Confession Time

I had a long day…

I’m exhausted…

I don’t feel like cooking…

Picking up to-go food was just so much easier…

I was in a hurry…

We’ve all heard those excuses.  Heck, I know I’ve made all those excuses at one point or another.  And I have to admit, today was one of those kinds of days.  Before changing to a paleo lifestyle, I would have quickly fallen back on any one of them as a reason to avoid making a healthy lunch for myself and my kids.

Was it a hard morning?  Actually, no.  My day has been awesome!  I celebrated the end of a week of work and errands (and running the house solo, as my husband has been out of town) by doing mommy stuff all morning.  We read books.  We assembled puzzles.  We played games.  We built an insanely tall “tree” with legos.

And when it was time for lunch, the last thing I wanted to do was spend time away from them preparing something elaborate.

So I cheated.

And now I’m here to confess.

My cheats took me slightly off the paleo path, but I believe that I’ve still made healthy choices for my family, and it’s WAY better than running to the local fast food joint, calling for pizza delivery, or even digging through the freezer to discover (then inhale) four pieces of leftover “paleo” carrot cake…. not that I have EVER done anything like THAT.

So, to give this confession the full explanation it deserves, I’ll start with a picture of my ingredients:

The method of assembling this chicken salad was fairly simple.  I placed the meat of about 3/4 rotisserie chicken from Costco (gluten free) in a large bowl after dicing it into small pieces.  With my hand chopper (the pink thing on the left) I finely chopped 3 stalks of celery and a handful of baby carrots, then added them to the bowl.  Next, I diced my avocado and added that.  I threw in a couple of squirts of dijon mustard.  And here comes the really horrible part.  Are you ready?

I added a squirt of basil from a freakin’ TUBE!

You WHAT?!?  Basil from a TUBE?!?  Were you BORN WITHOUT A SOUL???

I hear the sirens now.  The paleo police are coming to get me.  Well, it’s been nice knowing all of you…

But in all seriousness, I do know that chopping fresh basil is a far superior way to go.  And yes, I use fresh chopped basil in my cooking all the time.  It’s one of my favorite flavoring agents.

Remember the name of this post?  It’s called “Confession Time”, not “My entry in who-can-be-the-most-primal contest”.

But every once in a while  I allow myself a healthy cheat or two… including bringing home a rotisserie chicken from the local warehouse store.  It’s still a better option than so many other “fast foods” out there.  And you know what?  It tasted GREAT.

The chicken salad my 3 year old ate

I scooped mine into romaine lettuce leaves - already washed, trimmed and ready to go!

I guess what I’m really trying to say is this:  I get it.  We all have those days.  And in today’s modern world of long work days and short nights of sleep, it can be really hard to stay on track.  So when those days pop up, allow yourself the freedom to make an exception here or there, but don’t fall off the wagon completely.  You CAN still make healthy choices that are easy and take less time than a trip to Sonic and back.

And in honor of my friend Lea from Paleo Spirit, after the kids are in bed tonight I’m gonna take that chicken carcass and make STOCK.

Have a great weekend, everybody!


4 responses to “Confession Time

  1. I don’t see your experience as a cheat. It’s more like a meal that might not be super-ultra-elite paleo but you still aren’t eating grains, legumes or dairy. So I see it as a total win for balancing nutrition and practicality. The time you spent with your kids doing puzzles and reading is worth more than if you had spent the morning sourcing and cooking a perfectly pastured and processed chicken and chopping basil. Great post!

  2. BTW, thanks for the link. But just fyi, it doesn’t appear to be going through. (wasn’t sure how to contact you other than comments.) 🙂

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