Some of my latest nibbles…

Sashimi with avocado and green onion. Refreshing and yummy!
Sashimi with avocado and green onion. Refreshing and yummy!
Paleo Blueberry Coconut Pancakes
Paleo Blueberry Coconut Pancakes

Now that I can again download pictures, I will have to get more on the ball with posts again. This week, we depart on our much anticipated road trip to Yellowstone, Colorado, and Zion. It is going to be the ultimate paleo test, as I cannot rely on convenience food or processed food. I plan on making and freezing meals to put in the RV freezer (obviously, we’re not exactly roughing it). I will make a post on that before I depart. It should be interesting to see if I can make it the whole trip being 100% paleo!

Great option for snack, lunch, or a light dinner.

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This was what I had for dinner. It was easy, and it satisfied me. I really did not want to cook or have to do any serious prep work tonight and this was really perfect. I’m not sure how strict paleo the roast beef is, but I had it cut fresh at the deli, and on the deli sticker that they adhere at the time of purchase did not have any “bad” ingredients. I think I will make these again when I’m feeling lazy. You could incorporate more toppings (red onion, pickle, sprouts…).

Method: Lay out a large, thin piece of roast beef. If desired, put a thin layer of paleo mayo on top of the beef. Add thin slices of tomato and avocado. DONE!  Easy and yummy!

Crack Nuts…Vanilla Cinnamon Cashews!

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When I was making these, I had to stop myself from snacking on them while they were cooling.  Until they have cooled, they have a really weird texture.  These were also crazy easy!!! Make sure that you use parchment for easy cleanup.

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cups coconut palm sugar (1/3 white sugar, 1/3 brown sugar for the non paleo folk)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups raw organic cashews

Method:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, beat the eggs and vanilla until frothy. Add remaining ingredients, and stir gently to coat. Put the nuts on the baking sheet, and spread into a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing.

Crispy Pan Fried Garlic Ginger Chicken Wings

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We had extra wings and sauce from last night, so we thought we would give pan frying a try.  It turned out AWESOME!!!!  We loved the wings last night, but these were even better. The crunch from the batter was really awesome along with the taste of that sauce.  The sauce by itself is amazing, and I could really see using it with other meals and experimenting.

ingredients:

  • 5 lbs chicken wings (costco organic)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup tapioca or arrowroot flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup lard, duck fat (whole foods) or other paleo approved oil
  • 1/2 cup raw organic honey
  • 4 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 4×1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thin
  • 6 large crushed garlic cloves

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add lard or fat to melt. Dredge the chicken wings in egg and then the flour. Add to the skillet and cook 6 minutes on each side.  Insert a thermometer to check for doneness at 165 degrees. When one batch is complete, remove to a rack. While the chicken is cooking, combine the honey, aminos, garlic, and ginger in a small saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat. Strain over a bowl and set aside to cool and thicken. Add the chicken and sauce to a large bowl and toss to coat.  Enjoy!!!

Deviled Chicken Salad

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If you have a lot of my leftover chicken salad (one of the best recipes on this site), then here is a great option if you want to change it up.  The bacon is optional, but highly recommended. You could also use cucumber slices or just eat with a fork!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup paleo chicken salad
  • 2-4 hard boiled eggs, chopped (depending on how “eggy” you want it
  • 1 Tbsp paleo mayo
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste (optional)

Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

Crispy Garlic Ginger Chicken Wings

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These were so good that I might use the sauce with other dishes. My husband and I finished 25 of these between the two of us.  They were REALLY good! The chicken wings were organic from Costco and were already cut into the two parts of the wing and without tips.  I have no clue what the technical terms for that would be, sorry.  Unless you have a huge oven or a double oven, you will probably have to make two batches.

ingredients:

  • 5 lbs chicken wings (costco organic)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil (or other paleo friendly oil)
  • 1/2 cup raw organic honey
  • 4 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 4×1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thin
  • 6 large crushed garlic cloves

Method:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the honey, aminos, garlic, and ginger in a small saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat. Strain over a bowl and set aside to cool and thicken. In a large bowl, combine the first three ingredients. Put a rack on a large baking sheet. Put the chicken in a single layer without touching. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and brush with the sauce. Increase the oven temperature to 475 degrees and bake for 5 more minutes. Keep an eye on them as the sugar in the sauce can burn quickly. Remove from oven and enjoy!

Weight Update 6/25/14

PCOS and Paleo:

Not much weight “loss”, but you can definitely see a difference.

Originally posted on Infertility Thou Art A Heartless B!&@#:

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UPDATED: 6/25/14

I started going to barre classes 3x per week and continued with the paleo lifestyle. It actually felt pretty effortless.  Of course, I miss my pizza, bread, and pasta, and I definitely indulged on occasion.  I made sure to get right back on the wagon after the cheat. Since starting my IVF cycle, I have not “cheated” because the foods I avoid can cause inflammation (which is a big no-no in reproductive immunology).  Hoping that my next pic update has a big preggo belly!!!

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Good day all around.

Today was embryo transfer day. The number of people who reached out with positive messages was invigorating and heartwarming.  We transferred one gorgeous 3.5 day embie and we are hoping for the best. Hopefully the IVIG and neupogen wash help us to finally get our baby.  I got to babysit my adorable 3mo old niece yesterday, and my little man came with me to “help”.  He has always feared babies.  I think he finds them unpredictable and really doesn’t understand them.  He held a baby for the first time yesterday, and I got to see a totally different side of him. He was so attentive and kept checking on the baby and was being bossy about how to prepare her bottles. If he gets to be a big brother, he’s going to be damned good at it. The fingers and toes are crossed, and I am cautiously optimistic.  Since the reproductive immunology crowd is all about “inflammation”, I will be sticking with the paleo. I had been cheating on weekends, and wasn’t really too concerned because I was still feeling decent (tired but no other issues).  Since becoming more informed about inflammation and immune response (which I want to avoid) I thought it was definitely important that I not cheat at the moment and stay committed to foods that aren’t known to cause inflammation. Since I gave up the occasional cheat, I lost another five pounds in a week. Go figure.  Again, I wasn’t trying for it, but I don’t mind the side effects of paleo. 

My RE and RI also both felt that working out did not impact whether or not the embryo would “stick” so I am going to continue with the barre workouts. They are very low impact, and are good for circulation.  This is my fifth cycle, and I have sat on my butt for the last four, so maybe this will help.  Who knows. There are so many variables, that I think I just have to do whatever makes me the most SANE!

My appointment was at 12:30, and time was crawling by, so I decided to make Chorizo Sweet Potato Home Fries. These are for my husband as he has been requesting that I make paleo leftovers for him to heat at breakfast (and other meals). It was an experiment that went very well. I threw an egg on top and ate some myself so that I could take the morning meds. This is a keeper recipe.  Would probably be even better with paleo ketchup.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato (the japanese sweet potatoes are white on the inside), cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 1 lb ground chorizo (check the ingredients for non paleo items–I found mine at Nob Hill)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium red onion, diced or chopped
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (to taste)

Cook the chorizo over medium high heat in a skillet. While the chorizo is cooking, cut up the sweet potato and onion. Remove the chorizo and set aside. Add coconut oil (or other paleo oil) to the skillet and add the potato and onion.  Cook over medium-high heat until tender (but not so that it falls apart when stirring) and lightly browned. Add all remaining ingredients (except chorizo). Add chorizo and cook for an additional minutes.  Serve plain or with eggs.