Monthly Archives: April 2013

Early to Plan

I will post a recap of the weekend soon– but wanted to post the menu earlier than normal πŸ™‚

Menu

  • Sunday
    Brunch– Almond Paleo Pancakes
    (Snacked between church, working out, and house work)
    Dinner–Taco salads with Cauliflower tortillas… Last Sunday dinner with Jaclyn before she graduates! *PREP: Roast sweet potatoes and butternut squash*
  • Monday
    B- Huevos Racheros with leftover tortillas and salsa/avocado (Make ahead: Egg Bake Casserole)
    L- Leftover taco salads
    D- Balsamic and rosemary chicken with kale, asparagus, and roasted beet salad
  • Tuesday
    B- Egg bake
    L- Tuna salad or leftover chicken
    D- Tri-tip roast (crockpot) with roasted veggie salad
  • Wednesday
    B- Smoothies
    L- Salad with egg bake and bacon
    D- Tri-tip leftovers
    *Lay out pork chops
  • Thursday
    B- Egg bake
    L- Leftover tri-tip
    D- Pork chops with apricot and apple (crockpot) from Paleo Comfort Foods
  • Friday
    B- Smoothies or leftover egg bake casserole
    L- Leftover pork chops
    D- **Hopefully a celebratory dinner post thesis defense!!
  • The Weekend
    B- Paleo no oatmeal or sweet potato hash
    L- Salads with leftover protein
    D- Salmon with veggies
  • Snacks
    EPIC bars, green apple with nut butter, boiled egg with avocado, nuts with dried fruit, gut healing gummies

We will be out of town for some of the weekend so I will be making some portable options to have on hand πŸ™‚

Off to the gym!

Midweek Cookin’

It might be a rainy day… But I’ve got my little home smelling amazing! According to the meal plan, I am cooking up PaleOMG’s barbacoa. I did Google barbacoa, I’m being honest here. In the back of my mind (and the iPhone auto correcting it to barbecue), I was convinced I looked at it wrong and continually checked the recipe. She probably got 50 views… Just from me lol!

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It’s a 2 step process– cook on high for 6 hours, shred, add some more ingredients, cook for roughly an hour. Bam. Barbacoa. I’ll share how we end up plating it later… I have an idea πŸ™‚
Although we did throw in a lot of peppers… Praying we can handle the heat! Ha! We might be shedding tears… tears of tastiness! I’ve got a gameplan in case it is off the charts spicy.

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Oh yeah, speaking of cooling down, don’t they look all nice and cool? Those are the gummies we made Sunday night– doesn’t that look all summer like? I think it’s the watermelon colors going on. I followed Primal Palate’s method and used our local/organic strawberries in place of blueberries. They have grassfed gelatin in them… Therefore they’re good for the gut (think of the good stuff in homemade broth just in a powder from you can add to anything!)! We used Great Lakes Gelatin (unflavored).

If you are wondering the how and why… Here is a great post from Food Renegade about this superfood!

I’ll just be honest again… Last night I had a bad night with the whole digestive system. So today I’ve been drinking my La Croix water and eating my safe foods. And of course the gut healing gummies! Feeling better this evening, but with my past experiences I know to take it easy post-bad night to allow my body to heal itself. Sounds all hippie… But it is true. The cause… Sugar and some hidden gluten that I wasn’t aware of πŸ™

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And happy news!!! I’ll be defending next week. Woo!! Finally. Finally! Send me happy, peaceful, and smart thoughts and prayers next week πŸ™‚ Thank you for all the encouragement along the way… You know who you are!!

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We have had some beautiful days lately and I’ve let my office window stay open to enjoy them. Makes work a happier place πŸ˜‰

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Some food updates… That y’all need to incorporate!

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First up, a microwave mug cake from The Wannabe Chef. No coconut or nut flour! Just banana, egg, almond butter, and cocoa powder (I did less since I use Nutivas powder which to me is stronger). I added chia seeds to thicken it a little, pinch of sea salt, and some cinnamon. Since I left out the sweetener, I drizzled this with a tiny bit of maple syrup. And threw some flakes of coconut on there. SO easy and fast!

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Second, the egg muffins. A little story…

I had the oven on 400 roasting sweet potatoes… And while I waited the 5 minutes for the fat to melt (I throw small globs on and let it melt then stir it, thanks to Hayley at Primal Palate for that tip!) I thought “ahh, must bake egg muffins” to remind productive while the fat melts…

I threw together 6 eggs, diced bell pepper, and sun dried tomatoes into a bowl… combined that! Then poured into 6 muffin cups (silicone rocks!). Before popping them in, I took the sweet potatoes out to toss and decided to pick a few to throw in the egg muffins (like 2 cubes in each). So good!

You see, I got sidetracked, post throwing both items into the oven. And all of sudden I could smell the eggs. Ha so I sprinted and rescued them from the oven. And they were monsters! No harm done and they were delicious πŸ˜‰ Whew!

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Third, salmon! Ah love salmon nights. I always jump to searing and cooking the salmon first and for the first time I finally saved it for last. You see it takes no time and you want it to be warm when served πŸ™‚ Light bulb!

Therefore, I started with the sides. I sautΓ©ed some kale in pork lard with sundried tomatoes. Added a splash of apple cider vinegar and plated that with a little feta for topping!

Then I took my previously roasted sweet potatoes and previously baked bacon and threw in the pan… I smashed the potatoes and let those get warm (don’t walk about from these guys they will burn!). Plated that. Called them smashed bacon sweet potatoes!

Finally the salmon πŸ™‚ More pork fat (high quality from US Wellness Meats) went into the pan. Rinsed the salmon filets (from Vital Choice) and patted dried then sprinkled with sea salt and pepper. Threw the salmon in the pan (same pan!) skin side UP. Let it cook until it was almost done… Then flipped. Hit with some lemon juice which causes a little steam action. Then plated that with a little herbed butter (high quality grassfed butter from Kerrygold). So good!

Well I’m off to Crossfit– going to take it easy tonight since I’m in somewhat of a recovery mode πŸ˜‰ Looks like a fun one though… A team WOD with 3 movements and you rotate rounds. Whoo!

Happy Tuesday… I mean Wednesday!!