So for my first true blog post I thought I’d answer a potential question.
What does one eat in a day while following the Paleo diet? Well let’s take that journey. This was my day yesterday.
The morning does start with a double espresso
And then for literal breakfast. Typically I have 2 eggs and a lot of vegetables, I may add an additional protein, like all natural bacon, or a wild salmon fillet. Today was 4 cups of spinach, cooked with a blackening spice (think Cajun) quickly wilted on the stove. Then quickly cooked two sunny side up eggs.
Trick for cooking those eggs, place a lid on the pan to steam the tops so you get all the white cooked without over cooking the yolk! Also I do not like watery spinach, so I wash and spin dry (lettuce spinner) I also do not use any oil when I cook the spinach, I do not like a puddle on my plate.
When I work from home (about 50% of my time is travelling) I do like to cook some meat at lunch. My wife has been a vegetarian for 18 years now, and is currently mostly vegan, so lunch is really my meat time (which could sound so dirty and wrong).
Today I cooked a 2 lb pork tenderloin (from Bone in Foods, a Paleo food service in Jersey City) I start with a quick “marinade” of salt, pepper, chili flakes and Coconut Aminos (basically Paleo friendly Soy Sauce). let that sit for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Sear on the stove with some Avocado oil in the pan at medium-high heat (note a pork tenderloin has 4 sides). Sear each side for 2 minutes, then transfer to the oven for 20 minutes.
Pull from the oven, and let rest for ten minutes on a plate and tada! Perfect medium. Good pork can and should have a little pink in the center.
With that I had some left over vegetable soup that we had made over the weekend. That soup is actually a combination of two soups we had made. One a very spicy vegetable soup, that i had to add coconut milk to to cook down (to no effect) and the other a “cream” of broccoli and spinach. I took half of each and mixed them together for today’s lunch.
I was feeling a little peckish in the afternoon, so I opted for a second espresso and a vegan, Paleo, dairy free “chocolate brownie” I had made a couple weeks back!
As previously mentioned my wife is a long time vegetarian, so typically dinners are vegetarian, now also Paleo, and mostly vegan in fact (so no dairy or eggs either). Today was a first time try on a “creamed spinach” recipe from Danielle Walker’s Against all Grain: Celebrations which is an excellent cookbook it is now a staple in our house. We also roasted a butternut squash with some avocado oil (higher smoking point then olive oil), some salt and pepper as well as some hot paprika (not the normal sweet).
It starts with (in this case I cut the recipe in half) 1.5 lbs of spinach. Washed, spun dry, then blanched for 2 minutes. Remove from water, press all the water out, then rough chop.
You then make a quick nut milk (1/2 cup of soaked cashews, 1/2 cup water, some lemon juice, salt, nutmeg and apple cider vinegar) and blend the crap out of that for 1 minute.
Saute a quarter of an onion with some garlic on the stove for 5 minutes, add the spinach back in for 5 then add the nut milk, stir and serve.
I have to say the “creamed” spinach was absolutely excellent. It will become a mainstay in our house from now on! We had seconds and literally ate all that I made!
Last but not least, I did have a snack a couple hours after dinner. A simple bag of freeze dried organic banana and strawberry slices (I did not make those), I get them from Amazon and the products I use are from Nature’s All Foods.
So that is a day in food on my journey to Run Long and Eat Paleo! Give or take that was about a 1600 calorie day for those that want to know. Yesterday was not a run day, so my calorie count was able to be lower then it might need to be on a run day, like today, which is a 7 mile run out in this cold, which I need to get out and do now, bye!