Monthly Archives: June 2011

Hip Hop Tick Tock

I didn’t have a good title and that seemed to have a sort of fun whimsy.  Well, the news today is that I have started posting on my other blog Forks in the Crossroads.  I have had the blog for a while, but pretty much abandoned after a few posts last year.  So, I decided to repurpose the blog into a lifestyle blog that includes my paleo/primal eating.  I will probably cross post all the food posts between the two blogs, but all the other stuff will be on the other blog.  I just like to keep my things separate.  Food blog for food, different blog for everything else.  🙂

Hope everyone had a good weekend.


Paleo Lunch

And here we have lunch from today:

Chicken, sweet onion, escarole, bell peppers

Some chicken off a rotisserie chicken with chopped sweet vidalia onions, escarole, and colorful bell peppers.  I threw some toasted almonds on top for some crunch and flavor, but it’s good with or without nuts.

Close Up

Left over bell peppers got chopped up and went into the fridge for later.

Pretty Colors

Paleo Breakfasts

Eggs with Carrots, Bell Peppers, Onion, and Chicken; Sliced Avocado; Sauteed Summer Spinach with Onions

So since starting this whole paleo/primal eating, I haven’t really felt much like putting stuff up here.  Actually, maybe it’s more been that I haven’t really been good about taking pictures.  Well, nonetheless, today it’s about breakfast.  We’re traveling to the land of Paleo breakfasts.

Above, you see a breakfast from a few days ago with a close up shot in the next photo.  Summer spinach is a new green for me that we picked up at the Farmer’s Market.  If you haven’t tried any yet, go out and find some.

Take 2

For today’s breakfast, we added in a sliced kiwi fruit and some fresh baby arugula and toasted walnuts.

Eggs with chicken, yellow bell pepper, onions, and garlic scapes; Sliced Avocado; Sliced kiwi fruit; Baby arugula salad topped with toasted walnuts

I love eggs.  I love them a lot.  Breakfast is pretty easy to do.  Pick out some stuff to put in your eggs, chop it all up, throw it in a pan with some oil, add some eggs, and you’re done!  Sorry, no cheese in this egg concoction.  Add some sides and you’re set!

Breakfast isn’t too far fetched from what I was eating on weekend mornings.  The trickier part will be to figure out what to do once I’m back into a schedule of having 5 minutes for breakfast in the morning.  I think it’ll be more piecemeal and cold.  Something like hard boiled eggs, cold roasted chicken, some berries, some nuts, and some previously made vegetable.

I do like long mornings where I can eat my breakfast and concentrate on it.  We’ve been having breakfast with a glass of water, some vitamins, and black coffee.  I’m trying to not drink coffee in the morning, but when a big long day of boringness is staring you down in the morning, coffee is sort of necessity.  There isn’t really a good way around it.  I tried switching to tea, but it’s not as motivating.  I guess for now, I’ll have to just drink that cup of coffee in the morning.

Anyway, that’s paleo/primal breakfast for you.

Clean Up, Clean Out

So, we have been trying to stay true to the whole paleo/primal diet over the last few days.  I think we’re at day 4 or so.  Although, I catch myself thinking about food that involves grain or dairy every so often, I don’t really miss the grains or dairy too much.  It’s more just weird that it’s not there.

Today, we went on a spontaneous clean out spree of our pantry and fridge.  I think that we were avoiding the clean out because it’s painful to think about how much food is no longer useful to us.  We got most of it out and some of it just went back up on a high shelf for the cases in which people come over.

Now, the pantry is so nice and clean.  In fact it’s kind of funny because the fridge is stocked full of fresh produce, while the pantry is almost bare.  The extra space is nice since it means we can give more permanent homes to our more nomadic kitchen items.

There was not too many surprises over in the fridge and our freezer stayed mostly intact.  We did find some good things to make some tasty dishes out of and that was fun.  After all the cooking that I learned to do over the last couple of years, I think I’m going to have to start over again in some ways since I am going to have to learn how to cook meat.  I know there is a stew recipe on here, but that required almost no effort.  Actually cooking meat is going to require some finesse here.  My parents do it well, but I’m going to have to learn so I don’t spend eons of time trying to figure it out for every meal.

I wish I had some fun photos for you, but our clean out was actually very underwhelming.  The highlight for me was scrubbing the pantry shelves clean.

Evolution – backwards style

I’m going back in time to eat paleo or primal or whatever you want to call that grain free, dairy free, and all things processed free diet. Is it really a diet though? I think it’s more about a lifestyle (a discussion for another time).  I’m not really a diet person, but the arguments for better health have intrigued me, so we’re giving it a shot.

For curious minds, head over to Mark’s Daily Apple or Robb Wolf.  Both are excellent websites on paleo/primal eating.  The best part are all the before and after pictures and stories.

So, here on Funny Eater, there have been mostly a focus on whole grains, whole foods, and the like. Paleo is sort of a 180 shift. All those whole grains…in fact all grains…good bye. Good bye grains of all types. Also, good bye soy, good bye dairy, good bye sugar, and good bye potatoes (didn’t eat much of those anyway since my nutrition professor said the high glycemic index was not a good thing).

So, what am I going to miss?  In no particular order.

1. cheese – I love melted cheese.  It makes just about anything taste way better.  Plus, it has a huge comfort factor.

2. soy – I love tofu, especially the soft kind.

3. cereal – I love Kashi cereal because it tastes great and is fast eating in the mornings.  Oh well, time to figure out something else.

4. grains – yeah, I’ll miss them, but not too much.

5. peanut butter – peanuts are on the “no” list.  I’m already eating almond butter anyway, so I guess it’s not a huge loss.

6. yogurt – easy and convenient with lots of healthy bacteria…if all goes well, I might let you back in, but for now, good bye.

What am I going to have trouble with?

1. Eating protein at every meal.  I’m not a huge fan of meat.  In fact, I’m pretty sure if you look back at most of the recipes, they’re all vegetarian except for a few.

2. Remembering not to buy foods that are not on the plan.  I went to the grocery store today and found myself being like that would be good and then quickly thinking, “Whoops!  Not on the plan.”  I’m going to get around this, by shopping at farmer’s markets this summer.  Plus, eating local is better.  🙂

After I catch up with my back logged photos, you won’t be seeing grains or dairy for a while.  You might see eggs every so often, but I’m told that starting out it’s best to keep it to vegetables, meat, and seafood.  I’m interested to see how it all plays out.

Anyone else eating paleo/primal?

Photo Food Tour

So in an attempt to clear out the back log of photos I have, we’re going on a photo food tour today.  I’m too tired to come up with witty words about food today, so enjoy the visuals.  The only thing I made personally in the line up are the roasted beets in the salad, and the wheat berry breakfast yogurt thing.  The rest was made by my Mom and there is a risotto made by my Dad.

Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets, Roasted Eggplant, and Roasted Red Bell Pepper

Tofu Soup with Zucchini and Carrots

Red Spring Wheat Berries with Blackberries and Raspberries topped with Kefir Yogurt

Tofu "Pancake" with Greens and Corn

Sweet Brown Rice Seafood Risotto made by my Dad

Vegetables Over Quick Noodles

Green Tea and Chlorella Ramyun with Onions, Corn, and Shrimp

The end.  Hope you had a good time.

I’d like to thank the Academy…

Well, more like I’d like to thank Heidi over at Kaprise! for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Now, I’m not sure how versatile this blog is or how versatile I am, but I am grateful for the honor of being granted such an award.  My first!

All righty, I have some rules to follow…

1. Thank the person who awarded you and link back to them in your post. – See above.  You should really check out Kaprise!  Super cute dog photos along with tasty food photos and recipes.

2. Tell 7 Random facts about yourself. – Errr….do I have to??  All right…fine.

1. I’m thinking about trying some sort of variation of the paleo/primal diet for a few weeks.

2. I have lived in places with almost eternal summer weather and with almost eternal winter weather.  (These are two different places!)  I think I’m pretty acclimated to both cold and hot now.

3. Back in the day when my metabolism was awesome, a snack would be a whole pot of pasta after school.  Yeah.  I know that’s gross, but I was still hungry for dinner afterwards, so what can I say.  I don’t do this any more.  Plus, it’s probably really not that healthy to do.

4. People usually think that I’m about 4 inches taller than I actually am.  Thank you good posture and dance classes.

5. I used to play two different instruments.  I think it would be cool to be able to play a bunch of different instruments like my music professor in college.

6.  I hate trying to figure out seven facts about myself to post on here.

7.  I thought that last fact was my seventh until I went back and numbered my facts.  Whoops!

3. Pass the award on to 7 new found (or old favorite) bloggers.

All right…I love a lot of blogs.  I have to give a shout out to Rufus at Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide because I see him commenting up a storm and being supportive of bloggers everywhere.  He was my first commenter and even though I want to nominate him, I saw he had already won in the past, so I’m passing around the love to other bloggers.

All right…in no particular order…

1. Handsonwellness – A blog written by a massage therapist with great wellness ideas.

2. Roost – Beautifully laid out and photographed website with a focus on grain free food.  I’ll go grain free for food that looks like that.

3. The Kitchen Sink Recipes – Food.  Yum.  My favorite post is about the beautiful baby shower.  I want to have a friend that will throw me a party that beautiful.

4. The Gluten Free Lab – Written by a trio of women and all about gluten free recipes.  I’m all for blogs and websites that cater to the grain/gluten-free population as I have a number of friends with celiac disease.

5.  Not Without Salt – A beautifully photographed website about food.  More yum.

6. When Harry Met Salad – Love the title.  More food wonderfulness over here.

7. Tart to Heart – Found this one on Freshly Pressed.  Ended up buying strawberries after reading about Strawberry Eclairs.

Check them all out.  They are all great blogs.  Most of them about food.  Yum.  Yum.  Yum.  Enough said.

4. Contact each blogger you want to pass the award on to and let them know you’ve done so, and let the giver of your award know you accept it… or not. –  Done.

All right, I think this has been the most time consuming post even though there aren’t any photos.  Whew!  Now I need to go drink a cup of tasty African coffee to get through the rest of my day.  (PS I’ll write about the African coffee soon…I promise.)