I’m a busy mother of three, wife, CrossFit coach, and well - totally human. So, I’m throwing it all out there and plan to post pictures and as much information as my time allows about what I feed my family - and myself!!
Monday morning I made Karina’s sweet potato hash. I grated two sweet potatoes and cooked with crumbled pork sausage and butter until the sausage was brown and crisp and the potatoes were soft and starting to crisp up. I seasoned it all with cinnamon and ground ginger. Lunch that day was quick and easy: sliced ham, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, carrots and celery, and steamed broccoli. Breakfast yesterday and today was the leftover sweet potato hash. Lunch today was coleslaw: shredded green cabbage, sliced turkey lunch meat, chopped apple, sunflower seeds, lemon juice (fresh squeezed by Rowan), a little mayo, olive oil, and ground black pepper. We also had hard boiled eggs with tomatoes and avocado. I made dinner in the crockpot as usual… I used stew meat, a mix from Trader Joe’s of already chopped turnips, yams, and butternut squash, the chopped up carrot, onion, and celery mix from TJ’s, a can of tomatoe bisque soup, a little chicken broth, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, a pinch of cayenne, and basil. About 10 minutes to prep, cooked all day on low, yummy goodness for dinner…
It was a Paleo Party! On Halloween evening we fed a party of 10 - 6 adults and 4 kids - an amazing paleo feast. John grilled sirloin and hamburgers seasoned with sea salt, pepper, and a grill seasoning mix from Trader Joe’s (find with the rest of the spices across from the nuts). He also grilled chicken legs seasoned with a little sea salt, pepper, and fresh lemon juice, as well as bell peppers and eggplant basted with olive oil. The salad was a lettuce mix from the farmers market, chopped apples, sundried tomatoes, slivered almonds, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and topped with crumbled goat cheese. I made a butternut squash “mash”. I pressure cooked the squash for 12 minutes mashed it with organic butter, sea salt, cinnamon, and a pinch of ground ginger. We also served cold shrimp with lemon and cocktail sauce. Our not-so-paleo visiting family didn’t even look around for the missing french bread! Mission accomplished. : )
This week has been crazy. Two birthdays, halloween, school parties, work, life… So, here is a little photo collage of how we survived - nutrition wise - even amongst the craziness. We all pretty much lived on eggs cooked various ways (my deviled eggs are mayo, sea salt, pepper, dill, and red wine vinegar), chicken salad from Raleys, coleslaw made with cabbage, apples, and broccolli slaw, baby sweet potatoes from Traders that you cook right in the package, only takes 5 min in the microwave, tri-tip already cooked from Raleys (not sure about the quality or what they season it with, I felt kind of yucky after we ate it…) frozen green beans, and “all natural” hot dogs from Traders. I’m happy for the weekend and we started this morning right with the last picture of eggs, bacon and raspberries. Yum! Happy Halloween!!
Breakfast was leftover meatballs with a little bit of leftover scrambled eggs and ham that the boys made while I was working this morning. Usually when I come home, breakfast is gone and I have to make my own. : ) Lunch was a fast shrimp stir fry: frozen shrimp from TJ’s, broccolli, carrots, artichoke hearts, zuchini, olive oil, butter, garlic, sea salt, pepper, and dill. 10 min to prep and cook. Dinner in the crockpot - chicken thighs and legs, rub with cumin, garlic powder, little bit of cinnamon, sea salt, and cayenne. Mix in celery, carrot, onion blend, can of diced green chilles, two jars of green salsa from TJ’s, cook all day on low, serve as lettuce tacos. Today Rowan turned 2 and I baked a gluten free cake using the gluten free brownie mix - added some apple sauce to the mix to make it more like cake - again from good ol’ Trader Joe’s…
Breakfast was scrambled eggs with a scoop of guacamole (the already prepared tub from TJ’s). Lunch was chicken salad: diced chicken breast, chopped apple, chopped up broccoli slaw, chopped up green cabbage, slivered almonds, little mayo, olive oil, vinegar, and black pepper. Dinner was meatballs from TJ’s. They finally started carrying gluten free meatballs in the section where the fresh meat is. There is some dairy in the meatballs, but for a quick dinner, it worked. Put the meatballs in the crockpot with some frozen bell pepper and onion mix and a can of organic marinara. Snack idea: roll turkey around whatever you have - pictured is a few options. Turkey with guacamole and pecans, or with cabbage and pickles, or with artichoke hearts. Cherry tomatoes are also good.
Coby made bacon and eggs for breakfast - does it look like a 14 year old made it? : ) I just love it that he cooks!! I always have hard boiled eggs handy for snacks, Rowan loves them… Lunch was a chicken salad with leftover bacon, apples, celery, walnuts, mayo, olive oil, vinegar, and pepper. Dinner was stuffed bell peppers in the crockpot: Ground beef, pork sausage, onion, carrots, celery, can of tomatoes, cumin, oregano, basil, pepper, sea salt, garlic, olive oil. Mix it all(use your hands, it’s easier), cut the tops off the peppers, pull the seeds out, stuff the bad boys, pour a little chicken broth in the bottom of the crockpot to keep them moist, and set on low all day. 20 minutes to prep, dinner ready when you get home. Serve with some sort of veggies on the side if you like.
Yesterday’s food: breakfast was brussel sprouts, bacon, and scrambled eggs (yes, we love brussel sprouts…) Lunch - no time for anything special - ham slices with guacamole and pecans, dinner was chicken breast and thighs mixed with olive oil and some pesto from TJ’s cooked in the crockpot with a quick salad of sundried tomatoes, almonds, apples, and romaine. Also pictured is my mix of nuts (walnuts and pecans) cut up beef jerky, and a few dried (unsweetened) cherries. This is ALWAYS with me, and my kids will snack on it too.
Kids want dessert? Don’t reach for the cookies - try this next time: grab any berries fresh or frozen, peaches are good too - throw the fruit in a bowl, drizzle with a little honey, pour heavy cream on top and dig in. Avoid the awful kid crazed sugar crash and avoid the temptations YOU might face if you offer crappy desserts…
Breakfast was leftover asparagus and Italian chicken sausage from yesterday diced up and scrambled with a couple of eggs - took me about five minutes to prep and cook. Lunch was one of my favorites, and so fast and easy in about five minutes i had: shredded cabbage, diced turkey deli meat, half an apple diced, a little mayo, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, sliced almonds and black pepper, all mixed up and ready to go. Rowan had steamed carrots, turkey and some green beans. Dinner was pork tenderloin in the crockpot with cacciatore sauce from TJ’s - threw in some frozen bell peppers and onions, poured some bacon grease over all that (gotta have that fat!!), poured in the sauce, sliced up an acorn squash to cook on top of it all. Prep time for this was about 10 minutes and it was SO GOOD!!