Monday, October 27, 2014

Day 8 9 and 10

This marks the first difficult weekend. It's pretty easy to be honest the first weekend. Everything had just begun and I was on fire. Plus I was at home and it is pretty easy to "behave" while home. This weekend we are at the lake and it's an away game weekend which means TV, football, and snacky  delicious food. Will power where are you?

Day 8

Breakfast       2 sausage patties
                      1 cup leftover T'giving dressing (cauliflower version)

Lunch.           1 hamburger patty
                      1 tablespoon paleo ketchup

Dinner.          Roast chicken
                      Sliced tomatoes
                      Collard greens onions and leeks
                      unsweetened iced tea

Later.              Dried mulberries

                                                           Paleo Ketchup

You might notice my ketchup is a little darker than commercial ketchup.  It is entirely possibly I might have fallen asleep partway through its cooking time and let it cook , oh, 9 hours or so.

2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon allspice
dash of cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Put all the ingredients in a crock pot.  Stir to combine.  Cook on low for about 6  hours.  Blend with an immersion blender ( Or just use a regular blender, but you have to be careful blending hot things.  The lid will blow if you don't blend small batches at a time.)  Bottle, let come to room temperature and then store in the fridge. (I bottled half and froze half because I am not sure how long it will store)

I found this recipe accidentally at Diane Sanfilippo  I was not looking for anything ketchupy at the time but had the good sense to bookmark it. 3 days later I was making it.  I would be lying if I said this tastes exactly like ketchup.  It is not as sweet and definitely has a more pronounced tomato flavor than Heinz or Hunts.  That being said, it was a delicious alternative to sugar laden ketchup.  It is tasty enough that I might switch to this instead of ever going back to the commercial stuff.  One day next week I might opt for some sweet potato oven fries and this might be a delicious dipping sauce.  Will let you know.

Day 9

Breakfast       Bacon* egg, mushroom, scallion scramble

Lunch           2 ham slices (Thank you Boar's Head)
                      dill pickles

Supper          grilled steak
                     green salad with failed mayo dressing
                     huge serving broccoli
                     1/2 baked potato with salt and pepper

Later             sliced apple

Day 10

Breakfast     2 slices ham

Lunch         Chili stuffed sweet potato
                   tossed salad

Dinner        Chipotle's carnitas salad with pico and guacamole (My anniversary dinner)

Later           Handful of cashews

* Maverick brand bacon has no sugars, no MSG, no nitrates and no nitrites.  I found it at Publix
Boar's head meats all contain no nitrates or nitrites or MSG.  Publix is very kind to hand out a small pamphlet with all their different meats listing all the ingredients and full nutritional info.  I do love Publix!


  1. Keep up the good work. You can do it!

    1. Live and learn, I know I will be fine for the 30 days, it's the 30 after and the 30 after that and the 30...

  2. I think you are doing wonderfully, Anne! The food you are eating actually sounds very tasty to me and so healthy! The ketchup recipe sounds good- I tried making my own ketchup when I had to be on a low-iodine diet, but I wasn't impressed with the way it turned out. I think it is more because it wasn't what I was 'used to'. :)

    1. Dawn, I am a pretty decent cook and can experiment and sort of know how things will taste before they are actually done. I did not expect the ketchup to taste like "real" ketchup, and it didn't, but it was surprisingly good. I am just getting tired of cooking all the time. I miss going out to eat!

  3. Good job, the first weeks are the hardest.

    1. I am ok during the week, but the weekends kill me.