Friday, February 18, 2011

Day 1... It's easier than you think!

I know what you're thinking: "This is going to be too much work, I can't think of anything to eat, I'm going to STARVE without bread and pasta and cheese!!!" But all of these fears are unwarranted. Eating the paleo way is fresh, delicious, and EASY! So with a little thought (no more, I promise, than you would normally spend before heading to the grocery store to buy this week's groceries) you can cook up healthful meals and eat like a king all week! (It is impossible to overeat, I know--- I've tried!) Here is how I began...

Day 1 Meal Plan:

Breakfast- two soft-boiled eggs (organic, cage-free, happy chickens) seasoned with pepper, large mug of green tea, and an organic gala apple

Snack- half of a yellow pepper sliced

Lunch- organic mixed greens, cucumber slices, chopped yellow and red peppers, tomato, red onion slices, sliced baby bella mushrooms, chunks of chicken breast topped with a homemade salad dressing (see recipe below!).

Snack- handful of mixed nuts--- (ok,it was more like 2 handfuls!)-- walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts

Dinner- Breast of a rotisserie chicken with 'shroomy squashy spinach (see recipe below!).

Homemade Paleo Friendly Dressing:
¼ cup Olive Oil
¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 TBSP mustard (check the ingredients! Some have sugar and nasty preservatives)
          I like: Eden Organic Brown Mustard
Eden Organic Brown Mustard, 9-Ounce Squeeze Bottles (Pack of 12)
Juice of ½ lime
Salt and Pepper (about ¼ tsp each)

Wisk all ingredients together and refrigerate!

'Shroomy Squashy Spinach

1 bunch spinach
1 yellow squash
10 oz baby bella mushrooms
2 cloves garlic

Rinse spinach
Thinly slice squash
Thickly slice mushrooms
Chop garlic
Heat a few tablespoons of water (or oil) in a skillet over medium heat
Add garlic, let brown a minute
Add squash slices and shrooms, stir
Once squash and shrooms have softened add spinach
Season with pepper and cover for 2 minutes (enough to let the spinach wilt)
Stir and Serve.

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