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21 DSD Day 5, still hanging on!

I haven’t really noticed anything different, no major mood swings, no carb flu, no break outs.  I do tend to not be as hungry as I was.  What I did notice is when I finally do get hungry I am HANGRY, ( hungry and angry) and a little, okay a lot mean.  I tend to get caught up in what I’m doing and since I don’t get little hunger pains, when I am hungry it’s really late.  

I have my bullet proof coffee every morning one hour after I take my thyroid medication.  Which has been 16 ounces of hot coffee 2 TBS unsalted Kerry Gold butter, 2 TBS Raw cream and either cinnamon or cacao powder.  Today just plain, no added spices.   I will usually have some breakfast around 10:00 to 11:00 which I have been on a smoothie kick lately.  I have pictures and will list ingredients.  Then I get errands and chores done.  The last week almost two, that has included taking care of a sick husband and some really fun dogs I have been dog sitting.  I have been letting my time management skills go to the dogs!  I have been having a lot of fun playing and loving on these three sweet pups and time has just swooshed by.  I’m going to miss my daily visits with them!  Then after playing with the bff’s gang, I have to show my own rotten children extra love, because they can smell that I have been cheating on them.  I notice wow, it sure seems late.  And that’s when it hits.  It’s 8:00 p.m. and I need to eat before I start gnawing on my own leg.  I muster up the umph to cook myself some dinner.  Let me tell you my inner brat is screaming, just go to Chipotle and get food!  I even heard the call of McDonald’s and I can’t eat McDonald’s without getting very, very sick.  But the lazy brat in me doesn’t seem to care.  I usually shut that little bad girl up by nibbling on a 1 ounce piece of grass fed cheese while I throw dinner together.  Because believe it or not, throwing together some real food and cooking it is a lot faster than, getting in your car, driving to what ever bad for you and expensive drive through you can get to is.  

I will admit, I don’t know if I will be posting every day or every other day like I said I was going to try to.  Life is full of surprises and sometimes we all just get busy.  I am making myself take pictures of most if not all of my meals.  That is what helps keep me accountable and reminds me of what is good and not so good.  Okay, here comes the pictures of food I ate for day 5.

Image2 eggs fried in bacon grease and my now favorite smoothie Coco Monkey Smoothie.  The recipe is in the 21 DSD book.

here’s how it looks going together.

ImageAvocado and frozen green tipped banana.

ImageAlmond milk, cacao, Almond flour and cinnamon.

ImageGrass fed ground beef stir fry.  Fast easy and leaves a lot of left overs.

1 cup snow peas

1 pound grass fed ground beef

1 cup sliced mushrooms

3 cups Tri-colored coleslaw mix

1/4 cup finely diced white onion

granulated garlic

black pepper

sea salt

Red Boat Fish sauce

Coconut Aminos

brown beef until almost done, just a little pink left, then add the rest of the ingredients.  Cook until ground beef is done, no longer pink.  Continue to cook until vegetables are crisp tender or however you prefer them.  Drain off excess water from vegetables and add Coconut Aminos and Fish Sauce.

Imageeasy peasy fast quick and in a hurry stir fry.

ImageDinner was left overs and a epic steamed Artichoke served with garlic butter for dipping.

 

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Daikon radish, fries??

A really quick tasty treat!  I got two really big daikon radishes in my co-op basket and I didn’t really want a salad with my boiled shrimp.  I peeled the radishes and sliced them up like fries.  I pan sauteed them in coconut oil until brown on all sides. I used tongs to turn them so they wouldn’t break.  Put them on paper towels to drain added sea salt and fresh ground pepper and well gosh, I like them.  They are not crispy and seem a little moist in the middle, but they are good. So if you excuse me I’m going to eat my radish fries before they get cold.

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Paleo Chicken pot pie soup, OMG!!!! Love at first bite

chicken pot pie soup

I had seen a recipe for a very tasty sounding soup, the problem was it was a SAD recipe. I decided right then to make it Paleo/Primal and the kitchen chemistry began. What I ended up making is something I will make over and over again! I am very happy with my results and hope you enjoy it as much as my DH, poor next door neighbor and I did. This is a dairy,grain, tuber and night shade free recipe. I will call it Chicken pot pie soup.
Ingredients
1 small head of cauliflower
1 large parsnip
1/2 pound of fresh green beans
3 carrots
1 stalk of celery
1/3 of a small red onion
2 Portabello mushrooms
1 can of full fat coconut milk
1 TBS chopped fresh thyme
1/8 tsp garlic granules
1 pound cooked chicken chopped
4 cups chicken bone broth
fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste
Rice your cauliflower in the food processor and cook until tender. Puree cooked cauliflower with a little of the coconut milk set aside.
Dice all of your vegetables into small pieces and put into a large soup pot. Add your chicken broth, chopped thyme and bring to a boil, continue to simmer on lower heat until all vegetables are tender. Add diced cooked chicken and heat thoroughly. Add pureed cauliflower, coconut milk and garlic stir very well. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes to reduce and thicken sauce, add salt and pepper to taste.

To make it seem more pot pie like, you could put it in a oven proof bowl and add more pureed cauliflower on top and bake until it browns a little. Please let me know if you make this and how it turns out for you.  Comments are welcome and encouraged!

Imagericed cauliflower

Imagecarrots and parsnips diced

Imagegreen beans

Imagediced veggies

Imagefinished chicken pot pie soup

Beef vegetable soup, Paleo and comforting.

beef soup

I knew we were going to get a little cold snap this week/ weekend and I decided I really wanted a good pot of Beef and vegetable soup. I went and gathered yesterday and hit the jackpot on great prices. At Whole Foods Market they have Portabella mushrooms on sale for 2.99 a pound. I will go back today and get some more of those, maybe try my hand at dehydrating them and make a Sheppard’s pie, also called Cottage pie.  I got grass fed ground beef for 4.99 a pound and yes I stocked up! Parsnips, I have never tried them so I got three really healthy looking ones. I hate cutting onions so I cheated and bought organic red onion already chopped at Whole Foods, as well as celery and a bag of organic baby carrots.  I have found that no matter what, if I buy a bunch of celery, most of it goes bad before I can use all of it. Maybe I should dehydrate some and then try using it in a soup or casserole.  My wonderful and dear friend across the street gave be a beautiful bunch of Asparagus.

 Here is the how to do it part and the what I put in it, I am trying very hard to write down what I throw in my recipes because I really just go into the kitchen, throw stuff together and hope for the best! 

1 large peeled chopped parsnip

1/2 bag of baby carrots chopped

1 bunch of fresh asparagus chopped

1/3 lb of organic celery chopped

1/3 lb organic red onion chopped

2 Portabello mushrooms chopped

1 lb grass fed ground beef

1 piece cooked nitrate and nitrite free bacon

64 oz. organic beef broth

4 bay leaves

4 tsp garlic granules

2 tsp sea salt

2 TBS grass fed butter ( sub coconut oil or bacon grease if you don’t eat dairy)

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp Herb mix ( rosemary,parsley,oregano,basil,mint,sage and thyme)

I got this at Aldi’s it’s called Country Herb mix. It has a very trace amount of sea salt in it too.

Place all of your chopped vegetables, except mushrooms, in a soup pot and add 32 ounces of broth and spices, cook on medium high heat uncovered. Brown ground beef, drain and set aside.  Place butter or other cooking fat in sauce pan add chopped mushrooms and cook until desired consistency.  Once vegetables are very tender and broth has cooked down to barley covering them, add the other 32 oz, of broth, browned ground beef, chopped cooked bacon and mushrooms. Simmer for about a hour on lowest heat possible. Taste and make any spice adjustments needed for your tastes. If you make this please let me know how you liked it. Comments are welcome!!

I had also bought a yellow and zucchini squash, but decided to save those for Cottage pie.

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Trying out a recipe for treats to take to my produce sort this week.

A really simple quick treat to make for friends, family and neighbors. This is a much better option than any other sweet treat you can find or buy. All Paleo friendly ingredients too.

1 cup Almond butter ( no sugar added)

1 farm fresh egg

1/4 cup raw honey

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup chocolate chips ( I used enjoy life, no soy,dairy ect)

Mix all but the chocolate chips together well. Add chocolate chips and using a spoon drop onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Cook for 8 to 10 minutes in a 350 degree pre-heated oven. Cool for how ever long you can stand it and enjoy.

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