Monday, September 14, 2009

Two Good Things!

This was suppose to be Friday's post! It was our anniversary, so we splurged a little, with a seared filet mignon! This kids even set a romantic table for us... with candles and fancy napkins! Unfortunately it was also the night before the Santa Cruz Affiliate Challenge, and I was a little wrapped up in nerves. We did toast our 16 years with a 4oz. glass of cabernet sauvignon. Then it was lots of water and plenty of sleep!
Our favorite way to prepare a filet is to season it first (with pepper, garlic & onion powder) and then sear it on high heat in a cast iron pan with olive oil, for 2 minutes on each side. Then put it in a 450 degree oven for an additional 3 minutes (this gives you a nice medium filet). I sauteed the chard in 1 tsp. olive oil with 3 cloves chopped garlic. Delicious! We also served this with a large tossed green salad. I felt very well nourished and ready to tackle the affiliate challenge with gusto!

Paleo Cookies Anyone????
Eva passed on this recipe today. I even got a taste, and they were delicious!
Thanks, Eva!

1 C almond butter
1 C organic unprocessed brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 C chopped dried fruit (dates, dried cherries or apricots... or even dark chocolate chips, if it's a cheat day)
1 egg
1 tsp. baking soda

Mix all ingredients together well. Pack each cookie into a tight ball and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes! I hope to make these in the next day or two, so stay tuned for pictures to come! Enjoy!

How's the Zone/Paleo Challenge going?? I've heard some pretty great things from people in these first couple weeks! I also witnessed some really great performances Saturday at the Affiliate Games! Coincidence? Keep it up! You all are doing GREAT!


Whitney said...

First, congrats on an amazing performance on Saturday! I think we all see what a good diet does! You are the poster child :)

2nd, with Paleo, I am confused with the sugar thing, especially seeing the cookie post- Is a bit of natural sugar ok? Honey, agave, etc? or none is best, but?

Not that I like sugar, but there are some things like these yummy KIND bars I found that are pure nuts but have a hint of natural sugar. Is that ok?

PS- HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! hope you had some more wine after your weekend!

Kelly Greco said...

Yea... technically sugar came post agriculture and our cavemen ancestors did not eat it! So... it's not truly Paleo. I think Eva said it was her "cheat" day. So, as far as cheating... it's still a healthier paleo-like cheat and a better option when we just need something sweet! It's still gluten free, and made with unprocessed sugar (good old TJ's again). We just aren't cavemen and have so many more temptations! Once you're dialed in to Paleo... one of the expert's, Cordain, recommends allowing yourself a "loose" meal... it's not quite a all-out cheat, but allows you to be less strict on certain meals. He recommends this 2-3 meals per week! It helps... especially with so many "questionable" paleo foods out there.

Whitney, thanks for your words! YOU my friend were just the best judge and cheerleader Saturday! Always smiling and so encouraging! Thank YOU! :)

Madeline said...

I just went to Kelly's French Bakery and had poached eggs... I am now in official Zone/Paleo brainwash mode:) Have to admit I had a bit of a food porn moment looking at the baked goods, but I moved on...

neile said...

Nice job, Madeline! Kelly's Bakery is not easy to escape!

Happy anniversary, Kelly! Your kids are so sweet and that dinner looks amazing.

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