What Are We Eating This Week?

It’s no secret that I like lazy, easy, healthy meals.  I don’t mess around with recipes that call for 947 ingredients, and I certainly don’t want to extend my time in the kitchen any longer than I have to since I’m pretty much there for hours a day already.  I’m not saying eating real whole food made from scratch isn’t worth it, because it totally is, I’m just saying Can I Live?***

If you’re here, chances are you relate.  You want to be able to prepare a meal of real whole food quickly, without hassle.  Weekday, Weekend, it’s all the same to us, right?  In and out, baby.  Let’s get this food to the table, let the kids decide if it’s a “This is the best dinner ever!  Thank you Mommy!” night or a “I know this is my favorite food ever, but not tonight!” night, so we can wash the dishes for the twelfth time today.  Am I right?

I know I’m not alone, so for all two of you who read this blog my gift to you is “What Are We Eating This Week?”

I’ll share links when needed, but feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Breakfasts:

Sausage Egg Cups From PaleOMG

These are for my husband, so I use hot ground sausage.  Aldi, my second favorite place on earth right behind the whole state of Alaska, has it for super cheap.

Breakfast Salad   Spinach, cucumbers, avocado, cherry tomatoes with  fried eggs on top.

(My friend Jaci at Chasing A Hundred once said that anything is better with a fried egg on top.  She’s right.  She should also start blogging again! Ahem!)   I literally eat this every day.  It’s my favorite meal.  There’s something about using the egg yolk kind of like a dressing that’s extra amazing.  Add in the creamy avocado, and bacon, and it’s making me drool all over myself just thinking about it.

Lunches:

Salads with Rotisserie Chicken

Leftovers

Tuna Salad Wraps with homemade mayo, carrots, cucumbers, and olives

Egg Salad Wraps (also with homemade mayo)

Zoodles and Meatballs

Dinners:

BBQ Bacon Burger Salads

Featuring Home Made BBQ Sauce from Happy Wife Style  It’s really the star of the show!

Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, and Broccoli

Rotisserie Chicken with Kale Chips and Salad

Bangers and Mash  (Have I mentioned that Aldi carries ground sausage for cheap?)

Slow Cooker  Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Slow Cooker Balsamic Roast Beef with Swiss Chard, and Cauliflower

Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Chicken in Boston Lettuce Wraps with olives and raw veggies

(Have I mentioned how good that BBQ Sauce is?)

 

The kids love helping, and their favorite thing to make is Kale Chips.  They’re pretty much experts at this point.  I just pull up their Learning Tower, give them a bowl and watch them skillfully rip the leaves into pieces and throw the stems on the floor.  (I’m not kidding, they totally do that every time!)

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Kale is serious business!

***Yes, I did link you to an Urban Dictionary entry because I’m super hip.  Don’t hate.  I’m actually fairly certain that none of these things I’ve said in this line are still cool.  Please don’t go.  I’ll try my best to not be so, um, uncool?

I’d love to hear what’s on your menu this week!   What’s your go-to easy meal?  Do your kids insist on throwing food items on the ground even if you’re standing six inches away with your hands extended?  

If you fail to plan…

Pretty sure that’s my favorite colloquialism, and I’m also pretty sure colloquialism is my favorite word to say out loud.  (Try it now, seriously.  I’ll wait!)

If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.  It’s brilliant in it’s simplicity, right?

We’re on a pretty strict budget, so meal planning is so important for us.  I do my meal planning on Wednesday, and go shopping on Thursday.

I’m working on a post where I share my system for meal planning and shopping, because until I figured this out I floundered.  We overspent.  We ran out of things too soon,  but we also had a ton of waste each week.  I’d have “ingredients” but not things I needed to make meals.  It was a mess.

I’ll share that just as soon as I can, because I know I’m not the only one who struggled with meal planning.

Until then, it’s time for a new weekly feature:  What Are We Eating This Week?

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Leftovers
  • Salads with protein (Tuna, Deli Meat, Leftovers)
  • Tuna salad wraps with olives, carrots, and cucumbers

Dinners:

And because it’s Superbowl,  I’m making a whole fun, but still pretty healthy spread!

  • Knock-Off Chick-Fil-A Nuggets from Steph at Stupid Easy Paleo (I’m not sure if I love her or this recipe more, and I’m a total fangirl!)
  • Oven Fried Pickles from Paleo Leap  (The CFA nuggets need pickle juice, and I don’t want them to go bad so this seems perfect!)
  • Hot Wings for my hot sauce lovin’ husband
  • And a SECRET SURPRISE for my husband and kids:  Deviled Eggs!  After my Mayo Fail yesterday, I’m thinking I might have to experiment a bit and use avocado in place of mayo.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

 

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Sausage, Beef & Peppers, Oh My!

Did you ever make something, and before it was even done, just know that it was going to be one of the best things you’ve ever eaten?  I did.  It was the easiest, most simple recipe, too.

For your dining pleasure, I present to you:

                                                            Stuffed Peppers.

It’s a classic.  Were you expecting something more?  Do you not know me by now?  Lazy.  With a capital “L” and not just because it’s the first letter of a sentence.  I’m not about fancy, time consuming or hard recipes.  I like simple.  I love lazy.

Why is this recipe special?

1.  It combines ground beef and ground sausage for a little something extra.
2.  It’s totally paleo.  White rice is one of those things that’s questionable, some people react to it      
     while others are totally fine.  Since we’re still relative newbies, I’m still avoiding rice until our guts
     are nice and healthy.  It uses cauliflower “rice” instead.

The Ingredients  (Makes 8 servings)

8 Bell Peppers
1 lb Ground Beef
1 lb. Ground Sausage
1/2 Head Cauliflower “Rice”  (Put cauliflower through food processor until it resembles rice)
2 Small Cans Tomato Paste
1 Small Yellow Onion, diced
1 Small Can Diced Chilies
1 tbs Oregano

The Steps

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

1.  Cook the ground beef and sausage on the stove top
2.  Cut the tops off the peppers, and discard along with the seeds
3.  Once the beef/sausage mixture is cooked through, combine all the ingredients and mix well
4.  Fill the peppers with the mixture, and cook for approximately 30 minutes until peppers are tender

See?  Easy!


The Lazy Way aka Slow Cooking

I’m all about the slow cooker.  Shocking, right?  It’s the easiest, most lazy way of making dinner ever.

My awesome husband got me a new Crock Pot for Christmas, and I love it so hard.  (I also love that the old one can constantly be making nutrient dense bone broth!)

Rubies and Radishes has an amazing e-book called “Easy Paleo Slow Cooker Meals – Over 25 quick prep, nutrient dense, grain-free recipes” that I downloaded with The Family Resolution Revolution bundle that was offered by my favorite podcasters, Stacy from The Paleo View Podcast and one of the Paleo Parents.  (Word on the street is that another bundle will be offered this summer!)

The very first recipe in the book is for chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts.  My husband loves artichokes like I love sugar, so I knew I had to make it for him.  He will eat anything I make, and pretends to like most of it.  I knew we had a winner on our hands when we had this exchange:

The recipe is incredibly easy, and takes less than five minutes to prep.  Normally when recipes make those claims I double the time, but this one is seriously that easy.  
I’m not 100% sure, but it looks like you can receive the whole e-book for free when you sign up for the email list at Rubies and Radishes!  (You for sure receive a free book, I’m just not sure if you’ll get this exact one, but either way it’s a total win!)
Ready for the easy recipe?
Chicken
Jar of artichoke hearts
Jar of sun-dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil)
Small can of tomato paste
Combine, and cook for 4-5 hours on low.
Then sit back, enjoy the amazing smell, and wait forever.  Wait some more.  And eventually it will be time to eat.
So yummy! I served it over a bed of spinach, and pretty much devoured it.  Yeah.  It was so good I basically just shoveled it into my mouth.   
  

Day 6 The Vegan Experiment

I can’t believe this week is almost up already! How is this already day 6?!

Pete works at his office on Mondays, so I got to make him lunch today. I made him Thai Lettuce Wraps with Cashew Peanut Sauce.
He said it was really good, but was more of a salad than a wrap. I’m not sure if it was because it had to survive a commute plus a few hours in the fridge before lunch, or if it would always better suited as a salad. We’ll have to try it on a weekend when he can eat it immediately to see. Either way, he said he would like it again!

Bree and I had lunch too. Obvs. We had cantaloupe, red grapes, cherry tomatoes and a tofurky sandwich on rudis bakery bread. She loved the bread and even asked for more, which never happens!

Dinner was Crusted tofu with couscous, kale and red pepper hummus sauce. I tasted the tofu, which was crusted with ground flax meal and chili powder, and it was good,
but I opted out of eating more for dinner. It was still awesome, a little tangy, a little sweet.

We all liked it! I’ve been pretty surprised at how good all our meals have been. There hasn’t been anything we haven’t liked.

Day 4 The Vegan Experiment

Awesome day overall. Bree and I went to do the laundry while Pete went to see Jurassic Park 3D in IMAX. Then I dragged Pete to a holistic health fest ran by our new town. It’s not his scene at all, but he was nice enough to not make fun of things until we were in the parking lot on the way home.

I’m excited that we met a nice chiropractor! I asked if they did work on pregnant women, and it turns out that’s his wife’s speciality. Even cooler, she works with my new midwives office!
I’m super excited, we made appointments for Pete and me, too!
We may even sneak Bree in for an adjustment when needed.

I also see my midwife next Friday for our full anatomy scan. We had an early one with our Manhattan midwifery group, and all looked good, so we’re hoping for more great news! And hopefully Baby will cooperate and open his/her legs this time!

But enough about the boring details of my life!

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Tonight’s dinner was Vegan Burritos. It was pretty time consuming, I was in the kitchen for about an hour during prep and cooking. Not hard, but just took forever!

It was also delish! The avocado on top totally made them in my opinion!

Pete and I enjoyed them, and I gave Bree some broken up. We also had salsa and red grapes. Another recipe that gets the family thumbs up!