Today is another big, busy day of shuttling kids, office work and after school activities. Tonight I won't be done and home until 6:00.
Normally on days like this I make a crockpot meal, but not today. Today I pulled out some pasture raised chicken legs to cook when we get home.
This morning I needed a quick breakfast, and one my favorites is whole grain porridges. Occasionally I plan the night before and make a crockpot version, but not today. Ancient Grains makes Quinoa Flakes. They cook very quickly in the stove (10-15 min total).
I topped mine with some grass fed butter, and a drizzle of grade B maple syrup.
This was a coffee morning. I took a tumbler with me to work this morning. I really enjoy coffee. There is oposing research on the effects of coffee...some say to avoid it because of its inflammatory reactions, other say drink 3-4 cups to maximize your antioxidants. I like coffee, so I drink it. If I drink to much I get jittery, it's all about moderation. Today I drank too much! Oops! It was just so nice to sip hot coffee all morning.
I realized as I sat down to eat my lunch that I had had ZERO water all morning. Dang you delicious coffee!
I was able to make a quick batch of frozen ravioli's this morning for everyone's lunches. Costco sells Organic Beet, Spinach and Goat Cheese Ravioli. My kids like them and I often make them for lunches. It's a quick hot lunch that I can make in the morning and throw into the lunchbox's in no time.
Last night I made extra kale so that we could use it for lunches this week as well. I know from a flavor profile this is an odd match (Asian Kale and Italian Ravioli's), but it's what I had, it's quick and it's healthy.
So today's lunch was ravioli and leftover kale...and lots of water! Got to play catch up now.
Got home around 6:00 and got to work on dinner. BBQ chicken legs, mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli!
There are some good, pre made BBQ sauces out there...I like Annie's and it's easy to find. Make sure to look at the labels and read the ingredients...you want to make sure there is no high fructose corn syrup, and make sure you can read and know all the ingredients. I do not like thing like, "spices, natural flavorings, liquid smoke, etc..." Those mean synthetic chemicals, those key phrases are used to hide things, whether it is a proprietary blend of herbs and spices or chemicals.
I found one recently at Esh's that was sweetened with Apple purée, and it is good (on the chicken tonight).
Steamed broccoli is pretty straight forward.
So, here are some things that stand out to me when I look at the above...
1. Burned chicken skin is a promoter of HCA's, a group of carcinogenic compounds produced when fats burn.
2. Potatoes for some are very reactive and can raise blood sugar levels. Also, when fried, they produce another carcinogenic compound call Acrylamide. (as do all carbohydrates cooked at quick, high temperatures)
My response to myself...
1. Yes, there is acrylamide produced in the grilling of this chicken, but by adding tender/crisp steamed broccoli (antioxidants) and the potatoes, the toxins are balanced out with the compounds that aid in processing and detoxing them.
2. According to a study from Australia, potatoes contain compounds that counteract the effects of HCA's. (but only when boiled or whole baked at a lower temperature). Also, potatoes have more potassium than a banana. I always cook and mash with the skin on, it uses the entire vegetable and increase the range of nutrition available. Different varieties of potatoes act differently in the body. The more colorful the better (reds, purples, golds).
NOTE: I did snack on a sliced apple while I was cooking dinner tonight, but forgot to take a picture, but I am sure everyone knows what a sliced apple looks like.