Chicken thighs and orange lights

October 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Last night I grilled up a few pounds of chicken thighs to use for two dinners.

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It’s pretty hard to mess up chicken thighs because they are so delicious and fatty. They never end up dry and taste great just with a little salt for seasoning. I change up the seasonings, though. For these I used pink Himalayan salt (from Trader Joe’s…comes in a grinder) and a heavy application of smoked paprika. I just grill them on fairly high heat for about 3 minutes on each side. They were delicious and all three boys made positive comments about them.

Dinner was grilled chicken thighs, kale chips, and small white potatoes for the boys and sweet potato for me. Lots of butter on all the potatoes, which reduces the glycemic load of whatever carbs you are eating. Always eat your carbs with lots of good fat. That’s my unprofessional opinion and the NSNG (no sugar, no grains) way.

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For the kale chips, I just used bagged, cleaned kale (from Trader Joe’s) and I picked out any big ribs that I saw. There are always a few. Then I spread the kale out on a baking sheet, drizzle lightly with olive oil, then season as desired. I used Trader Joe’s garlic sea salt this time (also comes in a grinder). Go light on the seasoning because after the kale cooks it shrinks and concentrates your seasoning. Then I toss it all around a little to spread out the oil/seasoning, and bake at 350 degrees until crispy, about 15 minutes. The boys love kale chips.

This morning Chewie and I walked Mack to school.

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We had to deal with a dog running around off leash, scaring us to death. It was not an overly threatening dog, but I am scared of all dogs off leashes that come running at us. I’m sure I’ve blogged about it before, but I have been involved in two dog attacks, and it really is terrifying when it happens. I will put myself between any dog and Chewie, and will own the house of anybody whose dog injures me. I am a lawyer, you know. Please people, do not let your dog run around without a leash, no matter how friendly and well-behaved you think they are. Some people, especially children, are very frightened of any dog that approaches them. Why do you want to scare people? Do you want me to own your house?

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I finally got the outside Halloween decorations put up today.

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I’ll try to remember to take a picture tonight of the lights after dark. Chad thinks Halloween decorations are cheesy. However, he does not feel this way about Christmas decorations. What’s the difference? Whatever. I like fun. Hardass only sort of likes fun.

I ended up spending all morning doing the decorations and other things around the house and forgot to have breakfast. Well, I was drinking coffee with heavy cream all morning (only three cups, each with one teaspoon of cream which is plenty to make a nice light creamy coffee), and I just didn’t feel hungry until later. So I had brunch instead of breakfast

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I had some leftover curry sauce in the fridge (just red Thai curry paste, coconut milk, and a splash of fish sauce) so I made curried kale, mushrooms, and onions. I topped that with two eggs and bacon. Yum.

The rest of the day was a blur of housework (laundry of course) and running boys around in the car. Now Joey Z. is over hanging out with the boys.

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(in case you were wondering, it is still summer in Florida)

I’m going to use the rest of the grilled chicken thighs to make NSNG Pad Thai tonight. I’m hungry thinking about it (possibly because I have only had one meal today). This fat adaptation thing is for real. I almost never feel like snacking anymore and in general my hunger levels are so low. I don’t find myself thinking about eating all the time like I do when I’m all carbaholic.  I like it.