Weekend Food

Hi eaters!

I love weekends, don’t you?

Working in retail means I almost never get two days in a row off and the fact that I get Sundays off is just a happy coincidence. And now with a second job I might never get two days in a row off again.

This week, though, I lucked out. I got Sunday and Monday totally free from work.

Beyond loving the freedom to nap and read and take long walks with my dog, I also love the freedom to cook.

On the weekends I get to eat big breakfasts.weekend food1

I get time to gradually get hungry and to think about what I really want to eat before I stuff something in my mouth.

Scrambled eggs with sausage and a de-licious unglazed buttermilk donut.

Scrambled eggs with sausage and a de-licious unglazed buttermilk donut.

I get to cook more elaborate meals and eat earlier.

Grilled pork chops and corn, all from the farmer's market.

Grilled pork chops and corn, all from the farmer’s market.

All of these things are vastly different from the weekdays when, more often than I would like to admit, I eat lunch (and change my pants) in the car. And lately, as I haven’t had time to shop or meal plan properly, that lunch has been a grilled chicken sandwich from Chik-fil-A way too often for my comfort level.

During the week I almost always eat eggs with fruit for breakfast and most days I am just shy of hitting my water intake goal for the day. (I have a 24oz water bottle and aim to drink it three times a day.)

My go to snack is mixed nuts, which is a very satiating snack, (as I pointed out last week) but not exactly thrilling.

All of these things are nice and healthy and easy to eat, but man, do they get boring. A few weeks ago I was so sick of my usual, nice, healthy, easy food that I would have rather not eaten than eat the same thing again. (I ate a lot of takeout that week.)

My cute pig corn holders.

My cute pig corn holders.

So weekends are my saving grace. They let me re-charge my batteries and stuff my face with the most delicious food so I’m ready to face the week ahead, which are always guaranteed to be filled with car lunches and speeding through yellow lights (sorry, papa) and hurried dog walks.

What do you think, eaters:

What’s your favorite thing about weekends?

What’s your least favorite part of your work/school week?

Later eaters!

Paleo Cookie Cake

Hiya eaters!

I could talk about how terrible the massacre in Connecticut was. I could talk about how unbelievably gut wrenching the idea of someone killing dozens of completely innocent children is. But, I’m not going to.

I’m much more of a fan of doing extra living in times of tragedy.

And luckily, this weekend I got to do lots of living because a bunch of friends rented a lake house for the weekend.

We ate lots of pizza.

Drank far too much.

Lounged in a hot tub.

It was fantastic!

And now I’m detoxing from all the fun by drinking liters of water and eating a massive salad.

Mmmmweekend.

But if you aren’t detoxing from beer Olympics and eating two pizzas in one day or if you’re still looking for some festive living, here’s that paleo (I think) cookie cake recipe I teased you with on Wednesday.

Possibly Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

First, is agave paleo? I’ve got no clue. Second, this can definitely be paleo if you want to splurge on egg protein instead of the more common whey protein. I know GNC has AWESOME egg protein.

Also, this was adapted from this Purely Twins recipe.

1 ½ c almond flour

½ c vanilla protein

½ t salt

2 eggs

3 T agave

½ c coconut oil

½ c apple sauce

1 T vanilla extract

large handful of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or carob chips

a few shakes of rainbow sprinkles

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl. Mix all the ingredients together.

Grease an 8”-9” cake pan and bake in a 350F oven for 20-23 minutes.

Once the cake has cooled slice it up and dig it.

I suggest slicing it into 6 pieces because this cookie cake just happens to be perfectly Zone balanced at 12 total blocks, meaning that you can easily enjoy a 2 block slice.

And if you’re feeling extra festive I suggest mixing a little bit of honey and vanilla with some Greek yogurt to make icing.

Because what’s cookie cake without icing?

So here’s to living a little more in the face of realizing just how lucky we all are to be living.

Your turn, eaters:

What’s your favorite style of cake — cookie, traditional, or ice cream?

What’s your favorite part of the cake — cake or icing?

G’night eaters!

Paleo Thanksgiving!

Hiya eaters!

By now Thanksgiving weekend is over and hopefully you’re not too worse for wear. AND hopefully you still have a fridge full of leftovers to eat.

Mmmmleftovers.

I have been eating Thanksgiving leftovers for a full week now and I’m almost sick of them. But not quite.

Anyway, I figure it’s high time that I finally tell you about what I did on actual Thanksgiving.

Leon was with his family at a borrowed house up in Boone, so I was on my own for Thanksgiving dinner (since I had to work at 6am on Black Friday and didn’t want to drive all the way back after dinner on Thursday). Luckily, three ladies from my Crossfit gym decided to host a huge paleo feast for everyone so I didn’t go hungry.

Oh boy, did I not go hungry.

For those who are new to the idea of paleo, it’s a diet/lifestyle where people strive to eat like cavemen because they believe that our bodies still haven’t adapted to our agrarian diets. The gist of it is:

Meats, vegetables, nuts & seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar.

That means no grains, no sugar, no dairy, no beans (which includes peanuts and green beans, fyi), and nothing fermented (so alcohol, kombucha, vinegar, etc).

This is a very popular way for Crossfitters to eat.

As you can tell, I’m in not way paleo. But I like to eat and so do the three ladies that hosted dinner, so it worked out.

(Oh, and not everything was strictly paleo, because what’s Thanksgiving without at least a little butter and cream, right?)

Appetizers:

My plate.

Plus close to a dozen sausage & cheese balls.

The 26 lbs turkey:

Dinner:

It almost looks like it's glowing, doesn't it?

Clockwise starting at the top: cauliflower mash, turkey, not in any way paleo green bean casserole, almond flour bread stuffing, walnut brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, almond flour and chia seed biscuit, collard greens.

Dessert, which may have been more exciting than dinner:

Those pecan bars in the front changed my life.

 

And a few of my friends:

Left: Blaine, my Crossfit coach. Right: Juan, a Crossfitter.

Nicole, the hostess with the mostest.

Left: Chris, a Crossfitter. Right: Marissa, another of the hostesses.

All together now:

Some of the Vigilante Crossfit crew.

It was a fantastic night and I couldn’t have been happier to finally hang out with all my Crossfit friends outside of the gym.

Oh, and I do believe the three ladies who hosted are starting a paleo blog! So I’ll be sure to let all of you know once that’s off the ground. (And hopefully they’ll post the recipe for those pecan bars because I’m still dreaming about them.)

Another person taking pictures of food was such a welcome sight!

Your turn, eaters:

Do you prefer to spend holidays with friends or family?

What was the best thing you ate all Thanksgiving?

G’night eaters!