Saturday, July 2, 2011

Day 29 and 30

I never wrote about the last 2 days of my strict paleo 30 days! I made this paleo chili that lasted me a few days, it was delicious.

2 lbs lean ground beef
1 lb stew meat
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes & chilies
1 small can tomatillo salsa (I couldn't find tomatillo salsa but I used a different type of salsa, still turned out good)
1 large onion, diced
1/8 cup of almond flour
2 cups beef broth
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs cumin
3-4 tbs chili powder (but I only put 2, roommates don't like too spicey)
olive oil

1. Sear stew meat in 2 tbs olive oil and remove from pot. I recommend cutting the pieces smaller, to about bite size
2. Brown onions in same pot and add the beef broth. Let it cook until the broth is reduced by half.
3. Add ground beef and almond flour. Stir it until it browns a bit.
4. Add garlic, spices, tomatoes, and stew meat
5. Simmer on low heat for a couple of hours.

It turned out really good! I'm sure if you wanted to add beans, even though its not paleo, it'd be really good as well. It was a lot so it was great for lunch and dinners.

I also made Paleo Pumpkin Cookies from Everyday Paleo. Although I substituted the maple syrup for a banana. They turned out alright, I think they would be much better with honey or maple syrup. I also added some vanilla.

So I literally ate chocolate at midnight of the 31st day. It was ridiculously good but it did make my stomach feel a little woozy! At the end of the first week of not being on paleo, and eating chick-fil-a, sweet potato fries, fried-green tomato BLT, a little bit of cheese, milkshake, ice cream (I kinda went overboard), I do feel more bloated and just sluggish. I don't know if it's from specific foods or just my stomach not used to junk after 30 days.

I need to come up with a plan of how I'm going to eat. This plan I will implement after the 4th of July :) What's Independence Day without a hotdog?!