Menu for Day 13 of 46

Monday

Breakfast
Eggs, Bacon, & Apple

Eggs, Bacon, and An Apple

Eggs, Bacon, and An Apple

Lunch
Sliders
from the book Paleo Comfort Foods

Paleo Comfort Foods

Paleo Comfort Foods

Snack
Pork Rinds

Pork Rinds

Pork Rinds

Dinner
Apple Onion Cinnamon Pork Chops over Crockpot Butternut Squash

Dessert
Berries

Berries

Berries

Doing better!

My fingers! They are not fuzzy any longer. For this, I am immensely grateful. There really are few things that are more annoying in a non-ignorable sort of way.

Today, I’m making a CostCo run with the in-laws to pick up more of the necessaries: salt, maple syrup, extra virgin olive oil, etc.

I’m glad that the weather has calmed down since last night, when it was hailing and snowing. Today, the weather is relatively calm.

Last night, Adam and I made, for the first time, paleo chocolate chip cookies, following the recipe from Elena’s Pantry. Of course, we didn’t have all the ingredients (Do we ever?) so we substituted honey for agave nectar, and homemade almond flour for blanched almond flour. They still turned out magnificent! (If not a little bit sticky and flat…) Either way, our sweet-teeth were satisfied!

Paleo Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Friendly Chocolate Chip Cookies

I really want Elena’s Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I’m sure it’s full of amazing, paleo-friendly recipes.

On the whole, things are good. I hope they are for you too!

Happy Saturday!

Menu for Week 3 of the Whole46

Sunday

Breakfast
Zuchinni Bread with almond flour instead of coconut flour

Lunch
Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Snack
A Pear

Dinner
Easy Crockpot Beef Spareribs & Broccolini

Dessert
Frozen White Grapes

Monday

Breakfast
Eggs, Bacon, & Apple

Lunch
Sliders

Snack
Pork Rinds

Dinner
Apple Onion Cinnamon Pork Chops over Crockpot Butternut Squash

Dessert
Berries

Tuesday

Breakfast
Fresh Fruit Smoothie

Lunch
Salsa Chicken Salad with paleo mayo subbed for regular in the recipe.

Snack
A Pear

Dinner
Yellow Curry Chicken & Cauliflower Rice

Dessert
Frozen White Grapes

Wednesday

Breakfast
Fresh Fruit Smoothie

Lunch
Turkey Tacos

Snack
Clementines

Dinner
Deadwood Beef Stew

Dessert
Frozen Banana

Thursday

Breakfast
Fresh Fruit Smoothie

Lunch
Asian Ground Beef, Mushroom, and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Cups

Snacks
Clementines

Dinner
Chile Verde

Dessert
Frozen White Grapes

Friday

Breakfast
Eggs, Bacon, & Apple

Lunch
Spinach Salad w/ Bacon & Mushrooms

Snack
A Pear

Dinner
Lemon Garlic Tilapia

Dessert
Frozen White Grapes

Saturday

Breakfast
Almond Flour Pancakes w/ Berries

Lunch
Leftovers

Snack
Clementines

Dinner
Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs – I use this recipe and add O Organics brand Tomato Basil spaghetti sauce.

Dessert
Frozen Banana

Fuzzy Fingers

Woke up this morning with numbness and tingling in both of my hands. Nothing like fuzzy fingers to start your day.

I think it’s fairly safe to say that between feeling achy and fatigued yesterday and feeling fuzzy today, I’m either sick and fighting off an infection, or I’m having a relapse.

Either way, it’s fun to type!

On the more positive side of things, according to the Wii Fit, I’ve lost 2 pounds! So, week 1 of the diet did good things.

I am determined to keep a good attitude today. I think that’s gonna start with an easy-to-make smoothie.

I’m starting to realize that I like having a smoothie almost every day for breakfast. Sweetness and vitamins in the morning make it easier for me to wake up, and it doesn’t feel like work to “cook” because of the Magic Bullet blender we have. It’s just “put fruit (usually from freezer) in cup, pour juice in it, put top on cup, blend.”

My favorite smoothie is half a mug of strawberries, half a mug of blueberries, and orange juice. It’s pretty inexpensive, because Adam and I bought big bags of berries at CostCo. So for $16 of berries, I have had about a bajillion smoothies. And that’s a technical number that we can all do math by. 😉

Anyway, today I also get to start season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes, I’m still trying to get through the whole series, but it’s not like I’m sitting here doing a full-time marathon. I only watch 2-3 episodes a day. Still, that’s a lot of silly, campy, vampire and demon fighting action.

Just last night she sacrificed herself for her “sister,” Dawn. I can’t wait to find out how they bring her back. I know that in real life, that’s when the show jumped networks to the CW. I wonder how the show changes. I’m hoping for more Giles and Anya – those two characters are my favorites at the moment.

Other than that, there’s not a whole lot going on here. It’s just a good day to fold laundry and scour the kitchen counters.

Despite having a menu for today, I have no idea what I’m making for supper tonight because, in my awesomeness, I forgot coconut milk at the grocery store, which means that making curry is right out!

I’m sure I’ll figure something out. We have plenty of meat in the freezer. Right now, I’m thinking Paleo Nachos is the way to go, since we have salsa, ground beef, and all the relevant veggies, as well as fixings for Paleo Tortilla Chips.

I hope everyone is having a happy Thursday! Welcome to March, the Good Luck Month! 😀

Well Holy Crap, A Real Entry.

I’m really surprised by how wildly real life is varying from the menus that I write. I always expect them to line up. I mean, I grocery shop based on them. But yesterday looked nothing like the menu. We’d already eaten the spaghetti squash on Saturday when we were fighting the horrible urge to order a pizza, so we made something else.

Since Adam’s been championing the cause of us watching BBQ Pitmasters, and we found pork country ribs on sale for $1.48/lb at Fiesta Market in Bolingbrook, which is real close, we had ribs last night.

BBQ Pit Masters

Making BBQ sauce from scratch was really fun. I decided not to follow any recipe and just make it from scratch based on my palate. I also remember making my life easier by choosing to only use 3 measuring devices: a 1/3 cup measure, a 1/2 TBSP and a TBSP. But then I stopped using measuring implements. AH WELL. Good times anyway. 😉

The ingredients - minus honey

One of the things I’ve loved most about being on the paleo diet so far is finding out how easy and fun it is to make some of our favorite foods that are just expensive at places when you go out to eat. Like ribs! Last night’s dinner cost about $12 for us to make, but 3 of us ate! If we’d gone out to eat, each of us would have paid at least $15 a plate. Eating well at home makes me feel very rich. 🙂

Tonight, we’re having Happy Roast Chicken instead of the scheduled soup because I forgot to buy coconut milk. (Oops!) There’s something about roasting a whole bird that always looks pretty and plentiful.

Anyway, I thought it would be good to take a moment to talk about the reality of what’s going on, over on this side of the screen. Adam and I have been doing good so far, staying within the rules. 1 week of 6 DOWN! 5 to go.

How are you doing, readers? Do you like the way I have the menus set up? Do you have any requests for next week? Today, I’m putting together recipes that I want to include for next week, so that tomorrow I can give you the menu for next week. Let me know if there’s anything special you’ve been craving. Me, personally – I’ve been dying for some burgers… so mushroom-cap sliders are definitely on the way, as are recipes for homemade ketchup and mayo. I personally don’t see the point in homemade mustard.

Hope everyone is doing well. Happy Leap Day!

2 Suggested Ingredients for the Whole46

There are a couple of ingredients that I had to order online so that I could cook Asian style foods.

If you’re on the Whole46 with me, I strongly suggest picking up both Red Boat Fish Sauce and Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
(soy sauce substitute). They’re both available through Amazon. You can also get the coconut aminos through two of our advertisers, Live Superfoods or Sunfoods!

Coconut Aminos

Coconut Aminos

Menu for Day 7 of 46

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Breakfast
Eggs, Bacon, & A Sliced Apple

Eggs, Bacon & Apple

Lunch
Avocado Tuna Salad (without mayo, with double the tuna!) served in Butter Lettuce leaves or on Sesame Almond Crackers – Instead of the spices listed, add sesame seeds and rosemary!

Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado Tuna Salad from The Paleo Periodical

Snack
Pork Rinds

Pork Rinds

Pork Rinds

Dinner
Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs – I use this recipe and add O Organics brand Tomato Basil spaghetti sauce.

Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

Dessert
Your favorite kind of berries.

Berries! :)