Tuesday, October 21, 2014

shrimp in coconut sauce

Finding paleo-friendly foods is a challenge, especially since I eat so much grain and grain products.

But tonight I founds something I enjoyed - a recipe for shrimp in coconut sauce.

Paleo Diet - Day 21

The recipe was on the back of a can of Goya coconut milk I've had in the pantry for ages. It's funny what is considered paleo acceptable - coconut milk is on the list.

I modified the recipe to make it more of a stew because I knew I wouldn't be eating it over rice, as recommended.

First I chopped and fried a plantain. When that was cooked, I set it aside and fried a chopped onion until it was translucent. I added some chopped peppers and garlic and let the peppers soften. Then I added about 10 oz of diced tomatoes and about 10 oz of tomato puree.

Paleo Diet - Day 21

The recipe called for Goya sazon, which apparently just means Goya seasoning. I looked on the internet for how to substitute for Goya sazon and came up with a mix of paprika, cumin, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and oregano. So that's what I added.

I cooked all of that together on medium-low for about 20 minutes to take the edge off the tomatoes, then added the whole 16 oz can of coconut milk. I let that simmer and thicken a bit, then added the shrimp (which were already cooked, so I just needed them to warm), as well as the plantains I had set aside.

Paleo Diet - Day 21

So that was shrimp in coconut sauce. Paleo friendly, and really tasty. This dish has clearly been my paleo high light so far.

I am still feeling limited and frustrated most days with this diet, but it is finally sinking in just how much grain and grain products I actually eat. I have been eating a lot more fruit on this diet, which is clearly a positive change that I would like to sustain post-diet. I am looking forward to reducing my meat intake back to a more normal level.

Kandie asked me what my first non-paleo meal will be. I said a doughnut. But that's not really serious. I would like some fresh bread. I think then I will make a pizza for lunch.

This diet has been hard in a very different way from the others. We'll see what I take away from it.

Total Outlays - US Government - 2014

The above chart is from a recently released report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). I think these numbers are interesting because they lay out, in a factual manner, how the federal government actually spends the bulk of our tax dollars.

I think if you want to know what a person really values, you just need to look where they spend their time and their money.

I've heard it said that the federal government is an insurance company with guns. Based on this chart, I'm not sure that is very far off.

You can read the whole report here: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/49450

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paleo Diet - Day 19

Paleo Diet - day 19

Still sticking to this paleo/Whole30 thing - trying to come up with different concoctions. I baked a banana and a sweet potato today...

Paleo Diet - day 19

and mashed them together.

Paleo Diet - day 19

The banana added some sweetness to the sweet potato, which was nice. Sweet potato is already pretty sweet, but I usually have some butter and brown sugar on it when I bake it. Adding the banana was a bit of an improvement to having it by itself.

not the paleo diet

And meanwhile, this is what the kids had this morning for breakfast.

Eleven more days. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I can't think of a better way to start the morning than having the time to sit out on the deck with my coffee and listen to the birds and think for a few minutes.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Machiavelli - Discourses

Finally picked up a copy of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Discourses . I've taught The Prince five times, and every time I read it, I feel like I discover something new and interesting that goes beyond the typical interpretation of M. as an advocate for political back stabbing. Looking forward to reading his less read work. I'm kind of embarassed that I hadn't read it yet. I have a sense that there is a Machiavelli problem (la difficolta Machiavelli?) much like das Adam Smith problem. It will be interesting to see if I feel that way after I read the Discourses. Honestly, I've never perceived das Adam Smith problem - the two books seem perfectly well integrated to me - but maybe that's my GMU background, so maybe I won't perceive the same kind of conflict that others perceive between these two books.


My poem, "Julia" was published today on Words Dance.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paleo Fajita Salad

Paleo Diet - Day 14 (explored!)

Paleo-friendly fajita salad.

Just saw this image hit Flickr's Explore category. For you non-Flickr nerds, that's a special honor bestowed by Flickr on the "most interesting" images of the day.