Zzzzzoup!!

Nothing in this world brings me comfort and feelings of snuggliness like a big, warm, bowl of soup, on a cold night. And one of the greatest things about soup, is the endless possibilities of ingredient combinations. I, especially, like to think outside the bowl, so to speak.
So tonight I took some items I had on hand and made a delicious paleo pot of soup

Beef and Sweet Potato Soup

2T. Coconut oil
Half a red onion sliced
1.5 pounds of ground beef
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
4c fresh kale
6c water
Salt and pepper to taste.

Heat oil over med high heat in a large stew pot. Add onion, saute til tender. Add beef, cook thoroughly. Add sweet potatoes.Add garlic, stir just til garlic is very fragrant. Add water. Bring to a rolling boil, cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 30 min, stirring frequently.

This soup was hearty, satisfying, and I have plenty of leftovers for lunch tomorrow….and my kids loved it! Next time I might try getting creative with some spices.

I would love to hear what your favorite paleo soup recipes are!  Leave me some comments!!

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Chicken X 2

Who doesn’t enjoy a tasty yard nU bird?! I for one do! My favorite part of a chicken, is the thighs. I think breast meat is way overrated! I have enjoyed two delicious chicken dinners the past couple of nights. The recipes are as follows:

Asparagus Chicken Bake
(by Mark Sisson)

Preheat oven to broil

3T butter
1/3c olive oil
6 cloves of garlic, chopped well
Zest of 1 lemon
6 anchovie fillets
2, 14oz cans of quartered artichoke hearts, well drained
2 pounds of chicken, cut into pieces

In a large skillet, heat oil and butter over med-high heat. Add anchovies and use a wooden spoon to mash them until they’re mostly dissolved. Remove pan from heat, add garlic and lemon zest, stir well. In a large glass baking dish, add chicken and artichokes. Pour butter sauce on top and use tongs to thoroughly coat chicken and artichokes. Place under broiler, stirring frequently, until chicken is cooked, artichokes will begin to brown on edges. Remove from oven, enjoy!

That dish was so delicious! I was hesitant about the anchovies. I’ve NEVER cooked with them before, but, wow, the flavors could not have been tastier!

The next night, I made my own chicken salad concoction. My kids have been sick, I was feeling pretty tired, so I bought a rotisserie chicken….probably NOT free-range, but….in a pinch….

Chicken Salad

Roughly 2-3 cups of shredded chicken
2 ripe avacados, pitted, peelef, chopped
1/2 med yellow onion, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in food processor, pulse til well blended. Serve on romaine leaves!

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Not too bad for a quicky supper!

Tonight, I tried to re-create a pasta dish I LOVE, by replacing the pasta with spaghetti squash. Well lets just say tonight was a culinary FAIL! Numero uno: canned asparagus is nasty and should be illegal. Truly, it ruined the entire meal, but “want not, waste not”, we begrudgingly ate it anyway. Next time, I avoid shortcuts, lessons learned. Here is the real recipe:

Lemony Asparagus and Shrimp “Pasta”

2T butter
2T olive oil
1 bunch of FRESH asparagus, tough ends removed
1/4c chicken stock
Juice of 1 lemon
6 cloves of garlic chopped.
1 pound of shrimp
1 spaghetti squash

Bake/microwave your spsghetti squash, remove seeds, scrape the “meat” out with a fork.
Set aside.
Melt butter in oil, in a large frying pan over med heat. Add all ingredients but shrimp and squash, bring to a simmer, and cover. Let asparagus cook until tender-crisp. Remove lid, let sauce reduce until its slightly thickened, then toss in shrimp. Remove from heat as soon as shrimp is done. Toss with spaghetti squash, salt and pepper to taste!!

Hold on bandwagon, wait for me!!

Soooo, this weekend, I incorporated a couple of not so paleo things into my diet. First, friday night I wanted pizza in a baaaaaad way! So, I found a recipe for the infamous cauliflower pizza crust that had a bit of cheese in it…so of course I added cheese to my pizza as well. It was DELICIOUS, a taste spectacular even! I think I actually prefer it over its doughy counterpart! Well the next morning, I had leftover ,prepared, crust ingredients, so I made a breakfast pizza, which was also fantabulous!!!

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Now, I know there is a lot of debate about whether cheese is paleo or not, but in my opinion, paleo or not, its definitely one of those things that I have portion control issues with…..i really heart cheese….. So, I will allow transgressions such as these here and there but cheese cannot be a regular feature in my diet.

My real sin came saturday (there’s that waterfall effect I was talking about). I went to a friends house, who happens to be a world famous baker (well, not really, but she should be…and lucky me, I actually have two friends who fall in this category). Anywho, she had made a really yummy, gluten-free, vanilla, cake with REAL ,homemade, buttercream frosting, that I literally just wanted to bathe in (don’t you judge me!). So I had…some.

I am not riddled with guilt over my decisions. I enjoyed them at time of consumption, and I will enjoy them again one day. But today, I am back in action. And I’m happy about it. I really love eating paleo and I love how eating paleo make me feel.

And just for giggles, im totally giving you the pizza recipe, just in case you are a cheese-eating paleo-er.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees

1c steamed, riced, cauliflower
1c. Shredded (not grated) parmesean
1 egg
1/2 tbsp each of garlic powder, basil, and oregano

Mix all ingredients well. Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil. Spread crust mix out fairly thin on to baking sheet. Then bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown all over. Pull it out and let it cool down while u prep toppings.

Once you add your toppings, place pizza under broiler just until toppings are brown, and or cheese has melted!

For my breakfast pizza I chopped up a fried egg, and 2 slices of bacon. I used pesto as my base, and topped it with cheddar.

Later, i’ll share last nights supper recipe. Artichoke Chicken Bake a la Mark Sisson!

Happy Trails!!

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!

Working through it…

Today is Day 1 of week three. My scales are broken so im taking that as a sign to leave them alone. I can get a little focused on scale numbers and ….its just no good for me. Today was kind of tough; I was having carb cravings like whoa and why? Because today was an emotional day and I wanted to self-medicate with carby goodness. Which is totally irrational but totally true. Plus I failed to pre-plan for lunch so I had to think on my toes, but I chose wisely despite my inner voice screaming, “Just get some chicken tenders and french fries!!” I told that hateful beast to shut up and I got some damn salad and grilled chicken!

The toughest part is remembering that results are slow and require effort! Lots of effort…Rome wasn’t built in a day and what not. AND I am trying to reverse a LIFETIME of unhealthy eating. But still, it would be nice to look like my hero Sarah Fragoso overnight! Just saying.

Speaking of whom….i made yet another Sarah F. dish tonight and it was….delicious of course! I took a pic but it turned out less than visually appealing. Anyway it’s called Meaty Pumpkin Souffle. This was my first souffle attempt and, well, it was a FAIL! It didn’t rise like it should have but it was still really tasty!

I slacked on my water intake today, but I walked for an hour and a half yesterday, and that felt really good. Tomorrow is a new day! My goals: more water, more movement!

Sweet Dreams all!

Magic Mushrooms!!!!

I’m not actually intending for this blog to be an Everyday Paleo recipe review, but being a new paleo-er, I’m using mostly recipes from the book for the next couple of weeks. So, i’m literally eating my way through Sarah’s book…..HEY! My name is Sarah too!! Weird! Its like that movie “Julie and Julia” but much less glamorous and dramatic. Anywho, I digress, MAGICAL MUSHROOMS!! Thats what I am officially renaming Sarah Fragoso’s   Giant Stuffed Portobellos. These babies are sooooo damn tasty, eating them feels like i’m wrecking my new healthy eating ways! Oh, and yes I gots a picture for your hungry eyes!

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Mmmm, now stop drooling…thats gross…..

You can never go wrong mixing up beef, sausage, onions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and mushrooms. Sarah F. is a genius, she is St. Mother Paleo. The end.

As for me, t’was a good day again. Started the day with lots of water, a touch of exercise, broccoli and sausage stir fried in some coconut oil for breakfast, followed by more water, ham slices, half an avacado, and an apple for lunch, followed by….thats right, MORE WATER! And now a delicious ending!

Oh and a sneak peak into my future: this weekend, the hubby and I are going to begin constructing me an outdoor work out area. I’m going to see how creative we can get with equiptment and what not! Should be fun, and of course, I’ll keep you informed 😉

As always, thanks for reading!