Asian Wraps & Cauli Fried Rice

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This is how dinner turned out. The Asian Chicken Wrap from The 21 Day Sugar Detox was great and the Cauli Fried rice (Nom Nom Paleo)  that I paired with it, not so much.

PLEASE NOTE: If a recipe calls for 2-3 drops of Fish Sauce, it literally means “drops”, not “shakes”. It turned out awful! Tomorrow, I’m buying another head of cauliflower to try and dilute what I did.

And yes, I know most of my pictures suck! They certainly  don’t do the recipes I recommend any justice but that’s because I do not have an iPhone nor a decent camera

Mini Mexi-Meatloaves

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This was my first recipe that I made from ‘The 21 Day Sugar Detox’ and there are not enough positive adjectives to describe how amazing these Mini Mexi-Meatloaves are. In fact, these are so good that the next time I make them, I plan on making two batches. One for the present and one to freeze for grab snacks.

SAUCE INGREDIENTS
7 ounces tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
black pepper to taste

MEATLOAF INGREDIENTS
1 TBSP coconut oil/bacon fat
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced or grated
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
2 carrots, grated or shredded
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 eggs, beaten
2 pounds ground beef

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Grease the mini loaf pan with coconut oil.
3. Add  sauce ingredients to small sauce pan over medium heat.
4. Simmer for 5- 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
5. In a separate pan, melt coconut oil or bacon grease before adding chopped onions.
6. Cook onions until translucent.
7. In a bowl, combine cooked onions with add garlic, cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt, pepper, carrots bell pepper and cilantro. Mix well.
7. Add eggs and ground beef  to mixture and mix together with hands.
8. Divide ground beef mixture evenly and separate into prepared mini loaf pan.
9. Spoon sauce over meat.
10. Bake for approximately 40 -50 minutes.

OPTION: If you do not have a mini-loaf pan, this recipe yields enough for one regular sized pan. Just remember to line it with parchment paper.

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

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WHOOOOOHOOO!! I did it and hardly cheated at all!
So this is my very last post about this 21 day challenge. To be honest it was easier than I thought it would be but I don’t eat much sugar anyway so that probably helped. What I did find though was that I lost some weight and I feel like I have a lot more energy than I did before. Before starting the 21 DSD I was allowing little cheats to creep up on me – like starting to put a little cream in my coffee, eating a handful of Brookside chocolate covered blueberries every night and once a week having popcorn at the movies. Doing that completely stopped my weight loss – I had plateaued – Enter 21 DSD – as of Saturday (the last time I weighed myself) I had lost 7 lbs – hopefully it is 8 or 9 lbs now but I won’t check until Saturday at the earliest.
KIM’S BREAKFAST: I brought an avocado and 2 hard boiled eggs that I boiled the night before – only to find that I did not boil my eggs long enough to peeling the shell was impossible and the yolks weren’t entirely cooked through – gross – so I threw those out and thought – oh well at least I can eat my avocado….not so much – turns out I picked the least ripe one and it was so hard that I couldn’t get the skin off of it either – I forced 1/2 of it down anyway and ate my apple that I had saved for lunch.
KIM’S LUNCH: I cut up a yellow pepper and ate it with some salad and the rest of the chicken from the fridge.
KIM’S SUPPER: Bbq’d some steak and nuked a sweet potato – ate that with some salad before going for a dog walk with my two BFFs (that really makes me sound like I am 15 I know) Candice and Tash. The walk was originally supposed to cheer Tash up but I ended up hogging all of the talking to go on about my husband and my son – sorry Tash.
SNACK: Don’t know yet! Most likely will eat some banola while playing Candy Crush before bed. Well – that is it peeps! Thank you for reading and for your encouragement and I can tell you that writing this journal totally kept me accountable so I guess it is true – if you want to meet a goal – tell that goal to someone else and you will be more accountable. Am I going to go sugar crazy now and eat all the chocolate in sight? No – I worked too hard these last 21 days to let it go to waste but that doesn’t mean that you are safe if you are a lone chocolate covered blueberry walking the streets after dark…Peace out! Kim

PaleoKim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 17

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OK – lets just get this out of the way – I CHEATED! I BIG TIME CHEATED! And I am not going to beat myself up over it. I felt bad about it for a bit but I am moving on and tomorrow is a new day that I WILL NOT cheat.
KIM’S BREAKFAST: Did not have much to eat before yoga – only some banola and half a cup of coffee.
KIM’S LUNCH: Raced home – only had about 45 minutes until the afternoon session so I ran home, fed the dogs, wolfed down some chicken and some salad, watched my husband put up our new shed then raced back to class. The afternoon session was filled with lots more yoga so my back is a little sore.
KIM’S SUPPER: This is it – are you ready? Today (meaning yesterday – Sunday) is the 7th anniversary of me being married to Non-Paleo Mark (together for 20 years) so we decided to go out for supper. I had a glass of wine (cheat) with a steak, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, a couple of mushroom gnocchi (cheat – but they were small) and I split a gluten free cheesecake with berries with the man (cheat, cheat, cheat). Was it the worst cheat I could have done – No – but it was a cheat that was enough to throw my stomach out of whack the next morning for a bit.
FAMILY’S SUPPER: Same as mine!
SNACK: Are you kidding? Like the cheesecake wasn’t enough? There – I feel better telling you all about it…

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 12

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Today is Tuesday (work with me here) and I am back in my weekly groove. Work is super busy this week so I have to make a point of eating my breakfast!
KIM’S BREAKFAST: So what seemed like a really awesome idea the night before was not so much a good idea when I came to eat it. Last night I thought I would get away from the whole egg thing for breakfast so I decided to make a tuna wrap with the new nori sheets I bought. I put in a tin of tuna, half a jalapeno, a cut up shallot, an avocado and mixed it with the juice of half a lime and salt and pepper. I then spooned a bunch on to two nori sheets and rolled it up and cut it like sushi – it looked so cute! Well let me just say that the taste and smell of seaweed is not something I find appetizing in the early morning. I ended up shoving it in my mouth before my management meeting and downing it with coffee. Will not make that for breakfast again!

KIM’S LUNCH: Had a working lunch with some work peeps to discuss the very important subject of our Christmas party – KLM productions (short for Kim, Len, Megan) are the Christmas party superstar production team that designs and delivers amazing Christmas parties for our Foundation. We went to an awesome Thai place and I had a cold mango salad with shrimp and pork with chili and lime. This completely made up for my crappy breakfast.

KIM’S SUPPER: Had a massage booked for what I thought was 5:30 so I gracefully got out of supper preparation (the coming theme for the rest of the week it seems). I showed up only to be told that my appointment was actually at 6:30 so I came back home, played Candy Crush (stupid level 37) and then went back. When I finally got home all sore and greasy from my time with Simon (oh that sounds so bad…) I made myself a couple of those Phenomenal Chicken thighs.

FAMILY’S SUPPER: Mark made himself chicken fingers – that’s it – just chicken fingers.

SNACK: None for me tonight thanks- ok – that’s a lie – I ate some banola! I still love that stuff!

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.

 

Paleo Kim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 9

Photo Credit. PaleoSpirit.com

Photo Credit. PaleoSpirit.com

You know what I love? I love Saturdays!! I slept in til’ 9 and then puttered around the house making breakfast, walking the dogs in the forest then going s…hopping then making a marinade for my chicken that I will be eating Sunday for supper then seeing it start to snow then crying a little then getting mad at the snow then realizing I am getting angry at inanimate objects then realizing I am okay with that then realizing I am woefully unprepared for winter then going out and blowing too much money on new winter boots and a jacket then finishing this run-on sentence.

KIM’S BREAKFAST: You know what I do NOT love? Kale! I made Sausage and Kale Saute because I needed to get rid of the kale I have in my fridge. I keep making myself try it because it is so good for me but I really can’t find a silver lining for kale. This is the only thing that comes close – I got the recipe from Paleo Spirit. I used hot sausage to give it a bit of a kick. Not only is it edible – I would actually eat it again (and I will since I have leftovers for tomorrow’s breakfast)

KIM’S LUNCH: Since I had breakfast late, I didn’t really eat a lunch but I munched on some of that yummy banola, a date and a pepperette stick.

KIM’S SUPPER: A friend at work is a crazy gardener and she always gives me veggies from her garden. Last week she gave me a bread bag full of parsley so today I made chimichurri. Le me just tell you that I LOVE chimichurri! I eat it by itself but put it on steak and I am in heaven – chimichurri has everything – tang – spice – saltiness. I can’t get enough – so I have to give you the recipe that I have been using and loving – and you really can’t screw it up. Recipe is at the end of the post. I made a huge salad for the rest of the week and had that with sliced steak and Chimichurri. Click HERE for the Chimicurri recipe I made.

FAMILY’S SUPPER: NonPaleoMark ate left over pizza and Matt was MIA for the entire day again. (Ahh the life of an 18 year old!)

SNACK: For some reason I really needed something to eat tonight so I cut up an granny smith apple and dipped it in almond butter. I also bought a whole bunch of blueberry pomegranate tea and made some to drink cold.

Paleo Kim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 6

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OMG – Day 6 was sooo busy! Hot Yoga – work – walk dogs – make supper for the family – go to Ashtanga Yoga – home to eat my supper, do dishes and laundry then bed. Ugghhh…I try to get at least 7 hours sleep every night but I can’t do it! Now that I am in my mid (almost mid) forties I can’t for the life of me stay sleepin…g for more than 3 – 4 hours. I wake up to pee – then my dogs have to go pee and the fact that they cannot seem to coordinate their pee times with each other I have to let them out at least twice a night – usually at 2 then at 4:30 (since I get up at 5:15 every morning the 4:30 pee time is obviously my favorite especially since Fyn is the slowest dog in the world to pee and then when he finally comes back in he has to spend the next 20 minutes scratching his neck just so I can hear his metal collar thing go back and forth. As my friend Candice says, “Holy Monkey!” – that dog really doesn’t know how close he has come to being murdered some mornings. Anyway…


BREAKFAST: Being very original and interesting I had two hard boiled eggs and an avocado…nuff said…


LUNCH: I originally brought my lamb curry meatballs and cauliflower to eat but the chicks at work really wanted to go out so we went for pho instead. I got my usual – vermicelli chicken with no vermicelli and no fish sauce. They bring a pot of jasmine tea to the table so that is what I drink – and it is free!


KIM’S SUPPER: Because I didn’t want to eat before my yoga class I waited until around 7:30 to eat my supper but I had a couple of the cinnamon cookies that I made from the 21 day sugar detox book. When I did come home I just reheated the lamb curry meatballs and cauliflower rice.


FAMILY’S SUPPER: I made homemade pizza with green peppers and pepperoni. It was quick and easy. I love kids (well my son is 18 so not really a kid I guess). I phoned him to tell him that if he wanted anything at the grocery store to put it on the Anylist. If you don’t know what Anylist is – it is like my favorite app for the iPhone. it lets people share a grocery list so when I go shopping I ask Marc and Matt to add what they want and then it all shows up on my list for when I get to the store! Its free and it saves a lot of time. Back to my story…I asked Matt if he was going to be home for supper and he said that he might be home but he was probably going to eat at the mall with his girlfriend. Then he asked me what we were having. The words “home made pizza” barely left my lips and he said “Oh Yea I will be home!”. Is that the secret to keeping them home?


SNACK: No snack tonight – only my presupper cookies. But I did go to Bulkbarn to buy all the ingredients needed for 21 Day Sugar Detox Banana Granola (I can’t remember the real name). Peace out.

Paleo Kim’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Journal Entry – DAY 1

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6 am Hot Yoga class with Paula at Yogatown – yes she loves plank then off to Starbucks to get a Venti Bold – black before work
BREAKFAST: I was too lazy to make anything ahead of time so breakfast consisted of chicken from the fridge which I know has been there for a while – how long I’m not sure so I only ate a bit t…o see if my stomach would revolt – it didn’t so yea me! Along with a cup of 7 superfood salad sans dressing
LUNCH: Great Thai food place on Somerset called Pho Bo Guy La. We go there at least once a week and I order the vermicelli without vermicelli (I know – they looked at me that way too when I first ordered it but it comes with cabbage, pickled cabbage, bean sprouts, cucumber, lettuce and chicken) – no peanuts, no fish sauce.
KIM’S SUPPER: Jalapeno Dijon Chicken (I would lick this sauce off the floor if I had to – that is how much I love it and how dramatic I can be – thank you Civilized Caveman for that awesome recipe) (no honey – since I am on the detox) with salad (the remainder of the 7 superfood salad mixed with romaine lettuce, red pepper, Lebanese cucumbers and topped off with Farmboy’s Lemon Garlic dressing which only contains two things – you guessed it – Lemon and Garlic… and Olive Oil – okay three things for those who were actually counting. I have to tell you though that we lost power from 4:30 to about 7:30 so i did all my knife work by candle light and strangely enough it was not snowing or hailing so I BBQ’d the chicken
FAMILY’S SUPPER: Hot Dogs – they were happy so I said nothing and just smiled at them and their clogging arteries

~Paleo Kim~

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