Saturday, September 8, 2012

Day 11, 12 & 13

Wow! It has been a busy week. I will start with Thursday. Thursday we had Panera for lunch. I got a bowl of Vegan Tomato Soup without croutons. I got an apple on the side and had a handful of plantain chips. I have been doing a bad job these past few days of cooking- which has resulted in me not eating a lot- which is BAD. When doing Paleo you have to make a choice when there isn't food available- eat something non-Paleo or don't eat. I have not wanted to ruin this challenge so I have chosen not to eat when I do not have something left over. It is completely my fault and is due 100% to my lack of planning. So tomorrow is a new day and I am ready to get organized and make a meal plan. Anyways- I got sidetracked. Thursday night we went to a BBQ place called Judge Beans. I got some smoked chicken with a side of guacamole and some sweet potato fries. It was delicious.
To my Cali friends- how funny is the menu? It says- "If you're a vegetarian...go back to California" If only they knew how many Paleo people lived in Cali! On Friday I woke up and had a little pathetic breakfast of a couple clementines and some trail mix. By the way- when choosing trail mix check the ingredients. I was shocked to see how much sugar and other crap was added to my ex-favortie trail mix. During the day I went to Whole Foods for that awesome grass fed beef sale. I got almost 5lbs for 24 bucks!! I was excited. I ran out of time for lunch so I had a juice with beets, cucumbers, watermelon and lemon. It was pretty good- but I was starving so anything would have tasted good at that point. Friday for dinner we had mexican! I had a this yummy chicken dish that had peppers. onions and bacon. I also always try to have a bag of plantain chips in my purse so when we go somewhere with chips and salsa (my favorite combination in the world) I can join in.  
                                    

Today (Saturday) we woke up and went truck shopping. We were gone all day and had to eat out a lot :( For brunch I had some eggs and bacon. I couldn't use ketchup because the kind at the breakfast place has high fructose corn syrup aka poison. We shopped alllll day and I ran to the store on the way home and grabbed some ground beef (I know...the grass fed good stuff was frozen) some Terra sweet potato chips, jalepenos, avocados, salsa and cilantro. I think we all know where I am going with this- I made a version of those amazing Paleo nachos. THEY WERE AWESOME! I pretty much followed the recipe from the last post but I did not add cheese and I added hot rotel and taco seasoning to my beef instead of the spices they had. These nachos were the bomb.com. Then we ended the night about 5 minutes ago (late night eating=bad) with some burgers. I had a lettuce wrapped one. Overall. this hasn't been my best last 3 days, but hey- I can only go up from here!     
                                     

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Health Bent

Health-Bent may officially be my FAVORITE Paleo blog. I love the writing and I love the recipes. I also love the cheat days in there that have Paleo friendly recipes that still feel like cheats and are a little bit of a cheat. Here is an example: http://www.health-bent.com/proteins/nachos. Tell me that doesn't look amazing! After the challenge those nachos will be in my mouth.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 9 & 10

Woo Hoo! Double digits! Well, well, well. I am trying to remember what I have ate the past couple of days. Tuesday we had leftover curry for lunch. Today- I woke up and had some grapes and nuts. Then I went to a Pure Barre class and it was very tough! It was a different type of tough than CrossFit is... I wasn't on the ground laying in my own sweat, gasping for breath like I am after CrossFit, but I had trouble with a lot of the movements. The movements are dance oriented and call for grace and balance. I am one of the worst dancers you will ever see so I am sure it looked pretty hilarious! After that I went to Yoga and it was a very restorative and relaxing class. I ran to Whole Foods and ate some lunch which was AWESOME. I had chicken, with greens, sweet potatoes with cajun seasoning and some other veggies. I also learned about a grass fed beef sale at the Whole Foods on Friday and I will be there! OH and I found out one of my very favorite Paleo authors is coming out with another cookbook that I cannot wait to purchase!!

After lunch and shopping I headed home and made dinner. I honestly grabbed chicken and spaghetti squash randomly and then got home and was like, "Oh crap, maybe I should have planned this out better!" So I decided to throw together a lot of leftovers. I shall call it...."Chicken Spaghetti" 

What you Need: 
-1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts 
-I can marinara 
-Leftover Vegetables or Veggies of your choice 
-1 large spaghetti squash 

This is very easy. All I did was used some olive oil and cooked the chicken (cut into small strips). Then I added leftover bell peppers, spinach and zucchini. I let the veggies cook with the chicken for about 5 minutes and then added a can of marinara. While that was cooking I had cut the squash in half, took out the seeds, and threw it in the oven at 350 degrees until I could easily poke a fork through it (30-45 min). 

Then I used a fork the get the "spaghetti" out of the squash, threw it all in the fridge, went to CrossFit (yes, I worked out 3 times today- why? I don't know maybe it's all this energy from eating Paleo!) grabbed Matt from work, came home, heated it all up and ATE! 



10 days down and 20 to go! 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Day 8

Happy Labor Day! Matt and I had a really fun time just the two of us today. We lounged around and watched tv when we woke up. Got hungry and Matt made some eggs. Then we went to downtown Franklin and went in and out of shops and had a blast just taking our time. Then we headed to this place Pucketts for a snack and drink. I had a glass of red wine and Matt had a beer. We ate delicious sweet potato fries with honey mustard. Then we went and saw Expendables 2. If you love action and explosions this movie is for you! We enjoyed it! Then we headed to Jimmy Johns and I got a sub that was lettuce wrapped and I brought my own plantain chips. We spent the rest of the night cuddling on the couch and relaxing! Matt also surprised me and when he was getting the car ran into one of the stores we had been in and got me this awesome Vera Bradley iPhone and card/ID holder I said I liked. He really is the best hubby a girl could ask for.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Day 4, 5, 6 & 7

What a week!! The last 4 days have been difficult sticking to Paleo. 

Day 4- We went to a Titans football game Thursday and I had to stay away from beer :( but I had a "Margarita" which was just some tequila with club soda and lime juice. It actually wasn't that bad! I had some wings for dinner. 

Day 5- Friday we went to Q-Doba for lunch- and mine was really gross. So I barely ate. Then we had friends over for football games. I made homemade pizza for everyone! It was SO hard not eating any because it looked delicious. I tried to make a Paleo pizza and it fell to pieces. I was really bummed considering I have made them lots of times before. I think it was because I was exhausted from the other pizzas and I was in a rush. NEVER try to cook a difficult Paleo recipe in a rush. I wasted a lot of expensive almond flour on two messed up mini pizzas. So I didn't really eat dinner. I had a glass of white wine-which technically is not Paleo. The next morning I was STARVING. 

Day 6- We woke up and had eggs and bacon for Brunch! It was delicious. Then we headed out to a place called Chewy's for Mexican food before the Auburn game. I was very disappointed to find that the fajitas AND the salads all had meat that was marinated in beer. I was starving. We were about to go out and have a fun night- I NEEDED food. With some MEAT. SO. I had the chicken. I wasn't happy about it but needed food. Later that night we had some wings again :). I also had some margaritas. I am doing an awful job of taking sugar out. That is why I have been craving sugar A LOT these past couple of days. My goal this next week is to really take the sugar out because it is just as bad as the wheat & grain. 
 Here are some pics of Saturday night! We had a great time with our friend watching football.
Day 7- Today (Sunday) I woke up, had a paleo bar  and headed to the outlets for some shopping with my friend. At the food court they had this greek place and I got a big salad with delicious chicken. It was a really good lunch. Here is a pic of an outfit I purchased (just kidding!).

Today has been a rainy day. And I decided I would put all those awesome thai spices & the Red Kuri Squash I recently bought to use. So I used about 4 different curry recipes and created a VERY good Paleo Green Curry recipe.

Aubrey's Paleo Green Curry

What you will need: 
-1 lb chicken diced into 1 inch cubes 
-1 Red Kuri Squash (optional, but really makes this recipe awesome) 
-1 green & 1 yellow bell pepper 
-1 yellow onion 
-Green Curry paste 
-Fish sauce 
-Thai Chili Sauce 
-Liquid Aminos Soy Sauce Replacement (Bragg's makes a good one) 
- Agave or honey or maple syrup (something to add a little sweetness) 
-Garlic 
-Bamboo shoots 
-Water chestnuts 
-Fresh basil 
-Red pepper flakes 
-Coconut oil 
-1 can coconut milk (full fat) 


First- Matt cut & cleaned out the seeds of the red kuri squash while I thinly sliced the onions, bell peppers and chopped the garlic (about 6 cloves).
Next- I cooked the chicken in coconut oil with a splash of Amino Acids and removed the chicken. Then I added the onions and garlic in the juices and cooked those for about 5 minutes. I then added 1-2 Tablespoons of the green curry paste (depending on how spicy you like it).
Then I added the can of coconut milk to the onions, garlic and curry paste. I added like a tablespoon of the amino acids, 1-3 tablespoons of chile sauce (depends on how spicy you like it) and the red kuri squash. I let this cook for about 10 minutes on simmer. 
 After it simmered I added some lime (about half of one) 1 tablespoon of the maple/agave mix, and a tablespoon of fish sauce.
Right after I added the bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and chicken to the mixture and stirred it all up.
Lastly, I added the peppers, red pepper slakes and fresh basil and let it ALL simmer for a while until the squash was soft (but not mushy).
 Then- we enjoyed! It was perfect for a rainy day and would go great on some cauliflower rice. I have tons of leftover and will be enjoying this for a couple of days. The red kuri squash was awesome. It had a smooth, nutty flavor that is really unique and delicious.

IMPORTANT: When finding all of these thai ingredients MAKE SURE they are gluten free and don't have any chemical additives. It took us a while to find the right brands- you cannot assume these ingredients are clean. You have to CHECK LABELS, LABELS, LABELS!!

This week I am proud of myself for eating almost 100% Paleo. I need to work on eating less sugar. I need to work on drinking more water. And I need to work on getting more sleep. But I am really happy I made up a new recipe that we will eat from now on!!

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