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food diary-January hits and misses

So I’m done with month one of my Pescatarian diet. It has surprisingly been easy. In one month, I had salmon twice and shrimp once. Otherwise, no meat. My stomach feels flatter and I am pretty certain I’ve lost some weight. I ordered a scale so will report back if I have or not. My migraines aren’t a lot better but they aren’t worse. On the food front, a big miss for me is Boca Crumbles. They smell funny, taste funny and tore my tummy up. All of the Morningstar products I’ve had so far are the opposite: No weird smell, taste good and no bad side effects. I am not as hungry as I used to be, and I thought eating this way would cause me to feel very hungry all the time. It’s the opposite.

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I hope you all have a wonderful Superbowl Sunday! Love, HauteAngel

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Confessions of a bad january 13, 2015 food diary

So we had ice in North Carolina last night, which means traffic stops, schools delay or close (yes, close), and THEN we immediately think of treats, bread, wine, beer, etc., as if we’ll be hold up for days on end and will otherwise be chewing leather for sustenance unless we stock up! Grocery stores get cleaned OUT. It’s worse if it snows.

So… I started off strong into a steady decline that evening.

BREAKFAST:

Nature’s Way oatmeal with mango

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LUNCH: Neomonde chickpea salad, hummus, tabouli and lentils

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DINNER: Leftover whole grain pasta, vodka sauce and vegan Trader Joe’s mozzarella cheese

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So you’re probably thinking that is not a bad day Kathryn! And you would be right if it ended there, but oh no, hubby made chocolate chip cookies and brought home the beer I love, Bud Light Lime. Beer aficionados, cringe! Ok, move past this admission. I like it. So I had a few beers and a cookie. Confessional over. Love, Kathryn aka HauteAngel

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January 11, 2015 Food Diary

Happy Sunday! Buddy Bear is taking a nap.

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BREAKFAST: Trader Joe’s Gluten Free frozen waffles with 100% pure maple syrup

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LUNCH: Small field green salad with mushrooms, avocado, broccoli and flax seed, also a sprinkle of EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar. I had a handful of Trader Joe’s Pita Chips too, so good. Did you know all the items with a “V” on the corner of bag or box at Trader Joe’s indicates it’s a Vegan item?

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DINNER: Butternut squash cubes, salmon grilled with a little lemon, kale sautéed in garlic and a tad of olive oil and mushrooms. One butternut squash cubed fills up a large pan. Put two tablespoons of olive oil, a little salt, pepper and a tablespoon of garlic power/or two minced garlic cloves. Mix it all up, spread out on pan and cook at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. It’s wonderful.

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I have been putting flax seed in salads, yogurt and oatmeal a lot lately, so I thought I’d give you a bit of information on them and some of their benefits:

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FLAX SEEDS (from WebMD):

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Have a great Sunday evening! Love, Kathryn (aka, the “HauteAngel”)

Mayfel’s – Asheville’s awesome downtown Bistro

On a recent “reconnect” trip with my husband to Asheville, NC, a hub of great art, interesting people and dining, I had researched where to eat and visit. Many online reviews recommended the now being franchised Honey Tupelo. But it was under construction/renovation when we were walking downtown and on the same side of the street a little ways down, I had read really good things on Yelp about the little outside Cajun bistro called Mayfel’s. So we stopped in around 2 p.m. and ate outside for a late lunch.

Mayfel's - Asheville's awesome downtown Bistro

The menu says the name “Mayfel” is short for Mary Felonise, the owner’s grandmother’s given name. While attending boarding school, she was teased with the name “Mary fell on your knees,” so she shortened it to Mayfel. The restaurant prepares everything from scratch, in order to provide wholesome food. They buy local when available and all meals are made to order, but we waited about 30 minutes to be seated and did not wait long for anything else. And it was simply awesome from start to finish.

The restaurant serves a full breakfast until 4 p.m. every day, including Shrimp and Grits, a variety of omelets and french toast.

The interior is small and quaint and the outside is small and narrow, with a rod iron black gate, it’s very pretty and we preferred being outside as Asheville is the most amazing place I’ve ever been for people watching.

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When I walked inside, I noticed inside a homemade Bloody Mary bar with fresh horseradish and all the fixins. It looked really great, but I indulged in a house favorite called Mayfelade instead. It is simply the most tangy, refreshing, citrusy burst of ginger, mint and yum, YUM, UMMMM you could ever wish for. But even though you think, “I could drink 8 of these”, they will knock you on your Keister and I could only drink one with my meal once all was said and done.

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Mayfelade – recipe courtesy of WNC magazine

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

Three springs fresh mint
Ice
1.5 oz. vodka
1.5-2.5 oz. ginger lemonade*
Club soda
Slice of lime

Directions:

Muddle two sprigs of mint in a 16-ounce glass, then fill with ice and add vodka and ginger lemonade. Top with club soda. Shake with a Boston shaker, then garnish with  lime and sprig of mint.

*Ginger lemonade: Coarsely shred
1 cup of ginger, place it in a 16-ounce bottle, and fill with your favorite lemonade. Refrigerate for two weeks, shaking the bottle occasionally. It’s ready when the ginger starts to turn the lemonade slightly pink.

For a starter, we ordered the Pimento Cheese Bake, only $6.50

House baked cornbread topped with cheesy pimento goodness.

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Other menu Appetizers options include: Fried green tomatoes, smoked rainbow Trout dip with toasted French Bread that has been featured in Gourmet magazine, for example, and Seafood Gumbo.

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I don’t like spicy food, so ordered the Grilled chicken breast with tasty, seasoned collard greens and more delictable cornbread. It was so good and filling. We just ate slowly, sipped our drinks and didn’t even go out to dinner that night, that’s how totally satisfied we were with the experience.

Other items for carnivores like us are as follows:  Jambalaya, Seafood E’touf’fee, an assortment of burgers, even including a Creole crab burger. If you are a vegetarian, there are options such as Southern Fried BBQ Tofu and the Tree Hugger black bean burger.

I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant and can’t wait to revisit it!