My mom made gluten free bread and tomato soup. We also had Greek salad, and beforehand some brie and fig jam on gluten-free crackers. <3
Tonight I roasted a chicken using Ina Garten’s recipe and it was fucking fabulous and it looks like a goddamn Food Network prop chicken or something it’s that beautiful. I almost hated to cut into it.
I subbed tiny red potatoes and some whole cremini mushrooms for the onions and fennel, because I don’t do onions or fennel. I also added a few garlic cloves and lemon wedges to the vegetables, since it all wouldn’t fit in the chicken.
It tasted as good as it looked.
I thought I posted this back in October, but apparently it’s been sitting in my drafts this whole time! Oops.
So here’s my lunch last Friday, where I did not follow the detox rules.
This is from a place I’ve always wanted to go to, but I’ve never made it over there and it’s also a hair out my price range. My aunt was in town for business and wanted to go to lunch, so we went there because I knew she’d love it. (This was planned before I even started the detox, so I knew going in that for this one meal I was going off the protocol.)
I had a Green Juice (kale, swiss chard, bok choy, cucumber, parsley, celery, leaf lettuce, ginger and apple). This was completely detox-friendly and I thought it was delicious, but it’s an acquired taste. My aunt tried a sip and hated it, but I’ve had similar drinks before. My friend Holly makes them all the time.
For my meal I had Beet & Arugula salad. (Balsamic marinated roasted red beets served over arugula and spring greens tossed in maple balsamic vinaigrette, topped with candied walnut encrusted goat cheese, avocado and sun-dried cherries.) This was not quite as detox friendly but it was one of the best salads I’ve ever had in my life. I ate every bite, and went back to work happy.
I went right back to the detox plan with the next meal, and have not eaten any “no” foods since then. It was a nice treat, and I enjoyed it, and then I got on with my life. No guilt. :)
1. Spinach artichoke dip, with fabulous pita chips they fry up and sprinkle with Parmesan right before they bring them to your table. This is a thing I never had much interest in until I had this version. Totally worth the gluten hangover the next day.
2. Prime rib, asparagus, garlic mashed potatoes.
3 & 4. Boston cream pie, whole and sliced.
Anonymous asked: What sort of grill do you use? I have an apartment and am looking into getting an itty bitty one.
I have a grill but I almost never use it because it’s a propane one and I’m terrified of it. I use a plain old stove and a Le Creuset grill pan. I love that thing.
(I’m sure there are other, less expensive versions available. Mine was a gift from my mother.)
If you buy a grill pan, I strongly advise you to also buy a brush to clean it with, because that sucker is a bitch to get clean without one.
Today is the last day! \o/
Some meals from this week. I’ve been eating a lot of the same stuff over and over, so not taking pictures.
1. Steak with roasted broccoli and cauliflower. This was fantastic, and I had it for several different meals, lunches and dinners, last week.
2. Fried eggs over roasted asparagus. Also had this several times.
3. Friday night I went out to dinner with my parents and they wanted to go to one of my favorite restaurants. (DAMN IT.) I had the broiled cod, which comes with homemade fries and coleslaw. I ate all the fish, the best fries in the pile, and some of the coleslaw. I love butter, and since I hadn’t had any in almost three weeks, it tasted AMAZING. I had to restrain myself from downing that little cup like a shot. But I only ate a little. I should get a medal.
4. My parents wanted dessert. This thing had a baked Granny Smith apple inside, so after they cut it open I had a piece of the apple, which maaaaaybe had some melted ice cream on it. But then I left the rest for them.
Overall this week was sort of “meh” food-wise. which is usually how I am in the last week. I’m not very hungry, and I’m sick of eating detox-friendly foods, and I just want to be done. I’m pretty pleased with how the meal out went, because wow was that a struggle with temptation. (My favorite thing there is a salad that would have been an even worse violation of detox rules, believe it or not—the fish was the best choice.)
Tomorrow: bacon and eggs for breakfast. AS MANY AMBROSIA APPLES AS I CAN STUFF INTO MY FACE.
Anonymous asked: Do you have any tips for someone just starting to learn to cook who wants to eat healthy?
Here are some things that worked for me:
Food blogs are your friend! People have different ideas of what they think of as “healthy” so find some food blogs that cater to your interests. You’ll get loads of free recipes and tips, and a lot of food bloggers also have published cookbooks, so if you like the stuff on their blog, it’s a pretty good bet you’ll like their books, too.
Don’t feel like you have to change everything all at once. Some people do great going all-in and giving up everything and never looking back. For other people, that’s a recipe for disaster. If you are an all-in type, then by all means do that! If you are not, make gradual changes. It took me years to get to the point where I’m at now. From the outside my diet might look drastic to some people, but I did it so gradually that it’s never felt that way to me.
Know you won’t always stick to it, and don’t beat yourself up over it. I think eating healthy is really important for me, because there are a lot of benefits, but I do sometimes eat things that are not a part of my usual diet anymore. A few weekends ago I was out of town working at a horse show and I ate a fantastic cheeseburger. After my grandfather’s funeral my grandma wanted to go out for pizza, to a place she and my grandpa used to go a lot, so we went, and I had some great hand-tossed pizza. I enjoyed both of those things, and enjoyed the company I was with, and I didn’t feel bad or guilty. In both instances I came back home and went right back to eating as I normally do.
Be a smart shopper. I was a vegetarian for years and years, and it was a huge shock to me when I started eating meat again, because a pot roast is a lot more expensive than— and doesn’t go as far—a bag of rice and some dried beans. I look for stuff on sale, and I freeze what I can so I can still benefit from sale prices into the future. Trader Joe’s, if you have one in your area, can be a good place to find good deals, as can Costco. For me, almond butter and grass fed butter are both pricey, but I can save money by getting them at TJ’s or Costco.
Plan—and cook—ahead. The busier you are, the more important this is. Convenience foods (boxed mac n cheese, drive-thru meals, vending machine treats) can be even more tempting if you’re hungry and you don’t have anything on stand-by, or if you are starving and it’s late and what you do have will take a lot of time to prepare. I do most of my cooking on Sundays, and I make things like pot roasts and roasted chickens, and I cook a bunch of veggies I can use for several different things. If I’m going to eat a lot of salads that week (common in the summer), I chop up the lettuce and put it in containers, so I can just add stuff (tomato, cucumber, olives, etc) and eat it when the time comes.
Make healthy versions of your favorite foods. I fucking love spaghetti. In the winter, I really enjoy sitting down to a nice warm bowl of spaghetti after I’ve been at the barn or out hiking or something else out in the cold. But I gave up grains, which means no wheat pasta but also no gluten-free pasta, either, as those are made with other grains. So I make make myself a big pan of spaghetti sauce and then I eat it over spaghetti squash, or zoodles.
Give yourself time to adjust. Did I die of ecstasy the first time I had zoodles? No, I did not. I thought, well, this is pretty good, but it’s no spaghetti. I don’t feel that way anymore. Now I love zoodles and spaghetti squash, and actually prefer it to wheat pasta. If you don’t actively hate a food (I’m looking at you, Brussels sprouts!), you might grow to like it more as times goes on and your taste buds adjust. Keep trying it. I have a friend who does a lot of grain-free baking and loves to share. The two of us who are grain-free think most of the stuff she makes is fantastic, because our taste buds have adapted. Our other friends think that shit is vile. :)
Remember to enjoy life. I eat sushi with my friends. I go out for pizza with my family. I eat birthday cake, and homemade bread, and hot fudge sundaes. I usually suffer for it a bit for the next day or two, but it’s a conscious choice I make, because I like the way those things taste and I like the activities that go with them, and I want my life to have balance. Find your balance, be aware it will probably change over time, and do your best to make yourself feel good and by happy.
Some meals from last week.
1. Steak and avocado salad, made from leftover steak. Dressed with oil and vinegar
2. Mini crab quiche
3. Green salad with chicken and avocado
4. Chicken salad made with avocado instead of mayo
4. Fried eggs with mushrooms, peppers, and avocado
So that was a pretty avocado heavy week, but I got some GREAT ones at the store and I’ve been working my way through them. I cooked that chicken I bought in the slow cooker and ate a lot of that this week, too.