Monday, October 29, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 27th, 2012



Well Hubby lost two more pounds.  I HONESTLY don't know how he does it.  I swear he cheats more than I do.  He is less than 220 now which is a BIG deal for his height of 6'2".  According to this chart he is less than the maximum for all frame sizes.  His happens to be large.  Did you ever hear how to check your "frame size" yourself?  As a kid we were taught to wrap your pointer finger and thumb around your wrist bone.  Can your fingers touch?  That is a small frame size.  Can touch if you try really hard, thats medium.  Can't touch no matter what, thats large.  I am suck!  STUCK< STUCK< STUCK!!! Darnit.  Makes me mad, have 10 pounds to loose that just wont go.  I guess I could look at it like this.....at least I know I am healthy and not loosing mystery pounds that I did not try to.  I had a lady tell me recently that since I did not have a thyroid, I am lucky to loose anything at all!  :-/

Hubby is in Italy this week so I am having a pity pizza party week! :-).  Feeding the kids pizza on Udi's bred with jared pizza sauce every open spot I have.  I know your kids would be jealous!!!  LOL.


Old Fashioned Chili
(Made From Scratch)
White Chicken Chili












This is Chili week over at the Gluten Free Menu Swap.  I do have a few Chili recipes that I will show you here, but we are not having it this week!  See above again for why.  No onto the menu.

Monday (Cub Scout Halloween Party)
Cub Scouts are serving Hot Dogs for Dinner

Tuesday
Pizza on Udi's Bread with Classico Gluten Free Pizza Sauce

Wednesday (Halloween):
Pizza on Udi's Bread with Classico Gluten Free Pizza Sauce

Thursday (Son's Birthday)
Wish Happy Birthday with Cake animated glitter graphic, picture, image for Myspace comments, Orkut, Friendster, Hi5.
Dinner at the Mexican Restaurant

Friday:
Grilled Strip Steak, Baked Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

Saturday:
Almond and Romano Cheese Encrusted Pork Roast Chops, Sauerkraut, Mashed Cauliflower

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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    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Almond and Romano Cheese Encrusted Roast Pork Loin Chops #PorkParty


    So my husband and I snuck off to the city one day last week while the kids were in school.....and we had a blast! Costco Cash in hand, we set out to explore the store.  I was enchanted by their selections. It is definitely an upscale wholesale club with great prices. BUT, I was there on a mission and I refused to allow myself to be distracted too much.  TO THE MEAT CASES!    I did buy other cuts of meat besides pork as well as other items like Olive Oil and spices. For today, I am going to show you the pork loins.

    See, here they are!
    If you zoom in you will notice I paid $1.99 a pound at this store.

    Good price right?  Plus this week Costco was offering $2.50 off!  So are you wondering what I made with my roast pork from Costco?  I sliced that massive loin up, it was way too big for our family.  First, though, I sliced 4 1-inch medallions off as chops for the recipe I am going to share with you today.

    This new recipe happens to suit our Paleo Diet.  When we first started out on this diet, I was at a loss when it came to crusting items.  I had no clue what the replacement would be so I just did without.  Sure, I could do without the coating, but I did not want to!! :-).   You hear sometimes a nut crust being included on fish so I figured to take it to the next level.  This dish is heavenly.  So savory and flavorful and packed with protein. I strongly urge you to give it a try.  In fact, this dish is elegant enough to serve at a holiday party.  Have some friends over and have a party!



    4 1-inch thick pork loin chops
    1 egg mixed with 1 Tablespoon Water
    1 1/2 cups Almond Meal
    1 teaspoon Salt
    1 teaspoon Pepper
    1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
    1 teaspoon Onion Powder
    Grated Romano Cheese (topping)
    Frying Oil of choice ~ 1 inch
    • Turn fry pan on medium heat to start to warm the oil.
    • Prepare dishes by placing almond flour and seasonings in one dish and mixed egg/water in the other. Mix almond flour and spices to fully combine.
    • Dredge pork chops in egg wash first and them fully coat with almond meal mixture.
    • Place pork chops in oil and fry 4 to 5 minutes one one side.
    • Flip chops over and grate some fresh Romano Cheese on top.  
    • Fry an additional 4 to 5 minutes until nice and golden brown.
    • Pork chops should be at least 145 degrees before taking out of pan and allowing to rest for a minute or two.
    • Enjoy!

    Here are some links to my families favorite pork recipes:

    Alton Brown's Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Lime Chipotle Marinade
    Martha Stewart's Pork Tenderloin with Honeyed Butter
    Paula Deen's Grilled Pork Tenderloin with an Orange Juice Marinade



    PS ~ I am giving away a $50 Costco Cash gift card to one lucky reader.  Click HERE and enter through Rafflecopter.  Print

    Travel the Mediterranean with O&CO. Olive Oils and Gourmet Specialties - @foodieblogroll @Oliviers_and_Co



    Hey guys! I am just hanging out here on the blog checking out some Christmas Shopping ideas.  I know, I know....like wow, am I insane? Its too early and you are not ready to let go of your cash yet!!!  LOL.  I hate to be caught off guard.  I have, in fact, already started shopping, planning and looking out for ideas. With the holidays quickly approaching (it is going to be NOVEMBER real soon), NOW is a great time to start thinking about hostess gifts for the parties you will attend this season, gifts to give to your extended family and looking out for great deals. If your friend or family member is a kitchen enthusiast, may I suggest O&CO? This is a great place to buy specialty olive oil's, vinegar's, gifts, and truffles at O&CO. O&CO.  Right now they are offering free shipping if you spend $50.  If you live out in the middle of nowhere, like me, shopping online is a life saver!  If you are like me, then free shipping is what you look for so I wanted to drop you a note and let you know.  Here is a tidbit about the company I am speaking about.


    For over 15 years, O&CO. has been cultivating tradition, expertise, and high standards in order to offer our customers the best selections of olive oils and delicacies from across the Mediterranean.
    With a respect for tradition, O&CO. cherishes originality where tastes and smells converge to delight the senses. Emerging from the high Alpes-de-Haute, in the village of Mane, France, O&CO. became the brainchild of two men united around a common passion, the olive tree.
    More than ten years since its creation, O&CO. has forged a new image of the olive tree, rooted in tradition but firmly anchored in the modern world. While olive oils serve as the foundation, O&CO. also offers an exclusive collection of vinegars, tapenades, spreads, crackers, and sweets as well as an organic skincare range that showcase the flavors and the spirit of the Mediterranean.
    O&CO. is a destination for your own cooking experience as well as for gifts. Founded in 1996, O&CO.s mission is to provide customer with the finest olive oils and Mediterranean food products in stores and online.
    I have included some helpful and Extraordinary Gift Ideas for the wanna-be chef or kitchen enthusiast in your life!









    “This sponsorship is brought to you by O&CO. who we have partnered with for this promotion.” Print

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    National Pork Month + $50 Costco Gift Card Giveaway ~ having a #PorkParty



    Can I just tell ya something? Since I talk way too much? We are no strangers to serving up pork around here.  That much is definitely true. It makes it into our meal plan almost every week.  IN FACT, Pork Chops are what my hubby made for me on our first date!!!!  I also fondly remember my mom serving a Roast Pork every year on New Years Day. It is a tradition she still keeps to this day.  She never missed a year or changed it up. Pork Roast is what my mom served as the elegant meal on any special occasion.  And you all know that traditions make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside right?  So as a good deal lover and Roast Pork enthusiast I had to bing you this bit of information:

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    What?
    OK, so what is this all about?  Well I am fixin to tell ya! I am helping Costco and The National Pork Board spread the word about National Pork Month

    Where?
    To celebrate October as National Pork Month, Costco is offering discounts on top cuts!  Costco members can take advantage of the weekly savings ranging from $2.00 to $2.50.  WOW!

    Why?
    Because I know you love a good deal as much as I do.

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    The Details:
    To celebrate October as National Pork Month, Costco is offering discounts on top pork cuts from chops and roasts to pork tenderloin and boneless loins. Costco members can take advantage of weekly savings ranging from $2.00-$2.50.

    This week, until October 28th, Whole Boneless pork loins are $2.50 off at Costco. Boneless pork loins have an unmistakable ‘wow’ factor that can anchor any celebration. Low in fat yet bursting with flavor, this versatile cut can be roasted whole as a festive centerpiece, stuffed with flavorful ingredients or broken down into chops.  I shopped for our Pork Loin a week before the sale and the price per pound was $1.99 which is what I look for on sale at my regular supermarket.  This is the everyday price which is very low to begin with.

    Pork Makes the Party:
    Pork’s versatility and its ability to pair perfectly with a variety of foods and flavors makes it perfect for bringing people together this holiday season.  This holiday season celebrate pork as the catalyst that “makes” any party – join in!

    Temperature News: 
    The USDA reduced the temperature guideline for pork loins, chops and roasts from 160 to 145 degrees F, with a three minute rest. This will yield a juicy, flavorful product that may be pinker in color than most home cooks are used to. Ground pork, like all ground meat, should be cooked to 160 degrees.



    The Giveaway:
    Here’s the fun part – I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Costco! There are three ways to use this Costco Cash Card.  #1 you are already a member and can use it to purchase items or use it for a membership renewal, #2 you are not a member but would like to be and can use it for a membership, #3 you are not a member and would like to try Costco out.  Just use your Costco cash to purchase $50's worth of items one time only.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    This giveaway is open until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, October 30, 2012.


    Disclosure: I received products and compensation from Costco and The Motherhood as part of my participation in this campaign. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Print

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 22nd, 2012



    The theme for this week is nuts.  Its all nuts around here! :-).   Seriously tho, we use lots of nut flours with the paleo diet and I have discovered that Almond Flour makes THE BEST pastries.  It tastes moist and sweet without sweetener and is actually better for your health and diet wise.  LOVE that.  BUT, I DO NOT have a recipe of my own for you with the exception of a few cookie recipes.  Allow me to present to you the Paleo Banana Walnut Granola over at the Urban Poser.  I have made this granola in my oven twice already and my family (EVEN THE KIDS) just love it.  My hubby likes it on top of his full fat plain greek yogurt!  This is an excellent way to enjoy a quick egg free breakfast!


    Well we survived the weekend out in the woods!  The graham crackers I decided to make  with coconut flour were not so popular.  There is something about coconut flour we just do not like.  It is so dry in the mouth, like it sucks the moisture right out of your mouth.  I think next time my own Graham cracker recipe will go with us as my kids can't keep their hands off of them.  I bought a s'more making cage so my home made marshmallows could be roasted properly.  Besides that, we like our chocolate melted!!! That cage worked out great.  The next day the kids used the cage to make toast and it worked super well for that too!

    One more thing, the National Pork Board sent us a gift card to Costco to make and post some new pork recipes. Stick around this week while I share my plans and offer a gift card giveaway!  OK, onto the plan.

    Monday:
    Baked Chicken, Cauliflower Rice, Green Beans

    Tuesday:
    Pot Roast with roasted vegetables, Pureed Cauliflower

    Wednesday:
    Church Program

    Thursday:
    Sausage, Peppers and Onions

    Friday:
    Photo and Recipe courtesy of Urban Poser
    Chicken Pot Pies (never got to them last week)

    Saturday:
    Pizza and Salad

    Sunday:
    Somebody needs to invite me over since hubby will be in Italy! :-).



    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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      Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Why primal?  Because I am using regular chocolate chips.  Well, Enjoy Life mini chips to be exact.  So with all that regular sugar in those chips.....they are not exactly Paleo, right?  LOL.  We like our 85% dark chocolate here and I am sure it would be good in cookies, its just not traditional is all.  So this is how I am making them, OK?  But go ahead and get those dark chocolate chips and call them paleo if you want! :-)



      1/4 cup Butter (grass fead), room temperature
      1 Egg
      4 Tablespoons Honey
      1 Tablespoon Vanilla
      2 cups Almond Flour (note)
      1/4 teaspoon Salt
      1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
      1/2 cup Small Chocolate Chips


      Preheat oven to 350 degrees
      • In a Stand mixer with whip attachment (or with a hand held mixer) whip butter on medium/low until smooth and creamy.
      • Add egg and whip until fully incorporated.
      • Add Honey and vanilla and whip until just incorporated.
      • Add dry ingredients and fully combine.  
      • Scoop cookie dough out with your large sized cookie scoop and place a ball of batter onto cooking sheet.
      • Flatten cookie with your slightly wet or oiled palm to shape you desire your final product.
      • Bake for 9-10 minutes for larger cookie or 7-8 for smaller cookies.

      Note:
      Honeyville is the finest ground almond flour.  This really is true!  It is  not really the expensive either, however, its not always convenient for me to have.  I am using Bob's Red Mill almond flour and grinding it finer by placing it in my coffee bean grinder or sometimes my blender and processing it for about a minute.  Careful not to over do it or it will turn into butter!!!
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      Tuesday, October 16, 2012

      Paleo Snickerdoodle Cookies

      After seeing Snickerdoodles at a party I knew immediately I had to come home and bake some.  You see, I never actually ate one before and I was dying to know what they were like.  So I went home and did a search.  OK so if you want to bake a paleo snickerdoodle it seems you will just have to buy the book.  Eventually I may buy the books, but for right now I wanted a cookie.  Soooo, I took a friends suggestion and twisted up another cookie recipe.  Here is our version, being posted now out of request!!  It really turned out good and my kids ate these up before the chocolate chip!


      Cookie Dough
      1/4 cup Butter (grass fead), room temperature
      1 Egg

      4 Tablespoons Honey
      1 Tablespoon Vanilla

      2 cups Almond Flour (note)
      1/4 teaspoon Salt
      1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

      1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
      2 teaspoons Cinnamon

      Coating

      1 Tablespoon Coconut Sugar
      1 Tablespoon Cinnamon


      Preheat oven to 350 degrees
      • In a Stand mixer with whip attachment (or with a hand held mixer) whip butter on medium/low until smooth and creamy.
      • Add egg and whip until fully incorporated.
      • Add Honey and vanilla and whip until just incorporated.
      • Add dry ingredients and fully combine.  
      • Meanwhile, place on smallish sized place the coating ingredients.
      • Scoop cookie dough out with your large sized cookie scoop and place a ball of batter onto coating place.  
      • Roll cookie around in topping and place on cooking sheet.
      • Flatten cookie with your slightly wet or oiled palm to shape you desire your final product.
      • Bake for 9-10 minutes for larger cookie or 7-8 for smaller cookies.

      Note:
      Honeyville is the finest ground almond flour.  This really is true!  It is  not really the expensive either, however, its not always convenient for me to have.  I am using Bob's Red Mill almond flour and grinding it finer by placing it in my coffee bean grinder or sometimes my blender and processing it for about a minute.  Careful not to over do it or it will turn into butter!!! Print

      Monday, October 15, 2012

      Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Review and Giveaway



      When I had my physical a few years back the doctor told me there was really no excuse to not eat enough vegetables.  He went on to explain how the new development (ok so it was a long time ago) of the new vegetables that steam right in the bag made it so easy.  So okay, he was right.  Pre Paleo Diet, I was slacking on the vegetable department.  Sometimes I would consider it too much to do and just skip the veggie at dinner all together.  It was like that doctor could read my mind!  Or maybe it was my labs that told on me?  Now that I am on the Paleo diet, I make sure vegetables make it into EVERY meal.  In fact sometimes for lunch when I am just too lazy to make anything, a steamed vegetable pack will do just the trick.

      Green Giant has a new line of Steam in Bag vegetables called Seasoned Steamers and they asked me if I would give them a try.  I looked though the ingredient list of all 6 varities (Mediterranean Blend, Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Honey Roasted Sweet Corn, Honey Dijon Carrots and Backyard Grilled Potatoes) and it seems like Brussel Sprouts will be the one that is the most Paleo Friendly ingredient wise.  I could almost hear a bunch of you say gross.  *chuckle* It's okay, I LOVE Brussel Sprouts!  No for real!  Are you ready for the ingredients of this package?


      Ingredients: Burssel Sprouts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Rice Flour, Black Pepper and Natural Flavor.












      When was the last time you seen such a pure list of ingredients or a processed package?  The runners up is Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli, and the Backyard Grilled Potatoes. We don't currently eat potatoes while trying to loose weight but if we did, I may give these a try.   What do I really think?  I think you should download the coupon for $1 off and give them a try for yourself!!!!

      Visit HERE to download a printable coupon for $1.00 off the purchase of one package of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers. AND if you don't like them ~ during the month of October, there will be a “Love it, or your Money Back” offer available at greengiant.com!

      Would it just be easier to win one with a prize package?  Ok, here it is!

      The Giveaway:
      Your gift pack will contain: 
      (1) VIP coupon for one free package of Green Giant Seasoned Steamers 
      Apron 
      Green Giant Serving Spoon 
      Mixing Bowl 


      How to Enter:



      “Disclosure:  The coupons, information, and gift packs have been provided by Green Giant® through MyBlogSpark.”

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      Sunday, October 14, 2012

      Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 15th, 2012 (Camping Menu)



      It is egg week on the Gluten Free Menu Swap.  I am just going to show you this photo here below and link how to bake eggs.  Okay?  Cause my hubby is in charge of making the eggs around here and I do not really have any recipes.  Omelets and adding them to baked goos is all I got! :-).

      Head on over to Lifehacker.com and read all about it.
      By weeks end we will be camping. I will show you below what my Paleo Camping Menu looks like. It involves tons of pre made and the frozen foods so lucky I have off all week to work on it.  I need to get started early on making those Paleo Graham Crackers and almost paleo Corn free Marshmallows since those are the two that make me the most nervous.  I am pretty sure something based purely on sugar, like a marshmallow, could never be paleo but I will try my best to switch out ingredients (when I can).  Honey for Corn Syrup for example!

      Still no weight loss!  I definitely would like to loose those last 10 pounds tho I find a marginal amount of starches is finding its way back to my diet.  Like for example I added 1/4 cup of white rice to my chicken and rice soup I made last night!  Hubby refused to eat it! :-D.   I have to can up the rest of the soup today!  It involves pressure cooking which makes me nervous.

      Okay, onto the plan shall we?


      Monday (Daughter is in Cheer Camp Show):
      I am going to have to muddle though a new version of this recipe that nix'es the A1, Soy and sugar.  Who knows, maybe I'll post my trial!


      Tuesday (boys will be at WWE Smackdown, maybe girls will get to play soccer):
      Green Leaf Lettuce Taco Dinner (our favorite).  
      This way I can feed the boys quick and they can head out quick.

      Wednesday (Church):
      Hotdogs are being served up at Church Children's Program.  The adults will have to eat leftovers!

      Thursday (karate & Soccer):
      Photo and recipe courtesy of Urbanposer.blogspot.com
      Paleo Chicken Pot Pie
      One last hot oven baked meal before we head out!  Looks good huh?


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      Camping Menu

      Breakfasts
      Fried Eggs and (pre-made) sauteed Veggies & Sausage, 

      Lunches
      Sandwiches with Ham and Salami inside Lettuce Wraps (Udi's bread for kids), 
      Bacon, Egg, Lettuce and Tomato Chopped Lettuce Salad w/pre-made dressing, 
      Applegate Beef Hot Dogs

      Dinners
      Hobo Packs (Pre-made with ground beef, spices and diced veggies), 
      Hamburgers served over layered Lettuce Leaves topped with Guacamole (packets), 
      Applegate Beef Hot Dogs

      Desserts:
      Brownies (made ahead and frozen)
      Banana Bread (made ahead and frozen into slices)
      Apple Pie in a Jar topped with Paleo Granola
      Campfire Cobbler (pre-making the topping and the filling and freezing)

      Snacks:
      Pickles, Olives, Mixed Nuts
      Lara Bars, Kettle Chips, Beef Jerky, 
      Cucumber and Celery sticks


      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, October 9, 2012

      Simple Mayonnaise Cole Slaw

      We are a ridiculously simple mayonnaise type cole slaw kinda family.  SOMEBODY in our Church makes an awesome vinegar based cole slaw and some day I hope to get a hold of that recipe.  I always hated vinegar based cole slaw but that is until this church dish.  It even includes green peppers but it is sliced so thin you really wont mind.  Anyway, I digress.......at home we make this recipe.  It is so simple and always well received to the point that if its store bought the comment is, "that junk mommy bought".  LOL.  Anytime I can get kids to eat raw cabbage, is a good thing.


      1/2 of a small head of cabbage, quartered and sliced very thin
      1 cup of Mayonnaise (See Notes)
      1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
      1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
      1/2 teaspoon Salt
      1/2 teaspoon Pepper
      1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Table Blend
      • Combine all ingredients in a large enough bowl and throughly coat to combine.  
      • Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to marinade.
      • Serve cold and enjoy!

      Mayonnaise:
      • Dukes Mayonnaise is a zero carb mayonnaise.  It is made with Soybean oil though which is NOT paleo.  
      • You can quickly and easily make it Paleo by making your own Hellmans Mayonnaise with your stick blender and the cup it comes with 6 simple ingredients.  Click HERE to be directed to the recipe. 
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      Monday, October 8, 2012

      Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 8th, 2012


      Welcome to the Gluten Free Menu Swap, Pumpkin Week!


      It is pumpkin week at the Gluten Free Menu Swap and I am your host .  I picked pumpkin because as soon as October hits, I get infected with Fall Fever!  I have pumpkins with faces on my front step already,  pumpkin in my pantry and on my mind.  I love the taste of pumpkin.  In honor of the occasion, I have gathered a bunch of pumpkin dishes that I have posted here on my blog....just for you!  They are desserts (of course!).  I hope by the days end we will have a collection of great pumpkin recipes!

      Paleo Pumpkin Pie
      Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes (Primal)

      Cake Mix Pumpkin Muffins
      Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

      My all time favorite Paleo dessert would be the Pumpkin Bread Recipe over at Elana's Pantry.  I am telling you, this along with the Banana Bread recipe helped me get along well on this diet for all these months.  I LOVE it cold the next day and if I close my eyes it tastes like pumpkin pie to me.

      Paleo Pumpkin Bread
      over at www.Elanaspantry.com
      This week we had some dental work done.  Both kids needed a silver cap on a baby tooth to which I felt like a bad mommy as a result.  Afterward they wanted chicken soup.  I did not have any in the cupboards and we live in a part of the world where you can't just go to the store and BUY it unless it is a big name brand like progresso.  As a result, I have decided that I really want to make and CAN some chicken and rice soup for the pantry.  It is getting colder now and canned soup would be a great thing to have around the house.  Now to find the perfect recipe!

      My diet has stalled yet again.  I was talking to my doctor at my physical telling her how annoying it is that dieting takes so long.  She said she knows it feels like I put 10 pounds on over night but it does not.  It takes years to accumulate weight.  OK, I tell her but I am pretty sure I can go on vacation for a week and come back 10 pounds heavier!!! :-)  I have cheated this week too.  I had a 1/4 cup of baked beans at a church function.  I am pretty sure they had sugar in them too!!! :-).  But hey, I did not gain weight so thats good right?

      Pretty soon we will be going camping.  The week-end of October 20th in fact.  Should be interesting to go camping while Paleo!  I have already made some granola and purchased some Applegate Beef Hot Dogs in preparation.  I plan to also make Paleo almond flour graham crackers and our own corn syrup free marshmallows.

      Last weeks pantry dinners was a raging success for me.  I LOVED how everything was partially prepared and dinner took no time at all.  I really need to do more of that sort of preparation!

      Monday, Cheerleading, Karate & Cub Scouts
      Stir Fried Sausage, Peppers and Onions
      Hey, I found some Paleo approved sausages in the Whole Foods!  Love that store, wish it was not so far away.

      Tuesday, Flag Football & Soccer Practice
      Hot Shaved Beef and Gravy served over Mashed Cauliflower
      I made my own roast beef lunchmeat last month and this is the frozen sliced leftovers.  I recall fondly my mom serving this as a kid with leftover roast beef lunchmeat.  

      Wednesday, Cheerleading & Church
      Dinner provided at Church

      Thursday, Flag Football and Soccer
      Grilled Steak, butternut squash puree and Broccoli

      Friday, Cheerleading:
      Pizza, I used my own crust recipe last week.  Another cheat!
       I tried this Coconut Flour Pizza Crust the week before that and it was so good!
      Next up is this recipe!

      Saturday:
      Roasted Chicken Legs, Cauliflower Rice & Greens

      Sunday:
      Almond Flour Crusted Pork Chips

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      OK are we ready to see what everyone else is having this week?  Great!

      Heather over at Celiac Family has transformed an old recipe to be Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins by subbing Bananas for Pumpkin.  She also has a super easy 3 ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin Muffin recipe on the line up for the week. On the savory side she is serving up Angela's Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole.  She completes her menu with Easy Garlic Shrimp  and Parmesan Chicken Nuggets. Head on over there and give her some bloggy love!

      Angela over at Angela's Kitchen has a bunch of pumpkin of recipes!!!  You can always click that link to her blog and see the giant list of creative pumpkin dishes for yourself.  Shall I toss out some for ya? OK!! How about Pumpkin Pie Popsicles?  They look to be paleo diet friendly as well!  Look on the end of this Menu Plan and find the Coconut Milk Pumpkin Creamer.  I seriously want to try that.  I am not just pulling your leg!  My hubby was just pointing out how grossly bad for me my current non-dairy creamer is......and.....I love Pumpkin Flavor in my coffee.  I think I have everything I need to make this right now.  The rest of her week she is serving up Sweet and Spicy Pork Tacos (which I think I can make with some Paleo tortillas), Enchilada Meatballs (I think I will just use my current Meatballs and go from there!), and Turkey Meatloaf.

      Kendra at the Peaceful Mom has her week all mapped out including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  Her menu planning is to inspire your own simple Gluten Free Menu Ideas!  No pumpkin on the menu but she is serving up some great looking Apple Pancakes and BBQ PepperJack Bacon Burgers (hey now, did she say bacon?!?!?!).  Also on the menu is Rosemary Roasted Chicken (our favorite) and baked tacos!  

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