Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Spicy Sausage, Chicken and Summer Squash Slop




This is a slop.  

Slop is a technical term in our house for "Sarah had a bunch of random stuff that she just threw in the crockpot and it's not quite a stew, it's not quite a curry and it's not quite anything specific but it's dinner so just eat it already."

I guess this slop would be sort of like a gumbo, if you made a gumbo with the excessive amounts of summer squash that keep coming in your CSA share.  (WE GET IT, SQUASH.  YOU LIKE TO GROW HERE.  WE GET IT.)  It's spicy and it's a bit soupy, but it would be good just plain or served over cauliflower rice, plain white rice or even polenta. (It's okay.  We eat rinsed white rice or polenta sometimes.  I won't tell the Paleo Police if you don't.)

As for the squash called for in this recipe, use what you have on hand.  Several squash.  Throw in some mushrooms if you want to.  Use an onion instead of a shallot.  No peppers?  No problem.  Use some green chiles if you have those instead.  It's a slop, people.  You get to throw whatever you have in there and call it dinner.

Brilliant.

The Tools:

6 qt. crockpot

1.5 lbs chicken breast (or skinless, boneless thighs)
12 oz. spicy sausage of some kind
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
6 oz. roasted bell peppers
1 large zucchini, chopped
2 small patty pan squash, chopped
1 large shallot (or onion)
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 TBSP oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper

The Process:

If you're prone to heartburn like I am, saute your shallot/onion and garlic before adding it to the crockpot.

Chop up your sauages, slice your chicken and chop your veggies.

And then just dump it all together and mix it up.

Cook on LOW for 8 hours.

Enjoy!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Weekly Menu



Good afternoon!
Here's our plan for this week.

Breakfasts:
eggs, kale, salsa
or banana blueberry egg muffins
peaches
coffee w/ creamer

Lunches:
grilled chicken burgers (from Costco)
carrots or veggie chips w/ homemade sour cream ranch
dill pickles
apples w/ sun butter

Kids' snacks:
fruit leather & string cheese
full fat yogurt w/ blueberries

Dinners:
Sunday - leftovers
Monday - crispy carnitas w/ avocado, salsa, cilantro (in a salad bowl or w/ corn tortillas for the kids)
Tuesday - chocolate chili, avocados
Wednesday - pulled pork, BBQ sauce, salad w/ dressing, sweet potatoes
Thursday - grain free pizza
Friday - leftovers
Saturday - tbd
Sunday - grass-fed beef burgers, broccoli, sweet potatoes

Dessert:
frozen grapes

Just 'cause I get some questions: Dairy is not paleo. We eat mostly paleo. That means we sometimes don't eat paleo. Dairy is one of those those non-paleo things we sometimes eat. I don't believe we need it. I used to buy some incredibly delicious raw milk straight from the farm. Now, I treat dairy mostly as a condiment - 100% sour cream - or as a convenience food for my kids - full fat yogurt or cheese.

Have a good week!

Gluten Free Recipe Roundup via Musings of a Housewife

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Coffee-Braised Beef Roast with Cinnamon and Orange Zest



My three year old looked out of her bedroom window the other morning and said the following:

"Oh!!  Wow!!!  It's CLOUDY outside!!!"

Yes, it's almost that time again in Seattle.  Summer has been amazing, but the endless days of sunshine and perfect 75 degree afternoons have to soon come to an end.

The good news is that fall foods can come back!  Squash, apples, cinnamon, roasts, stews... if you've been around this blog or my kitchen for any length of time, you know that's what we love to eat.  I could eat butternut squash, applesauce and beef roast every day and probably never tire of it.

This particular roast recipe is adapted from here, using what I had on hand.

The Tools:

6 qt. crockpot

2-3 lb. beef roast
1 large shallot
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 cup dark coffee (I used an Americano, because we're coffee snobs here in Seattle)
2 T orange zest
1 cinnamon stick
2 T maple syrup
black pepper
sea salt
olive oil

The Process:

Heat up olive oil in a saute pan.  Season beef roast with salt and pepper and sear roast on all sides with tongs.  Plop roast in the crockpot.

Saute shallot for several minutes in the same oil, until soft.  Add the garlic and cook for another minute or two.

Add coffee, orange zest, cinnamon stick and maple syrup to the pan and scrape the bottom to remove any tasty tidbits of shallot or garlic.  Let the mixture come to a boil and then simmer for a few more minutes.

Scrape mixture into crockpot, coating the beef roast well.  Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Almost the weekend...

How can a beer commercial can make me cry?

My apologies to the congenial shaggy haired employee at Costco. I'm afraid I was a bit tight-lipped yesterday in response to your friendliness because I was inwardly seething and trying not to lose it. It wasn't you, it was me. My just turned 4 year old was coming off a sugar high that was entirely my fault. (Yes, I gave my overtired child crappy ice cream on an empty stomach.) I know better! We just needed to get out of there. Asap.

Today was my sleep-in day. And by that I mean get woken up by my phone at 8:12am.

When people say they are obsessed with pumpkin, I think they really mean that they are obsessed with pumpkin + sugar.  I won't deny it,  that combo tastes good, and I may indulge occasionally this fall. Sometimes I almost feel like my insulin could spike just from looking at all the pumpkin + sugar overload on Pinterest, though... Anyone else feel like it's seriously out of control? But the idea-loving person inside of me doesn't mind. People can be quite creative with what they come up with.

Who are these guys?? I like their talent, especially on the fiddle.

These eclectic Friday posts are becoming a habit.

Go soak up some sun and fresh air while you can. Give your body what it needs. It's a great time of year for feeling good.  Happy weekend!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Weekly Menu



Breakfasts:
sausage & sweet potato hash
add peppers & onions like a skillet breakfast
maybe some kale, too
add eggs if available
fruit
coffee w/ creamer

Lunches:
grass fed beef burgers
nitrate free hot dogs
fresh vegetables or veggie chips
cashew babies
fruit

Dinners:
Monday - high pockets chicken, salad w/ dressing
Tuesday - greek salad (w/ beef & seasoning)
Wednesday - leftovers
Thursday - creamy crock pot chicken tomato soup
Friday - homemade pizza from Primal Cravings (affiliate link)
Saturday - tbd

This is old but worth reading if you haven't yet: Spread the Strength.
It reminds me of how glad I am that I played sports growing up where performance (heart + skill) were valued over body type.  And that as an athlete, my parents told me these 6 important words.

sharing food ideas here...
Gluten Free Recipe Roundup via Musings of a Housewife

Friday, August 30, 2013

Phone Food & Other Stuff

For some reason, I took pictures in the kitchen this week.






I wanted to share this post about carbs with you. My favorite part begins about halfway with "Everyone has their own context..." and ends about 5 small paragraphs later. And then I was reminded of this post on how to spot an a-hole from a year ago (because I like it as well).

More seriously? Why we work.

But sometimes you gotta take a sick day to restore your sanity (i.e. sleep).

I am going to the pool this weekend. Among other things. What are you doing?

Wanna add some fun to your living room coffee table? Buy some of these(affiliate link)  My kids love them and I do, too. Wish we had more. Worth every penny. Wait, I didn't buy them.  So, thanks grandparents!

Maybe I'll add an Amazon store or something on here before the holidays with some of my favorite things. Either way, if you shop through the link currently on the side to your right (at any time, whatever your purchase may be), it supports this site in a very small, but much appreciated way.

These muffins were a hit with my kids.  Plain or with blueberries.  Definitely not pastry shop-like in texture or anything, but my kids are used to these kinds of things by now.  I also made some of these :) My not-so-paleo sister couldn't believe they just contained 2 ingredients!


Happy Labor Day weekend!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Weekly Menu

I have no photo for this post.  It's late and I don't care :)

It's time for the plan for the week.  I already shopped.  So, here we go.

Breakfasts:
eggs, kale
amylu chicken breakfast sausages
blueberry muffins (new recipe)
coffee, creamer

Lunches:
roasted boneless chicken thighs
fresh veggies w/ sour cream ranch
fruit

School snacks:
raisins, apple sauce, kettle popcorn chips

Dinners:
Monday - easy pulled pork, BBQ sauce, coleslaw (cabbage + dressing), alexia fries, pickles
Tuesday - "cooking" for others (Trader Joe's mandarin chicken, broccoli, rice)... not paleo. I'll make some non-breaded chicken for the rest of us.
Wednesday - sausage & sweet potato hash, salad
Thursday - repeat of Monday
Friday - pumpkin chicken chili (new recipe)
Saturday - taco salad

Got zucchini??  Elana has a recipe roundup.
Or tomatoes?  Make some blender salsa.
AND HEY.  Even if you don't need it now, save this list for when holiday parties roll around.  From Greatist: 51 Paleo Snacks Anyone Can Love.

Happy Sunday :)

Gluten Free Recipe Roundup via Musings of a Housewife

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Vitacost Coconut Oil



Lately, I've bought coconut oil from Costco for $15.19 per 54 oz. container.  However, if you don't have that opportunity and want a decent amount of coconut oil, this is a good deal:

At Vitacost.com, you can get the same size of their own brand of organic extra virgin coconut oil for $19.99 right now (the usual price of $21.49 isn't shabby, either).  If you purchase 2 at once, you get free shipping by spending $25 or more on Vitacost brand products.  And if you join their refer-a-friend program for the first time with this link (super easy), you and I both get a $10 credit good towards any purchase of $30 or more.  So that brings your total down to $29.98 for 2 containers, which is even less than the Costco price.

I've definitely appreciated any credits I've been awarded in the past (thanks to you readers!)  And the quality seems superb, I've never had any issues with it.

How do we use that much coconut oil?  We use it in coffee creamer, roasted sweet potatoes, body moisturizer (including before-and-after sun skin therapy), the occasional stove top popcorn, primal fudge, and any other baking recipe that calls for shortening or oil.  I know there are many more uses, those are just what I can name off the top of my head right now.

Vitacost also had many other products you probably use, so if you haven't looked around their selection already, go check it out!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Food

Hi.

I went grocery shopping today and spent more than usual.  In case you care, I'll share.

Small trip to Aldi, big trip to Costco.

Here's what I got for $26 at Aldi.



Here's what I got for $143 at Costco.  Keep in mind these are bulk packages.



Stocking up really adds up fast.  I buy white potato Alexia fries (gluten free) once in awhile.  You'll also see some "fun" snacks for the kids.  With a coupon, those applesauce pouches are only like 30¢ a piece; they are regularly like 75¢ each at Trader Joe's.

I bought some other items that are either non-food or not for us, so those don't count here.

Plus, I spent $10 on 5 dozen farm fresh eggs

Earlier in the week I stopped at Price Chopper and bought beef roast, pork loin, pork tenderloin, 2 jars of peppercinis, and eggs & coffee (to get us by for a few days).  I spent about $25, but some  of that would count as last week's grocery purchases.

Still, expensive week.  Close to $200.

My kids are eating me out of house and home.  They must be getting ready to go through a growth spurt.  My just-over-40lb. kindergarten daughter ate 1/2 pound of grass fed beef burgers in her lunch one day this week!

Do you like to read about personality type stuff?  This article on introverts is interesting.

That is all I have.  Time to recover from the week :)  Have a good weekend!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Weekly Menu + Groceries + Etc.

We love our hot sauce around here.  We've been out for several weeks, and I finally got some more.  It has a tiny bit of sugar and whatnot, but I don't mind it.  It's so little that it doesn't register as any grams per serving.  Perhaps I should buy it in bulk? Ha.


Just an FYI on school day food: to keep it simple and low-prep, I am trying to follow my "rules" for the kids on "packed lunch" days... I know they are not 100% paleo, but as long as they are gluten-free that is fine with me, considering the circumstances.  (This explains the chips below, if you are like "what the heck?")

I successfully window shopped.  Well, and I got a new pair of shorts.  And if anyone wants to buy me some articles of clothing from lululemon, I won't put up a fight.  I previously made fun of people who wear their exercise clothes everywhere all the time, but if I had clothes from there, I think I might join in.

I have a special place in my heart for shift workers.  You may have seen this if you are an avid paleo blog reader, but in case not, it is worth mentioning...  Here is some great advice on surviving the night shift from a paleo person who has thrived on the night shift for over a decade!

And the plan for the week-

Breakfasts:
eggs & spinach
lemon poppyseed muffins
coffee, creamer

Lunches:
lunchboxes-
grass-fed burgers, nitrate-free mini hotdogs, or gluten-free chicken taquitos
sweet potato chips or carrots w/ homemade ranch
fruit
other days-
grilled chicken sausages or turkey sausage and sweet potato hash
salad w/ dressing

School snack:
(Don't get me started...they are only there 3 hours!)
fruit leather or raisins

After school snack:
greek yogurt w/ berries & honey
sliced bananas, cashews, dried coconut

Dinners:
Sunday - zucchini spaghetti w/ beefy sauce (didn't have it last week)
Monday - everyday chicken curry*, broccoli
Tuesday - balsamic roast beef, roasted brussels sprouts (not sure the kids will eat, but I love 'em), salad
Wednesday - shrimp taco salad
Thursday - crock pot roasted chicken, salad, sweet potatoes (make chicken stock)
Friday - chicken marsala (from this book), roasted green beans
Saturday - chocolate chili, guac
Sunday - organic corn nachos w/ leftover chili (weekend treat)

*I have never made a curry that I've liked, but this looks easy enough to try again.

Here's the loot from Trader Joe's, $68. No mini chicken tacos :( so I got taquitos, instead. But yes on almond butter!


I'll add my trip to Aldi on here afterwards, so check back if you want to see it.

Updated: $49 at Aldi



Have a good week!
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Randoms

Help! I'm really tempted to cut my hair off. But the last time I did, I regretted it. I really love a pixie cut and have had one several times, but then I get tired of it and the growing-out stage is awful. I think I'll just go get a haircut and then maybe I'll be satisfied without getting rid of it all?

Are you experiencing an almond butter shortage, too? None at Costco. None at Trader Joe's.

The kids started school this week, and we are easing into our fall routine. The schedule is picking up again. I need to remember my goals. And instead of trying to do too much, and do it all mediocre, I want to be focused, and do each thing the best that I can.

My sister asked if I wanted to go shopping on Saturday. Shopping? What's that? Just kidding. I generally enjoy shopping, even if I mostly do window shopping. I like ideas. I don't like spending money unless I am 100% sure of something. But just thinking about where I want to look, since I don't get out much, is a little overwhelming. I won't let it paralyze me, though. We are GOing!

Time to menu plan...

Thinking about fall makes me think about new cozy pillows.

It's Friday and I'm done.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Groceries

(from Monday)

Aldi & Costco: $128, total

We picked up cheap chicken instead of pork loin. I will have to alter the menu slightly. We did buy pretty good beef and tuna, though.  With some more produce later in the week, we won't be much under our budget of $150 but crossing fingers that we won't be over...

not pictured: more sweet potatoes, bananas, and dark chocolate
That's red and white wine vinegar in the upper left. Found it at Costco again. Will use it for salad dressing. The white vinegar in the lower left is for cleaning.  The chicken caesar salad is for lunch because we had nothing in the house after being gone over the weekend.  Farm eggs are scarce right now... I miss them!  The neighbors share garden tomatoes with us, which are delicious.

Goodnight!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Weekly Menu


What do you do when your coworker leaves unwanted beets from her Door to Door Organics box on the counter at work for anyone to take home?  Add them to some chili :)  I had heard about some paleo person making chili with beets or pumpkin when allergic to tomatoes, so I figured it couldn't hurt to add some cooked mashed beets to my go-to tomato-based chili recipe.  Worked fine!

I am going for an economically thrifty menu this week.  I'll let you know if I come in significantly under budget.  Wish me luck.

Breakfasts:
eggs, kale
coffee, creamer

Lunches:
salads w/ tuna, sun-dried tomatoes
beef & spinach muffins (still haven't tried these)
salami roll-ups, cucumbers w/ ranch (kids)
fruit

Dinners:
Sunday - leftovers
Tuesday - zucchini spaghetti w/ meat sauce
Wednesday - carnitas bowl
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - homemade primal pizza
Saturday - burgers, sweet potato fries

Have a good week!

sharing here
Gluten Free Recipe Roundup via Musings of a Housewife

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Paleo Packed Lunch List (Part III)




It's that time again, when we start the school year fresh, inspired, and full of ideas, right?  I bet we all can use an annual refresher on some ideas to apply to the endless routine of packing lunches.  Let's be prepared so that we avoid the unhealthy options that await just around the corner from work or in the school cafeteria.

I will be packing lunches 3-4 days a week this year for my children (yay, less than last year!), and I am going for keeping it simple.  I like to use these containers - they are sometimes hard to find.  I've found them at Target, Hy-Vee, and Walmart (in the cooking section).



I tend to think that if I were single and minus kids, I wouldn't really need a list of lunch ideas because I would just make more food of whatever I was making for breakfast or dinner. Paleo food isn't really constricted to "breakfast food", "lunch food", or "dinner food". As someone who loves leftovers (it feels like a free meal that I didn't have to cook!), that is what I would eat for lunch if I were in an environment all day with access to a microwave or toaster oven. Well, sometimes I am, but sometimes I am not. And my kids are not. It is most practical to send them something that can sit in their lunch bag with an ice pack for the majority of the day and that they can eat cold with their fingers without getting super messy. Sometimes leftovers fit into that category, sometimes they do not. So, I am going to brainstorm beyond that.

I cook dinner most evenings. I don't really like having to cook lunch for the next day in addition to that.  So, I gravitate towards precooked lunch meat and sausage options.  Not the healthiest option, but it is the truth.  I usually throw them under the broiler to brown them a little if they are a sausage type item, but then I chill them again. Gross? Sorry. Costco is my favorite place to buy lunch meat with less additives and fillers and junk. And the selection varies some so it gets us out of ruts. Trader Joe's is another option, but they are slightly pricier, I find. P.S. - I was a PB&J sandwich kid every single day growing up, and probably still would be if it were paleo :)

They key to getting my kids to eat what I make them is to let them get hungry. Not to fill them up with other junk before mealtime. If they are hungry, mealtime goes much better. They don't get a lot of options at each meal, but they do get a lot of food. And, I think they do get a good amount of variety/exposure across the board when it comes to foods, at least compared to most kids I know.

Enough rambling. Here's my list for this fall, for my reference and yours.

My kids get 3-4 main things in their lunch.

1. cold meat item (we usually have eggs at breakfast so I try to avoid them at lunch for variety's sake)

  • deli roll-ups (endless varieties, my kids like them a lot, but I find them tedious to make)
  • hamburgers, chicken burgers, turkey burgers w/ something to dip them in: mustard, BBQ
  • gluten free meatballs (these tend to be out around the holidays)
  • chicken sausages
  • nitrate free hotdogs
  • roasted chicken thighs*  These require cooking ahead, but are SO easy. We like to get the boneless ones from Costco.
  • chicken or tuna salad with chopped veggies to scoop w/ (this is almost too involved for me, but it is good for some variety)
  • cold mini chicken tacos from Trader Joe's (not paleo, but gluten free)

2. raw veggies
...but sometimes chips win out.

3. fruit

4. a dip (optional. for either the veggies or fruit. I like adding some more fat to sustain them.)

  • guacamole (usually store-bought)
  • homemade sour cream ranch (add salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried onion, parsley and/or chives)
  • cream cheese (slightly sweetened) or hard cheese (dairy is not paleo, but my kids eat some)
  • if you are hardcore and don't do any dairy, how about this creamy italian or ranch, instead? (that's a little more prepping involved)
  • sunflower seed butter or almond butter
  • sunshine sauce
...or some trail mix (we have no allergy restrictions on nuts this year).

I really want to try to keep it basic. Sure, I could make it all cute (for example, they like kabobs), but that takes more time and usually doesn't fill them up as well. Sometimes I am feeling inspired and bake some special muffins or make some special paleo-ish dessert, but only if I really want to. That takes more time and money and is not that nutritious. Plus, I like to keep the "special" foods for when we are at home and can all relax and enjoy them together.

OK, that's it for now!  I'm happy to add more ideas to the list so feel free to share ideas in the comments!

*One morning over the summer my little boy saw me putting this chicken in his lunch, and he wrinkled his nose and told me he was only going to eat his carrots for lunch.  His teacher told me later that when he opened his lunch he exclaimed, "YES!  I LOVE this chicken!" Kids are weird :)


Previous years' posts on packing paleo school and work lunches are found here and here.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Simple & Delicious: Shrimp Taco Salad

Shrimp + Lime + Cilantro = Summer Love

not awful for a phone pic, right? :/

Adapted from this recipe.

Salad:
1/2 head green cabbage, shredded
carrot, shredded, optional, for color
fresh cilantro, chopped
12 oz. pre-cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
chili powder
cumin
salt & pepper
lime juice
avocado, optional

Dressing:
1/2 cup paleo mayonnaise or sour cream (primal option) I like it either way.
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1/2 Tablespoon chili powder

1/2 Tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon sweetener, optional (honey, maple syrup, etc.)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar


Directions:
Place cold shrimp in a bowl.
Season lightly with chili powder, cumin, salt & pepper, fresh cilantro, and lime juice to taste.
Stir to coat and let sit, chilled, while you prepare the rest.
Finely slice or shred the cabbage and carrot and place in a large bowl.
Or use bagged cole slaw.
Mix the dressing ingredients.
Pour over the cabbage mixture and stir to coat.
Add seasoned shrimp.
Add chopped avocado and additional cilantro if desired. (Yes, please.)

Serve and enjoy!

I happen to think some fresh chopped peach would taste delicious on top.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Weekly Menu

Where did summer go?  I want the sun back!

I bought this cookbook yesterday (affiliate link). Most of the time, I use the library, but I decided to purchase this one at Costco for $18.99.



Good words.



I feel like our menus have fallen into some repetition this summer, but that's OK.  When the season changes, I'll probably want to mix it up again.

Breakfasts:
eggs, turkey sausage, kale
banana or lemon poppyseed muffins
fruit
coffee, creamer

Lunches:
grilled chicken sausages
(kids: mini chicken tacos)
carrots & cucumbers
fruit

Snacks:
greek yogurt & blueberry parfaits

Dinners:
taco salad
shrimp & slaw
shawarma chicken salad
chocolate chili, guac
balsamic-glazed chicken (use boneless thighs), broccoli
burgers, fries
(several salads this week, but hey, it's summer)

Have a good week!
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Friday, August 2, 2013

Thoughts

Thoughts that I wrote down last Monday - 

I'm so glad my family likes cilantro. Because I really like it. It would suck to be someone who gets a bad taste from it - like my friend who says it tastes like a copper penny to her.


I have a salad recipe to share. But I put a T. of sugar in the dressing. Can I still share it? I think I will, because it turned out surprisingly well. You can leave the sugar out and use olive oil or paleo mayo for the sour cream if that makes you feel better. It needs one more round of taste testing first, though.

I am dorkily excited for my dorky shoes that I bought with my birthday money to arrive in the mail. I hope I don't hate them. Lime green was my color of choice but of course they didn't have my size and I was feeling practical so I went with another, less expensive color.

I almost got sick from my workout this morning. It was that good. I don't do it everyday, don't worry.

My sister is coming tomorrow to live with us for a month!!!!! :) She better not use up all my coffee creamer. I am attached to that stuff.

In the works: an annual paleo school lunch ideas post. (Previous ones here and here.) Definitely keeping it simple this year.

....and now it is Friday!

Oh, Jimmy Fallon, you crack me up.



Happy weekend!

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Groceries: Aldi and Trader Joe's

What's up!

Before I head to bed, I thought I'd write a post about my grocery shopping for this week.

I bought all our food from Aldi and Trader Joe's.  I have a loaner car right now (because mine is in the shop), and it is majorly sucking down the gasoline, so I did my shopping on the way to and from work this afternoon/evening. I thought about just getting everything at Trader Joe's. But, I'm glad I went to Aldi because I'm pretty sure it saved me some on the grocery bill and it didn't cost me any extra in gas.

We'll get more farm eggs midweek ($10) and we have an abundance of local peaches left from last week's purchase. I think I should send my husband to the orchard every time... the lady must like him because she gives him good deals :)

OK, I know this is more primal and not ideal... but ya gotta do what you can.  I try to prioritize the animal products - like wild caught salmon and grass-fed beef (sure wish it was local) over organic produce. This works for our family right now.

The stuff at the back is from Aldi, the items towards the front are from Trader Joe's. I spent a total of $139 (about $70 at each store), so even with the eggs, that keeps us within our $150/week food budget.



Aldi:
carrots
2 lbs. salmon
12 oz. shrimp
4 lbs. ground turkey
1 chicken
guacamole
3 hearts of romain
cabbage
sour cream
butter
sweet potatoes
monterrey jack cheese
raisins
1 lb. almonds
cashews
2 dozen eggs
2 limes
frozen berries
sweet potato chips
tomatoes
cilantro
green peppers
zucchini
bananas

Trader Joe's:
3 lbs. grassfed beef
frozen chicken tacos
hot dogs
4 cans tuna
banana chips
3 apples
kale
apple cider vinegar
olive oil (Aldi was out)
sun butter
full fat european yogurt
2 cans coconut milk
2 cans coconut cream
fries

Check out this week's menu if you want to see what's going to happen to all this food!

Weekly Menu

So, when we were at the lake, I made the pizza crust from Primal Cravings with some alterations (less liquid?) because I forgot that the recipe called for plain gelatin and didn't have any with me.  I don't remember exactly what I did, but I tried to remember and recreate it at home this week, and it didn't turn out as well.  It was OK, but not a crispy as before or when I did follow the recipe exactly.  So, lesson learned.  Follow the recipe if you can, it is in the cookbook for a reason.  Ha. :)  I had to return the book to the library, but I saved a few more recipes to try.

next experiment: an award-winning cauliflower crust
Breakfasts:
eggs, turkey sausage
leftovers
gingerbread muffins (from Primal Cravings)
banana blueberry egg muffins
coffee, creamer
(I could eat just eggs everyday for breakfast, but my kids like some variety and fun stuff now and then, so that is why you see some baked goods in our breakfasts.  It's not an everyday thing, it is a once or twice a week thing.)

Lunches:
adults-
tuna salad (mayo - this was the first, easiest, and best paleo mayo I tried, 2 years ago)
kale chips
meat & spinach muffins (attempt w/ zucchini?)
peaches
kids-
mini chicken tacos, sour cream
nitrate free hotdogs
sweet potato chips
peaches

Kids' snacks:
trail mix
greek yogurt w/ berries

Dinners:
Monday - shrimp taco salad
Tuesday - primal chicken tortilla soup, organic corns chips & guac (left from last week's menu)
Wednesday - spice rub crock pot chickengreen beans, salad w/ dressing
Thursday - philly steak skillet, oven potatoes
Friday - chopped vegetable salad, greek meatballs
Saturday - moroccan salmon, cilantro-lime slaw, sweet potatoes

Dessert:
primal fudge

If I had unlimited funds, these seem like a pretty fun snack/easy quick meal component.

If you are just getting started on paleo, this post is valuable.  It has some great links within it.  Lots of her recipes on our menu this week, because I just read her cookbook.

Here are our grocery purchases for the week.

Have a good Sunday!

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday

Great title, huh?

This week-

I made it to the end of my class.  {big sigh}

I had birthday food. {my husband made dinner for me. aw.}


I got flowers and GF brownies and ice cream from my friends at work. They know me too well. {I'd never had Trader Joe's ice cream before, and it was very good.}


I bought some school supplies for the kids. But still have more on the list.

I think my brain is empty.

TGIF!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Weekly Menu

Aaaaaah. I am back from a much needed vacation. Seriously needed. And it was medicine for my soul. Water and sun therapy with family at the lake. Mineral sunscreen and coconut oil were our friends. No agenda other than R&R. I couldn't ask for much more than that. Wish I could bottle it up and save some of that warm sun for winter.

I WILL be making this again :)

We do our own cooking there (see last week's menu) and generally keep it simple with 2 big meals a day. We ate mostly paleo, but added in some not-so-healthy snacks and desserts ;)

Can you say ice cream sandwich? (made with double chocolate espresso cookies from Primal Cravings)



Most of any "workouts" I did consisted of leisurely swimming, but I did a round of hill sprints and some run/walks with my daughter, at her request.

Now it is detox time and back to reality. One more week of class. When I get through that, I am instituting some normalcy with some routine downtime around here. Because that has been missing from our life for a while and I CRAVE it. And I hope to have some more fun with blogging other than just the menu plans! Sorry this past month has been a bit plain, post-wise.

This box was completely full last week. We love our local peaches!



What's to eat this week?

Breakfasts:
eggs, kale
breakfast bread
coffee, creamer

Lunches:
deli roll-ups
carrots & guac
peaches

Dinners:
korean beef & broccoli (sub 2 T. maple syrup for brown sugar)
balsamic glazed chicken, roasted green beans
blt burgers, sweet potato fries
homemade primal pizza (recipe to come), salad
out to eat

Dessert:
gluten free lemon birthday cupcakes with lemon curd filling

Have a good week!
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Weekly Menu



Alright, this is quite the list. Lots of summertime food while we host company this week!

Breakfasts:
(choices vary by day)
eggs & breakfast sausages or bacon
sausage & sweet potato hash
avocado, salsa
lemon poppyseed muffins
banana muffins (updated recipe at bottom)
blueberry pastry pies (from Primal Cravings)
local peaches
coffee, creamer

Lunches:
leftovers
salad
fruit

Snacks:
pistachios
greek yogurt & blueberry parfaits
cheddar & caramel popcorn

Dinners:
Sunday - balsamic glazed chicken, roasted green beans, sweet potato fries
Monday - out to eat
Tuesday - burgers, salad w/ dressing, alexia fries
Wednesday - chocolate chili, corn chips, guacamole
Thursday - roasted boneless chicken thighs (our new favorite easy protein "recipe"), coleslaw
Friday - tacos/taco salad
Saturday - grilled bratwurst, leftovers

Dessert:
fruit crisp (make w/ berry blend & reduce sugars)
layered ice cream pops
watermelon

Have a good one!

sharing and finding more ideas here-
Gluten Free Recipe Roundup via Musings of a Housewife

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Weekly Menu

So, over the fourth, there was a little bit of this...

"aw, cute..."
 And a little bit of this...
"uh, what...?"

Our schedule continues its craziness this week and next, so the menu is not elaborate.

Breakfast:
leftovers
waffles
eggs, salsa,
coffee, creamer

Lunch:
deli turkey roll-ups or grilled chicken sausages
carrots w/ guacamole
fruit

Kids' snack:
bananas & almond butter

Dinners:
asian chicken salad x2 (or something like it)
beefy sauce over zucchini noodles
dinner out (probably get a salad w/ meat...)
weekend - tbd

Notes:

I was super skeptical of the pizza crust recipe I attempted last week, but it turned out well.  Well enough that I want to make it again.  I added some parmesan to it.  It still was rather bland, but it was nice and thin and crisp and yet sturdy enough to hold a pound of beef, plus sauce, veggies, and some mozzarella.  So, maybe I will make that over the weekend.

My daughter decorated the cake (I helped with the number).  We made a rainbow/tie-dye cake using Pamela's vanilla cake mix (gluten, wheat, & dairy free). I usually get a Betty Crocker gluten free mix, but I wanted white, and they just have yellow and chocolate at our stores, so Pamela's fit the bill, instead.  Then, I made real buttercream frosting, which is my fav.  This is definitely not a paleo/primal cake, but birthdays are special :)


Have a great day!  Hittin' the books now...

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