Sweet paleo scramble

  
I found this recipe on Pinterest, and modified it according to what I had on hand. Sometimes you just need something sweet and warm and bready. (Is bready a word? Eh)

So here’s what you need:

One mashed banana

One egg

Two egg whites

One tsp honey

Sprinkle of cinnamon 

Two tablespoons of unsweetened ground coconut

Then spray a little coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and scramble this like eggs. 

Then it’s time to junk it up.(or be a healthy person and enjoy this as is, -pfff)

I turn to this which I keep in my pantry  

 
It’s full of things that turn health food into junk food. Cacao nibs, walnuts, coconut, craisins etc. 

I choose a little bit of shredded coconut and some chunky peanut butter which melted in. Yum. This was exactly what I needed today. Enjoy!

Smashed potatoes (not mashed) 

  
So the other day I was cooking some fish 

(This fish to be exact) 

  
I really love the interesting flavors I find at our fish counter, this was tilapia coated with some kind of tex-mex breading, sounds weird but it was amazing. 

Anyway it needed a side dish and our pantry was sparse. I preheated the oven to 400 and I found a few red potatoes cut them into 2-3 pieces and put them in a pot of water and set to boil. I let them go until they were nearly tender enough to cut with a fork, then I pulled them out with tongs, placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then smashed them with the bottom of a cup.  In a measuring cup I melted several tablespoons of butter added a healthy amount of minced garlic and cilantro leaves and poured it over top. Season with salt and pepper and popped them in the oven for 20. These went great together. Easy and filling. 

Sparkling water labeles matter. 

  
We love carbonated water. Love. I never miss soda if this is nearby. These are my favorite brands above. Today I branched out and got this- 

  
(J photobombs) I glanced at the box, no calories no caffeine, natural spring water, sounds great plus a bit cheaper then the above brands, and a new flavor to try, sounds great. I cracked one open as soon as I unloaded the groceries and almost spit it out bc of the unbelievable syrup sugar taste. Like pleh, it was pregnancy glucose test day all over again. I read the front of the can again, “naturally flavored sparkling water beverage with other natural flavores”

Nope. 

Ingredients:   


Aspartame. Tastes like diabetes. 

Lesson learned. Read the label. 

*to be clear some people might love this, but when you want water and get soda it is not refreshing 
 

Guacamole Jalapeño turkey burger

  So for lunch I got this idea for guacamole, jalapeño turkey burgers. So here’s what went in: 

*disclaimer this is one of those no measure/use up your leftover recipes 

1 lb lean ground turkey

-all the leftover guac (a lot maybe 3/4 a cup)

-two handfuls of diced jalepeno

-leftover red onion bits

-1/4 cup of almond meal

*house seasoning 

Smoosh it all together and form into patties.

Now I took me a while to figure out how to cook this. I started with the Forman grill, total fail. It’s just too wet so it sticks to the grill plates and rips apart when you open it. 

Then I tried browning in a pan of with coconut oil. 

Held together better but started to burn before the middle was done. 

So, brown the outside in a pan then bake in the oven to finish them. -I was trying to make a quick easy lunch and it kind of turned into a whole thing. But it was totally worth it, I ate these with fresh salsa on top and wanted to eat all of them but made myself stop so Rob could try them. 

Anyway not as quick as I hoped but next time will go faster and there will def be a next time! 

Oh crap it’s supper time. 

So today was an exciting day at the Sandwell’s. Rob had to go in extra early and also was going to have to stay late. Knowing it would be a stressful day I got up with him. (In my mind I think I’ll be super helpful like June Cleaver in reality I will shuffle to the coffee pot and press “brew”) So Rob is getting ready and I’m trying to function and then we notice our bathtub is full of silt.  

Old houses in our town have this problem the tree roots grow into the water pipes and back our front yard into our bathtub. 

Awesome. 

Then I heard Jax coughing, that terrible croupy rattle cough.

Wonderful. 

So I spent my day calling the landlord and the plumber and the pediatrician, then cleaning the front yard out of the bathtub and then I realize it’s 7 and Rob is going to be home any time. 

Crap.

Even with my crazy day I know Rob’s day was harder and coming home to supper made always helps. 

I needed fast easy “man food” I had no plan, no time, and no imagination. So I melted some butter in a pan, added frozen breakfast potatoes. (Yup) found a kielbasa sausage in the fridge, cut it up, added a green pepper, a red onion, a heap of minced garlic and some everyday seasoning. I assume when Rob gets here he’ll toss in jalapeños and a dash of tobacco. 

  
Our lives will not be changed. But our bellies will be full. 

(And I burned it a little) 

  
Cheers! 

Big Nasty Breakfast. 

  
Sometimes you need a big nasty breakfast. 

Rob and I frequent a local breakfast pub and this is my version of one of my favorite dishes there. At the pub this dish is called the north sider. (The north side of town is kind of trashy here.. And so is this!) 
It’s ground beef, eggs, onion, and pickles. 

-I know. Judge away. It’s a burger mixed with scrambled eggs. And it’s awesome. You’re welcome. 

Coconut Mango Tilapia

I wish I could take credit for that part but it just looked good at the fish counter. I heated up some coconut oil and browned the breading on each side, then I baked it for about 20 minutes. 

Then I roasted some red peppers and red onions to go on the side. Now that it’s baked I wish I had picked up some sweet potatoes instead. But I’m pretty sure we won’t have any leftovers. 

Buffalo chicken salad 

  
Lettuce

Leftover grilled chicken 

Tomato

Franks buffalo sauce

Blue cheese dressing 

A nice way to spice up chicken and lettuce. I really wanted a lettuce wrap but I only had shredded lettuce. This salad needed some crunch bacon would have been great or even sunflower seeds or cashews. Anyway quick lunch 

Chicken curry and roasted reds

  
So lazy Sunday continues. I made a quick chicken curry, with a bit of the chicken from lunch and some red onion and a yellow bell pepper I added some fire roasted tomatoes, curry and tonight I didn’t even make the sauce. This is Tika masala sauce (Hyvee brand.. Very fancy) I cut up some baby reds and seasoned them with all purpose seasoning and extra light olive oil for about 40 minutes at 350 

And meanwhile Jax is keeping busy.. 

  

Lazy Sunday Lunch/and last nights supper

  

Jax gave me a cold this week. He’s already bounced back but I’m still a little run down. So we’ve been eating what’s easy. Today Rob had the day off so he grilled all the chicken in our fridge, and a steak for himself. We’ll eat some of the chicken today and have some easy protein for later in the week. When I have to buy groceries in a hurry I buy easy meats we can use in a variety of ways. While he was grilling I diced some bell pepper, cuccumber, green onion, red onion, tomato, and the last of the strawberries I found in the fridge. We threw together quick salads and it was a great. 

Last night we had brisket. I found it on sale at our butcher shop. Cooked it in the crockpot with some seasoning and about a cup of coffee 

 I cooked some new new potatoes and beans on the side. Canned beans are another “not paleo” food we eat on occasion. It was really nice to have an easy supper at the end of a busy week. We tend to be pretty repetitive salads in the summer soups in the winter. How do you stay out of a food rut?