Do you find yourself cooking the same things over and over, with little variations to seasonings or flavors? A great way to add flavor, with the minimum amount of calories, to your favorite proteins is with marinates! Here are some starting points:
How? Start with a large plastic zipper lock bag for easy clean-up, or use any air-tight container


What? Cut your protein of choice into similar sized pieces, this can be done with one or a combination of the following:  skinless, boneless chicken breasts/thighs, trimmed flank steak, trimmed pork loin, trimmed pork chops, peeled and deveined shrimp, boneless and firm white fish filets , firm tofu, Portobello mushroom, eggplant, tempeh, paneer cheese, seitan.

 

Where?  Always marinate in the refrigerator to avoid any health hazards


Time?  Meats can be marinated overnight for up to 5 days, but seafood and vegetarian proteins are more delicate and need only 2 to 3 hours to pick up the flavors


Three basic recipes:


Tart and Tangy Balsamic
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 tbs of olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Orange glaze
1 tbs reduced-sodium soy sauce
4 tbs orange juice
1 tbs sesame oil
1 tbs fresh ginger
1 tbs chopped garlic

Rosemary Lemon
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs chopped rosemary
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs  chopped garlic

Mix the ingredients in air tight container or bag along with 1lbs (450g)  of your protein of choice, and let those flavors have a party!

To Your Continued Success,

Coach Don