Caveman Diet

When I got home from my romantic weekend Sunday evening I checked on my garden and saw that everything had exploded.


ALL of the lettuce had flourished over the weekend (it must have been warm and sunny while we were gone). I harvested several of the heads of lettuce, washed them and prepped them for the week.


Look! I have REAL strawberries growing! I cannot wait to eat them. I’m glad our lettuce is a success and that we have tons for salads.

Dinner is my favorite meal of the day. I like the simple foods we eat. I am happy that we are getting away from processed foods. I cannot remember the last time we made a dinner that came out of a box. I like it that way.

SUNDAY

We wanted something quick, easy and small when we got home from the beach. I made us salads with lettuce from our garden. I added sliced strawberries, toasted walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese to the salads.


Michael cooked some chicken thighs in the skillet with just salt and pepper and it turned out delicious.

We bought the chicken thighs at Costco so we have a ton in the freezer. We’ll have chicken on hand for awhile. Sometimes just salt and pepper is all that’s needed for food.

MONDAY

I got some thin cut pork chops at Trader Joe’s. The thin ones cook fast, and it’s also difficult to avoid drying them out. It’s a tricky thing to cook. I steamed some peas as our side.

Another salad (strawberries on mine):

TUESDAY

Another go at the most excellent steak with caramelized onions and Gorgonzola cheese. Michael added a little salt to the onions and they were even better. I am obsessed with this new dish in our rotation. I could seriously eat it every single day I think!


Yes, those are peas again. We didn’t go grocery shopping for veggies for the week so we’re relegated to frozen peas or salads from the garden.

I had one glass of a nice Barbera wine. It was strong and dark and the earthly flavors went well with the steak and sweet onions. I kinda want caramelized onions on everything now. Is that weird?

 

WEDNESDAY

Kind of a funky, off day. After biking in the rain, we went OUT!

 

THURSDAY

Thursday I checked my garden and the lettuce was doubling in size. I decided we were having salad! The original plan was blackened salmon, an old stand-by, but after eating meat several days in a row I usually want to switch to fish. However, we had leftover pork chops that we had to cook asap.

I made the salad with a Roma tomato, croutons and Gorgonzola. Michael cooked the pork and then chopped it up into bite size pieces. It was a nice way to eat the pork without doing the old same ol’ same ol’.

FRIDAY

Tonight’s menu: fresh salad with blackened salmon!

As you can see, our meals are pretty simple. A protein and a veggie. That’s kind of how we’re eating these days. Kind of a Caveman Diet:  nothing fancy, nothing processed. As more things grow in my garden the menu will change. I’m anxiously awaiting things I can make with the zucchini, acorn squash and tomatoes.

I think I have the fixings to make homemade salsa too! I cannot wait! Four different kinds of tomatoes, jalapenos, peppers and cilantro.

QUESTION: What do your dinners look like? Do you rotate the same things throughout the week or have variety?

A, B, C’s of Food

Saw this on another blog and it was just something fun to do!

A: is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety?

I prefer Gala or Pink Lady apples. I sometimes switch it up and eat green apples but rarely.

B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of?

I’d have to go with the New Season’s Olive Ciabatta bread with yummy dipping oil. I could eat an entire loaf by myself…


C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!)

I don’t eat cereal very often. I don’t think it’s very healthy and it doesn’t fill me up like a good breakfast of eggs and a meat of some kind. In the past, my favorite cereals were Frosted Mini Wheats or Frosted Flakes (noticing a theme??).

D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy?

I don’t eat donuts very often. I prefer the plain donuts with regular sugar on it. Or if I’m feeling adventurous, something wacky from Voodoo Donuts!

E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared?

My favorite eggs are scrambled with cream cheese and smoked salmon. YUM!! There are a few amazing breakfast joints in Portland that serve heavenly breakfasts. My other choice would be an egg salad sandwich.

F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product?

I eat a lot of fat free plain Greek Yogurt with some fruit, usually Chobani.

G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase yours at?

Fred Meyer, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Safeway.

H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink?

I suppose I’d go with coffee. My favorite coffee drink used to be a white chocolate mocha with caramel syrup, whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles on top. Sounds like a dessert to me! Now? I drink black coffee with a little flavored creamer.

I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.

Mint Ice Cream! I love chocolate chip mint. And the topping I’d add would be the Wax Orchard’s fudge sauce. Mmmmm!

J: is for Jams or Jellies, do you eat them, and if so what kind and flavor?

I am trying to limit the bread I eat currently, so I don’t often eat toast with jam. I used to eat it a lot and raspberry is my favorite.

K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product?

I have a box of Kashi Puff’s but I don’t eat them often (see “cereal”). The cereal is only 70 calories though.

L: is for Lunch, what was yours today?

Salad with broccoli, leftover chicken and peppers from the Mexican dinner we had the other night.

M: is for microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack?

I like the Trader Joe’s frozen Indian food meals. They are tasty and usually low in calories. I love getting my Indian food fix with something like this!

N: is for nutrients, do you likes carbs, fats, or proteins best?

I eat a pretty high-protein diet. I am definitely a carb junkie though. I love bread. The Slow Carb Diet/Four Hour Body diet was an interesting experiment for me because it meant not eating bread or fruit. I was eating a TON of foods that were high in protein and fiber. I actually enjoyed eating those foods.

O: is for oil, what kind do you like to use?

We cook with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Grapeseed Oil. The Grapeseed Oil is a delicious way to cook veggies!

P: is for protein, how do you get yours?

  • low fat cottage cheese
  • plain greek yogurt
  • chicken breasts
  • eggs
  • steak
  • turkey
  • ham

I eat a lot of meat. At one point I was a vegetarian for 12 years. So was Michael. We both returned to eating meat and have never turned back. I like the diet we eat now. I feel strong and healthy!

Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats?

I like Scottish Oats. I usually just add some brown sugar and milk to it.

R: is for roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast?

We roast a lot of veggies. Now I’m craving roasted marshmallows. 🙂

S: is for sandwich, what’s your favorite kind?

Egg salad sandwich is my favorite homemade sandwich. But in terms of the best sandwiches in Portland? Papa Haydn’s hands down! Their grilled Croque Monsieur: ham or turkey, grilled parmesan cuomo, gruyere, dijon is AMAZING. One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.

T: is for travel, how do you handle eating while traveling?

I take snacks that are healthy and low in calories. I also exercise a lot when I’m on vacation: hiking, biking, running, snowshoeing…When Michael and I plan our trips we always work in some sort of physical activity to balance out “Vacation Eating.”

I like packing protein bars (Luna usually), cheese, apple, bananas, etc.

U: is for unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos?

I don’t know that I HAVE any weird food combos…? If it’s weird I probably won’t eat it. 😉

V: is for vitamins, what kind do you take?

I take a Daily Vitamin plus Vitamin D, Vitamin E and vitamins for my joints.

W: is for wasabi, yay or nay?

NAY! I hate it! I love sushi but never eat ginger or wasabi. Yuck yuck yuck.

X: is for XRAY. If we x-rayed your belly right now, what food would we see?

The Luna Bar I ate before I went swimming, and some black olives and a string cheese I had for  a snack when I got home from the pool.

Y: is for youth, what food reminds you of your childhood?

  • Fruity Pebbles Cereal
  • Baked Mac n’ Cheese
  • Freshly caught trout bbq’ed
  • My Mom’s mustard bread (NOM!)

Z: is for zucchini, how do you prepare it?

Sliced, grilled with steak seasoning and then topped with blue cheese! YUM!

 

QUESTION: Which one of these stood out to you that you want to answer?