After two weeks eating strict paleo, my chocolate cravings have greatly diminished. On Saturday my kids made a chocolate cake with a guest and I frosted it with chocolate frosting from the can. As I frosted it, I had no thoughts of eating it! The cake has sat on our counter all weekend and I haven't thought about it at all! It helps that the cake pan has a lid, so I can't see really see it or smell it. Back in May I did a 30 day challenge, and my son's birthday cake tormented me for a couple days because I smelled it every time I walked into the kitchen. I finally just threw it away.
Another really busy weekend has come and gone. Friday for lunch I tried to grill pork chops and broccoli. The propane tank finally gave out, so I had to finish everything on the stove. I tossed the broccoli into the pork juices. So good! Saturday I made a huge roast in my crock pot. I cooked it on low all day (about 11 hours). At lunch I put some potatoes and carrots in a foil pack and nestled that on top of the meat. About 30 minutes before eating, I defrosted some frozen broccoli in the microwave and stirred it in. We have discovered we love the taste of the broccoli cooked in the meat juices. I ate my meat, carrots, and broccoli over a bed of fresh spinach.
Sunday morning hubby requested Breakfast Paleo Pizza. I made enough for 2 days of breakfasts for the whole family. I made stuffed peppers for dinner. I just stuffed them with a mixture of cooked hamburger, onion, garlic, and spices. I topped all but 2 peppers with cheese. I ate my pepper with salsa on top. Salsa, I've found, really helps me avoid cheese because it adds moisture to my eggs or meat. I also cooked some kale in bacon fat. Yum! Makes a great side dish at breakfast too!
This week I'm looking forward to a cool front blowing through. I have been craving a chicken and sweet potato stew (butternut squash would work well too). I might use this recipe as inspiration (but I'll use olive oil instead of that inflammation-promoting canola).