I am determined to do better about eating while at work. This morning I made my usual homemade kombucha. I went with ginger kombucha and apple-berry La Croix. It was pretty good!
Today’s lunch was left over Panang Chicken Curry and raw radishes. I started feeling hungry around 10:30am so I went ahead and ate my radishes then. I think snacking is discouraged, but since I’m not eating as much as I should I figured it was better to eat than not to. Around 1pm I reheated the curry and had that. I feel much better this afternoon having eaten.
I *really* needed to get homework done so I ran home after work to pull out my Instant Pot. I hadn’t tried to use it before, and I might be in love. I threw in 2lbs of short ribs which was probably a little on the light side for two of us. I set the Instant Pot on saute (best feature ever!) and seared the short ribs on all sides in a tablespoon or so of ghee. I set aside the ribs and sautéed one coarsely chopped onion until soft and a little golden. Then I added the ribs back to the pot along with:
- 1 cup of chicken bone broth
- 1/2 cup of Coconut Secret Organic Raw Coconut Aminos
- 1 jalapeno sliced
- 1 carrot roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon of minced ginger
- 2-3 cloves of minced garlic
- a couple sprigs of thyme
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 1 sprig of sage (or 4-5 leaves)
- (plus the 2lbs of seared short ribs and 1 chopped onion already in the pot)
I set the Instant Pot to “meat/stew” and 55 minutes and went off to do homework until Geoff got home.
When Geoff got home the Instant Pot had finished cooking and had sat on “keep warm” for about 20 minutes. I made a quick ranch-like dressing (homemade mayo, chopped cilantro/basil/chives, and some apple cider vinegar) to put over some left over romaine and “super greens” mix. It didn’t look like a whole lot of food, but with the high fat of the short ribs it was just fine for me. I did have a package of SeaSnax Roasted Seaweed while doing homework and a handful (each) of raspberries and almonds for dessert.
I opened my last bottle of kombucha on the counter today so I’ll need to pull a new batch for next week. Since I’ve been mixing the kombucha with sparkling water to cut down on my sugar consumption I’ve only been drinking half a bottle (8 fl oz) each day instead of a full one so my stash lasted me two weeks.
I feel SO much better today after making sure to eat yesterday. I put a reminder on my calendar at work to make sure I don’t miss the lunch window. Today was, yet again, leftover panang chicken curry. I love it, I’m-sorry-not-sorry. I decided to try the chipotle SeaSnax with lunch and holy cow it was spicy! I put chipotle powder, chili powder, or hot sauce on everything… by the cupful, but the heat on these sure slowed me down and had my mouth burning. It’s not a bad thing. One of the reasons I like spicy food is because it forces me to slow down and be more aware of what I’m eating. You can’t just mindlessly shovel it in when your mouth is on fire. It also just tastes good 🙂 I can’t wait to try the wasabi flavor!
I rushed home from work because school assignments are due on Thursday and I hadn’t done mine yet. Geoff had actually made dinner already which really helped out. He did a spiced rubbed salmon and a salad. It was perfect. After dinner I had a small handful each of raspberries and almonds. I was feeling snacky and gave in to the urge and also ate two Bubbies pickles and drank half a gallon of tea (literally!).
I worked from home on Friday so I was able to make a proper meal. We went over to the new house in the morning to meet with one of the subcontractors. Walking the property with Geoff and talking about where the goat’s pasture would go was a HUGE relief for me. It probably sounds silly to many others, but the thing I worry most about with moving is the livestock (aka outside kids). I just have to keep picturing myself in my new office/craft/pole studio room with the window overlooking the pasture and barn. That’s will be my happy place when we get through this. To say it’s important to me that our food providing pets are well cared for is an understatement.
Oh, yea so lunch. It was fan-fucking-tastic. Geoff ran three zukes through the spiralizer and then nuked them in a covered dish for 3 minutes while I did the rest of the prep. For the pesto I threw one of those small clamshells of basil leaves in to a jar with a small handful of almonds, 2-3 cloves of minced garlic, and about a tablespoon of olive oil. I hit the whole thing with the stick blender until it resembled… pesto. Shocking, I know. For the chicken thighs I melted a tablespoon of bacon fat in a cast iron skillet on medium high and sprinkled the thighs generously with Italian sausage seasoning mix from World Spice in Pike Place Market. I love that mix and pretty much everything World Spice makes. I pan-fried the thighs in the bacon fat until they were half-cooked and then threw them in a 350º oven for another 10-15 minutes to finish cooking. When the chicken was done I transferred it to a plate and threw the zoodles and pesto together in the same hot skillet. I tossed them together until the zoodles were coated and fully cooked but not mushy. The dish was a flavor BOMB. I could eat it again and again and again and…
Geoff thawed out T-bones from the cow share for dinner. It was a pretty traditional (even pre Whole30) meal for us, but was tasty just the same. He’s really mastering his pan sauce even with the handicap of no butter. Half of my T-bone went in to the fridge for Geoff’s lunch the next day.
I was having a HORRIBLE morning. Again, I don’t know if it’s the million things we have going on (buying a new house, remodeling said house, moving, selling/renting current house, planning a wedding, full-time school, full-time work, and you know, just running a household) but I was what I can only described as significantly depressed. I slept around 10-12 hours in the first place and really wanted nothing more than to crawl back in bed with the cats and cry. I *forced* myself to eat something for lunch even though I really had no interest in it. It’s kind of weird how that can work. It was like there was a disconnected piece of my brain telling the rest of me, “you aren’t going to feel better unless you eat something and get out of the house – so move it!”
So after homework and lunch I decided to head to the bookstore for some cookbooks. If I’m going to binge shop anywhere the bookstore isn’t likely to get me in to *too* much trouble. $250 later I had purchased:
- Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime
- Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great
- Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat
- Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat
- Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle
- Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans
- Real Life Paleo: 175 Gluten-Free Recipes, Meal Ideas, and an Easy 3-Phased Approach to Lose Weight & Gain Health
Despite my cookbook shopping binge, or because of it, and a trip to the grocery store I didn’t have a lot of time for making dinner so it was pretty simple. If you hadn’t gathered by now I’m completely obsessed with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. So Buffalo Chicken Salad from “Well Fed” sounded perfectly simple and comforting. I hated to dump the jalapeño and chicken laced bone broth the chicken was poached in so it’s in the fridge to be used as soup. I would like to say we had leftovers, but Geoff went to town. I will definitely make the chicken again.
I crunched on some more homework in the morning and didn’t get around to breakfast before deciding to head over to a friend’s house to watch the Seahawks game. I threw together a quick compliant appetizer to bring. Since my hostess is also the person I recruited to do the Whole30 with me she had made some awesome paleo nachos. Really good. I stuffed dates with a couple almonds and wrapped them in a piece of prosciutto. I threw them under the broiler for about 7 minutes and then rolled them over for another 5. I just kept a close eye on them because the sugars wanted to go from caramel to burnt. After they were nice and crispy I drizzled a little aged balsamic on them. I ate way too many of them, but they were pretty tasty.
For dinner I made the Italian Sausage and Eggplant Strata from the “Well Fed 2” cookbook. It was a lot like the low carb “lasagna” I used to make except it was with out the cheese. It didn’t turn out quite like I would have liked it to, but I was following the recipe exactly (something I rarely do). Next time I’ll tweak based on what I think needs to happen, but overall it was pretty good. I think I’ve brought Geoff around on eggplant. Every time I make it he tells me, “I don’t like eggplant, but this isn’t too bad.”
There were loads of leftovers for lunches.
I can’t believe I’m almost 2/3 of the way through the Whole30. I thought it would be harder and honestly when I was starting it seemed like 30 days was FOREVER. Everyone that knows me (and probably some people that don’t), knows I am a wine drinker. I love my wine. In the first few weeks there were definitely the “dammit I want a glass of wine” thoughts, especially on the rough days. Last night I had a pang of “I wish I had a glass of wine” because I often drink my wine while cooking. It was less of a craving and more of a nostalgic moment. A little sad, but not annoyed or frustrated.