Sunday, July 29, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Week of July 30th, 2012


My hubby is officially thinner than he was when I first met him.  I wanted to clarify something from last weeks post.  My hubby is 23 pounds away from the weight he plans to be comfortable at.  This planned goal weight is a very nice stopping place for a large framed male such as himself.  For him, his healthy BMI is way to low for his body type.  He could probably get to that weight, but we are choosing not to. The thinnest teens I know his hight (6'3") are way too thin at that "healthy BMI weight". He will be thin enough at his goal weight, very thin in fact, it is only 20 pounds above the weight he was when he was dismissed from the army (which was still not as low as this suggested BMI weight).  Honestly that scale should account of bone size and body structure. LOL.

I on the other hand am just at tiny 5'3" tall and weight is cruel to small chicks like me.  LOL.  At my goal weight I may just look like a decent weight.  Tho now that I told you that I must confess, I have plateaued at only 10 pounds from my healthy BMI.  I need to research what to do when you plateau.  My hubby says he "heard" via podcasts that this is the time when I loose inches so I guess I need to get the tape measure out.  I have seen the re-emergence of a waist line (or hour glass figure) again!

We had a lovely play date last Thursday with two ladies who I just adore.  Honestly I have not enjoyed myself that much since I moved here. Usually I am the type to feel uncomfortable in my own skin but since it was at MY house I was able to relax and enjoy it immensely.  In conversations it was brought up that I do Once a Month Cooking (these underlined bits are links ~ for those of you who did not know that) and was interested in exploring OAM Cooking for herself.  I graciously offered to help, since you all know I LOVE to cook!!!  Now I want you to know that Once A Month Cooking Mom is the way to go when pursing this on your own.  But for those of you who are interested in how WE are going to go about this, I will blog along the way.  I don't always cook a month ahead, tho I do think it is a great idea.  Sometimes we just shop for food once a month, sometimes I will cook one meal with several nights in mind and freeze the rest.  Sometimes I use one meat type for several dishes like I did last week.  But if you are the sort that is always turning to fast food because of your limited time to prepare meals at night, you really should find a buddy and give OAM Cooking a try!

It is official, my son loves his school.  Our old public school is a great place to go but he says this new school makes learning fun.  They have the best teachers who are so motivated and full of energy!  We are so excited for him!!!


Sunday:
Fried Pork Chops, Cauliflower Rice and Spinach

Monday:
Buffalo Chicken Nuggets, Celery Sticks, and Green Salad

Tuesday:

Wednesday:
New York Strip steak
Grilled Skirt Steak, Baked Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli



Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday & Sunday I am going to try a new coupon-less Money Saving Idea!   While this is not a new idea to some, it is for me.  Our local supermarkets have 5 for $19.95 section where you can choose from any selection of meats from the cooler.  The selections vary from week to week.  This weeks selections were pork chops, bacon wrapped filet minion, hamburgers, ground meat, chicken legs.  I am challenging myself to feed my family of four for under $60 a week for one month.  YIKES!  Can I do it?  Well its not going to be organic meat thats for sure but if you are on the paleo diet and can't afford the specialty meats, this experiment will help you understand that participating at the level you can afford will still enable you to loose weight!



Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.

  1. Head on over to Orgjunkie.com and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swap headquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here 


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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Week of July 23rd, 2012


Well its another beautiful week here in the Mid South.  My son starts school on Monday and I guess I will miss him madly but I have play dates and big projects planned while he is gone!

I lost 13.5 pounds so far.  Hubby lost 40.5.  I have only 10 more pounds until I reach the upper limit of the BMI doctors suggest I be.  Hubby has 23 I believe.  Not bad for only dieting 11 weeks.  Hey once I reach my goal weight I can get a physical!!!! ;-).  Don't you just hate getting a physical and and the doctor tells you that you are obese!  LOL.. Yea so do I.  But I still encourage everyone to go ahead and get those physicals anyway.  Getting a physical is what found my cancer and saved my life.  SO go ahead and get your physical anyway!!!  I was just saying that to be silly!!!!  OK, that disclaimer out of the way...

It's funny but 13.5 pounds really don't make me look like I have been dieting. I just look slightly less swollen I guess.  ;-/ Feels like I SHOULD be massively thinner looking for all the work and weeks I put into it!!!  LOL.  I was wheat and corn free already so I guess the biggest difference was done when the kids and I first converted to a gluten free lifestyle.  I lost an easy 15-20 pounds back then and it stayed that way.  Actually with my GF bread recipes it felt pretty easy to do! This is hubby's first time being gluten free though!  Hubby on the other hand, with his 40.5 pounds gone in 11 weeks, looks like somebody else!  Everyone who sees him is absolutely shocked at what he has accomplished and most want to follow the diet too. I WISH we took a before picture!  Following this paleo diet really works!  Recipes like Elana's Banana Cake recipe and my ice cream recipe really really helps curb that sweet tooth!  Elana's banana bread is really a lifesaver I tell ya!!! Pure heaven and better than any other banana bread recipe I haver ever tried.  Almond Flour was born to make cakes I think!!!

I have had people in my life try this diet and wonder how we made it so far.  Three days in and they are ready to toss in the towel with wheat addiction withdrawal.  They are wheat free for the first time and starving.  So here is what I do.  I probably eat way too many eggs but two eggs scrambled up with a 1/2 cup of veggies is what I eat for breakfast every day!  Throw away that bread momma, just eat the eggs!  ;-). A bed of lettuce hosts whatever meat I decided to have for lunch.  Yesterdays for example was Green Goddess Avocado Chicken Salad and it was pretty awesome!  Just make an extra chicken breast next time you have a chicken dinner and you are all set.  If I go anywhere I pack a lunch.  I do not expect anybody to feed us properly.   A meat and two veggies make up our dinner.  Growing up I was taught that Protein, a carb and two veggies should make up your dinner plate.  I just ditched the carbs is all.  And last but not least we always try to have some sort of paleo snack like suggested above for those days you just need an extra bite.  In-between meals I usually stick with nuts.

We try very hard not to make this the all protein and not so healthy Atkins diet.  You CAN harm yourself with too much protein!  I like to explain it as a vegetarian diet minus the beans/sugar and add meat!  In my house its veggies first, fat second, meat third.  I also try and stay away from nightshades because I am riddled with Autoimmune. Autoimmune was the root of why I ever got sick with cancer in the first place.  I wish I could say Paleo fixed this for me but it was wheat/corn alone that brought my antibodies back to normal.  I know this is not the case for everyone tho I wish it were.  I suppose those two things alone where what was disturbing my body.  Maybe I also made changes I am not really aware of that helped, like living organically.  We are not starving we appear to eat hearty portions of regular food and definitely being gluten free already helped make this diet a raging success.  I was used to eating minus the wheat. easy peasy!!!

Summer School session hours are 8 to 2 and a packed lunch is still needed so I will follow up with a Lunch Box Experiment with what I packed.

Sunday:
Strip Steak Sauteed Mushrooms and Broccoli

Monday:
Steak Strips Stir Fry.  I am making a bunch of steak Sunday, two dinners worth and some will even show up as a kids lunch. 

Tuesday:
Green Leaf Lettuce Tacos stuffed with taco seasoned beef, tomatoes and avocado.  Our favorite meal made even better without the corn shells!!!  I can't fully explain it, but when we first could not have any sort of taco shells it made us sad.  We did not realize at the time that what we really LOVE in the taco was the lettuce anyway!  This combination was meant for each other!!

Wednesday:

Thursday:
Paleo Stuffed Peppers.  I made Bolognese Meat Sauce for our spaghetti squash on friday and with the leftover meat sauce I tossed in the cauliflower ice and stuffed the peppers! Viola its two easy paleo dishes!  

Friday:
I am supposed to have Paprika Roast, but mom asked me to make Spaghetti Squash every friday!  LOL.   So I guess it's spaghetti squash.  My son wants you all to know that serving it in the shell is a great idea!  LOL.  I tell my kids that this is how god intended spaghetti to be.  God's spaghetti. ;-)
Used my own sauce recipe minus the sugar.

Saturday:
I think Sour Cream is the "grey area" of Paleo so I'm using it.... ;-).
Served with a side of Sauteed Mushrooms.




Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to Orgjunkie.com and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swap headquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here 

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Friday, July 20, 2012

The Lunch Box Experiment.....Two Years Later


Here I am two years later and still packing my children lunch every day.  You know it is funny.....when I look back at how nervous I would get about packing lunches.  Will they get bored of what I am packing?  Will I come up with enough interesting ideas?  Will they eat? I don't know about your kids but I honestly can pack the same two lunches for them every day and they will never be bored.  Of course I know that NOW! I guess I impose my need for variety on them.  In fact the more creative I get the more picky of an eater they become.

So lets see, when I started this experiment I had three lunch boxes.

Number One

First in line was a target purchased lunch box with a glad 3 compartment container.  The containers are of a thinner quality but lasted regardless of the cracking at the joint issues.  The compartments were perfect for the main item, a fruit and a veggie side.  The lunch boxes from target held up though the size of the item to the right was narrow and short to really be useful even without the insert.  The lunch box to the left was not very insulating tho the size was accommodating at least.  I still own only the lunch bag to the left.  The bag to the right started to rip inside.

Number Two

The second was an Easy Lunch Box with their brand of containers.  The container had a nib that helped you remove the lid.  That nib is gone on every container.  Otherwise nothing else cracked and the functionality of the container is still excellent.  In fact this container is my "go to" container to pack up leftover dinners.  I don't really like to pack each dinner item individually, I would really rather have a home made frozen TV dinner! ;-).  One of the bags ripped inside on the liner and both frayed at the grommet on the handle.  I still own and use both bags however because the bags are nicely insulated and really work well in that respect.  The size of the bag is nice for when you want to pack more than just a container.  I believe these bags have now been redesigned to fix the handle issue.  You really can't beat the price of this kit and if you buy them on Amazon the shipping is free!  Would I buy them again, yes!  In fact I am getting ready to order a new bag in Pink!

Number Three

The last one was the PlanetBox.  My son still LOVES his PlanetBox.  The size is sort of on the small side for a bigger boy with a more hearty appetite.  The lunch bag size also does not accommodate anything inside except that tray so if you are the type to pack "other" items like am/pm snacks, this unit will not be the one for you.  The lunch bag has pockets on the outside that were really not good for holding much.

I recently learned that the design has since been improved and the pockets on front are more accommodating.  You can actually put a smaller type drink bottle in one pocket and maybe a small glass container in the other if you need to pack items that need microwave heating.

In fact this company now makes a larger type PlanetBox that holds a glass container with lid on the INSIDE!  This way you can re-heat your lunch if you wish.  My son really is not too fond of the bags that they sell with the bigger box but I suppose they at least solve the where do you put your OTHER items at issue.  I will be ordering the larger unit in the very near future.  Is it worth the pricey $70.  I would say so, the insulated lunch bag really does a good job at insulating the contents.  The bag held up over the two years of my literally scrubbing it with a brush on the inside with some stain treat.  In the end the whole unit looks good as new and is every bit as functional and durable as the day we got it.  I really do like the smaller sized kit because of how conveniently it fits INSIDE the backpack.


In fact it is now time for my daughter to own her own PlanetBox and Pottery Barn Kids sells a kit that matches the backpack she fell in love with (chocolate owl ~ odd for the "pinky girl").  You can see from this picture that the drink bottle does fit now in the front pocket and the case is a bit larger to hold you "other" snacks.  The handle seems to have been improved too which is good.

Summary:


My kids will have two lunch bags this year.  A PlanetBox and an EasyLunch Box kit.  I have my eye on a new contender called Lunchbots.  They have a leak proof container I would be interested in trying out.  The issue is still that it is stainless and whatever you pack could not be re-heated. Print

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Paleo Chocolate Almond Milk Ice Cream (Gluten Free, Casein Free and Corn Free)


Paleo Chocolate Banana Almond Milk ice cream that is!  That sounds like a mouth full I know.  Look at this picture.  Doesn't it look fudgy?

When I close my eyes and taste this ice cream it reminds me of the chocolate covered bananas that I used to enjoy as a child.  It also makes me wish I could eat peanut butter again. I think it is this ice cream's destiny is to be with peanut butter.  I think I may have to order some SunButter, which is the closest thing to peanutbutter I have tried, and give that a whirl though the ice cream in the end.

My hubby would tell me that trying to replace too many of our old sugary sweets is trying too hard to eat sugar.  LOL.  But.....EVERY childhood should include ice cream!  I LOVE my Gelato electric ice cream maker.  In 20 minutes from start to finish we could be enjoying ice cream any time we like. It is almost easier and cheaper to just toss the ingredients together rather than run out to the store (which is not so close in my neck of the woods).

There are only 4 simple ingredients, why don't you give it a whirl?  Go ahead and make it your own by changing it up!  Add almond chunks, whirl in sunbutter, heck even toss in some dark chocolate shavings!!!  You won't be sorry!




1-1/2 cups Almond Milk
2 (or 3) Tablespoon Raw Honey
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 large Ripe Banana, pureed until liquid

  • In a saucepan over medium low heat, whisk almond milk, cocoa powder and honey until fully incorporated. 
  • Place bananas into a food processor and puree until fully liquid. 
  • Add Banana puree into the sauce pan with the cocoa mixture and stir to combine. 
  • Place mixture in the ice cream maker and process for 20 to 30 minutes or until thick.
  • Enjoy!

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Week of July 16th, 2012

Well it was a wonderful little vacation.  The kids really wanted to stay longer.  I had to explain to them that leaving while the mood was still high is actually the best time to exit.  That they would look back and only recall how nice it was.  This idea did NOT help them at all!!!  LOL.  Who knew that so much fun was only 3 hours away from us?!?!?!  The Holiday Inn at Eureka, MO, where we stayed, was incredible.  The whole Restaurant Staff inside the hotel was incredible too.  Our first waitress had a mother who was a Celiac and handled us with Kidd Gloves.  While we were there she shared how to care for us with all the other staff. My most sensitive little Celiac had NO ISSUES what-so-ever.  And last but not least, the kids eat free gig is awesome!!!  I think we spent $20 for breakfast and $25 at dinner and that was it!!!!!  The Six Flags we went to also accommodated us very nicely. Did you know that if your kids have food allergies that they will allow you to bring food in?  It is not even an argument, they just let you.  Having a backpack with you is a pain tho and most rides don't allow you to have one.  Plus if you were a non allergy family having the food plan made much more sense!!!  But we are not a normal food eating family SOooooo!!!  But who has time to eat when you are having so much fun?  I had to force snacks into my kids bellies while walking around lunch time!!!  LOL Bananas, Apples, Cheese Sticks and 2 ounce packs of Salami saved the day!

As soon as we came home my kids and I started getting ready to have a mini Birthday Party for my aging hubby!  ;-).  One kid started the ice cream making process while the other started the banana bread (calling it cake for this event) while I ran back and forth between them both.  The kids being in charge of the Birthday treats is a tradition here.  Both treats were Paleo of course!!!!  We cooked up a NY Strip Steak I found discounted last night A Walmart along with sauteed Mushrooms, Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli.  Everyone CLEANED THEIR PLATE!  Not usual for my house.  I guess eating eggs, salad and snacks for the last three days left them hungry for a more substantial meal.

On the weight loss front, hubs lost 40 pounds total so far.  I lost 12.  Can you believe we managed to loose weight even while on vacation?  lol.  Hubs one upped me again and lost THREE pounds over vacation.  This Paleo diet really does decrease the appetite after your initial 3 weeks and add to the fact that we were more on our feet than not we literally were walking off more calories than we could possibly consume.

Summer School starts next week so stick around this week while I try and figure out Paleo lunches for the kids. I am not talking about earthy crunchy lunches that looks like you are eating stuff you literally hunted or gathered that day (because you KNOW my kids would not eat that).  I am talking about looks just like junk food but secretly good for you lunches.  Onto the dinner plans shall we?


Monday:
Fried Pork Chops, Spinach & Sauteed Cabbage


Tuesday:
Whole Baked Chicken, Mashed Cauliflower, Broccoli

Wednesday:
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Bolognese Meat Sauce

Thursday:
NY Strip Steak, Sauteed Mushrooms, Broccoli


Friday:
Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry


Saturday
Green Leaf Lettuce Tacos

Sunday:
TBD




Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to Orgjunkie.com and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swap headquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lemon Glazed Pound Cake

Coffee Shop Lemon Pound Cake

This recipe was actually my attempt to make a Paleo Pound Cake.  I am not sure of the lemon. The folks I served it to at home liked it, tho when I tried it I felt a modification of this recipe was in the near future.  I am not sure this recipe is done evolving but for those who tried it and waned the recipe.... here it is!



2 cups Almond Flour
1/2 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda

2/3 cup Raw Honey
5 Eggs
3/4 cup Almond Milk
2 Tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract

6 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Raw Honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and line 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment.

  • Combine first 4 ingredients into a small bowl and fully combine.
  • In a food processor or stand mixer, add next 4 ingredients and fully incorporate.
  • Add dry ingredients into mixer/processor and mix for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pur into prepared dish and bake for 40 minutes or until cake passes toothpick test.
  • Meanwhile combine Lemon Juice, Vanilla and Honey in small saucepan over medium low heat.
  • Stir until honey is dissolved and ingredients are combined.
  • Pole some holes in the cooled cake and pour glaze over top.

Note:

I ground my own almond flour for this dish and we enjoyed the little bit of a bite the freshly ground almonds gave this cake.

Inspired by:

Best Lemon Cake Ever by Paleo Table


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Paleo Lemon Bars

These lemon bars are addicting.  Our family loves the bitter sweet taste of this lemon curd.  Sweet and Sour is what my son calls them.  At first bite you think maybe its not to your liking, but once you are finished your slice you almost need to eat the whole tray!  The bottom has  bit of a coconut taste to them that reminds me a bit of Almond Joy without the chocolate!!

You may notice that this curd is a bit eggy in ingredients compared to the traditional lemon curds.  I did this because traditionally lemon curd uses a grain of some sort (wheat flour) to help with the thickening.  I was figuring extra eggs = extra thickening power. This dish does not, however, taste eggy.  I do love how the eggs bring extra protein to the party to help offset the pure sugary goodness of the honey.  Very rarely do I use more than 2 Tablespoons of honey in any dish, but this time I did for the pungent lemon's sake.  1/3'rd cup equals 5 Tablespoons!  So take small slices. ;-)



For the Lemon Curd:
6 Eggs
1/3 cup Raw Honey
3/4 cup Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Coconut Oil

For the Bars:
1/2 c. Pecans (or walnuts)
1/2 c. Almonds
1 cup finely shredded Unsweetened Coconut
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Oil
1 Tablespoon Almond Milk
pinch of Salt

Grease an 8 x 12 glass dish.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • In a small sauce pan, place all the Lemon Curd ingredients.
  • Start to whip up and combine ~ this part is done off of the heat in a cold pan.
  • Place fully whipped ingredients in the sauce pan over medium-low heat.  
  • Whip Constantly for approximately 15 minutes.  Sauce will start to thicken to the consistency of pudding.
  • Take off heat and allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile add pecans/walnuts and almonds into food processor.
  • Puree until the loud clanking of the nuts subsides and the almonds look like they are just about to be butter.
  • Add all remaining ingredients for the bars into a food processor.
  • Puree until fully combined.
  • With a spatula scoop out bar batter and spread out onto glass baking sheet.  You may need your hands for this part because batter is not easily spread!
  • Bake for 15 minutes.  
  • Once bars are done, take the dish out and cool.  
  • Once both top and bottom are fully cooled at room temperature, scoop lemon curd onto top of bar and cover.  
  • Place in refrigerator to cool for several hours.  These bars NEED to chill to set up.  

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Penna Gourmet Foods, Grower, Packer and Processor of Gourmet Olives



I want to talk to you today about Olives.  Most of you know that I am a strong supporter of local businesses.  While that is my first love, my close second is supporting family owned businesses.  This is where Penna Gourmet Olives comes in. Maurice and Cindy Penna are a husband and wife team of olive enthusiasts!  You know what they say, pursue in life anything you are passionate about and will do well at it.  That exactly what Penna is doing.  Penna grows, processes and packages their olives right on their 100 acre land known as M&CP Farms.  In fact, M&CP Farms are the only farmers that handle the olives from from the tree to the package.

My kids LOVE olives!

My husband and I are Alton Brown enthusiasts, but you knew that already right?  Well did you know that Alton had an episode on curing your own olives? Penna was one of his recommended sources for fresh olives.  In fact Penna actualy tells you how to cure your own fresh olives right here. Go ahead and read it.  Don't you think it would be cool to cure your own fresh olives?


Penna Gourmet Foods Fresh Olives are available starting around the 
middle of September (weather permitting)
I fondly recall olives being served at every special meal at our house growing up.  My Italian mother's side of the family always enjoyed the black dried olives cured with olive oil.  My mother would toss in some EVOO and spice it up with red pepper flakes.  Olives are well know for being high in fat but olives fit nicely into our new Paleo diet!  Now that the adults of our house are 100% Paleo, we enjoy olives a lot more than we used to.  All the goodness, none of the weight gain! ;-)

Here is a few key facts for your reading pleasure:
  • Penna Gourmet Foods is a grower, packer and processor of gourmet olives.
  • Penna Gourmet Foods olive processing incorporates old processes improved upon and made safe by modern microbiology.
  • Penna Gourmet Foods  has been in business since 1979.
  • Penna Gourmet Foods provides fresh olives to cure at home for the people who enjoy the art of home processing and canning.
  • Penna Gourmet Foods site at GreatOlives.com offers recipes for  home curing techniques , including the wonderful Mediterranean Partida Style as well as the Lye Process.
  • Penna Gourmet Foods Fresh Olives are available starting around the middle of September (weather permitting).





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Menu Plan Monday: Week of June 9th, 2012


I am not feeling very chatty this morning.  Hubs lost 37 pounds I lost 10.  Going to try and get some make ahead snacks made for our trip this weekend!  All is well we us, hope the same is with you.  This meal plan is a result of using up whats left before vacation!  ;-)


Monday:
Fried Pork Chops, Mashed Cauliflower, Asparagus

Tuesday:

Wednesday:
Green Leaf Lettuce Tacos topped with tomato, sour cream and avocado

Thursday:
Spaghetti Squash with Bolognese Meat Sauce

Weekend:
Now for the exciting part of our meal plan.  We are headed to St. Louis for a mini vacation.  While a vacation means I should probably eat out each day I know that is not reasonable for a family that has special dietary needs.  I am going to bring my electric skillet along and count on the room's microwave to heat things like packaged veggies and defrost frozen pancakes for a quick meal for the kids.

Friday (Hotel):
Today we head out, it is a 3-1/2 hour drive.  We will head to the zoo first in the morning, have a picnic lunch, and the Science Center in the afternoon.  
Breakfast: Egg Omelets before we head out. 
Lunch: Packed Ham Sandwiches on Elana's Paleo bread for a picnic lunch
Dinner: We are going to take it easy and enjoy the hotel pool in the evening.
Fried hamburgers on a skillet and microwaveable broccoli

Saturday:
Character Breakfast at Hotel ~ a promise I gave to the kids!
Lunch: Packed Ham Sandwiches on Elana's Paleo bread for a quick lunch at the Amusement park
Dinner at Hotel Restaurant

Sunday:
Breakfast: Bagels & Cream Cheese, Frozen Pancakes, Hard Boiled Eggs
Lunch: Chick-fil-a on the way home
Dinner: TBA

Snacks
Mixed Nuts/trail mix




Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to Orgjunkie.com and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swap headquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here 

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Chocolate Chip Almond Flour Pancakes

These pancakes are high in fiber and protein while being low in carbs and sugar.  There is hardly any sweetener in these, it is the chips that bring all the sweetness to the party.  While Chips are not exactly "paleo", some of the community allow themselves dark chocolate which could be used in place of the chips I am using.  I feel okay giving my kids Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips and since the sugar is at breakfast time, I'm sure they will burn the sugar off before bed time!!!

These pancakes will put a "lump in the gut" and fuel your kids with energy and nutrition clean on though to Lunch!  Make them ahead for the freezer and have them ready for school day breakfasts.  The kids don't even ask for syrup for these pancakes.  They will just eat them right off their plate "as is".

Chocolate Chip Almond Flour Pancakes
"Adapted from Elana's Pantry's Pancakes recipe"





1 1/2 cups Almond Flour
2 Eggs
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Almond Milk
2 Tablespoons Raw Honey
1/4 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips


  • Add the first 6 ingredients into the bowl and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Place batter in the fridge to firm up for 2 to 3 minutes.  Batter will become thick enough to cook while resting.
  • Place oiled pan over medium-high heat.  Pan will be ready when you can hover hand over heat and feel the warmth of the pan raise to your hand. Careful not to burn yourself!  
  • Turn pan all the way down to low.
  • Take batter out and place a heaping tablespoon into pan.  
  • Fry on low until batter bubbles from the bottom though to the top. Shoud be 2 to 3 minutes per side.  My first few pancakes always turn out darker in color.
  • With your spatula lift up pancake to see if it is a nice medium brown color (see picture).  
  • Quickly and carefully shove spatula under pancake and flip quickly.  Pancakes could be hard to flip so a quick action is necessary.  Flipping too soon will cause pancakes to drip.  A good eye on the underneath color and quick flipping action is key here.
  • Enjoy.


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Monday, July 2, 2012

Motts Fruit Flavored Snacks Giveaway Winners

Below I am listing the winners by name (there does not seem to be duplicates) and place in line.  Congratulations to our winners.  Please contact us asap to claim your prize.

# 3 - Alison
#5 - Karin
#6 - Jessica T
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Monday Plan Monday: Week of June 2nd, 2012

So hubs lost 34 pounds so far on this Paleo diet. Just a few days ago when showing off his lack of a belly to my brother, my brother accused of him "holding it in".  LOL.  34 pounds is nothing to joke about tho.  I lost only 9 but still look like a fraction of myself.  I was looking through pictures of myself from christmas and had not realized how "chubby" I actually was.  I will now be able to have my picture snapped by surprise and not worry as to whether it will show up on facebook or not.  LOL!!!

I bet you are wondering how feeding the kids plays into all this diet/paleo stuff.  Well truthfully I don't think there is anything at all wrong with the kids being Paleo.  I do serve them a minimal amount of carbs but if they ask for an occasional popsicle while out or toast with their egg once a week I am going to go ahead and let them have it.  At home I am using Almond Milk to make my own ice cream and trying to keep up with baking paleo goodies for them to try and stay ahead of their sweet tooth.  Even my kids are starting to took less swollen and a lot more healthy.  As always, I strongly encourage the family to eat the veggie off their plate first!

Sunday:
Roasted Pork Shoulder, Cole Slaw, Cucumber Salad
I am still getting more cucumbers that I can keep up with this season.


Monday:
Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and Avocado.
Pan frying the leftovers with my own Taco Seasoning Blend to convert this leftover into tacos.
I figured this would be a good time to try Against All Grain's Coconut Flour Tortillas.  Actually I can't wait to try these Coconut Flour Tortillas!  

Like this only with tortillas instead!!
Tuesday:
Paleo Lasagna
Simply a brilliant use for those extra Paleo Tortilla shells, don't ya think?  She is chock full of brilliant ideas actually.  I am going to use my own Bolognese meat sauce instead and I guess make it my own though.  It's the Italian in me, I have to!!!

Wednesday (4th of July):
Grilled Sirloin, Sauteed Mushrooms and Spinach.

Thursday:
Whole Roasted Chicken, Cauliflower Rice, Broccoli
I don't usually make a whole roasted chicken but you should have seen my son making this chicken do the chicken dance in the store.  He says, "Please mommy, can we make a whole chicken."  How can I say no?  Going to have to look up a sticky chicken recipe.

Friday:
Buffalo Chicken legs 
Like the wings only with bigger pieces of meat.  My kids actually LOVE these.  

Saturday:
Dinner at Friends.  We are bringing Greek Salad and some sort of Dessert



Looking for inspiration? I can help in three different ways.
  1. Head on over to Orgjunkie.com and visit Laura's Menu Plan Monday.
  2. Visit Heather at Celiac Family, the Gluten Free Menu Swap headquarters!
  3. You can also view my past menu plans here 


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