People are always shocked at the things our kids eat and enjoy. Heck, I’m shocked at the things our kids eat and enjoy most times.
Sunday’s are usually action packed for the kids and me. We go to the gym, go food shopping, and have fun “adventures” while we’re shopping.
It’s funny the weird pop culture references that stick with you. I’m pretty sure my breakdown is like 96% cartoons from the 90’s, 3% songs from the early 2000’s and 1% comedy bits that no one else remembers.
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.
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
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
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:
Perhaps you’ve already read the Huffington Post article “10 Signs You Are Living With A Threenager.”
If you haven’t, you should read it now. I’ll wait.
Ok. That’s my life. I adore my smart, fun, limit learning little girl. She’s funny, has a huge imagination, and is the best big sister I have ever seen. Terrible Twos? Not in this house! Sure she tested limits, but I can count on my hands the number of times that days were “bad” or that I thought I was going to pull my hair out.
A week before she turned three, I’m pretty sure she turned thirteen and gave me a glimpse into my frightening, terrifying, alarming future. Girl is stubborn! “I don’t want to!” and “Because that’s what I wanted to do” have become the most used phrases in our house.
Well, technically the most used phrases are “Please don’t grab brother by the neck” and “Sit down on the couch, please!” But those are my most used phrases, so back to the previous statements…
As part of this whole Paleo lifestyle thing, in addition to healthy eating, I’m also trying to manage stress and sleep more. Sleep is a huge component, and I’m falling way short. I have two kids who think sleep is optional, at least for Mom.
So imagine my surprise when the stars magically aligned and both kids were asleep and ready for naps at the same time!
Nap time for Mama, too! Sweet!
After both kids were blissfully snoring away, I laid down. Exactly 23 minutes later, I hear my husband’s voice calling from the kitchen, “Michelle, look at what your daughter did!”
These are the little moments that make memories, right? So much for that whole stress reduction thing, though. I’m kind of giving up on that.
Hopefully they do sleep when they’re teenagers though. That’s something to look forward to for sure.
I’m a sugar freak.
You may have noticed that I get an idea, and I run with it. Paleo has become my obsession. (Well, I guess my kids are my obsession, but paleo is a close second!)
I listen to Paleo Podcasts. Constantly.
I read Paleo Books.
I visit Paleo Blogs.
I log my meals with the My Paleo Pal app.
I spend my time researching, shopping, and cooking.
My husband’s heart burn, which has required medication for like ten years, is no longer an issue. I’ve lost thirty pounds since starting paleo in November. I feel better than I have in my entire adult life.
I look forward to going to the gym. I love weight training. I love squats…until the next day when my legs feel like they are going to fall off. Heck, I even like the feeling of my legs feeling like they are going to fall off.
Most of all, I love that my kids are eating and loving nutrient dense, healthy foods. I love that I can be an example of what a healthy life looks like. I love that I can give them this gift, and set them up for a future where they will be healthy.
I love paleo.