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How do I feel: Almost back to 100% from the cold. Woke up again at 6:55am with no alarm, and of course today is a national holiday so I could sleep in, but….okay I did. I slept in till 8.

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Since today was Martin Luther King day and our office was closed, I stayed home, had a relaxed breakfast, and thought about what that day means (to me, as an American and a child of the baby boomer generation), read a few interesting articles on the history and current activities that are happening around our country to honor and further the cause.

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Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

After breakfast, I set out to run a few errands and visited with a dear friend of mine who is an incredibly talented young chef, currently in the kitchen at Bar Sajor. We had a lovely cup of tea and conversation, and then I headed back home to meet up with another fabulous girlfriend to see if we could cook up a Paleo vegetarian dinner between the two of us. Guess what? We could, and we did, and it was delicious!

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Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

My partner in crime for the afternoon, Hester, prepping the Brussels sprouts and generally being a kitchen ninja.

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Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Swift hands make quick work (and what a nice change to have someone cooking ME dinner, and in my own kitchen)!

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Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Love these little green bundles of healthy goodness – especially pan roasted, which is how we cooked them.

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Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Oven roasted yam fries, Brussels done in the cast iron skillet, and baked chicken nuggets (Hester had baked tempeh sticks prepped the same way as my chicken nuggets. See below for prep directions.)

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2014 Siiri Sampson. All rights reserved.

For dessert, we took a large Fuji apple, sprinkled cinnamon, cardamom and fresh ground nutmeg on one side of the cored slices. Then I heated up a bit of coconut oil and ghee in the cast iron skillet on medium low heat and put the slices spiced side down in the skillet until the natural sugars in the apple started to gently caramelize with the spices. The result was a delicious, spiced apple dessert that was almost like the inside of an apple pie. Totally satiating and made my whole place fragrant with fruity, apply, spicy scents.

Food Diary:

Breakfast:

  • 2 soft boiled eggs
  • coffee and homemade almond milk
  • 20 ounces water

Lunch:

  • Tea, 1 large Fuji apple and almonds (I was running errands at lunch time and didn’t grab anything to bring with me, so I stupidly didn’t have much to eat in the middle of the day. Hopefully this is a mistake I won’t soon make again)

Dinner:

  • Brussels sprouts roasted in the cast iron skillet with a touch of coconut oil
  • Baked yam fries spiced with cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder, sea salt  and garlic powder
  • Baked “chicken nuggets” which were just pieces of a chicken breast I cut up then put through a dredge (2-step process as follows):
    • Step 1: egg wash with a whisked egg + paprika + garlic powder
    • Step 2: almond meal coating with coarse ground black pepper and sea salt
    • Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 for 20 minutes

I would do the chicken nuggets differently next time, even though the flavor was really good. I wished the coating of almond meal had gotten a bit more golden brown. Hester mentioned  a recipe she’d done that was similar in the past with almond meal and she had sprayed the outside with coconut oil before baking, which would help with the browning and the nuttiness I was hoping for. That, or I ‘d pan fry them in coconut oil to get them crispy. I will make these again, though, so easy and tasty!

Lesson of the day: Don’t leave home without a snack or a plan! OR BOTH! I regret not having enough to eat during the day, that’s no good and it’s not helping me keep up my energy or nourish my body, so I feel a little badly about that, but I’m learning from it and applying it forward. Really, that’s all I can ask of myself (in so many areas of life, right?!).

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