(Written Saturday night before the week started: My husband will be out of town ALL week.
What this means is that I’ll be eating a lot of Paleo take-out. I already have some ideas, but I won’t be cooking big meals from the cookbook – the recipes are just too big to try to cut down for one person. I’m anticipating a lot of cold cuts, yogurt (full-fat, making it more Paleo-friendly), and Chipotle/Pancheros burrito bowls.)
Turns out, I missed cooking, so after dropping my husband off at the airport, we headed straight to the store to prep for the week! Paleo Week 2, here I come!
Sunday, 07/27/2014 *** Take-out BBQ without the BBQ Sauce ***
Our friends invited us over for “make your own pizza night,” so I grabbed smoked meat and green beans from my favorite BBQ place and headed over. I ate my meal as planned, as did my little guy. My big kid ended up making a pizza… and loving it. I sampled a small bit of his and it was good. They had homemade ice cream for dessert so I went for it – a small dish. Good, but not worth the calories or deviation from our plan.
Monday, 07/28/2014 *** Roughing It ***
My very helpful neighbor watched the kids so I could hit a 4:30 kickboxing class. When I returned to get them, she was feeding them dinner (she’s like that – just takes over which is so helpful!) and I was out of luck. I was going to make the Greek Chicken from week 1, but it would have to wait until Tuesday. So, I picked through the fridge, found some turkey, milk, and a cheese stick. Awesome.
Tuesday, 07/29/2014 *** Greek Chicken (Again) ***
Because my big kid had speech downtown at 5:30, I decided to make the whole Greek chicken for lunch and then just eat the leftovers for dinner after speech. This plan did not work out – the boys at 3/4 of the 4 pound chicken and left me just one breast. My little guy ate all but 6 spears of my roasted asparagus. It was a light lunch (HA!). With my leftovers plan thwarted, I was left to figure it out on the way home from speech. We went to Chipotle. The kids were both being so difficult, that I took the hit and got tacos (soft corn) so I could eat with my hands and not have to worry about forking up my own food while trying to feed and contain both kids. It was good (no GREAT)!
Wednesday, 07/30/2014 *** Ground Pork and Apple Sliders (Again) ***
When you’ve got an easy, outstanding recipe at your disposal, why not take advantage of it? I made these awesome sliders again tonight, served with green beans (none of us ate them, they were so tough and awful) and bib lettuce. They were GREAT! I just love this recipe! I had 3 of them equaling 6 ounces of meat. The boys split one, leaving 2 for tomorrow’s lunch!
Thursday, 07/31/2014 *** Leftover Ground Pork and Apple Sliders ***
This was just as good reheated as it was fresh. I swear, I could eat this recipe every single day! I had 2 patties left (each with 2.67 ounces of meat) and reheated them together for 2 minutes on 40% and they were juicy and awesome! I didn’t have any veggies to have with it, but the lettuce did the trick for me. We ate early, so the rest of the evening consisted of snacks (milk, cheese).
Friday, 08/01/2014 *** Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Pineapple Tidbits ***
This little dandy didn’t come from our normal cookbook – it just happened to be in our grocery store publication (it’s a rather fancy store with it’s own quarterly food magazine) and it just happens to be Paleo (within reason – it has maple syrup which is allowed on special occasions). So being the lovers of shrimp, and spice, and bacon that we are, this was put into our rotation immediately!
It was AWESOME! I would make this again and again. The sauce is to die for – and it’s just 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup and 2 TBSP of Srirachi sauce – that’s it. Back in the day, my husband and I would go to a brew pub at least once a week for a shrimp dish that we both loved – we’d order two rounds of it for our appetizer because we couldn’t stand sharing just one serving. They took it off the menu and B’s been sad ever since. I told him tonight (he’s still out of town) that we can now make it at home – this recipe tastes just like that fabulous appetizer, but has grilled bacon and pineapple as a bonus. Hell yes!
B got home today so we went out to dinner. We both wanted to end the week well so chose Joe.s Cr.ab Sha.ck for two of their healthy options. As my husband always says, we can cook much better meals at home, and he’s right. I had the Malibu shrimp (no rice, add broccoli) which was fine, but not great, and hubs had mahi. The kids ate grilled white fish and DEVOURED it, so that’s a positive from our experience! We all went to a lakefront then to feed ducks which was super relaxing! It was a pretty solid ending to a *primarily* paleo week (because I had those tacos and a kids cup of vanilla soft serve from DQ earlier in the week).
Week in Review:
- Weight Lost This Week: 2.4 pounds
- Weight Lost So Far (in 2 weeks): 5.8 pounds
- Fat % Lost This Week: 1.2%
- Fat % Lost So Far: 2%
- Noteworthy Points: I’m finding it easier and easier to prep and cook dinner – and it makes me happy to do it! I feel like a better mother and wife, which sounds ridiculous but it’s true. I have stepped up my fitness plan just because I need a break from my kids with my husband out of town all week – so the YMCA and long walks it is for the little and me while my big kid is at camp. I only did the Y one day, and the walk for two days, but it was nice! I also took my little to kickboxing with me twice this week which worked out once, but was a colossal failure on Friday (we left early).
- How I feel: TIRED. My youngest is having a hard time at night with teething and an awful cold – so I’m just exhausted. I was actually relieved when we had to leave kickboxing early on Friday. Besides being tired, I feel really good! My body is very sore from the near-constant exercise (and new shoes) which is good, but still painful!