Yesterday morning I was not yet done with Grain Brain, but I had already made up my mind on Saturday night to eliminate these foods for my health.
I had to think about what to eat, and cook, something I had not done in months besides breakfast. My kitchen is teeny tiny, and I have a lot of gadgets taking up space on the counter. But hey, I’m not getting rid of my espresso machine, milk frother, or toaster. I really don’t know what happened here, because 2.5 years ago I cooked dinner every single night except Fridays.
Overtime I became intolerant to the cramped quarters, got familiar with takeout, got busier and busier at work, and stopped cooking.
Well, my new diet will require a lot more cooking. Some of my pans are ruined (teflon). The coating is peeling off so it’s time to buy new ones. Too bad I can’t add these pans to a wedding registry. Being single sure is expensive!
Although new pans are expensive, I will be saving a lot of money over time. Cooking is very expensive when you first start. I remember this from when I used to cook. When you have all the essentials stocked, you can just ski to the store for your meats and veggies. But when you have nothing in the house but coffee, bananas, milk, and eggs, you need practically everything every time you want to whip up a masterpiece.
So yesterday I slept until almost 8. Lovely. 🙂 I made my coffee with my pour over Hario, and curled up with Grain Brain. I was devouring it. I started to get hungry and made a smoothie.
Meal #1- smoothie
- Coconut water
- Frozen Acai packet
- Strawberry protein
I blended these ingredients and drank it up. A smoothie rarely suffices for long, but it is a great way to get protein and nutrients. Acai is full of omegas and you need those. The shake has a ton of vitamins, protein, and superfood.
After I drank the shake I started to think about what I could whip up for my REAL breakfast.
Eggs are a staple for me. I love them, and Dr. Perlmutter defends eggs in the book. I decided on a veggie frittata, and realized I have very few veggies in the house. None actually, just whatever is in a bag of salad that I’m not going to eat. I had to go to the store.
Before I went I quickly read through a frittata recipe by Ina Garten, one of my favorite cooks. I didn’t need to read it word for word; I had already made up my mind. I really wanted spinach in the frittata. I contemplated sun-dried tomatoes too, because I love them. I know they have more phytonutrients or some type of healthy stuff (hey I’m no expert here) than regular tomatoes.
So I walked to the store, got in some Fitbit steps, and bought ingredients for my frittata. Anytime I can use my iron skillet I’m happy. It’s not ruined. There’s no teflon to cause trouble, and it feels so substantial. And good lord, taking that thing out of the oven is a workout. Way to remind me I need to hit the weights.
Meal #2- breakfast
- 7 eggs
- 2 cups of spinach
- salt and pepper
- pepper jack cheese (tillamook)
Making this was super easy, and there’s leftovers so I have breakfast ready for today! Frittatas are like a crust-less quiche.
First I put my cast iron skillet on the stove and turned it on to medium/high. After a couple minutes I added butter. I love butter and eggs. I wouldn’t use olive oil, but I am sure you could. Then I added two cups of spinach and sauted it. After the spinach wilted I added the mushrooms. I love any meal that starts with veggies and a saute.
Soon I should have more food around, and going to the store will be more habitual. Then I could add even more. A little onion and bacon would be great too. The more fat, the better. Bacon adds a lot of flavor too. I don’t usually eat it, but the fat can really flavor your meal.
Next I preheated the oven to 350. Once my veggies were sweating a bit, I cracked 7 eggs in a bowl, added about 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup (I didn’t measure) of milk, about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt, and cracked a bunch of pepper in and whisked with a fork. I firmly believe this is the most important step. Unless you have a medical reason, I wouldn’t skimp on the salt and pepper. It really makes all the difference.
After whisking I poured the eggs into the iron skillet on the stove. I let it cook for 3 mins and added it to the oven. I baked it for 20 mins, but before I took it out, I added pepper jack cheese.
I took it out of the oven and served it with half an avocado on top, and tapitio on the side.
I should have taken pictures. Next time I will!
For lunch we had tacos. My boyfriend made these and they were good. I did have 3 gluten-free corn tortillas.
He bought marinated meat. This recipe was pretty easy from what I saw. My kitchen is tiny and you cannot have too many (meaning 2) cooks in this kitchen.
Meal #3- lunch
- Tiny gluten-free corn tortillas
- Mexican cheese
- White onion
- Salsa verde (say better they and you’ll say it right)
- Red cabbage (my idea)
- Meat marinated in Mexican flavor
- sour cream
I didn’t prepare this, but I saw he cooked the meat in a skillet. Luckily we still have a few pans we can use that aren’t destroyed. You can put the tortillas in the oven, sprinkled with cheese so it melts.
Then slice it into little strips.
My pieces of the meat were much more thoroughly cooked, but I forgot to take the picture until I was done eating.
He sliced the meat thin so it cooked up quickly. This is a pretty easy meal. Just grab a tortilla and pile on the ingredients.
To assemble a taco:
- Grab a tortilla with cheese.
- Add meat. Don’t add too much, otherwise the tortilla will fall apart.
- Add avocado, onion, cilantro, a little salsa verde, red cabbage, and sour cream.
We both ate 3 of these. Each tortilla has 11 grams of carbs, so pretty healthy. This was a really satisfying and fresh-tasting meal, and there is quite a bit leftover. I will probably need to cook daily with my new diet, but having leftovers will make it easier.
Meal #4- dinner
When it came time for dinner around 6:30, I was not interested in cooking or doing anymore dishes. The author of the book recommends not going out to restaurants for 3 weeks, but I’m not following this advice exactly. Instead we went out to dinner but chose healthy food. And, I’m already making such significant improvements. Going out for just one meal instead of 3!
We went to my favorite, Armadillo Willy’s. I got the Chinatown chicken salad. It comes with greens, red bell pepper, BBQ chicken, peanuts, and sriracha. It had some crunchy noodles on top, which I tossed to the side. This is a very filling and satisfying salad.
I always eat a yogurt right before I go to bed, but otherwise that’s all I ate. Oh, and a kind bar. Well, they are gluten-free.
I have lots of leftovers for today, but I’m also thinking of making some turkey meatballs.
What are some of your favorite grain-free meals?