Stir-Fried Broccoli Slaw

First off, I need to apologize for my photography skills. They aren’t exactly up to par and I’m using my iphone to take pics but I’m trying. ūüėČ Second, Connor is officially my food model.. although getting him to wear clothes is something I need to work on. Without further ado,

 

 

I like to think that I’m so organized with Pinterest and all, but in reality, I look in the fridge and just throw something together. My home-made mayo epic-ally failed. FYI: NEVER add gelatin to runny mayo. What the heck was I thinking?

 

Recipe:

Look in fridge, grab randomly, toss in pan, add fat. Good to go. Hehehe ok here it is

  • Chop some sweet potato and shallot (or garlic and onion), warm in pan with extra virgin coconut oil and some sea salt
  • Add in broccoli slaw (broccoli, carrots, purple cabbage). I cheated and bought it shredded. Oh so easy peasy.
  • Shred some roasted chicken. I also cheated on this and bought an already ready chicken and just shredded from leftovers last night.¬†
  • Add a generous dab of Kerrygold butter when nearing your desired done-ness. I didn’t want it mushy but cooked enough that Connor could eat it. The broccoli slaw tends to be a real jaw work out raw.¬†

-Omit the chicken/butter and you have a healthy tasty vegan meal. It made tons.¬†This lil dish is our lunch, Oliver’s dinner at work served with a generous salad and probably our breakfast tomorrow served in scrambled eggs. Yum.¬†

 

Failed Mayo

What do I do on a Friday night? I hastily try to make some home made mayo. So I barely skimmed ingredients on various websites and decided I didn’t need to do anymore research. Also, I kinda stink at measuring stuff, I just can’t be bothered to measure so I throw things together based on taste= big mistake with mayo.

I roughly threw together 3 eggs, lemon juice, a small amount of cultured sour cream ( I thought, “what the heck?”), apple cider vinegar, sea salt, and extra virgin olive oil. It turned out thin liquid.. hmmm that wasn’t going to work because I was going to make a broccoli slaw. Ok so back to Google.

You need to first let the ingredients reach room temperature… OOPS. Next time I’d like to follow the actual directions and make this:¬†http://nomnompaleo.com/post/3440774534/paleo-mayonnaise

How can you go wrong with Macadamia oil? Need to get a bottle, STAT.

I really dislike to waste things so I took my messed up experiment and added gelatin. LOL. It def thickened up and doesn’t taste half bad! Time to make broccoli slaw.

Happy Friday the 13th.

Uh oh, I decided I deserved a beer today……

Today’s food experiments…

Today was a particularly hard day, as we received news back from my Dad’s doc that he is indeed diagnosed with Usual Interstitial Pneumonia (UIP, which is a progressive lung disease) and I have spent the vast part of the day researching like crazy for a good healing protocol. I’m most undoubtedly an optimistic person so I was convinced I could throw together a great plan of attack, but what I kept running across in the articles was less than positive. I then proceeded to throw myself into some very vigorous housecleaning to help calm my mind and refocus myself. So I didn’t find anything great about UIP? Well, I can surely help my dad ease into a healthier eating plan and exercise routine. That I can do! And he can do! (maybe with a bit of drill sergeant yelling).

Let’s proceed to the eats department:

Up first is a Connor approved smoothie:

 

And for lunch we enjoyed this:

 

 

 

Today I have also enjoyed:

  • Dessert smoothie: 1 cup grassfed full fat milk, 1 dark chocolate (88% cocoa), few frozen blueberries, maca powder, MSM powder, raw maple almond butter, ev coco oil, gelatin, spinach. Not bad, but not great. Our baby bullet is dying on us so my drink was pretty chunky.¬†
  • 2 lightly scrambled eggs with horseradish mustard, ghee, and a tiny drizzle of full fat coco milk with a huge heaping side of spinach
  • Green tea¬†
  • Cucumber/lemon water
  • 33 minutes of FItness Blender No Burpee Cardio HIIT
  • 1 hour of intense vacuuming, oven cleaning, re-organized closets and general following after Connor to pick up his trail of destruction

And I end with:

 

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More info on going Paleo

So one thing I sorta still struggle with is cooking and buying meat. I just plain don’t like buying meat at the grocery store, it looks gross. ¬†I’m good with buying salmon and maybe some ground beef but holy smokes! the price for “grass-fed” beef is ridiculous.¬†

I was not a perfect Vegan by any means but I did struggle with here and there meat/butter cravings. And I gave in when they were overwhelming. I went Vegan after watching Earthlings which was a great documentary. At the time I felt like animal protein was evil, health wise, for our planet, and well… for the animals!¬†

 

I still struggle with the idea of mass production/farming/slaughter and like to think in my head about happy farms with animals roaming freely being treated with respect and let’s face it.. slaughter is slaughter. ¬†While I know there are farms like this that exist, its not the norm.¬†

I can read research articles until my eyes pop out of my head about meat being good and being bad but what it really comes down to is… the health of my family. I’m really trying to dial our eating to be as healthy as possible yet money is always a huge factor.¬†

I’ve been searching for local farms that have pastured eggs and grass fed beef at a reasonable price but haven’t nailed anything down yet. For instance, I bought grass fed ground bison at Fred Meyers for like 8 bucks.. that was only 1 meal that fed Oliver, Jake, Connor and I. Wouldn’t have worked if Hanna and Ollie were here. (Jake absolutely loved the bison, he requested that I cook that a whole lot more)

So these are the challenges I am facing: Budget and well the “yuck/slight guilt” factor.¬†

One of my favorite blogs (Kristen Suzanne) chronicled her transition from Raw Vegan to Omnivore. Its a great read and I highly recommend it, she has tons of yummy yummy recipes. Through her site, I discovered the BulletProof Diet. This sounds very gimmicky to me but a quick browse through his website looks promising. 

Here’s some information from their website:

14 Steps To Eating The Bulletproof Diet

1. Eliminate sugar (including fruit juices and sports drinks that contain HFCS, honey, and agave) .

2. Replace the sugar calories with healthy fats from the Bulletproof Diet such as grass-fed butter, ghee, and MCT or coconut oil.

3. Eliminate gluten in any shape or form.  This includes bread, cereal, and pasta.  Do not make the mistake of resorting to gluten free junk food, which can be almost as bad.

4. Remove grains, grain derived oils, and vegetable oils such as corn, soy, and canola.  Also remove unstable polyunsaturated oils such as walnut, flax, and peanut oil.

5. Eliminate all synthetic additives, colorings, and flavorings.  This includes aspartame, MSG, dyes, and artificial flavorings.

6. Eat significant amounts of pastured, grass-fed meat from big ruminant animals such as beef, lamb, and bison.  Pair this with fish, eggs, and shellfish.

7. Eliminate legumes such as peanuts, beans, and lentils.  If you must have your beans, soak, sprout (or ferment), and cook them.

8. Remove all processed, homogenized, and pasteurized dairy.  High fat items can be pasteurized, but they should be grass-fed.  Full fat, raw, whole dairy from grass-fed cows is okay for most people.

9. Switch to grass-fed meat and wild caught seafood.  Eat pastured eggs and some pork, chickens, turkeys, and ducks.

10. Switch to organic fruits and vegetables.  This is more important for some plants than others.  See this site for details.

11. Cook your food gently, if at all.  Incorporate water into your cooking whenever possible and use low temperatures.  Do not use a microwave or fry.

12. Limit fruit consumption to 1-2 servings per day.  Favor low fructose containing fruits like berries and lemons over watermelon and apples.

13. Add spices and other flavorings from the Bulletproof Diet.  Favor herb based spices such as thyme and rosemary over powders. Use high quality ones, recently opened.

14. Enjoy your food.  (I particularly like this one!)

 

I just borrowed this book from Amazon and will review it when done. (I super ‚̧ Amazon Prime)

Anyone else read this? Thoughts?

 

Spinach and the Con Con

—Originally published on Blogger in July 2013—-

My sweet boy eating a dinner last night. He had:

 

-Sweet potato with ghee

-Sauteed spinach with coconut oil
-He also had a nitrite free/organic turkey snack (but he ate that all up )
-He also had a large black plum that went fast!

I actually completed yesterday completely Paleo and I feel really good. I noticed a huge increase in energy today despite feeling knotted up about Court/practicum tomorrow.

I started out my morning trying oil pulling with coconut oil. Interesting. I will post more on that soon.

Today I’ve consumed:

Breakfast: 16 oz unsweetened almond milk, drop of chocolate stevia, and 1 scoopRocking Wellness on my way to practicum for a few hours (on my day off no less) and a glass of lemon water

Lunch: Leftover broccoli slaw, leftover cuke/tomato salad, romaine lettuce, baked salmon. More lemon water. Glass of unsweetened almond milk with chia seeds

Snack: 8oz unsweetened almond milk with 1.5 scoops Rocking Wellness

Dinner: Half a baked sweet potato with ghee, sauteed spinach in coconut oil, grape tomatoes, 1.5 fried eggs

Snack: Beef jerky and I’m not proud that it was just a regular nasty brand from the corner store.. so yes it had nitrates but I wanted to get the kids out of the house for a walk and it was sooooo tempting to get chips or a candy bar so I settled for this.

Another snack: Big scoop of raw maple almond butter. Seriously lovely delicious stuff.

Today I’ve completed 2 workouts by FItness Blender:¬†

Also a 13 min cooldown Yoga Stretch and a short walk 0.25 mile with the boys. 

 

And lastly a video of Connor eating his spinach:

 

 

Paleo Food and going to court

—-Originally published on Blogger in July 2013—–

¬†So I’ve dabbled in veganism, vegetarianism, raw foodism, lots of isms. Recently I’ve started to really give Paleo a go and I’ve enjoyed a number of brilliant blogs but I love reading this one currently:¬†Wellness Mama

I’m actually going to give the¬†30 Day Challenge¬†a shot. I’ve added Ghee into my diet lately and eggs and some meat and I really feel REALLY good. I’ve cut out a lot of fruit except for berries and am aiming for a lower carb intake to help shed the last of the unwanted weight. Seems to be working (of course coupled with regular exercise!).

Here’s a snapshot of what I made today:

 The first mixture is:

-Chopped Cucumber
-Chopped Tomato
-Dash of Garlic Exra Virgin Olive Oil
-Dollop of horseradish mustard
-Salt (pink himalayan) and Pepper to taste
 

2nd concoction:

-Broccoli slaw with purple cabbage and carrots
-Dollop of organic mayo
-Drizzle of garlic extra virgin Olive Oil
-Salt (PH) and pepper to taste
 

The smoothie in this picture is Connor’s:

-Banana
-Frozen Mango
-Almond Milk
-Spinach
-Vanilla Stevia
 
And well my scale is broken.. due to some rather rambunctious 2 year old.. hmmmmm.. but I’m thinking I’ve gained a few lbs (all muscle of course) but I’m going to be real about this challenge and need to have a starting picture so here goes:
 
And lastly,

I’m freaking out about practicum on Thursday. I go in at 9 for an hour of training then have to head over to court to present to the judge on a case. Its not like I haven’t spoken in court ( I was a CASA forever ago) but I really REALLY REAAAAAAAAAAAAALLY have a hard time with public speaking. And then back to training for the rest of the day. ¬†Its only Tuesday night and I have butterflies in my belly. Uggh.¬†Belly¬†(and beware if you click that belly link you will see something frightful). That reminds me of a douche whom I ran into at a grocery store who recognized me from my time working at an inpatient psych unit.. After his long winded explanation about the evil-ness of meds (of which I won’t disagree) and how he was not and is not crazy, he then proceeded to exuberantly state “CONGRATS, how far along are you?”

It was actually really hard in the pic above not to suck it in.. I’m so used to pulling that damn lower belly in… but with keeping on track with diet and exercise hopefully I won’t have to do that anymore!