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Day 8: Food of the Week – Pico de Gallo

I’ve been making an effort to cook a lot more since I re-started this challenge. I would normally come home from work and just have a salad with some smoked salmon or something, but that’s not so appetizing when it’s dark and cold outside. (Well, cold-ish. Let’s be serious, we’re in California. It never gets full on cold. Like you Ireland. Teehee. Smug emigrant moment happening.) 

However, I typically don’t feel up to cooking a huge meal when I get home either. During the week I’m all about simple and easy but nutritious and wholefood-ious (totes a word). This is not an easy task! BUT there is one thing that has greatly contributed to the healthy eating cause and that is…drumroll…Pico de Gallo – my food of the week!

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Actually, full disclosure, it was Mags who pointed out the amazingness of this food

For those of you unfamiliar (and I would imagine that’s everyone in Ireland as I had never heard of this before coming over here) Pico de Gallo is a fresh salsa (or salad) made from tomato, onion, serranos, coriander leaves, salt and lime juice. Hailing from Mexico it’s got an amazing zing to it, and is perfect for jazzing up the most boring of dishes. (A lot of zing-ing and jazzing going on with this – I’m obviously excited about it.)

This is so easy to make (see recipe here), but if you’re really, really lazy like me, you can buy it ready-made from Wholefoods. This week I paired it with some frozen, white, wild-caught fish I bought from Trader Joes, roasting them in the oven with some cherry tomatoes and capers. I also steamed some green beans to accompany it. All in all 25 minutes to make. And I made a second one for the next night!

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Any other good uses of pico del gallo out there? I have a half a tub left!

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Today was a good day – but then again Mondays always are! I always feel like if I have too much fun on a Monday (both in terms of food-fun and fun-fun) it throws me off kilter for the week. I really tried to eat fewer calories today as my weekend was probably a little excessive.

Food and exercise

  • Hot water with lemon and fresh ginger
  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup of scrambled whole eggs, 1/2 scrambled egg whites, steamed kale
  • Lunch: Salad with veg, 1 cup of chicken, tbsp olive oil, tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Snack: Celery and carrot sticks with little container of baba ganoush
  • Exercise: 35 mins spin class
  • Dinner: See above
  • Snack: 6 almonds
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Day 14: The Take-Out Challenge

  • Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and egg whites, steamed kale with enochi mushrooms, watermelon and strawberries
  • Lunch: Mixed salad, grilled chicken, hummus, olives, berries (try berries or any fruit in your salad – may seem odd but it’s yum! Kudos to my friend Ly for bringing this into my life)
  • Snack: Sugar snaps, cherry tomatoes and walnuts
  • Dinner: Prawn salad (spring grees, cooked prawns, roasted red peppers, mango, avocado, queso fresco) from The Liitle Chihuahua
It's a veritable, vegetable fiesta!

It’s a veritable, vegetable fiesta!

I did it, I did it!!!!!! I passed one of the 100 Healthy Days in SF challenges!!!

Note- these are not necessarily challenges I devised at the beginning of my 100 healthy days, but rather events that occur during every day life that I know will be difficult to navigate without going mad with the food. It turns out there are many! And we haven’t even hit any kind of holiday, first date, monthly emotional roller-coaster or bad hair day challenges yet.

San Francisco does great Mexican food, it’s a fact. Maybe even THE BEST, if you put any faith into the ‘America’s Best Burrito’ contest, which La Taqueria, in the Mission, recently won. Mexican wave for you guys!

As such, I wanted my parents to experience it. We don’t have great Mexican restaurants in Ireland. The food tends to be of the Tex-Mex variety and you don’t even get free tortilla chips. I knew we would be lining up for a year if we wanted to get into La Taqueria post-award so I suggested we try The Little Chihuahua in Noe Valley. This is also great food – really fresh ingredients from sources that use sustainable farming. They were a bit too wrecked from all the sightseeing and shopping so we decided to get a take-out.

Take-outs are normally a nightmare for people eating healthfully – you get FOMO, there are typically no real healthy options, you’re normally starved by the time the food comes so you end up eating way more than you should.

BUT good sense prevailed and I went for the Tostada salad. I left behind the tostada (basically deep-fried carb of some sort) and halved the portion (it was HUGE). I also politely declined the free tortilla chips, much to the delight of my parents. SUCCESS.

I think a lot of it had to do with keeping well hydrated during the day and having a really healthy, veg filled snack late in the afternoon.

Regardless, this has given me a much-needed confidence boost. I know it is possible to make the right choice! Bring on the next challenge! (I’m not looking forward to the bar hair day one though. It can get emotional).

Note – I ordered the take-out from trycaviar.com. The site is great, easy to use, and they seem to have much better restaurants than grubhub.com.