Nourish to Fuel Update August 2014

Image courtesy of Renjith Krishnan/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Renjith Krishnan/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

In one week and one day I will have graduated with the degree that is step one in furthering goals I set out for myself at 16. I’m pretty excited to have reached this point. It has not been easy. I wanted to quit many times when I felt it was just too much. Thanks to the support from my husband, my Mom, and my girls telling me to just get my homework finished already, I kept at it. Now, once I get past finals week, I’ll have a little more than two months off before I set off on step two with the next degree.

While at times it feels I may forever be a student, the most important thing I’ve learned is to take everything one step at a time, one task at a time, one day at a time, keep going, and you will see progress. This has been applicable to everything in my life. From school, to work, to weight loss, to lifting heavy things and putting them back down. It’s the strategy I keep going back to the most. Also, don’t quit or stop because of one set back. There are many times I could have quit. It would have been easier to walk away, but I didn’t.

So what will I be doing during my break from school? Working, oly lifting, CrossFit, getting the girls ready for back-to-school, and working on some exciting updates for Nourish to Fuel. I asked you, the readers, on Nourish to Fuel’s Facebook page and my personal Facebook page, what you wanted to see here on the blog. As a result I have some great posts and website updates upcoming, that will give you the information you’ve asked for. I’ll also be learning and playing with a fancy new camera, my soon to arrive first DSLR, to improve the images on the website. I took photography classes back in the day (the 90’s) as a teen with my awesome 35mm Pentax. But have to re-learn how to use more than a point and shoot camera.

Thank you all for your early support and encouragement of the site and the work I’m sharing. It is greatly appreciated. Stay tuned for more amazing content as the website and Nourish to Fuel community grows.

Upcoming to Nourish to Fuel, because you asked for it:

  • More recipes!
  • Including more ways to cook vegetables, and some spicy veggie dishes.
  • Work and to-go lunch ideas
  • Which foods to eat for optimal nutrient density, instead of taking supplements
  • Natural Health and Beauty Tips
  • Morning stretches to get you moving
  • Beginning weight training
  • Beginner weight loss strategies
  • How to keep the weight off
  • Guest Posts

Rotisserie Chicken and Cabbage Salad

I’m lucky enough to have a short trek down a hallway at work to get to a microwave at lunchtime. Once there I might have to wait 30 seconds as one person warms their coffee in an uncharacteristically clean work microwave. My husband has the misfortune of having to walk across the shop floor, up a flight of stairs, and then fight to get to one of four dirty microwaves shared by 200 to 300 other hungry people all eating lunch at the same time. While I have it easy microwave wise, I appreciate being able to turn around from my desk and grab my lunch from the personal mini-fridge behind me and just eat lunch (I have a personal fridge in my office just for me due to food allergies). Having a cold lunch to eat is appreciated by the husband as well because he doesn’t have to mad dash to the microwave like it’s the last sale item on black Friday.

Making it even easier to get a cold lunch during the week, is three dollars off rotisserie chickens on Monday’s at Whole Foods. On the way home from work each Monday I stop by to pick up a rotisserie chicken to debone and shred. I usually end up making a rotisserie chicken and cabbage salad which gives us both a couple days of lunches. I might also add the shredded chicken to some chicken stock for a quick soup with some veggies or a spinach salad. But 95% of the time it ends up in the recipe below, which is also great for a pot luck. Sure I could roast my own chicken in the oven, but for the price of a rotisserie chicken on Mondays I take the time and money saver shortcut.

Rotisserie Chicken and Cabbage Salad
Ingredients
  • 1 Rotisserie or oven roasted chicken deboned and shredded
  • ½ Cup Mayonnaise (for homemade Paleo Mayonnaise I use the recipe from Nom Nom Paleo or I purchase Sir Kensington's Mayonnaise)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon smoked Paprika
  • Half a head of Red Cabbage shredded or diced
  • 4 Carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 Green Apple diced
  • 2 Lemons juiced
Instructions
  1. Use 2 forks to shred and debone chicken into a large bowl.
  2. Add mayonnaise, salt & pepper, and paprika to bowl with chicken and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Dice cabbage and carrots. Add to bowl with chicken mixture.
  4. Dice apple. Add to bowl with chicken mixture. Pour lemon juice over apples.
  5. Stir until all ingredients are combined.
  6. Keep refrigerated until eaten.
Notes
Variations:
– Sub plain Mayonnaise for Sir Kensington’s Sriracha Mayonnaise
– Add Tessemae’s Hot Hot Sauce to taste to original recipe
– Use raisins instead of green apple and reduce to juice of one lemon
– Add 1 tablespoon dried parsley to original recipe
– Have green cabbage in your CSA box? Use green cabbage instead of red.
To oven roast your own chicken:
Easy and Amazing Roast Chicken from Everyday Paleo
Julia Child’s Classic Roast Chicken

 

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