Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Creamy sauerkraut with apple and bratwurst

In the previous post I made an awesome sauce for Brussels sprouts and while the boyfriend and I were raving over those sprouts at dinner, the thought occured that this sauce might work just as well for sauerkraut. Since I love a good sauce and a good experiment, I went ahead and came up with this dish. Was I right? Did the sauce work for sauerkraut? It sure did! This is sauerkraut like you never had it before. Honestly, I have always liked sauerkrat, but never really loved it. But with this sauce, and the apple...in combination with a good bratwurst, oh my! I will definitely make this again.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

The best Brussels sprouts ever!

Good old Brussels sprouts. Most people seem to either love them or hate them and in our house it was no different: I love them and my boyfriend hated them. I say 'was' and 'hated', because since I prepare the sprouts like in this recipe, he loves them too!

The secret is in the sauce. It's rich, savoury and well...just awesome. I can't rave about this dish enough. It is one of the most comforting and satisfying winter dishes you can eat, I think. But I will quit talking about how much I love this dish now and just give you the recipe. If you try it, please let me know how it turned out and if you liked it just as much as we do!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Dear reader,

In 2011, I started this blog to keep track of my paleo/primal meals. After I had gone through every diet known to mankind, I was convinced at that time that low carb primal was a great way for me to eat. I mean, losing 30 pounds in about 4 months is not too bad, right? And it wasn't. Except for the fact that I couldn't seem to lose any more than that. I even started gaining again.

I searched every corner of the internet, I asked questions on every forum available and all it got me was "up the fat", "restrict calories even more", "go even lower carb", "cut the dairy". My energy levels were not improving the way 'everybody' told me they would. I tried all the recommendations and still....nothing worked. It worked for one or two weeks and then it stopped. My weight just wouldn't budge and I was still feeling exhausted. I wasn't as depressed as when I went on a vegetarian diet, but still, it wasn't very good either. And every piece of advice from the low carb/primal/paleo community was: restrict  your diet even more (go low/no carb, low protein, excercise more, excercise less etc.) because you're probably not doing it right. "You are not doing it right". It's the same mantra the vegan community gives to vegans who have problems. It's also the same mantra the doctors tell you when their low fat diet isn't working. If you're not losing weight, you're not doing it right. It is always your fault.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Whole30, day 16: Curiousity & cravings

For the first time in two weeks, I was really craving something sweet today. First I was thinking about chocolate, later it became a serious craving for a giant glass of cola. I resisted. A challenge is a challenge and I can keep anything up for thirty days, right?

Also, I'm very curious to see if I have lost any weight. I've been stalling for nearly two months before starting this challenge and I really want to know if I have broken that stall. Some people report a loss up to 12 pounds, and although that would be awesome, I would really be happy with "just" 4-6 pounds. Oh well...I resisted getting on the scale too. I will for it patiently.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Whole30, day 15: Eggs in Indian spiced tomato sauce

Two weeks in and I keep feeling better and better. The lovely spring weather is helping, but it can't get all the credits. I'm not sure what it is, because I have been eating pretty much primally since august 2011. Does not eating any dairy really make me feel this much better? Or is it the lack of crappy sweeteners (I was using quite a lot of sucralose and I was sneaking more and more diet coke into my diet)? If I'm honest, I hope it's the sweeteners, because I think it's easier to live without...

It amazes me what a challenge like this can do to the way you think and feel about food. When I started this only two weeks ago, I told myself I could stuck to anything for only thirty days, but I would definitely eat cheese or cream as soon as those thirty days were over. Now, only two weeks later, I think I could live without dairy for a few more weeks. It's not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. I used make quite a few dishes with cream in it. Now I use coconut milk or creamed coconut a little more and I really don't care much for heavy cream. Ghee is nearly as good as butter and a tablespoon of fruit juice in a dressing is just as fine as artificial sweetener. I won't say I will never have any dairy or sweetener again, I'm sure I will, but honestly...it's a lot easier than I imagined. And maybe it sounds a little silly, but that insight, that I don't need all these things, makes me feel happy and kind of liberated. What a thirty day challenge can do....