July 12, 2012

Eats 7-11-12

Breakfast: 3 hardboiled eggs with homemade sriracha mayo, small amount (1.5 oz?) of leftover Czech meatball mix fried in bacon grease, coffee with 1 oz heavy cream.

Mid-morning snack: 1/4 cup raspberries and 0.5 T slivered almonds in 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1T coconut butter, 1 small handful homemade trail mix (late lunch today!).

Lunch: “Pad Thai” (from Well Fed): zucchini noodles, snap peas, sliced asian omelet, onions, almond butter sauce, chicken thighs. 1/2 can diet cherry Dr. Pepper (this was a mistake, had a fake-sugar headache!)

Snack: Frozen yogurt (bad!)

Dinner: Wasn’t hungry because of my snack, ate a few Czech meatballs with mustard.

Think I need to eat a bigger breakfast, but I get full kind of fast in the morning….don’t love that I’m snacking at 9am, but c’est la vie.

This is the first time I’ve had coconut milk in a long while.  I was really into it when I first started paleo, but then I tried heavy cream over berries (or alone!) and was so swayed.  Might be time to get back to it, I liked it a lot with the raspberries.

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July 11, 2012

Eats 7-10-12

Breakfast: 3-egg omelet topped with homemade sriracha mayo, 2 oz smoked wild-caught salmon, iced cold-brewed coffee with 1 oz heavy cream.

Mid-morning snack: 1/2 cup raspberries with 1 TB slivered almonds and 1 oz heavy cream.

Lunch: 1/4 lb Czech meatballs (from Well Fed), 1/2 cup steam-sauteed green cabbage, 1/2 cup cauliflower puree.

Afternoon snack: 1 T coconut butter, 1 bottle of VitaCoco coconut water (plain).

Dinner: Beef Meatza (first one!) with mushrooms, kale chips, and roasted broccoli.  1/2 cup raspberries and 1 small square 90% dark chocolate for dessert.

July 10, 2012

Posting my eats, and other thoughts

Breakfast: Three-egg frittata with cherry tomatoes and roasted asparagus, topped with cilantro-lime “pesto.”  1/2 cup blackberries.  Coffee with heavy cream (at least 2T).

Lunch: 1/3 pound shredded chicken tossed with “salsa” of finely diced radishes, carrots, and herbs in a lime vinaigrette.  Jicama slices topped with homemade mayonnaise (lots!).  Whole baked sweet potato.

Dinner: Sliced flank steak with roasted jalapeno chimichurri sauce.  Roasted carrots tossed with olive oil, salt&pepper.  Scoop of coconut butter.

Going paleo after years of eating a conventionally “healthy” diet (whole grains! mostly vegetarian! lots of fruit! low fat!) is a truly strange experience.  I almost can’t believe how differently I eat.  Before I would never have believed that I could consume meat for at least 2 (if not 3) meals per day.  I would not have thought that I would eagerly search out new sources of fat, that I would be satisfied without a serving of starch at every meal.  And yet here I am.

It’s odd to visit the food blogs I used to drool over and bookmark constantly.  Everything is so….sugar laden.  And stuffed with “healthy whole grains.”  Vegetarian meals that leave me thinking….is that it?  Take away the grains and bread and you’re left with no substance or fuel.  The few times I’ve eaten starch again, it’s been mostly a disappointment.  I don’t miss the various wraps and things (flatbreads, tortillas, etc) — lettuce wraps are just as good, and lunchmeat is its own delicious roll-up.  I tried beans, my old favorites, at a friend’s house for dinner and couldn’t believe how they upset my stomach!  Can’t imagine eating them 7 days a week now.  Even when I pick up a scone, another favorite treat of the past, it’s not as delicious as I remember.  Bread products are more flavorful in my memory, but when I eat them now they are so, well, floury and bland.  I know that sounds ridiculous and like I’m fooling myself.  All I can tell you is try it for yourself.  The change is amazing.

Some sweets are still delicious.  Ice cream is by far my biggest indulgence.  Still, I feel great eating this way, despite a somewhat flexible approach to paleo eating.

May 26, 2011

I heart Minnesota

Yes!  I am a big Minnesota-promoter (mostly the Twin Cities, and really mostly Minneapolis, but there is LOTS to love about the North Star State!).  And what better way to advertise my devotion than a beautiful necklace by truche??  Casual necklace + sentimental image = love.

May 24, 2011

Bossypants

It is not original to love Tina Fey.  It does not set you apart to be a 20 (or 30!) -something woman who finds Ms. Fey to be hilarious and wry, crass yet sophisticated, attractive but not shallow.  And so it will not tell you much about me when I say that I am dying to own my very own copy of Bossypants.  And it is likewise unoriginal to say that I identify with Tina Fey, that I worry about some of the same things (in the workplace, in my personal future) that she comments on, that I think of her as a role model and a person who speaks the truth and an important figure in our society.  Maybe that sounds a little grandiose (Ms. Fey would probably think so), but it’s true.

May 17, 2011

Cookbooks

Despite the fact that I cook often, I keep my cookbook collection to a minimum.  Although I love to flip through cookbooks, I only do so with those that I’m likely to really use.  I read and browse for inspiration, not just as an escape.  And with the wonderful food blogs that exist today, I can easily find recipes for (almost) everything from a trusted source.  Therefore, a book has to have a lot going for it to be a desirable item.  These few books fit the bill, and I would love to have any of them on my shelf!

Perfect One-Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson (not that one, this one doesn’t wear a swimsuit 24/7).  Pam Anderson is among the most trusted cookbook authors, and I feel sure that this book would get a lot of use in my kitchen.  I love one-dish meals (who doesn’t??).

Not Your Mother’s Casseroles by Faith Durand.  Similar to Pam’s book in that it focuses on one-dish meals.  Several recipes have been featured around the web, and they look innovative (often lighter than the originals) and fun.

Best Light Recipe and New Best Recipe by Cooks Illustrated.  Yes, I need both.  Yes.  They are amazing.  I already have the 30-Minute book, and it’s totally great, but I need these two classic doorstops to complete my collection (and my life).

May 12, 2011

The Date People

Food-by-mail companies are a fascination of mine!  I blame my paternal grandparents, who years ago started sending us an annual “Tower of Treats” from Harry & David.  The H&D pears are still the best you can get as far as I’m concerned.

This site, The Date People, sells (drumroll, please) dates.  But not just the typical medjools!  They have crazy varieties.  I would definitely get a sample pack, because how could you pick just one?  I don’t think I could commit to 15 pounds, at least not at first, but 5lb sounds reasonable (err, your definition of “reasonable” may vary…).  I’ve read online that the people at the company can recommend certain varieties that are in season or especially tasty if you give them a call.

May 12, 2011

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