Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Menu

time to wake up...

Howdy :)

I told my husband the best analogy for the way I've felt recently is like I've been playing an arcade game (whac-a-mole, anyone?) with deadlines. Multiple task-oriented deadlines running at once and just as I crush one, another appears! Ah, such is life.

Fall is beautiful, let's think about that.

And, what we will eat this week. I only let myself spend $100 on food this week. For kicks, to see if we can do it. That probably won't get us all the way through the weekend. Maybe to Friday. I shopped at Aldi, Hy-Vee, and Trader Joe's.

Here's the plan.

farm eggs, chipotle hot sauce (affiliate link)
lemon raspberry swirl muffins from The Paleo Kitchen (affiliate link)
coffee, heavy whipping cream

peanut butter and jam on rice cakes
or chicken fried rice
or gluten-free mac and cheese
Why yes, I am taking the easy/lazy way out this week!
Serving these with apples and dip (pumpkin or cream cheese).
leftovers, burgers, or chicken thighs, salad, apples

Preschool snack:
raisins or natural applesauce

Sunday - slow cooker roast chicken (used this shawarma recipe), salad with dressing, potatoes
(chips and homemade guac for football snack)
Monday - primal chicken tortilla(less) soup, sour cream
Tuesday - slow cooker meatballs (beef + sun dried tomato pesto), broccoli, salad with dressing
Wednesday - leftovers
Thursday - baked salmon with salsa, roasted green beans
Weekend - roast another chicken, make tikki masala (buy sauce)

That's all for now, have a great week. Go Royals!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekly Menu

I'm a little slow this week, but here we go...

eggs, kale, homemade blender salsa
(we bought 15 dozen farm fresh eggs from pastured hens and they are beautiful and sooooo delicious!)
coffee, heavy whipping cream (no additives)

adults - leftovers
kids - rice cake with peanut butter and jam
or salami and cheese
bell pepper strips, homemade sour cream ranch

School snack for my preschooler: dried mango

Monday - leftover chili, sour cream
Tuesday - pork tacos with cabbage slaw
Wednesday - meatloaf, broccoli
Thursday - 2 ingredient slow cooker roast beef, sweet potatoes
Friday - homemade primal pizza, salad greens with dressing

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Weekly Menu

Hello! Our internet went out this weekend… I was so much more efficient. Well, maybe not efficient, but more focused on chores. For example, the lots of laundry got done. Now I'm listening to a never-ending lecture for my class while I make the menu plan.

Yesterday I went to Aldi, today I went to Costco. And I have plans to go to Sprouts, spending $150 total. We love tacos... don't be surprised if you see them on the menu once a week for awhile. We use corn tortillas - not paleo, but gluten-free.

turkey sausage, onions, peppers, & eggs
coffee, cream

salami & cheese
veggie straws or bell pepper strips
apples with cream cheese dip

After school snack:
rice cake with sun butter and apple butter

Monday - chili, sour cream
Tuesday - garbage-free chicken nuggets, roasted green beans
Wednesday - cheesy vegetable soup (add some meat, take out some flour, it's gonna be a primal experiment) with Mary's Gone Crackers (on sale at Costco)
Thursday - beef tacos
Friday - orange chicken and broccoli
*salad and dressing with all

Special desert:
chocolate-coconut mousse
or apple-cherry fruit tart (from Primal Cravings cookbook)

OK, time is short. Gotta go! Have a good week!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekly Menu

What are we gonna do with all this produce?
Here's the plan.

eggs, coffee, heavy whipping cream
peanut butter mug cake (for the kids, their request)

leftovers (adults)
packed school lunches (kids) - pb&j rice cakes, bell peppers & ranch, apples or peaches

After school snack:
dried mango

Monday - tropical chicken burgers (these are a lot of work but worth it; I omit the jalapeno)
Tuesday - chocolate chili, guacamole
Wednesday - carnitas or tacos al pastor
Thursday - roasted chicken thighs and green beans
Friday - perfect pork tenderloin (I do it according to these cooking directions.)
Saturday - chicken avocado pizza on my homemade grain-free crust
*humongous salad and salad dressing with everything

I'll probably need to pick up a few more things at the store midweek, for breakfasts, snacks, and lunches. But at least dinners are lined out for the week :) Have a good Sunday!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekend Eats, Reads, & Grocery Shopping

I guess I'm on a roll with blogging consecutive days :)

Here are a couple things I'm cooking up this weekend-

Here's what I'm reading , in addition to textbooks, of course. It's for a book study. (affiliate link)

If you like, read, or write a food blog, you can relate to these comments.

I went to the grand opening of Sprouts. They had some good sales! All this (plus some sausages that we ate for lunch) cost $81. Now I'm off to deal with the lettuce.

The menu plan will go up tomorrow.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Brain Dump Ahead...

SLEEP. I heart sleep. I need to sleep more. Here's justification for it if for some reason you need it. Don't feel guilty. It makes you a better person. Seriously.

I was really excited for today because I didn't have to drive anywhere. Except for the gym, but that doesn't count.

I don't know where I've been, but I just started watching The Blacklist. Because I need something else to do!

Shady neighborhoods rule. Makes fall that much more lovely. When we first moved here last spring, I was kinda worried this was a "shady" neighborhood, figuratively speaking. Turns out, it's not. It's just meat and potatoes. I kinda love it.

…It's decorative gourd season again.

Beautiful words: reconciliation, redemption, restoration, revitalization. I just like them.

One of my favorite blogs to read. Pretty sure I've said that before, and it is still true.

One favorite staple from Trader Joe's: coconut flour. The last time I bought some coconut flour from the bulk bin at Whole Foods it made everything way too dry, but this stuff works better and at $2.99/lb or something like that (I think?), it can't be beat. Thumbs up.

Another recent favorite: everything seasoning. If you need to keep some all-purpose seasoning at work or wherever you eat other than home, this is a decent one-size-fits-all accessory to keep in the office kitchen.

Time to hit the books!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Paleo Pizza Crust

Finally, I am going to share this recipe with you! It is a grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, almond flour-free crispy pizza dough. It serves as a thin but sturdy base for topping with all your meats and veggies! Hope you enjoy it!

Please note:
  • I like thin, crispy pizza crust.
  • That was a change for me after "going paleo" so to speak.
  • I had my first successful attempt at paleo pizza crust using the recipe from Primal Cravings (my fav cookbook).
  • That recipe uses gelatin, and since I often find myself without gelatin handy, I adapted it according to what I keep on hand.
  • I'm not big on flours, but we do usually keep these two in the cupboard: tapioca flour (Bob's Red Mill is usually in stock at my local grocery store in the baking aisle) and coconut flour (from Trader Joe's or the local store). Most paleo/primal baking I do uses these two flours. I find them more affordable than almond flour.
  • My local store, Price Chopper, also has potato starch. This is the only recipe I use it in, so it lasts a good while.
  • I use a baking stone, which probably helps the crust get crispier faster.
  • Pizza is one of my kids' favorite foods. Of course :)

1 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup potato starch
1 Tablespoon coconut flour
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil (plus more for baking stone)
1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 400ยบ F.
2. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Dough will be somewhat runny and spreadable.
3. Drizzle additional olive oil on baking stone and spread to cover.
4. Pour dough onto baking stone and carefully spread to desired shape. Make it thin!
5. Bake for 16-18 minutes.
6. When crispy, remove from oven. Crust should be able to be lifted off pan in one piece.

Top with sauce or toppings and return to oven to finish baking as desired.
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