Monday, January 23, 2012
Homemade Chinese Takeout!
Yesterday was such a great day for me. I got my CPR/AED certification even though I was terrified of the situation. I found a company to give me the course one on one and the boys had me scared out of my mind that I was going to get my certification out of a van. I found the company off the American Heart Associations website and when I called, they said they could give me the class on Monday morning. So, since I wanted to get my nutrition certification in my hand, I had to take it. The boys picked on me all weekend about how creepy the certification situation sounded. So, with the eery rain in the morning and the office in the back of the building, I walked in with my guard up. Luckily, it was all good and I loved getting the class one on one. If anyone in Atlanta needs the course, I highly recommend them! Just drop me a line and I will pass on the information. All I'm asking now, is that I don't have to use this information. I love knowing it, but ugh, I don't want to use it.

After my course was complete and I got my certification card, I made my way home for some lunch with my main squeeze. I made my soy free fried rice the night before so I was excited for these leftovers!

Even though our fried rice is loaded with protein from the eggs and bean sprouts, I wanted to make sure I got a little extra protein in there so I fried up 2 more egg whites, then added some fried rice to reheat it, served it over crisp iceberg lettuce and smothered it in coconut aminos (love this instead of soy sauce!)...

and rooster sauce (I like things hot)!

This totally hit the spot!

I'm really focusing on getting some extra protein these days. Ever since I started studying nutrition I've completely changed how I eat. I used to think I didn't need as much protein and I do believe that everyone's needs are different. However, I do workout regularly and I feel like my body had gotten pretty stagnant when it came to changing with my workouts. I also felt like there were things that I should be strong enough to do and it was just not happening. After focusing on my protein sources for the past 2 months (eggs, peanut flour, nuts, beans and nutritional yeast), I have seen and felt a complete change in my energy and physique. I think about food from a completely different stand point nowadays. I used to think about my veggies and fruits first (cause I'm a true lover of them), now I think about my protein source first and build my meals from there.

Speaking of protein...

I fried up some chicken for the boys to go with the fried rice we had on Sunday night. 

I got the idea from Jessica at How Sweet Eats when she made this and she got it from Rebecca off of Tasty Kitchen. Tony is a General Tso's expert. The man loves his General Tso's and he loved this dish! I don't fry food often, but it was Sunday and it was treat day. So, we had a fun family interactive meal by making fried rice and General Tso's lettuce wraps!

So, tell me, what are your favorite sources of protein? I'm always looking for more vegetarian ideas. Any protein powder recommendations would be really helpful too!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 6:30 AM  
  • At January 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM, Anonymous Megan said…

    Your fried rice looks so delicious!!!

  • At January 23, 2012 at 11:53 PM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    Yum! I went homemade Chinese tonight too. Gotta bring in the new year right! :)

    There's not enough sriracha in the world... mmmm...

  • At January 24, 2012 at 2:05 AM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    coconut aminos are my lifesaver!! i love them on everything too. In fact, i made fried rice tonight too, with tabasco and baked beans and avocado. We should have dined together.
    Congrats on CPR! what a relief, eh?

  • At January 24, 2012 at 7:36 AM, Blogger HEAB said…

    I've been wanting to try the coconut aminos. Need to find some of that. Trying to eat a lot of protein these days as well, and I'm loving on some chicken lately, and oh how I could go to town on some Generals Tso's right about now...yes at 6:35 AM. I really could. :)

    I'm also once again obsessed with Brewer's yeast. The Lewis Lab's version is so good - love it in my oat bran, both sweet and savory versions. You should give it a try if you ever tire of nutritional yeast...although I don't see that happening. :) I actually prefer the Brewer's. LOVE it.

  • At January 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    You absolutely can't have stir fry or Chinese without rooster sauce! That's like illegal or something ;-) Ok, never heard of coconut aminos. Need to check that out. And I don't know why, but CPR certification scares me.

  • At January 24, 2012 at 8:19 AM, Anonymous Lee said…

    I eat a lot of eggs and greek yogurt for protein. I don't know what I would do if I was vegan!

  • At January 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM, Blogger Paige @ RAN said…

    I tend to think that everyone should be CPR certified!!
    Coconut aminos?? I've never heard of them! I am intrigued though :)

  • At January 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM, Anonymous Heather said…

    Homemade Chinese sounds delicious! I can't remember the last time we had Chinese food!
    Congrats on your CPR cert. So cute how the boys were teasing you - sounds like Colin would get along really well with them. :)

  • At January 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Haha, so funny about the boys creeping you out. I'm so glad that it went well - congrats! :)

    Your at-home Chinese takeout looks delicious! Yum.

    Hope today is just as good as yesterday!

  • At January 24, 2012 at 1:36 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    That looks so amazing Sarena.

    Well, my favorite protein is fish, which doesn't help you out much :)

    Do you use egg white protein powder? I still think it is the best one. I'm curious about some of the new nut protein powders as I imagine them being tastier than soy, rice or hemp. For the most part, I don't use any of them anymore though, as they don't agree with me.

  • At January 24, 2012 at 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    Homemade Chinese food always impresses me so much-- the most I do is a simple stir-fry!

    Congrats on your certification!

  • At January 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    Congrats on the CPR!!!!
    and coconut aminos is something we need to start using more!!! always looks like such a great addition to recipes!

  • At January 24, 2012 at 9:43 PM, Anonymous Meesh said…

    just want to say that your meal looks amazing!

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