Chicken Curry with Onions and Peppers

When Marc and I were living in Fresno we enjoyed going to this small Thai Fusion restuarant a few minutes away. My favorite dish was the spicy red curry – chicken, red peppers, and onions in a spicy coconut curry sauce.

We decided to replicate the dish and it turned out tasty and was  a great break from the ordinary

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Whole30 – Week 2 of Paleo Eating

Seasoned hamburger without the bun

Saturday
Breakfast: Another smoothie
Lunch: sauteed sirloin with raw spinach with oil and vinegar
Dinner: Dinner at in-laws: Osso bucco with sweet potatoes, carrots, and mashed golden cauliflower.

Sunday:
Breakfast: Banana Nut muffins
Lunch: Leftover steak and spinach from yesterday’s lunch
Dinner: Dinner at parents: BBQ Lemon Chicken, mixed green salad, and grilled peppers and squash

Monday:
Breakfast: Smoothie
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Hamburger patty with guacamole, bacon, sweet potato chips, and salad

Tuesday:
Breakfast: Veggie Omelet
Lunch: Tuna, peppers, and spinach salad
Dinner: Halibut with garlic green beans

Wednesday:
Breakfast: Bacon and eggs over-easy
Lunch: Leftover fish and salad / tropical smoothie
Dinner: Tomato-beef soup and raw spinach with oil and vinegar

Thursday:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with kale and tomatoes
Lunch: dinner leftovers
Dinner: Beef Stew and green salad

Friday:
Breakfast: Bacon and fried eggs
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Out – Chipotle Restaurant

Snacks: Nuts, fruit, snap-peas, hard-boiled eggs, banana-nut muffins

Notes:

This week has been harder than last week. I am a little tired of cooking at home and I am really craving pizza or lasagna!

My husband is losing weight fast, though. He has lost about 10 pounds in 12 days. Yes, some of that is water weight and bloat, but he is looking and feeling better.

 

 

Find other whole food recipe and healthy alternatives at Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday and Food Renegade Fight Back Friday!

 

Spaghetti Sauce vs Tomato and Beef Soup

I’m a picky red-sauce eater. Most restaurant sauces make me gag; they are too sweet and I don’t care for the green pepper taste that many of them seem to have. I prefer to make my own sauce at home. Spaghetti was one of the first things I learned to cook – my dad taught me, so I have fond memories with it as well.

This week I was craving spaghetti sauce but since we aren’t eating pasta, I could only eat the sauce. Then I got to thinking, meat sauce is just like tomato soup with ground beef (close enough, right?). So I kept telling myself that it was perfectly okay to eat the sauce sans noodles. And I still enjoyed it. I could try it over zucchini strips (aka zucchini pasta) or any other vegetable. You can also dip celery or vegetables into it, or just eat it with a salad.

It’s still warm and sunny here, but this would be a nice winter meal, too.

Serve meat sauce/tomato beef soup/spaghetti sauce in a mug or a bowl

Lulu’s Favorite Garlic Meat Sauce

Makes approx. 4 servings (more if using pasta and not heavily sauced)

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Crockpot Beef Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 packs stew meat
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups beef broth / water
  • 1 small 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 onion, sliced or diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Water
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil

Directions:

  • Heat olive oil in pan.
  • Mix flour, garlic, pepper, and salt together.
  • Dredge meat in flour mixture and brown in olive oil.
  • Dump meat into crock pot set on low.
  • Pour 1 cup of water into pan and stir to remove flour and drippings, dump into crock pot.
  • Add tomato sauce, onions, garlic cloves, white wine, and enough water and broth to cover meat.
  • Cook on low for  4 hours and add carrots and sweet potatoes and more water or broth if needed.
  • Cook on low an additional 2-4 hours until carrots and potatoes are fork tender and meat is falling apart.

 

Tips for making the perfect smoothie

I love smoothies. I often have a smoothie for breakfast because it’s quick and easy and super tasty. My favorite is coconut milk, almond butter, and banana smoothie!

Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe at bottom of blog post

Here are my top 3 tips for successful smoothie making:

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First 5 Days of Paleo and Whole30

We are 5 days into Whole30 and it hasn’t been bad at all. We generally eat grain-free anyways so the transition wasn’t too bad. Marc does miss dairy and I do want butter, but overall the only other thing I’ve wanted is junk food and that’s not good for me anyways. Actually I’ve missed chewing gum, which isn’t allowed on the food challenge because it can still cause insulin spikes.

Why are we doing the Whole30? My husband has been having some abdominal pain that has been diagnosed first as gas, then as reflux but nothing has helped and 2 years later he wants it gone. An elimination and no-cheating diet to jump start good eating habits seemed like a good idea. Whole30 (correct me if I am wrong) is a strict paleo diet – no grains, no legumes (which includes peanuts!), no sweeteners, and no dairy.

After the Whole30 we are going back to more primal-style of eating; we are fans of butter, raw milk, whole and cultured yogurt, and unprocessed cheeses in moderation.

You aren’t supposed to weigh yourself during this diet, but we have been. Marc has lost about 5 or 6 pounds, I think I’ve lost maybe 2 (I’m a woman with less to lose).  I think this diet has me craving exercise though! We’ve gone walking and I do weights and exercises at home (I’ve been craving lap swimming though).

Problems or issues with the diet? None, except Marc developed a small rash middle-way on his left side of his back. Some kind of die-off maybe?

Here’s what we  ate this week:

Monday:
Breakfastcoconut almond butter smoothie / 3 eggs with spinach and 1/2 avocado
Lunch – guacamole with 1/2 avocado and 2 tsp salsa, handful of snap peas
Marc had galinha guisada without the root vegetables
DinnerCrock pot roast beef with lemon-pepper green beans

Tuesday:
Breakfast – Coconut almond butter smoothie / 3 eggs with beef neck from beef broth preparation
Lunch – 1/2 can low-sodium tuna with 1/4 cup blended roasted red pepper with 1/2 avocado
Marc had leftover roast and vegetables
Dinner – Ahi Tuna with garlic broccoli and spinach salad and paleo hummus

Wednesday:
Breakfast – Coconut almond butter smoothies – made with 1 more tbsp of almond butter, less banana, and some cocoa
Lunch – guacamole and snap peas and 1 cup grapes
Marc had leftovers from dinner and some extra salmon
Dinner – Crock pot chicken, kale, mashed sweet potatoes and tomato

Thursday:
Breakfast – coconut almond butter smoothie / 3 eggs with beef neck and tallow
Lunch – Salad with Tuna, red peppers, and hummus
Dinner – Chicken taco salad

Friday:
Breakfast – More eggs and more smoothies
Lunch – Leftover chicken taco salad
Dinner – Out to eat – Chipotle (we ordered meat, veggies, salsa, lettuce, and guacamole. The guacamole could have sugar in it, but we decided to risk it)

Snacks
Grapes, cantaloup and other fruit, raw nuts, carrots and snap peas dipped in hummus and guacamole, kombucha, and tuna and avocado.

Thoughts:

  • We need to find bacon and beef jerky without sugar!
  • I should be eating more vegetables – I’ve been relying too much on fruit and nuts

Review of MDA’s Primal Tex-Mex Tortillas

The other day Marc and I saw a recipe for primal tacos on the MDA site that left us drooling. We eat a lot of tacos and going strict paleo for 30 days makes eating tacos kind of impossible (we love those sprouted corn tortillas). So as soon as we saw that tacos may be possible we had to try!

Taken from Mark’s Daily Apple:

Primal Tex-Mex Tortillas

Makes 4 tortillas

Taken from Mark's Daily Apple

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions:

Whisk together water, eggs, olive oil and lime.

Mix together coconut flour, baking powder, cumin and chili powder.

Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, whisking as you pour so clumps don’t form.

Heat several tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, pour 1/4 cup of batter in the pan, tilting pan so the batter spreads thinly.

Let the batter sit untouched for one minute then put a lid on the pan and cook one minute more. Flip the tortilla and fry for 2 more minutes.

Unfortunately our taco shells looked nothing like the picture. Perhaps we should have used a pan the same size as the taco… The edges were crazy everywhere and I could not flip them whole to save my life.

They tasted more like egg than anything else. Almost like french toast and a crepe mixed together. You could probably use cinnamon and vanilla instead of the other seasonings and have a sweet treat.

I had plenty of sad pictures of me failing at making the taco shells, but for some odd reason they are nowhere to be found on my SD card. Anyone ever had that issue?

So we ended up pretty much having taco salad with pieces of the “tortilla.” They tasted decent but they didn’t look so great.

So we ate the taco shells, spinach and lettuce, salsa, lime juice, guacamole, and leftover chicken with homemade taco seasoning (or maybe just lots of cumin, garlic, and chili). When I use leftover chicken for tacos I heat the chicken in a pan with water and seasonings and shred it.

Crock pot chicken and broth

I’ve used the crock pot now 3 times this week – still loving it. I was babysitting my 7 month old Godchild yesterday so the crock pot made dinner prep super easy. My husband loved this chicken. It was juicy and pretty much cooked in it’s own juices all day.

All the liquid in the crock pot? That's all from the chicken.

Crock Pot Chicken and Broth

Ingredients:

  • one whole chicken (preferably organic and pastured)
  • Juice from a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

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