Sunday, January 6, 2013

Paleo Challenge 2013 Days 2 & 3

Here is a quick recipe for the meatloaf I made yesterday: 

Paleo Meatloaf II 

What you need: 
-2lbs ground beef (grass fed preferred) 
-2 eggs 
-1 cup almond flour 
-1 onion (diced)
-Handful of spinach 
-1 8 oz can tomato paste 
-Garlic (diced)
-Spices to your liking (I used s & p, basil, oregano) 

It is REALLY easy to make. Throw all your ingredients in a big bowl and mix it with your hands. 
Then form it into a loaf and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour. (Mine always ends up taking longer than an hour. If the outside part starts to brown and it is still pink/red on the inside just cover with aluminum foil and continue cooking)

These brussel sprouts were delish. I bought the microwave type and microwaved them half the time. Then I cut them up in small pieces and tossed them with olive oil, salt and pepper and then threw them in the oven with the meatloaf during the last 20 minutes or so. 

DAYS 2 & 3 
So yesterday and today we have successfully eaten Paleo- BOOM! The first couple days are easy then the middle of the first and second week SUCKS then its smooth sailing the rest of the time! So let's start with yesterday. I had a banana again for breakfast then headed to work. I know my plan was the Paleo bread but I kept forgetting honey every time I was at the store so I couldn't make it. For lunch I had leftover meatloaf and some of an apple. For dinner I made some Rosemary Chicken, but it ended up being different than the last time I made it because Trader Joes barely had ANYTHING when I was shopping there so I couldn't find a whole chicken cut up. I could only find chicken breasts. I cut two large chicken breasts in half and rubbed them with olive oil, salt, pepper and lemonpepper. Then I added them to a baking dish with fresh rosemary on top and baked at 350 degrees for 30-45 ish minutes. I threw a bag of steam-able broccoli in the microwave for half the time recommended and took it out then cut it in a bunch of small pieces. I mixed it with some olive oil, salt and pepper and threw it in the oven with the chicken when there was about 15 minutes left. It ended up tasting really crispy and good!

For breakfast the next day we had eggs and bacon- YUM! Then we headed out to run a ton of errands. We went to the Nashville Farmer's Market, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. It was a fun day of driving around and shopping for food. I know we were supposed to have Tilapia tonight but I got really sidetracked and ended up buying the ingredients for some southern greens. Matt said there is a southern recipe called "Hoppin' John". I have never heard of this but since he is southern I will take his word for it. He said it is usually consists of turnip greens, rice, sausage and black eyed peas. Since we can't have black eyed peas I made it the best I could, Paleo-style. I will call this recipe- 

"Hoppin' Paleo"

What you need: 

For the Greens: 
-A few bushels of turnip greens (we bought two pounds, and had leftovers)
-A ham hock or any fatty part of a pig 
-Bacon 
-Butter
-Chicken Stock (I forgot to buy some so I had to use the dumb little packets- not very Paleo, regular old chicken stock is MUCH better) 
-Spices (Salt, pepper, a dash of cayenne, oregano) 
-Hot Sauce (I use Louisiana Hot sauce) 
-1 onion 
-5-6 cloves of Garlic 
-16 Cups of Water (OR enough to fill your pot and cover your greens) 

First we will go over the greens. I bought them straight from the farmer's market so they came in a garbage bag and looked like they were just pulled out of the ground. I also bought the ham from the farmer's market. 
Quick warning: buying the greens like this was awesome because they were SO fresh and we were supporting local farms. The downside: Holy Shiz. This took me FOREVER. I also had NO IDEA what I was doing so I would like to thank Paula Deen's website for some major help. 

Anyways, in order to get the leaves off of the smaller stems I would pull off a stem and then hold it in my left hand and use my right hand to strip them in an upward motion. I took the leaves and placed them in a bowl. 
Next I cut up a couple pieces of bacon and cooked them with some butter in a big pot. Then I added the ham. I let these cook until they were almost done and added all the chopped up garlic and onions to the mix. I let all of these things cook for about 5 minutes while I added spices. Then I added all the water and the chicken packets. (If you have chicken stock I would add that first- maybe 8 cups or HALF of the amount you need to cover the greens I would let that cook for a few minutes then add the water) 
Let this mixture come to a boil while you cut the greens. Grab your greens and stack some on top of each other. Then roll them into a small burrito like roll. And cut the ends off so they end up in little strips. 
After letting the mixture boil for 10 minutes or so I added the greens to the pot. I let this come to a boil and then I let these greens cook for about 45 minutes while I finished the rest of dinner. I got some spicy italian sausage and coated them in olive oil then stuck them in the oven at 250 degrees for about 45 minutes. At the end of the 45 minutes I had to bring the temp up to 300 degrees. I kept it so low because you don't want the sausages to dry out. Halfway through flip them! 
With about 10-15 minutes left to go before the sausages and the greens were done I made some Garlic Cauliflower Rice. 

"Garlic Cauliflower Rice" 
What you need: 
-1 pack of cauliflower 
-5 cloves of garlic 
-Olive oil 

This was VERY simple and VERY delicious. All you do is throw the cauliflower and garlic cloves in the food processor, process them, add a little olive oil to a pan and saute them until they are warm and cooked. DONE. 
 THEN FINALLY WE ARE ALMOST DONE! Plate this delicious dinner by grabbing a bowl, putting the cauli rice, then the greens, then top it off with some spicy sausage. Matt loved this dinner so much he said it was the best thing I have ever made! I think it had a lot to do with the fact that he helped me (because this is an intense recipe) and the ingredients were fresh from the farmers market. overall it was awesome. 
Hope you enjoy :) 

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