Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Day 7 - Breakfast (Leftovers) Lunch (Granny Smith Apple)

Breakfast - Bacon Egg Cups

Lunch - Granny Smith Apple?!

Yep, lunch was interesting! My car broke down and that was the only thing I could find to eat at the gas station, while we were waiting for a tow truck for 4 hours! :)

Day 6 - Dinner (Leftovers)

Dinner - Leftovers - Paleo "Stuffed" Green Peppers

Day 6 - Lunch (Beefy French Onion Soup)

Beefy French Onion Soup

5 onions (about 3.5 lbs), cut in to thick half moon slices
2 tbsp coconut oil or grassfed ghee
1 pound beef stew meat
5 cups beef stock
2 - 3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tbsp minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
5 cups beef stock

1.       Caramelize onions in pan with oil. (about 90 mins)
2.       Add beef, stock, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper to crockpot. Cook on low while onions are caramelizing.
3.       Add caramelized onions to crockpot and simmer until ready to serve.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Day 6 - Breakfast (Bacon Egg Cups)

Bacon Egg Cups

6-12 farm fresh bacon slices
8-10 eggs
12 oz broccoli
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning (see below)
1 tbsp minced onion
1 tbsp chives
1 tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt

1.     Line a baking pan with foil, top with oven safe cooling rack.
2.     Place bacon on rack and bake 10-15 mins at 400 degrees. Cook long enough to render the bacon fat but not crispy.
3.     Pour rendered fat into a bowl, add seasonings and eggs.
4.     Beat eggs until fluffy.
5.     Wrap bacon inside cups of a large muffin tin.
6.     Divide broccoli into the muffin tins.
7.     Pour egg mixture into cups until about ¾ full.
8.     Bake 15 mins at 350 degrees, or until the tops are golden brown.

Cajun Seasoning

2 tbsp fine sea salt
1 tbsp seasoned chili powder
5 tsp cayenne pepper
5 tsp garlic salt
4 tsp ground black pepper
2 1/2 tsp celery salt
2 tsp ground mustard
1 1/2 tsp ground basil
1 1/2 tsp ground sage
1/2 tsp ground oregano
1/2 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp onion salt

Mix ingredients and store in air tight container. I’m replacing all my spices as they run out with organic, I’ve done some research on non-organic spices and there’s some scary junk out there!

We also finished off the last of the Scotch eggs, I got excited about the bacon and forgot about them.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Day 5 - Dinner (Paleo "Stuffed" Green Peppers)

Paleo "Stuffed" Green Peppers

1 large green bell pepper
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 Vidalia onion
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 6oz. tomato paste
Minced garlic (I probably used 5 cloves)
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop bell pepper and onion, add to a hot skillet.
Add garlic to skillet until veggies have softened.
Add beef to skillet and brown.
When beef is brown add diced tomatoes and paste.
Add seasonings to taste.
Cover and simmer for 5 mins.

Day 5 - Lunch (We survived eating out!)

I really didn't want to eat out but we had a busy day and we hadn't gotten to the grocery store yet. We ended up at Applebee's and I'm hoping there weren't too many hidden ingredients! We both had the 7oz steak with double order of steamed veggies instead of a potato. We also had house salads; no croutons or cheese and used oil and vinegar in lieu of dressing. I was happy with the salads they tasted a lot like a BLT.

Day 5 - Breakfast (Leftovers)

Breakfast - Paleo Scotch Eggs

I have to admit how quickly my appetite has changed. I hate to get my hopes up and be disappointed but I'm thinking this is working. I was worried about a low carb diet, but after the first two days I have felt great. It's very freeing not to be grazing all day long or watching the clocking obsessing about my next meal. Buying organic is definitely more costly but still cheaper than buying groceries plus eating out. I feel good about the foods that were buying and I like helping the local guy out.