Posts tagged ‘salad’

January 29, 2012

Lox Salad – Better with romaine!

I’ve posted before about my favorite way to eat lox/smoked salmon:

Lox, cucumber, avocado, red onion, and capers!

I’ve always wanted more crunch without adding another flavor and I finally had some romaine lettuce on hand to make it into a real salad. Even better than the original! Lots of crunch without a real flavor and more filling. This is my new favorite salad. As always, I don’t use a dressing.

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August 31, 2011

Hello, September!

I was originally planning on posting about my weekend adventure in Molalla for the All of the Above Boogie at Skydive Oregon, but decided to hold off on that until I edit some video! Since I ate so much crap and took very few pictures, there really isn’t much to show other than skydiving footage. Hopefully I’ll have time for that before the long weekend – I’m planning on going camping! YAY!

The past three days I’ve been challenging myself to be strictly paleo. I’ve already failed. It is incredibly difficult to be 100% compliant to all the paleo rules in this modern world. I actually find that striving to be 90+% paleo is much more conducive to success. That way I feel like I can eat something where less than 2% of the ingredients might contain a little evaporated cane syrup. Or I feel like it’s ok to have one tiny wedge of a pita and a couple tablespoons of hummus when the only even remotely paleo thing on the item is a hummus veggie plate – this is what happened last night at a local comedy club where my friend made her stand up debut. I hate feeling RESTRICTED. It makes me feel like I’m on a DIET. I am not on a diet, paleo is just how I prefer to eat. It’s a LIFESTYLE that I choose to live on a daily basis. So while I’ve failed at 100% paleo, I have succeeded at 90+% paleo which is much more sustainable for me! I definitely do have 100% paleo days frequently though!

August has been a very rocky month for me in so many ways. I’m really happy it’s over. A new calendar month, a new beginning, a chance to reset my life and set the tone for the rest of the month. Although August started out amazingly well with me being in the best shape of my life, other factors just got in the way of maintaining that. I’m ready for a fresh start. I went to cardio kickboxing yesterday and thought it was way too easy. It was only 45 minutes long. I need several hours of intense exercise to feel that crazy endorphin body high that I love so much. Today I plan to go to hot yoga, boxing, MMA workout, and capoeira. I’m actually excited about it and feel really motivated. It’s nice to have motivation back! Let’s hope it stays this time.

We’ve been having gorgeous sunsets lately. Here are pics that I took from our deck on Monday and Tuesday. I like thick clouds, except on the days I want to skydive.
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After kickboxing, I went to Whole Foods for some light grocery shopping. Too bad I was hungry because it turned out to be a rather costly shopping trip! Healthy food is way too expensive.

  • Grassfed NY strip steaks
  • Buffalo ribeye steak
  • 1lb ground buffalo
  • Prosciutto
  • Applegate organic thick cut uncured bacon
  • Smoked wild sockeye salmon
  • Pistachios
  • Portabella mushrooms
  • Avocados
  • Merry’s Miracle Tart
  • Theo 91% dark chocolate
  • Coconut flour
  • Coconut cooking oil

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Wednesday is CSA bag pick up day!

  • Jupiter Donut Peaches
  • Snow Leopard Melons
  • Yaya Carrots
  • Dapple Fire Pluots
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Squash

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Steak and a dandelion salad

I still had carrots, cucumbers, and dandelion greens left over from last week’s bag. Being away for 3 days, I didn’t get a chance to eat everything! I made myself a salad with dandelion greens, carrots, red onion, cucumbers, and peaches. I don’t use salad dressings or even balsamic vinegar if I can help it. I like to try to put together veggies and fruits that taste good together naturally. I discovered that I hate raw dandelion greens. They’re way too bitter. The natural sweetness of the other ingredients weren’t enough to counter how bitter the greens were! I still have a lot left, I’ll have to find a good recipe for them. I did very much enjoy the cukes, carrots, and peaches together though! I ate the salad with a delicious medium rare grassfed NY strip steak. I made sure to watch it very closely this time, since my last steak was a disaster, and it turned out perfect.

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July 13, 2011

I love my Vibram Fivefingers Treksports!!!

As much as I love all my beautiful shoes, mostly with 4 inch heels, they don’t get nearly as much wear as my “ugly” shoes. Fall/Winter I like my Uggs. Spring/Summer I’m all about my Keen sandals. And yes, like the PNWer I am, I even wear socks with them when I feel like it.

And now, I’m the proud, unashamed owner of THE UGLIEST shoes that have ever been on my feet: Vibram Fivefingers TrekSport. Of course I had to get a bright blue and grey pair (that happen to match my skydiving gear…haha). They didn’t have black in this model at REI, or I would have gone with black in an attempt to be more inconspicuous.

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I mean they are really, awfully, offensively ugly. But I LOVE THEM. LOVE. My love for these shoes is infinite. Especially after working out in them for the first time yesterday. They are PERFECT for Crossfit. I love the way they let your feet work with you instead of against you while lifting and squatting! And while running! My feet are so happy while running, especially as I get tired. Not only are feather light, but I run much more efficiently in them. I’m not going to explain all the benefits of being barefoot and barefoot running since you can just google that, but in these shoes, you definitely feel all of your feet. I have super sensitive feet and can’t really walk around barefoot outside, but the soles of these shoes make my feet happy. My feet are cushioned and protected while still being able to “feel” and “grab” the ground. I’m never working out in sneakers again! I can’t recommend them enough.

I “graduated” from my on ramp classes yesterday and will be joining the WOD classes next week. I’m definitely ready, the workouts were getting way too easy. I haven’t been sore since after the first class. I don’t feel like I worked hard enough unless I experience DOMS. After all, being sore means you’re getting stronger!

After Crossfit I stopped by Whole Foods for breakfast before going to my volunteer job. I felt a little silly being out and about in my Vibrams, but they’re just so comfy, you forget you’re wearing shoes at all. They also attract a lot of attention and people definitely ask about them. I think the electric blue probably has something to do with it. I helped myself to their amazing salad bar for breakfast because their breakfast bar is awful for paleo eaters, there’s butter and cream in everything. Spinach, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, artichokes, roasted red pepper, mushrooms, celery, chicken, almonds, and dried cranberries with a tiny sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. I also got some prosciutto as a snack.

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I took the 6:30am Bikram class today after waking up naturally at 5:30am. I was at the studio by 6:10. I love how much of a morning person I am. I used to have major sleep issues and not be able to sleep until 2am, functioning best after sunset. Now I’m an early riser and pass out when it gets dark. I’m seeing real progress with my flexibility, balance, and strength! I was able to push my body further than ever before. I talked to the teacher after class about how impossible some of the poses are because my legs are bowed (my knees can’t touch when I’m standing with my feet together). Apparently I can improve that by opening up my hips and hamstrings? We’ll see. But she did tell me that I was “built like an athlete.” That made me sooo happy because I’ve heard “you’re so skinny/tiny/thin” too many times these past several months. I’m not, stop making me feel puny! I’m lean, but I’m strong! STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY!!

In other news, I’m flying down to CA again tonight for more tunnel time. I’m definitely going to try staying 100% paleo this time, wish me luck! I’m also taking my hot yoga clothes because there’s a studio near the tunnel! I’ll probably post from my phone while I’m there. I find that blogging helps me stay more compliant. And guess what shoes I’ll be wearing the whole time?? My Vibrams!! I imagine that they’ll be awesome for tunnel flying too.

June 23, 2011

I love Whole Foods!

The last two days have been awesome!!! After years of having trouble with motivation, I’m suddenly super motivated to not just live, but to thrive! And all it took was an answer to the question, “What do I want to do with my life?” I feel like my past two days reflect that – awesome bonding time with friends, awesome food, and awesome climbing. How many more times can I say awesome in one post?

Climbing
I got a membership at the Seattle Bouldering Project on Wednesday! I’ve already gone two days in a row. I love the feeling of accomplishment that you get from being able to see your own progress. Last night I could successfully climb routes that I couldn’t finish on Wednesday. I’m currently climbing most V2 routes pretty comfortably and I think I’ll start attempting some V3s next week. I’ve also overcome the majority of my fear of bouldering – I even jump down from heights that used to make me really nervous! I hope I go more often now that I have a membership so I can continue to improve!
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And now for some really great food!

Sashimi – Kisaku, Seattle
Wednesday’s post-climbing power meal was sashimi from one of my favorite sushi restaurants. I always try to ask for wild-caught only! But I don’t know enough about sustainable fishing to know which fish are plentiful and which I should avoid ordering. That’s next on my list of topics to research!

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Meat from Whole Foods
I love Whole Foods. I think it’s the best supermarket chain around! I just wish there were more of them. I actually prefer getting meat there than at a butcher’s because it’s labeled so well. I love the “Animal Welfare Rating” that indicates how the animal was raised for their meat. The grass fed beef I bought was rated a step 4, pasture centered – “When living outdoors, chickens get to forage, pigs get to wallow and cattle get to roam.” Speaking of roaming cattle, before I opened my eyes and looked at where most meat comes from, I really thought that the world was full of roaming, pastured cows. I had never seen or even heard of a feedlot. If I drive just 30 minutes north of here, there are fields all over with happy cows that are grazing on green grass, lounging with their cow buddies, and mooing and smelling like cows do. Anyway, the rating standard used by Whole Foods is super helpful in making a good choice. I also really like that the origin of the meat is clearly labeled with the name of the ranch and the location. Talbott Ranch has a website with a nice description of how their cows are raised. Apparently the ranch is always open to visitors!

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Meat for the rest of the week: buffalo ribeye steak, grassfed beef New York steak, grassfed ground beef, and prosciutto! I really like the Principe brand of prosciutto, it’s super tasty and only contains pork and salt.

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Buffalo Ribeye Steak

I had eaten buffalo burgers in the past, but this was my first buffalo steak! The meat is definitely leaner than conventional beef, but I think the amount of marbling is comparable to that of grass fed beef. The flavors are pretty close as well. I cooked this steak like I would any other one of my perfect steaks, medium rare. It turned out perfectly, I really enjoyed the meatiness of it. Steamed organic broccolettes on the side. Are broccolettes even real? Broccoli, broccolini, broccolette… they all taste the same.

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BLTA Burger Salad

I was craving a BLTAO paleo burger when I realized that we were out of lettuce. I only had romaine, which are way too skinny and crunchy to be the buns for a burger. So I turned it into a salad! No dressing required; just romaine lettuce, 1 tomato, 1/2 avocado, 2 strips of bacon, and a handmade burger patty! I probably could have just browned the ground beef and had it spread all over the salad. Delicious!

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I have a really busy weekend ahead of me. One of my best friends is getting married on Saturday! Today is the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I am one of the maids of honor and it’s my first time being in a wedding! I’m super excited. I hope my toast makes people cry… in a good way. The rehearsal dinner is at Buca di Beppo, a big family style pasta place with maybe 2 things on the menu that I could possibly make paleo. We’ll see how that goes!

May 29, 2011

Climbing and my beloved eggs benny!

I had a very accident prone Thursday. I bruised my hip, hit my head, stubbed my toe, slipped and fell…all just at home in half a day. Just one of those days where I know I should be wearing a helmet and full body armor in a padded cell instead of out and about. But of course I had to go rock climbing with a bunch of skydivers instead, sans helmet and body armor. We first stopped by an Italian restaurant, my first time since switching to the paleo WOE (way of eating).

Italian restaurants are not impossible when there are carne (meat) and pesce (fish) entrees on the menu. But when your non-paleo friends pick a pizza and pasta specialty place, you are left with very few options from the insalate (salad) section.

Spinaci InsalataPalermo Pizza & Pasta
“Spinach, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, Kalamata olives, Gorgonzola cheese, Italian dressing” – It was one of maybe two paleofiable options on the entire menu. I asked for no cheese and got balsamic vinegarette on the side. I actually don’t like oil on my salads so I ended up asking for a bottle of balsamic vinegar by itself instead. It was huge and pretty good! Especially because I’m pretty fond of prosciutto and roasted red pepper. Expectedly not the most paleo-friendly place, but it worked out!

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After eating, we went to Stone Gardens. I’m unable to tell if eating paleo has helped my climbing as I haven’t been climbing much and I was a bit of a nervous wreck. I felt super anxious at the beginning because 1. I had been accident prone ALL day, 2. I was there with a bunch of people I had never climbed with before, and 3. I hadn’t climbed in forever. I had only climbed twice in the last 8 months and my climbing definitely suffered as a result. I calmed down as soon as I was in my harness top roping and realized I do still know how to climb. But then we switched to bouldering… I’m afraid of heights, I start to panic half way up when I’m bouldering. As if I trust those pads and spotters to keep me from breaking my neck! Strangely enough, my fear of heights completely goes away when I am harnessed to some sort of life-saving device – parachute, rope, bungee, etc.

See how I’m smiling in the second pic? I smile when I am having fun and I smile when I am panicking and/or miserable. The world may never know why I’m smiling there. Anyway, I hope to do a lot of climbing this summer. Both in the gym and especially outdoors! I love the feeling of real rock all warm from the sun and I love crack. As in cracks in the rock, not the other kind…

Back to food since this is a food blog:

Primal(?) Eggs Benedict 

I LOVE eggs benedict. It’s my absolute favorite breakfast and I think I make fantastic eggs benedict. But I no longer eat my beloved Milton’s multigrain english muffins, so what do I do? I use butternut squash! I may make paleo biscuits one day, but for now butternut squash discs work really well and are really tasty. I might actually prefer it! Some paleo purists may say that squashes are not paleo, but whatever, I’m keeping my squash. I will post soon about the various debates on what exactly is paleo sometime next week. The reason why I say this is primal and not paleo is because you can’t make hollandaise sauce without butter. (Or can you? hmm…) So the following is how I make eggs benedict. I do all the steps pretty much simultaneously to be as quick and efficient as possible. It took me a few tries to get the sauce to my liking and make perfectly poached eggs.

  • Fill a saucepan with water, add vinegar (crucial to make good poached eggs), wait for it to boil
  • Crack egg into a small bowl. Gently pour egg into boiling water, submerging half the bowl. Repeat with another egg.
  • Use a slotted spoon to take out the eggs onto a paper towel (so that it absorbs excess water) when the egg whites are white and firm, but the yolk is soft and runny.
  • Melt about a tablespoon of butter in a bowl in the microwave. whisk in an egg yolk. Add lemon juice (juice from a small wedge is enough) and sprinkle some Tabasco to taste (optional). Put bowl on top of cooling saucepan of hot water and whisk so that it thickens, but doesn’t cook the yolk.
  • Slice butternut squash into desired thickness. Cook in a frying pan, both sides until cooked through. Also heat up the canadian bacon.
  • Move the squash on a plate, pile on sliced avocado, canadian bacon, poached eggs, and pour hollandaise sauce over everything.

Voila! Noms!

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May 4, 2011

An active day and a lazy day

I was pretty active on Monday! I skated for 45 minutes. I hadn’t skated for over a week and was tired, but was happy with how I skated. I met an older lady on the ice who had “quit” back in ’81 who was tearing it up out there! I hope I will be able to skate well into my senior years. Right after skating, I did an hour of hot POWER yoga! That was intense!! I both loved and hated every minute of it. It was definitely a workout with every muscle burning at one point or another.

Yesterday was a super lazy day. I went shopping for a couple hours, but didn’t find anything I liked. I’m pretty disappointed in this season’s clothes. I napped, I ate, I watched tv… I was supposed to go to a BBQ but my allergies got the best of me.

Now for some recent eats!

Kimchi stew
Kimchi, water, pork, and onions – super simple! This would usually be eaten with rice and other side dishes. I just ate it by itself with some unsalted and unoiled seaweed (nori) to tone down the spiciness.
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Prime rib omelette
I went out to breakfast with a friend yesterday and chose the prime rib omelette – eggs, beef, tomatoes, green bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms. I asked for no cheese, no hashbrowns, and no toast. I usually ask for a side of tomatoes or fruit instead.
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Grilled shrimp salad
Marinated grilled shrimp served on mixed greens with homemade dressing! I love shrimp this way. Ask for the recipes if you want it, I’m too lazy to find the links right now.
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T-bone steak
I went to Bill the Butcher to buy steak for the bbq. I was pretty disappointed in the selection yesterday, I must have gone on a bad day. I usually get ribeye or tenderloin, but they just had T-bone. The meat was excellent quality and had great flavor. I also cooked it perfectly medium rare and it turned out to be the best T-bone steak I’ve ever had!

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Of course I ate some roasted veggies since I am so obsessed with them.
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Ending with a super cute picture of my grey, Jasper, sleeping on my chest under a fuzzy blanket last night. He LOVES to cuddle like this and coos almost like a dove while sleeping.
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April 27, 2011

Guacamole!

I had a massive craving for guacamole today and made a lot! So happy that guacamole is paleo! Of course you have to make it from scratch. It’s easy to make and tastes way better than store bought. So now that I have guacamole, I’ll be making a lot of food to eat with guacamole today and tomorrow.

Cod salad w/guacamole


Broiled lightly seasoned cod, guacamole, romaines, cabbage, and carrots.

I was thinking of making a fish “taco” salad. I would have prefered having mahi mahi or tilapia. The store didn’t have mahi mahi and the tilapia was farmed. Choose WILD-caught fish! Maybe I can coat it in almond meal or something similar next time to make it a little crunchy. This would have been excellent with the addition of mangos, but I didn’t have any on hand. Next time!

Hot yoga tonight so I’m done eating for the day (I definitely ate much more than that salad). Tomorrow I’ll make a California chicken salad with guacamole and bacon. I’m excited!

April 24, 2011

Salmon salad and my perfect steak

Lunch today was a filet of salmon atop a salad of mixed greens, red onions, and avocado. I sprinkled balsamic vinegar on the salad as I ate. I absolutely love Copper River salmon, like the good Pacific Northwesterner I am. I seasoned this one  it with minced garlic, Italian herbs, lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper and baked it in the oven loosely covered with foil. There’s nothing worse than overcooked salmon, so make sure to keep an eye on it.

Is there anything I love more than all natural, grass-fed beef tenderloin? Probably lots of things, but not today!

How I cook my  steaks (I prefer medium rare):

  1. Buy great steak from a great butcher shop!
  2. Bring steak to room temperature. Season with a little sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  3. Put cast-iron skillet in the oven on 500 degree full broil.
  4. Move heated skillet from oven to the stove. Place steak in the middle and sear steak on both sides.
  5. Move to the hot oven for a few minutes. My 5oz tenderloin only needed 3 minutes in the oven today.
  6. Remove from oven, place steak on plate and cover with aluminum foil. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes before eating!
With a side of roasted veggies!
So tender, I could cut it with a fork!
April 22, 2011

Some meals from the last few days

Roasted veggies
I pretty much add every vegetable I can find in the refrigerator into a pan, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle seasonings, and roast at 400 for about an hour. Usually includes: butternut squash, carrots, onions, red and green bell peppers, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic, artichokes, and zucchini. (Some super strict paleo people ban nightshades and squashes, but I refuse to give them up!)

Before going into the oven

Roasted pork with roasted veggies
I roasted some pork shoulder that I rubbed with garlic and herbs. YUM.

Chicken salad w/mango tomato salsa
This was SOOOO GOOD. I marinated boneless, skinless chicken breast in lemon juice, lime juice, and some seasoning and then pan seared it. The mango tomato salsa also includes cilantro, red onion, and lime juice. I would have added avocado, but I didn’t have any ripe ones this time. Baby greens. The salsa is the perfect dressing!

Chicken lettuce wraps
YUM. My bro actually ate lettuce wraps and LIKED them. I marinated the chicken in sesame seeds, poppy seeds, minced onion, paprika, balsamic vinegar, and honey and saved some of the marinade as an optional dipping sauce. Iceberg lettuce, baby spinach, chicken breast, strawberries, carrots, and almonds. The slivered almonds provided a great crunch, the strawberries were tart and sweet, and everything was so nicely balanced!

FRUIT!!!!
Mangos, kiwis, and bananas

I have two parrots who light up my world. They eat a lot of what I eat, so I’ll be posting lots of pictures of them. Here is Maya, my blue and gold macaw, enjoying some fruit!