Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekly Menu + Ramblings

eggs & fruit
primal banana muffins (updated version at the end)
smoothies with raw milk

apples, strawberries, kiwi
almond butter

Sunday & Monday - primal BBQ meatballs, roasted green beans
Tuesday - (cooking gluten-free for my Bible study girls) avocado salsa and organic corn tortilla chips, grilled Hawaiian chicken and bell pepper kabobs (omit sugar), sweet potatoes, Dole pineapple whips
Wednesday & Thursday - taco lettuce wraps
Friday - sticky chicken in the crock pot, sweet potatoes, green beans
Saturday - spicy chicken soup.
I love chicken tortilla soup.  I make it with homemade stock and extra veggies (no beans, corn, or cream).  If there are any leftover chips from Tuesday, we may use those as topping, along with avocado, real sour cream, and cheese :)

We will be enjoying some Tillamook cheese this week, being more primal than paleo.

Notes from last week's menu:
Some additional meals we made last week include what I call goulash (ground turkey, onions, bell pepper, and mushrooms sautéed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Italian season, garlic, salt, and pepper) -it was yum- and some roasted zucchini under the broiler stuffed with canned salmon, spices, and topped with tomato slices.  Thought I would mention them since they were super easy, cheap, and perfectly paleo!

In other news, we were talking about the rise in food allergies around the lunch table at work last week.  If you like to learn about this sort of thing, check this out.  I've read her book and found it very enlightening.

The good thing is, if you are eating paleo, you are already avoiding the majority of those genetically-modified dangers.

It is getting to end-of-the-semester-crunch-time around here... I have an exam this week and next.  I'm SO ready for SUMMER!!!!  Have a great week!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Paleo Grocery Shopping: Aldi, Costco, and Price Chopper

I am making/taking food for 3 different events this week.  While I try to do some paleo-friendly dishes when I take food somewhere, you will notice a few most definitely non-paleo items on the lists for a few of these events this week.

Aldi: $25
  • ro-tel
  • carrots
  • celery (2)
  • avocados (6)
  • bag of apples (2)
  • kiwi (4)
  • strawberries (2 packages)
  • crushed pineapple (4)
  • crescent rolls (2 - for church)
  • canned salmon

Costco: $72

  • deli turkey
  • Kerrygold butter
  • Tillamook cheddar
  • salsa
  • bananas (3 bags)
  • romain lettuce
  • sweet potatoes
  • frozen organic green beans
  • eggs (5 dozen)
  • almond butter
  • organic corn tortilla chips

Price Chopper: $8
  • chicken breasts (3 packages)
  • Kool Aid (our cheap alternative to keep on hand for when we have guests)

....AND....dum-da-da-DUM- 10 lbs. grassfed beef, 1 dozen pastured eggs, and a pastured whole chicken from the local ranch!  I was finally in town on pick-up day!

Also, I went to Hy-Vee really quickly on Thursday and got 8 lbs. of strawberries, 2 limes, a quart of heavy cream, and some Blue Bell ice cream :)  I spent $17.  Aldi and Hy-Vee both have great prices on strawberries right now.

I'm having some ice cream this weekend. Because I am choosing to, not because I am vulnerable.  I decided that makes the difference.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weekly Menu

eggs & fruit
paleo breakfast bread (weekend) :)
real milk

roast beef/lettuce/tomato roll-ups
chicken sausages
salmon salad & crunchy primal crackers
dill pickles
carrots and guacamole

Snack: cashews & raisins

Monday - meatloaf, sauteed mushrooms, zucchini
Tuesday - leftovers
Wednesday - shawarma chicken, roasted veggies
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - stuffed peppers, peas & carrots
Saturday - leftovers
Sunday - sausage/broccoli/cheese bake

Dessert?  We may or may not have gotten a half gallon of Blue Bell ice cream over the weekend...

On another note, I did roast brussels sprouts last week.  I liked them, but I was the only one.

Have a good week!

Find more menus at Organizing Junkie (various) and Musings of a Housewife (gluten-free)!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

This Week's Paleo Shopping List for Aldi

I am doing my grocery shopping only at Aldi this weekend.

I obviously shop there a lot.  If you don't have an Aldi, Trader Joe's is an alternative.  They are similar (because owned by the same family I hear), although TJ is more organic and specialty (pricier).  We are lucky enough to now have both.  I frequent Aldi more than TJ because it is more convenient for me and less tempting to overspend.

I always check out Aldi's produce specials from the flyer before I go.  Sometimes when I get there it doesn't all look good or their truck hasn't come in yet (like a few week's ago when I wanted strawberries), so I have to be ready to adapt.

The plan is to just fill in some odds and ends.  Not a huge grocery trip this week.  Here's the list.

  1. tomatoes (can always freeze them) -sale 99¢/24oz.
  2. mushrooms -sale 79¢/8oz.
  3. bell peppers (can freeze)* -sale 3 for 99¢
  4. broccoli crowns -sale 79¢/lb.
  5. zucchini -sale 3 for 99¢
  6. bananas
  7. bag of chicken
  8. ground turkey
  9. frozen orange juice concentrate (for smoothies)
  10. dry roasted unsalted almonds
  11. raisins

So far I am doing well on staying within the budget this month, which is a good thing, because spring is expensive around here! (car tags, swimming lessons, pool pass, lots of  birthdays, you name it!)

*I know peppers are like #1 on the dirty dozen, but these are such a good price, I can't pass them up... I'll just try to wash them really well!? :-/

Friday, April 20, 2012

Simple & Delicious: Paleo Breakfast Bread

I saw the recipe for Paleo Breakfast Bread and had to try it.  Of course, I modified it according to what I had on hand.  Here are the ingredients and procedure I used.

  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 T. grade B maple syrup
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. baking soda

Preheat oven to 325.  Grease an 8x8 square glass baking dish well with coconut oil (or try butter?).  Thoroughly mix ingredients together in a bowl.  Pour into pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  (I did 13 minutes and that was perfect for my oven, but yours may vary.)  Better gooey than overbaked! Serves 4.

As you can see my kids and I polished it off easily... I would need to add something else to this breakfast if all of us were at home.

So easy and yummy with the cinnamon, I will definitely be making it again!  A fun weekend breakfast.

....for those out there with tree nut allergies, has anyone tried baking with sun butter?  We don't have nut allergies and I have no experience with sun butter myself, but had some questions from folks about alternatives to almond butter in recipes... please share any suggestions you may have in the comments!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekly Menu

sausage & sweet potato hash
scrambled eggs

roast beef/lettuce/tomato roll-ups
-OR- nitrate-free beef hot dogs
dill pickles
carrots & guacamole
pears or apples

hawaiian grilled chicken & pineapple (paleofied)*, salad
cobb salad with dressing x2
roasted red pepper meat sauce over zucchini noodles
chicken with 40 cloves of garlic (paleo-fy), roasted green beans or brussels sprouts x2
cookout with friends

frozen banana chunks dipped in some melted dark chocolate (and refrozen)

*We tried this marinade a week or two ago and liked it a lot.  I left out the brown sugar and used balsamic in place of apple cider vinegar, and it was great!

I'm going food shopping on Monday this week since I partly have it off.  I'd like to participate in this project if I can get my act/details together.  Looking forward to eating some newish/springish recipes this week.  Have a good one!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Cheap & Easy Paleo Snacks

Snacks are helpful since we have little kids.  Let's face it, they can be helpful for mommy and daddy, too!

Now, it is true that when we are being very paleo that we don't needs snacks as much.  We don't have the sugar-crash- OMG-I-have-to-eat-NOW-or-I-am-going-to-have-a-meltdown scenario going on.  But snacks are still nice, and especially helpful for when we have strayed from the straight and narrow and are trying to get back on track but need something to get us through the afternoon without losing it.  Or, for when we are out and about and there are no suitable paleo options for lunch.

So, here are my ideas.  The criteria they must meet: cheap (less than 50 cents a serving), easy, & paleo.  Some of these require some minimal prep, as in you have to slice them :)  I think you can handle that.  My kids go through phases, but at some point, they have each liked all of these options.

1. celery with almond butter

2. carrots & guacamole (buy prepped at Costco)

3. hard-boiled eggs

4. dill pickles

5. almonds (raw or dry-roasted) & raisins

6. olives

7. halved avocados drizzled with balsamic vinegar

8. bananas (not low-carb, but you can't get any easier or cheaper and my kids love them!)

...Nothing fancy, but that's the beauty of paleo!

I didn't have photos of everything, but took some of what I do have just to say I did :)

As you may know, my kids love cheese, too, but I am currently trying to get away from this so that they get used to meat in their lunches.  We just don't need the dairy!

I have some fun ideas for "icy" snacks for summer time, so I will share that list sometime.

What are your go-to paleo items to have on hand for snacks?

Happy Friday!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Weekly Menu

turkey sausage & sweet potato hash
eggs & fruit

egg salad
tuna salad
salmon salad
cream of broccoli soup
crunchy primal crackers
strawberries, pineapple, or bananas

We have 3 dinner meetings/parties this week for various activities we are involved in... so being 100% paleo will be more challenging than usual.  My personal goal will be to remain grain-free for those meals. The good news is the main course at each of these things happens to be barbecue.  I know there will definitely be these meats involved: brisket and pulled pork.  Yum!  Dinners I will make this week include...
crock pot roasted chicken
chicken-artichoke tomato soup (a new take on an old recipe - will share this if it is good)
bean-less chili
asian-style salmon

Sides will be sweet potatoes and/or some kind of vegetable (frozen veggies were on sale this week, as well as sweet potatoes!)

chocolate-banana-almond butter paleo ice cream (I need to write down some measurements and then share!)

Happy Easter to you!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Weekly Menu

When making this menu, I wanted some new, spring-ish ideas for dinner meals.  Finding or thinking of new paleo ideas is more difficult than normal recipes, but I came up with a few.

  • Sweet potatoes are a great price at Aldi: 3 lbs. for 99 cents.
  • I need to make some more homemade Italian/Greek dressing.  And perhaps some ranch for the buffalo chicken salad.
  • FYI, for coleslaw, we just use shredded cabbage with the above salad dressing, and a little bit of real sour cream mixed in if we want it creamy.
  • Satuday's supper to finish off last week was BBQ beef & coleslaw.
Now, here's the plan for the coming week...

eggs & sausage
banana bread

espinaca dip (gluten-free, non-paleo experiment) and organic corn chips (Sunday treat)
chicken, olive, mozzarella, tomato skewers
egg or tuna salad and crunchy primal crackers
celery & almond butter
apples, pears, strawberries

nitrate-free hot dogs, coleslaw, & sweet potatoes
buffalo chicken salad (modified: used this sauce, no bleu cheese) x2
grilled marinated chicken & pineapple skewers (paleo-fy this recipe), sweet potatoes x2
meatza, green beans
salmon burgers & sweet potatoes

primal fudge

Check out some more gluten-free recipes, including some paleo ones, at Musings of a Housewife.

Have a great week!