
  2. Add the pineapple and ginger and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, make sure at least one fruit is frozen (the pineapple, in this case).
Feel free to use water, coconut water, or non-dairy milk for the liquid.

Enjoy!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Ginger-citrus green smoothie

"Quick Pick Me Up" Green Smoothies | ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com

Sunday Smoothie: Week 1

Happy New Year!!

Did you indulge over the holidays?! We had our moments, and we don’t regret any of them ๐Ÿ™‚ While I’m not a big one for New Years resolutions, I do like the idea of choosing a few things to focus on. For the last 3 years, I’ve done the “photo-a-day” challenge, in order to learn and improve my camera usage. I’d like to do something similar this year, but perhaps it will be more of a “photo-a-week” challenge this time. Perhaps something like this.

I’d also like to start doing our “New Meal Monday” more regularly this year. We’re creatures of habit, and tend to make the same thing over and over, which is usually quick and easy, but it’s always nice to try new foods and make use of our every-growing stack of cookbooks!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Beginners luck green smoothie

The other “pact” I’m making with myself is to drink at least 5 green smoothies a week. It’s an easy way to get a sizeable amount of fruits and veggies into your diet without much effort. As a kick-start, I thought I would try out the January Green Smoothie Challenge this year. Three days into the new year, and I’m 3 for 3! Well done, Moira, well done ๐Ÿ™‚

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Beginners luck green smoothie

Over the next few Sunday’s, I’ll try to share my favourite smoothies from the week.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Quick pick-me-up green smoothie

So far, the major players in this smoothie challenge have been spinach and pineapple. I’ve already gone rogue and changed the recipes slightly, to use up the fruit we already have in the house, and to add things like chia seeds and flax seeds (for additional protein / omega-3 / antioxidant boosters).

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Quick pick-me-up green smoothie

So far so good! I’ve included the recipes for my versions of the “Beginners Luck” and “Quick Pick Me Up” smoothies. Both make one large glass, but can easily be doubled if you have a few people in your household looking for a healthy treat.

This is a refreshing and tasty way to get in a good dose of greens to kick-start the new year!

"Beginners Luck" Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Serving size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 193
  • Fat: 0.8 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.8g
  • Sugar: 29.5 g
  • Sodium: 50.1 mg
  • Fiber: 6.5 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
Recipe type: Drinks
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (60 g) fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup (150 g) pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana (preferably frozen)
Instructions
  1. Using a high-speed blender, blend together the spinach, pineapple and water until smooth.
  2. Add the banana and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, use at least one serving of frozen fruit. In this case, both the pineapple and banana were cut into small pieces and frozen.
Feel free to use water, non-dairy milk, or coconut water as your liquid.

"Quick Pick Me Up" Green Smoothie
 
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 serving
  • Serving size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 171
  • Fat: 3.3 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.6 g
  • Sugar: 23.7 g
  • Sodium: 50.3 mg
  • Fiber: 7.8 g
  • Protein: 4,8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Recipe type: Drinks, Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (60g) fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ grapefruit (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup (150 g) pineapple (fresh or frozen)
Instructions
  1. Blend together the spinach, water, chia seeds and grapefruit until smooth.
  2. Add the pineapple and blend again until smooth.
Notes
For a cold smoothie, use at least one serving of frozen fruit.
Feel free to use water, non-dairy milk, or coconut water as your liquid.

Enjoy!