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Slightly obsessed with sweet potatoes

13 Sep

I FINALLY completed a Whole 30 in August! Yay me! I’m crediting it partly to my new found love for sweet potatoes. 

I work long hours on the weekends as a bartender of a busy Mexican restaurant. In my past attempts of the Whole 30, I generally ended up crashing and burning after one of these long weekends. I realized that lack of proper planning was mostly to blame. I would fail to fuel my body during these chaotic hours which would leave me hungry and tired and reaching for sugar. After two or three times falling off the wagon on a Sunday night because I was over-worked and under-fed, I knew I was going to have to really make sure I made time to prep SOMETHING, anything really, and make time to eat it, before I got to the “just eat all the damn cookies at 11pm” hungry point. With 2 kids and a busy schedule, that was easier said than done but I managed to come up with a quick easy meal that I could bulk prep on Fridays and it would last me the weekend.

Behold : A meal with no name

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This first picture is about as simple as it gets. Before work I cooked up some grass fed ground beef with salt and pepper, probably some garlic and onion powders. When I got to work, I “baked” a sweet potato in the microwave. (Stab it repeatedly with a fork or knife, pretending it’s your bosses face if you happen to be annoyed with him, this day, I was. Then cook about 6 to 8 minutes.) I added a dab of ghee and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice. Seriously good stuff here.

By this second picture I had gotten a little bit fancier. I added onions, garlic, bell peppers and spinach to my ground beef. And of course, I still brought along ghee and pumpkin spice for my sweet potato. Holy yum! It’s my favorite combo, maybe ever. This day I brought zucchini, summer squash, and red bells and used the grill at work to cook them. How did I not think of this before??? Since then I’ve even brought steak and pineapples to grill.

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So, just to recap.

1. Cook up a couple pounds of ground meat, adding whatever veggies and seasonings you like.

2. Bake a sweet potato, add tons of ghee and pumpkin spice.

3. Combine all that business and enjoy

Meals for days.

You’re welcome.

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We all start somewhere…

2 Feb

It’s day one of my whole 30. I’ve started contributing post to a wonderful sight http://greenokla.com/. I’d like to be able to share my recipes and insight with even more people!  If you would like to check out my latest recipe, it’s featured on their site. http://greenokla.com/2013/01/chicken-alfredo-with-roasted-broccoli-and-spaghetti-squash/

I really want to get on track with my paleo/primal lifestyle. Eliminate the junk that keeps sneaking in. I decided to do a Whole 30 for 2 reasons. 1. I wanted to write about it and 2. I’ve really been wanting to do it for a while. It’s a month of a pure eating clean. Meat, veggies, fruit, nuts. No bread, no dairy, no sugar, no cheating! When I eat a little sugar here, or a piece of bread there, I’m usually fine. As time moves on it becomes a little more often and I start noticing changes. Aches and pains, swollen feet and hands, not sleeping well, constantly fatigued, and just a generally sense of blah! I’m excited to feel better, lose a few pounds, and create amazing  recipes using the Whole 30 concept. Sometimes I lack discipline keeping to things and it’s something I’d really like to change. I want to do the whole 30 to prove to myself I can. I want to write about it to hold myself accountable as well as share with you all my challenges and triumphs. My introduction will be published on site tomorrow morning, I know you can’t wait for that! I’ll also being doing daily-ish blogs here, about what I ate and how I feel.

For me the first day, even days, are always the easiest. It’s a few days in it gets really hard for me. I did have one moment of Ehhh tonight. I bar tend at a mexican restaurant and it’s not uncommon to snack on chips and queso/salsa and it really sounded good tonight.  (disclaimer: if my boss is reading this, then it’s very uncommon, in fact I never, ever snack on anything during work. That would be against the rules, which I would never break any of. And also your butt looks nice in those pants.)

Also a co-worker of mine, a particular favorite, got a promotion! I’m so happy for her! I immediately thought ” We need to have drinks and celebrate!” No booze on the whole 30 thought. Booooo! So instead of talking about what all I can’t have, let me tell you what I did have. Some pretty amazing stuff here. Sorry there aren’t any pictures. I failed on that. I didn’t really think about it but I will do better tomorrow, promise!

First thing, I wake up have 2 cups of coffee, do my morning chores. I like my coffee black, so this isn’t a tough one for me. I occasionally add half and half, but it’s definitely something I can live without.

Next up, a green smoothie. I prepackage a sandwich baggy stuffed with spinach and kale, get as much air out as I can, and freeze for the week. I add one of those to my blender, add some frozen pineapple, mixed berries, dark cherries, 2 kiwi, and grate a thumbnails worth of ginger. I brewed a cup of green tea prior and after letting it cool, added that as well. I blend on high for a minute or 2. I let it really mix and liquify everything well. Drink up! The above recipe will make about 5 cups of smoothie. I split it pretty equally between my 2 kids, myself, and my lady love Jo Anna, who I was lucky enough to get to spend time with today.

Snacky Snack: Handful of grapes I was feeding the baby  child.

For “lunch”  This happens around 4pm. I work at 5pm most days so if I don’t eat before I find myself eating at work, which is not paleo or waist friendly. Today I cooked up something amazing, simple, and delicious. There were 7 ingredients, that’s including the salt and pepper. You’ll also need olive oil, chicken, garlic, broccoli, lemon. It took me less than 10 minutes to prep and about 20 minutes in the oven. This one is a keeper!

1. Turn oven on 400F

2. smash and chop your garlic

3. cut your broccoli and chicken into bite size pieces

4. toss chicken, garlic, and broccoli in olive oil

5. season with salt and pepper

6. cook for 20 minutes

7 . squeeze lemon over your lunch, add a bit more olive oil and toss again

8 . Enjoy!

I also had a few cups of green tea including one right now. It was a pretty good day. I look forward to making the chicken and broccoli again. I probably will be making it a lot actually. I love simple recipes that only use a few ingredients and are quick!

Hope you enjoy following me along my journey!

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