Legumes, Nuts, & Drupes 

Legumes vs nuts
The post by knowledgenuts.com above, has a great explanation for what makes a peanut a legume, and a pecan a nut. 

A few people have asked me why peanuts are bad, but cashews are good for Paleo. 

So a legume, like a peanut, is a pod with multiple seeds that will open on its own. A nut, however, has a hard outer shell with a single seed inside. 

The post also goes on to explain a drupe, which I’ve never really been concerned with, but it’s a pit. Like a peach, cherry, or avocado pit. It is surrounded my a fleshy fruit. 

I highly suggest giving it a read! 

 

Weekend Flashback

I promise I only forgot a little bit about my Sunday post. First, I want to reflect on what I’ve eaten over the weekend. 

My mom and I decided that once every two weeks, we’d give ourselves a cheat day. A chance for us to eat a little bread and some cheese….we probably won’t be doing that again. For lunch, we went to Rosa’s. It truly is a favorite of mine for the queso and tortillas. And within 15 minutes of eating, I wanted to curl up in a ball and die. I haven’t had such terrible stomach pains in years. So for dinner, we tried to scale back the carbs and dairy. We had pizza, gluten-free pizza. There’s a great pizza joint that has a GF pizza crust, and it was great, delicious. It didn’t make me sick much either. 

  
All in all, this Paleo stuff works. I’ve been miserable since Saturday. So, no cheats. 

Sunday, we went back to the grind with no gluten, grains, or dairy. 

   
A delicious frittata with Italian sausage and arugula.

 
Steak, with chard, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes. Shockingly enough, these we the tastiest meals of the weekend!! 

Also this weekend was grocery shopping! I bought a lot of great things, even salmon. Though I’m not sure how to cook it…

  

Fresh meat, veggies, and fruit! Our basket was packed with healthy foods. More than I thought it was going to be too! Also, I got salmon, but not from Walmart. Market Street has a great selection of fish, most of which is caught a day or two before it comes to the store. 

I spent roughly $115 in groceries this week, and most of it was on nuts and meat! The cost per each meal is $2, so I’m happy to say my savings account is looking good!

This is going to be an exciting week! And we’ll see how the salmon goes, we don’t eat fish much. 

Quick n Easy

Today was a busy day! Between work and things at home my day was hectic from start to finish. So my meals were small and quick to make. 

Breakfast: 

Another quick egg scramble with veggies. I have to say that I am starting to get a little tired of egg scrambles. But they’re good and easy to make. Normally, it doesn’t take long to make either, about 15 minutes start to finish. Next week, I’m going to venture out into new territory.  

 

Lunch: 

Since I was going and going, lunch was small and very quick. I made Italian sausage with a dipping sauce. Don’t ask me how the sauce was made… I threw stuff together. It’s what I do. The downside to my easy meal was I didn’t eat it, I left it in the fridge. Oops! But, I wasn’t hungry until about 4. Then I was starving. I literally would have eaten something from every fast food joint between my office and my house!! 

  

Dinner:

This was my take on spaghetti! I’ve been digging the idea of making a veggie pasta. But, I’ve always felt it won’t live up to the real thing. And quite honestly it didn’t. You can’t force a vegetable to taste like a grain, the same way you can’t force the color blue to be pink. But that being said, I think zucchini and tomato sauce is a decent mix. I took a potato peeler and sliced the zucchini as thin as I could so that they were thin ribbons. The tomato sauce had ground meat in it, but I don’t know what else. That’s my mom’s recipe. I highly suggest you try it!!  

 
Have a great Friday night! 

Brownies…kinda? 

This post is going to be very short. 

This evening we made a dessert. It was our second try at it, but the first that was actually successful. 
Banana Chocolate “Brownies”

I put that in quotations because it was oddly gooey for a brownie. 

Recipe? Boom! Here ya go!

  • 1 cup of banana 
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 tbsp of coconut milk 
  • 1/2 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder 
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda 

These instructions are super simple as well…like really simple. 

  1. Preheat over to 355•
  2. Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. 
  3. Place into a 9X9 baking pan. 
  4. Bake at 355• for 25-30 minutes

They aren’t the real thing. But when I first started Paleo, I thought that dessert was going to be out. I was definitely mistaken, these are good!! Though they look like tar… 

  

 

Pancakesssss

That’s right. You read me right! Pancakes! Good-bye, Bisquick!! When I tried these I really was this excited!  They even cooked up the same as wheat pancakes. 

 
However, they are definitely something you need to make right before you eat them! We made these the night before, and they became very thick and I barely ate one. I was even so full from that I didn’t even eat lunch. And barely ate a snack. 

Gluten-free Pancakes: 

  • 1/2 cup of almond flour
  • 1/8 cup of water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 tbsp of maple syrup 
  • 1/8 tsp of salt
  • 1/5 tsp of coconut oil 
  1. Mix together almond flour, water, egg, maple syrup, and salt in a bowl. 
  2. Heat coconut oil in a pan, drop batter into pan, wait for the little bubbles. 
  3. Flip the pancake and wait til it’s fully cooked. Normally 3-5 minutes per side. 
  4. Add maple syrup on top. Enjoy!!

Lunch, I skipped. Again, I worked and drank water, but I didn’t feel hungry so I didn’t eat. 

For dinner, I made a salad based with broccoli. I added onions, bacon, and raisins. I’m slowly realizing that bacon happens a lot. But I will you all know, I don’t use much bacon. Maybe 1-3 slices. I also added in a hard boiled egg for some extra protein.  

 
Another night in the bag, and almost another week! Ready for tomorrow, and all the fresh food to come! 

Short n’ Sweet

Today, it’s going to be quick. Basically, I took too long making food for tomorrow and now I’m super sleepy! 

Breakfast doesn’t always have to be fast food or nothing on weekdays. This morning was quick and easy. An orange, pecans, and a smal slice of bacon!! Fairly filling considering it’s not too much food or calories.   

Lunch was a quick meal too, though not quite as filling as breakfast. Marinated chicken and asparagus! 

Marinade for chicken: 

   For 4 chicken breasts. 

  • 1/2 cup of teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Italian dressing 
  • 1/2 tsp of minced garlic 
  • 3 tsp of cayenne pepper 
  1. Chop the chicken into 1 1/2 inch chunks. 
  2. In a gallon size bag, add the teriyaki sauce, Italian dressing, and cayenne pepper. Close the bag and mix together. 
  3. Add in all the chicken chunks and close the bag. Mix again. 
  4. Put in the fridge overnight. 

    

 

Dinner was our chicken stir-fry. I only used about one chicken breasts for lunch, so I used the other three for dinner. The vegetables I put in a bag with olive oil, salt, and pepper. It was a great change to them. I topped my bowl off with a few drops of sriracha!🙂

  

 

Have a great night and morning! 

Tomorrow. Pancakes!😀  

H2Omg

There’s so much to be said about how much water you drink. And it seems like everyone has a different idea of how much is enough. Half your body weight in ounces. 8 glasses (how big is this glass?!). My idea is to drink as your body tells you to. Now, the biggest problem with that is, how do I know when my body tells me I need water?  Well, what I try to do is have at least one 12oz. cup of water with every meal, and at least two in between. Though sometimes it is more, sometimes less. This has been my rule for quite some time, even before I began Paleo. So drink up!  

 
Each of those blue tabs is a 12oz. glass of water that I drank at work! 

Breakfast: 

Another great scramble! Want the recipe? Here it is! :) 

This will be enough for 2 servings.

  • 1/2 cup of carrots
  • 1/2 cup of asparagus
  • 1/2 cup of mushrooms
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion 
  • 3 golf ball sized tomatoes
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of coconut or olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Roughly chop the carrots and asparagus and add to a warm pan of warm oil. Let that start cooking (it takes a while, like 5-7 minutes)!
  2.  Chop the mushrooms and onions, add them to the pan.  
  3. Crack open the four eggs and scramble into a small bowl, also add salt and pepper. Add that to the pan. 
  4. Slice the tomatoes into a size you’re comfortable with, I like to do eigths. Keep those off to the side. 
  5. When the eggs are almost done, add in the tomatoes. Fold all the ingredients together. 
  6. Spoon into a small bowl and eat away!!

P.S. – If you want some awesomeness mixed in that, you can add 4 slices of chopped bacon (normally, I cook the bacon first).  That makes everything better. 

I have done a lot of different variations of this egg scramble. I’ve added spinach, arugula, and bell peppers; though not all at the same time. This is my favorite breakfast ever!  

 
Lunch was a redo of the tuna salad I made last week, I had been craving it for a few days. Still delicious! I try to get tuna packets in sunflower oil, if I’m going to be honest it’s not Paleo, but it tastes so much better than water-packed. I guess I’ve cheated already!😦

In a couple of articles I’ve read, it says that you may not be hungry for a meal or two, which is okay. Apparently, you just need to eat when you’re hungry. Not a good rule when there are weeks when you’re hungry all the time! So, tonight for dinner was small. An orange and a slice of bacon. That’s all. It was enough! 

  
I have mentioned to a couple friends of mine, that I am feeling so much happier than I have in awhile. There’s something about the good food I’m putting in my body that boosts my spirits, and my overall health. Not that weight loss was my main goal, but I have lost 3 pounds in the last week! 

Paleo is amazing!🙂 Ask me if you want some other tips!