I gotta say — I keep it real here. I am tired of blogging about this Whole30 thing. I don’t mean to sound that I think it’s boring or not a good idea to follow — I am just tired of talking about it. I am more interested in giving my thoughts once the Whole30 is complete…not so much the day to day of what I eat, because…really…it’s not that awesome. You know I eat a lot of bacon and eggs and a lot of salad with meat on top. Boom. That’s it. I never quit what I start though…so I will continue the count-down.
I think the real issue is that I have been extremely sleep deprived and have not put forward much effort in making my meals exciting for you. The prospect of posting my business every day was appealing at first, but now you know I’m not cool at all. Darn. This is how it is people. Real life. Remember, it’s a lifestyle. This is how I eat…and it’s what works for me…and when you eat clean day in and day out it’s about making easy and simple things…not detailed or pretty for the camera.
I got around 3.5 hours of sleep last night. I have been up since 5 am this morning…and I have yet to hit the sack. I am not playing chicken with myself to see how long it takes me to just keel over…trust me, I have my reasons. I have a man at work right now… he understands my waiting up for him.
Holy crapola though…I did get the place to myself for most of the evening which was pretty cool. I made dinner for myself (that was outstanding)…I watched lots and lots of Mad Men on the couch and even dozed off on the last episode so I’ll have to re-watch that one.
Let’s make this quick.
Breakfast consisted of black coffee…way too dark. Jason bought this new extra bold flavor, and I gotta say…I do enjoy some sweaty palms from my morning coffee, but this one made me stick straight up like one of those cartoon characters that turns into a stiff lifeless board with bulging eyes. After the coffee I enjoyed my eggs and bacon and raw kraut.
For lunch I had a grassfed beef patty and a banana.
Dinner was at work and it consisted of a beef shoulder steak that I smothered in ghee and cooked in the oven. It was surprisingly tender which was a relief because it was probably less than 1/2 an inch in thickness. Served with a salad — you know the drill by now — greens, onion, carrots, cucumbers, olive oil and vinegar.
Went to bed around 1 am hungry…but I wasn’t about to eat that late…I was too tired.
After my nap (aka a night’s sleep) I woke up at 5 am full of energy. Cooked myself some eggs and bacon before work, with raw kraut.
Lunch was around noon and it consisted of another beef patty with a big salad. Same salad as always.
Dinner was another recipe from Practical Paleo — two recipes actually.
I made the Quick & Easy Salmon Cakes along with some roasted brussels sprouts & fennel. The salmon cakes are literally out of this world. There’s really not much to them, but they sure hit the spot. I think they shall be my new favorite thing. I think it’s safe to say I could up my seafood intake a bit, and well the canned varieties are so easy and cheap! Why not!? It’s settled then. These little cakes will likely become my go-to food for a while.
I love fennel… it is heavenly.
Oh, and after dinner whilst I watched Mad Men (before I dozed off) I gorged on a good deal of fruit. Well, an apple and a banana. That’s a lot for me though…maybe that’s what made me doze off. Nah, had to be my lack of sleep…that makes more sense. With Jason out of the house though…I had to gorge on something. I have emotional ties to food, remember? The mood was right, so food was the answer.
Salmon Cakes from Practical Paleo
I gotta share these salmon cakes. You need to go out and get yourself a copy of Practical Paleo…but I gotta give you this one. Diane, I’m gonna spill the beans. Now go out and buy yourself the book so that Diane doesn’t wanna smack me for making it too easy for ya’ll.
- 2 6-oz cans of wild salmon, drained
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 tbsp. shallots, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 green onions, minced
- 1 tsp. Savory Spice Blend
- 2 tsp. gluten-free mustard
- 2 tsp. coconut flour
- 1/4 c. coconut oil
** The Savory Spice Blend is a blend featured in Practical Paleo that is meant to have on hand so that you can use it at ease for several recipes. I made some myself today. You can obviously get creative and season these cakes with whatever you want. The mixture I used was salt, rosemary, onion powder, garlic, paprika, and black pepper.
- Using a fork – break the salmon up in a large mixing bowl. Add all ingredients (except for coconut oil) to your salmon and combine thoroughly.
- Heat coconut oil over medium heat in a large skillet. While it is getting hot, form your mixture into four equally sized patties.
- Place them in the pan and cook each side for about 5 minutes or until they’re browned and cooked all the way through.
Hope you make these and enjoy your heart out! They’re fantastic.
I just realized I am out of hot sauce…oh no!…my fried eggs will be naked in the morning!