Saturday, August 31, 2013

Whole30 Day by Day. Day 23.

We had a bit of a sleep in this morning.  The little guy hasn't been feeling well and was up all night last night.  This morning started with mushroom omelettes and tomatoes from the garden.

We weren't incredibly hungry for lunch, so we have some plaeo devils on horseback, avocado and tomato.  I also had a peach when I finished this.  Seems small, but it was pretty satisfying and held me over until dinnertime.

The little guy requested gooey eggs with bacon for dinner.  I was happy to oblige and I made up a batch of roasted kale to go with it.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Whole30 Day by Day. Day 22.

This morning started with some crustless zucchini quiche, bacon and avocado.  Then we headed out to market and loaded up on green beans, peaches, parsnips and carrots.

For lunch I had leftover strata, while the little guy had leftover smoky bacon wrapped chicken thighs; from his lunchbox, to prepare for the start of school in five days.  Nobody here is counting or anything.

And dinner was roasted chicken with roasted carrots and parsnips.  I really didn't feel much like cooking this evening, so I opted for this.  It was fairly simple and pretty delicious.

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Cookbook Review: Practical Paleo

I will admit, I was drawn to this book because of its gorgeous cover.  It was colourful and had pretty pictures.  That's really all I need to be drawn in.  But it doesn't disappoint.  

The first part of the book is science-y, without being condescending for those with no scientific or anatomical knowledge.  I've read some other books about paleo before and it delves deeply into the hormones and their roles.  As a nurse, I'm familiar with their roles, but for somebody with no background in the topic I can certainly see it being overwhelming and intimidating.  Diane Sanfilippo is wonderful at explaining the factors that cause gut inflammation, and the book has wonderful illustrations to supplement her descriptions.

Once you get through the science-y text at the beginning, you'll come to meal plans.  There are eleven meal plans that provide thirty days of meals.  At the beginning of the section there is a handy guide that will guide you to choose the appropriate meal plan.  These meal plans are invaluable.  I wish that this book had've been published when we started eating paleo.

And the recipes.  I've made quite a few things from this book.  I really enjoy the spice blends, the crustless zucchini quiche (I have one in the oven right now), smoky bacon wrapped chicken thighs and sage rubbed turkey legs.  I've also made the blueberry lemon muffins for our little guy's swimming teachers and was promptly informed that they were 'the best healthy muffin' by one of the lifeguards.  It's not Whole30 approved, but I am dying to try the fresh blueberry crumble once I'm done.

This book, in my opinion is a must have for any paleo kitchen.  Or any non-paleo kitchen for that matter.  It's a great book for foodies alike.  It is a gorgeous book. Practical Paleo

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Whole 30 - Week 3 Summary

21 Days Complete. My Day 31 Meal is almost in sight and to be honest I'm not terribly focused on having a treat or a 'cheat', but I am dying to make the blueberry crumble from Practical Paleo.  Highlights from the week food-wise would be the scotch eggs for breakfast and the pulled pork that we shared with our favourite lifeguards.

And non food highlights of the week; we got to pick our Magicbands for Disney and pick our Fastpasses too!  Paleo at Disney?  I'm hopeful.

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Day 18
Day 19
Day 20
Day 21

Here is my completed meal plan for week 3

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Whole30 Day by Day. Day 21.

Had a bit of a late start this morning, so started our day with a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs, tomatoes from the garden and some bacon.

Lunch was leftover pulled pork and asian slaw from last night.  The pork was better than last night.  So so good.


And for dinner, I made bacon wrapped smoky chicken thighs from Practical Paleo.  Served with some mushrooms sauteed in coconut oil and some steamed kale.

I'm working on a full book review for Practical Paleo, so hopeful I can get it up tomorrow morning!

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Recipe - Pulled Pork

A great summer favourite and an excuse to relax on the deck for a few hours while the meat cooks. I feel that if I put in the time to smoke for 10 hours I may as well smoke a lot of food for 10 hours.

Paleo Pulled Pork

Bone-in Boston Butt or 2-3 Boneless Pork Shoulder (7-10 lbs total)
Rib Rub (about 1 cup)
Hickory or Mesquite chips

The night before, brine your pork in a solution of 1 cup salt to 1 gallon cold water.

In the morning, liberally coat the pork with the rib rub after removing from the brine.

Warm the barbeque or smoker to 300F and place soaked chips on your heat source. Add the meat to the cool side of the grill and leave it alone.

After an hour, replenish the wood chips and reduce the heat to about 250F (This will be the heat from here on out). I will normally smoke for the first 4-5 hours and then no more after that. (I don't think the meat absorbs anymore smoke flavour after this) If using charcoal add on 7-9 coals an hour to keep the heat constant. If the weather turns sour (as it did today) place in the oven at 250F for the remaining time after the initial smoking time.

I let the shoulders cook for a minimum of 8 hours and up to 12 hours ideally.

Remove from grill, cover with foil and let sit for 30 minutes to let the juices redistribute. Shred the meat with your hands or two forks. Sprinkle on any remaining rib rub to the shredded pork.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Whole30 Day by Day. Day 20.

This morning started with a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs, chorizo and cherry tomatoes.

The little guy and I were out at Ikea for the morning, so for lunch we had leftover strata.  Seriously, it's good on the first day, but so much better a couple days later.

And dinner was pulled pork with an asian slaw.  Pretty much the quintessential summer meal.  I'll get the recipes for both of these soon!

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Recipe - Coriander Roasted Cauliflower

We really love this recipe.  It's incredibly easy and flavorful.  I highly recommend!

Preheat your oven to 425* with the baking sheet inside.

Combine in a bowl:

1 cauliflower head, sliced, chopped, however you like your cauliflower
1 Tbsp avocado oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp coriander seed

When your oven is heated transfer the cauliflower mixture to the baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cauliflower is golden brown.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Whole30 Day by Day. Day 19.

We had a later breakfast this morning before heading out to the zoo.  Cooked up some fresh chorizo, scrambled eggs and mixed beans.

Zoo days are my favorite family days.  It's our last week with the little guy before he starts school, so my soft heart got talked into a camel ride.

We went to Costco on the way home where we loaded up on various oils for the kitchen.  Along with a million other various things.

We got home and had lunch.  I realized when I was three quarters of the way through my salad - OH NO! I forgot to take a photo!  But you didn't miss much.  It was leftover turkey on a bed of greens topped with a simple vinaigrette.

Chris spent the afternoon BBQing some ribs and we had them with cauliflower roasted with coriander.

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Cookbook Roundup!

I thought I'd share some of my favorite cookbooks.  Not all of these cater solely to paleo cooking, but many of the recipes can be modified to accommodate a paleo lifestyle.  I have quite a few more on my wishlist, so when I get them and have had ample time to cook with them, I'll do another roundup!

Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan - This is the book I use the most when I'm doing a Whole30.  But not just when we're Whole30ing, but in everyday life.  The recipes are all wonderful.  They're all flavorful and highly spiced.  Some of my faves are cumin roasted carrots,  mashed cauliflower, shepherd's pie and Czech meatballs.  I also love Melissa's story about how she started eating paleo.

Everyday Food: Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart Living Magazines - There are some wonderful salads and vegetable sides in here that always inspire me.  But, this book is also filled with Whole30 nasties like bread, sugar and dairy.

The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer - This is my bible.  Chris bought it for me for Christmas years ago and I love it.  Everything I make from it turns out wonderfully.  My fave is the meat sauce.  But I love that there's an entire section dedicated to individual vegetables and fruits.  Lots of things that are easily made into cleaner meals in this book.

The River Cottage Meat Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - I admit that I haven't read this book in it's entirety, but Chris has and he loves it.  He says that it was incredibly informative about the different breeds of meat, poultry and waterfowl and how to prepare it.  And I've enjoyed all the things that he's made from it, so it's a winner in my eyes because of that!

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo - I have this on loan from the library and I have really enjoyed reading it.  It is a absolutely stunning book.  The pictures are gorgeous, I love the way she explains things in the book.  Not too science-y for those with no biology or science background.  I've made a couple things from this book and they've all been really delicious.  The crustless zucchini quiche was wonderful and fed my family for days, the sage rubbed turkey was delicious and the lemon artichoke chicken was also a hit.  I also made the blueberry lemon muffins for the lifeguards where our little guy does his swimming lessons and was told that they were the 'best healthy muffin' one of the guards has ever had.  That's a win in my book!

Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield - This was the first paleo cookbook that I bought.  I love their method for collards and the recipe for cave ketchup.  I've also been dying to try the chicken tomatillo soup, but I can't find tomatillos anywhere.  I get pouty when I think about it.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Whole30 Day by Day. Day 18.

Day 18!  This Whole30 is flying by.  Actually, summer in general is moving really quick this year.  We started this morning with some fresh chorizo and steamed kale topped with two fried eggs.

And for lunch was leftover lemon artichoke chicken.  This was even better the second day.  I do think that there was almost too much lemon juice in it, though.  I found it to be incredibly tart!

And dinner was little man's request; eggplant strata.  He loves this and devours it every time.  This one turned out really good and will be even better tomorrow.

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Recipe fail.

I'm going to be truthful.  Last night I set out to make paleo tortillas from Paleo Comfort Foods and share the recipe today.  I don't have a nonstick pan.  In an attempt to detoxify, we got rid of all our teflon coated non-stick pans years ago.  All we have is cast iron.  We even seasoned it again this afternoon so it would be extra non-stick.

I was so excited for this.  They were going to be so good to put into the kid's lunches to use as wraps.  Put my hair up in a topknot, got everything together, had some music on.  My pan got hot, I added the batter.

Then this happened.  Three times.  I was so sad.

So they weren't kidding when they said it's pertinent that you have a non-stick pan.  

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Whole30 Day by Day. Day 17.

Started the day out with some fresh chorizo, scrambled eggs and mixed string beans.  Super filling and delicious.

By the time lunch rolled around and I finally changed out of my pajamas, hey, it's Sunday, don't judge, Chris put together some smoked salmon handrolls.  I really love these.  They were light and really filling.  I'd love to be able to pack these for our little guy for lunches, but they became soggy only after a couple minutes.  I'm pretty sure they'd be falling apart after a couple hours.  Perhaps a trial run is in order.

And dinner was lemon artichoke chicken with kale.  I also cooked up some carrots, that weren't ready in time for the photo.  I got impatient and hungry.  I needed to eat and so did the little mister.

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Recipe - Paleo Scotch Eggs

A great breakfast protein that's paleo and very filling. Make a bunch and they're easy to reheat during the week or to even eat cold.

1 Hard Boiled Egg, Peeled
1/4 to 1/3 lb of ground pork (We use our own sausage made with Italian Seasoning)
Pork Rinds

Heat oven to 375F

Flatten out the meat in palm of your hand until it's thin but still holds together.

Place egg in middle and wrap the meat all around making sure to seal the seams. You can form the meat now as well to make it even all around.

Roll the scotch egg now in crumbled pork rinds as a substitute for Panko breadcrumbs.

Fry on low-medium heat on each side for 2 minutes in an oven proof pan. Be careful not to get the pan too hot as the pork rinds will easily burn.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375F until the temperature of the meat reaches 165F. Don't worry about the egg getting up to that temperature as it is already cooked.

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