Tales of A Paleo Mom

Weekly Meal Plan – Week of March 30th

Here are the meals planned for the week…

Week of March 29th30th (oops!)

  • Sunday:  burgers (buffalo burger for me), sweet potato fries, roasted Brussels sprouts and artichokes
  • Monday:  Balsamic Chicken, sauteed green beans, green salad
  • Tuesday:  Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-dried Tomatoes with Pasta (zucchini pasta for me)
  • Wednesday:  Roasted Chicken Pieces
  • Thursday:  Pork Tenderloin for the family but not me since it has honey in it
  • Friday:  ?
  • Saturday:  out

Today, while out shopping, I sent my daughter a picture of the prepared salads from Costco she keeps asking me to buy.  The rest of the family is technically done with their healthy eating 30 day challenge tomorrow, so Sarah had asked for the salads for lunch because her BFF brings them for lunch and “they look so good!”  Her reply to the picture, “No I changed my mind.  I’m just going to keep eating turkey rollups.”  🙂  No argument from me!

And about the healthy eating 30 day challenge…overall, I would say it was pretty successful. It turned out that the family ate healthy during the week (for the most part, husband went off more than the kids during week) and then on the weekends they got to chose what they wanted.  Most of the time, it turned out only to be Saturday night’s meal which wasn’t too bad.  We talked about the challenge over the last few days, and they want to continue to eat healthy during the week and then be allowed to make their own choices on the weekend which I think is fine for now.

Workouts have been few and far between if any.  I ran twice this week (I think) and that’s it.  I am hoping this next week slows down and I get a few lifting workouts in there.  It is hard when there is a lot going on at school and with the kids.  I just can’t get up at 5:15 right now to workout on the side yard in the cold and dark.  Maybe once things start to warm up.

Hoping this week is a little less hectic!

Off to fix dinner and prep mayo and Sweet Potato Sausage Breakfast Casserole (with homemade sausage) for this week’s breakfast.

 

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Happy Birthday Dad and Weekly Menu Plan

My dad turned 70 today!

To celebrate his birthday, my sister, brother in law, dad and I ran a 5k.  My goal was to run the whole thing, and I am happy to announce that I did it!

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Headed for the finish line!

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After the race..with our photographer and cheerleader, my mom

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My sister and I

On the flip side, I was a little disappointed that my pace was 10:49 per mile (slow poke!), but you have to start somewhere I guess.

The race my dad really wants the gang to do is The Wharf to Wharf in Santa Cruz which is a 10k on July 27.  The original discussion was to run that one to celebrate his birthday.  Then this race popped up on his actual birthday, so we decided to do this one too.  This was just a warm-up race.  (I am in TrOuBle!)  I need to start training now 😉  Eeeek!

Weekly Menu Plan (Parent-Teacher conference week means it’s a slow cooker week!  All recipes are from “Easy Paleo Slow Cooker” by Arsy Vartanian – it was a free ebook on Amazon a few weeks ago and lifesaver for this busy week!)

  • Sunday:  dinner out with family to celebrate my dad’s birthday
  • Monday:  Chicken Verde
  • Tuesday:  Smoky BBQ Beef Brisket – from Scratch!
  • Wednesday:  my mother in law is cooking dinner
  • Thursday:  Chicken, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Friday:  Paleo Pizza night? (we may sneak out of town-my husband has a long weekend)

Later this week, I will be posting about my Stitch Fix #4.  I am still trying to decide which items to keep and which to send back…

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“This Paleo Thing Isn’t So Bad” and Weekly Meal Plan

That’s what my daughter said tonight at the dinner table.  It’s only been two days, and she hasn’t complained once.  This is HUGE!  So far so good…for the most part…

Everyone is eating a much healthier diet these days in our house although we got off to a rocky start Saturday morning.  This was all due to poor planning on my part.  I thought I would just get up Saturday morning and whip up a batch of coconut flour pancakes or use my vertically challenged nut free load to make french toast sticks.  None of those appealed my husband or Sarah, so I dumped them and made Sarah two fried eggs and my husband chose a protein shake.  Joey opted for scrambled eggs, sausage and strawberries.  I spent a long time in the kitchen trying to get everyone fed.  By this time it was 11:00, and I was starving.  Fortunately, I had leftover chicken salad that I wrapped up in lettuce leaves and scarfed down along with having a cup of black coffee (was planning on doing my second Whole 30).  The rest of the day was uneventful except for dinner was prepared twice because my husband worked an extra shift and I didn’t really put much thought into having dinner on the table earlier than our normal time (poor planning at its finest again!).  Once I sat down for dinner,  I decided to have a glass of wine with dinner which isn’t something I do very often.  It was delicious with the steak, sweet potato and Romanesco cauliflower I fixed for dinner.  Only problem…no alcohol when completing the Whole 30…oops!

Sunday went much better in the morning and even lunch wasn’t an issue even though I really hadn’t done much shopping since returning from camping over the February break.  I was able to make my meal plan for the week and made three grocery lists (Costco, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods).  I finally got home by 5:00 pm and started unloading groceries and getting everything put away.  I made Chik-Fil-A from The Domestic Man which was AMAZING!  My family kept requesting chicken nuggets which used to be coated in a flour-egg batter and deep fried in canola or some other yucky oil.  While the family said these weren’t the same, the bowl was empty and everyone commented on how good they were.  THE BEST PART… no one had any tummy trouble after eating the no garbage, clean chicken nuggets.

I have decided that there is no way in the world I can do a Whole 30 this month while trying to focus on cleaning up the rest of the gang’s’ diet.  It requires too much planning.  Planning my meals and the rest of the families meals takes more time than what I have right now.  I have definitely cleaned up my diet and am working on eliminating sweets and treats as much as possible.  But Whole 30 is on hold until maybe April or May.

Here’s the meal plan and links if available for this week:

  • Sunday:  Chik-Fil-A, mashed potatoes, artichokes, leftover Romanesco cauliflower
  • Monday:  meatloaf (added an egg, 1 Tb. almond flour and placed bacon slices on top), sweet potato fries, sauteed green beans – prepared Cincinnati Chili from Paleo Indulgences and sweet potatoes for tomorrow’s lunch
  • Tuesday:  Chicken Pizza Rolls, salad
  • Wednesday:  Smashed Flank Steak unsure of the sides
  • Thursday:  pulled pork with slaw
  • Friday: Paleo Pizza Night (crust from The Domestic Man)
  • Saturday:

 

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Weekly Meal Plan

I am currently recovering from a cold.  Sucks.

Speaking of sucks….the monthly challenge thing.  I suck at doing them I guess.  I realized on Saturday night, as I lay in a sea of snotty tissues (gross…sorry!),  that it was February 1st and I hadn’t come up with a new challenge.  And I have had no motivation to think of a challenge.  Plus, the month has already started and I am sure I have blown every challenge I might possibly think up for the month in the last two days.  Oh well.  March….right?

You know what else sucks….working out lately.  I had been doing really well with my running/walking couch to 5k training thing, but I haven’t been able to run for the last few days due to not being able to breath because of this darn cold thing. And I haven’t lifted weights in a while either.  After I finished up the Strong Curves workout program, I did a few random things last week (tabata type workouts) but nothing really.  I know a break is good once in a while but the problem for me is the break becomes a week, then two, and the next thing I know it has been a month or two.  So, it’s time to get back to it.  Call me strange…but I actually miss lifting weights.  Weird-o!

I just realized that I have only posted two weekly menu plans.  Ever.  Weird..because I plan our weekly meals (dinners at least) on Sunday before going grocery shopping, so it’s just a matter of typing it and hitting the publish button.  Possibly even adding the links for a couple recipes.   Time to stop being lazy and get that going…really do need to get better at that.

Anywho…here’s this week’s menu…

  • Sunday:  Sausage Artichoke Soup (couldn’t taste a thing….boooooo!)
  • Monday:  Santa Ana Steak (but roasted in oven) with sauteed green beans and bacon (couldn’t taste a thing AGAIN, but the family said it was delicious)
  • Tuesday:  Mimi’s Chicken (but in crockpot) with broccoli and red roasted potatoes for the SAD eaters
  • Wednesday:  Pizza Meatloaves with Faux Mashed Potatoes for me and real mashed for the others
  • Thursday:  my mother in law will be doing dinner (I think)
  • Friday:  your guess is as good as mine 🙂

Have a fabulous week!

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Meal Plan Week of November 18 and Counting Down

Used my primal pal to plan this week’s dinners again and a dessert.  Here’s what on the menu for this week…

  • Sunday – my MIL cooked dinner  – BBQ tri-tip with salad
  • Monday – my MIL cooked again – beef stroganoff (I ate the beef and a spinach, bacon, egg salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.)
  • Tuesday – Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts
  • Wednesday – Smokey Pulled Pork sandwiches
  • Thursday – Paleo Grilled Chicken with Garlic Marinade
  • Friday – Pizza Tart with salad (I ended up making Sesame Orange Chicken last Friday, so put the tart back on for this week)

If you haven’t heard about or made a loaf of the best grain free sandwich bread, you are missing out!  Last year, I tried a paleo bread from a local health food store and choked on the first bite due to it being so dry.  I ended up throwing the whole loaf out which was depressing because I had spent more than I should have on it.  I had resigned to not eating bread anymore and that was fine.  UNTIL…I made this recipe last week.  Good grief…it’s amazing!   I used it for bacon and egg sandwiches, toast with jam and my favorite was french toast. I even shared with a coworker who was amazed at the texture.   I have a few things I will do different next time like use the right size bread loaf pan, make my own cashew butter, and put a pan of water in the bottom of the oven like it said in the recipe.  My loaf came out a little on the the flat side, dark brown, and didn’t look as pretty as the loaf pictured with the recipe (my daughter asked why I had a sponge on my plate at dinner), but that didn’t affect the way it tasted.  You should go make a loaf now.  It’s that good!

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Breakfast “sandwich” with the best grain free sandwich bread

Countdown:  4 days…

It’s the countdown to Thanksgiving break!  My school takes the whole week off, so I just need to survive this week of teaching and parent teacher conferences.  I have a much needed relax and recoup week planned for next week which includes doing not a thing!

Off to have a bit of Paleo Chocolate Cake and cup of decaf.  Then heading to bed.

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My Primal Pal

Dinner time is hectic in our house! My husband works swings but wants to eat dinner with the family, so we set a time in hopes that he will be able to make it.  My daughter has comp soccer three out of the five weeknights which I drive the carpool two of the nights to practice.  In order to get dinner on the table and my daughter fed before we have to leave, I need to have my crap together.   Last minute dinner plans on the way home from work aren’t going to cut it!  AND to add to the already hectic schedule, it is parent teacher conference time – so for the next week and a half I will be at school until close to 5:00 pm most nights.  If I don’t plan and prep for the week, it is a food disaster waiting to happen!

Enter Primal Pal!

While I was supposed to be filling out conference sheets for each of my darling 33 students, I decided it was a better idea to meal plan.  (I am an expert procrastinator!)  I remembered that I had purchased the Harvest Your Health package and decided to look at some of the meal plans that I could sign up for.  Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), several of the links/codes were not working and some had expired already.  I finally got Primal Pal to work and am SO HAPPY I did.

It made meal planning a cinch!  The hardest part was looking through all the yummy recipes and deciding which ones I wanted to try first!  I love that I could set my preferences-especially since the rest of the family hates fish and I only do occasional dairy.  I originally set out to just find dinner recipes, but I loved the way it was set up so much that I even planned breakfasts and lunch for myself for a couple of days.  While there were a few meals I came across that my family wouldn’t eat, most of the recipes were family friendly or could be tweaked just a bit to be so.

Even better…it made my grocery list which the quantity needed for each item, and I could check off the items I already have in stock! I then emailed myself the list and was ready to go.  I have tried grocery list apps and things before and this one is the best I have come across IMO.

BUT the best part…its free for the first 10 days.  It gives me plenty of time to test things out and see if it will really work for my family.  The price after that ranges from 9.99 a month to 89.99 a year and is worth it for me to have my planning and grocery list done with a couple of clicks.  It is money well spent to have everything planned….too bad they can’t do the shopping too!

So our meals this week…

  • Monday:  Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves (I tweaked the recipe a bit and used breadcrumbs for the other family members and almond meal in mine.)
  • Tuesday:  Roasted Balsamic Chicken
  • Wednesday:  my MIL is preparing dinner – Rump Roast
  • Thursday:  Honey Dijon Crockpot Chicken
  • Friday:  We talked about doing sushi, but I have a pizza tart on the meal plan.

Breakfasts for me will be paleo bread toast or sandwiches with a fried egg and bacon or apple pumpkin latkes.  Lunches will include leftovers from dinner (if any) or Chopped Salad with Honey Bacon Dressing (super excited about this lunch!) or pizza chili.

Off to make paleo bread and a chocolate paleo snack cake 🙂

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WOD #2 – Cindy and Weekly Menu 4/21/13

So we ventured to the “box” again on Saturday morning bright and early at 7 am.  My friend and I were looking forward to our second workout.  Things started off the same with a warm-up run and then some stretching.  In the middle of stretching, the “Crossfit dude” announced it was open gym and you get to pick your workout.  Ummmmm…wtf?  I have done one workout.  Really?

My friend and I looked at each other as others are announcing the names of their workouts.  The others were messing around.  The guy leading wasn’t the most helpful even knowing that this was only our second day.  He told us to look in the binder at women’s workouts.  We quickly turned page after page looking for a workout we could complete and finally agreed on Cindy which consists of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 air squats (we discovered mid-workout) AMRAP for 20 minutes.  Neither my friend or I can do a pull-up so we figured out how to get a band on the pull-up bar to help us.  That was funny I am sure watching us try and get out foot onto the band without sling-shooting ourselves across the room.

Then all of the sudden it was time to start.  We are going through the written exercises and I decide I should use a 20 lb. ball for the squats since the written workout just said “15 squats”.  The “dude” comes over and is correcting us telling us all the things we were doing wrong (no weight for squats, hit the floor with your chest in push-ups, extend your arms fully during the pull-ups, etc.).  My friend and I agreed he probably thought we were idiots, but seriously…it was our second day.  Tthe first workout was super easy (verses what we were thinking it was going to be) and everything was fully explained or modeled for us.

Cindy was a bitch.  We barely made the 20 minutes and I think we completed 6 rounds.  Neither one of us was really counting – we were just trying to survive the workout.  I am definitely feeling the workouts.  That’s a good thing but I am praying there are no pull-ups or push-ups in tomorrow’s WOD.  We will be hitting the “box” at 6:00 am unless the alarm clock forgets to go off 😉

My diet has been much improved except for lunch with the girls yesterday which included wine, 7 and 7, and a bit of beer were consumed along with a deep fried pickle <—–That was actually tasty. I don’t feel bad because we were celebrating me entering middle age and I feel pretty good for being 40!

Today’s Chow (not enough food or green veggies but that’s an easy fix)

  • Meal 1 – 2 hard boiled eggs, coffee with coconut milk
  • Meal 2 – In and Out protein style burger, 1/2 a ripe banana with nut butter
  • Meal 3 – carrots with avocado, rosemary garlic almonds and pistachios (yummy!)
  • Meal 4 – grass fed skirt steak with sea salt and pepper, drumstick with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper, asparagus, salad with balsamic dressing
  • Snack – a little piece of dark chocolate and a bite of pineapple while packing lunches

Today’s WOD

  • Rest day…thank goodness!

This week’s menu…

  • Sunday – Skirt steak with chive butter
  • Monday – Chicken skewers
  • Tuesday – burgers and dogs
  • Wednesday – TBD (my mother-in-law’s night)
  • Thursday – Chicken Piccata…hopefully new recipe to come after this 🙂
  • Friday –  ?
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