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April 2012

Batch-Cooking-April-30-2012-osso-bucco-and-frittata

Yes, it was a few hours of pandemonium :P

But, now I have food ready to go for almost the entire week.

That’s the joy of batch cooking :)

On the menu this week: osso bucco with baked broccoli for dinner and frittata bites with chard, sausage and feta for lunch.

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What's-In-Your-Cart-April-29-12

Do you ever peek into other people’s shopping carts, or gawk at their purchases at the check-out? Do you then try to figure out what kind of diet, if any, they’re on? Followed perhaps by a quick glance at the shopper to evaluate the success of that diet?

Somehow I doubt I’m the only one ;) In which case, you might find my weekly shopping loot interesting.

PS – I bought chicken wings covered in flour. Oops! I have no idea how that happened – thought it was just all the spicy seasoning, although it looks like bread crumbs even from here… They were listed at the end of the ingredient list and I somehow missed them – it had been a long day. Oh well. I ended up thoroughly washing the wings (they were raw), and re-seasoning them. Not perfect, but it’ll do.

The bottle up front is coconut water, and the greens are chard and broccoli.

*These groceries are for 1 week, 2 people; missing from this cart is the osso bucco previously purchased and frozen.

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Oyama-Plate

“But if you don’t eat bread, what the heck do you eat??”

This should answer that question and then some. Check out the images below of everything that I ate this past week to see the extent of my suffering on this paleo/primal “diet”.

This week included: braised chicken with prunes, olives and orange with a side of braised cabbage; salad with steak, avocado, and goat cheese; and a charcuterie plate –  what could be tastier, or easier?

And I managed an entire week, not only without any sugar, but also without snacking! :) I needed a bit of a re-set. Also, you’ll notice only 6 breakfasts – I decided to try some light intermittent fasting by skipping brekkie on weekends. Keep reading…

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1) How Vegetable Oils Replaced Animal Fats in the American Diet

In this excerpt from The Happiness Diet, discover how Procter & Gamble convinced people to forgo butter and lard for cheap, factory-made oils loaded with trans fat.” Keep reading…

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I love me some chicken salad. It’s easy to make, tasty, and makes for a nutritious lunch. To not get bored of chicken salad, I like to mix things up. Here are my favourite chicken salad recipes – I’ll update this post if I come up with any more.

1. Tarragon Chicken Salad

This chicken salad is different enough to really stand out. The chicken, rather than the greens, is drenched in the dressing, and the fresh tarragon lends an unusual, distinctive flavor. The grapes and dried currents add an unexpected twist, helping to differentiate this salad from others. If I want salad for lunch, yet I’m tired of salad for lunch, this is the salad I make.

Tarragon Chicken Salad Keep reading…

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