Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Day 28, 29 & 30

Day 28- Sunday. Today we woke up and had an egg for breakfast. I got a little crazy and had mine fried instead of the usual scrambled. My parents also gave us an extra de-hydrater they had laying around (why they had two, I will never know) and Matt was pretty excited. He spent the morning naming all of the foods he wants to dehydrate once we get home.
After breakfast we went shopping and I bought a pair of heels for my friend Kasey's wedding this upcoming weekend. Then for lunch we snacked on a Brian'd bowl. For dinner my grandparents came over and my Italian mother made some very delicious sausage-mushroom marinara sauce. The family had pasta while Matt and I stuck a couple of Spaghetti Squashes in the oven for about 45 min. Dinner ended up being delicious- and I even survived watching everyone eat some garlic bread which is usually one of my favorite parts of a pasta dinner. 
By the way if you haven't noticed I learned how to collage photos. Let me just say this little trick makes my life 100x easier! We spent the rest of the night driving back to Pasadena, and got home around 12 AM. The drive was super tiring, and usually after a normal pasta dinner I am asleep within 30 min of sitting in the car. I was surprised to find that I was able to stay up the WHOLE trip back to Pasadena. If you know me, this will come as a shock. I think it has to do with the fact that spaghetti squash is much lighter than regular pasta. Another point for Paleo. 

Day 29- Monday. Today was a very, very busy day. Matt and I drove back late Sunday night and when we got home immediately went to sleep. We slept in until about 9, ate some eggs, and then I ran to supervision for my work at 10 and got home around 11. Once I got home I immediately got ready for CrossFit and we headed to the box for the noon class. Today we did some heavy overhead lifting in our WOD and my shoulder began to hurt badly again. So I had to stop in the middle and I ran 1000M instead of finishing. I called my chiropractor, made an appointment for 3:30 and then once Matt was finished we left the box. It was around 1:30 and we were starving, but first we had to drop our car off at the shop. After that we went straight to Big Daddy's and destroyed some lettuce wrapped burgers and sweet potato fries. It was delicious. We got home, I napped for 20 min and then headed to the doc and afterwards the grocery store. I grabbed some organic free range chicken and brussel sprouts then headed home. After finishing up some work we decided to go for a 2 a day and headed back to the box for the 6:30 class. Matt did a body weight WOD and I ran a 5k. We got home at about 8- and I started dinner. I will call it- 

"Paleo Chicken Tenders" 

For this recipe you need: 
3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts 
3 cups almond flour 
3/4 cup arrowroot flour 
3 eggs 
coconut oil 
garlic salt 

This recipe is actually pretty easy but kind of messy. Here is what you do in some steps. Begin by preheating your oven to 350. 

Step 1: Set up 4 'stations'- the chicken cut into tenders,  a bowl with the 3 eggs whisked together, a plate with the arrowroot flour and a plate with half the almond flour. 
In the almond flour I added some garlic salt and some pepper to taste. 

Step 2: Get a pan and melt some coconut oil on medium heat. Then TURN off the heat and let the oil sit. I did not do this at first and tried to brown the tenders in sets of 3 or 4- but the leftover almond flour burned and it became a mess. 

Step 3: Then dip a tender in egg, then the arrowroot, then the egg, then the almond flour and set it in the pan. Continue this until the pan is full. Then turn on the heat and brown the chicken on both sides (about a minute each side). Once a tender is browned place it in an oven safe dish. 
Step 4: Repeat. I also switched up the dipping a bit just to experiment. I dipped some in the egg, then arrowroot, then almond and some in the arrowroot, then egg, then almond. 

Once all my tenders were done I stuck them in the oven, cleaned my counter and cut the stems off the brussel sprouts. Then I quartered them, put them in an oven safe dish, mixed them in the oil and added salt, pepper and a little garlic powder. This took around 10-15 min, then I added the brussel sprouts to the oven. 

I cooked the chicken for about 30-45 minutes and the sprouts cooked for about 15-20 minutes. I know, I know, I should have watched the clock better. Just wait until the sprouts brown, and until you can cut a chicken tender in half and the juiced run clear and it is white inside. We dipped them in BBQ sauce and they were awesome!! Just what we needed after a two-a-day. 

Day 30- Monday. WOW. Our 30th day. Our last day of the challenge and coincidentally my last day at work. I have a lot to say but I am so exhausted I will write a nice big post tomorrow. Today was very easy. I was running late. So all I had for breakfast was a handful of nuts. Then for lunch I had leftover chicken and brussel sprouts- which were just as delicious the next day. Then for dinner we met my dad, my uncle and my cousin for dinner. We went to a steakhouse and I got a 15 ouncer that was AWESOME. I had a salad with no dressing (boring) and some onions with my steak. I ate every bit of that steak because I was starving. I also had a small glass of wine to celebrate my last day at work.



Sunday, May 6, 2012

Day 26 & 27

Day 26-Friday. For breakfast we had some eggs and bacon. Made by Matt

Then I ran to the salon and got my hair did.  When I finally got home I was STARVING and devoured a Brian's Bowl that had green beans, turkey and mashed sweet potatoes. Then for dinner we had some very, very delicious steak. My parents bought half a cow from a farm up in Colorado and today we had some of the flank steaks.
 My plate- very delicious! 

Day 27- Saturday. Wow,  I can't believe it is already Day 27! This is crazy. It has been a good month though! And Saturday was a good day. We woke up and I had a banana for breakfast then my mom and I went and did a little shopping. I have been going to bed late and sleeping in this weekend so I am little off my routine. Because of this- I was feeling sick around 11 a.m. because I was hungry and the banana wasn't sitting well on an empty stomach. So I came home and had a Brian's Bowl with some plantain chips. I wasn't feeling well so only had about half the bowl. Then I headed to one of my very best friend's baby shower. Her mom and sisters set it up in a Cinco De Mayo theme with all of my favorite foods- enchiladas, quesadillas, chips, salsas, margaritas....yummm. But I was the weirdo at the party with my own bag of plantain chips in my purse!! I had guacamole and salsa with some fruit and some carrots from the veggie tray and watched as everyone ate the delicious looking food- but surprisingly I didn't have any urges to grab a plate. I think I am so used to watching others eat stuff I can't have that it honestly did not bother me one bit! I had a great time at Brooke's baby shower and she looked amazing! Like a beautiful soon to be Mommy!

I came home and for dinner my family ordered my favorite thing of all time- Pizza! I told them to. It was a nice little challenge- and believe it or not- I DID NOT CRAVE ANY! For those of you who know me this is huge. Pizza is my favorite. And although I smelled it, haha, I didn't think about eating pizza the whole dinner. It was awesome. I was really happy this happened because I can tell how far I have come. Anyways, in place of pizza I had some chicken wings. And then later on in the night I was CRAVING some cookies. So I attempted to make some Paleo cookies. And it was a good attempt. Do they taste like regular cookies? Sort of. Are they the best thing ever? No. Did they hit the spot? Yes. So you decide if you want to make them! But I will say today is Sunday and I tried one and they are 10X better after sitting out the night. They are PERFECT to grab for a breakfast or snack on the go. So enough blabbing about them, here is the recipe! Aubrey's Strawberry Paleo Cookies.

For this recipe you will need: 
A handful of strawberries (around 7) 
Almond flour 
Baking soda 
Baking powder 

First, I threw about 2 cups of almond flour in a bowl with two eggs and mixed. I added some water to get the right consistency..(Similar to the pizza crust from Paleo pizza). Then I added some cinnamon (about 1 teaspoon- maybe more).
 (Don't forget to preheat the oven- I put mine on 350).
Then I got about 4 or 5 strawberries and cut them in quarters and added them to a saucepan. I added about 1 tablespoon of honey and let them cook for the time it took me to finish making the dough. I stirred them occasionally- and they probably cooked and simmered for about 10 minutes.

While those were cooking I chopped up some strawberries in little hunks and added those, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and some vanilla to the dough and combined. It was a little watery because I added too much water so I had to add some more almond flour- so make sure you add water very slowly. I got some wax paper and covered a cookie sheet. I added the chopped strawberries and my strawberry sauce to the batter.

I placed them in the oven for 15 minutes then took them out. After making my second batch I realized this should have been more like 20 minutes. So cook them until you can poke them and they stay together and they are not mushy in the middle. Also, they will start to brown on the top.  And below is the final product. They got mixed reviews. Matt liked them- my parents said they were "okay". BUT the good news is this morning after they sat all night all reviews changed to- "These are good!" and "These are much better!" So maybe make these in the morning if you want to enjoy by night so all of the flavors have a chance to sink in. Hope you enjoy!

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