Sunday, September 28, 2014

Weekly Menu

What are we gonna do with all this produce?
Here's the plan.

eggs, coffee, heavy whipping cream
peanut butter mug cake (for the kids, their request)

leftovers (adults)
packed school lunches (kids) - pb&j rice cakes, bell peppers & ranch, apples or peaches

After school snack:
dried mango

Monday - tropical chicken burgers (these are a lot of work but worth it; I omit the jalapeno)
Tuesday - chocolate chili, guacamole
Wednesday - carnitas or tacos al pastor
Thursday - roasted chicken thighs and green beans
Friday - perfect pork tenderloin (I do it according to these cooking directions.)
Saturday - chicken avocado pizza on my homemade grain-free crust
*humongous salad and salad dressing with everything

I'll probably need to pick up a few more things at the store midweek, for breakfasts, snacks, and lunches. But at least dinners are lined out for the week :) Have a good Sunday!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekend Eats, Reads, & Grocery Shopping

I guess I'm on a roll with blogging consecutive days :)

Here are a couple things I'm cooking up this weekend-

Here's what I'm reading , in addition to textbooks, of course. It's for a book study. (affiliate link)

If you like, read, or write a food blog, you can relate to these comments.

I went to the grand opening of Sprouts. They had some good sales! All this (plus some sausages that we ate for lunch) cost $81. Now I'm off to deal with the lettuce.

The menu plan will go up tomorrow.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Brain Dump Ahead...

SLEEP. I heart sleep. I need to sleep more. Here's justification for it if for some reason you need it. Don't feel guilty. It makes you a better person. Seriously.

I was really excited for today because I didn't have to drive anywhere. Except for the gym, but that doesn't count.

I don't know where I've been, but I just started watching The Blacklist. Because I need something else to do!

Shady neighborhoods rule. Makes fall that much more lovely. When we first moved here last spring, I was kinda worried this was a "shady" neighborhood, figuratively speaking. Turns out, it's not. It's just meat and potatoes. I kinda love it.

…It's decorative gourd season again.

Beautiful words: reconciliation, redemption, restoration, revitalization. I just like them.

One of my favorite blogs to read. Pretty sure I've said that before, and it is still true.

One favorite staple from Trader Joe's: coconut flour. The last time I bought some coconut flour from the bulk bin at Whole Foods it made everything way too dry, but this stuff works better and at $2.99/lb or something like that (I think?), it can't be beat. Thumbs up.

Another recent favorite: everything seasoning. If you need to keep some all-purpose seasoning at work or wherever you eat other than home, this is a decent one-size-fits-all accessory to keep in the office kitchen.

Time to hit the books!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Paleo Pizza Crust

Finally, I am going to share this recipe with you! It is a grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, almond flour-free crispy pizza dough. It serves as a thin but sturdy base for topping with all your meats and veggies! Hope you enjoy it!

Please note:
  • I like thin, crispy pizza crust.
  • That was a change for me after "going paleo" so to speak.
  • I had my first successful attempt at paleo pizza crust using the recipe from Primal Cravings (my fav cookbook).
  • That recipe uses gelatin, and since I often find myself without gelatin handy, I adapted it according to what I keep on hand.
  • I'm not big on flours, but we do usually keep these two in the cupboard: tapioca flour (Bob's Red Mill is usually in stock at my local grocery store in the baking aisle) and coconut flour (from Trader Joe's or the local store). Most paleo/primal baking I do uses these two flours. I find them more affordable than almond flour.
  • My local store, Price Chopper, also has potato starch. This is the only recipe I use it in, so it lasts a good while.
  • I use a baking stone, which probably helps the crust get crispier faster.
  • Pizza is one of my kids' favorite foods. Of course :)

1 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup potato starch
1 Tablespoon coconut flour
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil (plus more for baking stone)
1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 400ยบ F.
2. Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Dough will be somewhat runny and spreadable.
3. Drizzle additional olive oil on baking stone and spread to cover.
4. Pour dough onto baking stone and carefully spread to desired shape. Make it thin!
5. Bake for 16-18 minutes.
6. When crispy, remove from oven. Crust should be able to be lifted off pan in one piece.

Top with sauce or toppings and return to oven to finish baking as desired.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Menu

Keeping it simple to start the week...

eggs, kale
pumpkin waffles ( still on a egg strike)
coffee, cream

sliced pork tenderloin (cooked like this, but with jerk seasoning)
tortilla chips

After school snack:
rice cakes with peanut butter and fruit jam

Monday - slow cooker beef stew over cauliflower mash (didn't have it last week)
Tuesday - burrito bowls
Wednesday - slow cooker 2 ingredient roast beef, salad with dressing, butternut squash
Thursday - baked salmon, broccoli, (and rice for the kids)
Friday - shepherd's pie, salad with dressing
Saturday - leftovers

Pork tenderloin and rump roast are on sale at Price Chopper this week.

Posting this with no photo! I'll add one after I go to Costco, if I remember :) Have a good Sunday!


OK, here is $85 worth from Costco.

A pretty boring trip to Costco. I left the tp in there to keep it real. Reminds me of buying loads of it as a teenager with my high school team before we decorated our coach's massively treed yard in the middle of the night as an annual tradition… and my friend telling the cop that was eyeing us as we carried it out of the store, "We have diarrhea!" My teenage self thought it was brilliant and hilarious. Also, I don't like their eggs very much, so I'll mostly be trying to make other things with them. Nothing compares to farm eggs once you've tried them. I need to find a new source. Other items include organic salad greens, organic ground beef (there's 4 lbs. there somewhere), kerrygold butter, guacamole, unsweetened peanut butter, and tortilla chips (I was bummed they didn't have their organic ones.) That is all!

sharing the menu here :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Menu (...better late than never!)

What's to eat this week?
I was asking myself this yesterday. I was feeling uninspired.
I looked at my fall dinners from last year for some ideas. Nothing sounded good.
So, I just went to the store and bought the essentials. Price Chopper and Aldi. Spent $110.
Ends up I'm going to be using some of those ideas.
Time has been tight lately. Life is not bad... Just intense!

2 things:
We hardly ever throw out food, but I have had to throw away some kale and other lettuce lately because we didn't eat it in time and it got stinky. Yuck. So I didn't buy salad this week because I wasn't feeling it. Also, these tacos? I made them last week with pork chops. I didn't braise or brown the pork before putting it it in the slow cooker because I am lazy. And then I had to carefully pick out the bones at the end. It was still great. I'll make them again. I threw some soy sauce (yes we eat it) and sriracha and lime juice on the shredded cabbage and it totally worked.

Here's what I have the ingredients to make this week-

lemon rasberry swirl muffins (from Juli's book)
easy pancakes (1 banana, 2 eggs, 1 T. nut butter, vanilla)*
coffee, cream

*These two recipes are surprisingly very similar on ingredients.

rice cakes with sun butter and jam (kids)
carrots, grape tomatoes, hummus
apples, or clementines
leftovers (adults)

tortilla chips with beef, cheese, sour cream, and homemade salsa (lazy route tonight)
korean beef (paleo version) and broccoli
slow cooker beef stew with cauliflower mash
homemade primal pizza, green beans
sloppy joes and roasted acorn squash

Good night!!
(go here for more ideas)
Real Food Recipe Roundup via Musings of a Housewife and Sassy Moms in the City

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Hump Day!

Here are the groceries I bought at Price Chopper this week. Soooo exciting. That is a butt ton of corn tortillas. Apples were 88¢ a pound. I should have gotten more. They aren't organic, though. Usually Trader Joe's has organic apples for a good price in the fall. I'm keeping my eyes open for those.

What are all those corn tortillas for, you ask? Kids' lunches. And maybe this for dinner tonight (without flour obvs.) because we are living on the edge.

I have a lot of writing to do. So I'm putting it off by writing about other things here :)

Every fall I get the itch to cut bangs. Did it the past 2 years. This year I'm telling myself no.

I like this quote.

I'm going to bed at 9pm every night this week.

That's really soon. And this is a really exciting post. I guess I'll finish it in the morning. Maybe I'll have something more interesting to say then :)


In celebration of our Ikea opening, make some of these meatballs. Tell me if they are any good. I haven't actually made them. I think I put them on the menu plan a few weeks back but didn't get around to them.

The idea of wallpaper is growing on me. Reminds me of my childhood, in a comforting way.

What's your opinion on short curtains? They always look like high-water pants to me. I guess if done correctly to the windowsill, they don't? Still, they make me think of a motel or RV. I'm trying to reconsider, but just not sure. See page 20. I'm pretty sure I'm thinking way too hard about it.

Someday when I have too much time on my hands I'll make homemade ketchup.

Something non-sugary for all you fall lovers. P.S. I like fall, too. Also. You could make your own. If you are cheap like me.

That's all.
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