Lunch issues

I have serious lunch issues. Well, not serious. But lunch issues, nonetheless.

I like bringing food for lunch. As much as I like eating at resturants, that adds up quickly.  I’ve never been a sandwich person (though I occasionally stop at Panera or Subway. But then I don’t have to touch the lunchmeat, which I find gross). I don’t eat frozen dinners because (A) I’m cheap, and (B) I’m picky. Plus, something about those weirds me out, thinking about the chemicals and fake ingredients that are in them. I’m sure they’re fine, I know people that enjoy them. I’m just not one of them.

I tend to eat leftovers for lunch, or make something early in the week that can last. Lately, I’ve been on a mini meatloaf kick. I make about 24 of them, and freeze them three at a time. They’ve been great for lunches! But then I get teased that I eat the same thing everyday. Really, I can’t win.

Look at all that color!

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Once again showing my lazy nature, when I make these, I buy all precut veggies. The grocery stor near my house sells a  blend of diced pepper, and another one of celery/onion/carrots diced. I usually don’t put celery in there, but I like buying them all together so I can make tuna/chicken salads later.

Unfortuantely, the container is very large and makes my fridge smell like onions.

The recipie I found for this is here, at another Paleo Blog. That’s not the place I originally found it, but its the exact same recipie. Its pretty easy, and I’ve made it easier by not measuring anything. I double this to make my 24 muffins.  And I always add bacon.


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I use silcone cups because they’re easier to clean up. It takes a little while longer to bake them and they end up a little smaller. But overall, I’m in favor of them! They’re so easy to clean! (I got these from World Market).

Then when they cool, I put them in tupperware and store in teh freezer. Every day I bring my lunch (which is most days) I just grab a container and a little baggie of carrots. I also buy a huge bag of baby carrots and put them in little baggies that I keep in a bowl in the fridge.

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Easy! Now if I could just stop getting teased…

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Puttering around the kitchen

I have a tendency to have a very empty fridge. I hate grocery shopping and I eat mostly vegetables and meat (see: Lazy Paelo), so while the meat stays good in the freezer, my veggies tend to go bad fast. Or I have frozen ones. My freezer is generally full.

What I do have a lot of is condiments. Lots and lots of random sauces, spices and add-ons that seem to live in my fridge forever.  So when I realized I had a defrosted steak sitting in my fridge from Saturday (when I chose to go out to eat with friends instead of cooking it), I decided to figure out a way to use up a few of those jars.

Here’s what I used: some olive oil, garlic, horseradish, dijonnaise mustard, worcestershire sauce, and some salt/pepper.  I kinda eyeballed everything, but I would guess I used a tablespoon of the garlic, horseradish and mustard, a teaspoon of worcestershire  and two or three tablespoons of olive oil. I whisked it all together and then coated my steak in it.

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(I took these photos with my phone, so not the best quality…)

I didn’t feel like getting a grill dirty, so I broiled my steak in my tiny broiler with the leftover sauce dumped on top:

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I’ve never tried broiling my meat before, so it turned out tougher than I intened. I prefer my steak to be medium rare – this was probably well done. I did about 4 minutes on each side.

Then some steamed green beans, and I was done! It actually tasted pretty good, if I do say so myself! I might try a little less olive oil next time, but I’ll definately attempt this again.

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Happy Monday!

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I have a one track mind. When I get an idea, or want to do something, it tends to stay front and center until its done. I get this way with party planning, a recipe I want to try or an argument I’m having with a friend that didn’t get resolved.

Currently I’m obsessing about an Oscar party I want to have. I know its a month and a half away, but I sent invites to all my friends and spent the morning thinking up recipes that I want to make that relate to the Best Picture Nominees.  I can post my final menu and how it turns out once I’m done, but I think I’m most of the way there already. The hardest two are Zero Dark Thirty and Argo since they mostly take place in the Middle East and I’m not as familiar with the food from there. I did live in Egypt for a while, and have a fondness for their sweets (seriously, the bakery in Maadi I lived near have the best cakes I’ve ever had in my life) but I don’t know how to make any of that myself.

Fortunately, there’s also Life of Pi to consider. Pie. Done.

More on topic, I recently had an irresistible urge to have one of my favorite easy-to-make dishes. Roasted kielbasa and butternut squash. Except, I didn’t have squash or kielbasa at home. So I drove an extra 15 minutes out of the way to Trader Joe’s to pick some squash up. They didn’t have kielbasa though, which brought my excitement level down. Regular sausage works, but kielbasa is just so much better with it. Then, I tried to drive home and it took – no joke- like 45 minutes because of ridiculous commuter trains at 6pm. Rush hour is no joke, even in the suburbs. I was suppose to be at play rehearsal at 7 but I got home at like 6:30 and was starving so I just showed up to my rehearsal at 7:30. The whole thing was silly – I had food at home, and would have gotten home at 5:30 and wouldn’t have been late to rehearsal  But my brain was screaming that it wanted squash and kielbasa.

It was totally worth the effort though. Its literally the easiest dish I make within my lazy paleo perimeters. I buy prechopped butternut squash (from either Trader Joe’s or Standard Market). I buy kielbasa. I put the squash in a 9×9 pan and pour some olive oil and seasoning salt over it. Mix. Chop kielbasa, mix into squash. Put in oven at 450. Take out in 45 minutes to an hour, or when squash is soft. Eat when cooled off.

I love it. I seriously would every week if I didn’t have to make a special trip out to buy the squash. Technically  I could just buy a regular one and chop it myself. But I really really hate dealing with peeling the squash.


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It appears that I’m terrible at jumpstarting a blog. But this year is different, and I’m going to make a serious effort to do some blogging.

The reason this year is different is because I need to be proactive with my diet. I’m attempting what I refer to as a ‘lazy paleo’ diet where-in I follow most rules but not all. I’ve had some somewhat serious stomach issues and no real cause for them. I wasn’t diagnosed with anything like celiacs or lactose-intolerance but I still feel like sugar, dairy and carbs are my triggers. So as I transition from a cheese and pasta heavy diet into my meat-and-veggie diet, I think it’ll be easier to track through here. I’ve been trying to follow this diet since last month, but the holidays were just garbage and not conducive to a new diet. With the new year starting fresh and no big holiday/parties coming up, I think this is the time to start fresh.

I refer to the diet as ‘lazy paleo’ for two reasons:

(1) I dislike the idea of forcing my diet on my friends or suffering if I’m going out to eat. If someone is nice enough to cook for me, I may mention in passing that I’m trying to eat healthier but I’m not going to turn down their homecooked meal.  As it is a choice on my part, I hate imposing on their hospitality. And for the resturants, if I’m going to spend money on something I want to enjoy it. I’m not saying I’ll completely cheat and eat five pounds of pasta, but I’m not going to panic if there’s cheese in my salad.

(2) I don’t want to spend money on a lot of specialty groceries. I don’t mind buying some coconut oil, but I’m not about to run out and buy cashew milk for one recipe. I want to make my life simpler, so I’ll probably avoid things that require milk in general but a cup of milk for a cake won’t kill me (not that I should eat cake, but you get my point). I’m not running out for breadcrumbs made of gluten-free bread. I just won’t eat breadcrumbs.

So good luck to me, and to all the rest of you starting new diets! Whatever your resolutions are, I hope you succe

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