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How To Stay Paleo in the Office – Food Ideas for the Cubicle Dwellers

16 Oct

Here’s a couple of meal ideas for you office warriors. You’ll need an office lounge area with a refrigerator and a microwave. If your office has no fridge, no fear. You can still bag everything in a cold pack bag.

1. Bag of almonds, walnuts, macadenia, macademia, trail mix. (F)
This is the standard thing to munch on whenever you get a hunger pang. I prefer almonds, and 5pcs usually do the fix for me. Great to store inside your office drawer since it’ll last 1-2months locked fresh in a ziplock, which is sort of like forever in Paleo food world. Get a pound of nuts and store them in a ziplock bag, and munch away whenever you need it. Way better than getting a snicker bar and soda from the office vending machine.

2. Cold bacon (F)
Easy stuff. Fry/bake a pound, and store in a tupperware. Last for 3 days in the fridge, cooked. Eat it for lunch or snacks. Dip it in guacamole or salsa for variety.

3. Avocados (F)

Eat half an avocado for lunch, the other half for tomorrow’s lunch. Tricky business, you’ll have to keep the other half completely sealed in a tupperware so that it won’t go dark (oxidized) the next day.

4. Deli Meat (P)
This might be a more expensive choice knowing that most goes for $8/lb or more. But it’s convenient, and much easier to portion out (than a slab of steak or salmon fillet). If you do go with this, pick the low sodium, no nitrate variety. You get what you pay for. Same deal, can be packaged inside ziplock, have it with your carrots, celery sticks and avocados.

5. Cottage Cheese (P)
Personal Experience: I did a whole week of diet based mostly on an apple, Deli meat and cottage cheese for snacks. Yup, finished a huge tub of cottage cheese from Traders’s Joe. I hated the taste of cottage cheese, it’s bland. But you pick your poison. Do know that this is not as protein dense as say, any form of meat, fowl or seafood.

6. Carrots, baby tomatoes, celeries (C)
Same deal, bag ’em and munch ’em!

7. Fruits (C)
If you’re not too worried about fructose content and weight loss, go ahead and have some fruits. Apples, citrus, berries, melons are good convenient choices.

8. Yogurt (C)
Not paleo by any measure. I don’t know why you’d need to eat this, but the ladies can’t get off this one. Choose full-fat variations.

9. Packaged cooked meat (P)
Trader Joe has 12oz. packages of chicken and sliced beef cooked in various flavors, eg. Lemon, herbs and garlic, salt. Just microwave and serve. Note the short expiry date.

10. Protein powder (P)
Quick protein source for those of you too busy for lunch. Perfect for lunch if you’re the type that sneak out to work out during lunch break, that means you’re doing both post-workout nutrition AND lunch. Bam!

11. Hard boiled eggs (P/F)
Boil some eggs in the morning while you shower. Bag them up, share with colleagues, store them for days in the office fridge.

12. Sausages (P/F)
Go for the apple smoked sausages. Grill before work, you can eat it by itself, with a bowl of salad or wrap it with a huge lettuce head, protein-style!

Or if you’re in the mood for bribing your colleagues to believe how awesome this eating lifestyle is, bring a whole feast of Avocado Deviled Eggs, Sweet Potato Fries, Paleo Pizza, and then hit their sweet tooth with Paleo Cookies. Here’s some links to the recipes:

Nutty Cookies (totally Paleo!)

Sweet Potato Fries (most delicious way of making it, I hear)

Delicious Multi-purpose dry rub, and another way you can make sweet potatoes

Fat Guacamole Devils (I make mine with Indonesian Hot sauce Dua belibis, creamy and spicy)

Repost: Paleo Challenge: Day 12 – Answers/Suggestions for your Paleo Frustrations

13 Sep
This is a repost from CrossFit Oakland, one of the few CrossFit blogs that I follow religiously. For those of you who are struggling with eating out or food preparation or planning your meals in general, check this article out.

We are just a few days away from reaching the half-way point of our 30-day paleo challenge.  Congratulations to everyone who’s been able to tough it out this far; the first two weeks are the hardest!  For those of you that didn’t make it to day 12 (or day 6), your commitment and hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed and remember that you can always go gluten & dairy free on your own terms whenever you feel ready.

I was away for the first week of the challenge (thank God) but when I returned I heard a lot of grumbling from my CFO fellow cave people.  Aside from Joe P and Dan, most people have been finding this challenge to be, well, pretty damn challenging.  So for tonight’s post, I thought I would try to address some of your concerns.

Concern #1: My friends don’t want to eat out with me!

Eating out can be super frustrating if you’re trying to avoid sugar, gluten and dairy–I’m sure you’ve all experienced this by now.  Here are some dining out tips that you may find  helpful:

  • Before you go out with friends and shock them with your paleolicious food choices, let them know what’s up so they won’t be annoyed.  Better yet, try suggesting a specific restaurant that you know will have more options or be more accommodating.
  • Tell the waitperson exactly what you need to avoid. Make sure you use their terminology likebreading and glazes.  Not everyone knows what gluten and dairy are so let them know you need to avoid flour and milk products.
  • Ask for substitutions or order things a la carte.
  • Just say no to cream-sauces and dressings; they’re likely to be loaded with sugar and butter. Instead order your veggies steamed or sauteed in olive oil.  Use vinegar and olive oil on your salad.

More and more restaurants are becoming much more aware of the food allergies that plague thier patrons and offering gluten-free options.  I even know of a pizza place in the East Bay that serves up an amazing gluten-free pizza (with cheese)!  I’ve found that most restaurants are happy to answer any questions about their menu items and can usually work around my specific restrictions.  Just be sure to tip well and be extra nice to your wait staff!

Concern #2: I’m just so tired and hungry all the time!
Check out this forum thread for more on this topic.

Concern #3: I didn’t know I had to cook this much!
This is a tough one.  It’s hard to get excited about cooking if you don’t have experience or you don’t think you’re good at it.  But like everything else, you’ll only get better with practice. The internet is a great place to start; there’s an abundance of gluten-free, dairy-free websites and blogs.  Brian C. turned me on to this one: http://everydaypaleo.com/ lots of easy-to-follow recipes.

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Recipe Ideas: “Julia’s Beefcake”

10 Sep

“Julia’s Beefcake”

Ingredients:

  • about 6 cups of Baby BokChoy (it may seems a lot but once you cook them, they shrink!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 lb. of ground beef
  • 2 links of chinese sausages
  • green onion (garnish on top of the egg)

Cooking Method:

  1. For bokchoy, instead of olive oil, I used about 1/2 TBSP of bacon fat to stir fry them for about 3-5 minutes. Just add a little of salt and pepper to taste
  2. For chinese sausages, I didn’t use oil or bacon fat at all. Just stir fry them for a couple of minutes
  3. For the ground beef, I added a little of salt and pepper and additional a tablespoon of korean bbq sauce with sesame seeds (optional).  Then take the beef and shaped them into 2 patties or one big patties (up to you). Cook about 2 minutes on each side (depends on if you want it to be rare or medium or well done).
  4. For the egg, cook it however you like. In this picture, I made sunnyside up.

Plating it (you can do it however you like):
Since I made 2 patties, I plated one patty on the plate, add the chinese sausage on top of it, then put another layer of the patty, add more sausages on top of it then layered it with bokchoy and the egg. Add green onions on top of it as the garnish.

OPTIONAL – Side Salad:

  • 1/2 cup of cucumber
  • 1/2 cup of jicama
  • 1/2 cup of roma tomatoes

Tips for your paleo dinner

8 Sep

If you are bored with just meat and salad, here is an idea for your paleo breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Rice Cakes with Chinese Sausage (I know it’s not paleo!)

So to make it paleo, you can substitute the rice cakes with beef/pork patties layer it with bokchoy vegetables then the chinese sausage and finish it off with an egg on top of it.

I am going to try to make it for my husband tonight and will post the picture later on.

Good Luck everyone!

08.30.’10 – Lunch (Julia)

30 Aug

Ate: salad (2 head of lettuces) with 1 1/2 cups of cucumbers with very little of pomegranate vinaigrette dressing, 6 almonds and 1/2 cup of Salmon. =D

Salmon Recipe:
– 1 whole Salmon
– black pepper
– salt
– paprika powder
– a pinch or more of cayenne pepper powder if you like spicy – sprinkle a little of garlic powder
– butter – cut them into little pieces and spread them onto the salmon (you can substitute the butter with extra virgin olive oil. Just drizzle the salmon with some evoo).
– bake the salmon at 350 degrees F. For about 25-30 mins. If you want a bit crispy on top of the salmon, for the last 3 to 5 mins left, switch to broil.