Foodies Unite: Dishing About Paleo


It’s been a few months now that I cleaned out my pantry and started from “scratch” in the kitchen. Kicking off my Paleo adventures and sharing on my blog! I am always on the hunt for new Paleo dishes, food items, and overall yummy foodstuff!

Last week I mentioned finding (in the freezer section) Salmon burgers at the Commissary. I also mentioned that I would try them and let ya’ll know what I thought – we’ll here it goes:

Sea Pack Salmon Burgers Review!

These patties come vacuumed packed in sets of two. They are lightly preseasoned. Grill ready – so you can take them from the freezer to the grill and you’ll have yummy Salmon Burgers in 10 minutes unless you’re like me and you like all things made on the grill to be a little – well, BURNT! Even though I have learned (from Robb Wolf) that burnt = carcinogens, I just can’t seem to help myself in letting things get a little charred sometimes! I think it adds flavor and apparently it adds toxins as well. (Grrr!)

Served on a bed of mixed greens w/ slices of a garden fresh tomato and sweet pickles!

 GRAPES!

Lately there have been the most delicious red (seedless) grapes at the Commissary. I buy them very regularly b/c they go fast in our house. HOWEVER, they sometimes weren’t lasting long b/c of over ripeness happening very quickly – even though I was keeping them in the refrigerator. I mentioned this on FB and my neighbor Joe (Pampered Chef consultant) told me what I needed to do in order to preserve their freshness.

Here is what Joe told me to do:

Remove them from the stems

Wash them in a salad or fruit spinner twice

Place in large Ziploc bag with a paper towel

Keep them in the fridge

 So – I’m 29 years old and just now learning this! I thought I would share just incase there were other people out there like me who just rinse the grapes and keep them in the perforated bag you buy them in!

Everyday Paleo – Food Review!

Last week (Final Exam wekk for me) I was all about SPEED and CONVENIENCE in the kitchen! Here is one of my favorite recipes from Sarah Fragoso’s book “Everyday Paleo

Pecan-Crusted Chicken

Served with Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients:

½ cup spicy brown mustard

2 Tbsp raw organic honey

1 Cup Pecans crushed

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

How To:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the mustard and the honey in a large bowl (you’ll be drudging your chicken in this later) set aside.

Toss the pecans in a food processor until they are finely chopped. Pour these into another large bowl (same deal) and set aside.

Take one chicken breast at a time, roll in mustard-honey mix and coat both sides.

Then roll in the crushed nuts – both sides. Place chicken in greased glass baking dish. Repeat for all the chicken. Bake for 45 minutes or until done.

Fresh out of the oven!

I like to use my Pampered Chef deep covered baker for this and I cook it with the lid on. This seems to make the chicken extra juicy. ALSO – my favorite way to eat my leftovers of this (the next day) dice the chicken up and toss in a salad. YUM!

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Fueling w/ Paleo Nutrition


It’s been a little over a week since I met-up w/ Jeanne. We took last week off for me to get back to the basics of why I love to run and for her do to some visiting/entertaining w/ family who are on island visiting!

The break was a well-needed one for me! I really liked not having to kill myself last week and just getting out and running…no agenda…just RUN! It really brought me back to why I am doing all of this! I’ve slowly been coming to the realization that the idea of “living life” and the actual act of “living LIFE” are two VERY different things.

For Instance…I remember when I got pregnant and I was all upset about the weight I was about to gain and the changes my body was about to go through…yet I was shopping for maternity clothes (and even wearing them) way before I needed to. My idea was that I would be miserable w/ this new body but my actions were saying something more like, “Where’s the baby bump already!?”

Another for instance…I remember having endless conversations w/ my mother about how I would BE after the baby – I would say, “I’m just going to be one of those vagabond moms who just throws their baby on their backs and keeps on truckin’ like nothin’s changed!” In reality…I was reading sleep books, passing up brunches, shopping and exploring fun and becoming a hermit for the first 12months of my child’s life so that she could be a “good sleeper.” Don’t get me wrong – I am very blessed; she sleeps 12hrs a night and still takes a 2-3 hr nap in the middle of the day at 18 months old. BUT it’s just that I thought I would be one parent and then in the action of living that part of my life I am a very different parent.

And I see these sorts of things all over my life. I used to say, “You don’t need a big car just because you have one baby! And then when Nola was 2 months old we sold the Toyota Raum and bought the Honda Spike…and now that she is 18 months old I am coming to the realization that kids only come with as many accessories as you are willing to tote around with you. Now…I am back down to the smallest car possible, the smallest stroller I could find, and a purse/diaper bag that never leaves my car.

So what does this have to do with my blog or running…well, the other day Shane, Nola and I drove to the local Air Force Base and ran in the monthly 5K (more on that specifically later) and afterwards I ran all the way home just so I could log my miles for the day. During that run I realized that all of these years I’ve spent reading about all these mother runners and female athlete’s who seem so driven and they go to such lengths to accomplish such amazing physical feats all the while living their lives. They fit in love, parenting, school, jobs, kids sports, etc, etc. and still maintaining DRIVE for themselves and their own goals. For so long now I have felt in the shadow of all the women I read about…thinking how amazing they are for doing all these things in conjunction w/ one another – so many balls to have in the air and smoothly juggle…

…and as I was completing my 7.6 mile run along highway 58 in Okinawa Japan I was thinking in my head how nice it is to not have my husband deployed anymore, about what to cook for dinner, about the two research papers I am in the middle of writing and about how well Nola has been adjusting to daycare – I slowly came to the realization that FINALLY the IDEA of who I wanted to be when I grew up and what I wanted my life to be like and the act of LIVING my life are finally in sync and I couldn’t be happier! I no longer need to be envious of the strong and ambitious women I read about because I am one of them – I am driven, I am wife, mother, college student and I am a runner!!!!!

Just got my book and L.O.V.E. it! Reviews coming soon!

Nutrition Updates:

I started on the Paleo journey April 12th, 2011. Weighing in at 132.6. Since then I have completed Robb Wolf’s 30-day Challenge in his “Paleo Solution” book and am feeling amazing. I am now much more confident in my ability to fuel my body – I am no longer going to be keeping the nutrition log on the blog for Jeanne to review. I will instead just be posting updated recipes that we try here at the house.

I never thought I would write about my relationship w/ food anywhere for people to read but I have to say – switching to Paleo and the experience/knowledge you gain from it are definitely worthy of passing on to other people. I am now a much more lean 130lbs and am not trying to loose weight. I eat portions the same size as my husband – mainly because my activity level is higher than his. Once he gets back into running and weight training he will be eating way more than me again. I have such a better appreciation for learning about and knowing my grocery store now too. Especially with living over seas, lots of people who want “specialty items” just order them off the Internet but I have had great luck with finding things I never knew the commissary had. I just wasn’t looking before.

FUELING YOUR RUN! Check my Tested Recipes page for details!

Let’s start with Breakfast!

Poached Eggs, 1/2 orange, strawberries, blueberries and bacon! - Learned how to poach eggs from Sarah Fragoso's blog - http://www.everydaypaleo.com

Brunch: Salmon Patties, small salad w/ orange and berries

 I added feta and balsamic vinegar to the salad. Keep in mind – though I am mainly eating Paleo – I am not cutting out dairy…yet!

Now some lunch!

Chicken Fajita Salad - Paleo Solution recipe

Cheese Burger w/ Salad and salsa on top - from Robb Wolf's book - Paleo Solution

And how about Dinner!

Steak, Steak Kabobs and Roasted Asparagus - Kabob recipe from Everyday Paleo

Leftover Kabobs and veggies on top of a salad the next day!

Tilapia, Roasted Green Beans and steamed Cauliflower

Training Updates:

Last week I ran a total of 21.43 miles, completed and PR’d in a 5K (time of 27:33) and maintained a steady 10min pace in my LSR for the week! YAY!

THE 5K: Shane pushed Nola in the stroller while I ran next to them. Wow – so nice to have running buddies for races and one of them be my little girly and I’m not the one pushing her! I was amazed when I rounded the last turn for the finish and realized I was about to PR and wasn’t even trying. I was actually chit chatting at Shane while Shane’s face turned red as he was gasping for air and driving hard for the finish. I remember the days when I was practically throwing up after a 5K race and Shane was all chatty and ready to run more. WOW – have I come a long way!

 

Today: Met w/ Jeanne at the gym. RAINING but we trained outside anyhow.

Jeanne’s: recap: Today – started with sore groin.  Completed 5 rounds of 100m sprints (fooled around with arm position, which shortened your stride, smoother and more comfortable for you to go with natural stride), then groin bothered you too much.  Completed 100 burpees.

Miles ran Y-T-D = 193.49

I have been icing my groin…never thought I’d blog that one either! Lol! Already feeling a little better but tomorrow will really tell me what I did to it.

I have a 10K coming up this weekend that Shane and Nola are going to be running with me! It will be on the hilly course of Futenma MCB.