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

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 3

“This is great asparagus!” -Jordan

So this is our candy now, I guess. I don’t hate it 🙂

Breakfast: baked omelet, same as day 2. There is still some of the omelet left over from Tuesday, so again that is what Jordan and I each had for breakfast this morning. We both had coffee with coconut oil and cream which is still a weird texture but the taste is great. I’m sure I will get used to the oily texture.

Lunch
Sarah: I had my first experience with eating out since starting this journey. I had a work function at an Italian restaurant in Westchester. Carbs are unavoidable in Italian cuisine so this was interesting. I was a little panicked when we got to the restaurant and it occurred to me what was going on. They served a pasta course which smelled delicious but I resisted. Then came the salad which had a light oil and vinegar dressing (not perfect but it worked). I ordered eggplant over breaded chicken and fish which was delicious but of course, was served with a side of mashed potatoes, the number one source of starch/glucose and one of my top 5 favorite foods (ugh). Somehow, not really sure how, I resisted all of it and simply ate the eggplant and green beans (phew!).

Jordan: he had a salad today and added sardines and sauerkraut for protein and probiotics. Before you judge (like I did), consider the ingredients separately rather than all mixed together – not so terrible. And the nutritional value in each of those ingredients outweighs the yucky-ness 🙂

Dinner: for dinner tonight, I got chicken thighs, with bone and skin and marinated them in a little bit of my homemade Italian dressing (coconut vinegar, olive oil and Italian seasonings) for about 30-45 minutes. The recipe I used is here and the chicken came out perfect. It had great flavor and wasn’t at all dry. I also made roasted asparagus to go with it from this recipe.

I get 99% of my recipes from Pinterest… @sarahburke828 if your interested in others. I am a Pinterest addict so there is a lot of other things on there in addition to recipes.

So far this is going well. They say you will know when you have reached Ketosis and the hardest part is the first week or 2 when you are weaning off your dependency on sugar for energy. Stay tuned for more! And please let us know if you have questions or comments, we would love to hear from you!

-Sarah

Ketogenics – Day 2

Day 2 is done and so far we are both feeling good! Right around 4:00 this afternoon we both slowed down, both looking for some sugar but other than that today went well. So here is a breakdown of what we ate for day 2:

Breakfast: baked omelet & coffee. I made this yesterday and we both took a piece for breakfast. I ate mine with a little creme fraiche (sweeter version of sour cream) and Jordan ate his plain. It was delicious! I also had my usual coffee BUT this morning I added coconut oil to it. Sounds weird but it was surprisingly very good! I happen to love the flavor of coconut so it was great. I still added a little cream but no sugar. I think I can handle that!

Lunch: salads. I made one big salad on Sunday, just to make morning prep easier because I am not a morning person by any means. The salad has lettuce, cucumber and red pepper and this morning I added an avocado and some feta cheese. This is where you can get creative though. Any good, pastured cheese, meat (think leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, etc.) I made dressing from Coconut Vinegar (apple cider vinegar substitute), olive oil, and Italian seasoning. This is a usual for me, so I enjoyed it!

Dinner: crockpot beef and sweet potato stew. This recipe was really easy and anything in the crockpot is a win, especially on NSS workout nights! I made some roasted broccoli and of course, pickles for digestion!

Crockpot beef & Sweet Potato Stew:
2lbs stew meat
1 cup beef/vegetable stock
5 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large white onion, chopped
2 large sweet potatoes

Turn the crockpot on high and melt butter (about 3 tbsp)
Add the onions and let simmer while you cut the rest of the vegetables and meat.
Add sweet potatoes, carrots and meat. Pour in broth until the crockpot is about 1/4 full, or so.
Cook on high for 4-6 hours or longer if needed, until the sweet potatoes are cooked (soft) and meat is tender.

For a thicker stew-like sauce, coat the meat in coconut flour and brown in a sauté pan before adding to the crockpot.

**UPDATE: This is the recipe that I used for the roasted broccoli – I make this all the time. Its super easy and tastes amazing! I usually leave out the lemon juice and I don’t always use the Parmesan cheese, it really doesn’t need it but a little parm never hurt anyone! 🙂

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