Saturday, January 12, 2013

Paleo Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash

Here is the final product! Delicious.

Days 7 & 8

The past couple of days have been good!! Going strong into week #2! Well... I will admit that on Thursday for lunch I ordered a protein plate from Zoe's Kitchen for lunch (cabbage, chicken, caramelized onions) and it came with feta in it. I had a small amount of feta. Which is so non-paleo, but I was starving. I had a banana for breakfast and then the Zoe's for lunch. Thursday night Matt and I went to CrossFit Coolsprings and he really liked it! We have decided to finally join a CrossFit box here in Tennessee and I am so excited. Here was the WOD:

12 min AMRAP
6 Pull-ups
8 dumb bell clean and jerks
10 Knees to Elbows
12 lunges

I did 4 rounds plus 3 pull ups

On Thursday night we had officially ran out of food. So we had breakfast/ anything left in the house for dinner! I use Louisiana hot sauce for my fried eggs because the ingredients are Paleo.

Friday I went to work and had a banana that I was going to eat for breakfast but was starving by the time I got there so I ran to Whole foods and got some sausage and fruit with a spinach/lemon/apple juice. And for lunch I had the MOST delicious bison ribs (yes, again) with cabbage and kale. 
For dinner on Friday night we met our friends Brittany and her hubby Chad and it was so much fun! It is always better to go with other Paleo people because it is fun to see how the waiter is when we order such crazy food. We went to this tasty place called Burger Up and I got a grass-fed beef burger, no bun, with bacon, guacamole and a fried egg. I also got a side of sweet potato fries which were the booommbbb! I was craving something junk foody like fries and these hit the spot. 

Today (Saturday) Matt and I woke up and ran some errands! We went to Target. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. We ate at Whole Foods and here is a picture of our plates. 
I got all the ingredients to make Paleo Meatballs. 

Paleo Meatballs 

What you Need: 
-2 lbs ground beef 
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 3 eggs
-3 carrots (shredded)
-3 stalks of celery (shredded)
-Garlic (about 6 cloves, diced)
-Spices (salt, pepper, red pepper, oregano, basil, onion powder) 
-2 large cans of Marinara sauce 

Add all of your ingredients together minus the marinara and mix together with your hands. 

Form the mixture into balls and place them in your crock pot. At first, I added only one can of marinara and it did not cover all the matballs so I threw in another can. I have it set at low and plan on cooking them for 6-8 hours.

While I am waiting I decided to try out a recipe I found on my friend Brittany's blog for Paleo coffee creamer. Check it out! Coffee Creamer

Mine is sitting in my fridge waiting for me to buy a coffee maker and to make coffee. We are heading today to get one and I can't wait to finally have a working one at home.

I wil post pictures of the meatballs with spaghetti squash later tonight. Hope everyone has a great weekend :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Days 5 & 6

The past couple of days have been busy with work and Matt not feeling well (I think he has a minor head cold) but we ate Paleo! I made A TON of Turkey Cabbage on Monday knowing we would eat a lot of leftovers these next couple of days. So for lunch on Tuesday I had eggs before I headed to work and each of us had Turkey Cabbage for dinner. Yesterday- I had a banana before heading to yoga, then I had a 3 hour meeting before work and during that meeting I had an apple and some nuts, then I had work until 8 PM. Around 5ish I became STARVING. I did not have a break yesterday because my shirt was only 4 hours in the actual store although I had not eaten since 11 I ran to Whole Foods (literally, ran) and got the two Paleo things on the hot cart. I got 2 little sweet potato wedges and 2 DELICIOUS bison ribs. I ran back and ate them like an animal and 6 minutes later (impressive, I know) I was back on the floor feeling full and happy. For dinner my friend and I got Chipotle and headed back to the house and ate it with plantain chips. So Chipotle is one place you can always count on a Paleo meal if you have nothing cooked. I get a burrito bowl- no rice, no beans, with fajita vegetables, double meat, pico de gallo, hot salsa, guacamole and lettuce. It is actually really tasty and it is super convenient. Today is Thursday and we have officially ran out of food and funds lol. I have to wait to go to the store until tomorrow so tonight we decided to have breakfast for dinner once Matt gets home and we are trying out a new CrossFit TOGETHER at 6:30 tonight. I am so excited because it has been forever since Matt has had time to go to CrossFit with me and I am so happy!

Oh I forgot- one of these days I made a Paleo Breakfast Cake thing and it was delicious. I got it from my friend Brittany's blog.. her and her husband are also doing the Paleo challenge! Here is her blog:

Brit's Blog

and the recipe of the breakfast cake- it is so easy and literally took me 5 minutes to make. Here is a picture of my final product:

Monday, January 7, 2013

I think I am obsessed with cauliflower... and Day 4

No...but seriously. I think I may have a slightly unhealthy obsession with cauliflower. But you know what- someone has to give it some credit! People always bash on these nice little white trees. And guess what...I don''t really like broccoli. I said it. I never have. When I was a kid my parents had to tell me they were little trees so I would eat it and the only reason I would eat little trees is because I LOVED The Land Before Time and Littlefoot ate trees. Feels good to get that out in the open. Today is the BCS National Championship game and I really wanted to make a tailgate-like spread for Matt so he could eat and enjoy the game. I was at Whole Foods buying olives, apparently olives made with gold from their price tag, and I went to find some dip. You have to have dip while watching football. So I found this artichoke type spread that only had one ingredient that looked iffy and I was about to buy it anyways when I realized this tiny little spread Matt would eat in like 10 seconds was 8 DOLLARS! So I decided I was going to INVENT a Paleo dip. And while driving home I thought to myself what would make a good dip? And the first thing that flashed in my brain was a picture of some cauliflower. So I called my BFF Brooke and asked her if I was cray cray or if it might be possible to make a dip from my little friend cauliflower. She encouraged me to try- although we both had some serious doubts. I also chatted with my friend Claire and mentioned my plan and she said I wasn't crazy either. So I did. And let me tell you something- this dip is freakin' delicious. And because I want to package and sell it one day I wasn't sure if I should share the recipe but then I remembered I always make plans to have businesses and there is a 99% chance I will never package and sell it so here it is!!

Aubrey's Cauliflower Garlicky Yummy Dip I need a new name. If someone makes this and eats it then comment and give me a better idea! lol.

What you need: 
-a bunch of cauliflower 
-garlic cloves 
-olive oil 
-some artichokes in olive oil 
-some roasted red peppers in olive oil 
-spices (roasted red pepper, garlic, powder, salt, pepper) 

Okay I am going to be honest. I just threw a bunch of stuff in my food processor and did not measure. Sorry, I know thats awful but trust me I will be improving and making this again and will pay more attention next time.

First- cut your cauliflower off the stem and in little chunks. Add some garlic powder, salt and pepper and throw them in the oven with olive oil.

Let them cook at 350 for about a half hour or until the ends start to brown. Let the cauliflower cool.

Next- throw the cauliflower and about 5 cloves of garlic into your food processor. Slowly add olive oil and it processes. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of red pepper flakes. I had some leftover artichoke and roasted red peppers in olive oil from Whole Foods so I threw those in (probably 2 pieces of artichoke and 4 little red peppers- 1 cup of this mixture all together).

Keep processing until it has the consistency of hummus. Put it in the fridge to cool completely and enjoy with veggies and plantain ships!

BOOM. A healthy dip recipe? Who thought it was possible...but it was thanks to (drumroll please)

Okay I will shut up about cauliflower and tell you about the rest of the day. I woke up and had a banana then I worked out. I was STARVING afterwards and went to Whole Foods before work. Their scrambled eggs had dairy and the breakfast ham had wheat. So I got a piece of roasted chicken and some hard boiled eggs from the salad bar and it was quite a good breakfast. I skipped lunch and had a piece of the Paleo Breakfast Bread- and here is that recipe:

Paleo Breakfast Bread (adapted from Elana's Pantry) 
½ cup creamy roasted almond butter
2 eggs
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
In a large bowl, with a hand blender, mix almond butter until creamy
Mix in eggs, honey, vanilla and stevia
Add salt, baking soda and cinnamon
Mix well with hand blender until all ingredients are combined
Transfer batter into a well greased 8x8 inch Pyrex baking dish
Bake at 325° for 12 to 15 minutes

For dinner we had Turkey Cabbage   and then I made the platter for tailgate time! 

Overall- Day 4 was a success! 

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 
-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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