Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

Who Doesn’t love Breakfast any time of the day and any day of the week! One of our favorite week night meals.

 Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes
Ingredients
  1. 1/4tsp Salt
  2. 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  3. 1/2 tsp Pumpkin pie mix
  4. 1/2 Cup Almond Meal or Almond flour
  5. 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  6. 1 Eggs
  7. 1/4 Cup Canned Pumpkin
  8. 1 TBS Organic Honey

Process:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients together in medium size bowl
  2. Add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly with a large spoon
  3. In a Pre-warmed skillet, melt butter
  4. Pour a small amount of batter in pan
  5. Cook in a skillet on medium heat and flip them when the centers get bubbles
  6. Serve with your favorite breakfast sides

Easy Burger Night Meal Plan

If you are anything like me- you are catching that winter cold, feeling the business of the Holiday season and just want to sit on the couch with a hot tea and a Christmas movie! I DID NOT want to cook tonight but I have a husband to feed so I did a 20 minute meal idea that he loved. It was quick and easy. 

Cajun Burger Sliders

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBS Cajun Seasoning (try to find some with natural ingredients and sugar free- we use Chef Leo’s)
  • 1 LB of  Ground beef
  • 2 tsp Coconut Aminos
  • Romaine Lettuce leaves
  • Tomato slices

Process:

  1. Preheat skillet on medium heat for 4 minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients into a bowl and form into mini burgers.
  3. Put in the pan and cook until no longer red in center (About 10 min)
  4. Place burgers on a romaine lettuce leaf with sliced tomatoes. (You can add any veggies)
    ~Makes 8 mini burgers

String beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fresh String Beans
  • 1 TBS of grass- fed butter
  • sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Process:

  1. Boil water in a pot and add beans to boiling water.
  2. Cover and continue to boil for 4-6 minutes (depending on the softness you prefer on the beans.)
  3. Drain and add butter and Salt and pepper to taste

Baked Apple Slices

  • 2 small Apples
  • 1/2 TBS Organic Maple Syrup
  1. Slice apples and peel.
  2. Place in a glass bowl and add syrup
  3. Microwave for 5 minutes. Remove and stir.

This was a delicious warm meal that was perfect for the Holiday season. The baked apples were a nice dessert during our Christmas Movie: “The Year Without a Santa Clause”

Old Bay Sweet Potato Fries and Intro to Paleo

Over the weekend I bought a cookbook called: Make it Paleo

http://www.primal-palate.com/

This has a ton of great recipes and explains the importance of making healthy choices in food. What I like about this book is that the couple uses about 5 ingredients and most of the recipe’s use the same basic ingredients that you can have at home.  It gives you a grocery list, cuts of meat and labels to watch for. On my 3 hour drive from Maryland to NOVA today, Brandon and I earmarked a few recipe’s and planned out our meals! We are both excited to try some of the delicious meals.

http://newarknaturalfoods.com/

While home visiting our parents I went to the Newark food co-op in Delaware and got a few items and compared prices to Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s is a lot cheaper but they often have items out of stock so I grabbed a few things. My favorite thing about the Newark Natural food co-op was the pre-made paleo foods available. They had crackers and trailmix that were Paelo approved! If you are in that area- check it out and you can get a lot of your basic ingredients.

Back in NOVA I went and got some basics that the cookbook recommended, here is a little bit of our Primal shopping. It was really hard to find Nitrate free meats at Giant. Giant doesn’t carry almond flour, coconut flour or any of the key ingredients to get going with paleo but they do have a unique “local Farm Fresh” section on occasion. Tonight we got Farm Fresh Asparagus.

Brandon and I have decided that Trader Joe’s and Wegman’s are the best for what we need and our budget! Some of the employees seem knowledgeable on Paleo, Gluten- Free and healthy eating.

For tonight dinner I made Sweet Potato Fries with Olive oil, Sea Salt and Cracked pepper.  Simple and fast!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sweet Potoatoes
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 tsp Old bay
  • Olive Oil for coating

Process:

  1. First slice two small  Sweet Potato into fries
  2. Place them in a bowl and coat them with seasonings and Olive Oil
  3. Place them on my a oiled baking sheet ( I use Stoneware)
  4. Place them in the oven at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until crispy and golden
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve

 

 I paired my fries with an Oven Roasted Rotisserie chicken. Sitting in traffic all day and then grocery shopping- this seemed like a fast, easy and filling option! 🙂 This was delicious and it gave me energy to premake bacon and boiled eggs for out breakfast tomorrow and make a tray of Paleo Crunch for snacks.

The Key to staying focused is staying prepared and well nourished.

As I was shopping around this weekend, I saw two more recipe books that I have placed on my Wish List! The author of these also has a blog and wrote the forward to “Make it Paleo”. His family has been eating Paleo for a long time and his recipe’s look delicious!Check out Mark Sisson: www.marksdailyapple.com

Paleo Progress and Starting out

It is 2 days after the biggest eating day of the year and Brandon and I chose to continue our healthy eating habits even through the holidays. We didn’t stay total Paleo but we made “better” choices than years past. (One dessert rather than a plate full of desserts).  Brandon passed up two Free pizza meals in one day and went almost crazy with hunger cravings. I was getting nervous that this life change and paleo had become too much for him until today….

BSF concert in 2007

Two days after Thanksgiving when most people are feeling stuffed and lazy ~ Brandon has been up, active and hunting. I noticed his pants were extra saggy and falling down so I took my sister to Gap and we found him his favorite pair of jeans. We brought them home tonight and THEY FIT! They were the loose and comfortable jeans that he always loves. Only this time… they were a lot smaller!
It was at that moment he decided that, he really enjoyed our life change and he is pretty sure he can continue on.

The point:
 1.) To brag on my husbands hard work! I LOVE him

2.) To let you know that you can have a day like Thanksgiving and Holidays to cheat on your normal routines. (And you won’t gain 40 lbs. in one cheat day- Don’t feel guilty just start again.) Beating yourself up for eating and living is going to cause you to stress and want to give up.

3.) Size 32 jeans surpassed Brandon’s goals of this life change. He wanted to feel healthy and more energetic. He wanted to lose weight but he has dropped over 25 LBS and he is feeling, healthy, Happy and looking good in smaller clothes while he does it 😉

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible…”

Orison Swett Marden

I should add that this has been achieved with limited work outs due to a shattered elbow during a bike wreck in July! All he did was change his eating habits.