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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Want to try a basket? sunbasket.com/3free/Steffanie94218 for $25 off of your basket.

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Chia seeds

So a friend of mine gave me a HUGE 2 pound bag of chia seeds.  I started adding them to my morning smoothies.  Since starting this process of healing my gut 2 months ago I fought with sugar cravings and with being hungry all of the time, which is why my friend gave me this huge bag.  She said I need to make chia pudding.  I’ll be honest I’ve tried a couple over the years and wasnt impressed.

My new goal is finding the perfect chia pudding recipe, or creating my own.  I tried two last night and one was a huge winner, while the other was a huge disappointment.  I made small batches one of strawberry almond chia pudding and Chocolate coffee chia pudding.  My mouth started watering at the idea of chocolate and coffee, reminded me of my Dairy Queen days 20 years ago, making mud pie blizzards.  Well the strawberry Almond was beautifully delicious, yes I impressed myself.  And that means the chocolate and coffee was disastrous.  My husband was so grossed out lol.  But hey you can not win them all, it is trial and error.  I will take this 50/50 start in my search.  I will post pictures and my recipe soon!

So why Chia seeds?
Nutrition: One ounce of chia seeds is approximately 28 grams. It contains 138 calories, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 10 grams of fiber, 8 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein.

I learned that consuming one ounce of chia seeds a day can provide 18% of daily calcium needs, 27% of phosphorus, and 30% of manganese.

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The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

 Good Fiber Source

With 28 grams or a single-ounce serving of chia contains 11 grams of dietary fiber.

That is around 1/3 of the recommended daily consumption for adults. Incorporating chia seeds into your diet is an effortless way to make certain you are consuming a decent amount of fiber, which is vital for digestive health.

Eating vegetables isn’t the only way you can increase your intake of dietary fiber, so if you’re not big on salads, know that there are other options.

So I’ve been adding  a tablespoon of chia seeds to my smoothies.  It is a nutritious and filling way to start the day. Combine that with an egg white omelette cooked in a bit of coconut oil and you have yourself a well-balanced breakfast.

 Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Chia seeds are considered one of the top sources of omega-3 fatty acids, with almost 5 grams in a one-ounce serving, something I did not know.
They are abundant in polyunsaturated fats which include omega-3s. They are the most concentrated plant-based source of omega-3 which are essential fats that protect against inflammation such as heart disease and arthritis. The omega-3s in chia seeds can decrease high cholesterol and may improve cognitive performance. These fats are also essential for brain health, I hope this helps with my brain fog.

 

 Antioxidants!!!!!!!

Antioxidants are important because they fight and protect against free radical damage which can contribute to disease and aging.

With only 9% of Americans getting the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, opportunities for improving health through sensible diet choices are welcome.

Protein!!

Chia seeds also are an excellent source of protein, especially for vegans, vegetarians and other non-meat eaters, my son doesn’t love meat so this was a great thing to learn.

A 28-gram serving of these wonder seeds contains 4.4 grams of protein, or around 10 per cent of the daily suggested value.

Heart Health

Chia seeds have been observed to enhance blood pressure levels among diabetics, and may also raise healthy cholesterol while decreasing total LDL, as well as triglyceride cholesterol.

For those who are borderline diabetic, or have a history of heart problems, you would do well to take pre-emptive measures by consuming heart healthy foods such as chia seeds.

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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.