Saucy Strips & Rice. The Sauceless Way


This week I began a 21 day no bread, no sugar challenge in the hopes of changing my eating lifestyle for the better- one that is more balanced. The reason I took on the challenge though, was to give my body a chance to see that it can do without loads of sugar and gluten ( I don’t plan on giving up them up entirely when I’m done with the challenge, only enough to not be ‘addicted’ )

To say the challenge is hard, would be an understatement. But not for the reasons I thought it would be, yes I crave sugar, yes I miss bread terribly, but more than that I have found that it’s soo difficult to eat healthy when EVERYTHING is full of sugar. 

Supper request by the kids was Nandos styled strips and rice. Whew! Easy one I thought, a meal I could eat together with them, as rice is allowed, and I only use the Lalqilla low GI rice in any case. 

So, I got my rice done. Sliced my fillet. Marinated my fillet. Then it hit.. Nandos sauces, which I use in the final stage of cooking, is full of sugar- I checked the labels.. I was right..

Well, a plan was needed and that’s when I realized just how challenged and determined I’ve become, so much so that I have had to be doubly creative in what I do in the kitchen and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the new found creativeness which I thought I’d lost when Pinterest and Google became the norm for all ideas.

Saucy Strips & Rice, the sauceless way

Spicy Rice

2 cups of rice, boiled with mixed vegetables, salt and turmeric for colour.

Strain and set aside.

In a small pan, lightly braise some sliced robot peppers in coconut oil, 1 heaped tsp of spice for rice and a good dash of garlic paste. Throw into the rice and mix. Steam rice to heat before serving.

Saucy strips 

1/2 kg chicken fillet washed and sliced into strips.

Marinate the strips in the following:
Salt and aromat to taste
1 tsp fine red chilli powder

1 tsp crushed jeeru

1 tsp red chilli paste ( I used the one from Gorimas spice store )

2 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp ginger garlic masala

2 – 3 tsp Mochachos spice ( or any chicken spice)

2 -3 tbls fried onions

1 tbls lemon juice

In a pot, heat up a good splash of olive oil or coconut oil, throw in your strips and stir fry. Lower heat and add a full sachet of tomato paste, more red chilli paste and a little more garlic and lemon juice. Braise. Then add some water. Cook till done, which won’t be too long, you should find a thick sauce that has formed. Add 1/4 cup of cream. Simmer for 3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning / chilli before serving with the rice.
Verdict: beautifully saucy and spicy. Not an exact Nandos flavour, but close enough
UPDATE: The kids didn’t even realize that it wasn’t made with store bought sauces and thoroughly enjoyed it!. 

6 thoughts on “Saucy Strips & Rice. The Sauceless Way

  1. JazakAllah for the feedback Faatima πŸ™‚

    Basically my cooking is pretty much Sauceless, it’s the no sugar that’s the hard one for me as I lurve chocolate and have an affair with my kitchen stove and oven. So far as ‘dessert’ I’ve tried the avo and banana with cocoa pudding, and a frozen banana with peanut butter and cocoa ice cream. Not bad, sorts out the craving but boy oh boy I miss cakes πŸ™ˆ

    There are so many ways to have sugar naturall- through dates, honey and maple but for the challenge I’ve decided to stop those as well and instead use vanilla and cinnamon to give the feeling of sweetness- it actually works!
    I’ll try to post more recipes soon.

    1. I’m the opposite, managing to cut sugar but having problems with the bread. Always have sandwiches and toast and have been finding it difficult to replace it as a complement to meat. Trying to replace it with veggies and potato.

      Jazakallah πŸ™‚

      1. I know what you mean, I’ve been missing toast of all things! I’ve been doing the same, replacing with grilled Veges and salads but I’m cutting down on potato and using sweet potato instead. I came across cauliflower wraps yesterday, bought it and had it with my meal of masala chops, not quite like roti but it was oh k πŸ™ˆ

  2. Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to try it out.
    I agree with sharing your no bread and sugar meals. Was hoping to do this challenge as well but gave up when i ran out of options for meals. Thus far I have managed to reduce but not eliminate.

  3. Looks lovely. Please post more no bread, no sugar recipes. Im also trying to lower my carb intake. I recently had a dessert made entirely without sugar. They had used only xylitol. And it was delicious

    1. Will definitely do so Ayesha, it’s very hard but so far on day 7 and I’m surviving 😁 wrt to xylitol, the guys who are hosting the challenge advise it as a no no, they instead recommend stevia which is natural ( a tiny amount is needed to sweeten apparently as it’s that strong ) or raw honey – I find banana and dates sweeten very well also.

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