Slimming is always a subject of interest isn't it? Weight loss is a multi billion dollar industry and I admit, every time I see an article on how to "bust belly fat effortlessly" or "what to eat to burn fat" or something to that effect, it gets my undivided attention.
We are still under CMCO, counting down to 09-06-2020, the targeted last day of this enforced confinement. And we don't know if the MCO will finally be lifted or will our PM announce that it will be further extended.
So. Did anybody put on weightttt????.... heh..heh..heh... I will be the first to admit. I did. Bah!
Don't worry lah. I'm not worried because I know that once I get back to my normal routine (after the MCO) the weight will come off. Right now, I stay at home, I watch TV, I eat. Eat. Eat. Eat. How lah not to put on weight?
That is when I remembered the food that I used to eat when I started cooking my own dinner. You see, when I landed my first job, I stayed in a rented room. The landlady did not allow cooking (even if she did, I would not have bothered). So I ate out all the time.
For 11 years I stayed there until I saved up enough money and built up enough credibility to get a bank loan. I don't come from money and in all those years, I took the bus/walked to work.
Kids nowadays are so lucky. Even at college, their parents buy them a car. And some get financial backing from their parents to buy an apartment once they graduated. Me? Not so lucky. It was all blood, sweat, tears and a few bouts of depression before I arrived.
So anyways. When I moved into my own abode, I got acquainted with the kitchen. For some reason unknown, I started by steaming my food. And I liked my dinners. They made me happy. And guess what? I was losing weight without even trying.
It's pretty simple. I prepare marinated chicken/pork and I just dump the proteins on top of vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, bittergourd, Chinese cabbage or whatever, then just give a little squirt of oyster sauce and steam away.
And the result? A very tasty (low carb) dinner. So back then, I was low carbing without even being conscious of it. I like to eat this steamed food with a condiment of raw garlic and sliced chilies with light soya sauce and vinegar.
I like to top the meat with a few slivers or chopped ginger for that extra zing of flavors. Sometimes I add mushrooms, tofu, wanton (those frozen ready made ones) and even fish balls just for some variety.
I have been revisiting these steamed dishes over the past few days and I realized I have forgotten how delicious these simple dishes are.
Today I had broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and marinated chicken. It was so, so delicious.
I will be eating this sort of food more regularly and it's my secret weapon to losing the excess flab. It's delicious, it's healthy and it's quick and easy to put together. My steamer (besides my cast iron pan) is now my new best friend.
Here's Girl with a goofy pose for her fans hah..hah...