Faux Egg Fried Rice

I’m The Domestic Princess and I’m a carboholic.  There.  I’ve said it.  It’s out in the open.  In fact, I’m not only addicted to carbohydrates in the obvious form (pasta, rice, bread, potatoes), but chocolate and sugar too.  I love carbohydrates.  No, make that adore.  I like nothing better than crusty white bread, slathered in salted Jersey butter topped with Marmite. Or what I wouldn’t give for a steaming bowl of spaghetti bolognaise.  Even a plate of creamy mash on its own can make me the happiest girl on earth.  And don’t even start me on what a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk does to me.  But the problem is my relationship with these food groups is not a fair one.  No, no, no.  You see, my love is just not reciprocated.  I eat these foods and all they do is make me fat, lethargic and generally, quite unwell.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock since January, you’ll be completely au fait with the war that is being wielded against sugar.  Some are even suggesting it’s more addictive than cocaine.  Having never tried the white stuff, I can’t confirm or deny this.  What I can confirm, is that once I start eating sugary things, I literally can’t stop.  Not only does sugar make you put on weight, it has also been attributed to increasing your risk of heart disease (The Domestic King is evidence of this), type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, ageing, exacerbating autoimmune diseases and causing wrinkles.  Not pretty at all.  Sugar pretty gets into most ready-packaged food.  Take a look at some of the packets and bottles in your cupboard, you’ll be surprised at how many have sugar added to the ingredients.  If it ends in an ose, then it’s a form of sugar.

Any form of carbohydrate eventually gets broken down by your body into glucose.  Glucose is the most simple form of sugar.  Whilst the body can use glucose for fuel, levels that exceed what one actually needs, is toxic.  Excess carbohydrates such as pasta, potato and rice do in fact have the same impact on your body as say a Coke, Mars Bar or handful of Haribos.  The fructose that’s present in fruit and the carbohydrates in vegetables are treated by your body in exactly the same way as well.  The body doesn’t have the ability to differentiate between the sugar in a chocolate bar vs fructose in pineapple.  The overriding problem is when there’s glucose floating around in the body’s bloodstream.  Any glucose that’s ingested that’s not immediately used, is stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles.  This would be absolutely fine, if our bodies didn’t have a limited number of glycogen receptors.  When these are at capacity, as they typically are in inactive people, the body only has one choice:  to store all the excess glucose as saturated fat and normally around one’s organs.  Not ideal is it?  I don’t want to turn this post completely into the affect of carbohydrates on our bodies, so will save all the other facts for a future one.  

So, what has my ramblings about carbs and sugar got to do with today’s recipe?  Well, when you follow a low-carb diet, you end up trying to be quite creative with your menu.  Just because carbs and I aren’t friends, doesn’t mean we weren’t at one point and I miss them terribly.  I’m an avid pinner on Pinterest and can while away many an hour.  One of the recipes I kept coming across was something called cauliflower “rice”, cooked in many ways, which of course peaked my interest.  I’m not a massive fan of plain, boiled rice, but put a bowl of egg fried rice in front of me and I’m one happy Princess.   Some of the cauliflower rice recipes I came across were for “fried rice”.  I was all over this like a rash and started experimenting toute suite!  The result?  A VERY  suitable alternative to proper fried rice.  Even The Domestic Prince, who’s not known for his love of vegetables loves this recipe.  He can’t actually get enough of it.  If you’re not a fan of cauliflower, let me assure you, this tastes NOTHING like cauliflower, you have my word.  I also need to apologise for the lack of photo, the gannet otherwise known as The Domestic Prince, wolfed it all down before I’d had a chance to take a picture.  I’m making another batch of this heavenly food this week, so will take a picture and update the blog with it.  Oh, and the feedback on various other versions has been it’s gone down a storm with children too, who had no idea it wasn’t actually rice.  

Serves 2 hungry adults

Ingredients

  • 4tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1tbsp ginger, minced
  • 4 carrots, diced into cubes
  • 150g broccoli, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 3tbsp soy sauce
  • Splash of fish sauce
  • Splash of Chinese rice wine vinegar
  • Generous handful of cooked shredded chicken or shrimps
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 spring onion, chopped

Method

  1. Tear the leaves off the cauliflower and chop into tree-like pieces.  If you’re lucky enough to own a food processor (I’d be lost without mine), pop them in and pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice.  If you don’t have a processor, then just use your regular cheese grater.
  2. Put 2tbsp of the sesame oil into a hot wok.  When the oil has heated-up, add in the crushed garlic and minced ginger and let it fry until it’s just turning a light brown colour (around 30 seconds).
  3. Put the broccoli and carrots in the wok and stir-fry for 4 to 5 minutes, or until they start to slightly char.  Remove from the wok and set aside.
  4. Pop the remaining sesame oil into the wok and add the “rice”.  Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the “rice” starts to colour slightly.
  5. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce and rice wine vinegar and coat the rice.
  6. Put the chicken (or shrimp) and broccoli and carrots in the work and stir until combined with the “rice” and stir-fry for 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. Make a well in the middle of the wok and pour in the beaten eggs.  Stir until they scramble and then incorporate with the rest of the dish.
  8. Throw in the chopped spring onions and give a quick stir for about 30 seconds.
  9. Serve immediately.

Domestic Princess tips

  1. If your cauliflower rice feels a bit on the damp side, put it in a tea towel and give it a good squeeze to get rid of any excess water.  This will ensure a better texture of “rice”.
  2. If you like your dishes to be spicy, then add a finely chopped red chilli at stage 2 of the recipe.
  3. My vegetable and protein suggests above, are just that, suggestions.  This is the perfect recipe to use up any veggies or meat/fish you have leftover in the ‘fridge.
  4. I can’t stand coriander, but if you like it, a sprinkle just before serving would be great.
  5. I always serve mine with a small little bowl of soy sauce.
  6. This is a very low-calorie recipe, so is perfect for those of you following the 5:2 Fast Diet (100g of plain cauliflower rice is only 24 calories), a Paleo lifestyle, or are on a plan like Weight Watchers (cauliflower “rice” is zero points) or Slimming World etc.  And obviously, perfect for you low-carbers!!

Just a little word of warning….this dish isn’t that pretty to look at, but I guarantee what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in taste!  It’s like a hug in a bowl; perfect for those times you fancy something really comforting. 

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

February 2014 Workout Tunes

Music is an integral part of my life.  It’s a rare day that the Prince comes home to find me basking in peace and quiet.  More often than not, he’s greeted by a full on disco, bar the strobe lighting and disco balls.  Having not updated our workout playlist since I last posted some workout tunes here back in June, our workout playlist has definitely been in need of a fresh injection of choons.  I’ve popped a couple of retro ones in and also one of my fav Bollywood tracks at the moment.

 

Enjoy and please let me know some of the songs you’re working out to at the moment.

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

June’s Workout Songs

Hello readers!

Sorry I didn’t post this on Monday, but I haven’t had access to our study all week, as we were having work done in it.  Anyway, here I am with my picks for workout tunes for June. I’ve been listening to May’s tracks on loop, so I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some new toons!

Hope all your fitness plans are going well.

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Squat Until You’re Hot

Yes, there’s no mistaking what today’s post is about 🙂 and that’s bottoms, or rather how to achieve a Pippa or Kylie-esque derriere.  The more weight I’ve lost, the more aware I’ve become about my saggy bottom, and this is despite thrice-weekly sessions with Killer Raj, recently upped to 5.  Soon to be the wrong side of 40 and wanting to look the best I can in and out of my clothes, I’ve decided to give the 30-day squat challenge a whirl in an attempt to go from the bottom on the left, to something that more resembles the one on the right in the picture below.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m super happy to finally be close to my target weight, but I’m just not that happy with my rear view.  Tonight I’m going to ask the Domestic Prince to take a “before” picture, and then at the end of the 30 days, I’ll get him to take an “after” one, and hopefully I’ll be able to see a change, even if it’s only a small one!  If the change is noticeable, I’ll consider posting them….some of you might want to look away, or ignore that post 😉 .  Regardless, I’ll come back in 30 days to give you an update.  I’m hoping that after the 30 days I’ll at least fail the pencil test*.  Don’t worry, I’m under no illusion that I’ll go from saggy to pert in 30 days, but you’ve got to start somewhere right?

30-day squat challenge

And guys, this isn’t just a challenge for my fairer sex readers, oh no.  I’ll let you into a secret, girls love a man with a firm, pert butt!

Perfect Squat Form

  1. Place feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, hips stacked over knees, knees over ankles.
  2. Roll the shoulders back and down away from the ears. Note: Allowing the back to round (like a turtle’s shell) will cause unnecessary stress on the lower back.
  3. Extend the arms out straight so they are parallel with the ground, palms facing down. Or, if it’s more comfortable, pull the elbows close to the body, palms facing each other and thumbs pointing up.
  4. Initiate the movement by leading from the hips first and then bending the knees almost simultaneously, so that the knees and the hips travel in opposition to each other, (as if you were going to sit down on a chair) there by helping you to maintain the integrity of your posture and spine right through the lower reaches of the movement.
  5. Ideally, you want the hips to drop below the knees, for a full squat, but this may be challenging for the novice and it is perfectly acceptable to drop only up till the point where your thigh bone is parallel to the floor. On your way down, also check  that the knees do not travel beyond the toes. Make sure the chest and shoulders stay upright, and the back stays straight. Keep the head facing forward with eyes straight ahead for a neutral spine.
  6. On your way up and out of the movement, focus on driving though your heels and recruiting the major muscle groups of the thighs and buttocks to get you moving upwards again. Keeping the weight away from your toes (DP I try and keep my toes up lifted up) and concentrating it in your heels, protects your knees and lower back, while maximizing the workload on the actual prime movers in this exercise, the quads and gluteus muscles.

Tips from Tribe Sports

Domestic Princess tips

  1. If you haven’t squatted before, or need a technique refresher, watch this video first and look at your form in the mirror to make sure you’re performing the squat correctly.
  2. You’re far more likely to see results during the challenge if you eat “clean”.
  3. If you can’t manage the full set in one go, spread them out over the course of the day, and build-up to doing them all in one go.
  4. If you’re finding the squats too easy, add some hand weights, and/or do jumping squats.
  5. If consistent and diligent with this challenge you should also notice a difference in your legs too, so I’d suggest measuring them before and after to see if there’s a difference.

So, who’s with me on this challenge?

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

*If you haven’t heard of the pencil test and are wondering if you’d pass, then you just need to grab a pencil (or pen) and see if you can hold it under your bottom, if you can’t, then wooo hoo!  If it stays firmly in place, you might want to think about joining in the challenge! 😉

Disclaimer

Please note, I am not a fitness instructor, therefore, if you are unsure how to perform this exercise, please consult a fitness professional first.  Also, if you are new to exercise, or pregnant, please consult with your physician before starting this challenge.

Discovered: Niko Physique Dynamic Reformer Pilates

My first foray into reformer pilates was about 4 years ago here in Bangalore with the lovely Anjali and Sharat from The Zone Mind & Body Studio.  To say I fell in love with pilates would be an understatement!  Not long after falling in love, I  had to leave Bangalore for about 4 months, as were getting married back in the UK.  I was more than a tad concerned about being able to continue with my pilates, especially as I probably needed it more than ever with our impending nuptials…..So, as I always do in these situations, I turned to my trusty friend Mr Google, and found Bootcamp Pilates.  Bootcamp Pilates was like my regular pilates classes back in India, but souped up.  It was a more dynamic form of the pilates I’d been used to.  My first session was where I met the fabulous Niko Algieri.  Niko made every class fun and dare I say it enjoyable, and it wasn’t long before he became my favourite teacher (being a fellow Welshie obviously helped!).

Well, fast forward 3 years and Niko has ventured out on his own and launched Niko Physique.  The launch in late March, timed perfectly with one of my visits back to the UK. So, without hesitation, I set myself-up an account and booked in for as many classes as I could possibly fit in.

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Niko has taken the basics from traditional pilates and combined them with dynamic moves to create an unbelievable workout that will help sculpt your body and get you in shape in next to no time.  I noticed a change in my body after just 10 sessions!

As we all know nothing in life happens without hard work, and these classes epitomise that. Each class lasts an hour and there is a maximum of ten people in any one class, ensuring that everyone receives one-on-one attention and tuition.  Extremely advantageous when you are popping your legs in maternity stirrups and standing on a moving platform that threatens to bring out the inner-gymnast in all of us!

Niko starts each class with some gentle warm-up exercises and stretches to prepare the body for the torturous intense workout ahead.  Every class is a combination of resistance and endurance moves that will push you to your absolute physical limits.  Niko will have you do anything from squatting whilst keeping the moving platform still (quite tricky!) to holding a plank on the torture bed, or doing what feels like a hundred pikes to help strengthen your core.

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Niko’s reformer pilates classes are easily the best workouts I’ve ever done.  They are always so much fun (he is super cheeky and plays the best tunes!) and a complete challenge.  I leave every class feeling completely stretched and that every muscle in my body has been worked in several different ways.

Don’t expect a workout that will leave you gasping for your next breath, it won’t, but don’t be lured into a false sense of security…your legs will be jelly like on the way home and movement the next day might be a challenge….however, I can promise you it’s definitely worth it!  This is a workout for the fit, the unfit, the flexible, the inflexible, men, women – anybody and everybody will leave wanting to come back for more.  There’s not many workouts you can say that about, is there?

Signing-up and booking is extremely easy and your first class is FREE!

And if all that wasn’t enough to spur you on to book in for a class, Niko is also a former Men’s Health Magazine cover model….I’ll say no more!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

May’s Workout Songs

Hello Readers!

I’m back after my extended absence, and you’ll be pleased to know that I’m back for good! There’s no getting rid of me now!

The last few months have not been easy, and whilst I’m not naive enough to think that life will ever be the same again, the dark clouds are starting to lift.  Don’t get me wrong, there are still some very hard days that I struggle to get through, but it’s definitely getting easier.

I haven’t really had much time (nor motivation) to workout as much as I normally do since that fateful day in January, but I’m all too aware that bikini season is just around the corner and I need to get my backside in gear if I have any hope of donning a bikini!  So, with this in mind I’ve trawled around for some new tunes to help make our workouts a little easier…..

What is your current favourite tune to workout to?

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

 

January’s Workout Songs

Hello lovely readers!

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  After spending two fantastic weeks in the UK catching-up with friends and family, we jetted off to Utah to spend Christmas with our dear friends, The Rays and to ski!  Needless to say, we had a fabulous time. Now that I’m back home, it’s back to reality, which amongst other things, means blogging!

I’m sure many of you have made resolutions regarding exercising more, so today’s new workout music for January will hopefully help you stay motivated with your plans!  I’m still quite keen on some of November’s tunes, so will be mixing them up with these news ones.

Party Girl by McFly

Click here to download it from iTunes, and here to download from Amazon

Scream & Shout by Will.I.am (feat. Britney Spears)

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Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) by Calvin Harris

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Turn Around (feat. Ne-Yo) by Conor Maynard

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Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars

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Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon

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Catch My Breath (Cutmore Remix) by Kelly Clarkson

Click here to download it from iTunes, and here to download from Amazon

Black & Gold (Radio Edit) by Sam Sparro

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Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix) by Florence & The Machine

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Mighty Wings by Cheap Tricks

Click here to download it from iTunes, and here to download from Amazon

Did you make any resolutions?  If so, are you managing to stick with them?  I’ll share mine in a future post.

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

November’s Workout Songs

Happy November lovely readers!  I hope that you all had a good October; I did.  It was so nice not to be getting on an aeroplane (never thought I’d hear myself say that!) for once.  I religiously followed my Jillian Michaels workout and enjoyed some quiet weekends after a hectic few months!  I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for some new choons for my workout playlist.  I’ll be keeping some of August, September and October’s songs in, but adding in these ones too.  Variety is the spice of life after all!  Some of this month’s songs have a slower BPM (beats per minute) than previous month’s, as I received some requests asking for some slower songs.  I hope you still like them.

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson

To purchase this from iTunes, click here, and to purchase from Amazon click here

I Predict a Riot by The Kaiser Chiefs

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Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

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Lose Yourself by Eminem

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Lessons in Love by Kaskade, featuring Neon Trees

To purchase this from iTunes, click here.  Unfortunately it’s not available from Amazon.

I Found You by The Wanted

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Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia

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Candy by Robbie Williams

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Latch by Disclosure featuring Sam Smith

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Tell Her About It by Billy Joel

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How was your October?  Did you find any new workout music?  If so, please share it with us!

Friday’s recipe will FINALLY be up tomorrow – it’s been a challenge to say the least!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

October’s Workout Songs

Wow, how is it October already?  It seems like only yesterday I was putting together September’s workout songs, yet here I am, four weeks later telling you what I’ll be working out to in October.  With less than 90 days until Christmas and my skiing trip to Utah, I am extremely focused and energised about reaching my goals.  Just listening to the selection of tracks I’ve chosen for October, has motivated me to do a second workout today – I hope they have the same affect on you too!

Million Dollar Bill (Freemason’s Mix) by Whitney Houston

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She Wolf (Falling to Pieces), ft Sia by David Guetta

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Fascination by Alphabeat

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Does Your Mother Know by ABBA

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Marry the Night (Zedd Remix) by Lady GaGa

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Eye of The Tiger by Survivor

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Wings by Little Mix

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Love Machine by Girls Aloud

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I Cry by Flo Rida

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Antidote by Swedish Mafia

 
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As always, I’d love to hear which workout songs you’re working out to at the moment – please pop them in the comments section below.

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

September’s Workout Songs

I know people traditionally think about 1st January as being the time to start new things and focus on the future, but for a few years now I’ve used September as being my chance to start afresh on certain things, and this year is no different.  Today is me renewing my commitment to healthy eating and working out.  We’re off on a beach holiday at the end of November and skiing in December and I want to make sure I look great in a bikini and have the endurance to ski all day.  So, to help motivate me on the treadmill or through a Jillian Michael’s torture workout, here’s my selection of songs for September.

Too Young by Phoenix
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Heads Will Roll by Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
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Nothing Really Matters by David Guetta featuring Will.i.am

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Shadows by Midnight Juggernauts

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Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself) by Ne-Yo

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Take Over Control by Afrojack

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Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson

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Raise Your Glass by Pink

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How Far We’ve Come by Matchbox Twenty

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Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera 

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I hope you enjoy this month’s suggestions.  They certainly got me motivated this morning. Please let me know in the comment section below any workout tunes that help you get through your workouts.

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

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