Big Assed PMS Salad

It was almost 2pm and my stomach finally signaled EAT NOW! I’d started my lunch break and then had become so engrossed in a new task and suddenly it was 6.5rs since I last ate. I rarely get even the tiniest bit hungry for at least 4-5hr since GFRR anyway although today’s hunger was NOW hunger. The primordial hunger of the woman PMSing. If it wasn’t going to be fulfilled by chocolate it needed to be salty, sweet, crispy, creamy, tangy & bright. Every bite needed to be a taste experience and I needed a ‘okay, I’m good for hours’ feeling after I was done eating it.

I knew it would also have to be fast or I’d be face first in the chocolate tin. Luckily I’d accidentally turned my pellet stove off and the house was SO COLD that I was also in a huge hurry to get out of there and back into the office.

I walked into my kitchen at 1:54 and was eating 12 minutes later, including putting away all the ingredients, tools/dishes and making the salad dressing from scratch

I call this Big-Assed PMS Salad feast and here’s the best part… it’s #GFRR . I know right? What’s with those deny ‘diet salads’? Let me just say that for much of my life I would absolutely rather have been fat than eat salad. In 2011 I discovered Paleo. Big Assed Salads became my specialty. While 90% of Paleo still applies to how I eat daily with #GFRR, I have incorporated some organic corn, quinoa, potato, yams, beans and rice back into my diet and am loving these additional flavours while still losing weight. I certainly can have wheat & oats too although I’ve determined that I do feel better without them in my diet.

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ON a DINNER PLATE (not one of those cutsie salad plates!)

A bed of Spinach
A lg handful of coleslaw mix
Drizzle with prepared Epicure’s Italian Dressing made with Balsamic and Avocado oil – OMG!!
1 small handful of frozen corn (I warmed mine 45 seconds in steamer)
Cottage cheese mixed with ½ Tbsp of your fav spice & a splash of ACV & a grind or two of salt
Top with a handful of red grapes.

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So yes, I know, it is made with Cottage Cheese. Oh, right, if you’re like the majoriiy you don’t like Cottage Cheese.
A) Humor me! I’ve made a version of this for quite a few people and they were all won over!
B) The cottage cheese texture disappears and you instead get a ‘meaty’ dense bite with the tangy savory creaminess of the cottage cheese & the deep background notes of balsamic punctuated by sweet bursts of corn or grapes & balanced by the crunch of the chunks of cabbage!
C) Make it this way with a little bit of cottage cheese and the rest of your protein as chicken or beef or ??? and then give me your thoughts. 

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Chicken and Rice Bowl

This is a tastebuds exploding good GFRR dinner! 8 skinless chicken legs/thighs, 4 lg carrots, 2 tbsp Bali Glow. Coat chicken in Bali Glow. Add chicken and carrots to your crockpot & cook on low 6hrs. Pull chicken out of crockpot and pull out bones. Add 1 cup of light coconut milk and check seasonings. Add salt if needed. I enjoyed mine over rice and shredded spinach & topped it with Cinco Peppers for a little extra heat.
Chicken and rice bowl

Leftovers Lunch

Another awesome CookToLose friendly meal! All leftovers, one of my favourite ways to eat lunch.

Mashed yam, spinach topped with leftover cooked veg & dressing and pork ‘chops’. I made cutlets last night by cutting the meat off the bone, leaving a bit behind, and then popped the bones into the crockpot and sprinkled with @epicureofficial Roasted Garlic and left them on low for a couple hours.Leftovers lunch

Asian Inspired Mahi Mahi

You’re Welcome! I KNOW you’ll be thanking me for this one!
Asian inspired Mahi Mahi! 1 tbsp honey, 3 tbsp Balsamic, 3 Tbsp Braggs or Soy. 2 tsp @epicureofficial Asian Seasoning, 1 tsp minced garlic or 1 garlic clove. 1/2 tsp Cinco Pepper. 1 tbsp olive oil. Marinate your Mahi Mahi 30mins to overnight. Sear on both sides in your frying plan, pop into a 350 oven 4-6 mins depending on how thick your fish is. I served mine on a bed of wilted greens, with SPG (Epicure’s newest kitchen rockstar) Spaghetti Squash and a serving of Epicure’s Mac & Cheese. Yup. It IS Good Food Real Results friendly! Oh! I tossed my extra marinade in the pan after the fish was done and simmered it a min to make a sauce.
Asian Inspired Mahi Mahi