Starting a new job, moving to a new home and then renovating our house had definitely taken a toil on our healthy eating. Not to say we are currently expecting our first baby, things have gotten a little more interesting because I am constantly feeling tired and whenever I have the opportunity, I will try to get some nap time.
Dangerous days when you cannot bake – my muffin pans were all packed and I had not unpacked them until today. As a result, we had been getting getting conventional cakes / treats while our kitchen was being renovated. They taste great while eating and yet we always feel it an hour later and definitely the next day.
Finally unpacked my pans and on a overcast Sunday in Seattle, baked my first batch of fall paleo chocolate chip muffins. Absolutely smelling good now as the aroma fills the house. This will get me going as I prepare the rest of the meals for this week. By the way, there is a little secret in this recipe, it contains pumpkin and is actually somewhat healthy(or at least I self rationalized). 🙂 I am not telling!
We had been renovating our home for a couple of weeks (10 weeks with 8 weeks in a tent in our backyard). Part of every kitchen remodel is the inability to cook and having to eat take out – which we blogged about in July. Eating out is rough, the inability to control the salt, the hidden sugar in the gravy, broth etc is something that we did not expect.
i have been subscribing to CHEF BY REQUEST Paleo meals – which is a ready to eat home delivery server and I have to say, loving the meals and loving the service. Price feels a little high and yet at the end of the day, it is way cheaper than eating take out only.
What to expect for delivery: If I have meal for Tuesday, the package will be on my doorstep by 6-7pm. Everything is well packaged and insulated
We have recently bought a new house and are in the process of re-modeling our kitchen. Part of the challenge of having no kitchen is eating out a lot more, and I mean a lot. What does our meals comprise of:
1. Breakfast – 3 hard boiled eggs, 1 piece of fruit and 1 cup of coffee
2. Snack – Lara bar and banana
3. Lunch – Take out at work
4. Snack – Handful of nuts
5. Dinner – Eating out (AGAIN!) or rehydrated mountain house food (which is not really paleo – with beef stew being the closest when we are in the mountain) or grilling.
We are back onto the paleo challenge (more to do a yearly clean up) and will be trying to behave for the next 30 days. There is something strange about being restricted, when you know things are off limits, there is a certain level of attractiveness to the food that one had been swore off! I normally do not care too much about chocolates, but recently I have been dying for chocolates. Of course, since they are off limits, I wondered up and down the aisle to find something tasty in Whole Foods to meet the craving.
Miracle fruit is a plant that has a berry which when eaten causes sour foods to taste sweet, it’s the strangest sensation, basically you can put some lemon in your mouth and instead of tasting really sour it is one of the sweetest tastes you will have experienced.
You can buy these taste bud altering berries in tablet format. You basically just suck on one of the tablets for a few minutes until it completely dissolves, get an array of different food and try each one to see how the taste has changed.
Curry Vegetable Quinoa is a dish that we rotate frequently into the meal plans. It is filling (from the coconut milk), healthy (from all the vegetables) and also easy to pair with something else if you would like to have it as a main dish. We had concoct this dish a year or so ago when we first tried Quinoa. We like the taste of the supergrain and had since then made it a staple. We are still in dilemma if this is considered paleo or not. However, we figured that it is definitely clean and natural so had taken things with a grain of salt 🙂
I have to say that it is rare that something meets a specific good diet and is tasty. This weekend on the grocery trip, I happen to come by a tower of almond milk in Whole foods and beside it are many packets of Primal Island cereals. What is interesting is how mainstream “PALEO” is becoming. The marketing for this packet of cereal is towards paleo diets! Wow!!!! How great is this?
Not sure if summer is here yet. Seattle can get really dreary, dark and gloomy and we simply cannot find enough good weather days during the 9 months of fall, winter and spring. These couple of days, the weather is lightening up and yet it is still lovely and cold day. Let’s just say these days are my favorite but I definitely always want hot food since I really get cold easily.
One of the dish that I had been experimenting is this Paleo chili stew. Made from lean beef and cooked without beans. It is really quite tasty and satisfying, except that I am still trying to find the best cut of meat. I think the stew beef may not be the best cut. I think chuck roast cut up into chunks will really be my recommendation. 🙂 Try it and let me know what you think.
I grew up in Singapore and one of the things that I always crave is a big bowl of noodles. Specifically egg noodles, these are the yellow type of noodles that you can order in Chinese restaurant. I love them in a stir fry with vegetables especially bean sprouts where they are al dente.
Going to paleo makes me crave noodles even more and this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone – Zucchini noodles!