It seems to be a growing trend in my posts that things are getting hectic lol. Well I am starting my exercise routine back up which is a good thing for me. I welcome that type of hectic activity. To be honest my workout hiatus lasted far to long and sadly I can say I missed working out. I don’t really know why I say I sadly missed it, I think missing it is a good thing. Anyway so yep I’m back at hitting the gym now. I am still eating good and my energy levels are stable so to me its a good time to add in a few work outs. My workout routine consists of 4 days of weights and 3 days of cardio. My cardio routine is HIIT based which goes by really quick and my lifting days are 3 routines that just rotate, mainly day 1 is push based exercises, day 2 is pull based and lastly day 3 the all important legs.
If you know what I am saying about leg day.. You don’t want to be that guy that ends up on the MEME of friends don’t let friends skip leg day.. you know…
Man I love that MEME. TO be honest though leg day is my favorite day of working out. Probably because I do best on my legs. I think all those years playing baseball and football paid off lol. Favorite 2 exercises by far.. calf raises and leg presses.
So yep that’s just a bit of my journey back to the gym which I know none of you are hear to listen to. You are really hear about this awesome homemade hot sauce. This is not your typical Tabasco hot sauce or Franks Red Hot. This one yet again I am going to my wifes side of the family that my father in law has been making for some time. Its a pickle based host sauce and you can put and pickle whatever you want in it. The trick is pick a pepper that you find hot and use 2 of them in a mason jar. etc. Anyway on to this recipe!
Homemade Sweet Pepper Hot Sauce
- Again all of this is to taste so add how much of each you want just make sure you leave enough room in the jar to be able to shake it
- The only trick here is to take one of the peppers and grind it down really good to extract the oils. Leave the seeds in and add that to your mason jar.
- Add all your veggies that you want to it and fill it up
- Top the jar with apple cider vinegar up to the top covering all the veggies,
- Seal and shake, let it sit for 24 hours
These were crazy good, the wife out did her self. As for the name of this I couldn’t come up with anything crazy creative lol so there it is Maggie is my wife and these are her crazy good all spice seasoned pork chops. Creative right? lol.
So lately I have been watching this new TV show which I hate to do since the chance of these shows getting cancelled is very high and I do not want to get in to a show and then have it cancelled if I like it. So the show I am referring to is Crisis. Its actually really good and is damn engaging. The character build up and development is great, the story behind it is creative and its highly entertaining and wants you wanting more. What else could you ask for in a TV show? So for those of you that don’t know what Crisis is, I do highly recommend that you watch it but in simple terms its a series of events that put the country in a “Crisis” and the question you have to answer is what would you do if it were your child or family member in trouble. I kind of treat this like a TV show based off the movie SAW but in this case it its taken to a higher national audience. So there you have it that is my brief write up on this TV show, I will continue to watch it as I enjoy it but if you all have any other recommendations please let me know.
So back to the recipe for today, I do not eat pork all that often as I prefer chicken or beef over it. However when I do eat it, I love the way my wife makes it. So technically she created this recipe but I like to think I helped her tweak it and make it perfect by eating it :). Great meal! Tasty Meal! Paleo Meal! my 3 checks.
On to the recipe now for Maggie’s Paleo Allspice Pork Chops
Maggie’s Paleo Allspice Pork Chops
- Pack of pork chops rinsed and patted dry
- 1/4 Teaspoon Allspice
- 2 Tablespoon Aminos (Soy Sauce alternative)
- 1 Clove Garlic minced
- 1/2 White Onion (Sliced)
- Drizzle of raw honey
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Put pork chops in a mixing bowl
- Add Allspice, Salt and Pepper, Aminos, Garlic
- Mix all spices together with the pork chops
- Heat pan and add a little bit of coconut oil to grease the pan
- Add pork chops to heated pan
- Cook on each side for about 5 mins
- After cooking on the second side add the onions to the pan
- Cook until Onions are translucent and the pork is cooked
- The later of those 2 is most important the pork needs to be cooked
- Remove pork and place it on a dish and drizzle a little bit of raw honey on top
Today I am bringing you a little snack that I have eaten for years (sub peanut butter instead of almond butter). For as long as I could remember if I wanted to have a banana I would top it with peanut butter, but as you know peanut butter is a no no with paleo. So I have modified this slightly and changed out the peanut butter with almond butter. It actually works out really good and is a great snack, I sometimes have been known to eat this for breakfast 🙂 lol.
So time seems to have flown by in March, I am trying to figure out where it went! Now that the end of March is really just a week away I have been trying to figure out what exactly I got accomplished in this month lol. So on a personal goal I have set was to stay on Paleo this month and I have done that, the results are pretty great for me and my energy levels are actually amazing. The only issue that I have from time to time is getting enough sleep but that is related to work and not the diet. I think everyone knows how much stress a job can have on someone’s life and in my case I have to be available 24/7 365 so pretty much any time of day or night I can get a call. But reality is its more of just the daily grind that has me more stressed out than the on call hours. Anyway enough with that rant and lets take a look at this snack/breakfast item.
Banana, Almond Butter, Honey bites!
- 1 Banana
- Almond Butter
- Raw Honey
- Take the banana and slice it any direction that you want
- Apply almond butter on top of the banana
- Take some raw honey and drizzle it on top of the banana/almond butter
- Eat and enjoy
Well if you have read my previous posts you know that I do not do this professionally and this blog is really a way for me to keep myself honest on choices that I make. With that said I didn’t make a post last week because I have had work functions that did not allow me to eat a good home cooked meal. Normally for the blog I actually write items that I ate the night before or even that same night. I am not one that just randomly selects a recipe online and writes a fake review on it so that is why there was no post. Now I must say that I was having a talk with my good friend Miguel about this and just as any friend he inquires about my progress and how its going. He was a bit concerned about me eating out at restaurants while being on Paleo and I told him I was surprised at how easy it really was.
Before I explain all the details you must understand that I was not eating fast food I was at actually eating at sit down restaurants with a pretty good menu (avg meal price on the menu was about $15).
So like I said above I was doing work functions such as meeting with clients, vendors or work meetings. I initially went in thinking great its going to most likely be a plain green salad and grilled chicken breast but as I started going through the menu I realized I actually had some pretty good choices. What I want to get across on this post is not really the things I are however it was my approach. I find that most people may settle for just having an undressed salad but I really wanted to know what they actually had that I could eat. So here are some questions that I feel were helpful
1) When looking to order any type of beef, pork, chicken etc make sure you ask the waiter what is this marinated in?
You want to verify what it is marinated in because the marinade could be gluten based (think beer, it is often used in marinades)
2) If you are afraid of asking the waiter 101 questions about the food and you think they will brush you off simply tell them that you need to avoid all foods that contain Gluten, Grains and Soy if you just give them those 3 things they will come back with a selection of XYZ and then from there you can easily figure out which one you want to order. I am not telling you to say that you are allergic to those ingredients all though if you did they wouldn’t know the difference.
3) If you really want to have no contact with the waiter because obviously they are low hourly paid employees and the more questions you ask them the more they may be irritated ask the waiter to speak to a manager on duty because of your dietary restrictions. I found this one honestly to be the best approach because the waiters get to just get drinks and do their normal routine and the managers are usually far more versed in the menu contents than the waiters.
4) You can ask them if they have a Gluten free menu
5) If you really want to ask no one for anything go to the sandwich area and look for a grilled chicken sandwich and order it without the bun and no sauce.
Now those 5 tips above won’t give you the exact answer you want or if the place you are going has exclusive items on their menu but if you go with item #3 10 times out of 10 the manager will accommodate you because they want to earn your business. For example, lets say everything they have is marinated in beer and/or high sugar items. The manager and chef will have absolutely no issue just throwing a fresh piece of meat on the grill (or broiler) for you with just a little bit of salt and pepper.
It may not be the best meal you will ever eat but it will at least put something in your stomach and keep you on track.
Well this is another nonrecipe post, sorry :(. I have been reading alot about the Whole30 program, I have to say it is very intense. I know for certain I am not ready for that however I am making a commitment to myself that by the end of this year I will do it! I am not sure how many of you are familiar with the Whole30 program but its a pretty rigid program that was created by Whole9.
I will give some basic guidelines about Whole30 in simple terms. I have read a ton about it and alot of things online are pretty complex when they describe Whole30. So here are some basic concepts.
What is Whole30?
Whole30 is a program that eliminates and cleanses your body of any toxins you may have. It eliminates sugars and all processed foods. Essentially its like shocking your system and kick starting your metabolism again. With Whole30 you will have to strip out all foods which are not truly Paleo. What does that mean, not truly Paleo? Well there are alot of strict Paleo followers that classify nut flours, coconut flours/sugar etc as not truly being Paleo. So the Whole30 program follows strict Paleo principles, so yep all types of desserts are out the window.
- Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
- Here are things you should not eat in any shape or form.
- Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
- Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
- Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
- Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
- Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits (chips and fries) and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold, and fingerling potatoes off your plate. Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
- No Paleo-ifying baked goods, desserts, or junk foods. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no banana-egg pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days!
Clarification on Items you can eat!
- Clarified Butter or Ghee. Clarified butter or ghee is the only source of dairy allowed during your Whole30. Plain old butter is NOT allowed, as the milk proteins found in non-clarified butter could impact the results of your program.
- Fruit juice as a sweetener. Some products will use orange or apple juice as a sweetener. We have to draw the line somewhere, so we’re okay with a small amount of fruit juice as an added ingredient during your Whole30… but this doesn’t mean a cup of fruit juice is a healthy choice! Refer to your Shopping Guide for clarification.
- Certain legumes. We’re fine with green beans, sugar snap peas and snow peas. While they’re technically a legume, these are far more “pod” than “bean,” and green plant matter is generally good for you.
- Vinegar. Most forms of vinegar, including white, balsamic, apple cider, red wine, and rice, are allowed during your Whole30 program. The only exceptions are vinegars with added sugar, or malt vinegar, which generally contains gluten.
Essentially you will follow these strict rules for 30 days no exceptions not even one slip. I took alot of this data directly from whole9 so you know it is factual and follows the Whole30 program down to a T.
I hope this helps.
Wow today has been a crazy day with work and all but I won’t get in to that to much I don’t want to bore you. So I noticed I haven’t been putting alot of side dishes on here so this was a toss up between tomato and onions salad or mushroom and tomato (clearly I went with the mushrooms). Both are really good one I eat cold and the other is preferred to be sauteed.
In the past I use to eat mushrooms only on pizza but as I got older I really enjoyed there flavor and they have really become a bigger part of my diet. I use them in anything from stir fry to toppings on a steak. The best yet is there are many different types of mushrooms so play with the different flavors and you never know which you will like the most.
On a separate note I have started watching Breaking Bad, I know, I know I am a few years behind the times but after hearing many good things about it and the availability of it on Netflix I jumped on board. I am not far in to it at all I am only on episode 2 but this is definitely the slowest I have gone. I think my record was watching Game Of Thrones all 3 seasons over thanksgiving weekend. Any way that is something new I am doing if you like the show let me know your thoughts but don’t spoil it!
Here is the recipe for a quick side dish you can make at any time.
Mushroom and Tomato Side Dish
- 1 Medium Tomato
- 1 Cup of Mushrooms (I like white but pick which ever you prefer)
- 1 Cove Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Grass-fed butter (i prefer the flavor of coconut on this)
- 1 Pinch of salt and pepper
- Heat a pan on the stove top
- Add butter and as it starts to melt add the garlic
- As the garlic starts to cook add the mushrooms
- Cook for 5 minutes
- Add the tomato
- Cook for an additional 5 minutes
- Grab fork and enjoy!
Wow this bread is incredible, like insane. I did not come up with this, I grabbed this off a blog I have been following even before I went paleo, its PaleOMG.com. Julie the owner of the blog is an amazing cook and I also like her stories that she uses to frame them, seems pretty down to earth. So yes today’s post will include one of my favorite desserts that she makes, I kind of eat this for breakfast but it can easily be a treat so I am going to put it in both areas.
So the bake sale at my sons VPK went great all 52 cookies were gone and it looks like they want me to make some stuff for their graduation. I make a pretty killer homemade Tres Leche (definitely not paleo friendly, not yet atleast). So for their Christmas party I made that for the school party and I had a handful of people want me to cater them one which I don’t cater so I did not accept the offer. I know I might be crazy but I think people can be far more critical when they pay for something than when it’s free so that’s why. So after the Christmas party I was volunteered to make something for the bake sale and now apparently for the VPK graduation. I’m just glad 5 and 6 year olds aren’t hard to please when it comes to sweets ;).
I am a bit all over the place today sorry, been pretty hectic 🙂 but back to the bread. I saw this the day she posted it and I immediately went and bought bananas and set 3 of them aside to wait for them to brown. I mean my picture really does this no justice but trust me its amazing. If you have never checked out paleOMG I highly recommend it, bookmark it and visit it often!
Here is the recipe, again its Julie’s you can find the original here, the only original item on this recipe is the picture lol that is the bread I actually made.
I make no claim to this recipe at all, it is exactly as she has it on her site.
- 3 brown bananas, mashed
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup almond butter (or other nut/seed butter)
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) grass fed butter, at room temperature (or coconut oil)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons almond flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup pecans, crushed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8.5×4.5 baking dish with oil then line the middle with parchment paper. It will make it easier to remove from the pan without it coming apart.
- In a large bowl, mix together bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract, eggs, and almond butter.
- Then add coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix well.
- Pour batter into baking dish. Place on a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, add butter, coconut sugar, almond flour, cinnamon, and pecans. Use your hands to mix the toppings together.
- Place chunks of the toppings all around the top of the banana bread mixture.
- Place in oven to bake for 50 minutes.
- Remove from oven, place on cooling rack and let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.
Ok ok ok no I did not eat these cookies, I swear! My son is in VPK and they are having a bake sale to raise some funds. For those of you that do not know I actually really love baking. I have been baking ever since I was a kid and I love to make things from scratch. So I made these and for those that are strict on paleo all the time will not be able to eat them. However there are some of you, yes you know who you are, that like to indulge every once and while in some sweets. This recipe is one that I have been making for a really long time. I have played and tinkered with it over time and I finally feel I got it to a really good place. I was inspired to make this recipe after I had my very first double tree cookie. You can call this a copycat recipe or a clone as I have no idea what they actually put in them I took my best guess at it. Feel free to scale back or add whatever you see fit. This recipe can easily be made paleo with some alterations and I will do that in the near future.
So you see before you all get mad at me this was made for a good cause, a fund raiser bake sale!
On to the recipe.
Warning Non-Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsalted butter (two sticks), softened, not melted!
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 large eggs
- 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks (if you don't want to use them you can do 3 cups of chocolate chips)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Pulse oats in a food processor until semi-fine you still want to have texture on them so do not make them in to a powder.
- Add butter, sugar (both brown and granulated), vanilla extract and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric hand mixer cream the ingredients. Add eggs one at a time and mix until the ingredients are creamy. Do not forget to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add the oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix al the dry ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly (I usually just use one of the measuring cups I was using) and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula, being careful not to overmix.
- Drop in the chocolate chips and chunks (if you are using them) and walnuts. Mix until both are evenly distributed throughout the cookie dough. Do not over mix if you do it will become a bit like a cake texture
- Refrigerate the cookie dough for a few hours to allow the ingredients to set
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Using a large scoop (2-3 tablespoons) or ice cream scoop, scoop cookie dough onto a lined baking sheet.
- Place cookie dough portions onto baking sheet at least 1 1/2 inches apart.
- Bake for about 14-16 minutes
- If you are going to store these allow them to cook on a rack before storing them. If you want them to stay nice and soft add a piece of bread to the container.
So in my normal life which consist of going to work 5 days a week, aka the daily grind I do not always get lavish things to eat for breakfast or lunch. Now don’t get me wrong I enjoy pretty much everything I eat, its just not elaborate. For example on most days I end up just eating 2 boiled eggs and if I am lucky I might add a piece of bacon but usually its just the plain old eggs.
Now you might be wondering why am I writing about just hard boiled eggs to me I don’t think its practical to get up every morning at 5:30 and make a huge breakfast, there are some people out there who will I am just not one of them especially at 5:30 am. So when I wake up I walk out the bedroom and I put a pot of water on the stove and I add the 2 eggs to it. After that I simply go back and start getting ready for work my normal daily routine. In about 5 minutes time the water is boiling at this point so I let the eggs boil for 2 minutes with a lid on the pan. Now comes the magic, after 2 minutes I remove the pan from the heat but I leave the lid on. I let that sit there for 12 minutes, during this time I already have the shower running so I jump in the shower while the eggs are just sitting in their hot water bath. That’s it when I get out I run water over them and peel them and then eat.
This to me is the most efficient breakfast I can make especially if I am running a little behind for work.
Another cool thing if you are up for it is make a batch of home made cereal you can find one that I posted here that helps for days when you just simply can’t cook. It is so important to eat breakfast even if it is small or just a simple piece of fruit you have to get something in you to jump start your system. Its better to eat than to starve because your body will horde the food when it gets it if it is starving.
Just some food for thought :). Sorry its not my typical post but to me its a bit practical every once and a while to explain how I actually live my journey as a person that has an actual job instead of being a professional blog writer.
So today I had my first realization, a true realization that I can do this. You when I first started with this paleo change I kept craving breads etc, I love bread anything bread with butter yummmm! So I would crave it alot and more than just bread would be Italian food. Pasta, pizza anything that had red tomato sauce on it I wanted. My wife got a bit creative today atleast for me, some of you that have done this for a while probably would laugh at this but she made a spaghetti squash. To be honest before this week I had no idea such a thing existed.
On a funny side note after realizing that I needed to cut the squash because it was pretty much a pain to cut and she couldn’t she started scraping the seeds out. I turned to her and asked wait isn’t that the spaghetti stuff we are supposed to each, her response ::rolls eyes:: no that is the seed and the stem filling. I should have just listed at that point I mean she does pretty much cook all day and anything that does not involve making sweets or BBQing I know crap about. As I said I should have stopped but not me, not today I pressed forward convinced she was wrong. When they came out the over I was like you see there is nothing in it. One fork swipe by her later I was like ahhhh yea never mind, and it was at that moment she laughed at me. Nothing says I love you like a good old fashion poke fun at the husband game.
So outside of that story this recipe was actually amazing. I really like the taste and texture of the Squash it really tasted amazing. This recipe did not take to long to make, yes I can say that because outside of the questioning of the squash I actually helped cook dinner tonight.
Spaghetti Squash with Bolognese Sauce
For the Spaghetti Squash
- 1 Spaghetti Squash
- Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Bolognese Sauce
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1/2 White Onion (diced)
- 1 Tomato(diced)
- 1 Can Diced Tomato
- 3 Cloves Garlic (Minced)
- 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Zucchini (Diced)
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
For the Spaghetti Squash
- Preheat the over to 400
- Cut the squash in half length wise
- Clean out the seeds and pit area
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Bake for 45 mins
For the Bolognese Sauce
- In a pan heat to medium high
- Add coconut oil
- Add the tomato, onion, garlic, zucchini and salt and pepper to the pan and cook until the flavors mix (~3-5 min)
- Add the ground beef and cook it through
- Add vinegar and mix all ingredients together
- Add the can of diced tomato and let all the flavors mix again while stirring, cook for about 3-5 mins so the sauce can thicken a bit
- After taking the squash out rake out the squash using a fork this will give the spaghetti like structure. Scoop out a batch of the squash that you just pulled off and put it in a plate. Top with the Bolognese sauce and enjoy