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My 1st Experience

with the Whole30 Program and Paleo eating

Day 19 - September 25th, 2013

We're in fall, and with that, the cold temperatures are starting to show up its face. So I decided to ask my Russian friends if they had a good recipe for a Borscht. About 8-9 years ago, I was working in Seattle downtown, really close to Pike Place Market and I used to love, love, love a Russian restaurant that existed in the Post Alley. Their Borscht was delicious, just like their pelmeni, their piroshky, and everything else they did. The Russian lady used to do the pelmenis, right there in front of us, and they used to sell them frozen if we wanted to take it home (and I did it many times). But nothing was as good as their borscht, so that's the item I really miss. The restaurant is closed now, so there's no way to get some of it even if I cut my laziness to cross the bridge and make a trip to Seattle :(

But my friend Elena came to my rescue and shared with me her own recipe. I won't make it today, as I don't have all the ingredients needed, but I'll sure try some day, if not during the 30 days of the Whole 30, I'll do it later, but I will. The way she likes is vegetarian, so she used vegetable broth, but she still gave me tips on how to make it with meat, and that's the one I'll go for. Once I make it, I'll post in here how it went as well as the recipe.

But coming back from the future and talking about today, here's what I had on my 19th day in the Whole 30 program.

Meal 1

I wasn't too creative today and I really likes the eggs with eggplant spread I did the day before yesterday, so I had a repeat this morning.

To drink, plain black coffee.

My first meal on day 19

Meal 2

For lunch, I brought a salad, but was a bit tired of using always the same ingredients, so I did it a bit differently and creamier than usual. My salad today had a mix of spinach and raw chard, topped with guacamole, roasted eggplant spread (yes! Again! I really liked it!), kimchi, olives, roasted tomatoes, almonds, and smoked salmon. My multi-national concoction worked amazingly well and the salad was delicious. Something on it gave me a bit of gases (probably the kimchi, but it was manageable.

To drink, I went for the strawberry basil infused water, which is the sweetest of all, not because I was craving sweets, but because I expected the salad to be a bit too salty and acidic, so a somewhat sweet drink would be welcomed to break a bit of the acidity.

My second meal on day 19

Meal 3

Today I was able to arrive home relatively early again and with that I was able to finish cooking my The best chicken you will ever eat. Ever.. it was indeed pretty good. I did only secrets #1 and #2. The spice blend was good, but it's far from being the best i ever eat. But I have to admit the chicken itself was very good after the brining. The one I had yesterday was roasted for the exact same time, but it had not been brined, and it was somewhat dry. Today's brined chicken was soft and moist. To accompany, mushrooms, zucchini and tomatoes sautéd in olive oil with some salt, pepper and herbs.

To drink, San Pellegrino.

Third meal of Day 19

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