I’m Baaa-aaack….

Hello!! Sorry for the lack of posts.  We have had a very busy past two weeks.  With out of town guests and the Rodeo Cookoff, our schedules have changed a bit and I’ve been slacking in a few areas, my blog being one, so please, forgive me.  :). 

I just wanted to share with you a little something I came up with in the kitchen.  It was one of those “breakfast for dinner” kind of nights (LOVE!!!) and I had a craving for something a little heartier than fried eggs and bacon.  So I opened my refrigerator and got to thinking… I had quinoa left over from the night before and that’s when it hit me. Make a quinoa “potato” pancake.  So what I did was the following…

Took about 1 cup of cooked quinoa.

1 egg.

approximately 3 tbspns of sour cream.

approximately 3 tbspns almond flour.

pinch of salt and pepper.

Instructions:  beat the egg then add all the ingredients and mix well.  It had a slight “gooey” texture. Then take a heaping spoonful into the pan (I greased it with bacon grease)  and let it sit for about 4 mins on med-high heat, then flip it and do the same for other side.   This made 4 quinoa patties.  They were good!!  I had them with a couple pieces of bacon and a little bit of all natural ketchup.  It is a quick and easy make!!

try it!!

I’ll be back soon with our menu. Tonight is chili night. 

Xoxo

 

Saving the benjamins…one penny at a time.

Hi friends and family!  Over the past month or so, we have noticed an increase in our grocery bill.  We got to thinking, and came up with a few reasons why that was happening. 

                1.  Food prices increased a bit (shocker!)

                2.  We were buying a lot more meat than usual

                3.  We were being more courageous, trying new recipes that required ingredients we didnt already have on hand.  (like spices for example, some where $8-10.  Now we have them and they last for a long time so it’s all good)

 

So, we had a little discussion on how can we try and save some mula at the grocery store.  This last visit, we cut our bill by approximately $30.00!  That adds up and in a month thats a savings of $120 buckaroos.  I’ll take it.  So what we did was simple.  Since we are going to continue eating meat (duhhh, right!?) we looked more closely at the meat we were buying.  Chicken quarters (they are still no hormones, no antibiotics, free range)  are about half the price of boneless/skinless chicken breasts.  So we got 4 very meaty pieces of chicken for $4.14!!!  That will last us two meals as well.  So not only were we “shopping” around, we also want to be better at using ALL the food we purchase.  So much food goes to waste and with that, your money goes to waste.  Noone wants that!  So again, it boils down to just planning better and finding the best bang for your buck. 

Here is our weekly recipe list…

Saturday we had a bit of a “chicken cook off” together.  We each had two pieces of chicken to marinade.  We then grilled them and enjoyed them with bacon/onion brusselsprouts.  It was a delicious meal.  My marinade consisted of the following:  6 squirts of lemon juice, 2 tbspns Dijon mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  It was GOOD!!

Slow cooker Pulled Pork.  There are tons and tons of recipes to choose from for this as I’m sure you are aware.  Just find one that you like and enjoy.  We are not using regular buns of course, we found a recipe for biscuits that we made last week for breakfast and we are going to use those as our “buns” with our pulled pork.  http://everydaypaleo.com/beyond-easy-pulled-pork/      We are using this recipe for the “buns”  http://www.foodrenegade.com/grain-free-biscuits-served-with-bacon-egg-and-cheese/

Italian Sub Roll-Up.  http://www.health-bent.com/snacks/paleo-italian-sub-roll-up   Yum, we LOVE these.  So easy, so filling, so delicious!!!

Taco Salad.  Same recipe as previous posts.  Ground beef, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder.  Lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, cheese (optional), Nut Thins Crackers.

Chicken with Quinoa and Bacon/Onion Green Beans.   We will grill the chicken and marinade it. (most likely the marinade I used from saturdays “chicken cook off”.  Quinoa is a rice substitute that I like to use from time to time. (here is more info about it http://www.rd.com/food/recipes-cooking/what-is-quinoa-and-how-do-you-cook-with-it/)  Green beans –  we get fresh from produce section.  Steam the beans, while they are steaming, cook up 2-3 slices of bacon (remove when cooked) and saute onion.  When beans are “soft”  add to the pan with the onion and bacon grease.  Mix well to get the beans covered and then cut the bacon into small pieces and toss with the beans.  Enjoy!

Eggplant Parmesan.  http://fastpaleo.com/eggplant-parmesan/   For the sauce, I use the recipe I learned from my mom.  Any tomato based sauce will work. 

 

Thats our menu!  I’m looking forward to eating all this goodness, and I think it will be extra delicious because of the $30 savings ;o)  

Have a wonderful week.  Be happy.  Be healthy.  Be nice.  Be free.  Be you.  Life is a gift, that is why it’s called the present. hehe, I’m corny.

xoxo.

Easy like Sunday morning…

Good morning!  Yes it’s the weekend, yes I was up at 6:00 am, yes my dogs are mostly responsible for this, but it’s ok…I enjoy the mornings.  I usually curl up on my couch with a book and read in the peace and quiet.  Today, I picked up “the Primal Blueprint” by Mark Sisson that I like to reread certain areas.  Either for a better understanding or some motivation.  I wanted to share a few things with y’all.  Now while changing your diet is one of the best ways to reprogram your genes, that is not the only thing you need to do for optimum health.  You need to “work out” but I use that word lightly.  “Working out” does not mean you have to go to a gym and spend hours doing chronic cardio and trying to burn off 600 calories! That gets people burnt out and is pretty ineffective.   I have added a link from Marks Daily Apple (at the bottom) talking about fitness and to show how to really optimize your health. It is not just to lose weight, it is about making you really, truly, healthy from the insides out.  Working out works out your organs!  They are muscles, they need to be worked, other wise they get “lazy” and don’t work as well. Inactivity is one of main reasons people get sick as they age.  Even if your just walking around the block a few times a week..start somewhere and build on it.  

 

for example,  through out the week I will walk my dogs 2-3 times (sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on weather, plans, etc.  for about 10-30 mins each walk.)  Good for them, good for me.  I will do 2-4 yoga routines depending on which one I am doing, they can last from 18-50 minutes.  I really enjoy Sadie Nardini (YouTube her routines) and I will spend 30 mins lifting heavy things about 1-2 times a week.  We recently purchased a weight bench and we do various exercises with that.  So just about everyday I am moving and working my body someway, but it’s not strenuous.  I have worked up to this, before it was a couple times a week.  It takes time, but boy does it feel good! You need to start somewhere, right?!

 

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”  – Lord Edward Stanley, three time United Kingdom Prime Minister.

“Instead of following a strict schedule, align your workout decisions with your energy and motivation levels.” -Mark Sisson

 

Find what works for you.  You may feel tired, but soon it will boost your energy and you will be feeling so much better. 

 

Xoxo

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/a-fitness-plan-so-easy-a-caveman-did-it/

New week, new discoveries…

Hello!  We decided to make our list today (saturday) because we will be busy with Super Bowl sunday funday festivities tomorrow.  So here is our weeks menu.  The “new discoveries” I was referring to in the title is we found a couple new websites with more recipes and a ton of information.  Here are the links to those…

Health-Bent   http://www.health-bent.com/

Food-Renogad   http://www.foodrenegade.com/

check them out! 🙂

Here is our menu….

While it is a beautiful February day here in sunny, warm Houston we decided to grill out and enjoy the weather.  So, we are grilling steaks.  Sam is having a baked potato (his cheat food) for a side and I am having Creamed Kale and Spinach as a side.  The ingredients for my side:  1 bunch kale (center stems removed) and fresh spinach, 3 tbspn unsalted natural butter, 1 cup heavy cream, nutmeg.  Directions:  Melt butter in large skillet (medium-low heat), add chopped kale and spinach and cover to slightly steam it (about 4-5 minutes).  Check kale and stir to cook evenly, making sure they do not burn at bottom of pan.  When kale is limp, pour cream all over and turn heat to medium for 1-2 minutes.  When cream is bubbling, reduce heat so that it just slightly simmers uncovered.  When it is tender and cream is thickened, season to taste with sea salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Serve warm and enjoy!

We are also doing appetizers before our steak dinner.  We decided on a recipe from Food Renegade… bacon wrapped sweet potatoes!  Here is the recipe… yumm… http://www.foodrenegade.com/bacon-wrapped-sweet-potato-bites/

Burgers and bacon sausage slaw.  Same recipes from previous week.  It is such a quick, easy, delicious meal… we eat it a lot!

Santa Fe Chicken Foil Baked.  Ingredients:  Chicken tenders, green pepper, red pepper, onion, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salsa, lettuce, sour cream (optional), cheese (optional).   Directions:  preheat oven to 400ºF. FOLD up all sides of each of 4 large sheets heavy-duty foil to form 1-inch rim; spread some coconut oil to foil. Add chicken, peppers sliced into thin strips, onion in strips, sprinkle each foil pack with the spices, top with 2 scoops of salsa. Bring up foil sides; fold to make 4 packets. Place in 15x10x1-inch pan. Bake 30 to 35 min. or until chicken is done. Cool 5 min. Cut slits in foil to release steam before opening packets. Serve warm on a bed of lettuce, sour cream, cheese. Enjoy!

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry. Ingredients and instructions for this are from previous week menu as well.

Baked chicken breasts and bacon and onion brusselsprouts. Use any chicken breast baking recipe. I salt and pepper my chicken breasts, put them in an oven safe dish. Add some butter (3-4 tbspns) and top with basil and italian seasoning. Bake at 400 until chicken is done. Brusselsprouts are the same recipe from previous posts.

Paleo Italian Sub Roll Up. http://www.health-bent.com/snacks/paleo-italian-sub-roll-up

Enjoy.

xoxo

Also, happy birthday to my Daddy…he is the greatest man I know and have been blessed all these years to have him. So enjoy your day, Papsy. Wish we could be together! 🙂

Another day, Another… Sunday….

Hello friends!  Hope y’all are having a wonderful day and looking forward to a fresh, new start to a brand new week.  Something I am working on is not letting anyone but myself dictate how my day will go.  It is easy to let others affect your attitude and I am here to say, stop.  It is easier said than done, but it is something to strive for.  Life is short, be happy, and as a wise woman always told me… “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” (thanks Mama!)   Here is this weeks menu.  Enjoy…

 

Sausage and Kraut. Here is the link for the recipe. A couple things I will be changing. Instead of the vegetable oil, I will be using olive oil. I could not find juniper berries so I am not using that. (hopefully it does not make a BIG difference in taste, yikes). http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/sausage-and-kraut-recipe/index.html

Moroccan Chicken Ingredients (don’t be turned off by the long list of ingredients, they’re mostly spices that are easily found either in your pantry or a grocery store) 2 tbspns olive oil, 1 onion diced, 3 garlic cloves diced, 1 tbspn ginger, 1/2 tspn turmeric, 1/2 tspn cinnamon, 1 1/2 tspn paprika, 1/2 tspn coriander, 1/2 tspn cumin, 1/4 tspn cayenne, 4 chicken thighs, 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in juice, 2 cups water, 1/2 chopped cilantro, 1 lemon sliced, 2 cups green beans, 1/4 cup chopped mint, juice from 1 lemon.
Instructions: Saute onion, garlic and ginger in oil until soft and slighty browned. Add spices and saute a minute more. Then add chicken, tomatoes, water, cilantro and sliced lemon. Simmer with a lid for 30 minutes. Add green beans, mint and lemon juice. Simmer a few more minutes until green beans are done. Serve over cauliflower rice if you’d like.

Bacon burgers and Bacon/Sausage Slaw 1 lb beef. Season with garlic powder, 3 tbspns of worcestershire sauce, and I use a meat marinade spice mix as well for added flavor. Mix together well, then form burger patties. Grill or cook on stove until meat is done. Bacon/Sausage slaw. Get a bag of coleslaw. Cook 4 pieces of bacon and cut into small pieces when done. Add kielbasa sausage to bacon grease and let it get browned and then add to bowl with coleslaw, bacon and mix with a few drizzles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste. Enjoy. (sweet potato fries are a good touch to this as well!)

Italian Chicken Since we liked this recipe so much from last week (there is a link on the other blog for this recipe) It was the one with fresh tomatoes, artichokes, chicken, mozzarella and parsley. mmmm!!! We are having steamed broccoli with this.

Herb Spinach Chicken Burgers http://paleomg.com/herb-spinach-chicken-burgers/

xoxo

New week, new menu.

It’s Sunday.  I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with Sundays.  I love them because it is part of the weekend, of course, and are typically filled with football games or movies to be lazy with.  I hate them because it’s the ‘eve’ of a new week and that reminds me that the weekend is over.  Blah.  But enough of that, Sundays also mean deciding on our weekly menu and grocery shopping. Yay! [some sarcasm] 

Here is our “menu” for the week.

Chili.  I love this because it is quick, easy, delicious and filling.  Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef, diced tomatoes, red kidney beans, chopped up onion, garlic powder, chili pepper and cayenne pepper.  Brown the meat while seasoning with the spices.  (I do not know exactly how much of the spices I use, I would say approximately 4 shakes of each spice to season the meat)  Once it is browned, drain the grease and add all ingredients to a medium sized sauce pan to let simmer on low to warm it all up and really get those flavors mixing.  I also sprinkle a couple more shakes of each spice again, stir, cover and let simmer.  ENJOY.  *Optional* Garnish with sour cream, Nut Thins Crackers, or a little bit of cheese.  Yum.

Italian Chicken.   Found this on Pinterest a couple days ago and think it sounds amazing!  For the flour, I would substitute it with coconut or almond flour and not use as much mozzarrella.  I also won’t pair it with pasta.  If you want a side to add to it, try spaghetti squash (very close texture, taste to actual spaghetti), quinoa, cauliflower “rice”, or even just a vegetable of choice.  But other than that, the recipe seems delicious.   See link for recipe.  http://aaronandjillw.blogspot.com/2011/08/italian-chicken.html

Smoked Sausage and Bacon/Onion Brusselsprouts.  Kielbasa sausage link, sliced into 3/4 inch pieces.  Cook on stove top until sausage is a nice brown tint.  For the brusselsprouts, cut them in half and cook 4 pieces of bacon (or more, depending on how “bacon-y” you want it).  Once the bacon is done, remove and saute chopped onion in the bacon grease.  Once they are translucent in color, add brusselsprouts and cover on medium heat.  Let them “steam” a little bit, then carefully stir them around.  You want them to turn a bit of a brown color but you do not want them to burn.  Once they are nice and brown and soft, remove from heat and add to a bowl.  Mix the brusselsprouts with the bacon (cut into pieces) and a splash of lemon juice.  Salt and Pepper optional.  Yum!

Meatloaf and Cauliflower Rice.   For the meatloaf I use 1 lb ground beef, 1 egg, 2 tbspn ketchup (organic), 1 tbspn mustard, chopped onion, salt and pepper.  Mix all these ingredients with your hands together.  Place in a baking pan and even it out.  Place in oven at 350 degrees for about 45-60 minutes, or until meat is fully cooked.  Cauliflower rice, you need 1 head of cauliflower.   Cut the cauliflower into small florets.  Steam the florets to warm and softened them up.  Run the cauliflower through a food processor, using the grating blade.  (if you do not have a food processor, use a cheese grater!)  And thats it!  Add salt, pepper and butter to taste.

Salad.  Pretty straight forward here, folks.   Here is what we usually do.  Lettuce and spinach greens.  Hard boiled egg.  Bacon.  Cucumber.  Broccoli. Carrots. Peppers.  Meat if we want, maybe some steak or chicken.  With an olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing with a pinch of salt to taste.  We also use Kefir Ranch dressing (it has probiotics in it)  That is more of a ‘treat’, do not use it all the time. 

 

That’s our week.  Let me know if you try anything and what you think! 🙂 

 

xoxo

 

Coconut oil.

We use coconut oil everyday.  I will put a couple spoonfuls in my morning coffee (it liquifies and you can’t taste it).  I will put a scoop on a strawberry and eat it that way, too.  2-5 tablespoons a day is all you need.  You can find it at your local grocery store.  We spend about $6.99 for a 15.5 fluid ounce container of it, and it lasts us about 3-4 weeks. (it depends on how much we use it to cook with, depending on our meals) 

 

check out this website for some information about coconut oil.

http://coconutoil.com/