Sorry I fell behind on my updates this weekend! Not to worry, as I have taken many pictures so get ready for a mouth-watering read…
Day 26: Friday Funday! Well, it was actually workday- a busy one. But I had an exciting lunch adventure planned with Paula to break up the day. We ventured to Merzi on 7th Street, a contemporary Indian-inspired order-at-the-counter restaurant. It’s seriously the new craze, and better than Chipotle in my opinion… I know, bold statement. But you must try it. I don’t even like Indian food and it’s SO tasty, you can pick everything that goes into your dish, and it’s fresh & healthy too! I chose a salad base with grilled chicken and onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a mild chutney. Essentially paleo, but a little high in sodium.
Friday night only brought more tasty food and baking adventures too! My CrossFit friends had me over for dinner, so lucky me did not have to cook 🙂 Becky & Mike made Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes (definitely stealing this recipe) and Broccoli & Asparagus with lemon and olive oil.
After dinner, it was time for attempt #2 of Paleo baking! We decided to be ambitious and bake two kinds of muffins. We halved the recipes so it would be easier. I used a recipe from the CrossFit Albany blog for Paleo Pumpkin muffins. They were moister and more flavorful than the Paleo Apple Muffins I made a couple weeks ago.
Becky chose to make Carrot Cake (muffins), and ambitiously grated baby carrots in a blender. Everything was looking good until we mixed all the ingredients together and the batter was completely dry– whoops! We determined that there was WAY too much coconut flour (since we had substituted it for almond flour), but we managed to plop them into the muffin tin and attempted to bake them anyways!
There was also some leftover carrot cake batter so we attempted to moisten it with some applesauce and pumpkin. I thought everything tasted great! Yes, the carrot muffins were a bit dry, but still a good attempt. Lesson learned: when substituting coconut flour for almond flour, use MUCH less than it calls for.
Day 27 started out with CrossFit, and a perfect day to be outside! (Shout out to Sarah for her first CF class! She may have kicked my butt.)
After CrossFit, it was time to GRILL. Our Paleo BBQ was filled with a TON of delicious food. Are you ready for this? Burgers, Chicken skewers with peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, pineapple, BBQ Pulled Pork, 2 salads, AND baked goods.
I couldn’t have asked for better weather, company, or food! So far, a wonderful weekend. Only 3 more days left in the challenge… (and I already have my first non-Paleo meal planned…Sushi, duh.) BUT, I still intend to keep it up when I’m cooking for myself. After all, I have my new cookbook to keep me occupied 🙂