Pumpkin is the new sweet potato

Hello again friends!  I am trying to get myself more caught up, because I love to take and share pictures of food…especially food I cook!  Its been a while since I have posted any food and I honestly have forgotten a lot of recipes, but I will do the best I can for those of you who actually care.Image

Look at the steam rolling off of these beasts!

 Blueberry vanilla protein pancakes

Pancake batter:

1 scoop egg white protein powder(I usually use vanilla whey and add egg whites, I think I was out of egg whites!)

2 T Coconut flour

1 t coconut sugar (or sweetener of your choice)

1 T vanilla

about 1 t cinnamon

1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt

1 T ground flax

1 t baking soda

Vanilla almond milk to get to right texture, I used about 3/4 cup(would need less if using liquid egg whites)

blend until smooth and cooked with coconut oil spray.

I microwaved about 1/4 frozen blueberries and blended them to make my sauce.

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Goat cheese and chicken salad

One of my all time favorite meals, sometimes served as a side sans chicken

Choose how much of each you want to use, but this is:

pickled beets(read the ingredients, the most expensive ones had high fructose corn syrup…really!  365 from whole foods are just beats and pretty inexpensive)

boiled chicken breast

pecans or walnuts, can’t remember

goat cheese

greens of your choice

I used plain balsamic vinegar as my dressing, I prefer it to oil based dressing personally!

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BARBOCOA!!!!

Ermagerd this was AMAZING!  I love me some Chipotle barbacoa, so I decided to try to make it myself.  I bought some super expensive grass fed, organic beef from Whole Food’s, invited some friends over, and enjoyed a feast!

The barbacoa recipe came from Skinnytaste.com.  I didn’t follow it to a t, in fact I recall adding quite a bit more chili powder, but I like things pretty spicy.

I cooked mine in the crock pot.  It seemed like a ton of juice but once I shredded the beef and put it back in the pot it all soaked up and I ended up adding a little water.  While the beef was cooling pre-shred I added the peppers and onions to the crock pot to cook a bit and give them flavor.  I used some low carb tortillas and made a recipe for Chipotle cilantro lime rice that tasted nothing like Chipotle so I am not going to share.  It as good.  There are tons of recipes out there…google it!

Recipe and directions(straight from skinnytaste.com)

  • 3 lbs beef eye of round or bottom round roast, all fat trimmed
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • 2-4 chiptoles in adobo sauce (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 cup water

Directions: 
Place garlic, onion, lime juice, cumin, oregano, chipotles, cloves in a blender.

Trim all the fat off meat, cut into 4 inch chunks. Season with salt and pepper andbrown on high heat in 1 tsp oil on all side for about 5 minutes. Add liquefied spices, water, bay leaves and simmer on low 2 hours in a pressure cooker. (If you are making this on the stove, simmer it on low and you’ll have to double the cooking time to about least 4 hours, adding more water from time to time to make sure it doesn’t dry out.)

Once cooked and the meat is tender, remove the meat and place in a dish. Shred it with two forks, and reserve the liquid for later (discard the bay leaf). Return the shredded meat to the pot, adjust salt and cumin (you may need to add more) to taste and add some of the reserved liquid back. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes to let the flavors penetrate.

ImageI’ve been a bit obsessed with pumpkin lately.  It’s always been a fave of mine, and its easy to cook with, low in calorie and not too carby.  It’s for the most part replaced the sweet potato in my diet lately.  Anyways, I like to buy just plain, canned, pumpkin and keep it in the fridge in some tupperware to add to things like this amazing concoction above that I have made numerous versions of lately.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

1/3 ground up oats

1/3 pumpkin

1/3 nonfat greek yogurt

1 T coconut flour(today I omitted and didn’t miss it)

1/2-1 t baking soda(check the ingredients, most are not clean!)

1 t vanilla

a few shakes of pumpkin spice

1/2 C unsweet vanilla almond milk

1/2 scoop vanilla protein(I’ve been using Jay Robb)

blend it all up and cook on the griddle with your favorite fat–ghee/butter and coconut oil both work well

I’ve been wanting them a bit sweeter so I have added to the batter and after a bit of pure maple syrup( about 1/2-1 T is plenty for me!)

And for the finale:

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Chili Pumpkin Turkey Meatloaf!!

Sound weird?  It’s not.  It’s AMAZING!  For those of you who are on instragram you should follow @pbeechie.  The girl kills it.  She also has a blog called Coconut Diaries.  This is her recipe….I’m not gonna lie…I kinda missed this tonight when I ate some asian turkey lettuce wraps.  It will appear again soon for sure.

Chili Pumpkin Turkey Meatloaf
Serves: 4-6

  • 1 lb of raw 97% lean ground turkey(I ended up using 93% cuz thats what they had at Trader Joe’s and it was yummy…of course it was…more fat!!)
  • 1/2 cup of raw old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, and then place inside a bread loaf pan that’s been sprayed with nonstick spray. Allow it to bake at 350F for 35 minutes.

Per Kim’s suggestion I topped it with mustard.  I also hear its delicious in an omelet.  If you like pumpkin you should try it.

Well I’m off to bed.  EnduraCamps kicked this girls butt tonight.  Boxing was more weights, push ups, squats, lunges then boxing, but I came to sweat and that I did.  Happy 4th of July everyone!!! Until next time.

-Sara

 

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And so it begins…

Well I just finished Day 2 and so far so good!  I have yet to do my weigh in/measurements—that is coming tomorrow morning.  I will take some before photos after that happens.

I bought a lot of food yesterday and it was kind of expensive.  I’d say I spent close to $100, but a lot of it is stuff I’ll have for a while.  I did have to go to 3 grocery stores, as I refuse to do the majority of my shopping at Whole Foods…or as an employee at Trader Joe’s called it “Whole Paycheck.”  I started at Trader Joe’s, moved on to Natural Grocers and ended at Whole Foods.

Here is a photo of my shopping spree:

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My first 2 meals came from what I already had in my fridge…I was already eating Paleo for the most part so I had made myself some turkey marinara and spaghetti squash, which I had for lunch yesterday and today.  For breakfast yesterday I had Organic omega 3 eggs in ghee and bell peppers.  My dinner last night as a mexi beef recipe from “It Starts With Food.”  I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture.

I was probably hungry because I also ran 3 miles last night(and walked to and from meeting them) with my running group “Sports Bras to Sports Bars” of course I skipped the bar part despite the beautiful evening.  The run was rough due to mixture of new shoes and new humidity + the gluttony that I allowed myself over the weekend before I started my Whole30.  I am sure it will get easier 🙂  I also went to half a yoga class afterward at my gym, but I was so hungry that I left and made dinner!

Here are yesterdays meals:

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I slept really well last night with no Ambien(I occasionally take a half) and no iPad(I usually watch netflix or hulu on it in bed at night). I made an amazing dish with butternut squash after I played squash tetris yesterday afternoon.

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The squash dish is also from “It Starts with Food” and it contains pureed butternut squash with ghee, coconut milk, and a bunch of yummy spices.  Did I mention that squash dish is awesome?  I had it for breakfast and dinner today with eggs, some organic chicken sausage from Whole Foods and bell peppers.  I didn’t even miss my beloved Sriracha(I’ve been obsessed with that stuff lately!)  Lunch was the same as yesterday.

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I ran again today, but after 1.5 miles my calves were not having it and I walked the other 1.5 back home.  According to Jenny, a trainer at my gym who is an avid runner, it could just be that the new shoes changed my gate…or they may not have enough support.  Regardless I am ordering another pair of my current running shoes, the Saucony Mirage, as soon as I finish this post.

My first questionable situation will happen this weekend, as I am going to a Mother’s Day luncheon at my grandma’s retirement community on Saturday.  It is a set menu and obviously not Whole30 complient.  I discussed with my mother tonight if I just pretend to eat and move it around my plate or eat nothing…I am pretty sure my 94 year old grandma will not notice if I don’t eat it but she will not understand if they serve me nothing.  One Mother’s Day we are taking my mom to lunch and then to my cousins fiances family nursery(where I plan to come home with fresh herbs :)) and the restaurant I chose has a burger with local beef, so I will have that with onions and bacon and a side salad…no biggie!

Tomorrow I will be trying a new bootcamp at Endura Camps, and I will be eating lunch out because of work…yikes!

Thanks for reading my blog and checking in with me.  Until next time.

-Sara