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!

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These breasts are juicy!!

What you are about to see is pure, unadulterated, food porn!

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Yep, I know, you’re drooling a little aren’t ya. What?! You want a steamy close up?! Ok, I aim to please.

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Oh yeah, that my friends, is Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breasts. Sadly, I did not invent this dish. This recipe came straight from Sarah Fragoso’s book, Everyday Paleo. Its chicken, butterflied, stuffed with asparagus, cubed ham, and butter, seasoned with salt and pepper, and baked to perfection. I served it up with broccoli and cauliflower that was steamed, then pulsed in the old food processor a few times. Which reminds me, Ive discovered a magical thing about children, take any unappealing vegetable, chop it up fine, and they will gobble it up. Serve that same vegetable to them whole, or in large chunks, and it becomes a cruel form of punishment. Anyways, supper was a hit again! Yay Sarah Fragoso!! Her book really is a nice read for paleo-interested people, fyi.

Today was a good day, not a GREAT day, but a good day. I find myself having more cravings today than I have been. And, I must confess, I think its because of a decision I made at lunch. See, what had happened was…..i had a nice lunch of spinach salad with tons of chopped veggies and grilled chicken thighs. But I was eating at a buffet-style restaurant (mistake #uno) & decided to “treat” myself to a tiny, LITERALLY, tiny slice of plain apple pie. Well, it wasnt THAT good, but it was carby and sugary enough to kick off a whole onslaught of cravings which are still with me. So, lessoned learned. Not to say that I am making an absurd declaration of pie/cake/cookie abstinence, just saying that for now, its probably best that I refrain from such pleasures. Moderation is a lesson I must learn. Plus, today was a touch on the stressful side, and I am a self-proclaimed emotional eater. But, I beat the cravings…so maybe that means today was great! Still wirking on increasing water, and tomorrow, exercise will happen!

Til then, goodnight!

BACON!!!

I LOVE bacon! Glorious, salty, crispy, bacon which produces,a nectar for the gods when fried in my pan! And for those of us that think the primal/paleo lifestyle is best, bacon seems to be universally loved and adored.

Tonight I reinvented yet another meal. I used to make this dish that featured bacon like a fine piece of art at a museum. I dont know what its called, I learned how to make it from a friend, but its ingredients included 1pound of bacon, 1c of brown sugar, 1c of vinegar, I diced red delicious apple, and a shredded head of cabbage……and I wonder why I have a weight problem……Anywho, the end product was mind-blowing carmelized, sweet n’ salty, perfectly crunchy, taste explosion!!! And I reinvented it to meet my new lifestyle, and here is what I did:

INGREDIENTS

1medium purple cabbage shredded
2 Gala Apples, cored and chopped
2T frozen apple juice concentrate
1C Apple Cider Vinegar
12oz of bacon (good quality please!)
16oz grass-fed ground beef

Chop the bacon, fry it up, reserve drippings in pan, set cooked bacon aside. Brown beef in same pan, keep those dripping, and set beef aside. In a large pot, over med-high heat, combine drippings and cabbage, vinegar, and juice concentrate. Now stir and cover with lid. When it really starts to wilt, throw in apples, bacon, and beef. Cover again, let the apples start to get really tender, so just a few minutes. Remove lid and stir, stir, stir! The goal here is to CARMELIZE the cabbage! You’ll know its done when all excess liquid is cooked off..

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Now, im telling you, this turned out delicious. The juice and sweeter variety apple, worked well as a replacer for the brown sugar. The beef was thrown in cause I had some and wanted to kick up the protein content. Best of all, the kids approved AGAIN and the hubby ate 2 plates. This also made a lot, so I have plenty of leftovers for our lunches tomorrow….or breakfast!

For those of you who are freaking out about the fat content, I strongly encourage you to do some research. Mark’s Daily Apple and Everyday Paleo are great sites to learn about this “new” way of looking at nutrition.

As for my day, it was another success! I had a wee headache again this afternoon. I havent broken free of my diet soda addiction but I have cut waaaay back. My next goals are to increase my water intake and to get moving! Ive just about kicked my cold, so i’ll soon be ready to break a sweat and bust a move! Watch out Jessica Alba!!

Success at its best!

Today was a great day! If I can keep up this pace, i’ll be giving Jessica Alba a run for her money! Breakfast consisted of last nights leftovers, had a nice snack of “clean” turkey, half an avacado, and an “Ambrosia” organic apple….sounds fancy, huh? Id never heard of an “Ambrosia” apple but it def lived up to its tasty little name. Lunch wasnt as clean as my snack, but whats a traveling nurse to do?! It was a hardees bacon burger minus cheese, bun, and sauces, with tomato, onion, and lettuce, and it filled a void and kept me going! And then, for my grand finale, a.k.a supper, I invented (or re-invented) yet another yummy meal that looked like this:

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(if that pic is tiny, I apologize, still blogging mobilely)
And THAT my friends is a stuffed bell pepper! What was that?! You want the recipe?! Ok, fine…

INGREDIENTS:

4-5 large bell peppers, tops off, seeds removed
1 pound grass-fed beef
1 red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small bag of shredded carrots
2 zuchinni, shredded
1 small cauliflower, turned into “rice” via food processor
2Tbsp cumin, ground
2Tbsp chili powder
1-2Tbsp of ghee or coconut oil

Saute onion and garlic in oil/butter until tender, add in beef and cook until…cooked. Mix beef/garlic/onion mix with all your prepped vegetables in a big ass bowl. Add in spices, and mix, mix, mix! Find an ambitous, excitable, 6-year old and let her/him stuff those bell peppers slap full! Or you can do it, but I promise it’ll be less entertaining. Place the peppers on a baking sheet and cook at 375 for about 45min. I served mine with homemade gaucamole, and it was delicious!

The best part, there was a great deal of leftover stuffing, so I added 6 eggs, mixed, mixed, mixed and pour the batter into a well greased 12 muffin, muffin pan. And just like magic, breakfast is prepped for in the morning. Now, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I AM a genius, I get it from my mama 😉

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So I figure i’ll put the uncooked muffins in the fridge, and bake them in the a.m. and if there are STILL leftovers, I got a snack too?! What, WHAT?! Its like the gift that just keeps giving!

So, as I stated, t’was a great day. I had tons of energy, even in the midst of recovering from my cold. I didnt experience any cravings, and once again didn’t experience any midday drag! I did get a headache this afternoon, but recognized it for what it was, popped some ibuprofen, slammed some water and just kept truckin’.

Until tomorrow, goodnight all!