Some Like It Hot!

28 Mar

Metabolism Boosting Recipe

By Alya Alyssa Kattan

Lose weight effortlessly?  How? By spicing things up!  Adding spices like chili peppers, turmeric, and cinnamon to your food is an easy way to add flavor and kick start your metabolism into high calorie burning gear.  This recipe does just that and I had to share it because it looks so DIVINE!!  I am so going to try this out soon.  Hope everyone enjoys it 🙂 Xx

Spicy Mango Rice Bowl with Chicken


Mango sauce:
* 3/4 cup organic apple juice
* 1 mango, pit removed
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1/4 cup coconut water vinegar or apple cider vinegar
* 1/4 cup sunflower oil
* 1/4 cup sugar free ketchup
* 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
* 2 tbsp braggs liquid aminos or soy sauce
* 1-2 jalapenos
* 1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt

* 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
* 3 tbsp filtered water
* 1.5 tbsp arrowroot powder or 1 tbsp corn starch

Veggies + protein

* 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken, sliced into 1/2-inch thick strips or 2 blocks of GMO free firm tofu, pressed and cut into slices
* 4 medium onions , diced
* 3 cups snow peas
* 2 red peppers, diced small
* 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

High protein rice mix

* 4.5 cups water
* 1.5 cups brown basmati rice
* 1/2 cup red/white quinoa
* 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil


To make the sauce: add all ingredients but cilantro, water, and arrowroot in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 20minutes. Meanwhile, combine water and arrowroot in a small bowl. Once simmering is complete, add arrowroot mixture and whisk. Cook for 1 minute. Add chopped cilantro and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside.

To make protein: preheat oven to 375F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper for chicken, or oil for tofu. If you’re cooking a bit of both, you can separate the sheet with a foil wall. Coat the tofu pieces in the mango sauce and bake chicken/tofu for 30-40 minutes until tofu is browning at the corners and/or chicken is cooked through with no pink.

To make veggies: Add coconut oil and onions to a large frying pan [I used cast iron]. Allow to cook for 3 minutes before adding remaining ingredients + 1/3 cup mango sauce. Cook for 1-2 minutes.

For the rice mix: Add all ingredients to a rice cooker or large saucepan and cook until soft [about 30 minutes]

Throw it all together, pour some mango sauce on top, and you have yourself a delicious dinner!

Makes 6 rice bowls and ~3 cups of sauce.

Recipe courtesy of


2 Responses to “Some Like It Hot!”

  1. Ada March 28, 2012 at 4:04 AM #

    Sounds delicious!!

  2. Hanan March 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM #

    Good one Alya! Will try it I just had a baby and need to lose weight. Can you post about pregnant women? When to start exercising? Thanks

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