Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sausage Seasoning

Here is my custom mixture that I add to any ground meet to make it taste like sausage.  It's difficult to find sausage that does not include ingredients I'd rather not eat.  This is a great alternative.

2 Tbsp sea salt
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning

Mix together and sprinkle 1 tsp on 1 lb of ground meat.  Turkey and beef are my favorite.  Store in a spice jar or air tight container.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Loaded Chocolate Milk

Here's a great snack or dessert idea.  I've tried different combinations, but here's my favorite!

1 cup full fat coconut milk
4 small dates (1-2 medjool dates)
1/2 Tbsp flax seed
1 Tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla

Place all ingredients in the Vitamix and process on high until very smooth.  Pour over ice & drink with a straw.  Makes 1 serving.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Whole30 Menu Plan Week #4

So, this last weekend was very busy & I was not able to plan this weeks meals.  What I have decided is to borrow meals from the last 3 weeks.  Lazy or efficient?  You can decide.  I throw it into the doing the best I can category!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Peruvian-Style Chicken

As I try recipes from the Against All Grain Meals Made Simple cook book, I'm constantly amazed at the variety & simplicity of many of them.  I went out on a limb and tried this chicken dish.  It made my house smell amazing as I was baking it.  The end product was moist, slightly spicy and delicious!  Here is a recipe I found on line that was adapted from the cook book if you want to try it:  Peruvian-Style Chicken

Ready for the oven:

Heading to the table:
I served mine with cauli-rice and fresh cilantro:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Veggies For Breakfast

Vegetables for breakfast are a great idea.  Unfortunately they don't always sound good & the kiddos are not on board with this plan most days.  Today I made the kiddos some scrambled eggs and turkey sausage.  I ran some Brussels sprouts, onion and red pepper through the slicer of my food processor.  I sauteed these in coconut oil and sprinkled with salt.  This was yummy with the scrambled eggs and black pepper ground on top.

Salmon Patties

I made salmon patties from the Practical Paleo cookbook.  This recipe is similar if you want to try it and you do not have the cookbook.  They were surprisingly good!  My hubby and 2 of the kiddos really liked them.  1 kiddo thought they were just okay & 1 refused to even try them.  This was not unusual since not everyone in our house likes salmon.  This cookbook version calls for canned salmon which makes this even quicker to mix up.  I'm sure canned salmon varies.  I've been using the Bear & Wolf brand without bones, it's yummy!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Whole30 Menu Plan Week #3

Well, it's time to begin week 3 of my Whole30.  I'm already noticing a decrease in headaches and my cravings for sweets is definitely much better!  I had some things come up this week and did not cook the meals I had planned, so I will have some repeats on my menu.  That being said, a plan has totally helped me stay on track!

Everyday:  Coffee with collagen & coconut oil.  Water with lemon or lime juice.

Day 1
Breakfast:  Veggie Omelet
Lunch:  Salad with leftover salmon, avocado, tomatoes, celery, olive oil, vinegar, salt & pepper
Supper: Grilled burgers, sauteed mushrooms, potatoes, broccoli
Snack ideas for the day:  Cashew butter, celery, banana, pistachios

Day 2
Breakfast:  Grapefruit and turkey sausage patties. Omit the sugar, but use this recipe.
Lunch:  Chicken Salad lettuce wraps
Supper:  Quick & Easy Salmon Cake (Practical Paleo pg 310), salad, sauteed veggies
Snack ideas for the day:  Blueberries, almonds, peppers

Day 3
Breakfast: Fried eggs & veggies
Lunch: Salad with leftover steak, tomatoes, carrots, olive oil, vinegar, pine nuts, salt & pepper
Supper:  Peruvian-style chicken (AAG Meals Made Simple pg 116), cauli-rice
Snack ideas for the day:  Pecans, apples, carrots

Day 4
Breakfast:  Sausage & sweet potato hash
Lunch:  Winter Squash & Beef Chili
Supper:  Pineapple beef kabobs (AAG Meals Made Simple pg 162), green beans, potatoes & onions
Snack ideas for the day:  Almond butter, celery, oranges

Day 5
Breakfast:  Banana Nut Porridge with organic raisins
Lunch:  Leftovers
Supper:  Grilled chicken thighs, roasted butternut squash, salad, applesauce with cinnamon
Snack ideas for the day:  Strawberries, cashews, carrots

***I do plan to use some butter, since I know I'm not sensitive to it & I don't care for clarified butter***

What to do:
Sunday- wash celery
Monday- wash blueberries, wash and cut peppers, make turkey sausage patties, make chicken salad
Tuesday- thaw chicken, wash and cut up apples
Wednesday- Wash and cut up oranges & celery, thaw sirloin steak
Thursday- Soak nuts for porridge, wash strawberries, thaw chicken thighs
Friday- Evaluate what needs to be eaten and prepare for the weekend.  Make sure to have a plan for week #4!