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Breakfast Casserole

This is quick, easy, and delicious! (That’s what she said).  It takes a bit of prep and then I cut it into 6 big pieces and its breakfast for a week.  And it has all the tasty breakfast foods in one dish.

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Ingredient List:
3 big sweet potatoes
a bag of frozen peppers and onions
big bag of fresh spinach
1 package of bacon
1 lb of breakfast ground sausage
12 eggs

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Peel and chop your sweet potatoes into chunks and steam them until the are cooked.  While those are steaming cook your sausage in a pan.  Chop up the bacon and then cook it after you take the sausage out.  Keep all the fat in the pan.

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Then cook the spinach down in the fat from the meat.

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Cook the peppers and onions in the same pan after you remove the spinach.  Then start layering in the pan.  Potatoes on the bottom.  Cover them up with the sausage then the bacon.  Take your cooked spinach and add it on top.  Then add the peppers and onions.  Next, take your dozen eggs and beat them in a bowl and pour over the top.

Bake the whole thing in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes.  Let it cool a little and cut it into 6ths (or 8ths whatever floats your boat).  Grab a fork and enjoy!

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Meal Planning + baby

I am lucky that Anthony eats pretty much everything.  He goes through spurts where he won’t eat certain things (this week its chicken) but mostly he eats anything and everything.  Thankfully, this makes meal planning pretty easy.  He eats what I eat.  I am back to meal planning consistently as of this week.  Someone does get a little impatient when he is not swiftly being fed (don’t mind the photo bombing cat).image2

For breakfast most days we do eggs and some meat.  Anthony has his at the gym (mostly because it entertains him).  I make him 2 eggs in a little circle and cut it like pizza (triangles) and he happily eats that in his stroller.  I also bring him lots of little snacks (fine motor skills, yo!); things like dried fruit, raisins, and plain chex (gluten free not paleo).  Then he has a bottle.  Can you say piggy?!  I do bacon and eggs and a protein shake when I get home.

Lunches now that it is just the two of us are often left overs from the night before, or sliced deli meat and avocado and fruit, or anything we have on hand.  Seriously, we do TONS of left overs.  When you make a whole meal and its a 10 month old and yourself it rarely gets finished.  This also makes lunch easy peasy.  Little man also loves him some uncured, all natural beef hot dogs.  He INHALES them.  Good kid food, still decent for him.

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Dinners, I typically plan to make 4 different dinners during the week.  On Wednesdays we still do family dinner and have mexican (fajitas, just the meat, veggies, guac, and pico); Anthony usually has a shredded chicken taco and sliced avocado, or he inhales off my plate.  We do left overs on the “non-fresh” nights.  No point in wasting food.  Here is what this week looked like dinner wise.

Sunday: 5 ingredient spaghetti squash pizza from paleomg.com (I added diced chicken for more protein).  This was also lunch most of the week.

Monday: Grilled chicken, cauliflower rice, and steamed veggies.

Tuesday: left overs

Wednesday: family dinner

Thursday: Seared scallops, sweet potato, veggies

Friday: Tilapia, veggies, sweet potatoes

Saturday: BBQ grilled pork loin and veggies

Sunday: more leftovers

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Since, I am trying to get food ready, entertain the baby, and keep the house in show ready condition we are living the simple life.  Going back to the basics is never a bad thing.  And really, Anthony doesn’t mind leftovers at all!  He is also seriously digging seafood these days.  Good news when we get up to Boston the seafood is sooooo much better!

As far as snacks go we do lots of fresh fruit, sometimes veggies, protein shakes (paleo protein, almond milk, frozen fruit), raisins, trail mix (nuts, dried fruit, whatever you please; I make a big bag and we have it all week), sliced avocado, sometimes a paleo treat like cookies or something.  Again, simple is good.  Things that I can throw in little containers is amazing incase we need to vacate the house quickly.

What are your go to meals?  What are the complex ones you love and are worth the time?  Next week I may get a little crazy early in the week but we will see.

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So Fresh Salad

So its that fabulous time of year when everyone has a garden and has vegetables coming out of their ears.  We plant a little garden but seem to be inheriting lots of goodies this year!  We also do a ton of grilling because its quick and easy; and when you live in the south and its 100+ every day you don’t want to light the oven.

We have a bunch of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes that we inherited.  We also had left over grilled chicken that I had pre-sliced in finger grabbing sized pieces (great snack!).  Last night we had no dinner, a baby going through a growth spurt so he lives on my boob, and 2 grumpy adults that were hungry.  We threw this quick and easy salad together.

Here is what you need:

2 cups diced cucumbers
1 cup sliced or diced tomatoes (we used cherry tomatoes and just sliced em’ in half)
2 avacados sliced
2 cups chicken breast diced and cooked
6 table spoons of avocado oil
4 table spoons lemon juice
salt
pepper
italian seasoning

Dice it up, and mix it together.  It was delicious, fresh, quick, and easy!

image1-9The picture is dark because it was my second helping and I took it with my cell while nursing.  You could mix it up with the seasonings anyway you like or add more veggies.

What fresh salads do you like?  How do you use fresh veggies in tasty ways?

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Quick Stuffed Chicken

I haven’t posted any new recipes lately — my bad!  This has become one of my favorites.  Really you can stuff the chicken with anything you want.  This particular time I used spinach and roasted red peppers.  You can also use bacon, ham, any sliced veggies.  Get creative.  Mix it up!  Feeling greek?  Use some diced egg plant and olives!  Get crazy and let me know what you come up with!

What you need:
– 3-4 chicken breasts (based on how many people you are feeding and how much they eat)
– Stuffing ingredients (again anything you like) — this one I used a handful of spinach and roasted red peppers (canned in olive oil because ain’t nobody got time for roasting their own peppers
– salt
– pepper
– garlic powder
– onion powder

Butterfly your chicken and be careful not to cut all the way through.  Then stuff those bad boys with whatever tickles your fancy.  Close em up and stick a tooth pick in them to hold it shut (I use mini spears so I don’t forget about toothpicks and eat one…I am spastic like that).  Then sprinkle the top of each breast with some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.

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Cook at 350 for about 45 minutes.  Cut your chicken open to make sure it cooked through.  They roast up all good and tasty.  I am also a fan of this  leftover so make extra and have it for lunch the next day!

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Thats it!  10 minutes of prep and a tasty meal.  Also a great way to hid veggies for those who aren’t big fans.   I made this with some sweet potato fries.  Just chop them up, coat in some olive oil, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and crushed red pepper.  Cook in the oven at 400 for 45 minutes flipping once.  (Secret: preheat the pan in the oven…I don’t know why but it works so much better)!

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And here is a little instagram funny because I think Jason Khalipa is the greatest person ever!

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Recipes I love!

I get asked all the time..what are your favorite paleo recipes?  Shit, if I know people….I don’t know what you like.  I know what I like, I know what hubs likes (or what he’s going to eat because I cook), I know what I don’t like…but I do not know what you want to eat!  So I usually respond with a few good websites and then the counter response is “Well what is good on there?”.  People click around….if it looks tasty make it.  Thats what I do.  But hey, I am here to be helpful so I have compiled a list of the top 10 things I am digging right now.  These are in no order and I’ve provided my own little side commentary (you’re welcome!) .  Keep in mind I don’t eat cow so there is none of that listed below.  Sometimes I make it for hubs, but since I can’t tell you if its tasty or not its not making the list.

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1. Acorn Squash by Paleomg.  I make this for dinner not breakfast…I am crazy like that.  Its amazing!  Hubs would eat it every meal if I would let him.  My issues with it…it takes a long time and I struggle to cook the egg to the right consistency.  None the less its tasty and a great warm meal on a cold day.

2. Bacon Butternut Squash Soup by Civilized Caveman.  This stuff is the bomb.com!  I have found that I have to double blend it in the blender to get a real smooth consistency (I have issues with texture).  So I move it from pot to blender to bowl to blender back to pot.  Make sure you take the middle piece out of your blender top and cover it with a towel when you carefully blend or you will have a real bad hot explosion…trust me on this one.  This is also great left over or frozen.  I almost always make a double batch because we go through that much of it!

3.  Protein Bites by Paleomg.  I made these for the last competition I did and holy crap they were a life saver.  Great between workouts.  Very tasty.  No texture issues.  And the whole gym LOVED THEM!  Know whats cool…when 40 people walk around a competition talking about your balls.  Yup…real cool team.   I like to keep em in the house now for a quick bite.  Also, I use chocolate protein because I am a badass like that.

4.  Crockpot Mexican Chicken by Me.  Ready for this…throw chicken breast in your crockpot, dump salsa on it, crock for 6 hours.  Whip up some cauliflower rice and serve it together.  Can you say easy peasy?  This is one of my quick go to meals because I can throw it together in about 14 seconds flat and not worry about it.  No, it doesn’t matter what kind of salsa you use…again whatever you like.  Sometimes I get crazy and use a jar and some fresh stuff…WOAH!

5.  Sausage with peppers and onions by Me.  Yeah 2 in a row.  82.7% of the time I am all for quick and easy.  I boil italian sausages then put a little grill on them in a pan.  I use frozen peppers and onions especially if I am cramped for time them BAM…dinner in 20.

6.  Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets by Stupid Easy Paleo.  If you do not live in the south and haven’t had Chick-fil-A you don’t know what you are missing.  Don’t worry I didn’t either.  But good news…you can now make these at home and paleo style.  They are real good!!  Make sure the oil in the pan is super hot or it will all go to hell in a hand basket.  And yes, soak the chicken in pickle juice.  I don’t know why but it works so do it!

7.  Shepard’s Pie by Me.  I like this because its mostly left overs!  I also am slightly obsessed with pulled pork currently.  Hubs isn’t a huge fan of this and he’d much rather acorn squash but it works.  And again you get some good leftovers for lunches!

8.  Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie by Paleomg.  This is a new one from Julie (yeah, I talk about her like we are friends and she doesn’t know I exist…don’t judge me!).  I’ve already made it twice and its on the menu for this week again.  I add all sorts of crazy stuff….pepperoni, peppers, bacon…whatever you like on your pizza throw it in there!  Someone at work added mushrooms and olives and said it was amazing (I like neither mushrooms nor olives but word on the street is tasty).

9.  Brownies by Elanas Pantry.  These are fudgey, chocolate, gooey, amazingness!  Yeah, paleo police me….use dark chocolate it…call it a treat.  You’ll thank me for bringing this into your life and Elana for creating it.  I’ve made about 6,000 brownie recipes and as far as standard brownies with no frills go these are the best!

10.  Chocolate Chip Cookies by Paleo Plan.  There are some BAD paleo cookie recipes out there…this is not one of them.  Its actually the only one I use when I make cookies anymore.  The gym kids love and eat them and generally don’t notice a difference.

Are you still reading?  Why?!  You should be in the kitchen or at the store buying stuff to make these awesome recipes.  What are some of your favorites out there?  Clearly you can tell the websites I like based off my list.  Enjoy!

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Apple Crisp!

Ok people…it took some work but I’ve got this one down.  The first one I did in a crock pot and it was not good.  Read: mushy and well…mushy!  So after some finessing this didn’t take long (2o minutes) and was super tasty.  Hubs actually said “where’d you find this recipe?” I told him I made it up after the mushy mess last time, his response “No f’in way!  This is amazing!”  You could double, triple, quadruple if you wanted this depending how many people you are feeding.

Ingredients:
Apple Part:
2 apples (I used 1 red delicious and 1 granny smith because I like to mix it up)
1/4 cup honey
cinnamon
nutmeg

Topping:
3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1.5 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp salt
cinnamon
1/8 cup honey
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Whipped Cream:
Separated can of coconut milk
3 tbs honey
1 tbs cinnamon

First dice up your apples into chunks and throw them into a frying panIMG_4333
Then put in the honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg (spices to taste I like a lot of cinnamon).  and sauté it up till the apples are soft and there is a syrup made from the honey (about 10 minutes).  Make sure you stir them around so you don’t get half cooked apples.
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While the apples are cooking whip up the topping.  Take the almond flour, almond slices, and coconut oil and mix together.  I threw it in the microwave to make the coconut oil melt down.  Then add cinnamon and honey.  Mix it together so its like a wet paste.  Then I threw in about 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips because chocolate makes everything better.
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Then pour the apple mixture into a pan and cover with the topping.  Throw it in the oven on broil for like 5 minutes (watch it because it will burn fast!).
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While that is cooking (and you are watching it…I am serious it will burn quick!) make your whipped cream.  You’ll need to put the can of coconut milk in the fridge the night before.  Then open it and drain the water so you just have the cream.  Throw it in a bowl with honey and cinnamon.  Get out your electic mixer and mix till it gets whipped creamy.  Mine didn’t quite make stiff peaks but may have if I wasn’t hungry and whipped it for longer.

Scoop into a bowl and top with whipped cream.  Die of happiness!
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Plague and a Recipe

I had big dreams for football food on Sunday (big dreams read: apple crisp).  I had big dreams for lots of things this weekend.  Saturday I woke up and kinda felt like junk.  I assumed it was because I was really sore from hard workouts all week and allergies.  One of the crossfit kids had a birthday party on Saturday, so we headed over there.

I made it about two hours before I felt like complete death.  We got home and I went to bed (hoping it was still allergies).  At about 9pm I had realized it was not and clearly was sickness.  Sunday and Monday I was down and out.  No eating, no gym, no functioning.  Just high fever, vomiting (sexy I know), achy, headache, coughing, sinus congestion, and so much more.  Its like every virus I’ve ever had rolled into one big back of suck and dropped into my body.

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Side story…Monday I had an appointment I had to keep.  Let’s keep in mind I had not held down anything but saltines and gatorade in 3 days at this point.  I decided some chicken noodle soup would be harmless since I had to drive and didn’t want to pass out.  I had to stop for gas about 3 miles from home and proceeded to puke my brains out in the gas station trash can at 2pm.  The poor guy across the way looked mortified.  Oh well…you know me…always keeping it classy.

Its Tuesday now and the fever is gone (don’t know how went to bed with 102.3 last night woke up with nothing this AM).  I am still coughing my brains out (to the point of scaring the dog).  It seems as though the flu parts are gone and I’m just stuck with the sinus/congestion/chest cold stuff.  Its possible this may not kill me.  I am hoping to go back to the gym tomorrow.  I am only going to do pull up progression and burpees and not WOD until I feel less like death.

In happier news I do have a recipe for you.  Paleo Shepards Pie! MMMmmmm!  I don’t eat red meat so I used BBQ pork.

Ingredients:
2-3lbs pork loin/butt/whatever you want just a hunk
paleo bbq sauce (I make my own, you can also buy it)
2 heads cauliflower
6-8 carrots
1 yellow onion
garlic
almond milk
olive oil
salt
pepper

I pre-made my bbq on Sunday.  I just throw the hunk of pork in the crock pot for like 6-7 hours then shred it apart with 2 forks and dump bbq sauce on it.
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Then I chop up the carrots and onions and sauté them in a fry pan until the onions are transparent and the carrots are cooked.
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While those are cooking up boil your cauliflower.  I chop it up into big chunks and boil it until it is cooked (use a fork and if it cuts a piece in half easily its done).

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Then I put it in my handy food processor with a little olive oil, almond milk, salt, pepper, and garlic (all to taste I just sort of dump and taste as I go).  Turn on your food processor and watch the magic happen.  It should look like mashed potatoes when its done.  Add more almond milk if it isn’t creamy enough for your liking.

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Then layer all that up.  Pork, veggies, mashed cauliflower.

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Then bake it in the oven for 40 minutes at 350.  I then throw it on broil for 10 minutes so the top is a little brown.  Let it cool for a few minutes, chop it up, and Enjoy!!
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Happy Tuesday people!

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