Thursday, February 22, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan February 26-March 2 (All Paleo and/or Gluten Free)

Well, it looks like February is ending with lots of evening activities for our family.  I always like to simplify our meals when this happens.  That means a week of 1 dish, Crock Pot and Instant Pot meals coming your way!

Paleo Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
Gluten free pasta

Taco Bar (Taco meat, corn chips, corn, lettuce, tomato, olives, avocado, cheese, sour cream, cilantro)

Beef Enchilada Breakfast Bake
Gluten-Free Breakfast Casserole -sub seasoned ground turkey for the sausage
Mixed Fruit

Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole

Instant Pot Beef Roast
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan Feb 19-23 (Paleo and/or Gluten Free)

The temperatures are warming up in the Midwest.  This got me thinking that grilling is a MUST this week!  Also trying 5 new recipes.  Try them along with me, or wait for my reviews throughout the week.  Cheers to a week of healthy eating!

Copycat Royal Red Robin Burgers, lettuce wrapped (burger, bacon, egg, tomato, mayo, cheese)
Sweet Potato Fries
Caprese Avocado Salad- Sub honey for the brown sugar called for in this recipe

Prep for tomorrow:  Thaw ground turkey for soup, thaw chicken for Wednesday

Creamy Sausage and Kale Soup  Sub seasoned ground turkey for the sausage
Lemon and Garlic Butter Fish
Roasted Carrots

Prep for tomorrow:  Clean and chop veggies for salad, thaw hamburger for Thursday

Apple & Herb Roast Chicken
Instant Pot Paleo Carrot Thai Soup
Brussels Sprouts- Sliced thin in food processor and cooked with olive oil, dried cranberries and almonds
Mixed Greens Salad

Prep for tomorrow:  Make lasagna

This Lasagna  with gluten free noodles
Green beans

Prep for tomorrow:  Thaw chicken legs

Paleo Fried Chicken
Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs
Steamed Broccoli with grass fed butter

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan-Feb 5-9 (Paleo and/or Gluten Free)

I am making use of my slow cooker and InstantPot this week.  Also including some one dish/ one pan meals for quicker clean up.

Stupid Easy Salsa Chicken- double
Tortillas, taco toppings
Sweet corn

Prep for tomorrow:  thaw ground beef

Persian Spiced Beef with Butternut Squash
Green Beans
Millet Flax Bread with butter

Prep for tomorrow: thaw chicken breasts

One Pan Creamy Chicken and Vegetables -double this and use heavy whipping cream  instead of coconut milk
Roasted potatoes

Prep for tomorrow:  thaw flank steak, chop salad

Instant Pot Paleo Mongolian Beef-double
Cooked Peas

Prep for tomorrow:  thaw 2 lbs ground beef, clean and cut carrots

Gluten-Free Meat Loaf
Lemon-Garlic Butter Fish
Roasted Carrots
Steamed Broccoli

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Primal German Chocolate Cake

This cake turned out amazing!  The cake part is slightly sweet and has a wonderful texture and the frosting was so yummy.  My whole family liked this and it was the perfect addition to my birthday celebration.  I'm trying to think of another occasion to make this again!

I made 2 of this cake recipe and baked in two 8 inch round cake pans lined with parchment paper.  I used cashew butter instead of almond butter.

Then I made 1.5 batches of this frosting with a few alterations.  I used the same method of simmering down the cream & syrup.

Here's my ingredient list:
21 oz.heavy whipping cream
6 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
3/4 tsp salt (I used pink Himalayan)
1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
1 Tbsp coconut sugar

Chill and then frost cake.

This chocolate frosting worked great for garnishing along with some extra coconut.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Meal Planning Week of Jan 29-Feb 2 (Paleo and/or Gluten Free)

Chunky Meat and Vegetable Soup
Paleo "Cornbread" Muffins -cut honey back to 1/3 cup
Cheese and Crackers

Prep for tomorrow:  defrost 2 lbs ground beef

Make your own Taco Bar- I make a big batch of taco meat (here's a great taco seasoning recipe) and then put out all kinds of toppings; lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, black olives, cheese, sour cream, corn chips, gluten free tortillas and salsa.
Fruit Salad

Prep for tomorrow:  defrost chicken thighs

Baked Barbecue Chicken Thighs (use BBQ sauce recipe from Against All Grain Meals Made Simple that I made last week)
Roasted Sweet potatoes
Green Beans

Prep for tomorrow:  defrost ground turkey, hard boil eggs

Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy with seasoned ground turkey
Gluten Free Breakfast Casserole
Paleo waffles with pure maple syrup

Prep for tomorrow:  defrost chicken breasts & make mashed potatoes if time allows

Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken and Brussel Sprouts
Mashed Potatoes

Friday, January 19, 2018

Weekly Meal Plan- Jan 22-26 (Gluten Free and/or Paleo)

As much as we try to eat supper as a family, there are some days we are all going different directions. Crock pot to the rescue! 

Prep for Monday:  Defrost 2lbs ground beef

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes - I will substitute coconut sugar for the brown sugar
Serve with gluten free buns, sweet potato chips and Siete Cassava chips-Lime flavored
Green beans
Fruit Tray

Prep:  Defrost stew meat

Salmon Patties from Practical Paleo or find a similar recipe here
Paleo Beef Stroganoff (double batch)- serve sauce over Cappello's Fettuccine noodles- these noodles are so good!
Sauteed veggies
Mixed berries

Prep:  Defrost short ribs, make bbq sauce for Thursday

Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs from Practical Paleo or grab the recipe here.  Double recipe.
Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
Steamed broccoli with grass fed butter

Prep:  Defrost chicken, defrost steaks for Friday, chop lettuce

Barbecue Chicken Salad from Meals Made Simple (I plan to use Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing as a shortcut)
Amy's Kitchen Vegetable soup- 3 cans
Fruit tray

Prep:  Make marinade and pour over steaks

Steak with Best Steak Marinade
Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs
Sauteed mixed vegetables
Paleo Chocolate Cake times 2 with German Chocolate Cake Frosting (I use organic heavy whipping cream instead of coconut milk and add 1 Tbsp of coconut sugar) 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

It's a Great Day to Bake Cookies

When it's snowing and sub zero temperatures it's a great day to bake some cookies!  I fully enjoyed my oven's warmth as I made 3 batches.  Two were wonderful and 1 was not. 

Let's start with the ones pictured on the right that we didn't like, so we can end on a good note.  This was supposed to be a simple 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar, 1 egg & 1.5 cups of chocolate chips.  I think it was a misprint and should have been 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.  Anyway, they turned out hard and there was no possible way to stir that many chips in.  Oh well, that's part of trying something new!

Next are the Double Chocolate Mocha cookies at the bottom. I used this recipe with a few alterations to the ingredients.  The bake time was perfect at 8 minutes & made exactly 24 small cookies.  Here's the ingredients I used:
2 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup cacao powder
2 Tbsp organic coffee beans, ground fine
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1 stick butter, salted
1/4 cup coconut sugar
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used Lily's brand)

The bars on the left of the plate are a Paleo Chewy Granola Bar.  They are so yummy and make a great after school snack or even a grab and go breakfast.

Let me know if there is ever a recipe you'd like for me to test or alter for dietary needs.