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Sure is quiet around here...

...I mean, where are people these days? 1 or 2 comments on the BTB CF main page per day? You'd think it was the holidays or something and that people are busy!

Why yes, people are indeed busy. I can relate. The holidays get people running in 287 directions for work, social and shopping obligations, not to mention the whole gym thing.

However, if you are looking to eat "better" as opposed to "really sucky" at all these social engagements, rest assured it can happen. Better yet - if you're asked to bring a dessert or an app - make sure it's one you love and that you know you will want to eat!

The photo depicts the food assortment I prepared for the recent BTB Vinings open house. No, it's not 100% paleo...but there are some great choices for those trying to be somewhat behaved. Yes, I was in control of what the food choices were, so I could be master of my own destiny. But so can you! Here's what I served:

- Rosemary/paprika roasted almonds, cashews and pecans.
- Veggie platter with guacamole, and also the ranch dressing that came with the veggies (no, it was likely not paleo). 
- Bresaola wrapped asparagus.
- Spicy shrimp and avocado bites on cucumber rounds.
- (Shot by Charles) Venison sausage.
- (not pictured) Chicken and apple sausage with a chipotle sauce.
- Mixed berries/pineapple.
- Flourless chocolate mini-cakes.

Other options were going to be sausage/onion stuffed mushrooms and paleo meatballs in tomato sauce. But time did not afford such options!

Anyhoo, whether attendees were paleo or Zone followers or just trying not to eat as badly, there were plenty of protein, carb and fat sources to choose from.

What did you not find in the food assortments? Grains of any sort (no flour used in the cakes). No beans. Very very little dairy (I guess the ranch dressing was dairy...and there was butter and sugar in the cakes). However, lesser evils than, say, doughnuts!

For beverages, we had a bunch of ciders, wine, and we did have some regular old beer too. It's the holiday season, afterall.

Now for a few presents for all of you (some sites worth a read in your spare time): 

As you look to your resolutions for 2010, take a look at some of these suggestions:


http://nourishedkitchen.com/against-the-grain-10-reasons-to-give-up-grains/ (the writer of thelabelsayspaleo was going to print this one out and give it to family members at Christmas).

And to make most of us laugh hysterically, and really solidify in our heads that the media serves no benefit to our communities:

Happy holiday wishes to ALL of you. Congratulations on all your choices in nutrition, and on all your results over the past year. Here's to a fabulous 2010 for all!


Reader Comments (4)

Jules...you are such a doll. Thanks for ALL the fabulous food ideas you've posted over these months, and the personal advice all year! You are the best. I'm sorry I missed your open house - those food choices look yummy - in fact, I'm going to try to make some of them over the holidays. Thanks much and all the best wishes to all for an aweseome, healthy and happy 2010.

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary_Crossfit Freedomite

the fudge babies from thelabelsayspaleo.com are freaking crazy good!
PS: Just curious, is anyone still doing Paleo or aiming for it with stumbles?
Any of you who did The 90 still doing it?

December 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermelissa

Awesome step by step with photos on how to cook spagetti squash....


Melissa... was doing great on paleo until about the 3rd week of Dec.. Back on it this week...

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSydney

Hey is anyone out there in paleo land? Or non-paleo land whatever... Here is an awesome little diddy I made up over the holidays. It was awesome! I got inspired by an appetizer I had at Fritti the other night.... decided to make it into a meal:

Grilled Rosemary Flank Steak (this mo-fo is BAD ASS... we love it!)
1 lb grass fed flank steak (preferably all in one piece)
1/2 olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
5 - 6 large cloves of garlic chopped
3-4 tablespoons of crushed rosemary
juice of 3 large lemons
salt and pepper to taste

Place meat in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.... prick with a knife a few times to prep meat to take in marinade.
Salt and pepper meat on both sides
Sprinkle garlic and rosemary and press into both sides of meat
Add lemon juice, balsamic and olive oil and coat both sides of the meat
Let marinade at room temp for about 2 hours... stirring and turning occassionally

For medium rare ---- On the grill, sear each side of the meat at high heat for about 3 minutes on each side. Outside should look done.... take off grill and let rest for 10 minutes..... Inside will be redish pink.

With roasted asparagus and red bell peppers.....
Wash veggies and place on a cooking tray. Sprinkle with olive oil and pepper and some garlic. Roast at 350 until desired tenderness.

January 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSydney

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