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WIAW: Lately

12 Jun

Peas and Crayons

I really don’t usually participate in What I Ate Wednesday but I have ALL these food pics just sitting on my phone. I don’t have a day’s worth of eats, just some yummy stuff I’ve made lately that I thought was worth sharing.

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This meal was a throw together that ended up being SO good

Grilled zucchini with a runny egg smothered in avocado basil pesto and tomatoes. OMGG

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Yummy lunch last week- grass fed burger with grilled zucchini and rutabaga hash. Rutabaga is sautéed in coconut oil and mixed with shredded coconut.

 

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One dinner last week- slow cooker beef shanks with roasted broccoli. I LOVE roasting broccoli or cauliflower in the oven with garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil.

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Breakfast ( I guess I kind of went backwards) Saturday. Coconut rutabaga hash again with two drippy eggs. You have got to try rutabaga hash if you haven’t. Better than potatoes.

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Fancy stem less wine glasses I got for my shower made their first appearance Friday night!

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Delicious and colorful salad on Sunday with hard boiled egg, tomatoes, roasted/grilled peppers, banana peppers and scallions. YUM!

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And I’ll leave you with the picture of the cupcakes I made for my kids Monday. I held my ground and didn’t eat one but they were devoured in no time. Two more days of school left ! Happy yet a little sad.

Most of my food pictures look nasty, but trust me they tasted good. I always feel inadequate in the ‘great looking food’ dept when it comes to blogging.

Anyone else feel the same way? Food looks nasty but tastes good?!?!

5 ‘weird’ healthy foods you should eat

17 Mar

Through my experiences with healthy eating, and most recently trying to switch to a Paleo/Whole 30 diet, I have been trying and enjoying some really delicious fruits and veggies I had previously ignored. I definitely go through phases…once I find something I love I buy it incessantly…until I find a new obsession!

Most people don’t look twice if they see things like Twinkie, unnatural orange colored ‘cheese’ poofs, or boxed mashed potatoes on your plate. These things are completely processed, man made and contain little nutrients. Start showing up to lunch hour with a variety of fresh veggies, however, and you will elicit curios stares. People may even ask “What IS that stuff”??”

It’s unnerving to be singled  out for just trying to eat healthy and eating whole, nutritious, real food. And it’s weird that people think it’s weird. The more you eat processed, sugared-up junk the more your body gets used to it and makes you turn your nose up at less common fruits and veggies. But I realized as you start eating more and more whole natural foods your body learns to appreciate the natural flavors this food has to offer. Here are five you should add to your diet or at least give a try:

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1. Rutabaga:

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Shredded rutabaga

I already blogged about my coconut rutabaga pancakes, but this potato-like veggie can be used for so much more! It has a subtle, crispy, carrot-like taste. As a root vegetable, you could use this for anything you would use a potato for: mashed or pureed, shredded as hash browns, or roasted with some herbs in the oven. It’s high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and only has 50 calories per cup!!!

2. Plantains

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I have recently fallen in love with this starchy fruit! It can be best described as a cross between a banana and potato. When green, plantains can be used as more of a potato substitute- boiled and mashed, roasted in the oven, or used as the ‘pasta’ element in a lasagna. Riper, brown or yellow plantains work well used more like a banana- caramelized in sugar and drizzled with chocolate.

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I fried mine in coconut oil and dark chocolate balsamic vinegar for breakfast!

3. Kale

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I’ve seen more and more kale popping up on blogs…so I know it’s becoming popular. It’s a leafy, bitter green that tastes amazing sautéed with garlic and onion. It’s very low in calories and also very high in calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron. It goes great with runny eggs as a breakfast or as a side for dinner! It can also be eaten raw, or made into a pesto. Try to buy organic whenever possible.

4. Parsnips

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A cousin to the carrot, parsnips are another way to spice up your nightly veggies. Another root vegetable, they can be roasted in the oven with carrots, or pureed and used as a potato substitute. They’re high in fiber, potassium and magnesium.

5. Squash

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There are so many varieties of squash…..you’ll never get bored! Use spaghetti squash as a pasta substitute, butternut squash in place of potatoes or pasta, and zucchini, acorn or summer squash as a side dish to dinner. The possibilities are endless!

Butternut squash is my favorite because it’s so versatile. Favorites I’ve made are butternut squash fries, cinnamon and nutmeg crockpot mashed butternut squash, and butternut squash lasagna!

 

So put down the Twinkies and pick up one of these options next time you’re at the grocery store. The worst that can happen is you won’t like it! But I bet you’ll find at least one that makes a regular appearance on your plate.

Nutritional Info: Caloriecount.com

What weird healthy foods do you eat that prompt awkward stares from people around the lunch table?

Coconut Rutabaga Pancakes

2 Mar

Today I discovered my next veggie obsession: rutabagas. I picked one up yesterday while killing time in the best grocery store ever- Wegmans- it’s like our Trader Joes. Since I made another trip to Buffalo the over day I just had to stop there….and mill around for as long as possible. They are a great potato substitute so anything where you would normally eat white potatoes you bring this little guy in.

My objective was to make this recipe from Paleomg (one of my favorite) for rutabaga egg nests. It was a success, and it was delicious, but I discovered something amazing while doing it. I shredded my rutabaga in the food processor then used coconut oil for frying the nests.When taste testing the rutabagas, I discovered that shredded rutabaga fried in coconut oil tasted like….shredded coconut! Boom.

Shredded rutabaga

Shredded Rutabaga

I started thinking about how I could take advantage of this. But I foresee lots of experiments with the rutabagas in the future.

My first experiment- obviously pancakes. They were more savory than sweet but after the fact I am envisioning all sorts of alternative toppings.

 

Paleo Coconut Rutabaga PancakesCoconut Rutabaga Pancakes

Serves 1

1 cup shredded rutabaga (I peeled mine and ran it through the shredder attachment on my food processor)

2 eggs

1 scant tablespoon coconut flour

1 tablespoon coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

salt/pepper

2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter (Must be coconut flavored. If not, add coconut extract)

**You might want to consider adding sweetener (some stevia or honey). I didn’t because I’m currently not eating sugar or sugar substitutes.

– Put your eggs in a medium bowl and beat until mixed. eggs

Wegman’s eggs are far superior

– Add scant tablespoon of coconut flour and coconut milk and mix.

-Add the cinnamon, nutmeg,  S&P, and sweetener if using.

-Fold in your rutabaga until well mixed.

-Place some coconut butter on your griddle (heated to 350) and let it melt.

-Spoon about 1/4 of the mixture on top of the butter and press down with a spatula. Repeat with the remaining mix, making sure to put more oil down before each one (I made four pancakes).

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– Let cook for 4-5 minutes on each side.

-I topped mine with sunbutter.

Can’t wait to make them again tomorrow. They were great, but they probably could have used that added sweetener. I could even top them with a natural made syrup to get some sweetness in. Next time!

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Ate them with a side of kale

What’s the best thing you’ve made so far this weekend??

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