Giving up wheat hasn’t been that hard for me. Aside from the crackhead-like withdrawal I went through for the first week, during which time nothing containing wheat could be within a 300 foot radius of me, lest I inhale every morsel. I got through that, and now I’m on the other side. The side where eating healthy can become boring and monotonous, where it’s easier to eat the same things day in and out. But that’s not realistic for me. I need variety in my diet. Plus, I love good tasting food and will never give that up.
Thank goodness that bacon & healthy fats are considered paleo health food.
So I’ve decided to spend this week trying to re-make the foods that I once loved, back when I used to eat things like Olive Garden breadsticks. Damn, I miss those breadsticks.
I was talking with Brian about the foods I missed most, and for some reason, Penn Station came to mind. For those of you who haven’t experienced the deliciousness that is Penn Station, it’s a hot sub restaurant. No, that’s not giving enough props. They make the best freakin hot sub I’ve ever had.
Especially the Philly Cheesesteak. Gahhhhhhhhhhh…………….sorry, I had a foodgasm. Their bread is without question the best part of their sandwich. So, having said goodbye to that beautiful piece of yeasty goodness, I can still eat the innards of the sandwich if I want to.
Tonight for dinner, I made Crockpot Philly Sloppy Joe’s. It’s adapted from a recipe I saw on Dainty Chef, but instead of pan frying the beef and blah blah blah, I just threw everything into the Crockpot because I’m lazy like that.
Brian had his Philly Sloppy Joe’s on amazing, delicious Publix (or as I affectionately call it, Sublix…) sub bread, while I had mine with a slice of provolone and some nuked frozen broccoli. I’m on a broccoli kick right now and can’t keep enough roasted broccoli on hand, so I’ve been just nuking a serving at a time when I’m out of the good stuff.
Crockpot Philly Sloppy Joe’s
1 lb. ground sirloin
8 oz. baby bella mushrooms
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cup beef stock
2 tbsp steak sauce (I accidentally grabbed the wrong bottle & used Williamson Bros. Spicy Chipotle BBQ sauce & it was fine)
1 tbsp arrowroot powder
Throw everything in the Crockpot, stir together, and heat on low for 5-6 hours. After cooking, add 1 tbsp arrowroot powder & stir well. Let sit 15 or so minutes before serving so that the liquid thickens up a little bit. Arrowroot is an awesome grain-free thickener. I got mine dirt-cheap from Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market, I think it’s $1.99/lb. so I got a little container for maybe $0.75.
I can’t wait to announce my first giveaway! Details coming soon