Month: February 2013

Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana? I’m Not

I haven’t been blogging much but between the superbowl, and mardi gras, and finding a practicum, I’m just now getting some sort of schedule together. Now I know I said I was going to try and go paleo for the month of September, but those two major events kind of made that near impossible, so I restarted at lent with a somewhat less stringent dietary challenge of being gluten- and dairy-free. What’s the difference? The rest of those grains, root vegetables, and legumes I couldn’t eat on paleo–expanding my food options. With the elimination of gluten and dairy, plus exercising with Zuzana’s ZCUT dvds, I’ve already lost over 5 pounds. Now I have to get back to running before the Shamrock 8K Run in mid-March Anyway, the other part of my challenge to myself is to eat more local foods, so I finally went ahead and did a 4-week subscription to Hollygrove Market home delivery and I’m getting my meat from Cleaver & Co, the butchery that gets all their meat from local farms (one of …

GF Blood Orange Cake

Gluten-free Blood Orange cake (adapted from elana’s pantry) Ingredients 2 oranges 4 eggs 3/4 c honey 2 cups blanched almond flour 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda Instructions wash the oranges and boil them whole (skin and all) until soft place oranges (skin and all) in a food processor and blend until smooth [note: I did halve them and take the seeds out] process in the rest of the ingredients until smooth pour into a 9 inch cake pan (I used a bundt pan) bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes until a a toothpick comes out clean cool & serve  

Lamb Neck Pot Roast

Lamb Neck Pot Roast Ingredients: Whatever size lamb neck sweet potatoes, chopped carrots, chopped garlic rosemary red wine onions (I used the green onions I had) Instructions: Coat the lamb neck in a little flour (I used coconut flour) and brown it on all sides Sautee the garlic, onions, and rosemary in a little oil Throw everything in an oven-safe pot with however much wine and other liquid (broth/water); enough to cover most of the contents Place in an oven at 350 until the meat is tender (it took me about 3 hours)

Paleo Week 1

It’s been a difficult week only in the sense of it being Super Bowl/Mardi Gras and I’m always being invited to eat out. In New Orleans, sometimes it’s near impossible to find food that isn’t fried, breaded, come with bread, come with some other grain, or have some type of dairy. Sometimes it means I just end up eating a lot of meat. But I’ve had to be a bit flexible in the sense of cheating a bit here and there. Yup, it’s a slippery slope, but it hasn’t been too terrible. It’s more so been cheating with the grains than the dairy. Overall I’ve been pretty good, and I’ve been cooking more often. Baking and desserts have become the most interesting challenge without grains but I’ve found some interesting recipes: coconut macaroons and zucchini based brownies. Both came out amazingly! Also, I’ve started the Zcut power cardio videos. The workouts are short but intense. I have to track my weight and body measurements from week to week. I suppose I could be transparent and …

Paleo Month

I’ve been seeing a lot written about the paleo diet, about how much sense it makes evolutionarily speaking. So I’m giving in and trying it out for a month. And what does this mean? Most simply it means no dairy and no grains in my diet anymore. There’s more to it than that, and I’ve found it varies a little bit depending on who you ask–as in whether legumes and other root vegetables can be eaten (like potatoes). For my own sake, I’m going to try and just limit those two categories as opposed to eliminating them entirely, especially since my hollygrove box often comes with sweet potatoes. There’s a lot of controversy about the idea of this diet, namely that it doesn’t truly represent the “caveman’s” diet and that eating a lot of meat may not be healthy, especially grain fed meat. My thoughts are, eating considerable amounts of meat–especially fatty meats–probably isn’t the best idea. With my month, I’m going to try and eat more produce than meat, and try and stick to …