Easy Low Carb Chicken dish

If you’re like me and you have no (as in, NO) time to cook after a long day, maintaining variety as well as a healthy selection of dinners can be pretty tough. I went through a stage where I was resorting to salads for dinner due to time constraints. Chicken, tuna, chicken, tuna.. and so the list goes on.

Cold, crunchy salad only satisfies for so long, and you start craving healthy yummy warm dishes again (As does the husband) so I’ve set out to learn to make some creative, new dishes that are low carb too. Bonus – from start to finish this dish doesn’t take me longer than 20 minutes (a few minutes extra to make a salad or cook veg.. but I get my hubby to do that 🙂

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Ingredients: (in order of cooking them)

4 x chicken breasts

Salt / pepper

Italian herbs

1 teaspoon garlic

2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

1 x tin chopped tomatoes

A sprinkle of chilli flakes

Sweet basil or fresh.. I just don’t have fresh

1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

White Cheddar or Mozzarella

Steps:

  1. Fry the breasts in coconut oil or a medium of your choice, adding salt and pepper as well as Italian herbs (as pictured). Fry on each side for 5-7 minutes. When you turn to the other side, repeat the salt, pepper and Italian herbs.
  2. Once nearly cooked through, take out the pan and place on a plate.
  3. Add garlic and balsamic vinegar to remaining coconut oil in the pan and fry for a minute or two
  4. Add can of tomato and sprinkle with the chilli flakes.
  5. Add sweet basil and let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes
  6. Add Worcestershire sauce
  7. Place chicken breasts back in the pan, sprinkling with some more Italian herbs. Simmer on a lower heat for two minutes
  8. Add slices of cheese to the top of each chicken breast and put a lid on the pan for a few minutes while you get your plates and cutlery ready. Dish when cheese is all melted!

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This dinner kind of makes me feel like I’m in Italy. You get a taste of the long lost carb-full pizza we are crave!

 

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Easy Low Carb Ice Cream

For those on it, the Low Carb lifestyle (LCHF) is a very rewarding one. After the initial adjustment phase, you start to settle in and think less about the loss of sugary goodness in your life. But if you’re like me, and every now and then you crave a little after dinner or weekend treat then having a few go-to recipes is a surefire way of preventing cheating. Because LCHF is a lifestyle and cheating can really set you back on your weight loss goals.

I don’t have any fancy mixers or ingredients so this recipe is super simple (And so delicious!)

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So delicious!

  1.  1 x tin of coconut milk
  2. 1 x teaspoon vanilla essence
  3. 100ml cream
  4. 100ml full cream milk
  5. 2 tablespoon xylitol
  6. 1 x shot of espresso (or a cup of filter coffee.. just watch out not too much water. Make it a short, strong cup!)
  7. Almonds or other lowcarb treats to add in / experiment with.

Directions

Mix/ blend (I use a stick blender) all ingredients for 2 min on high except for the nuts / other goodies. Add nuts at the end (They settle at the bottom but you can stir as its freezing) and put in a small, short container in the freezer. Stir every hour or so. Dig in!

P.S. You can play around with flavours (e.g. leave out coffee, keep it vanilla and add blueberries..) and also VERY delicious is leaving it in the freezer for an hour or so and drinking a glass as an iced-coffee. My hubby is crazy about LCHF treats and he keeps asking for some 🙂

Le Petit Karoo, Oudtshoorn – Review

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What more could a girl ask for?

With a sudden burst of popularity of Airbnb in South Africa, one now has even more options at their fingertips of options when it comes to a getaway. If you are at all like me, you research an area thoroughly before you decide on your pick of accommodation. Price, what you’re getting for that price, extras, budget vs luxury..etc..Leading up to choosing, my poor computer suffers terribly as I usually have about 30 tabs open- fluctuating between Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Safari Now…just to name a few.

My husband and I were needing a long overdue weekend away. We work conflicting hours and he works weekends too, so we decided to take the plunge and book a long weekend away. As your typical “beachy-couple” we generally always choose a seaside location. But this time, my husband said he’d love to see the Cango Caves. Something different. And the appeal of disconnecting from the city buzz was too big.

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I could get used to this view every morning.

Le Petit Karoo is owned by Pascal from France, and he has really made an amazing establishment. It’s nestled between the town of Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves, so it feels secluded and is very quiet. When we saw our tent I was blown away by the view – one can see for kilometers and it is perfectly still with a faint sound of birds.  There was no transition period into holiday mode. I took one look  at our delightful safari tent, outdoor bath and gorgeous view and I was already clocked out of work, emails and the to-do’s.  I immediately ran a cool bath (pictured above) and took out my latest copy of Elle. It was immediately relaxing and it was hard to remember I had only left for vacation that morning!

For dinner we Google’d some of the most loved restaurants in Oudtshoorn and decided on Nostalgie. They specialise in traditional South African dishes and they didn’t disappoint. Generous portions, hearty meals and candlelight. It’s hard not to feel like you have been transported to a different time when in Oudtshoorn. It’s so rich in heritage.

 

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The bed – amazing linen too!

The staff were incredible at Le Petit Karoo – they were friendly, attentive and very accommodating. Also importantly, they keep their space- enough to know that if you need them, they are there, yet not overcrowding or burdensome.

You can go into town for a brekkie, but I’d also highly recommend opting for their breakfast on the deck – it’s view is hard to rival and they make some delicious coffee accompanying a full English breakfast. Pascal is a very friendly host, making the rounds at breakfast to see if there is anything he can do to make your stay more comfortable. Between the breakfast and the glass of wine whilst reading my book enjoying the sunset, it’s hard for me to pick my favorite moment there.

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Prices are seasonal, but you’re looking in the range of R650 to R780 per couple per night (Very reasonable!) and you can book via Airbnb too. Le Petit Karoo has a very simple website but if you’d like to read up more go here.

Sadly all good things come to an end and all bags eventually have to be packed. We left Le Petit Karoo with great memories and have since recommend it to friends and family. It’s a gem that side of South Africa, especially if you’re doing a stopover at the iconic Cango Caves (Also a must for South Africans and tourists alike). This beach girl is glad she opted for something a little different.

xoxo.

Happy New Year!

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It’s safe to say 2017 is well underway. I’m nearly finished with my second week of work and I’m already exhausted..Does anyone else feel this way?

Anyway, I feel like every year truly is a new chance to set goals of things you would like to achieve and implement. So, I’ve taken the plunge and joined a gym! I’ve also cut sugar out of my diet completely and am back on the LCHF lifestyle, as I feel it really works for me. If you have never heard of the LCHF lifestyle, you can read more here.
But most of all, my resolution is to spend time blogging – something I’ve always loved!

Let me know what you want to achieve in 2017!