So here we are, a week and a half left of our 4th whole 30, and still hanging in there. Last week’s ice storms sent my work life into a tailspin for a few days, and I was really wishing for a glass of alcohol at one point, but otherwise I’m doing ok. The cold and rainy weather has put a damper on my regular running schedule, but I was able to get out there this morning and complete a 5k before work, which always seems to help not only with the weight loss, but also my general well being. On the days I run, I feel lighter and more confident, like I’ve already accomplished something, so the rest of the day should be cake. Of course it doesn’t always work out that way, but it’s a nice start anyway.
Last week, I added a few new favorites to the list – you might have seen E.J. rave about the Butter Chicken and the Spaghetti Squash Jambalaya – both were fairly easy to make and reheated well for lunches and weeknight dinners. I made the Jambalaya a little too spicy though – I think I’ll cut back on the cayenne and red pepper flakes – I’m sure I went a little overboard from what the recipe called for. (which is one of my secrets of Paleo cooking btw. I often double spices in recipes to intensify flavors)
This week, we’re trying these Ground Beef and Plantain Bowls from Real Simple Good. I’m a big fan of plantains any way I can get them, and certainly appreciated the baking approach rather than the traditional fry method. I couldn’t settle for just seasoning the meat with chili powder, so I mixed a number of my favorite Penzey’s spices to get some extra dimensions in there – Chili 9000 + Smoked Spanish Paprika + Ancho Chili Powder. The result was pretty good, though honestly I think I should have put more of everything in there. Ground beef is just so bland if you don’t spice it heavily enough. And the green sauce is good, but subtle. I think maybe it needed a more cilantro, or something to amp up the flavor since the avocado just kind of mellows everything. All in all, I enjoyed it, but would like to do a little more tweaking to get it to the “awesome” list.
Tonight we’re having Bacon Wrapped Cod with asparagus for dinner… let the jealousy begin… 🙂