Today was much easier for the hubs and me. We both went to bed by 10pm last night and were ready to tackle the day. Poor M though, woke up nauseous and wanting only tea (we have an organic lavender and chamomile tea that she really likes) for breakfast, which promptly came back up on her. Luckily whatever it was cleared up by dinner because her appetite seemed to return. It was definitely a hang-out-at-home kind of day. We skipped swim class, had to flake on a birthday party and just tended to the munchkins and the house.
- Clean out your fridge omelet — omelet with meat from last night’s stew meat, bell peppers, mushrooms and onions (none of those for me, thanks!)
- Side of bacon — we get the Pederson’s brand from Whole Foods that doesn’t have any sugar. It’s still supremely delicious. The hubby still asks why people make bacon with additives when the stuff we buy is so delicious by itself.
- Beverages: Hot tea for me (look! I got some new stuff with caffeine!) and black coffee for the hubs. Lemon water for the babes.
Overall grade: C
Hubs: He cooked breakfast this morning (thanks babe!) and was feeling kind of weird about having an omelet without cheese but short of that, and the lack of hot sauce it was good.
G: Didn’t touch it, of course. Had a banana instead. We’re not okay with starving him, but I’m also dead set on reversing his love of refined sugars and teaching him a love of healthy food early enough that once he’s old enough to choose that the choice is real, nutritious, whole foods. We’ll get there.
S: Nibbled off of my plate which was good enough for me. She’s not a big eater yet considering she still nurses quite a bit, and I’m okay with that.
Me: Had some leftover chimichurri that I only remembered halfway through my meal and that made it even more delicious. Kind of a basic, meh, meal so that’s why it got an “average” grade.
Lessons: Don’t forget the sauce! Gotta buy some hot sauce. Apparently Cholula is compliant.
- Madras curry chicken salad (Nom Nom Paleo cookbook, page 95)
- Romaine lettuce leaves
- Handful of raisins for the kiddos
Overall grade: A+
Hubs: Fantastic. Do again. Maybe make it the night before and put it in the fridge as an easy grab-and-go lunch.
M: Wasn’t in the mood for salad. Ate the “chicken salad” part. Didn’t have raisins. She doesn’t like them.
G: Picked at the apples in the salad and had the raisins. Finished his meal off with half a banana.
S: Ate a few raisins and some apple.
Me: Delicious. By far my favorite meal this week. I really enjoyed the steak breakfast too, but this was a party in my mouth. So simple to make too! Once we’re off the W30 (or have slayed our sugar dragons), we’ll re-make this with the addition of grapes.
Lessons: Do ahead for a quick grab-and-go lunch option.
- Roasted cod — EVOO, salt, pepper, lemon
- Cauliflower and carrot mash — pulsed some carrots and the left over cauliflower rice in the food processor, cooked it on low with chicken broth, ghee, garlic and onion powder.
- Slow Roasted Tomatoes — tomatoes, EVOO, salt, pepper, dried basil, cooked for a few hours at 275 degrees.
Overall grade: A
Hubs: Happy with everything. Wasn’t anticipating that he would like the mash since he would much rather have roasted carrots and cauliflower separately but thought it actually went well with the fish.
M: Finished half her plate. Perhaps that was due to the amount of pickled carrots she ate.
G: Didn’t touch anything. Had a handful of raisins, a banana and half a pear.
S: Finished her bowl of mash. Wasn’t too keen on the fish or the tomatoes.
Me: I thought the mash was okay. I needed to clear out the fridge so that’s what I came up with, but I think I might do it again… just better execution next time. Generally the meal was tasty but needs a sauce next time.
Lessons: Meaty fish like cod needs a sauce. Slow roasted tomatoes should be eaten with everything. They’re delicious.
Other things we made today:
Dukkah (an Egyptian spice blend) — Nom Nom Paleo cookbook page 34
Mushroom chips — I have made these before but this time I followed Nom Nom Paleo’s recommendation to use Ghee instead of EVOO and it was delicious. Recipe here. I also posted a picture of the Ghee I picked up. I made some but ran out and while I’d love to keep making it, it’s about the same cost minus the labor…
Picked carrots — I’ve made these before too but with non-compliant ingredients so the Nom Nom Paleo book really helped. (Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook page 50)
Needless to say, they were a hit.
We’re finishing off the night with another cup of Rooibos chai. Today was a good day folks.