The incredible, edible, coconut!

Tonight, I wanted soup again. But this time, I was craving a creamy, rich soup. I was going to try something with cream cheese…..but then I looked at the ingredients in cream cheese….and I was SHOCKED! There is so much more in cream cheese than milk. Check it out sometime. So I turned to coconut milk to acheive the creamy I was craving, and i’m so glad I did!

Here is the soup:

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I’ll call it….

Creamy Dreamy Chicken Soup

1/2 stick grass-fed butter
2c. Sliced mushrooms
1 can of organic diced tomatoes
1.5 pounds chicken (the REAL kind) cut into bite-size pieces
1, 10oz bag of fresh spinach
1 pack of Good Seasons Zesty Italian Seasoning mix
1 can of coconut milk ( I used just the thick top and discarded the water in the bottom of the can to acheieve ultimate creaminess)

Melt butter over med-high heat, saute mushrooms til tender. Add tomatoes, chicken, and seasoning. When chicken is just about done, add entire bag of spinach, cover with lid. Stir occasionally. When spinach is all wilted, remove lid, let it reduce to desired creaminess, serve in a big bowl, then eat it with great pleasure! This made enough for me, two kids, and PLENTY of leftovers.

Happy eating!!

Eggs, and artichokes, and beef, OH MY!

So im back to inventing my very own paleo meals!

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Mmmm, want some?! ( I know my food pics still aren’t very appealing, but hang in there, they’ll get better!)

So the yellow stuff is a frittata, kind of. Im calling it:

Italian Beefy Bake

Pre heat oven @ 375

2 Tbsp lard or coconut oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped fine
2c. Fresh Spinach
1lb ground beef
1Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp dried Basil
1tsp sea salt
1 can salt free organic tomatoes, drained and rinsed
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and well rinsed
8 eggs, beat well
1/4c. Coconut milk (the yummy thick kind, not the weird drink in a carton)

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over med-high heat. Sautee onion til tender, add spinach and sautee til wilted, add ground beef, garlic powder, and basil. Cook til beef is done, add tomatoes and artichoke hearts, and salt. Cook stirring frequently until excess liquid is cooked off.
Use coconut oil to grease an 11×13 glass baking dish. Pour beef mixture in and spread it evenly.
In a large bowl mix beaten eggs with the coconut milk, mix well.
Pour egg mixture over beef mixture, top with fresh ground black pepper.
Bake in oven for about 30 min until egg is thoroughly cooked and casserole is set in the center.
EAT!

Its seriously yummy.

The green stuff, I made mostly for the kids….mostly. I took 2 bags of fresh, pre-chopped,organic, broccoli/cauliflower/carrot mix, I found in the produce section. I steamed the veg, tossed it all in a food processor, added 3Tbsp organic butter, and 1/4c coconut milk, and pureed it into a thick, creamy, veggie wonderland that my kids gobbled up like candy….i may have too, it was really good!

Well, another day down!

Thanks as always for reading!

“This is how we do it..”

This morning, I exercised. Being a child of the mid-late 80’s and early 90’s, I decided to mix up my morning walk to make it more exciting. I drew inspiration from Baby, in Dirty Dancing, and started out with a little walk-dancing:

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Then inspired by Kevin Bacon, starring as Ren, in Footloose, I punched it out!

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Nothing like a good punch-dance to let it all out! I didn’t have a beer or a cigarette though, but that’s probably for the best.

I further mixed up my routine by spontaneous outburts of doing the “roger rabbit” to Montell Jordans hit, “This is how we do it” & thought to myself, “self, he’s right, THIS IS HOW WE DO IT!” I also incorporated 6, short but fiesty, uphill sprints, and 2 sets each of 10 incline push-ups and squats. In the end, I was breathless, sweaty, had listened to everything fron TLC, to Dave Matthews and Alanis Morrisette, and my legs were shakey. Must’ve done something right……?

I then proceeded to get cleaned up for work and made the most delicious smoothie known to man! I shall give you the recipe!!

Most Amazing Smoothie Known to Man, Smoothie (MASKTMS)

Serves, 1

1/2c frozen berries (i used straw and blue)
1/4 can of coconut milk
1/4c water…roughly
1 scoop strawberry whey isolate
Some ice

Blend well in a bullet or blender, drink, enjoy, wipe smoothie mustache off face prior to entering in to the public eye….or don’t.

This smoothie kept me going for a solid 6 hours! Not bad. Next time, I may even add spinach!

Lunch was leftover Butter Chicken and steamed kale, and supper will be wild rabbit that the hubby killed yesterday! How’s that for Paleo?! Im kinda hardcore like that….and I live in the woods….

Happy Trails!!