So, I started this whole "clean eating" thing back in February 2011, after being really intrigued about a plan called the Whole30 . I decided to give it a go, but quickly realized that I needed to make it more adaptable to the way that our family eats and lives. I like my glass of wine at night. I don't think a piece of gum is going to sabotage me. I think that a DQ Blizzard is a good thing every once in a while. If my friend makes the most awesome jalapeno poppers you've ever had, you know I'm going to have one. But I also know that I feel pretty darn good when I'm eating quality proteins, fats, veggies, fruits and nuts, while leaving out dairy, grains, legumes (including soy and peanuts) and the big one, sugar, at least most of the time.
Here are some of the ways to do just that....

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Crockpot Fajita Steak

I wanted to try doing a flank steak in the crockpot, and this is what I came up with.

1 decent sized flank steak
juice of 2 limes
2 TBS olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
3 cloves garlic
1 onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced

Combine lime juice and seasonings in large ziploc bag.  Add steak and veggies and let marinate at least overnight (this is one of those easy to prep at the beginning of the week meals that you just throw in the crockpot when you need it).  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Another Kale Salad

The Commissary had some beautiful organic kale on sale the other day, and I decided to try my hand at a kale salad.  I know it's been done a gazillion times before, but I couldn't find a recipe that was exactly right, so I threw some stuff together and this is what I came up with.  I could eat the whole recipe by myself.

2 bunches fresh kale, stems removed and torn into small pieces
1TBS olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt

Place kale in a large bowl and massage olive oil and salt into the leaves.  It will break them down a little bit and make them more tender.

1 ripe avocado
juice of 1 lemon
2 TBS red wine vinegar
1 TBS olive oil
1 TBS mustard
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
Combine and blend with a hand blender.  It will be really thick.  Add to kale and massage to combine.
2 TBS each of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, golden raisins, and dried cranberries
1/2 apple, diced