Archive for December, 2011

December 29, 2011

I really need to go grocery shopping…

It’s really hard to stay paleo when you haven’t gone grocery shopping in several weeks… That should also explain the lack of posts. I know I could just make a trip to the QFC near my house, but conventional grocery stores usually don’t carry a lot of my favorite foods. It’s amazing how limited my menu becomes without my beloved pasture raised proteins! Luckily, we always have eggs, onions, carrots, peppers, and bacon on hand along with plenty of frozen seafood. So that’s what I’ve been eating while I haven’t had a convenient time to make a trip to the butcher or natural food store.

Omelette with onions, carrots, red pepper

20111229-213954.jpg

 

Bacon wrapped shrimp with jalapeño

Three ingredients – 6 shrimp, 2 strips of bacon cut into thirds, and half a jalapeño. It might have been better to use half strips of bacon because some didn’t wrap all the way. I pre-cooked the bacon a little bit and wrapped around raw shrimp and jalapeño, then baked them in the oven at 375 degrees for about 15min? I generally don’t like bacon wrapped seafood. I don’t think bacon makes everything better. But I had very limited ingredients to work with so I gave this a try! You’ll love it if you love bacon.

20111229-214000.jpg

 

Cod covered in eggs, green onions, and cerrano peppers

This is actually a paleo version of a Korean dish my mom makes where fish and veggies like zucchini are dipped in a batter of flour, eggs, green onions, and serrano peppers and fried. No flour in this version and really it tasted the same to me. The difference was more in the texture since there was no fluffy soft bready-ness.

20111229-214009.jpg

 

I’m really looking forward to the new year! Tomorrow I’m finally going snowboarding!! Hope it snows tonight!

December 20, 2011

I’m still here and cooking again!

Classes are over! I have no excuse for not blogging sooner, I was just lazy. I’ve been cooking again, but haven’t returned to being my super active self. I cannot wait to go back to weeks full of crossfit, bikram, boxing, MMA, climbing, trail running, skating, snowboarding… I was going to restart my regular activities yesterday, but I’ve been having trouble finding motivation. Over a month of being sedentary and sleep-deprived has made me really lethargic. Not to mention that I really like to stay put at home during the holidays to minimize the chance of bodily harm from crazy holiday shoppers/drivers. I am getting restless though, so I think I’ll just start adding my activities back one by one. I’ve actually lost weight from being so inactive, I’m guessing I lost all the muscle I gained. I wonder if my body fat percentage is still 12.3%? It might also be from not having had the time to eat as much. I’ve found that I need to eat around 3000 cal/day maintain weight. Isn’t that ridiculous?! It’s both wonderful and exhausting having to eat so much on a daily basis. It’s probably why I naturally gravitate towards calorie and nutrient dense foods.

Here are some recent eats. I’ve been keeping things super simple lately. It’s amazing how many different things you can make with arugula, guacamole, and pineapple salsa from Whole Foods! Everything was super delicious, of course!

Lamb meatballs with balsamic roasted veggies (butternut squash, cauliflower, mushroom, onion, eggplant, garlic) on arugula

20111220-131031.jpg

Buffalo burger with guacamole, uncured bacon, and arugula with pineapple salsa

20111220-131047.jpg

Pan-seared halibut cheeks with pineapple salsa on arugula

I seared the halibut cheeks in olive oil. Pineapple and mango salsas go really well on most white fish.

20111220-131057.jpg

December 7, 2011

Rolling up some beef!

Beef Roulade

I saw something about roulades on the Food Network and decided to try it. I probably should’ve looked up a recipe or directions online, but that would’ve been boring. I don’t have a meat hammer, so I pounded a saucepan on some flat iron steak until it was flat-ish and rectangular. Then I spread chopped spinach, fresh basil, sun dried tomato, pine nuts, and garlic onto half the meat, then rolled it up. Salt, pepper, and olive oil on the outside. It held together well until I started cooking it, so I had to stick a toothpick on it to keep it from unraveling further. I seared the outside and then popped it in the oven on broil for a couple minutes. I probably should’ve left it in the oven longer since it was slightly rare, but then again, I like my steaks on the rarer side of medium rare!

The meat was super tender thanks to all the pounding. Tasted reeeeally good, especially with the fresh basil. It was a welcome change from a plain steak. Since this was an experiment, I made a really small one. I plan on making another roulade in the future with a bigger, flatter piece of meat! Plus I can’t wait to try all sorts of different fillings!

 

20111207-115151.jpg

20111207-115157.jpg

20111207-115214.jpg

20111207-115235.jpg

December 5, 2011

Paleo Crabcake Eggs Benedict

Guess who has time to cook and blog again! I just have a presentation and take home final left!

You may be familiar with my love for eggs benedicts and all my experiments. This one was ridiculously tasty! It’s definitely not a breakfast you can eat regularly because it’s so rich, so save it for a day where you feel particularly gluttonous special. It’s paleo except for the tablespoon of pasture butter in the sauce.

Links to “recipes” (more like general instructions):
Crabcakes
Poached eggs and hollandaise sauce

My other eggs benedict experiments can be found here.

20111205-120409.jpg

I slightly overcooked my eggs this time, but that’s ok!
20111205-120420.jpg

 

Enjoy!!