Day 30: real paleo food

Imagethis set of vegetables left its previous career as a cairn to join the sauce effort
Last day of the whole30!  Tonight I made paleo spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.  I’m one quarter Italian, so this must be how my paleolithic ancestors actually ate!  I didn’t bother to look up a recipe for the meatballs, figuring I could just throw stuff in a bowl and my fantastic ethnic background would pull through for me.  It sort of worked out…they probably could have used another egg.  Or some actual breadcrumbs instead of coconut flour.
Imagethe meatballs, cooking happily
Italian heritage paleo meatballs
  • 3/4 lb ground beef (because that’s how much was in the package I had)
  • one egg
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour (because that was the measuring cup I happened to have out on the counter)
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning (the italian seasoning makes it authentic and italian right?)
  • salt and pepper
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I had the meatballs with steamed cauliflower and a tomatoless marinara sauce.  The meatballs aren’t exactly spherical but that’s okay, because I don’t spheres had been invented yet in the paleolithic age.

breakfast

  • scrambled eggs with pesto

lunch

  • salad
  • lamb burger

pre-crossfit

  • fried egg
  • sliced almonds and coconut butter

dinner

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Days 26, 27, and 28: yolk is the new pit

Why eat your egg with avocado when you could eat it IN avocado?!  My friend Kyle saw that I have egg + avocado for breakfast all the time and recommend I mix it up a little:
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Unfortuntely getting flipped was a little too much for mr. eggvocado:
ImageThis afternoon was BEAUTIFUL and I went to a barbeque on a friend’s rooftop.  Barbeques are actually pretty whole30able–I had a burger without the bun with guacamole and garlic aioli (my contribution to the event!) plus grilled asparagus and fruit (my other contribution).
Here’s the garlic aioli being blended:

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day 26
breakfast
  • larabar
  • scrambled eggs with vegetables
lunch
  • broccoli and carrots
  • fish and shrimp thing at the work cafeteria
dinner
  • salad with crab
day 27
breakfast
  • larabar
  • siced almonds with coconut butter
post-crossfit lunch
  • pork and apple cabbage omelet with braised greens
 dinner
  • bunch of things at a small plates restaurant!  apart from possible “hidden ingredients” (aaaah so scary!) these new american cuisine places are actually pretty doable on the whole30 🙂
day 28
breakfast
  • egg in avocado
 lunch
  • burger with guacamole and garlic aioli
  • fruit (kiwi, apple, grapes, pineapple)
  • grilled asparagus
 dinner (wasn’t that hungry)
  • fried egg
  • sliced almonds with coconut butter

Day 25: dumpling dissection and signs of spring

Spring is upon us!  Cherry blossoms are in bloom!  The air is fresh with the scents of flowers and freshly cut grass!  And here in Whole30 land, there is yet another sign of the changing season and nicer weather. When I took my coconut oil out of the cupboard this evening, I found that it was slightly melted: a true sign that my apartment had become warmer than usual during the day.  

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a change in state

Earlier today, we had a team lunch at a dumpling place.  To make the dumplings more whole30-esque (they probably still had soy in them somewhere..) I just ate the fillings, not the wrapper things.  Chopsticks became my forceps for this dumpling dissection, and the whole process reminded me a little too much of fetal pigs from high school biology class.  
 
breakfast

  • banana
  • macadamia nuts
  • two larabars :/

lunch

  • salad
  • insides of dumplings

pre-crossfit

  • sliced almonds and coconut butter
  • strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie

dinner

  • sweet potato hash with a fried egg

Days 17, 18, 19, and 20: and the beat goes on

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sweet potato hash

this is one giant post spanning four days!  the most exciting thing is sweet potato hash, the newest addition to my breakfast (or lunch or dinner) repertoire.  I made it with chris back on day 6.  although that time it was still really good, this time I used actual sweet potato (which I think has a little more flavor than the japanese version when cooked in this way. i also cuisinarted the sweet potato to hash it up, which was a lot more efficient than cutting it up!  one regular-sized sweet potato makes a lot of hash…

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sweet potatoes, subject to the cuisinart hashing function

day 17
breakfast
  • one egg with avocado
  • blueberries with sliced almonds and coconut butter
midmorning
  • larabar! and macadamia nuts
lunch
  • lamb burger and salad
pre- and post-crossfit/dinner
  • larabar
  • paleo pac
  • a couple strawberries with sliced almonds and coconut butter
day 18
breakfast
  • banana egg pancakes
  • larabar
lunch
  • chicken with cashews at a restaurant
dinner
  • larabar (pre-dinner i guess)
  • blueberries and almonds with coconut butter (also pre-dinner)
  • steak salad at a restaurant
day 19
breakfast
  • blueberries with sliced almonds and coconut butter
lunch
  • sweet potato hash with fried eggs
dinner
  • broccoli fried in olive oil
  • more sweet potato hash with fried eggs
day 20
breakfast
  • more sweet potato hash!
family’s in town now! 😀  so there will be a lot of eating out…
lunch (at a restaurant!)
  • sausage/hamburgery thing with grilled onions and peppers and a side salad
dinner (at another restaurant!)
  • root vegetables and fruit
  • not-so-sloppy joe, because I got it without the bun

Day 15: a steak-y failure

On Day 15 (the halfway point!!) I decided to make flank steak for dinner.  I didn’t have time to marinate it like the recipes online suggested, so I just stuck it in a frying pan and poured some fish sauce  on it.  (yum, umami steak!)  I looked away for just 30 seconds to clean something up, and when I go to check on the steak it’s not flat anymore–it’s like SEMICIRCLE-shaped.  It’s basically STANDING UP in the pan.  It’s as if the steak was like “I’ve decided I don’t want to be a steak anymore.  I want to be a RAINBOW!”  There weren’t any guidelines in the recipe (or the whole30 website, or another blog, or anywhere) for what to do if your dinner is having an identity crisis, so I decided to find something heavy  and press it down with that.  (Unlike modern-day American children, when a steak says it wants to be unique and different, you force it back into its original mold rather than encouraging its individuality.)  Here’s what I came up with:

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(this is actually just a very elaborate way to boil water)

After cooking it for 10x longer than the internet suggested, it finally seemed done enough to eat.  Turns out that was a little too long.  oh well.

breakfast
  • two eggs over easy with avocado
midmorning
  • mixed nuts
lunch
  • thai food
afternoon/pre-crossfit
  • starbucks fruit snacks (welp)
  • mixed nuts
  • one egg scrambled
  • strawberry banana coconut smoothie
  • macadamia nuts
dinner
  • salade verte
  • attempt at steak

Day 11: the paleo snack showdown

the amazing, protein-rich primal pac crushes the poor larabar!

Every since I started paleo-ing a few months ago I’ve been a huge fan of Larabars.  The Blueberry Muffin ones became my breakfast, Cashew Cookie became my main meals, and Coconut Cream Pie became my dessert.  I’ve found that as awesome as they are, they don’t make the greatest snack food because they contain a ton of sugar (by my new definition of “a ton”–as much as 20 grams?!).  Today after crossfit, I decided to pick up one of the Primal Pacs my gym sells in its mini snack bar area.  

This is pretty much the GREATEST THING EVER.

it contains:

  • beef jerky (grassfed, of course!)
  • dried mango
  • macadamia nuts
  • almonds
  • cranberries

and best of all, the small Primal Pacs about the same mass as a larabar (so we can compare their nutrition facts) and contains ONLY 10 GRAMS OF SUGAR and an amazing 24 GRAMS OF PROTEIN!  

Today was also the first time I’ve ever had beef jerky (my first encounter with it was on the school bus in fifth grade.  other kids had it for bus snack, and the strange, inedible-looking preserved meat just never seemed appetizing enough to inspire me trade with them for some of the chocolate chip granola bars I’d have as snack).  It was pretty good!  I wouldn’t eat it in front of a vegetarian though…somehow the texture and toughness of beef jerky seems to really accentuate the fact that you’re biting off a piece of an animal.

breakfast

  • blueberries and almonds with coconut butter!

midmorning

  • two larabars

lunch

  • lettuce and spinach salad with cauliflower and cucumbers
  • lamb burger

dinner

  • PRIMAL PAC right after crossfit!
  • larabar (I took it out of my pantry to look at the nutrition facts, and then couldn’t help but eat it)
  • brussels sprouts with garlic and olive oil cooked at 375 degrees for 20 minutes
  • blueberries and almonds with coconut butter 😀

Day 9: It’s frittatas all the day long

Never be afraid to stand out from the crowd. Be unique and be yourself.

Yesterday I made 12 mini frittatas, and today I discovered that having them around means I don’t really have to worry about making food the whole day!

breakfast

  • frittatas
  • blueberries with almonds and coconut butter (which is quickly becoming my favorite breakfast ever!)

The first time I made blueberries with almonds and coconut butter I didn’t have any coconut butter so I used coconut oil instead, figuring the two couldn’t be that different…

left: coconut oil; right: coconut butter. they look pretty similar, right?

but when you put them in the microwave for 15 seconds…

…yeah.

lunch

  • frittatas
  • lettuce/spinach salad

mid-afternoon

  • frittatas

post-crossfit + dinner

Day 8: drinking the whole30 (sugarless, artificial sweetner-less, organic, hormone-free, pasture-raised) koolaid

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prosciutto-wrapped mini frittata mini muffins

I’ve gotten into the terrible habit of not deciding what I’m eating for dinner till the night of, and then going grocery shopping after crossfit and not starting on dinner until at least 9 at night.  Somehow I don’t find it a chore to spend so much time later at night cooking dinner; I actually really enjoy it.  Maybe it’s because I have so much energy from eating healthy!

Another sign I’m in a good mood:  I always skip Americano when it comes up on my Lady Gaga playlist.   Today I didn’t even realize the song had come on until it was 3 minutes in!  The Whole30 is working wonders and is having such a positive effect on my life!

breakfast

  • one egg with avocado
  • blueberries and sliced almond cobbler thing

lunch

  • chicken stir fry with almond milk, almonds, and onions
  • larabar

pre- and post-crossfit

  • hazelnuts and macadamia nuts
  • larabar
  • strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie

dinner

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The brussels sprouts chips didn’t end up looking like the ones in the picture on the recipe page, but they still tasted amazing!  Or maybe I just think they taste amazing because I’m on that whole30 high.  That must be how getting through this diet works–you force yourself through the first several days, and then once you’re past that point, being on the diet has put you in such a good mood that you’re delighted to eat any weird healthy thing.

I made the prosciutto-wrapped mini frittata muffins into prosciutto-wrapped mini frittata mini muffins by cooking them in a mini muffin pan at 350 degrees.  I had extra filling so I just made it into an actual frittata and ate that for dinner; I’ll bring the mini muffins in for lunch tomorrow!

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yum.

Day 3: who needs restaurants!

smoothies beyond smoothies

breakfast

  • strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie
  • larabar

lunch

  • chicken curry with green beans and onions
  • macadamia nuts and hazelnuts
  • kiwi
  • larabar

pre-crossfit

  • egg fried over easy
  • strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie

dinner

cooking with chris!

Qu’ils mangent de l’agneau!

 

 

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a better use for fahrenheit 451

Day 1: We don’t care about junk food anyway

 

Nobody puts baby in a corner

Baby bok choy, feeling gorgeous

Breakfast

  • Two eggs, fried over easy
  • One piece of bacon
  • Strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie

Lunch (first day with the awesome bento lunch box!)

  • Chicken and cauliflower coconut curry
  • Kiwi
  • Cashew cookie Larabar
  • Macadamia nuts and hazelnuts 

Dinner (pre-crossfit)

  • Strawberry banana coconut milk smoothie
  • Macadamia nuts and hazelnuts

Dinner (post-crossfit)

  • Kiwi
  • Baby bok choy with garlic (used ghee instead of butter and water instead of chicken broth)
  • One piece of bacon (seemed like a better option than another Larabar)