Thursday, June 30, 2011

Paleo Taco Salad

This is an easy meal that we eat almost weekly.

Paleo Taco Meat: (this is from the recipe I used to use for chimichanga filling)
1 lb. ground beef, crumbled and browned
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. garlic powder
1 t. oregano
1 t. cumin
1/2 cup salsa
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
Mix and heat in a frying pan.
(We sometimes do ground turkey or make a double batch with beef and turkey.)
(I also often add chili powder and onion.)

Serve over lettuce.

Add your choice toppings:
avocados or guacamole
salsa or pico de gallo
chopped bell peppers
chopped carrots
chopped tomato (I always love.)
sliced black olives
sliced mushrooms
(We often just have the guacamole and salsa and that's it!)

Grab a fork and eat!

My youngest is not a big lettuce eater yet, so he will just eat they other stuff, sometimes mixed with some quality (Daisy brand) sour cream if we have it on hand.  I usually do keep some of that sour cream around (which I buy at Costco) for the kids.

I buy the organic salsa from Costco even though it does have sugar in it.  If you are looking for a sugar-free salsa, check out the little cans of salsa with the Hispanic foods at your standard grocery store.  They are usually pretty basic ingredients and quite tasty (we like the salsa verde, too) if you don't mind the whole BPA/canned tomato products issue.  I just try not to use a ton of items like that.  Or, make your own salsa! :)

Ok, I am not a food photographer, nor do I claim to be, but I am going to try to be better about including pictures with most posts!

Something similar but new to me that I want to try: Fish Tacos! (minus the tortillas)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Primal Fudge

Adapted from this recipe.

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup high quality cocoa powder
1/2 cup smooth almond butter
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Melt coconut oil.  Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender.  Pour into paper-lined muffin tin cups or silicon muffin cups and fill half-inch full.  Makes 10.   Chill for 30 minutes or freeze for 10 minutes.  When firm, remove.  Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  Mmm-mm!

Here it is in all it's tad-bit frosty glory from the freezer... YUM!

Monday, June 27, 2011


(My first post... you've found it!  Sharing it here so you can find it easily.)

I like to blog about food.  And now that we are eating a mostly paleo/primal daily diet, it just makes sense to dedicate this blog to that topic.

If you want to know why my family is eating this way, here is the required reading:
The Paleo Solution

I only read this book because I had told someone that I would.  I didn't want to like it.  I didn't want my life changed.  But I owe that person a huge THANK YOU for inspiring me to read it.  I only hope that you are inspired to read it, too.

And three blogs to help you out AFTER you read the book:
Mark's Daily Apple (Primal, rather than paleo, which is just a touch more lenient on the dairy.)

So, I just wrote the tagline, aka blog description (under the title at the top), and it made me realize how much I cook/prepare food.  Good thing I like to do it (for the most part)!  It is a fun challenge for me.  Anyways, I realized that if you consider that we rarely eat out, our family's 3 square meals a day  equates to 84 meal servings a week, plus snacks!!  Here's to keeping it simple and low cost, without sacrificing nutritional value!

And if you know me at all, you know I love chocolate.  So, while everyone knows refined sugar, or gobs of any sweetener is not good for us, I did discover a dangerously good treat that uses a bit of raw honey that I will share very soon!  Why not start off living a little on the edge? :)

check it out: primal fudge

(At the time I started my blog, I found nothing else google-able called Practical Paleo... but now there happens to be a real (great) book with this awesome name, too, not written by me.  Just want you to know I am not trying to confuse you or benefit myself from another person's accomplishments.  Things just happened to turn out this way.)

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