And here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… THE RESET RECAP!
Overall, I feel like the reset did for me exactly what it was supposed to do; it helped me get my eating back on track, made me rethink how my food and beverage choices are really affecting me, and taught me some new habits and provided me new insights along the way. One of my favorite insights is that it seems tree nuts – not all dairy! – may actually be the cause of minor acne breakouts for me. Considering how much I love cheese, I’m super-happy to be able to add it back into my diet again from time to time!
My few shortcomings during the reset include a piece of handcrafted caramel candy (week one), and two vodka drinks and a handful of potato chips (week three). All things considered, for 21 days, I think that’s pretty darn good.
I’m not perfect, and I’m not going to get upset or dwell on the fact that, as someone commented on a previous post, I allowed myself a little “carpe diem”. After all, we are human beings living lives filled with so much everything; and sometimes, we need to step back, breathe, and enjoy those lives, with the people (and food!) that we are lucky enough to have in them.
I’m rounding out my final day of the reset with an easy meal, courtesy of some random ingredients still left in our fridge and pantry (we still haven’t gotten groceries yet!) and our local Chinese delivery place, Joy Luck IV.
Might I recommend their Singapore Noodles (made with rice noodles, shrimp, pork and veggies), as well as their appetizer spare ribs? Delicious. I don’t know whether or not they’re truly gluten free, but these items are not breaded and fried or anything of that nature, and I seem to be able to enjoy them on occasion with little impact on my digestion.
For this dinner, Joy Luck IV did the hard part – they supplied and steamed the chicken and the veggies, and delivered them straight to our door. When you don’t have much in your house, but don’t feel like going to the grocery store (aka, tonight), I’d say this is the perfect real-food compromise. And since I supply the tasty sauce, I know what the ingredients are, and don’t have a smidge of guilt about a single bite. Plus, it’s a reset – and paleo, and 21DSD – friendly sauce. Just don’t forget to strain the meat and veggies before either adding the sauce or dipping, otherwise the sauce might end up too thin. You’ve been warned!
- 1 order Chinese delivery steamed chicken and vegetables*
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tsp minced fresh ginger
- 2 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- pinch of sea salt
- pinch of black pepper
- 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
- 6 tbsp (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) coconut aminos**
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil***
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp starch (tapioca or arrowroot)
- Extra pinch of sesame seeds and fresh chives, for garnish
- In a frying pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter, then add the garlic, ginger and onion.
- Season with a pinch of salt, pepper and stir to coat.
- Cook over medium-low until garlic just starts to brown and onions become translucent.
- While these cook, in a small bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, sesame oil, sesame seeds and tapioca starch, until the starch dissolves.
- Turn the heat down to the lowest heat setting, then quickly add in the wet mixture and stir.
- When the whole sauce just begins to bubble, stir and notice if the sauce has thickened. As soon as it thickens, kill the heat, and move the mixture to two ramekins.
- Remove the Chinese chicken and vegetables from their package and strain in a colander.
- Dish up into two bowls, and garnish with extra sesame seeds and chives.
- Either pour the sauce over top of the chicken and veggies, or serve alongside as a dipping sauce.
- *Make the sauce just after you've ordered your food; that way it'll seem like your food is getting here faster (because you're not just sitting around waiting for it), plus once it arrives, all you have to do is strain and serve. Easy peasy.
- **Coconut aminos function like soy sauce in this recipe. You can get these at natural grocers like Whole Foods, or order them online. While not on the reset, gluten-free soy sauce (tamari) also works.
- ***This may seem like an odd ingredient, but I feel like it really gives that authentic Asian takeout taste. Be careful not to use too much, as it can be overpowering in excess. You can find this at Trader Joe's.