I Took My Own Advice This Weekend
My roommate and I decided to have some friends over for a sort of housewarming party on Saturday. Of course, none of my friends are paleo so any foods they wanted to eat or bring, would probably end up being not very paleo friendly. But, when you’re half hosting the party, it’s easy to make dishes that you can eat, and everyone will like.
My roommate is a vegetarian so she made sweet potato burgers which actually looked pretty good, but they had beans in them. Plus, why miss out on an opportunity to eat some good quality local ground beef courtesy of my parents? So I went ahead and made some hamburgers for the meat eaters at the party.
For my side dishes, I took advantage of the opportunity to try out some recipes I’ve been wanting to make, anyway. Here’s what I chose:
How Was It?
Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures the day of the party other than with my phone…so sorry about that. The coleslaw wasn’t a huge hit…I think mainly because it was too close to being healthy for people to want to eat it. It was still pretty good, though. I put it on top of my burger which was awesome.
The carrot fries on the other hand were great. Some of them got pretty burnt, I think I cut them into too small of pieces but it’s okay because as I’ve mentioned before…I like burnt food and no one complained about it so, it worked out. A lot of people thought they were sweet potato fries. They were definitely on the sweeter side but not too sweet. I will make them again in the future, for sure. They were so good.
I mostly made the guacamole as a topping for the burgers. But we had corn chips, too so I assume people ate it by itself as well. I didn’t use a specific recipe for that, just dumped the ingredients (avocados, lime juice, garlic, jalapenos, onions, cilantro, salt, and some cayenne pepper) into my food processor and then tasted it and added more of whatever I thought it needed until it tasted good.
I don’t make burgers very often so I was going to try to find some sort of recipe but I decided to make up my own.
Recently I’ve been reading a lot about GMOs and how plants have been bred to be what they are today and how that has taken a lot of nutrients out of modern vegetables and fruits, comparatively. One article mentioned that herbs are very close to their original relatives and have a lot of nutrients so I’ve been trying to add more herbs into my meals. Which is great because I love herbs. Except cilantro. Ew.
To make the burgers I mixed…
- 2 lbs of grass-fed ground beef
- 1/4 cup basil
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 1/4 cup green onions
- A little bit of salt
…and grilled them on my George Foreman Grill (because unfortunately I don’t have a real grill). They were super good. Actually, I just ate one for dinner and it was even good cold (too lazy to heat up).
I don’t think I’m going to be doing meal prep this week. Mostly because I spent all my grocery money buying party supplies but also because I didn’t have the time, really. Luckily, I have a decent amount of leftovers and should be good until Wednesday.
Now that I’m living with a roommate, I find myself spending a lot less time cooking and more time doing other things (don’t ask me why having a roommate is changing that) and I’m considering changing up my routine so that I spend less time cooking.
How do you manage your time so that you are still eating good, nutritious meals while having the time to do the things you love? Does anyone have any tips for me that I haven’t already mentioned on the blog? I’d love to hear them!!