I forgot to tell you guys that I’m giving up sugar and nut butter for Lent. No sugar, meaning I will eat nothing with added sugar, and no nut butter, meaning no kind of butter made from ground nuts. Loophole #1: Tahini is technically a seed butter. Loophole #2: As is coconut butter.
I’m not catholic, but because of my faith, I like the tradition of sacrificing something from Ash Wednesday to Easter. So, 40 days of no sugar and no nut butter, which brings me to Loophole #3: Peanuts are not nuts. They’re actually legumes. Can I get an Amen?!?
The temptations have already started. Look what arrived on my doorstep yesterday…
I first heard about these Lark Fine Foods cookies from Corey, and the company was kind enough to send me some…one day too late. Do you how hard it was to pack these up and put them in the freezer? CD, I would like to request that these be in my Easter basket – thank you.
Temptation #2 came around 4 AM this morning. I had just finished pumping, and I always eat a granola bar post pump. I hadn’t even thought about the sugar in my middle-of-the-night snacks. Grrr. I wanted to make some popcorn but then figured CD would not appreciate waking up to the smell of buttery popcorn at such an early hour. So, I went to town on some leftover canned pumpkin in the fridge and hope to make some no sugar added oaties or something later today.
Over the next 40 days, I’ll be sharing my sugar free meals and snack ideas with you. First up, we have last night’s dinner. CD has been making what he calls his Big Daddy’s Reuben for a few weeks now, and it’s quite tasty. By the way, I just added the Big Daddy’s part…much more fun, no?
The Big Daddy
Whenever CD makes this, the smell in our kitchen brings back memories of one of my favorite dinners growing up, reuben sandwiches. Chris’s recipe is super simple. He fries grass fed finished ground beef, drains off some of the beef fat, and adds 1 can of drained and rinsed sauerkraut, a few squirts of ketchup, and a couple spoonfuls of sour cream. He made it for dinner last night, but alas, our ketchup contains added sugar. So, I made my own version, and it was delicious.
After stir-frying some veggies with 1/4 pound beef, I stirred in 2 heaping spoonfuls of tomato paste with 2 spoonfuls of full-fat sour cream. You could always add stevia for a touch of sweetness, but I don’t think it needs it. I loved this combo.
Are you giving up or adding anything to your life for Lent? Have you discovered any loopholes yet?