Paleo Challenge: Day 4

It’s 8:45 p.m. and Andrew and I are on the couch, sketching ideas for a new front door. I’m sipping Sleepytime tea and Hadrian is whining to go out. Again.

But I love this. (Minus the whining.) We’re at home (not out), on the couch in jammies, well before bedtime, and the TV isn’t on. I don’t feel guilty about eating a giant bowl of ice cream (because I didn’t), and I won’t go to bed with a stomachache. I’ve already even soaked my tired muscles in a bath with Epsom salts and rolled out. My nails are freshly painted. Why can’t every night be like this??

Anyway.

Breakfast: I keep forgetting to include my morning coffee! Every morning, I enjoy a cup of coffee with 2 T of CoffeeMate Natural Bliss. That equates to 2 servings, equalling 70 calories and 10g of sugar. But, according to the ingredients, Natural Bliss is simply milk, cream and sugar, just pre-mixed. Two servings is a bit of a splurge, so my goal is to get to just 1 T. For the last two days, I’ve used 2 T organic half and half with 1/2 T molasses (yesterday) and 1/2 T maple syrup (today). Both tasted acceptable and only slightly sweet. While I suppose they would both be fine options and certainly less ‘processed,’ it’s much more convenient to use the creamer. A Paleo/Primal option would be to use just cream, but I need a little sweetness. Don’t mess with my morning coffee! So, I think I will use the Natural Bliss (since it’s already in my possession) and consider the half and half/maple syrup option for down the road.

I made pumpkin ‘pancakes’ today, which were really just flourless crepes, I suppose. Pretty good but they certainly didn’t scratch the pancake itch. I have another gluten-free pumpkin pancake recipe to try that uses alternative flours (not sure how Paleo all of them are) which will probably turn out more like traditional pancakes.

I served my pumpkin crepes with some toasted pecans, a drizzle of maple syrup and some leftover bacon. I didn’t add fruit because I figured there was already plenty of sugar in this particular breakfast!

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Skipped my post-kickbox bite of dried peach because I was too busy delivering some leftover beet soup over to Mr.Nye, chatting with Emily on the phone and changing into fresh workout clothes.

Lunch: I turned two leftover chicken thighs into my favorite chicken salad! Celery, toasted walnuts, grapes and mayo (not Paleo in the slightest, but I still don’t have enough bacon fat to make baconnaise, and at least my mayo is made with olive oil). I whipped it up yesterday and served it with a little leftover beet soup. Andrew had the last two chicken thighs with leftover green beans.

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No afternoon snack, but I did eat the other half of the banana from Tuesday on my way out the door to spin at 4 p.m. I think I needed a snack yesterday because I didn’t have a lot of steak on my salad, and we do eat a later dinner (7:30ish), which is a long time to go without food.

I got smart and brought some almonds with me in the car to eat after the gym around 5:45. Such a good idea.

Dinner: Beef Dolmas with Cilantro Cauli-Rice (it was supposed to be lamb, but Andrew doesn’t like lamb and it’s expensive, so I improvised)

The meat was also supposed to be wrapped in grape leaves (think Greek food), but I searched and couldn’t find those. So, dinner became a bit less complicated.

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The beef was cooked with onion, currants and cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin and oregano. Very unique.

I loved the cauliflower ‘rice.’ You actually grate the raw cauliflower prior and sauté it in a skillet. I’ve started using butter or olive oil (less Paleo) instead of coconut oil because I don’t think Andrew likes it. I will definitely make cauliflower this way again–much better than steaming and mashing to make ‘potatoes.’

I’m looking forward to pesto-scrambled eggs and more cauli-rice in the morning! (And my coffee.)

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