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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!

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.

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™

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!!

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˜‰

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

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!

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!

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!!

Menu Planning After Sunset

Before the menu chatter– I have been wanting to share this spaghetti sauce I threw together last week. It has been a multi-use sauce that I have served for paleo spaghetti, mixed with chicken or beef for a chili like entrΓ©e, or used as a dipping sauce. And since I created it all by myself, AKA, I wrote down measurements instead of throwing things in a pot, I was pumped πŸ™‚

Paleo Red Sauce (paleo and organic)

You need:
*All diced very small!*
1/2 onion
1/2 yellow squash
1 zucchini
1 cup of roasted potatoes (white and sweet, I roasted these earlier in the week)– adds thickness
14.5 ounce can of roasted diced tomatoes
8 ounce can of tomato sauce
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil (or fresh)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Sea salt and pepper

How to: Throw all the veggies in a warm (medium heat) pot that has your fat of choice (I used pork lard, ordered a high quality from US Wellness Meats). SautΓ© until soft and add the tomato products and spices. Simmer for roughly 20 minutes. Cool and pour into a blender to give it a good whir or use a handheld immersion blender to give it a nice blend right in the pot.

Use/serve however you need!

So while that cooked I roasted some veggies… sweet potato and spaghetti squash.

I used the spaghetti squash to have paleo spaghetti for dinner πŸ™‚

A whole lot of veggies… and good protein!

**Note sure why the pictures are different sizes… whoops! Forgive me! Ah, it is like my thesis all over again!!! Or maybe it is just late and I need to go to bed πŸ˜‰


Let’s get down to business– I have been working very hard (and enjoying these Mac Attack paleo treats!!) on the thesis today and honestly just ran out of “staring at the computer screen” energy to post it earlier. Can’t complain though because I am almost finished πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Weekly Menu

  • Monday
    B- Eggs and “grits” with frozen berries
    L- Roast beef salads
    D- Leftover shrimp and grits
    *Thaw out salmon and buy more eggs
  • Tuesday
    B- Paleo breakfast chili with fried egg and avocado (made this before here in the ol’ crockpot)
    L- Roast beef salads
    D- Salmon with veggies
  • Wednesday
    B- Eggs, bacon, and kraut
    L- Tuna salad
    D- Leftover chili
    *Thaw out beef for taco salad
  • Thursday (GO TO farmer’s market on campus- inspiration for the weekend!)
    B- Leftover chili
    L- Tuna salad
    D- Taco salad

>> Hum my formatting, what happened here?? Haha my pictures are different sizes and my spaces, oh my πŸ™‚ Anyways, I need to thaw out salmon for Friday night dinner.

  • Weekend
    Breakfast options- Leftover pancakes, omelette (with market goodies!)
    Lunch options- Taco salad, turkey salad, or roast beef roll ups with kraut
    Dinner options- Pizza (thinking one should go down this weekend!), fish tacos (maybe, we still have some fish frozen from David’s bachelor trip!), OR Multiply Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Kale Stew (made here and was outstanding!).
  • Snack options: Roast beef with Farmhouse kraut, apple with cheese and nuts, almonds with coconut flakes, banana with sun butter, applesauce and veggies, sweet potato with nut butter, PaleOMG’s paleo “granola,” OR smoothies.

My goodness I am excited about this week!! So much GOOD food— and guess what I will do tomorrow?? I will post a giveaway AND give a final recap of PaleoFX πŸ™‚

The paleo shrimp and grits– holy yum! Also treated myself to a Crispin cider (my first Crispin).

Served with bacon– the “grits” are made of… cauliflower, stock, and almond meal. They taste EXACTLY like grits y’all– no kidding around there.

David and I had such a great weekend– attended our first marriage conference and we had a blast. Getting to know new couples and learning more about L-O-V-E πŸ™‚

We had a great dinner and even took a walk (reminded us of Austin, a river walk!).

Also this weekend– we had some chill time at Barnes and Noble. Meaning, we bought some new cookbooks and magazines πŸ™‚

Did y’all enjoy that rain today? Man it sounded so peaceful this morning. Looks like we have another chance this week… better keep the gear out and ready!

Y’all it is a new week and guess what?? YOU CAN EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT (my favorite quote from Paleo FX, by Sarah Fragoso).

**Friendly reminder, check back tomorrow for a giveaway!!!