Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Day 22

Breakfast was the usual.

Lunch had to be quick, so I sliced a cucumber in half, lengthwise, and then in half again to make my sub "bun." I topped it with paleo mayo and turkey. Then I put the top on and scarfed it down.

Dinner was pesto chicken. I just grilled the chicken indoors. Then I added pesto over the top. On the side I served a simple salad with garlic lime dressing.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Day 21

We're heading out to an early Easter celebration this afternoon. I'm bringing BBQ RANCH SALAD.

It includes: green and red cabbage slaw, shredded carrots, crumbled bacon, broccoli slaw, and green onion. Normally it would have chili lime tortilla pieces as well but that's not whole 30 compliant.

The dressing is a mix of ranch and bbq sauce.
Here's how you make PALEO CHERRY BBQ SAUCE:

It's a pretty close take on Nom Nom Paleo's recipe found here: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/44473388426/smashed-steak-skewers-with-cherry-barbecue-sauce

 2 teaspoons ghee
½ cup minced shallot
1 garlic clove, minced
Saute until translucent.

Then add:
1 tablespoon tomato paste
¼ cup coconut aminos
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup apple juice
10 ounces frozen cherries, roughly chopped
and let bubble until slightly thickened.

Then use an immersion blender to make it smooth. Be really careful. It's like molten lava if you get it on you.

Mix that with your ranch and you've got your salad dressing.

Dinner was paleo bang bang shrimp. I found a lb of shrimp for $4.99 and only a crazy lady would pass that up. :) It's usually $9.99/lb.

Day 20

Day 20!?!? Wow!
Tomorrow will start the last week. I can't wait to use butter, cheese, and soy sauce again. Really.
It will also be interesting to see if my fridge clears out as we go back to our normal lower carb eating, because I've got to tell ya, my fridge is packed. The fruit and veg bins are full and there are leftovers, which are unheard of in this house. It's weird. I also use a lot of pans and plates. What the heck? Apparently cooking for every single meal really adds up.

The kids have done well with the transition. I thought getting them off of the morning bowl of cheerios would be hard, but it actually was not. The oldest is happy to eat berries with nuts, coconut flakes, and coconut milk. The youngest is fine with berries but not as fond of coconut, so she still prefers to have yogurt with her breakfast. Not a big deal to me, really, as long as they get some protein/fat. They're not big carb lover anyway, so I should have guessed they'd be fine cutting the less healthy options out. I've seen a bit of a difference in my oldest daughter's ability to calm herself down with the change in foods as well. She's a busy kid in general but would sometimes get so hyper and out of control that she couldn't calm herself down. It wasn't that she was having tantrums. More like she was bouncing off the walls with the inability to stop. I've seen more control in the past few weeks, so that's an interesting change. One I'd kind of hoped for but didn't expect. We'll see what the addition of Easter candy does for the poor kid.

Breakfast this morning was my usual. Coconut flakes with 1/2 a pink lady apple, 3 crushed almonds, cinnamon, and coconut milk, along with 2 eggs and a little over a cup of carrots. Add some black chai tea and my fish oil supplement and breakfast is complete.

I took a run after breakfast. It's still freezing here. Seriously, Mother Nature. What IS the deal? It was in the lower 30's but I'm so tired of running indoors, and my littlest is having a dramatic day for some reason, so I took the opportunity to do a quick 1/2 hour run The quiet streets and good music helped to make me feel a little more centered. :) I chose my hilly path and did a pretty good job boosting my confidence as I conquered the hills better than I'd expected. Sure my heart rate monitor was beeping at me like I might die from the number it was registering, but I knew better.  (Running indoors has made me weak.) lol! A great stretch and a hot shower to defrost afterward were just what I needed this morning. Ah serenity.

Lunch was a mish-mash of leftovers. I tossed two eggs into a hot pan and scrambled them up. Then I chopped and added about a cup of broccoli slaw (broccoli/cabbage/carrots). Then I tossed in some ground beef, onions, and coconut aminos. It was a play on fried rice, without any rice. Along with that, I took a 100 calorie packet of wholly guacamole and added a large tablespoon of pico de gallo to it. I ate the guac de Gallo (which literally means guac of rooster - strange) with carrot chips. Cucumber rounds might be good with it too. Very fresh. Incidentally, this is the first time I've made guacamole to eat on purpose. I've always hated avocados, but my sister in law made a really delicious version on our last vacation together and sold me on trying it again. Yum!

Dinner was just the the girls and me. They wanted hot dogs, so I went with it. Two applegate farms hot dogs with no nitrates, etc. Dang they're good. (says the hot dog hater. Apparently I just never had a good hot dog.) The guac was such a hit at lunch time that I tried it again for dinner with cucumber. I quickly switched back to carrots after the third cucumber. It wasn't the best pair. That's paleo ketchup and regular mustard there to keep my dogs company. I must say that I don't miss regular ketchup at all. The tomato paste/vinegar/spice mix is great.

Tomorrow we have an early Easter celebration at my Mom's house. I'm bringing a hearty salad so that, if nothing else, we'll be able to nosh on that.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I'm hoping there isn't too much snow on the ground when I wake up. C'mon Mother Nature! Quit being an ice queen.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 19

Breakfast was nothing new.  :)

For lunch I made an awesome CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE with my leftover cauli from last night. It was sooo good. It had bacon it it. Need I say more?

I popped 6 pices of bacon in the microwave and cooked them for 4 minutes.
Then I chopped up: 1/4 onion, a handful of broccoli slaw, a handful of frozen veggie quartet, a few green onions, garlic, and a little cilantro. (You can put any leftovers you like in there. It pretty much always tastes the same.)
I set out 2C of the leftover cauliflower rice, some coconut aminos (a sub for soy sauce), and some sesame oil.
In a separate bowl, mixed a capful of the sesame oil with two eggs and a little coconut aminos.
Then I added a tsp of coconut oil to a pan and cooked the onions and garlic until transparent.
Once the onions were done, I added the rest of the veggies and the cauliflower rice along with another tsp of coconut oil and a tsp of sesame oil.
Once those looked heated through, I pushed them to the side of the pan, added more coconut oil, and dropped in the egg.
I scrambled the egg and then mixed it in with the rest of the ingredients.
Next the bacon got dropped in and stirred to combine.
Then I added probably 2-3 tsp of coconut aminos to taste.

It was so tasty and satisfying. It didn't taste like diet food because of the bacon and it was nice and salty, so it felt like a splurge. There was no lingering cauliflowery taste at all and it really did feel like I was eating rice. The best part was that I didn't have to think about what veggies to pair with my proteins because they were already in it. score!

I was so happy with it that, in fact, it will be dinner also.  :) I'm also a big fan of this cauliflower rice. I think when I visit the grocery store tomorrow, I will buy two more heads and freeze the rice in serving size packages. I can make cauli breadstix with it, or fried rice, or any dish that requires a rice substitute really.  I think it will come in handy.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 18

Breakfast was the usual with a small bottle of Naked Berry Blast juice. I meant to have just a taste but it was sooo good. Of course that threw off my whole day as far as carbs go. Way too many carbs in that juice. I tried to be good the rest of the day.

Lunch was Jimmy John's unwich. For those who are unfamiliar with the awesomeness, it's a regular Jimmy Johns sub without bread, so they wrap my beef and veggies ( I added tomato and cucumber) up in a giant lettuce leaf. I can't have their mayo so I went with mustard instead. Yum! It's better with mayo and cheese. I won't lie, but it's not bad either.

Dinner was CHICKEN WITH RED CURRY SAUCE AND CAULIFLOWER RICE with green beans on the side.
First I made the cauli-rice. I chopped the head into smaller pieces and tossed them into the blender.
Then I added water - enough to cover the top of the cauliflower.
It took literally two short pulses and the cauliflower was perfect. Perfect!
When I do this in the food processer dry, I never get it right. There are big pieces left while others begin to puree, etc. This is so much easier!

I grilled the chicken breasts (1lb) and cut them into strips while the cauliflower was cooking in a large pan on medium heat. I strained the water out before putting it in the pan.
When the cauliflower was done, I added the chicken and red curry sauce. I didn't make the sauce. I actually bought it at Trader Joe's because I'd never had it before. This is a new flavor.

It tasted okay. I'm not big on cinnamon for savory dishes. It was also too hot for my taste. A touch of Frank's Red Hot is about my limit for spicy food. My husband had seconds though so it must not have been horrible.  :) He also mentioned that a curry is more like a soup and I should have added coconut milk at some point. ...Huh. Well maybe next time.

I had a bowl of chicken salad after my workout tonight. It had green onion, celery, onion powder (lots) and some paleo mayo in it. It sort of tasted like onion soup mix was in it. Sort of. At any rate, it was good and for some reason I was starving. I also ran for 35 minutes of pure indoor torture this morning before lunch. The only thing that kept me from dying of boredom was that I worked on a new breathing pattern based on an article I read, stating that basically you should breath in odd counts so you're not always stepping on the same foot when you breathe in/out. If you're curious - I know you're not - I settled on a 2:3 pattern. Two steps in. 3 out which is completely opposite of what most people do, but hey... I'm an individual. :)

Oh! And I lost another 2% of body fat this week. Heck yeah!

I'm off to check my brackets now. Go Louisville!

Cut it up
Add water to cover and pulse twice. Then strain.
Cook over medium high heat until dry

The finished product


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 17

Same as always for breakfast :)

We had guests for lunch. They had chicken salad sandwiches with tortellini/tomato/cucumber/Italian Dressing salad, fruit salad and banana bread with peanut butter.
I had chicken mixed with paleo mayo and mustard along with a bowl of carrots and cucumbers. They were not jealous of my lunch, to say the least.

Dinner was a PIZZA BOWL and a side salad.Dinner was not Dutch Letters and Sinterklaus cookies from Jaarsema's bakery. But that would have been awesome!  :) We will surely enjoy the goodies that our guests so kindly brought us when the whole 30 is complete. Yum!

  For the pizza bowl, I just used leftover ground beef with onions, and added green pepper, some pizza seasoning, and paleo tomato sauce. (A little cheese would be nice here but... no.) The side salad came from a bag and I used my homemade vinegarette for dressing.

Honestly... I really don't look forward to feeding times. I can't even call them a meal because I feel like I'd enjoy a meal. This food isn't all that enjoyable. I'm tired of coming up with something to eat and having it taste so-so. I know we need to learn to "eat to live" and not live to eat though. Point taken.

Similarly, I have no desire to snack because, heck,  what would be tasty to eat as a snack anyway that involves protein and a copious amount of veggies? Not much.

Hopefully my attitude toward food will improve tomorrow. This must be an off day. lol
Now I'm off to snuggle those pastries into the deep freeze for another time.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 16

Breakfast was my Paleo apple pie breakfast. It was just okay. Not spectacular. I ended up adding 1/8 banana smooshed and 1tsp almond butter to it and the sweetness from the banana made it better. I'm really trying not to use too much banana. Too many carbs in it. I added the usual 2 eggs and carrots, and instead of my regular tea, I added lemon, cucumber, grated ginger, and a little mint to make "sassy water." Sassy water is meant to flush your system of leftover water and calm your stomach. I was UP a pound on the scale this morning. That's what spurred the sudden onset of sassy water mixing. To say I was angry would be an understatement. I'm fighting for every pound and my body has the audacity to GAIN a pound. You think I'm crazy, don't you? Yeah that's okay. I'm cool with it.

Lunch was leftover ground beef from last night in another burger salad. I used regular lettuce salad mix today and it was much improved.

Dinner cooked in the crockpot all day. I made COUNTRY STYLE BEEF RIBS WITH GARLIC CHILI RUB.
I lined the bottom of the crockpot with a medium onion, chopped.
Then I placed the beef on top of that and smothered it with a mixture of:
3oz tomato paste
1cup tomato sauce - paleo
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
and a little bit of pureed pear for sweetness. 1/8 cup-ish.
I let that cook all day - 8 hours.
I didn't sear the meat first as the rub/sauce covers the meat anyway.

With our ribs I added GREEN BEANS WITH ORANGE.
I mixed the zest and juice of 1/2 mandarin orange, 1tsp olive oil, and 2tsp vinegar.
Then I segmented 2 oranges and set them aside.
Then I put coconut oil in a pan and set it to high heat.
When it started smoking, I added 1lb of green beans and let them get little black marks on them.
Then I cut the heat and added the juice and oranges, and tossed to coat.

The green beans were a HUGE hit with the girls and I really liked them as well. I've never prepared them this way but I anticipate I'll be asked to again.

After dinner, the husband came home and I left for bootcamp 10 minutes later. When I returned, the poor guy was down for the count with a stomach bug. So if you're keeping track, that's one major cold/flu, one heinous rash (that's still going strong), and now a stomach bug. The poor guy can't catch a break. This is the same guy who never, ever gets sick. If you've got any "get well" or "easier dieting" vibes, please send them to him. This seems like cruel and unusual punishment.

And with that, I've got to take my nasty magnesium and crash. I have early bootcamp tomorrow morning. (if I can walk - tonight was brutal on my legs)