Friday, October 18, 2013

It's fall!! Time for some chili!! No beans, no sugar added, no gluten... JUST YUM!

I started with some good quality ground sirloin. Seasoned it really good. Got it nice and browned.  I removed the beef with a slotted spoon and left the fat (there wasn't much) in the pan.  I started on the vegetables.
I got out as many colorful veggies as I could find in my refrigerator and then started to chop and dice, added it to the fat and let them saute just a bit.  
I transferred everything to one pot.
Also added a two cans of stewed tomatoes with green chiles and  
I used fresh garlic and some dry spices like chili powder, paprika, sea salt, black pepper... I then added two cans of water and let it simmer...
Lastly, I added some shredded zucchini at the end. It cooks up pretty quick.
You can add a little more water if you'd like - it just depends what consistency you prefer.  Just make sure you're not "watering" it down. Check your spices as you go.
Serve it up with a bit of sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro and avocado and you'll be in business!  This was amazing.   

Started a new job...and I'm still on track! Yay!

Hey! I've been away for a while, but I am back to share some pics of what I've been eating.  I do this just to show you what kind of foods are actually on a primal diet.  I would say Paleo, but I do still enjoy some dairy (cheeses) and that keeps me sane... 
This may look crazy, but it was so good.  Grilled flank steak with roasted passila chiles.  I also layered some delicious Mexican oaxaca cheese (like string cheese) to the top and let it melt. Top it with fresh avocado and a side of jalapeno bacon poppers - OMG! Yum!
A simple grilled chicken salad with tons of fresh veggies, almond slivers and fresh parmesan cheese.
Lettuce tacos de pastor (seasoned pork)
Have you ever had acorn squash?  It took me a minute to figure out the best way to peel it. haha! I cut it in half. Scooped out the guts and then cut it at the creases and then peeled it with a vegetable peeler. Pretty easy once I got the hang of it!
I marinated some chicken legs with a "teriyaki" type sauce.  It was sugar-free of course.  Then I made this hash with sweet potato, acorn squash, green beans and bacon pieces. So good.  Had a variation of it at a friend's house and loved it so much I had to recreate it! =)

So, that's just another glimpse of what's been going into my belly.
I am feeling good and haven't had any of my headaches in a good long time.
I have also been trying to get to bed before 10 p.m.  That's always a good thing.

Have you tried anything new lately?  Do you have any fall favorites that I might like?  Let me know in the comments!

Monday, October 7, 2013

What have I been eating lately?

I try to remember to take a picture of my food - just to be aware of what I'm eating and to remember when I have an especially good meal that I want to duplicate.  Plus, I just like food.  Did I mention that before? hehe!
Chicken and Vegetable soup (the cauliflower looked like dumplings LOL)
 One day Marco and I met for lunch before he had to return to work.
We decided to go have Ono Hawaiian BBQ. We skipped the rice (waaaahhh) and 
macaroni salad.  We just got the grilled meat and steamed veggies. Yum!
 This is an example of what I take for work.
Coconut Milk, frozen banana and Almond Butter Smoothie for breakfast.
Leftovers for lunch (was beef stew on this day)
Fruit and lots of water
Coffee too usually
 Baked spaghetti squash with chicken parmesan 
 Taco salad - no rice, beans or tortilla shells
 Saturday breakfast: eggs, bacon and sausage patties.  Coffee
 Sauteed garlic shrimp
 Chicken tenderloins (butter/garlic)
 Super veggie mix.  Brussel sprouts, zucchini, grape tomatoes and bacon ends
fresh green salad 

I try to be careful with eating too much fruit that may have lots of sugar (like my grapes) or too many nuts like almonds (omega 6), or too much dairy (like cheese) or hidden sugars in sauces (like the Ono) - since I am working on weight loss as well as transitioning into a primal lifestyle.  
But I also realize that I have to do what I can do right now.  I need to have flavor, I need to have variation and I need to be able to fix it quite easily or affordably.

I've had a request for the Super Veggie Mix recipe and it's very simple.
Fresh brussel sprouts - washed, trimmed and quartered
Bacon ends - cooked thoroughly and drained (save grease)
Fresh zucchini - washed and cut into bite sized pieces
Grape tomatoes - washed
Italian seasoning and fresh minced garlic
Basically, I fried up my bacon ends in my cast iron skillet.  I let it get really crispy.
Then I removed the bacon and drained the fat into a jar.
I added the brussel sprouts directly to the pan and started to let them roast.
I added about a teaspoon of bacon grease to the brussel sprouts about 3 times.
I continued to let them roast and moved them around several times for about 15 minutes.
I then added the zucchini and this is when I also added the garlic and Italian seasoning (to taste)
Then, I added the tomatoes and added the bacon back to the mix.  You can add any kind of
seasoning you prefer.  I didn't need to add any salt because I felt like there was enough in the bacon
to flavor the veggies. 
I let it all cook for about another 15 minutes.  Maybe 30 - 40 minutes at the most?   This dish works best if you take your time while you're cooking your main dish.  
You could add your meat right to this and make it a one dish meal! =)
It was so good!

So - what have you been eating these days?   Leave me a comment and tell me!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cheat Day...

Before you judge me...
I just have to say that I HAD to.  Yeah, that's it. I HAD to.  
You see, Marco and I completed our 21 Day Challenge and it was actually
my 42nd day of eating primal.  
When I asked Marco if he was interested in doing the 21 Day Challenge, 
I told him I'd take a cheat day with him at the end of it. 
So here we are.  Cheating. Bwahahaha!
Also, I feel like I needed to see if it would be worth it and to see if my 
body would react any differently to going off of primal eating.
This is what we had.
Pho and Shrimp Spring Rolls.
It was SO good.  I didn't think it would be too bad because 
the noodles and spring roll wrappers are made of rice.  lol  No gluten. hehe
Anyway, Marco and I both waited to see if we felt anything different.  
So far, not too bad.  I was burping quite a bit, but then again, 
I was doing a lot of working and cleaning right after lunch.

Later in the evening, we both had a turkey sandwich on an Everything Bagel  
(gluten in that for sure) and a bowl of Navy Bean soup from Trader Joes.

I can't say that I feel anything too different right now, 
except that I don't feel as good as I did
yesterday.  I can see how I'd start feeling bloated 
and sleepy again right away if I continued back into 
eating like this... so that's not good.  

I am not currently planning one, but if I do have another "cheat day", 
it won't be for a good, long while.

Obviously, this blog is not science based, nor am I a nutritionist of any
kind.  I can however, tell you how I feel and how food affects me.

So tomorrow - I am ready to be right back on track.  I'm actually looking
forward to it too.  Glad we didn't go crazy today.  I could have done so 
much more damage (in the past I would have), but I didn't even want to go
that far.  That's saying something for this "food addict". 

How about you?  Do you ever take a "cheat day"?  What do you crave most?
Do you plan it out?  Is it hard for you to get back on track? 
Please share your thoughts in the comments section!! I want to know. =)