Broccoli Tailgate Salad

In honor of my first tailgate of the season, and the farmers market fresh produce coming on strong, i present you with the easiest and probably most delicious item you can bring to a football party (excluding cheap beer – but that’s not clean)

Broccoli Tailgate Salad:

2-3 heads of fresh broccoli
1 lb unadulterated bacon
Salt and Pepper
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup slivered almonds or sunflower seeds
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp coconut oil

Get ready for the easiest / least dish intensive mealprep ever!

Start frying all your bacon in a skillet (more experienced twentysomethings may prefer to use oven – 350f for 25 minutes – save your drippings!)

Grab your kitchen scissors and start snipping the broccoli into little florets right into the bowl you plan to store it all in.

Grab your raisins and either toss them in or you can snip them in half like I did.

Throw in the almonds.

As your bacon finishes cooking, set to the side to cool a bit and the either crumble or snip into slivers ontop of the broc-nut-raisin medley.

Once all the bacon is cooked, turn off the stove and drop the coconut oil in the skillet to melt.

Dump the medley in the skillet and stir around so the broccoli starts sopping up the bacon fat and oil (but don’t let it get too cooked).

Pour the balsamic and apple cider vinegar in the skillet and continue stirring (don’t let it cook too much!)

Taste it.

Grind/sprinkle as much salt and pepper as you think it needs for taste (it shouldn’t be much)

And then just scoop or dump it all right back into that Tupperware bowl to tote along to the parking lot/back yard/living room where the pre-gaming occurs.

Twentysomething Bulletproof Coffee : Trial and Failure

From August 12 – 23 I gave bullet proof coffee a try. I dipped my toes in the bullet proof trendy pool, but most of the rave –reviews I’ve read seemed a little hoaky to my surprise. For example – the way they conveyed “Paleo and Bulletproof helped me get pregnant!” was WAY off base. However, I’ve tumbled over a few blogs that gave the coffee a shot and the BCAA nutritional math added up, I had already been doing intermittant fasting for two months, and I gave it a go. HOWEVER, I did NOT do it as prescribed (only using coconut oil without grass fed butter and much less of the recommended dose of oil too). The rational behind this was (I won’t lie) fear of gaining too much weight, interrupting the fasting technique, difficulty in obtaining grass fed butter cheaply, and the overwhelming richness of the coffee.

Twentysomething Bulletproof Coffee:

1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1-2 cups brewed coffee (I used folgers)
Screw-cap waterbottle (for shaking)

Brew coffee and add coconut oil in “shaker” – shake vigerously for as long as you can take it (usually 3 minutes considering it’s first thing in the morning, and I haven’t had coffee yet)

Was it delicious? Yes! Did it help my intermittent fasting? No. Did curb my hunger? No – it made it worse actually. Did it improve my enegery during workouts? Nope. Did it improve my daily energy. No.

And so the bullet proof coffee myth – at least the twentysomething and paleo version of bullet proof coffee – has beeen debunked and I am VERY happy to currently drink normal black paleo-friendly coffee WITH a light paleo breakfast during a typical american eating cycle.

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GRE Comfort Raisin Brownie Cake (8 slices @ 120 cal/ea)

Yes, GRE stands for Graduate Record Exam, but also “Ghiradelli Raisin Ebullience”, or at least that’s what it WILL stand for after I take the exam and need some comforting. Feelings eating is something that Paleo prompts you to avoid… so does my Mindfulness instructor… Let’s face it: I’m procrasti-baking.

GRE Comfort Raisin Brownie Cake (8 servings @ 120 cal/ea)

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2 eggs
½ cup 100% cocoa (ghiradelli)
3/8 cup honey
1 ½ tbsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tsp vanilla extract
salt
1/3 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix eggs, honey, melted coconut oil, vanilla and salt.

Chop raisins lightly and mix in with wet ingredients and cocoa.

Pour into round baking dish and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 30 minutes.

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