Day 13

Breakfast: Scotch Egg

Snack: Apple with Almond Hazelnut butter

Lunch: Shepherd’s Pie

Supper + Post Workout Meal: Slow Cooker Kalua Pig, Carrots, Mashed Potatoes and cauliflower

This Slow Cooker Kalua Pig (from the Nom Nom Paleo cookbook or the link above) requires slow cooking for 16 hours!  Which means that if I want it to be ready for supper at 6pm, I need to put it on at 2am.  There’s obviously no way I’m staying up that late, and since I’m working until 4 anyways, I might as well set up an alarm to turn the slow cooker on. 

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It would be nice to have a programmable Slow Cooker, but my brother bought me this one a few years ago and it works wonders so I’m not getting a different one!  Besides, it takes less than a minute to take the pot out of the fridge put it in the cooker and turn it to low!

I was unable to find the Alea Red Hawaiian Salt in stores and also unwilling to pay $23.90 online to buy and ship it to my house.  The recipe does say that you can use any coarse salt, so I used coarse sea salt.  I’m sure it would taste all sorts of different with the Hawaiian Salt, but lets be honest.  $25 for salt?  No thanks!

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The Roast was beautiful!  Salty and juicy even Z had a few pieces before she realized she was eating something other than fruit!  This is probably my favorite use of the slow cooker!  I know the meat will never be an inedible powdery substance even when cooked for 16 hours!  Plus I was able to walk the dogs when I got home from work supper was already taken care of!

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Day 16

I decided to pick up a shift at work today.  I wasn’t sure that I was ready or not, but I went in head first!

My first patient had a baby so small I had to ask how much he weighed – I was astounded when they said their baby weighed 5 ounces less than Z did when she was born.  I’ve been handling newborns for almost 4 years and all of a sudden they seemed incredibly small and fragile!  I think I did fairly well for my first day!

My husband spent his first full day alone with Z, and he did great! They went to the Dog park with our mutts, drove around the city, played ball, and he even changed a diaper with snaps! My husband is always reaching for the velcro diapers that I try to use solely for nights as they have a double gusset so baby doesn’t wake up drenched in the morning.

Meal 1

you guessed it! Boiled eggs and Kale – but this morning I added Pecans and raisins to the mix, it was delicious!

During my first morning break I simply drank peppermint tea.  I didn’t feel hungry, but I had packed a banana just in case

Meal 2

I could have taken a photo of last night’s supper, but A. I was at work, and B my lunch had taken quite a ride on the way to work, so the sauce and zucchini noodles were all mixed and didn’t look particularly appetizing.

Meal 3

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I had put on an Sunrise Pork Roast in the slow cooker last night.  The pork needed to cook on low for about 16 hours – and there was no way I was getting up at 2 to do that!  I put it on at 10pm last night, checked on it this morning at 6, and got my husband to turn it off at 2:30.  When I got home I simply collected the juices, and turned the slow cooker to warm.

The recipe is called Italian Pork Roast from Well Fed 2 (of course), but I used one of the alternatives the book suggested.  My Roast didn’t make as much juice as I had hoped, but that was okay, I was the only one using it as a dipping sauce.  It was a little too salty around the edges, but the middle was so tender and delicious!  This is probably the best recipe I’ve ever made in a slow cooker.  I’m not sure if my slow cooker is a little too hot, but I usually have really dry meat from it.

To accompany the roast I made Crisp Collards with pecans and raisins.  This was the first time I was having Collards.  I found them to be a bit bitter, but as I look the recipe over, I may have taken it out of the pot before they were fully cooked.  I’d still have them, but I think I prefer Kale.

Blame it on time change, early morning rising, or working, but I’m exhausted.  I have the whole house to myself for the first time in over a year (hubby took dogs and baby for a walk) and all I want to do is go to bed!

There is another day in the bag!  16 down!