I’m now two weeks post Eat to Perform challenge and I have certainly adapted my eating habits, including a few changes and additions to my diet. Of course, I’ve gone back to adding toast with my eggs, made healthy granola bars, and had my fair share of beer cheese pretzels — but my stomach is not happy when I involve more than a small amount of any of these things into my day.
My top two favorite discoveries outside the land of recipes have been La Croix sparkling water and the spiralizer I found on Amazon. As far as La Croix, it’s a great alternative to pop. While I can quickly kick any pop habit I start, I do enjoy this for something to drink that isn’t coffee or water all day. I’m partial to the grapefruit flavor with a chunk of grapefruit in the glass! It lists “natural flavor” in the ingredients which is usually code for whatever whack things they don’t want to tell consumers, however the company lists on their website that the natural flavor is simply the oils pressed out of the fruit. How great is that? Target just had these on sale 3 for $9 (they are packs of 8) so I definitely stocked up! And the spiralizer? Zoodles, spoodles, yoodles… what else can you ask for?
In terms of dinners or lunches I’ve made PaleOMG’s Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole and Spaghetti Squash Bolognese. Other people have made (which I loved) Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Bleu Cheese, Zoodles Alfredo, and Cauliflower Crust Pizza.
Easily my favorite recipe has been the spaghetti squash pizza casserole. I doubled all ingredients except the meat (I picked Trader Joe’s organic ground beef), and included Wegman’s pepperoni, mozzerella, and sauce, along with a red pepper, green pepper, and quarter of a red onion, all sauteed. I even had some people at work try it who normally don’t care for foods on the healthy scale and got rave reviews. Unfortunately, it’s a time suck but it’s worth it. It keeps well and reheats easily.
Spaghetti squash bolognese was the first meal I tried on this challenge and I used butter to sautee instead of bacon fat. I was (and am a little bit) still in the “cooking with bacon fat is the worst for you” camp, but utilizing butter made it too rich. I can’t wait to make it again with my own adjustments (maybe no bacon, sauteeing in olive oil).
The Brussels Sprouts aren’t something I cooked (and I just learned it’s a proper noun, who knew), but I grabbed the recipe which was pretty simple. Cook the bacon. Remove the bacon. Cook the Brussels Sprouts in the bacon fat. Add the bacon back and add some bleu cheese.
Zoodles are my next favorite noodle replacement and despite that alfredo recipe not being thick (there is no thickening agent), it’s delicious. Sorry J, but I love this recipe way more.
I don’t have a Cauliflower crust recipe yet, but they all seem somewhat similar. And you know what, it’s actually amazing if you want to put the effort into a healthy alternative to a wheat based crust. It does get crispy if you wring out the cauliflower enough.
Now as far as deserts go, I don’t have a sweet tooth so ditching the sweets wasn’t terrible for me but I did crave fruits and natural types of granola bars I used to make (with dates). A couple deserts that came my way were Paleo Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sweet Plantain Biscuits, and Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (I did make these)!
The sweet plantain biscuits were the hit of the potluck we had, I’m pretty sure. I stuffed about four in my face and could have kept going. The bacon chocolate chip cookies were decent, but I wasn’t so crazy about them that I’d make them again unless I was partaking in the challenge again. But the flourless chocolate peanut butter cookies? Yes, please. Due to the lack of sugar in the challenge, I had to make them without chocolate chips, however they were just as good. It’s such a quick and easy way to rid any cookie/sweets craving without effort. We all know I hate effort in the kitchen.