Things are feeling good and becoming routine. Energy is stable. I’m not coming up with a new craving for a forbidden food multiple times a day. We are cruising. However, I’m realizing we have just a week left to go now on the challenge. I was so busy today I didn’t stop to give any thought to what sort of lifestyle changes I may want to more permanently adopt or what I have learned from this experience, but it’s time to get those thoughts brewing as I enter the final week of the challenge.
Paleo Breakfast Porridge by Paleo Spirit
This was such a wonderful recipe. I brewed myself a nice cup of ginger tea, and as I sat down to enjoy the porridge, I felt like I had checked into a Bed and Breakfast. With each bite, I imagined I was sitting on a veranda of a chalet, taking in the fresh mountain air, clad like a snow bunny with a trendy scarf, the porridge providing all the warmth I needed. Yes, quite the dramatic fantasy. The porridge really was that comforting and good though. (Thanks, A.M.!)
It was still slim pickings here, but I pulled something together, and it did the job.
Inside Out Salsa Burger
I had a stash of Kirkland Turkey Burger patties in the freezer, so I popped some in my cast iron skillet over medium high heat and covered with a lid. Seven minutes per side was perfect. While the burgers were cooking, I sautéed onion slices in a little bacon grease until they were caramelized. Using a large serrated knife, I sliced each patty in half. The meat slices become the top and bottom of the “bun.” I dolloped some of that tasty salsa we had on hand for the halibut and added the onions before closing up the “bun.” Then, I rounded out the plate with some plantain chips, carrots, and some more of that awesome salsa for dipping.
There was about a 7 hour stretch between lunch and dinner, so a few snacks were necessary, but I didn’t do a great job of keeping track. I vaguely remember some strawberries, a handful of pecans, a couple of dates, a couple dried apples. It was a bit of a blur, and I clearly didn’t limit how much sweet stuff I hit, but I stuck to my pool of approved foods.
No Pasta No Fagioli Soup
Have you ever had the Pasta e Fagioli Soup from Olive Garden? It’s a hearty, meaty minestrone-type soup, and, in my opinion, the best thing on the menu at the “Denny’s of Italian food.” The words pasta e fagioli actually mean noodles and beans. For years, I had been making this convenient and delicious recipe from Crock Pot 365 http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/day-305.html
I have since Paleo-ized it with the removal of the beans and pasta. You might be wondering what’s left when you remove the pasta and the beans, but I promise you it is not lacking! It is simply veggies and beef, but it is so rich and has that same hearty flavor of the traditional Pasta e Fagioli Soup. Grass-fed beef for this is really nice!
I didn’t make time to come up with a new batch of dessert, so my husband and I consulted our stash of Larabars. We attempted to split a Chocolate Mint Larabar (new flavor!), but we were super disappointed. I thought it was pretty bitter tasting and hardly minty. Bummer. (Cue reeling feelings of being wronged and ripped off.) Before I had convinced myself that injustice had not really occurred here, I had scarfed a spoonful of cashew butter and a couple of dried apples to get the bitter cocoa flavor out of my mind and mouth. Perhaps not all of my emotional eating issues have been resolved. However, tomorrow is a new day—the start of the last week of the challenge.