Sunday, May 9, 2010

Just say no to quesadillas and margaritas

I took my favorite relative (Great Aunt Mildred) out for an early Mother's Day dinner last night. We settled on Mexican and I was thrilled to see that staying Paleo is muy facil at this genre of eatery. She and I shared fajitas and carnitas. I asked the waiter not to bring me any beans, tortillas or rice. This request alarmed him and he went into a detailed explanation about how carnitas were traditionally eaten..blah blah blah. I stuck to my guns and convinced him to bring me a guacamole salad instead. I was able to avoid the chips and white sauce w/ promises of tasty meat in my future. Sure enough they payoff was worth the sacrifice. We tucked into a purely Paleo and 100% delicious dinner out. Later that evening I was within inches of succumbing to chocolate chip mint ice cream but THANKFULLY came upon some frozen mixed fruit in her freezer. The Caveman gods must have been watching :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

You go Costco!

Loaded up on Paleo staples at Costco today: nuts, chicken breasts, strawberries, tomatoes, dried fruits and the like. *Yum*
Observed Cinco de Mayo at breakfast with eggs, avocado and chunky salsa. Dinner was some roasted chicken and fresh berries. I'm getting in a bit of dessert by sampling the dried fruit I bought today. Half an aisle of fruit-in-a-bag and there was only ONE brand that didn't have added sugar. America: this is why you're fat.

All is well, I'm continuing to turn down temptations and forging ahead with Paleo goodness. However, I want chocolate 24/7. Girlish hormones require it, my a$$ does not.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Branching out of bounds

It's the beginning of the last full week for my 30-day Paleo challenge. I'll admit to picking up a bar of 73% organic dark chocolate w/ almonds at TJ's one night. That thing was mad delicious with some dried apricots. So I guess the hardcore challenge would now be considered an epic fail but a serving only contained 8g of sugar so I don't actually feel too guilty. Emily of 2008 would have eaten half a tub of ice cream and a slice or two of pizza in a binge moment, Emily of 2010 feasting on half a bar of chocolate and dried fruit...yeah, not so horrible.
Moving on to the moment: today I made homemade mayo! I then utilized it to make curry chicken salad which was simply shredded white meat chicken, a hint of mayo, curry powder and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts. Some scallions would have been an amazing addition but since this is meant for tomorrow's work lunch I figured I'd sell more vehicles w/ sweet breath.

Paleo Mayo

1 egg
1 tsp organic Dijon mustard
.5 tsp sea salt
1 Tbl raw apple cider vinegar
1 cup olive oil (I used EVOO but a milder pressing would fare better)

Mix the egg, mustard, salt and vinegar in your food processor for about 20 seconds then slowly start adding a bit of oil at a time. I chose to turn the machine off, pour in more oil and then continue blending rather than pour while the Cuisinart was going (less messy my way). Blend it all up and you'll get real mayo in just a minute! Goodbye Kraft