Daily Foodie Eats: 17/04/12

Breakfast: Coffee and cream. The usual, you know.

Lunch: Homemade turkey meatballs (ground turkey, coconut flour, egg, pesto, chopped spinach, and sundried tomato… and yes I did eat them cold. YUM). I took a photo with my blackberry but it was too terrible to share. Embarrassing!  Egg salad in a curry Pure Wrap. These are amazing raw coconut wraps that are a great sandwich wrapper and bread replacement. I first saw these on nomnompaleo.com and went on a mission for a Canadian distributor and found UpayaNaturals.com. Now these puppies don’t come cheap at $5.59 for a four pack (and that’s on sale!), but tell me this – have you ever dropped way too much coin for a fresh bakery croissant? Yes, that’s what I thought… Too rich for lunch every day, but a nice treat. I forgot to take a photo of it until I got to the very last bite. Whoops. I sincerely apologize for this horrible photo!

Also had some chopped cucumbers, red pepper and Smoky Babaganoush, and some Sunshine Sauce. I’m undecided on the sunshine sauce, although I altered the recipe to use almond butter instead of sunbutter because it’s all I had. I think I will play with it some more the next time I make it.

Snack: Piece of cold chicken from the fridge and a Larabar. I needed to get some damned food into me before we went to Costco. Costco on an empty stomach = bad.

Dinner: Shrimp, mango, avocado and salsa. Yummy.

Daily Foodie Eats: 16/04/12

So, I’m a bad bad girl. I forgot to take pictures of my food today until dinner time! So to make it up to you my devoted readers lonely, singular reader, I busted out the good camera to take some pics!

Breakfast: Coffee and cream. Yum. Some call it intermittent fasting, I call it laziness and a busy morning at work.

Lunch: Two hardboiled eggs (breakfast!), cucumber slices, another taco salad (just like yesterday’s breakfast, go look at the pic and it will be like deja-vu. I promise). I also had a mini chorizo meatloaf. I’m going to include the pic from the author because mine are decidedly less photogenic, but incredibly flavourful. This recipe is a winner! Yes Virgina, there really is a meatloaf that doesn’t taste like cat food. This is it.

Dinner: Cocoa toasted cauliflower and pork tenderloin. For the pork, I used the rest of the delicious rub I had remaining from the other day when I made The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat. Seared it up in the cast iron pan and finished in the oven. A tip about pork. Pork tastes nasty when it is overcooked. Invest in a good instant read meat thermometer. I cook a pork tenderloin to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It is okay if your pork is still a wee bit pink in the middle. Once you take it out of the oven, let it rest under some foil for 5-10 minutes. The temp will creep up to about 145. Trust me on this. And if you don’t want to trust me, trust the FDA. While I can be “anti establishment” when it comes to public policy – especially food policy (we’ll save that rant for another post, perhaps on a rainy day when I’ve had enough of procrasti-cooking), go with this recommendation for cooking the pork!

Yummy. I added some sliced tomatoes because I felt my plate was too brown. Kiddo happily scarfed the tomatoes down along with his leftover lemon parmesan risotto from the other night. The best part about this dinner is that it is all very simple ingredients that were turned into a flavourful and delicious meal just by adding spices. Spices are your friend. They can turn something mundane into something magical. This dinner took me about 30 minutes to prepare. 20 of that was spent sitting on the couch…

Snack: I dunno. But I’m sure I will munch on something later. ETA: I had an ataulfo mango. So good.

Kitchen gripe of the day: So I have this reasonably fancy-ish Venmar hoodfan. It’s great and all, but the stupid electronic control panel keeps falling into the fan housing! After a trip to my friendly Venmar dealer (read: some hole in the wall appliance repair centre in a basement of a building in backwoods Hull where I made a colleague come with me in case I got murdered and/or I was too chicken shit to speak french) the nice guy there showed me the piece and I figured out that all I had to do was open it up and slide a little lever. Great, but now I seemingly have to do it every 2 months or so. The last time I did it I didn’t turn the breaker off. Momentary lapse of reason. Whoopsie. Yes, my hand was vibrating for an hour. ha!

Smoky Babaganoush

So everyone loves hummus. But have you had its delicious cousin babaganoush? Babaganoush is an eggplant dip that is incredibly delicious. I have eaten it on occasion, but when I decided to cut out legumes and grains from my diet I went in search of a hummus replacement. That’s when it all came back to me.

This will be my lame attempt at sharing a recipe with you. I cannot follow a recipe to save my life. I measure nothing! This is why I don’t bake. Baking is a science, but cooking is an art!

Babaganoush

Yield: enough to fill two individual glass things for my lunch and half a smallish plastic container (Yeah, I told you I can’t measure…) Seriously – maybe 1.5 cups.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1/4c of lemon juice
  • a few drizzles of olive oil
  • two giant spoons of tahini (1/4c?)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • generous spoonful of cumin (YUM!)
  • sprinkle of sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash eggplant and remove dry leaves at top. Brush with olive oil. Turn on gas grill (because there is no other kind… If you have an electric stove, put it on the curb and get a gas one, Come on!) Toss eggplant on and grill until it is charred and soft. About 15-20 minutes? Watch it. It might catch fire. This would ruin your recipe. I should have taken a picture, it was beautiful. It looked kinda like these red peppers, but it was an eggplant. Use your imagination…
  2. Let cool. I let mine cool overnight because I was lazy and didn’t feel like cooking anymore.
  3. Take all ingredients. Throw them in a food processor. Puree. Add a few more drizzles of olive oil as required until the texture looks right.
  4. Eat. With a spoon, veggies, crackers if you are so inclined…. Flavour tastes best after it has chilled overnight, or for a few hours at least.

YUMMO.

p.s. Can you actually follow my recipe enough to re-create? Leave a comment and let me know. Or flame my obvious ineptitude for sharing recipes. You know what they say: Those who cannot do, teach. And those who can, well they hog their skills and don’t share with anyone else…

A Very Paleo Easter!

I hosted Easter dinner this year. Good Friday dinner, to be precise. Just a small gathering of DH, Mom, Kiddo, MIL, FIL and SIL. And yours truly, bien sur. My mom was visiting for the weekend so I took advantage of the free labour and we put our heads together and came up with a delicious menu! I tried to make it as paleo-friendly as possible, but did throw in a few non-compliant things for the guests.

  • Prime Rib with caramelized onion and red wine pan sauce
  • Sausage, fig and cranberry stuffed turkey breast roll. Heavily modified from a Barefoot Contessa recipe (used fresh cranberries, 1 cup-ish of coconut flour and almond meal instead of stuffing mix, and no brandy). This was DIVINE. I can not wait to make it again! I had extra stuffing leftover so I made a meatloaf out of it for the freezer
  • Honey roasted butternut squash (I buy it pre-chopped at Costco. It’s wonderful. No nasty icky film on your hands!). I think I added thyme. Or something.
  • Roasted broccoli (added chopped broccoli and plenty of salt and pepper)
  • Roasted root vegetable strudel (“A light butter baked pastry filled with caramelized onion and roasted winter vegetables”… Yeah, this was a locally pre-made meal I had in my freezer. I have a pipe dream of making my own business with this concept!)
  • Apple turnovers with puff pastry and whipped cream. No pics of this. We were too busy stuffing our faces with deliciousness…

Behold the somewhat paleo friendly Easter dinner in all its glory (and for the observant among you, yes, I did serve meat on Good Friday. Two types, even! Cause I’m like that…)

 

Daily Foodie Eats: 15/04/12

Breakfast: coleslaw mix topped with salsa verde, shredded chicken thighs with homemade taco seasoning, chopped avocado and a drizzle of homemade mayo just because I like playing with my not-so-fancy drizzle bottle I got at a restaurant supply store. And coffee. Mmmm…

Lunch: Meh, didn’t eat much. Had a few bites of these amazing Apple coconut waffles, but before I could snap a good photo the kiddo had dug right in. Note to self: find some better almond flour, because the only stuff I can find at Bulk Barn (almond “meal”) just isn’t cutting it! Nothing else for lunch, but I did a lot of munching while I prepped food for the week.

Dinner: Ah, this would have been much more photogenic if I had got out the real camera. Prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast stuffed with spinach and sundried tomato, spaghetti squash carbonara, braised artichokes (never again. I have never been successful in cooking a fresh artichoke!) with some garlic aioli for dipping.

Snack: fat cat plantain chips. I love these things…

Also, the excitement of the day… I snagged a great 17 cubic foot upright freezer from my basement from kijiji! Time to upgrade from the small little 5 cubic foot chest freezer that I’ve had since university. It seems so empty now. I’m shopping for a grass-fed cow to fill it up. Maybe a pastured pig to go with it!

What does this foodie eat?

Welcome!

I am persistently nagged by friends and colleagues to share my recipes for inspiration. You see, I love me some creative recipes and cooking. Despite my hectic life (full time professional, full time graduate student, wife and mom to a busy toddler!) I always make time to cook and eat. I can often be found in my kitchen procrasti-cooking or hiding out on the iPad cruising Pinterest for a new recipe. With few exceptions, I always make time for food. It’s important to me to prioritize healthy eating for my family because it makes us feel good.

With few exceptions, my eating and recipes tend to be grain-free. I follow a Paleo lifestyle, generally. I use the words “follow” and “paleo” loosely, because I follow it more as a guiding framework than an absolute prescription. I still eat dairy, and I do find myself nutritionally off-roading from time to time. I also make treats for the family and will share those recipes here as well!

So here it is, my humble little food blog, I hope it inspires someone somewhere to have a little bit of fun in the kitchen, and not look at healthy eating as a chore.

p.s. While I love food photography and do own a pretty good camera, many of the pics are blackberry or iphone photos, so I apologize for the quality. When I become a professional food blogger (ha!) I can promise that all the photos will be breathtaking. 😉