Friday, 19 January 2018

Whole30 Day 19: Mexican Beef

Nom Nom Paleo + Whole30 by Michelle Tam https://nomnompaleo.com

Day Nineteen! You're almost out of your teens! If you've made it this far, my guess is that you're already feeling the benefits of doing a Whole30. Melissa Hartwig calls this "Tiger Blood"—your energy levels have increased, and you're feeling chipper and self-confident. You're kicking butt and taking names. This is a momentous occasion, and calls for an equally momentous meal: Whole30 Mexican Beef!

Whole30 Mexican Beef by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

There are two ways to make this classic Nom Nom Paleo dish: braising it in the oven or cooking it in your trusty pressure cooker (or Instant Pot!). Choose a method to make my Whole30 Mexican Beef, and click the corresponding pics below for the instructions:

OVEN BRAISED MEXICAN BEEF

Whole30 Mexican Beef by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Get the recipe for Oven Braised Mexican Beef here!

INSTANT POT (PRESSURE COOKER) MEXICAN BEEF

Whole30 Mexican Beef by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Get the recipe for Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Beef here!

You can't go wrong with either method, but as a certified Instant Pot-head, you know I'm going to recommend breaking out an electric pressure cooker if you have one. It's way faster and easier, and you won't have to babysit the beef while it cooks. (I don't know about you, but I barely have the energy to watch own my kids, let alone babysit a pot of meat in the oven.) Stick everything in an Instant Pot, and it'll cook while you're out on the town, at work, at school, or even when you're fast asleep!

P.S. Want more Paleo Instant Pot recipes? Check 'em out here!


A note to my Nomsters: This is one of a series of daily blog posts I'm writing in the month of January 2018 to help those doing a Whole30 to kick off the New Year. Not sure what the Whole30 is, or want info on how to get started? Read my Whole30 prep post—and then come back to Nom Nom Paleo every single day for recipes to inspire, delight, and sustain you on your Whole30!

And remember: Throughout January 2018, I'm partnering with Whole Foods Market nationwide! In all Whole Foods Market stores, you'll find my personally curated Nom Nom Paleo Picks on the shelves, a rotating menu of ready-to-eat Nom Nom Paleo dishes in the hot bar, and even my famous Magic Mushroom Powder available for sale!

Nom Nom Paleo X Whole Foods Market by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You'll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

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Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf

The best tasting, moist turkey meatloaf stuffed with cheddar cheese, spinach and rolled, jelly roll style topped with a ketchup based glaze.

The best tasting, moist turkey meatloaf stuffed with cheddar cheese, spinach and rolled, jelly roll style topped with a ketchup based glaze.
Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf

We love turkey meatloaf for dinner, it's total comfort food. Using turkey in place of beef in your meatloaf lightens it up and it's delicious! Stuffing it with cheese and spinach – total game changer!!

The best tasting, moist turkey meatloaf stuffed with cheddar cheese, spinach and rolled, jelly roll style topped with a ketchup based glaze.

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Bring Purpose & Mindfulness to Your Work

By Leo Babauta

Our work lives are filled with busyness, distraction, procrastination, responding to messages, checking on messages, and getting lost down rabbit holes.

We struggle to be mindful and to focus on our meaningful work.

And yet, many of us want to create a life of meaning, focus, and mindfulness.

We know this, and yet we struggle. Why? What keeps us from this life of mindful focus and meaningful work?

In this guide, I'll talk about why we get pulled away, and then how to bring mindfulness to the process to find focus and create an impact with your work.

Why We Can't Focus

If you think about how you spent your last few days, most of us would say we're more distracted than we like. We procrastinate more. Or we're super busy, responding to a thousand things, making lots of decisions, and not very mindful during this chaotic work day.

What's going on? A number of things:

  1. We're actually afraid to focus. The work we want to focus on is hard, full of uncertainty, uncomfortable. We want to do it, but we're putting off the moment we have to enter into this uncertain space. We're going to the "comfort food" of our distractions instead of the discomfort of the focus.
  2. We're afraid to simplify. To focus, we have to clear away all our distractions, say no to social media, our phones, our messages, our email. We have to say no to the easier tasks that we're really good at. This kind of simplicity is uncomfortable for many people, and again, we go to "comfort food" distractions and easy tasks instead.
  3. We're constantly pulled away. You might put yourself in a space of simplicity and focus … but then your attention gets pulled away. We have so many notifications, so many messages, so many shiny distractions … and our attention is like a little monkey jumping from tree to tree. In some ways, this is because technology is designed to grab our attention. But we allow this to happen.
  4. We're unsure about what path to take. We know we should focus, but shouldn't we also be doing this other important task? Or those three pretty important tasks? Or checking for an important message/email that might come in? We have fear of missing something important, fear of choosing the wrong thing, fear of taking the wrong path when there are many available. This uncertainty can freeze us, or cause us to constantly switch.

OK, so it's fear, uncertainty, discomfort, and pulled attention. How can we bring mindfulness to bear on these four horsepersons of distraction?

Bring Mindfulness Into the Arena

Armed with the knowledge of why we're not able to focus, we're going to further arm ourselves with mindfulness and walk confidently into the arena of meaningful work.

The first thing to acknowledge is that it's OK to be afraid, OK to want to comfort yourself with easy tasks and distractions, OK to feel uncertainty. We're not horrible people for being this way … we're human. So we can look at our habits and smile on them with unconditional friendliness.

Let's practice mindfulness in our workday with a series of questions.

QUESTION 1: What's the best way to structure my day?

In this inquiry, we're wondering if it's best to constantly switch from messaging app to messaging app, from email to social media, from news sites to blogs, from small admin tasks to other quick tasks … filling up our day and not focusing on our most meaningful work.

In my own inquiry, it brings mindfulness to how I spend my time, how fragmented I allow my attention to be … and then it brings me to an intention to simplify and focus. I still need to check email and messages and do the smaller tasks … but I can lump them together at certain times of the day, and clear space for big chunks of focus and meaningful work. This intention isn't always met, but the inquiry brings me closer to it.

QUESTION 2: What do I want to focus on?

This isn't a question many people ask themselves each day. Ideally, you'd ask it at the beginning of each day, but also at various points throughout the day. It shifts you: you go from, "What should I check right now" or "What can I quickly do right now?" to "What is the meaningful work I want to do now and give my full focus to?"

In other words, what do I care deeply about? What kind of dent do I want to make in the world, and how can I start to make that dent right now?

It shifts from saying yes to your million things and messages, to saying no to those million things … so you can say yes to your meaningful work. So you can say yes to complete focus and mindfulness.

QUESTION 3: Why am I not focusing on it?

If you picked something to focus on and you're working on it, great! But if you're not … why not? What's getting in your way? What are you afraid of? What are you comforting yourself with?

If you can identify the fear, instead of allowing yourself to habitually run from this fear … lean into it. Go towards it. Allow yourself to feel the fear, and stay in it, befriend it. Then go into your focus zone, in the middle of the fear, and let the fear be your guide and your friend. It means you are alive, that you are pushing yourself into discomfort for the sake of what you care deeply about, that you are creating meaningful work instead of running. Beautiful!

QUESTION 5: What is my intention as I focus?

As you get started with a focused session, even if it's only for 10-20 minutes … it helps to ritualize it. Have a clear beginning, and even a clear end. What will you do to mark the beginning? Maybe stretch, smile at your work, and set an intention. An intention isn't a goal, but how you want to go about doing the task … for example, I might say, "I want to stay focused on this task, put myself into this uncertainty for the sake of the people I care about and serve, and stay present in the middle of it."

Keep this intention in your heart as you put yourself into this focus session.

QUESTION 6: What is this moment like, as I work in stillness?

Now you're in the middle of the focus session … bring mindfulness to that task. That's simply a matter of awareness and curiosity.

Bring awareness by asking: what is it like right now? What sensations can I notice? How does my heart feel as I take this gorgeous action, filled with uncertainty?

Bring curiosity when you feel like switching tasks and running … by asking, "I want to run from uncertainty, but what would it be like to stay?" The truth is, we don't know. We think we know that we won't like it, but actually we don't really know until it happens. So take the curiosity stance: seek to find out. Come to this task with an open mind, and you might find a gentle wonder that you didn't expect, in the middle of your meaningful work.

Now, you can do this for your meaningful work, but you can also do this for any task — responding to an email, answering a text message, reading an article online, contemplating a decision with care.

Bringing purpose and mindfulness to your work can be a place filled with joy, if you allow yourself to move into that space with intention and curiosity, inquiry and love.



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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Whole30 Day 18: Noodle Substitutes

Nom Nom Paleo + Whole30 by Michelle Tam https://nomnompaleo.com

Miss slurping down your food? I've got just the thing to scratch that itch: Whole30-friendly noodle substitutes!

Whole30 Noodle Substitutes by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

I know what you're thinking: Noodle substitutes can't possibly be okay on a Whole30. You're reminded of that (in)famous Whole30 concept known as SWYPO—Sex With Your Pants On—which is shorthand for Paleo-fied junk food disguised as something that's good for you. SWYPO foods aren't allowed on the Whole30 because they're mental crutches that prop up the same bad habits and poor food choices. In other words, if you keep eating "Paleo pizza" and "Paleo muffins" and "Paleo ice cream" during your Whole30, you're undermining your own efforts to break free of the patterns that put you in Bad Food Jail in the first place.

But guess what? You can take a chill pill, 'cause these noodle substitutes aren't SWYPO at all! NOT EVERYTHING IS SWYPO, PEOPLE. As the official Whole30 website says:

If you're looking for a sandwich substitute, and you decide to use a lettuce leaf or a slice of roasted sweet potato, well, that's a different story. Spaghetti squash for pasta, a portobello mushroom cap for a burger bun, or egg and spinach "muffins" for traditional muffins are all examples of perfectly healthy and appropriate substitutions during your Whole30. (Another tip: If you're subbing something unhealthy with vegetables or high-quality meat, that's almost certainly a thumbs-up.)

So if someone calls you out for tucking heartily into a plate of my Paleo Chicken Chow Mein or Pesto Parsta and tells you these noodle substitutes are SWYPO, tell 'em to get off your lawn! Then, head into the kitchen and whip up some slurpable goodness:

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash!

Whole30 Noodle Substitutes by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Get the recipe for Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash here! (And if you don't have an Instant Pot, you can make it in the oven, too!)

Crispy Swoodles with Bacon!

Whole30 Noodle Substitutes by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Get the recipe for Crispy Swoodles with Bacon here!

Paleo Chicken Chow Mein!

Whole30 Noodle Substitutes by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

Get the recipe for Paleo Chicken Chow Mein here!

Pesto Parsta!

Whole30 Noodle Substitutes by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com

For instructions on making Pesto Parsta, just scroll to the end of the Arugula Pesto recipe here!


A note to my Nomsters: This is one of a series of daily blog posts I'm writing in the month of January 2018 to help those doing a Whole30 to kick off the New Year. Not sure what the Whole30 is, or want info on how to get started? Read my Whole30 prep post—and then come back to Nom Nom Paleo every single day for recipes to inspire, delight, and sustain you on your Whole30!

And remember: Throughout January 2018, I'm partnering with Whole Foods Market nationwide! In all Whole Foods Market stores, you'll find my personally curated Nom Nom Paleo Picks on the shelves, a rotating menu of ready-to-eat Nom Nom Paleo dishes in the hot bar, and even my famous Magic Mushroom Powder available for sale!

Nom Nom Paleo X Whole Foods Market by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo https://nomnompaleo.com


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You'll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

Recipe IndexNom Nom Paleo CookbooksNom Nom Paleo App

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Cauliflower Rice (Arancini) Balls

These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!

These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!
Cauliflower Rice (Arancini) Balls

I love Italian rice balls, which are traditionally filled with rice, sausage and cheese, rolled into balls, breaded and fried. My lighter versions swaps the rice for cauliflower and rather than frying, I made them in my air fryer or oven!

These Italian Cauliflower Rice Balls (Arancini) are made with cauliflower in place of rice! Lower in carbs and baked or made in the air fryer!

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry

Nom Nom Paleo + Whole30 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Who wants some Pot Sticker Stir-Fry?

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

The thing I love most about pot stickers is the umami-rich filling of pork, cabbage, and mushrooms. In fact, when I was a kid, there were times when I felt the urge to just empty the dumpling skins of their stuffing and tuck into a big bowl of pot sticker filling. Sadly, this sort of…creativity wasn't exactly encouraged at the dinner table. But now that I'm an old bag, I do whatever I want—which explains the existence of this recipe.

There are three ways you can experience the delicious (and Whole30-friendly) magic of my super-amazing-delicious Pot Sticker Stir Fry:

Number One: Support my hard work by buying a copy of my latest New York Times bestselling cookbook, Ready or Not! 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo, and turn to page 304 for this recipe—one of my absolute favorites in the book! Besides, the entire book of recipes is laid-out in an easy-to-understand comic book style. It feels like I'm in your kitchen, cooking right alongside you!

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Number Two: Prefer to cut out the middle man and just buy this dish, already prepared for you? During the month of January 2018, visit your local Whole Foods Market and make a beeline for the hot food bar—there, you'll find a rotating menu selection of ready-to-eat Nom Nom Paleo dishes from Ready or Not!, including Pot Sticker Stir Fry. Grab a to-go container, and fill it all the way up with this deliciousness! (If it's not there, you'll still find other ready-to-eat Nom Nom Paleo options!)

Number Three: Keep scrolling down, grab this recipe for free, and try your best not to feel too guilty about it. (Relax! I'M JUST KIDDING! I wouldn't post hundred of free recipes on this blog if I didn't want you making them, silly! But seriously: If you're a fan who has enjoyed my website and recipes, please consider getting one or both of my books, and go try my Whole Foods Market prepared dishes! I need to eat, too, people!)

Anyway, without further ado: Pot Sticker Stir-Fry!

serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ghee, avocado oil, or high temp fat of choice
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • ¼ pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 1 small Napa cabbage, cut in half and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Red Boat fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced

Equipment:

Method:

In a 12-inch (or larger) skillet over medium heat, melt the ghee. Once it's hot, toss in the carrots, shallots, and mushrooms.

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Add a sprinkle of salt, and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until the shallots are soft and the 'shrooms are pliable.

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Toss in the garlic and ginger, and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Add the pork along with another sprinkle of salt, and break up the meat with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Crank up the heat to medium-high, and cook for about 5 minutes or until the pork is no longer pink.

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Transfer the cooked pork with a slotted spoon to another platter. Leave the cooking liquid in the pan.

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Throw the cabbage into the pan with another sprinkle of salt, and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until wilted.

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Lower the heat to medium, and add the ground pork back into the skillet.

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Stir to combine.

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Season with coconut aminos, rice vinegar, and fish sauce. Taste and adjust with more seasoning if needed.

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com

Remove the skillet from the heat. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil and a generous sprinkle of scallions. Serve and eat!

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com


A note to my Nomsters: This is one of a series of daily blog posts I'm writing in the month of January 2018 to help those doing a Whole30 to kick off the New Year. Not sure what the Whole30 is, or want info on how to get started? Read my Whole30 prep post—and then come back to Nom Nom Paleo every single day for recipes to inspire, delight, and sustain you on your Whole30!

And remember: Throughout January 2018, I'm partnering with Whole Foods Market nationwide! In all Whole Foods Market stores, you'll find my personally curated Nom Nom Paleo Picks on the shelves, a rotating menu of ready-to-eat Nom Nom Paleo dishes in the hot bar, and even my famous Magic Mushroom Powder available for sale!

Nom Nom Paleo X Whole Foods Market by Michelle Tam / Nom Nom Paleo http://nomnompaleo.com


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You'll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!

Recipe IndexNom Nom Paleo CookbooksNom Nom Paleo App

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Pot Sticker Stir-Fry

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Author Michelle Tam

Yield 6 servings

Pot Sticker Stir-Fry is a simple, family-friendly, one-pan weeknight meal. This Whole30-friendly dish consists of the very best part of the dumpling: the umami-rich filling of pork, cabbage, and mushrooms!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ghee, avocado oil, or high temp fat of choice
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • ¼ pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 1 small Napa cabbage, cut in half and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Red Boat fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. In a 12-inch (or larger) skillet over medium heat, melt the ghee. Once it's hot, toss in the carrots, shallots, and mushrooms.
  2. Add a sprinkle of salt, and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until the shallots are soft and the 'shrooms are pliable.
  3. Toss in the garlic and ginger, and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  4. Add the pork along with another sprinkle of salt, and break up the meat with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  5. Crank up the heat to medium-high, and cook for about 5 minutes or until the pork is no longer pink.
  6. Transfer the cooked pork with a slotted spoon to another platter. Leave the cooking liquid in the pan.
  7. Throw the cabbage into the pan with another sprinkle of salt, and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes or until wilted.
  8. Lower the heat to medium, and add the ground pork back into the skillet. Stir to combine.
  9. Season with coconut aminos, rice vinegar, and fish sauce. Taste and adjust with more seasoning if needed.
  10. Remove the skillet from the heat. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil and a generous sprinkle of scallions. Serve and eat!

Notes

Feel free to use ground turkey or chicken in place of the pork. Don't use the super lean stuff, though!

Courses Dinner

Cuisine Chinese, Stir-Fry, Asian, Paleo, Primal, Whole30, Gluten-free

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