Paleo Day!!

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UPDATE: I made the pancakes again today and they turned out much more amazing! If you wait long enough to flip them you won't have a problem. That thing I read about having a thick batter is BS I used a little more almond milk today and they cooked like regular pancakes. Photo below.

OK, I have sooooo much good stuff from Hawaii to write about right now but, I am so excited about my dinner tonight that I am putting all of that aside to tell you all about this.

It all started when I went to Hawaii...
  In Hawaii all of the restaurants serve local organic foods, the fish are fresh, and the coconuts grow on trees. I have never really eaten that way before sure we had bread and rolls when we were there but since they are all baked from scratch you just feel better about eating it.
   When I got back from Hawaii I had no real groceries in my house. Just like rice-a-roni's, lipton pasta packets, and pickles. After eating a prepared rice-a-roni meal I just felt weighed down and figured it was jetlag. The next day I ordered pizza and they don't really sell anything green so I ended up getting the veggie wheat pizza , a salad, bread sticks and still felt like groggy afterwards. Since my house was completely empty of both good and bad foods I decided it was time for a change. A new beginning of my eating habits and stocked kitchen. After doing some research and talking with friends I decided to try the Paleo way of eating. It kind of reminded me of the way I was eating in Hawaii and I just felt so  much better about myself there. I have worked out pretty regularly for almost 2 years and have a decent amount of muscle I was looking for a diet that would not deprive me ending in muscle loss. You can starve yourself and lose fat and muscle but guess what people? The fat comes back and the muscle DOESN'T!
 After a random trip to the store (had no list) I picked up some Paleo staples such as coconut oil, almond flour, coconut flour, coconut milk ice cream, some cauliflower and a lot of other produce. (spent about $80 these things are not cheap!) So from lack of groceries the last 2 days I was more inspired than EVER to get my wheels turning and hands dirty!

  For breakfast I had my first stab at Almond Flour Pancakes with bacon and some strawberries. I was for sure skeptical about the pancakes because I have never cooked with almond flour before and it seemed like a high calorie breakfast. Now these were really easy to whip up! I used 3/4 a cup of almond flour,  some vanilla, an egg, and some almond milk. I read online that you don't want the batter too thick or too thin. Personally mine turned out too thick for me. The key to this is to have the pan pretty hot because they are HARD to flip and they don't form perfect little circles when you put them in the pan either if you can't already tell. From my cooking experiences these cooked similar to a potato pancake with the way they brown and how hard they are to flip. I also read a ton of recipes for these pancakes mostly people are back and forth about what is Paleo and what isn't. I felt good about my meal afterwards next time I will try to beautify them more and post but they tasted good and that's all you need to know. I am planning to make some savory versions of these with chives and olive oil instead of vanilla and coconut oil. At the end of the day I compared the almond flour to my Bisquick mix and its roughly the same amount of calories but you are getting so much more nutrition from the almond flour I read 6 grams of protein for 1/4 a cup and 3 grams of fiber. Compare that to Bisquick and your basically eating ground up cardboard.

This is my second stab at almond flour pancakes they look and tasted much better than the first batch and cooked more beautifully with the extra milk I added. You'll see the black spots on mine I am lazy and a bacon lover so I cooked these in the same pan I cooked the bacon in yesterday. Just wiped it out so I had a small amount of residual grease and they were way better than yesterday. 

For dinner I made Oven Roasted Chicken Breast and Mashed Cauliflower. Somehow I totally forgot cauliflower even existed and how amazing it tastes!! This dinner was amazeballs really I was shocked with how delicious and satisfied I was with this meal. I had just worked out ran in the door and preheated my oven to 425 F and got some water boiling. Cauliflower is annoying to cut up so I just sort of sawed out pieces using a steak knife kept all my crumbs in the bag it came in so no clean up! Boiled that for about 7 minutes and got my chicken washed and dried. I had a plate ready with seasoned almond flour since I haven't really cooked with it ever I wasn't sure if the taste of the almonds would ruin my chicken so I literally put the whole spice cabinet in my flour. I used dried onions, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, oregano, and a dash of Slap YO mama seasoning. Spray the pan with olive oil and after you bread the chicken spray the tops of it with the olive oil as well. I baked mine for about 30ish minutes when it's done it's done. With the cauliflower I used a small amount of butter to flavor it up but I suppose olive oil would be fine too. I began to mash it with a potato masher and it didn't work very well. I came back with a handheld mixer and it seemed to come together pretty well.The mixer gives you more of a whipped texture. I got all of this on my plate and took a bite I was astonished! So much flavor and healthiness going on don't know why I have never done this before. You will save so many calories if you make the cauliflower instead and it's taste is so similar its worth to make the change. I forgot to take a picture before I started eating so the chicken is already cut up. Might not look very good but it was amazing! Will be making this again for sure! 


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