>I’ve struggled a bit with whole “Paleo Diet” label. It’s such an inexact description and there are so, so many variations. But I have been unable to come up with another label. I’ve done my best to follow ArmyMan’s Dr’s suggestions in a reasonable, healthy, doable way. There are aspects of the Paleo guidelines that I very much agree with. Stressing fruits and vegetables along with lean proteins. But I really miss legumes. Particularly white beans. Chili is one of my favorite foods. I also miss dairy. I’ve never eaten a TON of dairy- I’m not a milk drinker for example- but I love some potato soup. All that being said, I’ve lost 6 lbs over the holiday season with very little exercising.
Last night’s dinner was an overwhelming success. ArmyMan liked this so much he suggested doubling the recipe next time. It did leave him still a little munchy, so next time I would probably add a second vegetable. Something green like Broccoli Rabe would be good.
Dinner was roasted chicken breasts and Moroccan Carrot Salad. For the breasts, I took the breast portions of a whole, cut up chicken, seasoned with salt, pepper, a pinch of cumin, and rosemary. I cooked the chicken at 400 for 15 minutes, then lowered the oven temp to 350 and cooked until my meat thermometer hit 165. It took about 40 minutes total. The Moroccan Carrot Salad was a recipe that caught my eye in a random cookbook I browsed at Borders a few weeks. I couldn’t exactly remember the recipe but think I got the major components. It was yummy.
Moroccan Carrot Salad
4 carrots, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp ground cumin
4 tbsp roasted garlic vinagarette
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Cook the carrots by boiling in lightly salted water until they are just tender, not yet soft. Drain and let dry for a few minutes before putting into a mixing bowl.
- Add the cumin, garlic dressing, and herbs. Season to taste and chill before serving. Taste before serving and add more seasoning if desired.
Super Simple, right? This fed the two of us and we could have done with more. I’ll double the recipe next time. I could seriously have snack on the carrots as an appetizer.