Day 7: Salad Made Out of Meat

I woke up this morning and drug my sister in law to yoga at 8AM. Not only had she not been  practicing regularly, but the class ended up being more challenging than I had anticipated (oh, hey revolved side angle pose). I’m pretty sure she forgave me after I cooked breakfast and lunch.

My brother was intrigued when I said “sweet potato hash” yesterday, so that’s just what I fixed for them this morning. Here’s how you do it (all measurements are approximate because I don’t actually believe in measurements):

2 tsp dried rubbed sage
2 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lb ground pork
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1/2 onion, chopped 
3 cloves garlic, chopped

Brown the pork (or whatever ground meat you like, really) with the spices. Once the meat is done, take it out of the pan and set aside. Melt some coconut oil in the pan and toss in the garlic, onion, and sweet potato. If the potatoes start to burn or brown too fast, put in a little water. Cover the pan but stir often. Once the sweet potatoes are tender, toss in the meat and stir it all together and reheat the meat. Put in a  bowl and shove in your facehole.

I had black coffee and kombucha with my breakfast, and a date coconut ball somewhere between breakfast and lunch.

I made some Thai steak salad and coconut green beans (minus the almonds, my brother is allergic and I didn’t want him to die). My sister in law kept trying to sabotage my steak salad with things like tomatoes and lettuce. I finally had to tell her “it’s a salad made of meat!” Here’s how it goes:

1-2 lbs skirt or flank steak, marinated in coconut aminos and a little coconut oil
Thai chiles (as many as you can handle…thems spicy)
2-3 handfuls of cilantro, ripped up with your hands
1/2 red onion, sliced very thin
2-3 tablespoons fish sauce
juice of 3-4 limes

Sear the steak for 6-7 minutes on each side, then cover with foil and let it rest. After the steak has cooled off, slice it thin, like you would for fajitas. Dump everything in a bowl and combine. 

Salad made out meat was a winner, and my brother liked the spicy Thai peppers.

I don’t see my brother very often and I wanted to try this barbecue place in Urbana called the Black Dog. This meal wasn’t entirely compliant. I ordered some smoked chicken, slaw (vinegar based), and a smoked sweet potato. There was some sugar in the slaw, and I did eat a little barbecue sauce. I don’t know how, but I managed not to order a beer…they had plenty of choices and I really, really wanted one. I guess it was knowing that I’d be losing at least one point on my food for the day that forced me to stick with water.

I went to bed early last night and ended up with almost 10 hours of sleep! Definitely didn’t need an alarm to wake up at 7 and get to yoga at 8. I also got in my fish oil. If the worst thing I did today was eat some slaw and barbecue sauce, I think I did okay.


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