Posts Tagged ‘food’

First Challenge of 2015

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I’ve been feeling a bit off lately. I am guessing that it is from the month off of working out as December was a chaotic month, I just needed wanted the extra time in my day to get things done. I spent a lot of the month drinking and eating and not being active at all.

It was about half way through the month when I thought – I really need to get back on track, I need to do another “diet”/eating challenge.  It was then that I decided that for the month of January I would give up drinking alcohol, gluten, junk food ( pop chips candy gum) and fast food.  I have noticed that when I go on these challenges that I always feel so much better – less bloating, more energy and less flatulence (the world is cheering now!)… ( and yes I italicized the word flatulence to make it seem more gassy…everyone farts – don’t judge 😛 )

Its a good thing that I am starting this challenge today. I woke up this morning and stepped on the scale to both check out what weight I was starting this challenge at….. and to see the damage that Christmas had done to me. Seriously, I did so much baking and it was so scrumptious… I just couldn’t stop… I should have.

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8lbs.

I am beyond embarrassed and I am motivated to shed these pounds that I don’t need or want! (and hopefully I can work off a few more of that as I have definitely slipped on attaining my weight and/or pant size goals – whichever comes first 😉

With eating better for this month, I am going to resume being active. I am hoping to check out the new rec centre that opened up near my place, as well as I hope I can attend some barre classes as my body misses it!

Now, I was listening to the radio last night and they were talking statistics about New Years resolutions. 45% of people make them and only 8 percent of those people actually keep them. I don’t want to look at this like its a new years resolution. I feel like that would imply that this is something I am just starting, or that based on those statistics something that I am going to fail at. I think that first of all – I am not going to fail… and second, this is not something new that I’m trying to change, its a continuation of my work. Jan 1, 2015 just was a great day to start this challenge – its just a coincidence that it happens to be the start day of so many other peoples new years resolutions.

So for the month of January I will be avoiding gluten, junk food, booze, fast food… and basically just trying to make healthier home cooked meals.  I will also be actively counting my calories  to keep me from going overboard in my eating. I will also try and be active 4 days a week (as I have a few hours  on the days my daughter goes to school). I hope that I can start a good pattern to push me to reaching my goals this year.  I better tie myself to that wagon so I stop falling off!

What changes, challenges or goals do you have planned for 2015?

Good Luck to everyone who is starting a challenge, a new years resolution or a non new years resolution!

Mira

3/20 December Blog Challenge: Favourite and Least Favourite Foods.

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Ah, a topic that will probably make me hungry just writing it.  I really love eating. Most food is so delicious, sometimes I wish that I could just keep tasting good food, without actually having to eat it – feel extremely full and possibly gaining weight. But then again… Texture and consistency is really important too… The flavour can be great.. but if something isnt the right texture in your mouth… the yummiest thing can be totally gross.

Today I am sharing a list of a few of my most favourite and least favourite things to eat.

I will start with my dislikes… Many people will tell you that I am a very very picky eater. And yeah, OK! Ill give you that to a point. I am picky, I don’t like a lot of the things that I try…. That’s right – I TRY. Most picky eaters I know, eat only their certain things and wont try anything else. I will try everything at least once. I probably won’t like it – but if I don’t give it a try, how do I know that I am not missing out on my next favourite food?!

Dislikes:

  • Mustard – It is just gross!
  • Fish – I used to really like fish… I don’t know what happened, but now I just cant stand it 😦
  • Peppers – It’s both the texture and flavour on this one.
  • Weird Cheeses – They creep me out, especially blue cheese. This one I haven’t tried… i just can’t eat mold I can see.
  • Mushrooms – besides the fact that its fungus… the texture is so not welcoming in my mouth.
  • Kale and Spinach – I will eat these, sometimes you just have to. I don’t like the flavour/texture… but if you sop enough dressing and stuff on them, they are easily consumed.

My most favorite foods…. Sometimes I think about if I could only eat one meal forever – what would it be… or my last meal? It would have to be bird and potatoes…. And I am fairly convinced that will include – but not limited to: Turkey dinners, chicken and mashed potatoes, turkey bacon and hash browns… and my favourite: Chicken nuggets and french fries. Besides my unrelenting love for bird and spuds here are a few more…

Favourites:

  • Junk Food – pop, chips, candy… ice cream!
  • Rice – This is a food that I spent the first 18 years of my life hating. Then one day I tried some fried rice and loved it… and then a while after that I tried white rice with soya-sauce… and now I love it even if its just plain.
  • Mexican- Tacos, Enchiladas ,Quesadilla.. tostitos – nomnomnom!!
  • Spaghetti – Baked with cheese… my fav is eating it the next day on toast!
  • Sheppard’s Pie – I haven’t had this for a long time… I love it with a piece of buttered bread!
  • potato bacon chowder or tomato soup with lots of pepper and crackers – NOMNOMNOM!
  • Bacon – This is meat candy!

Oh my! I need to stop, my mind is now racing thinking about all of these foods ( and I just noticed that nothing on there is really healthy… meh) and how tasty they would be in my mouth. There are more things that I really like and possibly really dislike, I should have started thinking about them days ago instead of sitting down at 730 am and expecting my tired brain to think of things. Oh well, there is only so much anyone else actually cares about knowing what I do and do not like to eat…. And maybe this has made you hungry too?

Mira

Easy Lemon Pepper Chicken

There are just those days, the days when you just don’t feel like cooking something complex, extravagant or time consuming. You just want something easy that tastes good. Well this is it! I don’t think that it can get much easier unless I came to your house and cooked it for you.

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast ( I used 6 small fillets)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 tsp Kasandrinos Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( I just used light tasting olive oil)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. In a plastic ziploc bag, combine the chicken breast, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Press the air out of the bag and seal.
  2. Use a meat pounder or rolling pin to flatten the chicken breast into one even thickness. I have also used an empty Nalgene bottle for the same purpose when I didn’t have a meat pounder. Improvise. Be a MacGuyver. ( I did not pound my chicken since they were so small and all about the same size)
  3. Let the chicken marinate for at 30 minutes for best results but you can cook it right away if needed. ( seriously leave it for the 30 mins! nomnomnom)
  4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add more of your fat of choice, such as coconut oil.
  5. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until completely cooked through.
  6. Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

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This recipe is NOMNOMNOM! juicy and flavorful. I could ave just kept eating it! I really enjoyed it!

XXOO,

Mira

Watermelon Refresher!

So I was looking in my fridge earlier, trying to think of something I wanted… You know that time where you are just standing there, letting all the cold air out… everything in the fridge just looks boring and nothing seems appealing? Today is one of those days…

Then I saw it. The watermelon I bought for my daughter. Well, I hardly think she is going to eat it up before it goes bad… so I’m taking it! I don’t know why I feel so sly… its not like I’m stealing food from her… lol

Ingredients

  • Watermelon (2-3 cups)
  • lime (1)
  • Ice ( about 10)

Directions

  1. Chop up your watermelon into blend-able chunks and toss into blender.
  2. squeeze in the juice from your lime
  3. add in some ice cubes

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The only thing you need to make sure of is to make sure your watermelon chunks are smaller, if you blender is crap like mine…. if you have a super awesome magic blender, then its probably not a concern.

This literally takes less than 5 minutes to make… and it is perfect for a hot summery day! or a day that you just want to pretend is hot and summery… 😉

XXOO,

Mira

Beef Chuck Braising Ribs

I saw these at the store the other day. And I really had no idea what to do with them. But for some reason they were very cheap… like I’m talking 4$ for 4 of them. So I figured, why not. Ill bring them home and cook them, and if they taste like garbage… well that’s only a dollar each so no big deal.

So as you saw the other day, I made the Jalapeno BBQ Sauce. And because it was date night, I didn’t actually get to use it… which is too bad, because its pretty tasty.

So today, I thought lets toss those little suckers on the bbq and slather them with bbq sauce. WELLLLLLL… YUM! they were tasty morsels in my mouth. I wish that I had more. I guess I will just have to keep an eye out for them the next time I am out grocery shopping.

nomnomnom!

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Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

One of the harder things to live without when changing over to the paleo way of eating, is sauces. The mass produced, readily available sauces are full of nasty ingredients, and while they ” taste so good” they are not very good for you.  So a few months back, you might remember the post I made on preparing my own ketchup ( click here for the post). It was a big success in my house, I loved it, and my ketchup hating hubby also liked it!

So now I am going to attempt Jalapeno BBQ Sauce as seen on Paleo Pot.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of tomato sauce. 
  • 1/2 cup of beef stock.
  • 3 jalapenos, chopped or slice. Remove seeds and stems to reduce the heat level. ( I only bought two as I have never bought… and i got scared and only used 1 1/3 of them)
  • 1 small red onion, diced.
  • 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar.
  • 1 small can of tomato paste, about 1/3 to 1/2 cup.
  • 1 tbsp of Spanish smoked paprika. ( i only have regular, so hopefully that works too!)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped. (I also substituted some garlic powder for this)

Directions

  1. Combine all of your ingredients in a medium sauce pan and stir well. 
  2. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to a very low simmer.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a thicker sauce, reduce/simmer for longer.
  4. Blend your sauce in the pot using an immersion blender, or just use a regular food processor or blender.
  5. Enjoy!

So, I started making this. The hubby came home, and asked if I was still up for date night?! EEEEEKKKK! I forgot we were going out! But thats ok, I have enough time to whip up some bbq chicken ( with other bbq sauce) and some salad for dinner all while finishing up this bbq sauce. What this all means is that I will just have to BBQ again tomorrow! I will never complain about that!

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XXOO,

Mira

Paleo Ribs

Who doesn’t enjoy a good rack of ribs? exactly. I LOVE ribs, slathered in BBQ sauce, falling apart in my mouth… Mmm.
I spent a while online today trying to find a Paleo BBQ sauce that both looked delicious and I actually had the ingredients to make. No success. But that doesn’t mean that I cant have juicy delicious ribs.
Really its easy peasy, I have lots of spices in my cupboard. Lets make a dry rub!

So, to make my ribs just follow these steps.
1. preheat the oven to 250
2. in a bowl, combine the following spices:

  • 1/2 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1Tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Chipotle powder
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper

3. Rubs the stuff all over the runs.. toss in the oven… wait about 2 and 3/4 hours and voila YUM!

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