Maycat

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  1. Maycat

    Jicama

    Love jicama, but I have found some stores don't have very good ones. Here in Northern California the jicama at Winco isn't very good, and is coated with wax (yuck). I go to Raleys and their jicama is fresh and wax-free. Sometimes if it has sitting too long it gets moldy, sour, or yucky brown spots. I love eating it raw, and haven't brought myself to cook it yet.
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    Talk to me about whole30 + cycling

    Well, do any other cyclists have ideas? I am starting another Whole30 while training for a century ride. The last few rides have wiped me out! The worst part is that I ride with a nutritionist who preaches moderation and is completely against any elimination diets. She is a great cycling buddy otherwise. I can't even begin to talk with her about nutrition. I was wondering if anyone had some mid-ride nutrition ideas that are easy to pack? I find myself bonking after the first hour. This is another reason why I am embarking on another Whole30.
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    Cross Fit Convert!

    My chiropractor put it this way, he said that even though he had been an athlete his entire life and competed in college, he had never been in as good shape from working out only 3 hours a week. Of course, he goes to Robb Wolf's gym, which is one of the top gyms in the country, and by the way is not a crossfit affiliate any more. I think it is not as important to get unlimited classes as it is to go 2-3 times a week. It is also vital that you have coaches who pay attention to form and don't push you to injury. I would ask around people in your area for what they recommend. I was going to sign up for crossfit at my gym that I already had a membership at (it would have been cheaper) but after asking around I found that Norcal Strength and Conditioning was the way to go. I decided to cancel my gym membership and know now that I made the right decision.
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    Needing Breakfast Inspiration

    Recipe for sweet potato, kielbasa, mushroom, sweet onion, and spinach frittata. 1 onion olive oil 2 separate cups chicken broth (or water) 1 teaspoon thyme. 2 small sweet potatoes/yams coconut oil 1 package mushrooms (8 oz), cleaned and sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced. 1 Trader Joes Turkey Kielbasa sausage (12 oz) (or other compliant sausage) diced. 1 package frozen spinach, (10 oz) 1 dozen eggs Coconut milk or more water salt pepper To make sweet caramelized onions (this can be made ahead and kept in fridge) slice onions thinly. Put 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in pan, on medium high heat, once hot add thinly sliced onions and stir so they start to brown. After 2-3 minutes add 1 teaspoon thyme (optional) and 1 cup chicken broth, stirring occasionally. Cook until onions soften and get brown. This can take up to 20 minutes or so. Add additional broth once it dries out, the onions will become sweet, soft and brown. At this point, can be set aside for future use. Put onions in a bowl. Heat oven to 400 deg F. Take frozens spinach and put into a wire mesh strainer. Run under warm water until thawed. Once thawed, squeeze out water until dry and crumbly. In pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, when it gets hot, add the minced garlic. Stir for 1 minute, then add sliced mushrooms.Stir and let cook for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, then add 1 cup of chicken broth. Let cook for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. When all liquid evaporates and mushrooms are cooked, add diced turkey sausage. cook for 2 minutes until hot. If needed, add additional olive oil or coconut oil. Once hot, then add crumbly pieces of spinach and stir. Cook for 2 more minutes until warm. Set aside. Next, peel sweet potatoes, then shred with box grater or food processor. Using a large, ovenproof skillet with high sides (at least 2-3 inches high, heat 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil to pan over medium-high heat. Add shredded sweet potato and cook into soft and it starts to turn crispy, about 5 minutes. Flip sweet potato shreds over occasionally so it cooks evenly. Once the sweet potato starts to get crispy (and before it burns) turn off heat and push sweet potatoes in pan, forming a crust like a pie crust on the bottom of the pan. In a large bowl, break 1 dozen eggs and beat well. Add salt and pepper, and 2 tablespoons of water or coconut milk and combine until smooth. Add sweet onions, spinach, mushroom and turkey kielbasa mixture and mix well. Pour egg mixture over sweet potato crust and then put whole pan in oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until eggs are set. Using oven mitts, remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Slice up into pieces and put into individual plastic bags or containers for the week. Heat up for 1 minute in microwave each morning and enjoy!
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    Needing Breakfast Inspiration

    I made a spinach, mushroom, caramelized onion and turkey kielbasa frittata, with a shredded sweet potato crust, and heat it up once I get to work. Delicious! Coworkers are very jealous because it smells so good!
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    Are there any tea restrictions?

    Sadly, my favorite mango tea has soy lecithin in it! Darn you Trader Joes!
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    Ideas for healthier dips for veggies?

    I have to second "Well Fed" 's recipes for ranch and creamy italian dressing http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2011/01/25/tangy-goodness-creamy-italian-dressing/, I am addicted to those! They are so good! Every week I make homemade mayo, and then mix it up with different sauces. The other sauces in the book are delicious. My kids loved the Baba Ghanoush as well http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/07/17/eat-your-vegetables-eggplant/. Also, there a version Ina Garten has with red bell pepper and it is delicious. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-eggplant-spread-recipe/index.html.
  8. I am following one of nomnompaleo's recipes and she is using apple juice as a substitute during the Whole30.
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    Amish Pumpkin Butter?

    What do you do with it?
  10. Yes, maybe my taste buds are off. It didn't have a super-strong taste, I just couldn't stomach it. My husband tasted it and he said it was ok. I would have ordered a regular burger if they had one. It reminded me of when I was in Tibet and everything was cooked in yak butter and I couldn't eat anything because of the aftertaste. I couldn't eat chicken in Tibet or China because of the strong flavor. But my first Whole30, I made Well Fed's spinach and meat muffins but with grass fed beef from TG's. I couldn't eat those either! The beef tasted too grassy and the spinach made the grass taste even stronger. I love to cook, I thoroughly enjoy good food, but will lose my appetite if it has a bad taste.
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    slow cooking meat in the crock pot

    I have a great crockpot and the top is sealed on so I never have to add any liquids unless I want to. It's an older model of this one: http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-33967-6-Quart-Programmable/dp/B001AO2PXK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378090136&sr=8-1&keywords=crockpot I find that my other crockpot has a loose lid and I have to be careful to watch the liquids over long periods.
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    Sea salt with dextrose

    I go to Trader Joe's and get their sea salt. It's only 99 cents for a small container, and they have a bigger container too. They also have a salt grinder that I use all the time.
  13. We were doing errands today and I mentioned that I was hungry. I envisioned going back home and happily eating leftover grass-fed burgers. I wanted to go back, but hubby asked, where can you eat? He mentioned going to Wild Oak Cafe and asked if I could eat there. I reluctantly agreed, since they have bison burgers and a decent albeit expensive salad bar. I never had bison before but it was grass-fed and I thought I would try it. Well I ordered a bison burger with tomato, onion, dijon, no mayo, and no ketchup, as a lettuce wrap. I took a few bits and just didn't like it. It tasted weird and too gamey. I am sure it would taste great if I poured the soy laden sauces on it, but I couldn't handle it plain. Luckily they also had compliant chicken so I got that. Does anyone else come across compliant food they just can't stomach?
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    Texas De Brazil

    Looking at their website, and depending on their seasonings, this place looks awesome! I found this link http://www.glutenfreepost.com/restaurant-review-texas-de-brazil/ regarding gluten. I think steamed veggies would be ok, I would just call them and see about soy.
  15. Just wanted to share that I ate the piece of cake, and it was ok. It wasn't the best cake, although the filling was good. It was yesterday, and today I had sugar cravings. So today, I started over the Whole30. I have cravings but everything is ok so far. Thanks for all the help!