Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Paleo Shepard's Pie

Comfort food without the carb load, this was a huge winner at my house. You could half this recipe if desired.

Paleo Shepard's Pie

2# ground beef
2 onions, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch kale, stem removed & chopped
1 pound carrots, peeled & sliced
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp dried thyme
2 medium heads cauliflower
3-4 Tbsp bacon grease
Garlic, salt, black pepper to taste
1 cup chicken broth
Paprika to garnish
Crumbled bacon to garnish, optional

1. Brown ground beef with onions & minced garlic in a large heavy skillet. Add chopped kale and continue cooking until kale is tender. Add additional cooking fat (coconut oil) is beef is lean. Spread evenly in a 9x13" baking dish.

2. Using the same skillet, melt the 2 Tbsp coconut oil and sauté the carrots over medium heat. When carrots are beginning to soften, add thyme. Continue cooking until carrots are tender. Spread carrots over beef in pan.

3. Chop raw cauliflower into medium sized pieces and then process in the food processor until it looks like rice. Melt bacon grease over medium low heat in the same large skillet. Add cauliflower rice and sauté until translucent and soft. Using your food processor, purée the cauliflower with chicken broth, salt, pepper, and garlic to taste. I went heavy on the garlic (used powdered as I ran out of fresh). Spread over top of carrots in the baking dish, sealing edge to edge to hold moisture in. Sprinkle lightly with paprika. You could optionally top with crumbled bacon. I felt the bacon drippings have enough flavor and didn't cook more bacon.

4. Bake at 350*F for 45 minutes. If the cauliflower mash is too runny, bake 10-15 minutes longer. Mine was perfect after 45 minutes. Let it stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Salmon patties

All of my girls love these - I have to make a double batch in hopes of having any left over! In fact, this is one of the only forms of fish my oldest daughter likes.

Double chocolate butterscotch cookies

Note - if you came to my blog to check on my whole30 progress, these are not for you. These have butter, grains, sugar, everything off limit. Look away ;) I only smelled them, never tasted.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Omelet

I saw cinnamon omelets on instagram and knew I had to try it.  My girls and I regularly ate cinnamon scrambled eggs with maple syrup, but would it be as good without any added sweeteners?  Stacked with coconut cream & topped with warm apples, this version feels even more decadent than our sweet version.  Win!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Whole30 day 8

3 fried eggs on a delicious bed of sauteed rainbow chard, onions, mushrooms, and ham.


One kiwi and a handful of soaked/dehydrated almonds.

Sweet potato topped with cinnamon & coconut oil, apple slices with cinnamon and almond butter, sweet peppers and beef taco meat.

Our family was over at a friend's house and the meal was build your own burritos. I made a very respectable salad of lettuce, beef taco meat (homemade seasoning mix), avocados, tomatoes, and a little salsa. I made seriously tempting cookies for dessert but didn't taste a single crumb.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Whole 30 day 7

Breakfast: 3 sunny side up eggs and 3 big handfuls of fresh spinach, gently sauteed

Lunch: leftover broiled chicken and veggies

Lunch part two: tuna lettuce wraps

Supper: Broccoli chowder, baked ham (from our pastured pig), and sweet potatoes.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Whole 30 day 6

Brunch: another apple cinnamon omelet

Supper: broiled chicken and steamed veggies

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Whole 30 day 5

Cinnamon omelet with sauteed apples, coconut cream, and more cinnamon.

Leftover chicken and veggie stir fry

One of my 5 year old's favorites.  A quick skillet of pastured pork sausages, zucchini, brussels sprouts, and onions.

Snack after getting baby girl to bed:
beet greens and leftover pork roast

Monday, March 4, 2013

Whole 30 day 4

I should have eaten a snack last night. I was hungry when my 3yo woke me up at 2am but I didn't want to stay awake long enough to eat. When I woke up at 6am I was so hungry I was nauseous. My blood sugar crashed. I felt like I would vomit and had to sit on the floor so I didn't black out. This would not have happened if I had eaten a protein & fat snack last night. I couldn't stomach the thought of eggs, so I are a banana, as it sounded the most mild in case it came back up. After 45 minutes I ate a big handful of almonds.

This was a regular occurrence in my tween/teen years. If I don't eat enough protein my blood sugar crashes. And during those years high carb low fat low protein diets were king. When I read "Practical Paleo" last fall it finally made sense. My steady diet of grains, carbs, and sugar was messing with my body's natural sugar regulation. I'll write a post about this eventually. For now, I'll just say I'm typically free from this blood sugar cycle if I eat a clean paleo diet and keep my fat intake up. Today was actually my first episode since switching to grain free in September.

Breakfast part 2:
Bulletproof coffee with a lot of coconut. Actually more than I enjoy but I knew I needed good fat in me. 13oz decaf coffee, 1.5oz coconut oil, 1oz coconut milk.

One apple with almond butter and coconut cream. I didn't measure.

I still felt a little off as the morning continued. I wanted something quick and went for more fruit & almonds.

Finally something other than almonds ;) I made a chicken and veggie stir fry. So good. Those aren't bean sprouts - I used a bag of broccoli slaw and we loved it!  Also used cauliflower, zucchini, and onion.

Pork Roast, fresh beets, Brussels sprouts sauteed with onions and garlic in bacon fat, and beet greens cooked the same way as the Brussels sprouts.  So good.  I had seconds.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Whole 30 day 3

I rarely eat breakfast on Sundays. Today wasn't any different. I overslept again. Prepped my older girls' breakfasts. Fed baby girl, who over ate and promptly threw everything up all over both of us. Got us cleaned up, showered, dressed, fed her again, and then out the door. I drank water on the way to church and was very hungry when we got home at 12:30. So I made a small snack for everyone else and then made what should have been my breakfast. Someday. Someday I'll be more disciplined and organized.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Whole 30 - day 2

Today started out very early. 4am early. Oh the joys of babies and small children :) By 6am I had everyone back to sleep, except me, because my littlest was asleep on my back. Time for mama to eat!

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

This is my favorite sandwich bread. Rather, it was my favorite until my tummy decided to punish me if I ate grain. But true to the name of this blog, I continue to cook (and bake) what they (my family or our guests) love. So today I made two loaves of this yummy bread. My girls couldn't wait for it to come out of the oven.

Whole 30 - day one

After binging on sugar the last two weeks, I decided to do the "Whole30" to get back on track. I'm posting on Instagram about it and will attempt to do a daily recap here :) I miss blogging!

Ok. March 1st. It went better than I expected, although I did miss my afternoon (and evening) cups of tea. Yes I could have still had my tea, but it didn't appeal without honey. There were moments of frustration and I often found myself staring at the kitchen cabinets. I didn't realize how bad my stress eating had become! This month will be good for me.