Monthly Archives: June 2014

Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad

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Hey blog friends,

 

How’s it going?! I’m pretty stoked cuz I’m headed up to my cottage for 5 days…really extending that long weekend hehe. I need to be one with nature. Although let’s be real, within one day I’ll be cursing the mosquitos and refusing to open my eyes in the lake. Jk, I never open my eyes in lake water. There are some things you just don’t want to see.

The reasoning behind this recipe went something like this: I want caesar salad–>I have brussel sprouts about to go bad–>brussel sprouts taste good with bacon–>brussel caesar salad. THE END.

Brussel Sprout Caesar Salad

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This salad is easily modified to be vegan, paleo, or veggie. Simply swap out chicken and bacon for protein of choice (I’m thinking roasted edamame would be good, and also work with the green theme so bonus for color coordination).

Ingredients

(serves 2 very hungry people)

  • About 4 cups of brussel sprouts, halved (but keeping that little stem on them at the bottom so that when you cut them they dont flake into a million pieces. )
  • 2 decent sized chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • about 6 strips of bacon
  • finely diced green onion *I really just threw this in cause it was about to go bad. Didn’t regret it tho
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • garlic, salt, pepper, hot pepper for seasoning
  • For the dressing: I used this one from Detoxinista and LOVED it. I also added capers because I really liked them in this vegan caesar dressing, although I’m sure it would be good without. Also for any fellow Kingston dwellers, Tara’s (aka food Mecca/where my money goes to die) sells very cheap nutritional yeast! Just look for the bulk bags.

Directions

  • Heat a medium sized frying pan with a bit of olive oil and add diced garlic. Once it starts to brown, add in chicken chunks. KEY: season the shit out of those chickin chunks. My chicken used to taste blah and thats cause I wayy underseasoned it. Add garlic salt, pepper, hot peppers, and then add them again.
  • Get the bacon going while chicken is cooking. Medium is best, unless you like very chewy bacon (in which case do low heat).
  • Let your meat cook and chop the sprouts/green onions/romaine.
  • Probably time to flip the chicken. SEASON AGAIN ON OTHER SIDE. Really, just do it.
  • Also time to flip bacon. Try not to get grease on you or less you become known as the girl who smells like bacon. Not the worst title, but also not the best.
  • Make dressing! I just put it all in my little food processor and weeeee let it spin. I love that thing.
  • Chicken is probs done (about 5-7 min on either side, or until it is no longer pink in the middle). Remove. Time to cook the sprouts: if bacon is not done, just drain a little bacon fat from the pan and put it in the chicken pan. Add sprouts (keep heat on medium, you want a bit of a char), SEASON and let cook for a few minutes.
  • Assemble the rest of the salad, chop bacon into chunks and remove brussel sprouts when they have a golden brown tint.
  • Add dressing and sprouts,  then feast!

Couple other things:

  • I’m very into this blog lately! Carly posts a lot of body-positive content, and her writing is hilarious.
  • FAVE DESSERT OF LATE: sauteed banana with coconut butter and salt. honestly salivating a little just writing that. I’m thinking sweet plantains would be best cause they wouldn’t get as mushy, so I’ll be trying that next.

bananas

 

{Mine looked something like this. Plus a large mountain of coconut butter.}

  • I’m kinda thinking of doing a Whole 30.  I have been kinda thinking of this for awhile, but been a bit wary cause of the whole no alcohol situation. It is summer, and I like caesars. And strongbow. However since booze makes my stomach twist up like I’ve swallowed a snake, it might just be time.
  • THIS PUGS OF WESTEROS VIDEO IS EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WANTED. Honestly, if I ever got a pug I would become a full on hermit and never leave the house and just dress him/her up as various characters from my favorite movies and stop having a social life. Although not gonna lie, it would have been way funnier/cuter if the Prince Joffrey pug had been a puppy. Also considering Prince Joffrey as my potential future pug’s name. Other front runner: Pigwidgeon.
  • The nerdy scientist in me loves these histology plates. I always thought histology was kind of beautiful and clearly I’m not the only one. Although I don’t know if I could eat off them…maybe more of a display plate.

histoloy plates

 

  • Lastly, I recently ordered some Epic Bars off Barefoot Provisions. I am ridiculously excited for their arrival. It is a testament to my desperation to try these that I spent 12 dollars on shipping on these babies. You know I have a job when…

What I’m listening to today (besides Don’t Wait cause I’m still crushing on that song):

Fave blog recipes+ being paleo

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Hello world!

So I haven’t blogged in awhile…wuteva. My blog, my rulez. Tbh, school kinda got crazy (I say this about once a week) and the blog slipped from my radar. I moved, started two new jobs, and have been slowly eating myself into a diabetic coma due to the amount of ice cream I make/eat. Major props to my little minion sister Shelagh for buying me that wonderful appliance.

This summer has been pretty amazing so far. My new place comes with a fire escape that is perfect for lounging in the sun, I’m not writing the MCAT (moment of silence for this blessed occurrence plz), boyfriend and best friends are always nearby and its STRAWBERRY SEASON. Although the last strawberry I ate maybe had a worm in it. I say maybe cause I ate most of it before realizing….

In terms of recent eats, I’m kinda digging paleo lately. I know I know, I was vegan last summer and paleo this summer. I’m experimenting okay? I initially wanted to try veganism because of the scientific literature I’d read supporting its health benefits. Forks over Knives and The China Study were both large influences in my decision to try veganism, and although they are controversial sources, I wanted to give it a shot. Going vegan just wasn’t sustainable for me because:

1) I love bacon

2) I love eggs

3) It resulted in me eating wayyy too many carbs.

4) I found that it was too restrictive

These last two are really why veganism didnt work for me. I would try to cook exciting vegan meals but would always end up relying on granola, toast, protein bars to fill me up. It was also kinda tough to go out for meals, go home to my parents place, and just not eat in my own kitchen in general. I’m pretty social, and hate feeling limited in those kind of situations.

Paleo has its own kind of restrictions, but I find they fit a lot easier into my diet. Avocados, coconut oil, bacon, ground turkey, scrambled eggs and sweet potatoes are some of my top fave foods and I love that I’ve found a diet/lifestyle/community that incorporates all those regularly. Plus the science behind paleo is pretty interesting. Its more of a meat and fat focused diet, and although I wouldn’t say its low carb, it isn’t grain based at all. There is a fair amount of fat (saturated or mono unsaturated) in a paleo diet, which is something I’m still struggling to be comfortable with. I have been taught in school that saturated fat results in heart disease, atheroschlerosis, all over badness, etc, but there is some very interesting contradicting research regarding saturated fat and heart health. You can read more about it here and here if you feel so inclined.

Here are some of the paleoish blogs I’ve added to my rotation:

PaleOMG

The Paleo Mom

Stupid Easy paleo

Paleo Parents 

ANYWAYS, this blog isn’t really a nutrition blog, because despite my mother’s insistence that I should go into nutrition (“it combines science and food! It’s your thing!” Thanks mom…), I don’t find metabolism/nutrition research that interesting. I’m very thankful for the people who do this research, and think it’s super important, but just naaaat for me.

So it’s no secret that I have a blog obsession. I have about 15 or so I check regularly, and have been reading a few for years (#obsessed). Here’s a round up of my fave recipes from said blogs, in no particular order! I have made all of these at least 3 times at some point in my culinary adventures/failures, so I can vouch for their deliciousness.

  • Plantain Pancakes from The Paleo Mom–>SO UNREAL. I was a big fan of the 2 ingredient banana egg pancake, although it often turned into a weird sweet egg scramble. Sounds gross, tasted delish. but then I found The Paleo Mom and her pancakes and my mind is forever changed!! These pancakes have the best texture, and I love the ingredients. Simple and healthy, with no compromise on taste. Bonus: the recipe makes a wicked paleo muffin.
  • Roasted new potato and asparagus salad from Oh She Glows–> the dressing in this salad is pure genius. It’s oil free, goes great on literally every salad you’ve ever made, and can be whipped up in about 5 seconds. The salad itself is pretty good, but the dressing is what really gets me.
  • Breakfast Cookie dough cereal by The Fitnessista–> The first blog recipe I ever tried! There was a solid few months where every breakfast I ate came from the Fitnessista. I think this recipe is so inventive, and although I don’t really eat it anymore, it was a big hit (. Also, packs up nicely to take to the library (*shudders at thought of eating breakfast in library again*).
  • Rhubarb berry crisp by Edible perspective–> Again, not so much of a favorite nowadays, but man I made that breakfast about 5 times. Great for lazy sunday/tuesday mornings, this was the first time I ever appreciated rhubarb.
  • Shredded chicken and caramelized plantains by PaleOMG–> I sub shredded chicken and kid myself that I will have leftovers. Perfect with some ‘cado (I’m trying to get ‘cado to happen.)

So that’s whats up. Apologies for the lack of pics in this post, I’m trying to get better at taking them!!

Here’s one of my current song obsessions…..if boyfriend saw this he would groan cause I literally play it on repeat, and then also sing it. BUT IT’S JUST REAL GOOD OKAY