Bacon & Root Veggie Hash

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Jon made breakfast this morning. He tried a new Paleo breakfast recipe out where the main ingredient is parsnip. Well, Bacon & Root Veggie Hash turned out great, especially if you like the taste of fennel.

Thanks ‘The 21 Day Sugar Detox’!

Shepherd’s Pie

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With cold weather, the need for comfort food increases and one of my favorite comfort foods is Shepherd’s Pie. The flavor of the meat is very reminiscent of a Montréal Meat Pie and is topped with an incredible Cauli-Mash that is so good that I would use it as a side dish. This is a wonderful recipe to discover, especially with several cold months in front of us.

INGREDIENTS
1 head of cauliflower
2 TBSP unsalted butter or ghee
sea salt and pepper to taste
6 sliced of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 cup of diced carrots (I used bagged shredded carrots)
2 – 3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 pounds ground lamb or beef
1 – 2 fresh sage leaves (I used 1/4 teaspoon of ground sage)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup of frozen peas

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Chop cauliflower into 2 inch pieces and steam on stove for approximately 12 minutes.
3. Once tender, remove and place in food processor along with butter or ghee and desired amount of salt & pepper. Blend until pureed.
4. Cook bacon over medium heat in a skillet. After five minutes, add carrots and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes.
5. Add garlic and ground meat and blend with bacon and carrot mix.
6. Once meat thoroughly browned, mix cinnamon and sage in.
7. Place meat mixture in an oven-safe baking dish o( 9X9 works great), add peas and top with cauli-mash.
8. Bake for 20 minutes.

OPTIONAL COOKING TIP: I baked my Shepherd’s Pie covered for 20 minutes and then broiled for 5 minutes.  Next time we would remove approximately have the cooking juices.

Keri’s 21 DSD: Day 2

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DAY TWO of 21DSD: Leftover chicken with salsa and guacamole for breakfast I have gone back to using coconut milk in my coffee too.
Yesterday, I tried on a freshly washed pair of jeans and they were tight, even my shirts weren’t loose like …they have been. Enjoying too much dark chocolate and too many dates & fruit has finally caught to me and the end result has been a 10 pound gain. I think I sabotage myself. I start losing, feeling great, my clothes start making me smile because they fit and feel better and I take that as an opportunity to REWARD myself by over indulging in my sugar filled weaknesses. I struggle with just having one, I want three or four and that’s when things unravel. I am so glad that I am challenging myself with The 21-Day Sugar Detox . Challenges motivate me, they change me physically and more importantly they change my mindset. I learned a lot doing the #Whole30 and I need a refresher course to get back to where I was then.

PaleoKim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 20

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20 down – 1 to go…today was Wednesday and it was budget day at work, so that meant that I sat, drank coffee and discussed this coming year’s needs and making sure that I get what I need. Budget day reminds me of that Rolling Stones song “You can’t always get what you want…” Long day – the budget meeting started at 8:30 and ended at around 4:30..ughh good thing I got some hot yoga in or else my back would have killed.

KIM’S BREAKFAST: Half a banana and a carton of raspberries and washed down with a venti Starbucks bold. Got my papers together and brought my big ass coffee into the meeting with me

KIM’S LUNCH: I was about 98% sure that they would order pizza for the lunch so I brought my own chicken and salad with Farmboy’s lemon garlic salad dressing. The pizza looked awesome but at least I wasn’t the only one eating well – JB is also about 75% paleo so she was my sister in solidarity! Power to the People!

KIM’S SUPPER: I wanted to go to the 6:15 Ashtanga yoga class and Mark wasn’t very hungry so I went and did that then when I came home I took the dogs for a walk so by the time I got home for good at 8:30 I wasn’t very hungry. I ate the rest of my chicken and salad that I didn’t get to at lunch.

No snacks tonight – early to bed!

PaleoKim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 16

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Today was a super long day as was yesterday so I apologize for the really shorts posts. I am just beat!

KIM’S BREAKFAST: Today was my first day of training and I had no idea what to expect! I got up and ate a banana since I did not want too much in my stomach before yoga. I didn’t even drink a cup of coffee. Just had some water in the car on the way there. We did a hatha yoga class then did a 2 hour workshop on Doshas and Aryuvena. Very interesting! Note to self – buy a book by Deepak Chopra.

KIM’S LUNCH: We had an hour for lunch so I raced home to feed the dogs, eat some lunch – chicken with brussell sprouts and mushrooms – and say goodbye to that pesky lamb from last night (TMI I know but I was completely regretting that eating decisions from the minute we starting doing twists).

KIM’S SUPPER: It was Christmas at Dad’s (they head to Mexico for 4 months and leave in a couple of weeks), so we went there and ordered St. Hubert’s chicken, played crib and euchre and drank water with lime!

FAMILY’S SUPPER: Not sure since I was not there but I did see a Milano’s pizza box so I can only guess.

SNACK: Since I had no banola left I made some more after we got home. This time I made it with walnuts since I was out of pecans. I’m not liking the walnuts as much. I also added some pepitas and a couple of dried goji berries. That made up for the walnuts.

PaleoKim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 14

Photo Credit: Yogaanywhere.org

Photo Credit: Yogaanywhere.org

I am officially two thirds done!

I love yoga! It makes me strong, calm and flexible in both body and mind. Plus my legs look great in a short skirt! I have to brag a bit here – this morning before my power flow class I asked Robin, the instructor if we could work on Crow pose and I was able to hold it the whole time – a first!

KIM’S BREAKFAST: That poor grapefruit remained in my bag yet again. My promise to you – grapefruit – you will be eaten – oh yes you will…

KIM’S LUNCH: chicken and salad – chicken and salad. Obviously chickens in this area tremble when I walk by. Heck – maybe the lettuce does too?

KIM’S SUPPER: Hamburgers on our new kick ass BBQ! Finally I don’t have to carefully position the hamburgers on the right spot so that half doesn’t get burned while the other half doesn’t get cooked at all. I ate my hamburgers naked (not me ya perv – the burgers!) with a salad, half an avocado and a couple of Terra Mediterranean salted chips because I sooooo wanted to eat some Lays chips! This did the trick though!

FAMILY’S SUPPER: Non-Paleo Mark ate burgers with a handful of chips and a coke – I feel bad that my family still eats all that garbage but there is absolutely nothing I can say or do that will change it – I just keep mentioning all the things that I will do with the insurance money when I become a widow. And he just mentions that nobody would miss me for at least two or three days…LOL – so if I don’t write my daily diary here for a couple of days – you know to call the police…(just joking – he would most likely cover his tracks by pretending to be me and write this post anyway – he is wily like a fox)

SNACK: Raspberries were on sale so I bought 3 cartons and ate one. At the store I also bought the bag of pork rinds by the cash and ate half of the bag (it was a small bag – like REALLY small – ok – not that small but holy monkey they were so good and fresh. The comment from my husband was – “I don’t get it – what kind of diet allows you to eat pork rinds of all things?” My answer: “My favorite kind of diet!”

PaleoKim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 11

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Half way there!

Back to work and back to 6 am hot yoga! I so wanted to sleep in today!

KIM’S BREAKFAST: Had a busy morning but managed to eat a grapefruit between 8 and noon.

KIM’S LUNCH: Had a lunch date with my BWF (best work friend) MDR. She went to Ithica for a Lacrosse tournament and brought me back a New York Starbucks mug – she is so sweet and knows how much I love presents. I had the last of my steak with Chimichurri with a salad.

KIM’S SUPPER: Brought back the boots I bought on Saturday for a half size bigger. Non-Paleo Mark made a good point that you should always buy your winter boots half a size to accommodate for socks. I hate it when he’s right especially when it comes to clothes. Anyway – made some of that Jalapeno Dijon Chicken that I love and while I let it marinade I took the dogs out – in the cold and pouring rain! Those dogs are so lucky! I had baked the chicken in the oven and had it with salad.

FAMILY’S SUPPER: I made curry chicken with rice – that is always a favorite here and Matt and his girlfriend just came home in time to eat the remains. No leftovers for Mark…

SNACK: After supper I made the 21 DSD Chocolate Pudding with banana and avocado – it was pretty awesome! It was enough for three ramekins so I put two in the fridge for tomorrow and the next day and ate one with some tea. That’s it!

21 DSD Banola Recipe

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Here is the recipe for Banola. I figure since I talk about it a lot that you should make it. This is taken directly from The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally, which is FULL of great recipes!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole or halved nuts of choice (walnuts, pecans, macadamias, almonds)
1 cup slivered or sliced almonds
1/2 cup seeds of choice (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
1/2 cup almond or other nut meal
2 green-tipped bananas (to yield about 1 cup when puréed)
1 egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a food processor, pulse the whole or halved nuts until they’re partially ground and partially still in small chunks. Pour the nuts into a large mixing bowl, then stir in the slivered almonds, seeds, and almond meal. Place the bananas, egg, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg (if using), and sea salt into the food processor and process for 20 seconds or until all the ingredients are puréed. Pour the banana mixture into the nut mixture and stir until the nuts are well coated. Pour the nut mixture onto a parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, checking every 10 minutes and turning the chunks of granola with a large spoon to break up the very large pieces. This allows it to dry out and lightly brown on all sides. Remove from the oven and let cool, uncovered, or turn off the oven and allow it to continue to dehydrate as the oven cools. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy it plain as a snack, or with coconut or almond milk as a cereal.

 

PaleoKim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 8

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**WARNING: I AM ABOUT TO GET ON MY PATRIOTIC SOAP BOX**

I am not sure what they do in the States regarding Remembrance Day/Veteran’s Day but I assume you wear red poppies as a form of tribute and remembrance and you buy them from vets because you know that the money goes back into veteran’s affairs. I also don’t know if you have people selling white poppies because they are as a sign of “peace”.

I have to get this out though: I buy a poppy every year – at least once because I know the money goes to veterans and because I want to thank them for the service and pay homage to lives that went into giving me my freedom. The red poppy is not “pro-war” and does not celebrate war – it is a sign of respect and thanks.

These people who are trying to link their white poppy cause to Remembrance Day do not give any money to the vets and are actually being disrespectful in claiming that wearing the white poppy is for those “who don’t want to celebrate war.” The red poppy does not celebrate war at all so stop trying to edgy and cool – you are only belittling what was done by these men and women on our behalf…

THERE RANT IS OVER…THANK YOU!

BREAKFAST: Guess what I had for breakfast??? Bet ya can’t! If you guessed that it was hard boiled eggs and half an avocado you are the winner! You win….absolutely nothing 🙁

LUNCH: I ate the leftover taco mess that I had for supper the night before and some red pepper slices. booorrrinnng!! I must start using my cookbook!

KIM’S SUPPER: I was supposed to stay late at work for a radio promo but it got cancelled so my Friday night was mine again! Made 5 steaks – they were on sale – on the bbq (don’t think I will be able to do that much more). The key to a good steak is to let it sit out and come to room temperature before you cook it so I took it out of the fridge and rubbed some Montreal Steak Spice on both sides then took the dogs out for a walk. According to my Fitness Pal I have walked over 21 kms so far this week! Yea me!! Put the steaks on the grill and threw some onions and mushrooms in a frying pan with olive oil and some garlic and got the rest of my salad out of the fridge.

FAMILY’S SUPPER: NonPaleoMark calls me a wolverine because I eat so much meat – especially since I went paleo but I LOVE red meat. I could eat steak every night – him not so much…but he surprised me by eating steak with a baked potato tonight. He just shivered when I offered him some salad so I kept it to myself.

SNACK: So I made that banola (non granola granola) last night and I tried it with coconut milk – ugggghhhh! The thought was so much better than the reality. I had to throw it out. I now know that I am not a fan of coconut milk as a cereal liquid. The banola on the other hand was a HUGE success. I brought some to work and everyone wants the recipe. I am like the cooking / baking goddess at work since I went paleo.

Paleo Kim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 4

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Woke up at 5:15 and went to Hot Yoga before work. I love doing hot yoga early in the morning but this was the first time I had to warm up the car before leaving. UGHH!! I HATE the cold!

MY LIFE LESSON TODAY: okay so I am usually like the first or second to the yoga studio so I always have my one spot that I go to but because I live in the frozen… wasteland that was Ottawa this morning I got there late and my spot was taken. Usually that would bother me for at least half the class (obsessive much? I know) but I decided that I would not drop kick the lululemon wearing offender in the throat while making it look like it was some Downward Dog gone wrong – I decided that I would use this uncomfortable experience to enjoy a new perspective from my new spot and let it go. This was a major step for me – just ask anyone who has heard my yoga stories – I can be a very angry yoga person (right Megan?). Sorry for that sidebar – onward to my paleo stuff…

BREAKFAST: Yesterday I had made 6 hard boiled eggs so I brought two of them with a small avocado to work – mushed it all up together and ate it with salt and pepper LUNCH: Ate my second last Jalepeno Dijon Chicken breast (no prizes for guessing what my lunch is tomorrow!) and salad that I made on day 1 too – since I am the only paleo person in the house I have LOTS of leftovers so I can get a bit boring with my lunches. Oh yeah – and good luck trying to find anything in my fridge – sometimes I have to spend a good 10 minutes rearranging to make it close

KIM’S SUPPER: When I came home from work I fried up some hamburger, cut up green peppers and a chili pepper and added them to some Classico Tomato and Basil (which is the only spaghetti sauce around here without any added sugar). While that was simmering I took the dogs for a walk – made 4.82 kms but brrrr is it getting cold!! When I got home I used a julienne peeler on two small zuchinnis to make them look like noodles (Nom Nom Paleo calls them Zoodles) and put them in the nuker for 2 minutes. Once they came out I drained them and added some salt and pepper and covered my zoodles with spaghetti sauce.

FAMILY’S SUPPER: Made spaghetti noodles and the nonpaleo peeps were happy.

SNACK: Tonight I had a small cup of unsweetened apple sauce and a coffee with unsweetened coconut milk. OMG!! After supper is when I am want to cheat the most. Thank you bag of Brookside Chocolate Covered Blueberries sitting on the counter – oh how I hate you (hahaha – I just reminded myself of Tard the Grumpy Cat)

~Paleo Kim~

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