Tuesday, 1 July 2014

WIAW [or Monday] Paleo Style

I have to admit that I didn't think through the Paleo challenge [hosted by Giselle at My Healthy Happy Home] well enough in terms of planning and meal prep, especially well enough for Hubby to successfully participate. I feel bad giving him the same food to eat two days in a row (leftovers) every single day, but also don't feel like cooking him something else for the next day. 

This means that I've had to re-evaluate my meal plan and really think about what Hubby will be eating for lunch on which day. I'm also going to have to give our weekends some more thought, as well. Even though I've started changing meals and replanning our meal plan on Monday, I have been able to stick with it both days so far and Hubby for the post part. 


The other challenge that I've had has been breakfast. I've never been a big breakfast eater, but now I'm consistently getting up around 5 am and often even earlier than that. I really dislike eating soon after waking up because it just feels too early. On the other hand, I get really hungry by 6, but still don't feel like making something or having something until 8 or so! Even by that time, I don't like to eat much, and settle for a few hard boiled eggs or a smoothie. The problem is that by this time, I am so hungry, but don't eat enough to stay satisfied until lunch time. This has nothing to do with paleo, but is just my weird dislike of breakfast. The problem for sticking with paleo is that then, I'm inclined to snack, but want to cut back on that. 


What I did yesterday (Tuesday) though was got smarter about food prep. I made a big batch of pan fried ground beef with onion and garlic, and also a big batch of hard boiled eggs. The ground beef will be used with whatever I feel like, but probably with some sort of sweet potato hash. The eggs will probably be eaten with avocados in some way, salads, etc. I also made some cauliflower rice. 


Okay, onto the food!


My meals 


Breakfast 


2 hard boiled eggs and an apple an hour or so later. An hour after that I had some nuts. I think that was my breakfast? 

Lunch


Salad with loads of leafy greens (they're there underneath, I promise!), radishes, half an avocado, cucumber, and one chicken breast that I had pan fried earlier. 

This was delicious, but I needed to add more veggies to it. 


Dinner


I forgot to snap a photo! We were starving and so excited to eat that I completely forgot before devouring it! We ended up eating steaks, and bacon green beans. I really wanted to get a photo of those green beans because they are fantastic and I wanted to share the recipe. I guess I'll be making it again soon, especially with all of the green beans making their way in the garden! 

Here's what we ate Tuesday night to make up for my forgetfulness: 


Unstuffed cabbage with spinach and leek = deliciousness in a ridiculously huge portion. We got four more bowls out of it and hubs got to take some to work! I love leftovers. [Oh, and the smaller portion was for me and the bigger one was for my hubby] This meal made realise I need to make homemade sriracha! 

Snacks


I do feel myself wanting to snack quite a bit these past few days. Not because I'm hungry or didn't eat enough, but just because I feel like having something to chew on. I've been trying to drink a glass of water instead or have some chewing gum. It's a really bad habit of mine that if I sit at the computer, I feel like eating something, but frequently, I'm not at all hungry! The times that I actually was hungry, I opted for these: 

A handful of nuts
An apple
Easy paleo egg muffins with broccoli and kale [and chili flakes]


Carrot fries = fail 


These are more the Toddler's style, but Hubby and I didn't like them. It's actually quite strange because we love oven roasted veg, including carrots, which this essentially was only sliced thinner. I guess we'll be sticking to our good ole sweet potato fries for a while still. 


Hubby's work lunches 


Actually, these are breakfasts and lunches because he doesn't eat at home before leaving for work. On Monday, I gave him a balsamic vinaigrette, the delicious and easy green beans I mentioned earlier, with some quinoa (not paleo), pan fried chicken, a salad with greens, grated carrot, cucumber, and radish, plus a banana. 


On Tuesday, he had a banana, a rather large portion of unstuffed cabbage, and a salad with two eggs, endive, sweet peppers, and cucumber seasoned with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. 





 How's the man doing?


It's going well! I did give him some quinoa on Monday because I was a bit nervous as to how he would do without any grains/carbs and wanted a healthier option than bread. He said he didn't feel hungry while at work, but he was definitely ready to eat when he got home. 

I've probably mentioned this before, but here in Holland, the typical work lunch is a sandwich with either one piece of cheese or one piece of lunch meat. I think that it's absolutely crazy for a man that is over six feet tall to sustain himself the entire day on three such sandwiches. 

When I made them for him, I would buy spelt bread, and making them with eggs, cucumber, cheese, lunch meat, and some greens. Hubby said that his coworkers would give him weird looks and comment about how much he ate at lunch. 

Needless to say that the above foods also got some surprised eyes. When he explained that this is a 'diet' [it's not actually a diet, but I do think he'll lose some weight... I guess he doesn't feel like explaining lifestyle change to them], they were floored. Actually, maybe hubby doesn't realise that after these three weeks are up, he still won't be getting any pasta with dinner. Does that make me mean? Hm. 

Anyhow, we're all doing pretty well so far, but I do really, really, really need to get more organised with this or we won't last because I can't handle cooking things everyday. I love to cook, but I don't love doing it everyday and rely heavily on leftovers, especially for lunch. 


Questions 

  • Do you meal prep? Any tips? 
  • Do you take lunches to work? How do you get diverse, healthy meals prepped? 

That's it for today's very long post! As always, I'm linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for this week's WIAW!

Thank you for stopping by!
Yuliya