Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Found this while browsing

This is a nice list of Paleo foods available from Trader Joe's, many of which I bought yesterday before even finding this list. But, I'll have more ideas for next time, especially a nut butter and the broth concentrates.

Day three is going well so far, but I will have some serious temptation to resist tonight. My friend, Mandy, hosts a book club named Books, Booze and Baked I might have to bring something to distract myself. We are reading a book of Jewish fables so there is going to be Challah bread and Apple Spice Cake - both which sound pretty awesome to me, but for this first 30 days I am not going to stray from Paleo eating unless its for a REALLY good reason. Sadly, this does not count. I may have a bit of booze, but to me that might just make it harder to resist the baked goods, so we'll see.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Salmon the Paleo way

I am trying out the Paleo way of eating for 30 days to see what it does for my energy levels as well as my stomach, since I have on and off issues with I.B.S. I am on day #2 and so far I've stayed pretty true to the "accepted foods" list, and have eaten some really yummy things (a few not so yummy). Anyway, after eating my dinner tonight, I decided I had to share it with anyone who wants a fabulous and healthy (and Paleo) meal. It was SO good! And, I have to say, it was the first time I actually enjoyed Swiss Chard (apparently cooking it with bacon helps.)

Meg's Paleo Salmon
This recipe serves 1, but can make more with the package of TJ's salmon.

4-6 oz. Trader Joe's southwest salmon fillet
1/4 white onion, chopped
4 leaves Swiss Chard, spine/stem removed and chopped
10 Grape Tomatoes
1/2 small Sweet Potato (I have read some places this is allowed, some places not, so I just used a small amount) diced
1 slice Trader Joe's turkey bacon, cut into matchsticks
Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic (I used garlic that had been marinated with an olive mix which made it extra good)

Wish I had taken a picture, but I ate it too fast... Even better, you can cook it in one skillet.

Heat up a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a couple teaspoons of olive oil and add the bacon and onion to the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring to keep anything from burning/sticking to the pan. Meanwhile, you can cook the sweet potato in a microwave safe bowl for about 2 minutes on high in the microwave to soften it so it only has to be cooked for a few minutes in the skillet. When the onion has softened and the bacon smells amazing its time to add the salmon to the pan, turn the heat down to medium and cover the pan. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip the salmon, add the potatoes, tomatoes, swiss chard and garlic. Cover the pan again and cook for another 2 minutes. Check the fish, it might need a minute or two more, but don't overdo it because overdone salmon is the worst! It will keep cooking after you turn off the heat so if it seems almost done I would stop. Add a squeeze of lemon and enjoy! Beware the grape tomatoes though, I totally burned my tongue on them.

Never a dull moment

So, I have decided to create a new blog that combines all aspects of my life, instead of just my business. I have a facebook page dedicated to Megan Lee Designs, and I find that I have completely neglected my MLD Blog. Instead, I will be blogging about my day-to-day life in Berwyn and the craziness that ensues. However, as the owner of Megan Lee Designs, I will also be posting about business goings on, as that is what 80% of my life revolves around.

Since moving here in July of 2010, my life has changed a LOT. Owning a home is awesome and as anyone will tell you, a lot of hard work. I don't think you quite understand until you are a homeowner...We have a brick bungalow that was built in 1925 (or 1926?) and is in good shape, while still needing a lot of work. I plan to post any projects, big or small, which might inspire me to get started on some of those projects... (oh, and I totally overuse ellipses. sorry.) I am planning on planting a vegetable garden in the near future and am clueless about plants, so that should be an adventure.

Other topics that my lovely readers will learn about are my new obsession with Crossfit, DerbyLite, Paleo, and my love of cooking and food in general. More about those activities soon, maybe more than you wanted to know :)

Basically, I love my life in Berwyn even though I do miss Ukrainian Village. Its a different lifestyle, but one I was ready for and am embracing wholeheartedly. Cause Berwyn is the new black, yo!