Today, I actually embarked on the Clean Eating Challenge and all things considered, it seems to have gone well.
I didn’t eat the scheduled salad for lunch, since I usually only eat two meals a day. I did eat both the snacks, though. You can’t go wrong with snacks.
For breakfast, which I had around 3pm– night shift, remember– I had the prescribed smoothie. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve had a smoothie with kale in it: one. It’s not bad. Kind of fibery and green. It’s on the menu again later, and I won’t be sorry to try it again.
The chicken and kale I cooked exactly according to the website’s directions– they turned out perfectly well. Both recipes were extremely basic and used only salt and pepper, so they were pretty much idiot proof.
They were supposed to be served with quinoa, but I read that the increased demand for it here in the US is making it too expensive for people whose diets depend on it elsewhere, so I don’t eat quinoa anymore. I used brown rice instead. I didn’t explode or have the food police come barging in, reading me my rights, so no harm done.
I also didn’t make the orange vinaigrette that’s supposed to go with it. When I went to the grocery store yesterday, I didn’t buy olive oil since I figured that of all the ingredients I already had in the pantry, surely olive oil was one of them. It’s a staple, like salt and pepper.
As it turned out, today when I opened the pantry to gather ingredients for the vinaigrette, I realized that I didn’t have olive oil.
Well, that’s too bad. I’m not going out just to buy olive oil. I just didn’t make the vinaigrette. The chicken-kale-brown rice bowl tasted fine without it.
So I didn’t follow the meal plan exactly. I left out a few things, but from what I did make, the recipes taste good and are really easy to prepare. The Clean Eating Challenge gets an A+ for the first day.