Jan 4, 2012 – Day 4
Breakfast: mixed greens, omelet with avocado and salsa
Workout: bench press (135×5/155×5/175×10), dips (3×10)
Post-workout: Sweet potatoes, Thai red curry chicken with broccoli/cauliflower
Dinner: fried green tomatoes, Mediterranean chicken-and-“rice”, 1 glass red wine
Future baby chickens consumed: 6 (25 total)
Sweet potato body count: 2 (2 total)
Inhaler puffs: 1 (4 so far this week)
Yesterday was our first big cooking date, testing the limits of our creativity and of our pile of Paleo ingredients. I’ve been fiending for some fried green tomatoes since I committed to starting this challenge, and we made it happen last night. Slice them up thin, dip them in egg, and pat them down with a mixture of almond flour and Cajun seasoning. Lightly fry them in some acceptable oil, and you get this:
The girl’s tip, having grown up in the South and eaten many of these: let them cool for a bit.
We loved our ‘batter’ so much that we fried some chicken breast strips in them, as an accompaniment to our cauliflower rice. (My method: shred the raw cauliflower in a food processor first with a couple gloves of garlic, heat some oil in a 2qt sauce pan, pour the mixture in, add 1 tsp or more of salt, and let it sit on medium heat, covered, for 15 minutes. Stir and taste frequently to get your desired texture.
I covered it all with a quick Mediterranean-themed sauce, 1 pint of grape tomatoes, 1 medium onion, 3-4 cloves chopped garlic, red chili flakes, salt, pepper, olive oil, and a handful of capers. Heat it all on low-medium in a pan, covered, for 20 minutes until the tomatoes get soft and sauce-y. Pour it over the chicken and cauliflower rice and you get this:
The almond ‘breading’ was really amazing. The nutty flavor worked so well with the chicken, and it has a little bit of crunch like you would get with commercial chicken fingers. Best home-made meal I’ve had in quite a while. I washed it down with a glass of wine (not even a big glass, mind you) and I was a bit sloshed for about an hour. I had forgotten about this fortunate/unfortunate complication of the Paleo diet. I’m a cheap drunk, at least for the rest of the month.
Speaking of liquor, the girl and I got inspiration from this post to eventually attempt exotic tequila infusions, that would also be Paleo-friendly, so to speak. All you do is pour tequila in a Mason jar, add your ingredients, refrigerate for a day or so, and strain through a cheesecloth to get your infused liquors. Here were our combinations that we started on last night. Friday or Saturday night, we expect to sample all of these, for better or for worse. I’m a bit afraid of the red chili one. It looks a bit too orange for comfort.
Tomorrow: Cold showers. Are they worth it? And Paleo options at various restaurants around town. You gotta leave the house *sometime*.