This Paleo Primal Thing

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So what’s up with this primal blueprint – paleo trend?!?!  Why would I want to cut all grains, legumes, most dairy, nasty processed food, and refined sugar from my life!?!?

#1 I am tired of being a fat-ass and feeling like crap

#2 I like to eat.  Any diet that embraces bacon is freaking awesome

#3 I love cooking.  Lots of time in the kitchen with this “lifestyle”

I am NOT a paleo/primal diet expert.  We just started transitioning within the last month.  I love it.  The food is delicious.  Any diet that allows me to stuff my face with fabulous food and I still lose LBS, is my favorite diet ever.  ALL MY STOMACH PAIN IS GONE!!!! Like for real.  After over 10 years of suffering daily stomach pain, I am pain-free.

Clearly, I am overly excited about this lifestyle… so I want to share about it.

Today’s Menu…

Breakfast: Omelets!

Start with the filling.  Here’s what I found in the frig. Throw tablespoon of organic coconut oil in your cast iron skillet.  Red onion (about 1/3 of an onion, finely chopped), turkey sausage (I used 2 links), garlic (2-3 cloves), chipotle chile powder (dash), tomato (1-2 small, chopped), organic spinach (like 1 cup – I used frozen)…

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And now the egg!  Organic eggs (1-3 eggs depending on the hunger level of the bottomless pits you are feeding aka my boys)(and I love this bowl! Specifically for cracking and mixing eggs), salt & pepper.  Whisk!  Pour eggs into your cast iron skillet and let set… like a minute.  Then put that bad boy under the broiler.  Is that cheating?  Whatever, it works!  Don’t let it burn.  Just let it go till it’s cooked just enough. Fill’er Up!  Then carefully fold over onto your fine china.  Hey… I am keepin’ it real, okay.  The last pic is of the omelet I thought looked the most perfect… also happened to mine.  haha!  And it was yummmmmeeee!

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Yay for omelets!  You can add whatever you want too it as long as it pale-friendly.  Load it up with veg and sausage or bacon.  How can you go wrong?  And you can keep breakfast interesting with different fillings.  Winning.

 

Lunches

For the kids… Love these rubbermaid lunch kits I found at the grocery store.  They had ham wrapped around cucumber and avocado, carrots, cucumber slices, pineapple & strawberries, and homemade paleo trail mix from Nom Nom Paleo.

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I made this chicken sausage, sweet potato, and avocado “bowl”… I chopped up the sweet potato, avocado, and sausage in similar size chunks.  Toss sweet potato with olive oil and a dash of chipotle chile powder, toss in sausage, and roast at 375 degrees until sweet potatoes are tender.  Squeeze half a lime over the avocado in a separate bowl and toss to cover the avocado.  Toss all ingredients together in a big bowl and sprinkle with fresh organic chopped cilantro.

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Dinner… The Grand Finale!

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AND… you have to wait til tomorrow for the recipe!  Cause I am tired!  Ha!  This dish got rave reviews as in “the best dinner EVER”!  Whooopp… more winning!  Paleo ROCKS!

Fell Off

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The blogosphere!

Been a little crazy since my 4th baby arrived. He’s almost 10mos old now and I am feeling great so I thought I’d add blogging (or at least try to add) back into my life.

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Here he is! He’s a walk in the park compared to her:

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She is 3, and she’s completely exhausting.

Since my last post forever ago, we had to let Sassy Lucy go back to the breeder due to behavioral issues. We added #ChoptheWeinerDog to the family

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And #BullyBear

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Well, four kids and three dogs is a little much. Our neighbors fell in love with Chop so he’s been seeing how he likes living with them. It’s perfect because we can still see him everyday.

We have also been trying the paleo/primal lifestyle. To be honest, WE LOVE IT!!!!! We feel so good! I know I am a dork but I like it so much I just like to tell everyone about it. Those close to me are probably sick of hearing about it! Sorry!

Well, it’s nice to be back!

My New Addiction

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Thanks to a new variety of Chex Cereal, I can play around with new varieties of gluten free “crispy” treats.

They are also great to snack on when I need to fill that crunchy, starchy void.

These are so good, everyone eats them, and I get a little resentful about it. My treats dammit, hands off!

I guess I should be a little more mature about it. But I really don’t want too. This proves how much I love my family. (whhhaaaa my treats!!)

I first experimented with the apple cinnamon flavor. Really, really yummy. Really. As in, Hubbs was like “ummm … These are REALLY good.”

Last night, I tried the cinnamon variety. Again, really, really yummy. I am excited because there is a lot I can do to make them better and change it up… Like a drizzle of caramel would be excellent over the apple cinnamon.

And these cereals are low calorie. Yay!

I simply followed the standard crispy great recipe but used Chex cereal.

Link here to recipe I have posted previously on my blog Gluten Free Desserts: Crispy Treats

Enjoy!

Clean Peanut

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The baby’s stinky little umbilical cord stub fell off on Thurs and I was so excited to finally be able to give him an official, real bath.

Of course, I was so busy I didn’t get to it until this morning! He did so well and only fussed a little bit about half way through.

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20120722-221604.jpg I know… A little overboard with the pics. He is just so stinkin sweet! I can’t help it!

Ups and Downs

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I woke up today hopeful it would be a great day… There were ups and downs.

Last night I was notified our good friend was in labor and I woke up to texts of a beautiful baby boy born over night. Pure joy and happiness and the most amazing thing to start the day off with!

Shortly after, I received a call from Hubbs that an employee had a car accident. No one hurt. Just property damage and it was so stupid. The employee was careless and reckless… And guess who pays the price! We do! Having a business is so stressful and I often (like daily) wonder if the risk is worth the reward (especially when there is barely any reward to be had anymore between taxes and employees). Hubbs was so upset all day about the incident (we have had more “incidents” this year then in the last 10 yrs combined. It’s been a challenging year to say the least. And we got our insurance renewal quote. Doubled from last year. Stomach turning…). Well, I was truly afraid for Hubbs health today, he was so angry!

Brings me to Peanut. Especially in the summertime, Hubbs and I will sit on the deck in the evening after the kids go to bed. We have margaritas and listen to Eric Church. This is our release from the stress of the work day. Some nights there is more margaritas then Eric Church, and well… Now we have Peanut.

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Starting my morning out with stress means I crave junk food… In particular, chocolate. And so I had to make brownies.

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With breakfast out of the way, I got to work. I actually feel good about how productive I have been the last two days work-wise. It’s a good feeling.

Once Hubbs got home, we decided to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. Yummy food and margaritas. Great way to end a tough day.

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What? You don’t converse with your favorite alcoholic beverage? No? That’s a shame…

We left the kids at my in-laws while we went to dinner. I think Peanut was a little disturbed that I left him… When we got home, it took him a while to relax and he wanted to sleep in my arms instead of his bassinet. He finally settled…

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I try to read to the kids in the morning from their Daily Word book we get from Church. After our stressful start this morning, I read to them and I then started to read more to myself… Looking for some guidance through my thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, I just want to sell everything and go off the grid and live a simpler life! I read this:

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What To Call These… Yummy Brownies

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Thank goodness, or should I say thank you Betty Crocker, for Gluten Free Brownie mix!!

Not sure what to call these. I needed more then your standard brownie this morning and this is result.

Yummy Brownies

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1. Make brownie mix according to directions.
2. Pour half of brownie batter into pan.
3. Place single layer of milk chocolate bars on top of batter you just poured into pan.
4. Pour remaining half of batter over later of chocolate bars.
5. Bake according to directions less 3-5 mins.
6. Remove nearly done brownies from oven and sprinkle with marshmallows and a chopped up chocolate bar.
7. Return to oven for remaining 3-5 minutes until marshmallows are puffed.
8. Let cool a couple moments, if you can stand it, before enjoying.

Gooey goodness. Hello yummy brownies! Good-bye worries! Good-bye any thoughts of trying to diet today!