Weekend Rewind

I swear it was Friday like five minutes ago.” I’m sure its not just me, but this weekend seemed to FLY by. It was a great weekend – time flies when you’re having fun I guess.

So here is a quick review of our weekend.

Friday
Dinner: We decided to try a new restaurant for dinner so we went to Farm to Table Bistro in Fishkill: “We source most of our ingredients from local farmers and creameries and use as many local Hudson Valley purveyors as possible. The promise we make to our customers is to provide them with the freshest ingredients that are seasonably available and do so by purchasing locally whenever possible.” The food was great! We will definitely be going back there again. We ordered the Crispy Fried Calamari ‘A La Frankie’ at the waiter’s recommendation as an appetizer and it was delicious! I would go back just for that. The special for the night was a crabcake with crab salad which we both ordered. There was a little miscommunication between us and the waiter and we didn’t realize that was also an appetizer and not actually an entree – but regardless, it was also delicious! All the food was incredibly fresh and prepared really well. Like I said, we will definitely be going back (maybe ordering entrees next time, though :-)) BONUS: it was Hawaiian night on Friday so everyone got a lei when they walked in.

Saturday
Breakfast was ‘on-the-go’ so I made us some green smoothies – I use fresh baby spinach, coconut oil, coconut flakes (for flavor), plain yogurt (probiotics), milk and about 1/4 cup of frozen fruit (strawberry & mango), blended it all up in the Nutri-Ninja and we were ready to go.

Green Smoothie - don't let the color fool you!

Green Smoothie don’t let the color fool you!

We spent the day in the City and neither of us were hungry for lunch at all – I find the smoothies to be very filling – so we held out for dinner and went to this awesome place in the City, Bareburger. If you have never been there, you really have to go! They specialize in burgers but have other things as well. Everything is organic, the beef is grass-fed and they even have sprouted buns! Its a great atmosphere and overall just an awesome place. One of the few times I have ordered a burger in my life and I loved it – we will go back there any chance we get 🙂 I just learned that they also have other locations, as well – definitely check out their website and go if you can.

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Bareburger… Best Burgers, ever.

Sunday
I know everyone is pretty much feeling the same way at this point but seriously, is spring EVER going to come?!? (I have my doubts)

We made a snowy trip to Adams for our weekly stock-up. Our grocery list this week was similar to last week, but I will post that again following this post for anyone who is interested.

Dinner: I made Parsley-Garlic Steak Bites from a recipe I found on Pinterest (because really, where else?). They were super easy and very tasty. This was a great alternative to grilling steak and the parsley-garlic marinade was light and summery (I’ll take it wherever I can get it at this point!). I think I would double this marinade next time and maybe freeze it to have on hand. I also think  you could substitute basil for the parsley, or maybe do half basil, half parsley and make it more of a pesto. Either way, it was really easy and delicious. I followed the recipe exactly as it was on the blog and I did use Chuck steak instead of sirloin just because it is what I happened to have.

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Parsley-Garlic Steak Bites ~ I sprinkled a little bit of cheddar cheese on top for a little extra bang!

Green is the theme of this weekend…

I made green beans to go with it:
I steamed about 1lb of organic green beans until they were tender. I put them in a covered dish and added about 2tbsp of raw butter and some roasted garlic pink salt (which I now literally put on everything) and voila! green beans to go with the steak.

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Parsley-Garlic Steak Bites, Green Beans, Sauerkraut and Homemade Seafood Salad

Jordan absolutely loves seafood salad and Adams happened to have crab on sale yesterday so we picked some up and I made a quick and easy seafood/crab salad. I didn’t use a recipe, so here is what I did but it is by no means exact;

About 1 lb of fresh crab meat
3 tbsp all natural mayo
4 stalks of celery
Red onion
1 small pickle
seasonings to taste

Add crab meat to a covered bowl
Chop celery, onion, and pickle and add to crab meat
Add seasonings. I used a little bit of dried dill weed and roasted garlic pink salt but really anything you like would work.
Add mayo and mix together. Let it chill for at least 30-45 minutes, the longer the better.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Happy March!
As always, comments and questions are welcome! 🙂

~Sarah

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Grocery List to Start Week 3

I am a creature of habit so I tend to go to the grocery store and buy the same things every week. This also means I tend to make the same recipes week after week. I have been making a concerted effort to try at least a couple new recipes each week which has forced me to buy some new or different things from the grocery store. You can compare last week to this week and see that the list is largely the same. I also had some things left over from last week, so I didn’t have to buy as much this week.

This week we went to Adams in Wappingers:

Produce:
red leaf lettuce
iceberg lettuce (for “tacos”)
red onion
yellow onion
tomatoes
asparagus
red & yellow peppers
cucumbers
bananas
parsley
cilantro

Poultry:
chicken – enough for 2 dinners

Dairy:
heavy cream
almond milk
creme fraiche
raw cheddar cheese

Other:
pickles
sauerkraut
crab meat
dried seasonings

I found a recipe on Pinterest for homemade, fermented salsa. The recipe was really easy and I learned about the fermenting process, which is not at all what I thought it was. So I decided to give it a try. We eat a lot of salsa and other than a little bit of yogurt and some pickles or sauerkraut, we don’t eat a ton of fermented foods which are very important. So I made the salsa last night and it is currently sitting in jars on my kitchen counter. If you are curious, check out the recipe that I used. It was very easy but my concern is the need for a steady room temperature. The temperature in our apartment can fluctuate as much as 10 degrees a day, so hopefully that won’t be a problem!

If you have ever made fermented salsa, or anything else, let me know! I really want to try pickles and maybe red onions next if this goes well.

~Sarah

Grocery List – Week 2

We went to the grocery store last weekend to prep for this week (which is now almost over!). There are a few great grocery store options in the Hudson Valley area: Adams Fairacre Farms, DeCicco’s and even Stop and Shop can be a good resource as they stock a lot of organic and all natural products.

Here is a list of the things that we bought this weekend:

  • Vegetables (all organic)
    • broccoli
    • spinach
    • red leaf lettuce
    • iceberg lettuce (makes great “wraps”!)
    • tomatoes
    • lemons
    • avocado
    • red/ yellow peppers
    • cucumbers
    • celery
  • Dairy
    • raw cheddar cheese
    • raw pepper jack cheese
    • free range eggs
    • feta cheese
    • raw butter
  • Poultry
    • all natural/free range whole chicken
    • all natural/free range split chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on)
  • Other
    • Himalayan Pink Salt – (great source of minerals and tastes delish!)
    • organic dried banana chips
    • organic raisins
    • organic, all natural mayonnaise
    • chipotle “ketchup” (its an all-natural ketchup without the added sugar)
    • fresh salsa
    • fresh guacamole

We went to DeCicco’s in Brewster for all this stuff. I love going to DeCicco’s! They always have interesting things that you can’t find elsewhere and they are pretty reasonably priced, especially considering the quality.

I mentioned this in a previous post but here it is again: about 6+ months ago, we bought the meat from a whole cow, which we split with 3 other families. We got a variety of cuts of meat that totaled 1/4 cow – it is organic, grass-fed beef which we don’t have to include on our regular grocery list each week. The quality of the meat is outstanding and as someone who does not like beef, its very good! NorthStar Sports does have a selection of cuts of meat at a very reasonable price – if you want to try it or just don’t have room in your freezer for a couple hundred pounds of beef, they are happy to sell you some from their stock.

I hope this is helpful! As always, let me know if you have questions 🙂

~Sarah

Ketogenics – Day 4

Day 4… Low energy is today’s theme. The low blood sugar kind of “low energy” which is a good thing… It means we are going in the right direction and we should be over this hump pretty soon.

Here is the breakdown of today:
Breakfast: same as the previous days – we finished off the omelet/frittata and coffee with coconut oil.

Lunch: salads.
Jordan: lettuce (spring mix), raw baby spinach, red pepper, cucumber, 1 whole avocado with the homemade Italian dressing.

Sarah: lettuce (spring mix), red pepper, cucumber, 1 whole avocado and a piece of left over chicken from last night. I also used the homemade Italian dressing.

Dinner: I found a great recipe on a fellow Ketogenic Blog for stuffed meatloaf. It was easy and turned out great!

2lbs ground beef
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 eggs
4 oz cream cheese
1+ cup spinach
1 medium onion
Seasoning: garlic power, salt, pepper, oregano (whatever you like), to taste

Preheat oven to 425 F
In a mixing bowl, add ground beef and eggs. Mix until well combined. Add seasonings and onion.

Lay out a piece of plastic wrap on the counter. Press out the mixture on the plastic wrap into a rectangle making sure it’s even all the way across. Add cream cheese and spinach to the middle. It’s easier if you let the cream cheese come to room temperature before you spread it over the beef mixture.

Take one end of the plastic wrap and start to roll. It doesn’t have to be tight, it should just roll one full time.

Transfer to baking dish. Add stewed tomatoes to the top and pour about half the can of the tomato juice over the meatloaf.

Bake for 45-60 minutes, until the inside temperature reached 150 F.

We had steamed green beans with the meatloaf. For the green beans I used a steamer pot and once they were cooked, I put them in a bowl with some seasoning and butter.

I would highly recommend this meatloaf. It was tasty and filling. Thanks to WickedStuffed Blog for the recipe!

This was my favorite meal so far and there is room for creativity. The original recipe called for goat cheese and spinach stuffing but I don’t like goat cheese so I substituted cream cheese. I’m sure there would be other options too. I thought about using Ricotta cheese, too.

If you try this recipe, let me know! I’d love to hear how you liked it and what you did differently.

Bonus: tonight we used the Yonanas machine to add a little frozen fruit to yogurt. I used pineapple for mine and Jordan had mango in his. Delicious!!

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Stuffed Meatloaf and Green Beans

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Yonanas Maker

TGIT (Thank God Its Thursday!) Have a great evening 🙂

~Sarah

Ketogenics – Day 1

So today was day one of the Ketogenic Diet (I don’t like calling it a diet because it really is a lifestyle, not a diet)

Jordan went to the grocery store yesterday to pick up some of the things that we needed for the week. He went with Jerry who has been doing this for over a year now and they went to Adams Fairacre Farms. Some of the things that he got:
Produce (all organic): broccoli, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, cucumbers, red peppers
Staples: raw/organic coconut oil, fermented pickles (see picture), fermented sauerkraut, pastured butter, free-range eggs, pastured cheddar cheese (pastured is different and not to be confused with pasteurized)

So for dinner tonight, I made baked chicken with spinach. I cut boneless/skinless chicken breasts in half and put them in a casserole dish. I melted the pastured butter in a sauté pan and added a medium white onion. I cooked the onion until it was soft and added 2 cloves of garlic and the spinach. Once the spinach was wilted, I added a little bit of organic chicken stock and poured the whole mixture over the chicken breasts and baked it for about 30 minutes at 350.

Overall, it was pretty good. It wasn’t overly flavorful which was surprising to me but I will add some seasoning to it next time to “kick it up a notch” maybe. Some red pepper flakes and maybe a can of diced tomatoes would be good.

Day 1 - Dinner

Day 1 – Dinner Chicken, Spinach, Onions, Garlic

Pickles

Fermented Pickles – Taste DELICIOUS the probiotics help you absorb nutrients so you get the most of your meal (but I don’t need an excuse to eat pickles:-))

J- Day 1 weigh in

Jordan’s first weigh in stay tuned for updates!

Tonight I made breakfast for us for the next couple of days. I have done this before but this time I used all fresh/organic ingredients. This baked omelet is made with a dozen farm-fresh, free range eggs, a little bit of milk, organic spinach and some roasted red peppers. We can both take a piece for a quick and easy breakfast “on the go.” Sidenote: the color of this omelet is amazing! the free range, farm fresh eggs make a huge difference! and I use coconut oil to coat the pan so it doesn’t stick (I hope!)

Breakfast

Baked Omelet Dozen farm-fresh eggs, spinach, roasted red peppers

Baked Chicken (need a better name)

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 large container organic baby spinach
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp pastured butter
1/4 organic chicken stock

pre heat oven to 350

1.Cut the chicken in half (butterflied)
2. Melt butter in saute pan with minced garlic and chopped onion until the onion is soft/translucent
3. Add spinach and wilt just until it is soft, not fully wilted.
4. Mix in chicken stock
5. Pour mixture over chicken
6. Bake at 350 for about 25-35 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked (no longer pink and juices run clear)
We ate it with a side of pickles which is highly recommended for digestion but it can be served with any other vegetable you like – be creative!

So overall day one was a breeze! Tomorrow’s menu is a spin on a comfort food classic and I am excited to try it!

If you have suggestions or questions, please let me know! I would also love to know if you are living the ketogenic lifestyle and what your thoughts and recommendations are.

Here Goes Nothin’

Today marks day one of the Ketogenic Diet for Jordan and I. For anyone who doesn’t know, my husband, Jordan, runs an Athlete Training Facility called NorthStar Sports (check it out here) in Poughkeepsie, New York. Exactly one year ago today (totally by coincidence), we learned about the concepts of the Ketogenic Diet from NorthStar’s owners Jerry and Jasmine at a nutritional seminar they did for NorthStar athletes and their families to introduce and encourage healthy eating habits to enhance their workouts.

So what is this diet? A Ketogenic Diet is a high fat, adequate protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to use fat for energy rather than glucose. I would highly recommend reading about this diet – in the medical world, it is/can be used to treat epilepsy but there are a million other health benefits that come from this diet. **

Because we know the source of your food is key to the success of this diet, about 6 months ago we bought one quarter of the meat from a grass-fed, organic cow which we have been regularly eating. Jordan’s parents were kind enough to let us “rent” space in their extra freezer for all the meat we couldn’t store in our tiny apartment freezer.

I have never been a meat person. In fact, I can confidently say I don’t like it. I never choose to eat meat over other things and can say with 100% certainty that I have never ordered a steak at a restaurant in my 25 years of life. Growing up, I almost always chose veggies over everything else on the table and thankfully my mom always made tons of veggies and salad for me so I never had to eat meat – thanks, Mom! 🙂 So for me, this was a huge leap of faith.  I have tried different recipes with various cuts of meat and have been very pleasantly surprised. The meat has a different taste and texture from what you get in the grocery store and I have found it to be enjoyable enough to eat it on a regular basis. Over the the last 6 months, I have eaten more red meat than I probably have in my whole life, which is great.

After 6 or so months of taking on this ‘diet’ in pieces, we have decided to jump in with two feet and just go for it. We are giving it a month of going all in and from that point we will see how it goes. We know it will be more costly this way because we will be choosing all fresh produce, everything organic, grass-fed beef and free range chicken and eggs, nothing processed or pre-packaged and nothing with sugar (glucose, gluten, etc.) of any kind. These things tend to be more expensive than the mass-produced foods but on the other hand we believe that we will see noticeable change in ourselves in both the short term and the long run.

For those of you who are thinking about taking this journey with us, or are just interested to see how we are doing with it, I will post updates on here for you to follow along. I will do my best to post daily about our meals – how they are prepared and how we like them.

Today is day one so I will post about today meals after dinner tonight.

Stay tuned! 🙂

** We have spent a lot of time over the last year learning, researching and taking the concepts on bit by bit. We feel confident that it will work for us, but before you jump in, do some research on your own and make sure that this diet will fit in with your lifestyle and your needs, especially if you are taking various medications.