This month it is all about the macros. Macros are the proteins, fats, and carbs that make up your meals every day. I began by calculating the macros I would need, in the article I linked previously, to meet my goal. I then dowloaded myfitnesspal so I can track everything I eat. Myflitnesspal has a huge database of food, as well as, a barcode scanner for ease of use in grocery stores.
After these initial steps I thought…ok now what do I eat..?
Unlike Whole30, Paleo, or Keto there aren’t terribly strict guidelines of the do and don’t eats. The general idea is eat clean. I can have whole grains again, and chickpeas, and soy, and really anything in my previous diets. This thought was both exciting and overwhelming to me. I enjoyed being regimented. I liked the idea that I always knew what was in or out. I decided to treat this diet like an indecisive taste testers dream and pull recipes from all of my favorite diets in the past. As long as I am hitting the macros I have predetermined and fully documenting in my food diary I will have succeeded.
That brings us to last nights dinner. I can’t tell you the exact moment over the weekend I fixated on Chicken Piccata but I could not get it off my brain. Unfortunately, I do not have any ghee left, which I prefer over butter, and I am out of white wine (a nasty surprise I will have to remedy soon). Which led me to create something in homage to the traditional piccata but with a paleo twist. I used almond flour instead of white flour and olive oil instead of butter. I also chose to use chicken thighs instead of breasts. If you use breasts just adjust the cook time accordingly.
Let me tell you, this creation was stellar. The kind of dish that you look at reverently as you pack it away for tomorrow’s lunch and then wake up super excited to eat it…or maybe that’s just me.
Either way, try it out! I made it with broccoli rice that I bought at Trader Joes. When the chicken was done I fished as many capers as I could out and added the “rice” for 5-7 minutes until heated through. The flavors of the chicken and sauce incorporated into the rice were superb.
Last week marked the end of Paleo. I am a huge fan of this diet choice. It was so easy to implement and maintain. I feel like I had incredibly balanced and diverse meals all month. I was able to go out to eat easily and I could see being on this diet long term.
During Paleo I was able to indulge my obsession with a particular favorite smoothie establishment, Zest. There is something about a good smoothie that really sets you up for an awesome day. There is one smoothie in particular made with cold brew coffee that I adore. Unfortunately, my love for this smoothie does not match my budget so I was inspired to get creative. I did a little research and some shopping and decided to make my own version of this smoothie at home.
It look a few tries but I am now able to make an acceptable copycat of both The Fix and the Happy Almond Smoothie. These smoothies are not only delicious but also filling and will give you a ton of energy to start your day.
This week begins my Ketogenic Diet experiment so look for some fun High Healthy Fats/ Low Carb recipes to come this month!
Let me know if you try the smoothies and absolutely check out the real deal at Zest!
I always joke that Professional Bridesmaid is something that will go on my tombstone because I have been in quite a few weddings in the past few years. I love weddings though and being involved in the process is a joy. Last weekend two of my favorite people got married and along with being in their wedding I was also their rehearsal dinner caterer. What a cool cucumber bride to take a chance and let a complete novice with a dream have a huge opportunity.
Needless to say I was a bit of a basket case last week but the rehearsal dinner went off extremely well. I was also able to maintain my Paleo diet through most of my menu which was very nice. Outside of all the meal prepping for the weekend my weekday meals fell a bit by the wayside. Shoutout to Whole Food’s hot and salad bars for one or two visits and a few quick meals I was able to throw together including this incredibly tasty curry! Next time I make it I am subbing shrimp for the chicken but the overall taste was incredible.
Now that I have entered my last week of Paleo with a couple pounds of leftovers I have had to get creative, but hey at least no meal prep necessary! Last night’s dinner was a revelation with pulled pork, vinegar based coleslaw, and an egg. It had that amazing breakfast for dinner feel with the egg and will definitely be repeated.
What are your favorite leftover recipes?