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!

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Mess-ecipe Success: Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Chicken

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At a loss on what to make for dinner last night, ya know, since I crave nothing but McFlurries at the moment… Hubbs wanted buffalo chicken something. Ok….. Here is what I came up with.

I love jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese wrapped in bacon so it was my inspiration.

In a bowl, I mixed half a block of cream cheese with two chopped jalapeños, a handful of shredded cheddar, salt and pepper.

I had boneless, skinless chicken thighs on hand. My idea was to stuff the chicken with the cream cheese mixture, coat in hot sauce and wrap with bacon.

I preheated oven to 400 degrees and got my iron skillet hot.

I wanted hot sauce to be thicker so I mixed franks buffalo wing sauce (3 – 4 tbsp) with some mayo (maybe like 2 tbsp) in a small bowl.

In a shallow dish, I put about 1/2 cup of the GF Bisquick baking mix.

So the assembly went as follows:

1 tbsp cream cheese mixture on yucky side of chicken thigh
Roll chicken thigh and secure edges together with a toothpick
Dip cream cheese stuffed chicken thigh roll in buffalo wing sauce
Dredge in GF baking mix
Wrap with a strip of bacon
It’s a messy process but I went with it

Add a tbsp oil (evoo) to iron skillet.

Add chicken rolls to hot skillet, and cook for a minute or two each side just to get bacon going. I do not like chewy bacon. I only did like 3 rolls at a time.

Place half-cooked chicken rolls on baking sheet and bake in oven until bacon is cooked and cheese is bubbling out… 15-20mins. Check chicken for doneness before eating!!!!!!

Everyone loved these. As in Hubbs had to limit himself and stop himself from eating them all… As in Hubbs just requested them for dinner again tonight.

Mexican: the GF friendly cuisine

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Tacos!!! Mexican cuisine is really GF friendly and full of flavor.

So I have had to learn to love corn tortillas over flour… Big deal! The food is still yummy!

Tacos are super easy to throw together as well.

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I warmed my cast iron skillet to med high and added about a tbsp vegetable oil. Then I added two 20oz packages of lean ground turkey. I started to brown the ground turkey, but since it was so lean, I worried it was getting to dry. I added about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water and two tbsp of My Taco Seasoning. Once the meat was browned, I let it simmer in liquid for a couple minutes. Also, I added a tbsp or two of masa and a bit more taco seasoning so it would thicken up a bit.

These tacos turned out awesome! And adding avacado (that had been splashed with lime juice) made them all the more delicious. My avocado craving has paid off the last two nights! Other toppings include 4-cheese mexican blend, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, and cholulu hot sauce.

I always keep my taco seasoning on hand.

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I always make too much of the ground meat when I make tacos. I forget that there are other ingredients involved, I guess? Whatever! I have plenty of leftovers for me to have an easy, fast, yummy GF lunch!

Boss wanted S’mores. No way I am lighting a fire just for dessert… Well, at least not on a weeknight. I have made them in oven before but wanted an even less fussy option. As I stood there in front of my toaster oven and Boss brought me the ingredients… I devised a plan. And I was staring right at it.

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Why haven’t I thought of this before!?!? No these are not GF but could be if you had gluten free graham crackers on hand. We used the toast setting on #4 which was about 2min 30secs. They were perfect!

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BLT Gluten-Free Style

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20120627-182746.jpg Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, & Avocado Sandwich. Yumm.

I really enjoy sandwiches and since going GF, I have really missed them. I have tried some GF breads and normally they are dense and not real tasty.

Today, Hubbs and I had to do some site visits and on the way home we passed a big veggie stand. Rows of big, red, luscious tomatoes. I immediately needed a BLT. So we ended up at the grocery store because there was no way I was turning around in rush hour. Plus I needed bacon and bread… We had all the kids in tow and one stop for food was probably all we could handle anyway.

I am glad it worked out this way because the store we stopped at had Udi’s Gluten free bread. I have heard that Udi’s is good but hadn’t yet come across it. Thank you, Lord! I can enjoy sandwiches again!!!

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BLTs are such a refreshing summer sandwich. When I was a kid, I admit, I was not much on the veggies. Well, Wildman takes after my side quite a bit and this trait is certainly one he inherited. I like lettuce and tomato NOW! As a kid, having to eat such foods was torture! But when Dad would make BLTs, I’d eat my veggies! Wildman asked me if he could have his BLT without the vegetables. I told him, “No, you are not having a bacon sandwich.” As good as it sounds- Haha! I then told him about how when I was a kid and I felt the same way he does about veggies, but in a BLT sandwich, I would eat them. And he needs to try it before he claims he doesn’t like it. He did try it and he calls to me, “Mom! This sandwich IS good!”. Yep, I know. BLTs are AWESOME! 😉

Where’d my cooking mojo go

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First, my drs appt didn’t go exactly how I wanted… But it’s really for the best and I am okay with it. We decided to go another week before scheduling an induction so that I will have time to get Hubbs healed and back on his feet, hopefully. He tried to get through the day without pain meds but couldn’t. He made it to about 10am. He did get out of the house today for some fresh air and sunshine. I think that helped him quite a bit.

Second, I have been a cooking FAIL lately. I blame pregnancy… And being really busy. I haven’t been making my weekly menus which are integral to keeping me on track. Additionally, all I feel like eating are McFlurrys or Rita’s… I don’t know what is going on with me!! I haven’t even been able to make eggs correctly lately! Grrrr!

I did manage to pull this together tonight and it was actually pretty good…

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Grilled Chicken Breast:
While grill was warming, I tossed chicken in a bowl with 1 – 2 tbsp EVOO, 1 tbsp dried thyme, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tbsp + garlic, and juice of 1/2 a lemon. Grilled chicken to an internal temp of 165 degrees.

Green Beans:
Tossed frozen organic green beans in boiling water and simmered 2 mins. Drained green beans and tossed back in pan with 1/2 tbsp butter, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. I didn’t measure… Maybe less then 1/2 tsp salt… Definitely don’t over do your salting.

K, so the potatoes where left over from last night and they were like the pre-made kind. I know. Shame… Aw well!

So our healthy eating is beginning. Dinner is normally our healthiest meal of the day (when I plan appropriately) so my downfall is all the other meals and snacks my family has during the day.

I need to get my cooking AND planning mojo back, pronto!

Sunday Funday

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Picture Post! Well, mostly.

We just hung around today. Weather was gorgeous. We attended Church last night. Overall a great day… Except for my false labor, Hubbs throwing his back out bad, and Boss burning himself. I mean… That’s all normal for a Sunday Funday right??? Let’s just focus on the positive ok…

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Foot 5

Knee 5

Mommy! I swinging!

Cakes & Sassy Lucy

Dinner MD style

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Cakes is already a pro with her crab hammer 😉

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Praying that Hubbs back feels miraculously better tomorrow. We have so much going on, his back could not have gone out at a worse time!!!!!

GF Fried Shrimp

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Originally, we were going to try to just eat random leftovers tonight. I couldn’t do it. I wanted fried shrimp. And so it was.

I thawed a bag and half of frozen wild-caught gulf shrimp that I had on hand. Probably like 2.5 lbs… I know it sounds like a lot… This family of mine eats a lot okay. Plus, we are more apt to stuff ourselves into a food coma when seafood is involved. I peeled, deveined, and detailed the thawed shrimp. I am not interested in looks or having a “handle” on my fried shrimp… I don’t need anything slowing me down! 🙂 oh and keep shrimp in frig or on ice while you prepare the batter.

Heat oil to 350 degrees in deep fryer, or a heavy pot.

The batter… Uh… I didn’t exactly make measurements. Here’s my best guess… Mix together the following in a large bowl:

1/2 c water
1/2 c half & half
1 egg
1 cup of gluten free baking mix (Betty Crocker)
1/4 c buffalo hot sauce (we like Texas Pete)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp sugar

Dip shrimp in batter and gently drop into oil in batches… Like 6 or 8 at a time. Mine only took like a minute or two to cook to golden brown and opaque and curled like a “c”.

Drain on paper towel… Try to wait until they are a little cooled before shoving them in your face – you don’t want to get burned! 😉

I also fried up some French fries. Literally, cut up a potato, fried until golden brown, and sprinkled with a little salt immediately after taking them from the oil to drain. I actually made these first and put them in the oven to stay warm and crispy – like 175 or 200 degrees – while I fried the shrimp.

The dipping sauce was about equal parts light mayo and chili sauce with a splash of hot sauce.

For being a last minute, thrown together meal, this turned out awesome.

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Cakes is going through that 2 yr old stage where she thinks its appropriate to only wear her diaper. Not to mention, she’s a dirt ball and in an effort to save her clothes from getting ruined, I usually let her eat without a shirt (and wrap her in paper towels lol).