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Getting back on track!

by Amy Carroll March 06, 2017

Getting back on track!

Hi there! I hope everyone has enjoyed their Monday. I've done pretty well today, so that's good news! 

Last week, our office was being rewired, so I worked from home Wednesday - Friday. I only work 8 to noon every day, but, because I was working from home last week, I swear it took me 8 hours to get my 4 hours worth of work in. I get distracted easily. This week, though, it's back to the office. Yay! So, I took my frittata with me and heated that bad boy up for breakfast. It was so dang good. Seriously. I don't know why I ever stopped making it. It's so flavorful and filling, that I'd honestly choose that over the large kolache from the donut shop drive through window any other non-paleo breakfast. 

Lunch was just leftover meat sauce with black bean spaghetti. So far, it's been a super easy and delicious day! 

Shifting gears a little... my husband is an avid golfer. And, he's really good at it, too. I, however, just got started. Can I tell you how irritating of a game this is? My OCD and superstition is definitely not helping the situation any. When I get up on the tee box to tee off, I swear everything distracts me. I've been taught so many things that I'm trying to remember at once... how high to tee up the ball, where in my stance to place the ball, slowing down my back swing, don't look up, blah, blah, blah. So, first I have to run through a mental checklist in my head, and, by the time I'm about to actually swing the club, I'll notice a tiny little leaf in my peripheral. Or, a rogue piece of hair will blow across my face. Annd, then I have to start over. 

That's just the tee box. Six strokes later, I'm hopefully within chipping distance of the green. My chips look like I'm throwing darts. They don't get up in the air. They just stay low and shoot straight across the green like a bullet. Oh yes, I'd love to walk back and forth across the green 800 times chasing my chips until I finally say screw it and putt from wherever I am.

Obviously, I need some work. It's kind of like this whole attempt at trying to eat a little healthier. I might hit a good one now and again, but then I manage to screw it up which causes frustration and discouragement. But, alas, I keep trying with the whole golf thing, so I'm going to keep trying with this whole healthy thing.

Where is this even going? Well, honestly, I was just trying to get to the part about what we're doing for supper tonight. But, I got distracted. Distraction is becoming a theme. Sigh.

Anyway, here in Texas, it's usually pretty chilly still this time of year. And, Aaron is a fare weather golfer. I should say he's really only a dead heat of the summer type of golfer. He doesn't even like to go if it's in the 50s and sunshiny. Today, it's 82° outside, so we're planning to run out to the course and try to get 9 holes in after he gets home from work and before it gets dark. Well, typically when we do that, we get home around 7pm. We haven't even thought about supper. This is how Sonic happens. So, today, I'm being proactive. I am prepping dinner so that all we have to do when we get home is throw it on the grill. 

I'm not sure how this one's going to turn out. It seems like a strange combination of things, but I'll reserve judgement 'til after we eat. I'm making sweet & sour Kielbasa kabobs. I found a recipe for paleo sweet & sour chicken, but I'm just using the sauce and throwing it on kabobs. The recipe can be found HERE. Here's the thing you need to know about this recipe which I found out the hard way. The Domestic Man (aka original recipe creator) left one ingredient off the ingredient list: arrowroot starch. Well, I didn't read the instructions before I went to the store... just the ingredients. So, mine will not be thickened up. Oh well. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to find arrowroot starch in my one horse grocery store, anyway. (Local friends: surprisingly, I did find tamari at Brookeshires, but I got the last bottle. Bwahaha! So, if this recipe appeals to you, you may be out of luck until they restock.)

I'll report back with a finished meal photo & my thoughts on it after we eat. :) Stay tuned!

***Updated to add:

Okay, for all my avid followers (all 2 of you) we scrambled 9 holes this evening, and we shot 3 under. That's pretty damn good for us. Aaron's back must hurt because he carried me most of the way, but, nonetheless, I am so thankful we have something we can do together... just us. 

As for supper, I must say that Mr. Domestic Man definitely knew what he was talking about. Holy cow, y'all. It worked! His sweet & sour sauce on these kabobs were killer! I'm not sure if it's the kielbasa or if I added too much pepper (because I only have a pepper grinder to work with), but I'd probably call these sweet & spicy kabobs if I were naming it something straight forward. But, that's boring, right?

What I want to say to y'all right now is that I am a girl that struggles. I love me some french fries. Honestly, Kraft Mac & Cheese is one of my FAV.O.RITE foods. There's no shame in my game, either. So, this truly has been a challenge. But, y'all, this tasted just as good as if I'd eaten junk. 

I've seen all the bloggers that are always making top notch, Master Chef worthy dishes. It makes me feel overwhelmed. You don't have to do that. You don't! Sometimes, you may have 20 minutes to spend on supper. Maybe not even that. It doesn't always have to be culinary genius. This journey is teaching me so much! Play to your strengths, and prepare for your weaknesses. That's what I'm doing. I have strength at breakfast and lunch. So, I can eat the same thing every day for breakfast and have leftovers for lunch. By the time the sun sets, I'm like Fiona from Shrek or something. Everything changes. I get hangry, and I crave really awful things. So, preparing or planning for supper when I'm not hangry keeps me on the up & up. What's your struggle? Are you hungrier in the morning? When do your cravings kick in? Let's talk about it and figure something out! We can do this together!

Until next time,

Amy


 

RECIPE: THE DOMESTIC MAMA'S KABOBS MEETS THE DOMESTIC MAN'S SWEET & SOUR SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp tamari (coconut aminos okay)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper, more to taste
  • 1 package Pederson's Natural Farms No Sugar Kielbasa, cut in chunks
  • 1 large onion, cut in chunks
  • 2 bell peppers, cut in chunks
  • Fresh pineapple, chunked (I bought fresh pineapple already cut in chunks in my produce department)
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. In a saucepan, combine the first 9 ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and allow to simmer while you build your kabobs.
  2. Thread skewers with kielbasa, onions, peppers, and pineapple.
  3. Place kabobs on preheated grill, and brush sauce over the top. 
  4. Cook a few minutes (y'all, the kielbasa is fully cooked, so this is really just to your liking). Turn kabobs, and brush sauce on the other side.
  5. Continue grilling and adding more sauce until the veggies are cooked to your liking.
  6. Serve with remaining sauce. Enjoy!

**Note**

  • I didn't put arrowroot starch in my ingredient list since I didn't use it. If you want a thicker sauce, I advise adding it.
  • I've given up on fancy photos, y'all. Whatever. Trying to wrangle my DSLR while I'm cooking is ridiculous. Plus, if I leave out a step, it's frustrating. So, now my goal is to get a good ingredients pic & finished product pic. That may go out the window by the end of the month, too.



Amy Carroll
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Hey there! I'm Amy, and I'm here to share my attempt at healthy eating with you during the month of March. Now, if you came here thinking you were going to read the tales of a Whole30, Crossfit rockstar, you are sorely mistaken. I'm not even Paleo. Or Keto. And, I don't even work out... like... ever. I eat dairy. I'm just looking to find a healthier me by finding healthy alternatives to my everyday struggles.


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