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Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« on: May 08, 2011, 01:36:03 PM »
Hello everybody!  First time poster.  I'm fairly new to this whole Paleolithic movement (just over a month in), so let me introduce myself:  I'm a thirty-something Alabama high school teacher who has always loved to cook.  Seriously, I remember learning how to make pancakes from scratch before I was tall enough to fully see over the counter.

I've assembled quite a collection of cookbooks over the years and about a year ago I realized that I couldn't keep track of what recipes I had and hadn't tried.  So to track these things I started a food journal.  I write entries in a notebook and then mark each recipe in the cookbook with a sticker.  That way I can flip through any given cookbook and see what recipes I'd used.

People were suggesting that I start photographing what I cook, so I recently started posting pictures of food on my Tumblr.  You can see that blog right here.

Well a little over a month ago a buddy of mine named Brett who has been doing the Paleo thing asked me to come over and show him some cooking basics.  We cooked up some deer and chicken and he showed me a copy of Dr. Cordain's The Paleo Diet. Just browsing through the book was really interesting.  I went out the next day and bought my own copy.  Only a week later I bought The Paleo Diet Cookbook.  I guess finally joining this Forum was inevitable.

The paleolithic movement really appeals to me for a number of reasons.  I already had a healthy distrust of processed food, I prefer to make things from scratch rather than buy anything prepackaged.  Also I read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma a few years ago and began to realize the flaws in the USDA food pyramid.  The fact that corn syrup goes in everything bothers me greatly. 

Anyhow I spent a few days lurking and have decide to take the plunge and start posting here.  I've been impressed with the breadth of knowledge that's I've found here (such as the whole lean vs fatty protein debate).  Glad to see a place like this exists!

Anyhow to start off this food journal, here's a photo of dinner from last night (Saturday, April 8th, 2011).  I used two recipes from The Paleo Diet: "Red Snapper in Snappy Sauce" and "Spinach Salad Dressing".   I used Yellowtail Snapper instead of Red Snapper, and used only red bell peppers (the recipe called for both red and green), but otherwise followed the recipes exactly.  I used the dressing to top a simple salad of spinach, red bell pepper slices, and kalamata olives.

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Re: Abbot's Food Journal
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 02:41:00 PM »
Sunday April 8th, 2011 breakfast.  Scrambled eggs and salsa with strawberries.  Both recipes were from pages of the Paleo Diet.  The scrambled eggs recipe was called "Scrambled Basil Eggs", and it was simple; just eggs and dried basil.  That recipe referenced a separate recipe for the salsa called "Anaheim Cilantro Salsa". I added some strawberries to the plate, and that was breakfast.


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Re: Abbot's Food Journal
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2011, 09:58:49 PM »
Sunday April 8th, 2011 dinner: Grilled Yellowtail with broiled mushrooms and spinach salad.  These recipes were from the Paleo Diet Cookbook.  The fish recipe was titled "Grilled Snapper" and called for Red Snapper (of course), but I substituted Yellowtail Snapper again.  The fish was seasoned with turmeric, paprika, black pepper, and oregano.  I cooked it in my cast iron grill pan.  The mushroom recipe was under the title "Wild Roasted Mushrooms."  It called for cremini, oyster, and enoki mushrooms... but I only had baby portobello and white mushrooms, so that's what I used.  The spinach salad had radishes, red bell pepper slices and was topped with the left-over dressing from the night before.  Not a bad meal to end the weekend.


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Re: Abbot's Food Journal
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2011, 06:41:38 AM »
Monday April 9th, 2011 breakfast!  Apple salad and two slices of bacon.  The recipe for the apple salad was from the Paleo Diet, where it was called "Kyle's Apple Breakfast".  It was a chopped apple, a shredded carrot, and some raisins, topped with cinnamon.  The bacon was cooked in a cast iron grill pan (thus the grill marks).

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Re: Abbot's Food Journal
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2011, 06:37:22 AM »
Monday April 9th, 2011 dinner.  Mushroom meatloaf with a Waldorf Salad.  The salad recipe was from the Paleo Diet, while the meatloaf recipe was from the Paleo Diet Cookbook, found under the title "Shittake Meatloaf".  White mushrooms were what I had on hand, so I substituted those for the shiitakes.

 


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Re: Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2011, 06:47:17 AM »
Tuesday April 10th, 2011 breakfast.  Slice of bacon, fresh strawberries, and Fresh-made cinnamon applesauce.  The applesauce recipe was from the Paleo Diet.  It called for only three ingredients, apples (puréed in a food processor), lemon juice, and cinnamon.  I also added some allspice, just to be complicated.

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Re: Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2011, 08:07:21 AM »
Wednesday dinner, May 11th, 2011.  Pork chops stuffed with liver and a spinach salad.  Recipe from the Paleo Diet.   The stuffing for the pork chop was made with mushrooms, parsley, and chicken livers.  The salad was made with spinach, sliced tomatoes, and shaved almonds.

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Re: Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2011, 08:12:42 AM »
Thursday breakfast, May 12th, 2011.  Spinach and avocado omelet with a side of bacon.  The recipe came from the Paleo Diet Cookbook, under the title "So-Cal Omelet".  The omelet was filled with basil, black pepper, spinach and avocado slices.  It was topped with more avocado slices and served with a side of bacon, which I cooked in the toaster oven on the broiler setting. 


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Re: Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2011, 10:41:11 AM »
Dinner, Thursday, May 12th, 2011: Rainbow chard two ways with pork. This recipe was not from any particular cookbook, but was similar to several I’ve used in the past.  I took the chard and I separated the stems from the leaves.  Then I diced the stems and sautéed them with mushrooms and shallots in olive oil.  Next I sliced a pocket into the pork chops and stuffed them with the chard/mushroom/shallot filling.  I baked the pork chops in the toaster oven, then shredded the chard greens and simmered them on the stovetop with lemon.


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Re: Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2011, 02:04:51 PM »
Abbot - are you eating much fat? How much of this is sat fat?

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Re: Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2011, 11:14:31 AM »
Abbot - are you eating much fat? How much of this is sat fat?
Not too much.  I've been folowing recipes out of the Paleo Diet mostly, so with the exception of bacon for breakfast or occasional cuts of fatty beef, not much fat at all.  I would like to bring more fat into the diet.  I crave butter and cheese!

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Re: Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2011, 11:17:00 AM »
Wednesday dinner, May 18th, 2011: Choped beef and ratatouille.  The ratatouille recipe was from the pages of the Paleo Diet.  I substituted cilantro for parsley and added some chopped celery.


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Re: Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2011, 11:47:47 AM »
I may be off base here... but your portions seem really small....

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Re: Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2011, 03:10:53 PM »
Add animal fat - Cordain is a bit off base with his lean meat. He has since revised his position on sat fat. You'll find many other 'versions' of paleo  which recommend way more fat. You'll also find lots of discussions here about it.

Elsewhere, you'll find references to people trying low fat paleo - it's easy to slip into way low fat and it doesn't work. It also makes little sense to recommend a natural diet and then depend on oils you only get from extraction processes. You'll also crave fat more and more until you get enough.

Forget the dairy as it can stall weight loss and there's a chance that you don't handle it as well as you think. Save your meat and chicken fat, and cook with those. Buy fattier cuts of meat (which are cheaper) and make stews, soups and casseroles with them.

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Re: Abbot's Food Journal with Photos
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2011, 07:01:03 AM »
Dinner: Thursday May 19th, 2011.  Ground sirloin burgers and walnut broccoli with carrots.  Recipe from the Paleo Diet.  I added a parsnip to the recipe, because I've got some to use up.