Anham Mahna

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  1. Anham Mahna

    Pre-Cooking Veggies: How?

    After a trip to Costco, I came back with loads of beautiful veg. Thing is, I'm worried that if I don't pre-cook them all, they'll do what veg usually does in my fridge: sit there and rot until I throw it out. I own Well Fed, and love the concept of the Sunday Cookup. But for some reason, despite having read the bit more that thrice, the concept still eludes me. How is it done, again? So I come for advice. Here's the stuff I bought from Costco. Can I cook it up all now, and reheat later? Or which veg requires cooking and then immediate eating? Baby Bok Choy: a plastic box full of the beauties. Should I clean/steam these all at once, then put away and reheat as needed? Broccoli Florets: steam now, reheat later? Brussels Sprouts: I absolutely love Brussels Sprouts, but only when they're nice and crispy out of the oven. So I think I'll just cut these all now, then bake as needed/desire. Bell Peppers: Might just leave these and cook as needed, as I may want them whole/stuffed one day and chopped another. French Green Beans: steam as needed or just steam all now and reheat later? Random question: I bought the most beautiful, succulent, flavorful red globe grapes. These are ok Whole30, right? I hope so, b/c I have been enjoying them. And without, surprisingly enough, the usual gas and bloating that accompanies grape eating. Hurrah! Thanks for any advice!
  2. How do you store your ghee? Do you keep it in the fridge, or out all day" what kind of container do you use? My first ghee went into a large mason jar and into the fridge. The ghee got hard, and the mason jar isn't the best for scooping hard ghee out of. Lol. So i have to rethink my methods. I thought id ask for advice. Also, I'm having a hard time finding pastured, unsalted butter. Where do you guys get it? My whole foods has pastured lightly salted butter (which i used. The salt is imperceptible.). They have kerrygold, but its salted, too. Thanks!
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    Cravings

    When I started my Whole30 on 2/4, I had INSANE sugar cravings. In fact, a few days before I started, I awoke with the strongest craving for glazed donuts! I went out, bought 12, and immediately ate 4. Yeah. I was out of control. Since starting the Whole30, I must say I am amazed at how my sugar cravings have all but disappeared. Like, overnight! I don't know if it's all in my mind, or what, but I feel great! Here's the thing, though. My CHEESE cravings are ridiculous. I love cheese. I want to put it on everything. I want that cheesy, creamy consistency, and I miss it! What is up with that? Do those ever go away?
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    Cravings

    wow. Thanks, Amy. I guess it just depends on the person.
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    Cravings

    I'm with you, Carlaccini! I miss Ice Cream, too. What substitute did you find for that? I'm hoping dairy doesn't end up doing a number on me, but we'll see. And then I'll have to weigh the costs. Already, I've discovered that after one slip up with wheat, my lymph nodes swelled up! That scared the heck out of me so much, I am afraid to try wheat again!
  6. I love hard boiled eggs, don't get me wrong, but no matter what i do, i cannot make them so the shells come off easily. What am i doing wrong? Ive cooked them via the nomnompaleo instructions: poke holes in top, put in cold water, bring to boil, boil 1 min, let sit 4 min, put in ice water 5 min. Then i leave them in their shells and put them in the fridge. Should i deshell them and then store them? I believe that the age of the eggs may be a factor, but how old does an egg have to be before its shell is easily removed post boiling? Help!
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    Stupid Hard Boiled Eggs

    I am at my WITS END with these stupid eggs. I hard boiled 18 of them, from Costco, and the peeling is just proving to be a hot mess. The egg sticks to the shell. Half of it comes off with the peel. I hate them all right now. Am seriously reconsidering getting that gadget you all are raving about. Stupid eggs.
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    Pre-Cooking Veggies: How?

    Fabulous! Thanks, MrsStick! I'll try that asap!
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    Pre-Cooking Veggies: How?

    AWESOME!! Thank you!
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    Stupid Hard Boiled Eggs

    Me too. If they're peeled, then refrigerated, won't the outer part of the egg develop a hard skin?
  11. Anham Mahna

    Seasoning cast iron

    My cast iron pot is nice and seasoned on the inside, but the bottom is rusty! any suggestions on what to do with it?
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    First Sunday of Lent

    AWESOME mentality! I started my WHole30 on the 4th, just before Lent began, and I, too, see it as a Lenten practice, but much more spiritual. God gave us this body! We should treat it as a temple! Good luck! BTW--I've noticed that prayer REALLY helps with food temptations! (and all the rest, natch!)
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    Pre-Cooking Veggies: How?

    So, I have one of those big pots with a steamer insert. If I put the bok choy in there, with some water at the bottom, that's steaming them, right? LOL. That's how I cook my broccoli, but I never thought to do that with other veg. And when you steam your BS, do you leave them whole, or cut them in half? Thanks so much for these suggestions!
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    Pre-Cooking Veggies: How?

    Some awesome advice, MrsStick! You've inspired me! How did you cook your green beans? I haven't used these often in the kitchen, but at $5 a huge bag, I couldn't resist! I don't mind day-long cooking. In fact, I'd much rather do everything at once, then reheat, than cook every day. I get so lazy, it is unreal!
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    First Sunday of Lent

    If you are Catholic, you should ask your pastor if they have gluten-free wafers. Or you can ask to simply receive the Sacred Blood (wine). I'm not sure about whether other Christian denominations have this, but I know that more and more Catholic churches are doing this now, since not taking Communion is never a desirable thing--but neither is getting sick! Giving up Communion for Lent seems to be contradictory, in a spiritual sense. Good luck!
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    Trader Joe's and Costco options

    Hm. I did look there. No dice. C'est la vie. I forgot about the tuna! Tried the eggs today. There was a noticible difference between Costco eggs and Vital Farms Pasteured Eggs. Bummer.
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    Trader Joe's and Costco options

    I was just at Costco yesterday, in King of Prussia, a Philadelphia suburb. I was so looking forward to finding certain Whole30 items, but left rather disappointed (despite my unusually large bill!). They didnt have any Kerrygold butter. At all. No grassfed anything. No pastured anything. I plan on calling and asking them to start carrying the stuff. What i DID get: Macadamia nuts: 24 oz for $18! Big ol box of baby bok choy French green beans $5 Organic eggs $7 Bell peppers $7 Brussels sprouts $4.30 Grape tomatoes $6 So i guess its a good place for nuts and veg. As for my meat, i bought an eighth of a cow and a quarter of a pig through Philly Cow Share, which is the best thing on the planet. Im quickly going through that. I just wish i had a place to buy pastured chicken in bulk. But my local WF carries it.
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    Speaking of coffee...

    Isnt it funny how taste is so subjective? I love that. Id drink coffee if it tasted like burnt marshmallows, too! LOL.
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    Speaking of coffee...

    Sure. I didn't find the coffee unpalatable. It just didn't wow me, like the coffee did in Rome. That's what I want out if my coffee every morning. To drink it, and have my Roman Proustian moment! Lol. But I'll try some if these variables, then try new beans. I was the one drinking Folgers. Lol. As much as I love good coffee, I also just love coffee, so I'd rather drink Folgers than nothing. It was drinkable (with sweetener), but not black. And I can't do Statbucks. Their coffee tastes burned to me.
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    Hot cocoa? Or is that SWYPO??

    I tried Choffy. Thought it was gross. Threw it out.
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    Speaking of coffee...

    After a few days with my Bulletproof beams, I agree with Terez. I don't hate them, but I don't love them either. I'm gonna try something else.
  22. Anham Mahna

    Whole30 & Lent

    Ha. How funny, I almost posted about this on Ash Weds when I was trying to figuyre out what to eat. FYI-- no meat on Fridays is actually a rule ALL YEAR LONG for Catholics. Sadly, most don't know that, and they only give it up, if then, during Lent. Don't forget though--not to be preachy, but this is something I always struggle with --the abstaining on Friday is meant to be a penitential act. So going to, say, Red Lobster and having their all you can eat shrimp and crabs legs (not that I'd do this... LOL) goes against the penitential aspect of the act of not eating meat. Which is what Lent is all about anyway. For those who are interested, I actually found the "rules", b/c I thought, "well, what the heck is MEAT?" LOL. Here are the Lenten rules regarding fast days (Ash Weds and Good Friday) and abstaining from meat (Fridays): http://www.ewtn.com/faith/lent/fast.htm The Holy Season Of Lent Fast and Abstinence. It is a traditional doctrine of Christian spirituality that a constituent part of repentance, of turning away from sin and back to God, includes some form of penance, without which the Christian is unlikely to remain on the narrow path and be saved (Jer. 18:11, 25:5; Ez. 18:30, 33:11-15; Joel 2:12; Mt. 3:2; Mt. 4:17; Acts 2:38). Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed (Lk. 5:35). The general law of penance, therefore, is part of the law of God for man. The Church has specified certain forms of penance, both to ensure that the Catholic will do something, as required by divine law, while making it easy for Catholics to fulfill the obligation. Thus, the 1983 Code of Canon Law specifies the obligations of Latin Rite Catholics [Eastern Rite Catholics have their own penitential practices as specified by the Code of Canons for the Eastern Churches]. Canon 1250 All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the entire Church. Canon 1251 Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Canon 1252 All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth year. Nevertheless, pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance. Can. 1253 It is for the conference of bishops to determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence and to substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety. The Church, therefore, has two forms of official penitential practices - three if the Eucharistic fast before Communion is included. Abstinence The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl. Moral theologians have traditionally considered this also to forbid soups or gravies made from them. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted, as are animal-derived products such as gelatin, butter, cheese and eggs, which do not have any meat taste. On the Fridays outside of Lent the U.S. bishops conference obtained the permission of the Holy See for Catholics in the US to substitute a penitential, or even a charitable, practice of their own choosing. Since this was not stated as binding under pain of sin, not to do so on a single occasion would not in itself be sinful. However, since penance is a divine command, the general refusal to do penance is certainly gravely sinful. For most people the easiest way to consistently fulfill this command is the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year which are not liturgical solemnities. When solemnities, such as the Annunciation, Assumption, All Saints etc. fall on a Friday, we neither abstain or fast. During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere, and it is sinful not to observe this discipline without a serious reason (physical labor, pregnancy, sickness etc.). Fasting The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday [Canon 97] to the 59th Birthday [i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday] to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Such fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast is broken by eating between meals and by drinks which could be considered food (milk shakes, but not milk). Alcoholic beverages do not break the fast; however, they seem contrary to the spirit of doing penance. Those who are excused from fast or abstinence Besides those outside the age limits, those of unsound mind, the sick, the frail, pregnant or nursing women according to need for meat or nourishment, manual laborers according to need, guests at a meal who cannot excuse themselves without giving great offense or causing enmity and other situations of moral or physical impossibility to observe the penitential discipline. Aside from these minimum penitential requirements Catholics are encouraged to impose some personal penance on themselves at other times. It could be modeled after abstinence and fasting. A person could, for example, multiply the number of days they abstain. Some people give up meat entirely for religious motives (as opposed to those who give it up for health or other motives). Some religious orders, as a penance, never eat meat. Similarly, one could multiply the number of days that one fasted. The early Church had a practice of a Wednesday and Saturday fast. This fast could be the same as the Church's law (one main meal and two smaller ones) or stricter, even bread and water. Such freely chosen fasting could also consist in giving up something one enjoys - candy, soft drinks, smoking, that cocktail before supper, and so on. This is left to the individual. One final consideration. Before all else we are obliged to perform the duties of our state in life. When considering stricter practices than the norm, it is prudent to discuss the matter with one's confessor or director. Any deprivation that would seriously hinder us in carrying out our work, as students, employees or parents would be contrary to the will of God. ---- Colin B. Donovan, STL
  23. Anham Mahna

    how will i live without gum?

    I, too, am a chain chewer. I would buy the seriously huge boxes of gumballs on amazon, fill up a jar on my desk, and chew, spit it out, chew another, spit it out, until my trash can was full of chewed gum. (Gross, I know.) I'm on Day 10 of my whole30, and to be honest, I haven't even thought about the gum. it's very weird. I suspect i'll never go back, knowing how sugar affects my system. honestly, if im going to have sugar after my whole30, i want it to count. not just be chewed and spat out after a minute. but good luck! tell us how it goes!
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    Stupid Hard Boiled Eggs

    Hmmm.... you guys might convince me... still, I have to try the other methods before buying another thing for the kitchen.
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    Stupid Hard Boiled Eggs

    I think I have some of that, too! Do share the recipe! Even if we can only drool over it!