Paleo Kids–Food Recognition

As an introduction to our new Paleo diet, I taught the kids how to recognize the foods we will eat and the foods we will avoid.  Essentially I told them to look for foods with one ingredient.  I gave them a bunch of food sale ads and had them cut out foods that qualify as Paleo and those that don’t.  They then glued the pictures onto a plate of Paleo food and a plate of foods to avoid.  They both did surprisingly well at the project and it was great to see them getting on board with the diet.

Here’s what their final projects for Paleo food plates looked like:

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Paleo Weekly Menu–Week 1

This week will be a huge learning curve for me figuring out how to cook without grains, legumes and carbs.  We eat a lot of noodles, rice and bread so this will be interesting but I’m excited.  You can read why we are attempting the Paleo diet here

I scoured the internet for Paleo menu plans, recipes and shopping lists only to get completely overwhelmed.  So instead of using some of the more complex Paleo recipes out there, I’m going to use this matrix and will cook mostly simple meals this first week.

Monday–this is our last non-paleo day and I’ll be using ingredients we have on hand to make a tofu, bok choy, noodle stir fry.

Tuesday–Meatloaf and green beans

Wednesday–Taco salad

Thursday–Fish (probably salmon) and sweet potatoes

Friday–Baked Chicken and veggies

Saturday–Veggie soup

Sunday–Meatballs and spaghetti squash

Breakfasts: eggs, bacon, leftovers, fruits and yogurt, smoothies

Lunches:  Tuna salad, egg salad,  shrimp on salad, veggie platters,

Snacks: Nuts, dried fruit, veggies, fruit

Shopping list:

Ground beef

Fish

Whole fryer chicken

Bacon

Shrimp

Eggs

Canned Tuna

Canned Salmon

Dried Fruit

Nuts

Frozen veggies

Spaghetti squash

Green beans

Lettuce

Tomatoes

Peppers

Spaghetti sauce

Chicken broth

Sweet potatoes

Frozen fruit

Yogurt

Fresh fruites

Fresh veggies

Fresh herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary)

Coconut oil

Stevea

Coffee

Juice

Pre Paleo Party

We have decided to try out the Whole30–do 30 days of a Paleo diet and see how it goes from there.  We are including the kids in this. This week is going to consist of teaching about nutrition and learning how to eat on a Paleo diet (as well as reasons why).

The first step of going Paleo is cleaning out your pantry from all things that are not on the diet (carbs, grains, legumes, etc). I really don’t like wasting food so I didn’t want to just throw it all in the garbage. When the kids woke up I had a surprise for them–I told them they could eat any of the food items I had on the counter all day long.  They could eat all the cookies, all the chips, all the crackers they wanted to their hearts content.

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They went crazy!

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Party time!

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Enjoy, little children, enjoy,  ’cause starting tomorrow you’ll become a cave man and you’ll be eating only meats and veggies!

Weekly Menu-3/11-3/18

This week we are going heavy on the meat because Lent starts next week.  Next week we will start a vegetarian and gluten free menu for 40 days.

Monday–Beef Tacos (so simple: fry beef with taco seasoning packet, warm taco shells, serve with tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc)

Tuesday–Corned Beef and Cabbage 

Wednesday–Yaki Udon

Thursday–Rubins (with left over corned beef)

Friday–Frozen Dinner

Saturday–Broiled Steak and veggies

Sunday–Eat Out

Weekly Menu 3/4-3/10

As much as I love cooking for my family, there are some weeks when it just needs to be simple.  This week is going to one of them.

Here’s what’s on the menu for the up coming week:

Monday: Broccoli Cheese Soup (using my all time favorite recipe mmmm!)

Tuesday:  Beef Tacos

Wednesday:  Tortellini Soup 

Thursday:  Sausage Bake

Friday:  Veggie Quesadillas

Saturday:  Eat Out

Sunday:  Frozen Dinner

Cooking Tips

As I find them, I’ll share them.  My two favorite cooking tips that I use all the time are:

1. Wine.  Even if you don’t drink it, I suggest having a bottle of wine around to use while cooking.  My favorite is an inexpensive bottle of port.  (But I’ve used boxed wines and white wines) I add it mostly to anything sautéed and to meat while it is cooking.  It brings a very gourmet flavor to the dish. (And if you add it in the beginning, all the alcohol gets cooked out).

2. Sugar (or honey or agave). I always add sugar to anything with tomatoes (or similarly acidic).  It cuts that distinct tangy sensation and brings out the flavors.

Happy cooking!!

Posole Recipe

This is a favorite meal for dinner parties–I can prepare it ahead of time and it’s something unusual.  Oh and it’s super delicious!  I usually double this recipe and adjust the seasonings according to taste–I always adjust flavors in recipes.

Pork Posole

1 Onion chopped

1 Clove Garlic

2 lb Chopped Pork

2 TB Vegetable oil

Saute all together until meat is slightly browned.  Add to soup:

32 oz Chicken broth

1 tsp Chili

1 1/2 tsp Oregano

1 1/2 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Cardamom

1/2 Cup fresh cilantro

1 Bay leaf

1 32 oz can hominy

Bring all to boil.  Add meat. Simmer for 1 hour.  Garnish with fresh cilantro, shredded cheese (parmesan or cheddar) and serve with a hearty bread.