As I've started to really get a grasp of how to cook with the new ingredients in my life, I've started "winging it" more and going off the Everyday Paleo 30 day menu plan. But I'm still proceeding through it--there are just nights where I say, "We need to eat up the lettuce and bell peppers! Steak and salad night!" I've laid in a good store of meats in the freezer for spontaneous meals.
I started jumping around in the book a bit based on what I needed to use up from excess vegetables and whatnot. So here are the next items I made:
- Roasted Root Vegetables. Very good and easy! Savannah liked the parsnips!
- Everyday meatloaf. I served this to Savannah and her friend and it was a real hit. We've been eating off of it all week--this is why I move slowly through the recipe book. Too bad I forgot the eggs! Those would have helped hold it together better! Still tasted really great. Will remake with the eggs and see how much better it is.
One thing I'm doing with more enthusiasm is emphasizing vegetables as more of the plate. I realized I was giving them the short shrift. Calories from protein & fats, but sheer VOLUME from those veggies and fruits. To that end, I've made some gorgeous salads. Here's my salad from yesterday. A co-worker stopped suddenly outside my cube and said, "Joy... your salad... it is BEAUTIFUL." He's a vegetarian from India, and he could have eaten every bite of this with a happy conscience:
In my car, I have a big tupperware container of trail mix I made for the MovNat folks last week, and it has made for some lovely snacking. It came in handy tonight...
My mother went to the hospital last night, and today I went right from work to her home to pick up some comfort things for her and then go visit her. I'd had a great big lovely breakfast (chicken livers and onions with some crumbled bacon, a bunch of broccoli, and a nice green tea.
Lunch with a friend was wonderful: I got a giant hunk of bread with this amazing "Winter Root Vegetable Salad" I got at a local restaurant, and I put it aside, gobbled up this gorgeous salad... and brought the hunk of bread out to a gang of sparrows. Everybody wins.
Lest somebody reading this think I'm a meanie for having lunch with my friend when my Mum is in the hospital--my sister had it covered. I hadn't seen my friend in 6 months, and I'm taking over care of my mum for the weekend.
Anyway, straight to her house and the hospital directly after work having not had dinner. But dinner was unnecessary! I had no hunger of any noticeable degree. At 9:30, after our visit, I ate a few handfuls of trail mix just to get me through the night tonight and stave off ill-timed hunger. I'm good. It's bed time, and I'll sleep nicely and be ready to do for my mum and family as needed. This life is so much easier, bizarrely, than my past instant foods or eating out on the go life was... How is fixing all my own food easier when I'm so time-crunched? I don't quite know, but it really just is.