Monthly Archives: January 2015

Weekly Menu for Jan. 26-Feb. 1

It’s the last week of January… can y’all believe that? I can’t! I hope you all have a few meals planned and prepped… If not, take some ideas from my gameplan below and stay calm 😉 below the menu I have a recipe that you could easily make with chicken 🙂 Check it out!

Breakfast: Cauliflower and broccoli tots (tweaked this recipe) with a berry-green-gelatin smoothie (added greens to this recipe)
Monday: (L) Roast with cabbage, carrots, and onions; (D) Creamy Chicken Crockpot Soupwith sweet potato biscuits
Tuesday: (L) Roast leftovers; (D) Creamy chicken soup leftovers before I go to a paleo baking class at Mary’s Cakes and Pastries in Downtown Northport (check it out here)
Wednesday: (L) Roast leftovers; (D) Chicken-herb-garlic sausage (got these from Target) with cabbage and roasted butternut squash pureed with butter and cinnamon
Thursday: (L) Salad topped with Applegate turkey roll ups with mustard, avocado, sauerkraut, and carrots; (D) Taco salads with organic white rice tossed with lime
Friday: (L) Turkey roll up leftovers with salad; (D) Taco salad leftovers
The Weekend: (L) Pumpkin Chili; (D) Tuna cakes with massaged kale salad (check out my recipe here) AND paleo pizza (probably the one I made and talked about in my Meals Made Simple review)
Sweets: These PaleOMG cookies 🙂

Now to share a recipe for… Wild Turkey Stew.
1.5 pounds of wild turkey breast (or chicken breast)
1 32oz carton of chicken stock (or 4 cups homemade)
1 small onion diced
5 carrots cubed
2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 cup chopped white mushrooms
2-3 cups chopped kale
Spices are flexible but I used salt/pepper, garlic and onion powders, thyme, basil, and oregano.
How to:
Really easy. Throw it all in the slower cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. When finished, shred turkey and serve up! So good and like I said, the recipe is flexible on chicken or turkey and your herbs/spices!

And pictured below has been my go-to for breakfast. 2 fried eggs with roasted veggies and a paleo muffin.


Above… The results of the weekend raking leaves marathon. Ha I think Leo had a bit more fun playing in the mud than helping gather leaves 😉 Fun times!! Oh that muffin recipe can be found here.

Now he’s clean and all snuggled up 😉
I think we are all ready for bed! Nothing like getting in bed early to kick off the week! Have a great week y’all and feel free to leave any new recipes I should try out in the comments below 😉 I love to “hear” from you!

Part 2 + Meals Made Simple Review

It might be a little later than I expected, but here is part 2 of the menu and the book review!

Part 2 of Feb. 19-25 Menu

Wednesday– (L) Meals Made Simple pizza with salad (D) Chicken with kale and roasted broccoli and sweet potato

Thursday– (L) Taco “Burrito” bowl with beef and cauliflower-lime rice (D) Meals Made Simple Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Friday– (L) Creamy chicken and kale soup (D) Pepperoni Pizza Pasta leftovers

The Weekend– (L) Chicken soup leftovers OR tuna salad (D) Tuna cakes OR beef roast with carrots, potatoes, and onions

Meals Made Simple Review

First, I want to say THANK YOU to Danielle for the book. The book is awesome! I appreciate her so much for sending it my way to share with you guys 🙂

I got this beautiful book in the mail back in the fall and it has been pretty much used weekly. It is a mainstay in my countertop cookbook collection 🙂 I will give you a summary of the layout of the book, my thoughts on the book in general, and end with a little peak at my favorites that I have made so far.

Summary of the layout: Essentially this book takes you through meal planning and even offers 8 weeks of dinners. Y’all. EIGHT weeks. That is up there with Practical Paleo‘s awesome meal plans! She has a cool label system in the book so you can choose a recipe for what works within your meal prep time (or even lifestyle restrictions).

She offers recipes for the slow cooker, one-pot recipes, 30-minute meals, and even recipes that can be built using leftovers. I am all about cooking once and getting about 6 meals out of it. Danielle taught me in this book though how to cook, for example a whole chicken, using one method then using it in three different recipes to change up the presentation. So cool! Danielle also includes shopping lists to go with the meal plans, which can be a time saver for even the best list makers 😉

Overall thoughts and who this book would be best for: The goal of this book is to, in the words of Danielle, take the “guesswork out of meal planning and breaks it down to a simpler level.” And this book totally nails it. One tasty way that she does this is by sharing “tidbits” throughout the cookbook. This might be a substitute option, leftover idea, or prep advice for another dish. She really connects her recipes with one another. If you have her other book, Against All Grain, or read her blog, you know her photography is beautiful and that is the case with this book too. This book was so special to Danielle (read more here) and you can feel the love she poured into it.

On a side note, I am excited about putting together her “multi-flour blend” to keep on the counter (just have to replenish the almond flour). This will be wonderful for weekend pancakes/waffles/muffins 🙂

If a paleo/healthy lifestyle change has you a little intimidated because of the time commitment or meal planning, this is the book for you! This will help you see that it can be done whether you are cooking for one or five. She takes you through meal planning, grocery list making, shopping for the most bang for your buck, and then putting delicious stress-free meals together. Can’t get better than that 😉

Top recipes so far:

Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters— these were perfect for Christmas parties and gifts. The caramel is out of this world (and I may or may not have added the caramel to my coffee a couple of mornings!) and the salt just pushes it over the top. Delicious and so fast to throw together! I actually had leftover clusters and blended them up and melted for brownies. Oh yes I did!

Balsamic Chicken Pizza— this called for steak, but I had chicken and it subbed perfectly (her recipes are pretty forgiving on the subbing factor). The balsamic reduction is so decadent and makes you feel like you are eating at an upscale bistro. I didn’t press out the pizza dough enough and it still turned out well 🙂 And going along with the cookbook title, indeed, this recipe was simple (and fast) to throw together. Even on a weeknight 😉


Slow Cooker Thai Beef Stew— as I said below, HOLY FLAVOR! I have a bad habit of sticking to smoky or Italian flavors. And this expanded my spice world to Thai spices. Instead of a long list of spices though I just had to buy a jar of the Thai Kitchen red curry paste. I served it with organic white rice for workout recovery reasons, but you could totally do this with cauliflower rice and wouldn’t miss a thing. There’s just so much flavor in this dish, prepare to be wow’d!


Well you guys, that is the review! I could go on and on about it, but just go buy it! It is right at $20 on Amazon, you just can’t beat that. Let me know if you have this book and have a favorite I didn’t mention above. I am working on trying all of the recipes I have been marking/tagging 🙂

Have a great week of tasty food and remember there are SO many resources out there to help you be successful in whatever lifestyle you choose! Side note, we are working on the yearly lifestyle post– we have kicked off year 3 with our paleo lifestyle! Check out Stokes Paleo 2.0 and look for Stokes Paleo 3.0 soon!

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