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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Monday, July 1, 2013

Curried Lamb Ribs with Fresh Garlic and Sweet Onions



Lamb Ribs should always be cooked in a crockpot.  No question about it.  The meat needs that low and slow cooking to just fall off the bone.

Sear them ahead of time if you can manage the extra few minutes, and plop them in on LOW and let them simmer for the rest of the day.

It's summer, which means you don't want the oven on all afternoon, anyways.  And you'll come back to your (cooler) house and enjoy tender meat just falling off the bone for dinner.  Don't want to even have your crockpot on all day?  No problem.  Cook them overnight and eat them cold from the fridge for dinner or microwave them.  That's what I did to avoid heating up my house today!

The Tools:

2 lbs. lamb ribs, thawed
1 fresh head of garlic, minced
1 sweet onions, chopped
2 T red curry paste or curry powder (I used a paste)
3 T grass-fed butter

The Process:

Heat up 1 T butter in a saute pan, if you're searing them stovetop ahead of time.  (You should.  It will be totally worth the extra step, I promise.)

Sear the lamb ribs on each side and plop them in the crockpot.

Mix the remaining ingredients together and slather on top of the ribs.

Cook on LOW for 8 hours.  Enjoy!