Trying to get my health back. Keto is the life for me.

Hash browns, I love them, but according to some, white potatoes are not Paleo.  I have my own thoughts on that, but they are a night shade and those tend to cause me issues, some more than others.  I wanted something, not a sweet potato to try instead.  Spaghetti squash to the rescue, again!  I will have to say I was very happy with my results.  They were not at formed as the potato, but they worked and what I cooked them with made them taste awesome!  I will try and tweek them out a little more to see if there is a way to help them keep their form better.  Maybe using the dehydrated spaghetti squash would work better. 

I made the “hash browns” to go with my eggs and bacon.

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Ingredients

1 cup cooked spaghetti squash

2 shallots chopped

1/2 tsp garlic ( I love garlic)

salt and pepper to taste

bacon grease to cook with

melt bacon grease in a pan, add chopped shallots, cook until just tender.  Add chopped spaghetti squash,garlic,salt and pepper.  Cook until browned.

They do try and fall apart when you put them on the plate, but they are darn tasty!!

ImageTrying to make them square.

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If you try these and are able to keep them from falling apart let me know how you did it. If you try them and just want to let me know what you thought, please do.  All comments welcome, I love feed back!

 

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Night time and not sleeping.

We all have nights like that, where you just can’t get sleepy or fall asleep.  I have found a tea that I blend myself for my husband and myself.  My hubs jokingly calls it Auntie Janette’s Narcotea.  I will have to say it works very well and I am not going to give out the measurements.  But I will tell you what’s in it, mostly. ‘)   Catnip, spearmint, chamomile and a few other choice herbs.  It relaxes you and helps you get to sleep and stay a sleep.  Brew a cup and if you like add some local raw honey, or what ever sweetener you’d like.  If your little heart desires you may add Almond milk, coconut milk or raw dairy or even goats milk.  In the summer I cold brew it for my hubs and I.

ImageBodum single serving loose leaf tea brewing cup.

ImageTea and a touch of local Raw honey.

I was really good about posting on my 21 Day sugar detox, then I got tired of posting.  I did make it through the whole 21 days, then Thanksgiving with my family in Arkansas.  I pretty much bailed out on just eating real food and I feel like crap!!  I am sorry I stalled out on posting what I ate and went through on my 21 DSD, but I am doing it again.  I will start January 6th with the groups.  It is the first Monday of the month.  In celebration of that I am eating real food today!  It’s not 21 DSD compliant unless you work out or are pregnant or nursing.  I am none of the above!!  I will attempt to purchase the new 21 DSD cook book, but since funds are low, it may not happen in time for the start.  Okay, here are my breakfast pictures below.

ImageHomemade organic apple sauce sprinkled with a touch of cinnamon.  I took all the apples I had and chopped them up, put them in my crock pot and let them cook on low over night.  Nothing added to them at all, skins left on.  I let them cool a little and put them in my Blendtec blender on the soup setting.

ImageFarm fresh eggs and bacon with sweet potato hash browns.  Cooked in, yes bacon grease!!   J.E.R.F. = Just eat real food.  I really need to stay focused on that!!!

Gallon of goodness

Gallon of goodness

Today I spent all day cooking for something called a meal train.  There is a family, man wife and two children.  He is undergoing Chemo treatments and mom is busy working and taking care of two kiddo’s 6 years and 3 months.  A meal train is something that someone sets up and people volunteer to make and take a meal.  I volunteered and wanted to take enough over so there would be a good amount for left overs as well.  I made Paleo Turkey Pot Pie Soup.  It’s been a little cold here so I wanted to make something comforting, warming, filling. nurturing, tasty and above all healthy.  I just have to say, Turkey’s have HUGE wings!  I got one wing and it weighed 2 pounds.  Their thighs are pretty darn spectacular as well, huge heavy and very meaty weighing it at over 3 pound each.  The night before I make the soup, I put in my crock pot the turkey parts, 3 carrots to line the crock pot, 1 onion whole, one large bunch of garlic whole, 2 tsp sea salt, black pepper and 2 TBS Apple Cider vinegar.  I woke up at 4:00 am and I had turned my handy crock on to defrost to start off, so I switched to to low at 4:00 am.  When I got to the nitty gritty at 8:00 am the house smelled divine.  I turn my crock off and let pulled the turkey meat and parts out to cool.  I strained the broth into my largest soup pot and began chopping and dicing vegetables.  I use cauliflower puree and full fat coconut milk to thicken my Pot Pie soups.  This gives it a very creamy thick gravy like consistency and a extra few servings of vegetables.  The best part is you can sneak the hated cauliflower past children and husbands easily without their knowledge.  

I also decided to make a roll to go with this hearty soup and decided on the Herb drop biscuits in the 21 DSD book.  I will tell you, you need these biscuits in your life!  They are now on my Thanksgiving list!  I will have to tell you though, if you want the recipe you will have to by the book, sorry I can’t give it out.  But what I can do is show you a picture of mine.

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Herb drop biscuit form the 21 DSD Book.

I was so busy running around and cooking that I was not hungry again.  I don’t know if this is good or bad, but I’m just going to let my body choose when it wants to eat.  I really didn’t have much today.

Breakfast was a Bullet Proof Coffee\

Lunch was 1 cup of  fut fat organic Kolona cottage cheese 

snack was 2 ounces Grass fed Cheddar cheese and small handful of pistachio’s

Dinner

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turkey pot pie soup and herb drop biscuits.

I will post the recipe for the soup as another post, so this one doesn’t get too long

 

I started my morning with my usual Bullet Proof coffee, with my additions.  16 ounces of hot dark roast coffee, 2 TBS Kerry Gold unsalted butter 1 tsp cinnamon and organic heavy cream.  put all that in my Blendtec blender and it’s just like a Latte!  I have tons of phone calls I make and errands to get done.  I get that done and move to time to fuel my body.  I have two Buffalo Chicken Egg muffins and a 1/2 cup of cinnamon roasted Butternut squash.  I have to show some love to Balanced Bites for this!  Here is the link for the recipe,  and the site.  I highly recommend the book!!!  http://balancedbites.com/2013/02/easy-recipe-buffalo-chicken-egg-muffins.html

I go to see my Chiropractor today, but thought I’d take care of getting the shopping done for my Angel Tree gift.  It’s 1:00 in the afternoon on a Wednesday and the whole city of Dallas decided they were going shopping at Walmart.  Needless to say, I left empty handed and had just enough time to get to my 3:00 p.m. visit.  I leave Dr. Cox’s office feeling awesome and go to get what I need for the Angle Tree. I munch on a small handful of pistachio’s on my way to Hades/ Walmart.   As I’m finishing up my visit to Hades,  I mean Walmart, I realize, I haven’t eaten much today.  I remember that I had gotten some really good sugar free Nitrate and Nitrite free Chicken breast from the deli at my favorite scary store and I go get some.  I grabbed a bunch of green tipped banana’s while I’m there.  I pay for my items get in the Black Beast ( Dodge Ram, I love this truck, btw!!!)  And munch on some meat and a banana on my way home, in RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC!  I get home and figure I’d better have something else to eat today.  I go into my kitchen and literally throw together a really tasty soup.  I will give the details below, after I show off my epic brunch.

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Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins with Blue Cheese and oven roasted cinnamon butternut squash .

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Egg Drop Buffalo Chicken soup with Turmeric.

 

Basic ingredients, since I didn’t measure anything.  I just kind of threw this together.

4 cups chicken bone broth ( I make mine salt free)

1 cup shredded buffalo chicken

1 cup organic baby spinach

1 cup Trader Joe’s frozen Parisian carrots

3 green onions

1 tsp garlic granules

1/2 tsp sea salt

fresh ground black pepper

1 egg

Bring broth to a boil add carrots, green onions and bring back to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients and bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Beat egg well and bring soup back to a boil and slowly add egg while mixing soup vigorously.

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before egg is added

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Dinner is ready!

I started out my day really slow and mellow.  Then I put my head phones on and BOOM!!!!  Energy and focus became mine.  I went and did my errands, went to the store and found what I needed.  Once I got home I started cooking.  I opened my 21 DSD book and decided to make the Buffalo Chicken Egg muffins.  I will give you the link below for the recipe.  Lunch was given to my by my BFF Tiffany, who lives across the street from me.  So no pictures of that today!  Level one on the 21 DSD allows dairy and cheeses, full fat raw milk or at the very least Organic.  Yes there is a reason I put that in here.  I put my chicken in the oven to cook and continue with the recipe.  I love the finished product so much I had it for dinner tonight.  Let me show you what I made.

Image6 of the 16 it makes and they are very tasty. here’s another shot, the close up

ImageI have an idea for a modification.  I’m going to add just a few Blue Cheese crumbles to it next time I make it.

What I ate today,

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Coco monkey shake and soft boiled eggs with Kerry Gold butter and Turmeric.

Lunch there is no picture and I wish there was because it was awesome.  Tiffany made Spaghetti squash lasagna!

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Baked butternut squash with cinnamon and Buffalo Chicken Egg muffins.  they are in the book and on Balanced bites web site, which I am going to give you the link for!

http://balancedbites.com/2013/02/easy-recipe-buffalo-chicken-egg-muffins.html

I’m starting to feel like I am consumed with nothing but preparations for the 21 DSD so I don’t slip up or fail!  Yesterday I had a case of the I don’t want to do anythings.  That put me leaving the house to go to Costco at 4:30 p.m.  I had taken out the eggs I needed to make one of the recipes in the 21 DSD book and it was so late by the time I got home, I ate them for dinner.  I will say though I got side tracked at J.C. Penny’s buying Christmas gifts.  I am happy to say, all the females on my list that are in Texas are done!!!  And a bonus two guys are taken care of as well.  I did get my DH something for his birthday, December 8th 🙂 , now I only have the DH, my sister and husband, mom, mom in law and two brother in law’s left.  And last but not least the 3 teen nephews and one new nephew!  The teens get cash, so they are pretty much taken care of as well.  Not a lot of food pictures for the 8th day, but I will list what I had where there is not pictures.

ImageCarrot pumpkin muffins topped with Kerry Gold Butter and Almond butter , BACON!!!!!

ImageNot very hungry, so I had Kalona full fat cottage cheese and Greek tomato cucumber salad.

 

Dinner was 4 scrambled eggs and Brussel sprouts Tiffany gave me.  I snacked on 1 ounce of cheese and pistachio’s when I shopped.  That’s it for today.

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