My SunBasket

So when one week it’s MLB All Star craziness and the next is even crazier Comic Con, I have an ace up my sleeve. Sunbasket is my go to to help me when I know I am going to have a very crazy week/weekend and won’t have time to go shopping or prep.  Honestly I can’t wait until the end of the month, as we have nothing planned (yet).  Link to each recipe from SunBasket is below as well.  Again this is NOT sponsored in anyway by SunBasket, I pay for my subscription.

So my box included these meals:

  • Grilled pork with nectarine watercress salad

  • Pan-seared steak with arugula pesto

  • Seared salmon with lemon grass-coconut curry

  • Paleo Dutch baby with fruit compote ( This wasn’t in the box but I took the recipe from their website for a Sunday breakfast, but they do offer the option to add two breakfasts instead of a dinner)

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The grilled pork was delicious but the nectarine watercress salad was the surprise star of this dish.  The salad was large, much bigger than I expected and I know that their portions are large.  The dressing was a Balsamic honey vinegar and I used a citrus olive oil to dress the salad.  Was the perfect combo.  Sometimes the containers that vinegars (or sherry) come in can leak.  I’ve had it happen twice in 4 boxes.  I wish they did like hello fresh and send baby bottles, kind of like little liquor bottles.   There was also sweet potatoes with this dish, they sent 3 medium sized.  I only cooked 2 of the 3 and saved one for lunch the next day. This meal was super easy to make, we were out of charcoal so I just seared it on the stove.unnamed-5.jpg

What can I say about the Pan-seared steak with arugula pesto?unnamed-2.jpg

As I mentioned in my previous post I LOVE their sauces and this arugula pesto is no difference.  This was my husbands favorite out of the box.  He liked the Arugula pesto but didn’t love it the way I did, that’s okay more for me.  He was obsessed with the cucumber-radish salad though.  It was so refreshing and just so tasty.  The entire meal was the perfect combinations.  They didn’t send how to make the arugula pesto, which is something I wish they would include.  I also couldn’t find it on their website.

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Now to my favorite, seared salmon with lemon grass-coconut curry.  Their salmon is wild caught from Alaska and there is absolutely NO fishy smell at all.  I am very particular about fish and to be honest when I first got a box with salmon I wasn’t sure what to expect.  But don’t worry it is amazing!  I do always cook the salmon meal first.   My husband suprisingly loved the curry, he doesn’t like curries, I was shocked.  My son also really liked it as well and he liked the salmon.  I used the wrong pan to cook the salmon in, I was so mad, I didn’t use the no stick pan so the salmon stuck to the pan, no idea what I was thinking. There were a lot of complex flavors that really work together.  This is one that I don’t know if I will be able to replicate on my own.unnamed-1.jpg

My Sunday bonus meal was paleo Dutch baby with fruit compote.unnamed-7.jpg

So Saturday night I got a craving for something for breakfast.  I looked online and saw this recipe on SunBaskets website.  I went to the store at around 8PM to grab everything I needed for awesome looking treat.  Sunday morning comes and this is the most complex item I had to cook.  I don’t like eggs and the recipe calls for 4 so I already had a bad feeling but it just looked so good, I had to make it.  Well sadly it was too eggy, for my taste.  It was similar to a quiche.  The compote was simply amazing.  I doubled the batch of this and I’ve used it every morning for my sons breakfast.  It’s great with bananas, toast, pancakes.  I eat paleo but let my son eat anything.  He still eats what I eat so most of it is very healthy. I’m thinking about altering the recipe for the dutch baby and see what happens.  I’ll keep you updated.unnamed-3.jpg

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Salmon with Roasted Veggies

I’m not one for cooking seafood at home.  My husband is a rather big man-child and a very picky eater.  If it even smells fishy he will walk out of restaurants, not kidding.  So I was talking with a worker at WholeFoods about when they get their fish in, the time from it being caught to being sent to the store etc.  Anyways they had super fresh wild caught salmon that he swore by, even said if I didn’t love it to come back and he’d give me something else.

Ingredients

  •  carrots
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • asparagus spears
  • zucchini
  • French green beans
  • 1 shallot
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • Two 6-ounce wild Alaskan salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoon capers

Pre-heat over to 400 degrees

Cook the veggies:

On a large baking sheet add butter or oil or ghee. Add the carrots, season with salt and pepper and place in over.
5 minutes after the carrots are in add the fennel.
5 minutes later add zucchini, asparagus, and French green beans and cook for a remaining 6 to 8 minutes. Now is time to start on the salmon

Salmon

  • Season the salmon with salt and pepper

In a medium frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil, butter, or ghee until hot.

Add the salmon and cook until opaque and flakey, 3 to 6 minutes on each side, depending on thickness.   I prefer mine still pinkish so 3 minutes is perfect but my husband is a I want to ruin all food and wants everything overly well done, so I did his for 6 minutes.
When done with salmon, set aside as you are going to make a lemon caper sauce in the same pan.
To the same pan, add 1 tablespoon oil, ghee, or butter if needed. Add the shallots, season with salt and cook until softened and starting to caramelize, 2 to 3 minutes. Zest half of the lemon then juice is and add the juice  and zest along with the capers
 Remove from the heat, add the parsley, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Put the veggies on the plate,followed by adding the salmon on top, then garnishing with lemon caper sauce.
My husband loved this dish and he gave it 9 out of 10, which I’m not going to lie blew my mind.  Salmon isn’t cheap so this will be a treat some other time.  But enjoy this easy quick recipe.

Been too long

When I first started this, I had just been laid off work, moved back to California and thought I’d start a blog.  Within another month I got another job, thank god.  Within 3 more months we moved again, this time not as far, and we found out we were pregnant.  My son is now 21 months old.  About a year ago my body started acting up a little.  Looking back I thought I somehow had gotten glutened.

After going to a couple of doctors and several visits to each of them, they figured out what was wrong with me.  It really started with being bloated, and then my stomach getting hard on me. After losing the baby weight I had gained back 15 pounds. They checked my thyroid and it came back okay. They ended up telling me I could not process processed foods and that I had a leaky gut.

So not only can I not have anything with gluten in it, but I can’t have ANY grain what so ever. That means no quinoa, no rice, and no corn. I also can’t have dairy, sugar and alcohol (at least end until the gut is healed then it’s in moderation).

So what is leaky gut?  Well leaky gut to some people means there is another issue and they can’t quite figure it out. But more recently more doctors have connected leaky gut to several other diseases, like celiac or other food allergies. Someone else described it as food getting past the intestinal lining that normally wouldn’t pass through. So gluten can pass through or bad bacteria which can leak from the intestinal wall and get into your blood stream.

For me I think the triggers were stress and a not so great diet.  I’d been so busy and so stressed I was eating protein bars, I thought they were okay, and they were hurting me. I started on a new probiotic right away and I started drinking kombucha.  I’m in the process of taking everything out of my diet, I gave myself 3 weeks to do so, and found that the hardest is my sweet tooth, sugar.

I’ve read a dozen different blogs and articles online, I’ve read 3 books so far, and this is going to be easier than I thought.  So I’m 2 weeks into this new life style, because we can’t say diet because diets are fads.  I’ve learned that eating a paleo diet is what I now have to do.  I have an amazingly supportive husband and a toddler that doesn’t know any better yet so I know we will be good. I still need to finish kicking ALL GRAINS, I’ve still have rice and quinoa and yes I noticed I didn’t feel great afterwards. Next I need to kick sugar.  I went and bought honey for our house I figured if I got an urge for something I could have a spoon full,of honey, so far it’s helped.  And this happens, my sugar urges, because I’m a poor planner for meals.

So in my new journey into the paleo lifestyle we will work together, meal plan and prep, and find great new recipes. so on my to do list is to eat prep this weekend, so stay tuned to an update real soon.