Well it’s day 6 of the October Unprocessed challenge and I’ve got good news to report — I’ve been successful so far! Of course, it helps that I am used to cooking most everything at home and from scratch. Still, there have been times that I was tempted to grab a soda from the vending machine. So far I haven’t given in to temptation. So far…
Keeping in mind the objective to eat using only unprocessed and natural foods, here’s what I’ve been eating.
Breakfasts: I made some little jars of Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Custard. It’s been a good start to the day. I made sure not to get them too sweet so the pumpkin is the star. There’s milk and eggs in there too for a good dose of protein and fat. Most days I had some fruit with my custard; one day I had bacon. Because every day is better with bacon! I even found uncured bacon which fits in with my interpretation of unprocessed. Of course I have coffee (with a little half and half) before I do anything in the morning. If I didn’t I don’t know that I could find my way to work!
Lunches: There’s really been no change here — I usually have leftovers from the previous night’s supper. If I don’t eat my fruit with breakfast I’ll have it either with lunch or as an afternoon snack. I’m still missing my diet soda that I usually had with lunch, but I’m adjusting. Eventually I might not miss those artificially sweetened and flavored drinks. But not yet.
Supper: Days 1 and 2 were on a weekend so I was able to do somethings that aren’t really possible on a weekday. One day was a chicken roasted in cast iron on a bed of mixed root veggies (fingerling potatoes, multi-color carrots, mushrooms and onions). The following day, I braised some grass-fed beef short ribs with veggies and served them with Carolina Gold Rice (an heirloom rice that is processed completely by hand.) Most other days were veggies saute and a simple meat. One of the best was a mix that resembled ratatouille, served with Italian sausages.
Snacks: This has always been my downfall. I’m a snacker. After supper I often have the urge to snack the evening away. I’ve been trying to do better in this area. Once the supper dishes are done, I make myself a smoothie from frozen fruit, milk and a teaspoon of either honey or maple syrup. After my smoothie, I start a pot of decaf tea and find something to keep me busy so I don’t snack. So far I’ve only strayed one day — I really needed something crunchy and salty so I made a small batch of popcorn. Since I started with corn kernels and oil in a pan it counts as unprocessed, so that really isn’t straying, is it?
I’ll try to get a recipe for the custard posted soon. It is so simple but so tasty! All of the food I’ve been cooking has been simple but delicious.