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.. 

  

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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? 

Around the house. 

  
Every time I’m in STL I stop by Trader Joe’s on my way home. Everytime I find some new things I love. Here are my new favorites. I actually saw the seasoning in my sisters kitchen first so thanks for the tip Am! It’s nothing fancy but let’s me be a lazier cook by adding more flavor without having to dig through my spices. I also like that it’s a grinder, so everything tastes fresh. The coconut oil isn’t perfectly paleo, but it’s close enough for me, and I love the convenience of a spray.  

And as promised here’s a peak at one of the updates we did, this room was beige and boring before. We have a lot of natural light in here so I went with an antique white and then made a stencil and painted a high gloss coat of the same color over the top. Easy one day project that brightened up our space. 🙂 

 

Berries and Cream Breakfast 

I went to visit some family over the weekend and made a stop at Trader Joe’s. While I was there I stocked up on a few of my favorite items. My sweet friend Blair had just told me about how she uses coconut cream and then I saw this:

  
So I bought a few cans, let one chill in the fridge overnight. 

In the morning open it, scoop out cream off the top into a small mixing bowl. (I used the thickest part of the cream but I’ll save the rest of the can for coffee creamer.) Next I add in a tiny drizzle of local honey. 

  
I love local honey! I’m considering getting bees of my own 🐝

Then I use a hand mixer on med speed for 3-4 minutes until it has the consistency of cool whip. 

Then just add some berries and enjoy!  

 
There was pleanty left over so I’ll be enjoying this a few times this week! Perfect summer paleo treat! 

  
Here is the essential “part of a complete breakfast” photo. But it’s pretty filling on its own. Enjoy!

Berry Basil Vodka 

  A few times a year I make a batch of infused liquor. This time I started with some cheap vodka. (Purchased at Sam’s) the best way to turn cheap vodka into top shelf Vodka is putting it through a charcole filter (that’s what most water filters use just read the label) filter it a few times and it will get much smoother. Then it’s time to infuse. For this batch I poured my liquor into a large jar with an airtight seal. 

 I decided to use strawberries when I saw these babies at the store they were so fresh the whole store smelled like strawberries.

 I added several cups of cut up strawberries and a handful of crushed Basil, and the juice of one lime. Then leave it alone for 2 weeks, giving it a shake every few days.

 Then it’s time to filter. Pull out your fruit and leaves with a slotted spoon. Next I pour it through a metal mesh filter a few times to pull out things like strawberry seeds and debris from the basil. Then I filter it through a coffee filter a few more times. 

  
Here’s the finished product! Yum! 

Paleo-Faileo berry cobbler

WARNING The following is NOT a paleo recipe but it is amazing. And you’re welcome. 

  
Ok I make a real homemade berry cobbler about once a year. It feeds my soul. Reminds me of my Grammy. Today I was at Sam’s and couldn’t resist these beautiful strawberries. I already had intended to do something else with berries so one thing lead to another. I came home with a HUGE box of strawberries. 

  
Here’s what you need 

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 stick of butter melted (real butter, it’s important) 

1 single serving of yoplait yogurt (I usually go with strawberry or mixed berry) 

 
Last but not least the berries. Today I used strawberries, but blue berries and black berries are great too. Any combination of these work.
Preheat to 350

Mix the flour and sugar together then fold in the melted butter, the consistency is sort of like wet sand. Take about half pour into a greased pan (I used a 9×9) shake the pan until it spreads out and do some technical “smooshing” until it resembles more of a crust. Now here is the really technical part take a few more handfuls and smoosh around the edges of the pan. 

Boom you made crust. Good for you, Grammy would be proud. 

Now take your berries, slice them if you prefer and mix them with the yogurt. Seriously try this yogurt thing once and you’ll never by that goo they call pie filling ever again. 

Dump the berries in the crust. 

Dump the left over sand, -I mean crust mixture-over the top. 

Bake for 45 min and enjoy!  

One more shot for jealousy purposes.

 

Wellness tea. #disgusting

Well today I woke up with that feeling. You know the one, I went to bed a healthy person and I woke up feeling like the creature that hosted Tales from the Crypt. 

Luckily it’s the last day of my weekend so I dedicated the day to recovering. Jackson of course is being the most active baby who ever lived, naturally.

Rob and I make a wellness tea when this happens full of immunity boosting ingredients. In fact sometimes he makes it just because he likes it. (I don’t get it)

Let me be frank. It’s disgusting. I react to this drink the way a cat does to a swimming pool. But gosh darn it if it doesn’t work. Or maybe it’s just the idea that it works but it seems to help the body aches and sore throat and I always sleep soundly after drinking it. 

So drink at your own risk, today’s cup included:

-One coffee mug of organic chicken broth 

-about a tablespoon of local honey

-several shakes of cayenne pepper

-lemon juice

-and about a clove of minced garlic

Heated through, hold your nose and get it down. 😁😝😑

It also helps to think if this as a “broth” and not a “tea” I guess savory drinks just aren’t my thing but here’s hoping for a better tomorrow! 



(I made zero effort to “pretty up” this picture. I think this is gross, so the picture gets to be gross too.)

Be well.

Chopped Salad 

So I’ve never been a big salad eater. I always find myself foraging through lettuce to look for the “good stuff” enter the chopped salad. (Spoiler it’s all good stuff!) 

I knew heading back to work and trying to resist all the tasty breakroom treats would be a challenge, so I wanted to pack really good lunches. I’m also breastfeeding so I want to pack as many nutrients into each meal as possible. But, I have an 8 week old baby so I do not have a lot of food prep time. 

Chopped salad has been a real winner. 

Today during Jackson’s nap (30 min) I was able to clean my kitchen and chop enough veg for 8 lunch size tubs of this salad.

 (Plus enough veggies for tacos that will be dinner tonight!👇)



Boom grab and go veg for lunch.

 I usually dress them with olive oil and vinegar the morning I take them to work, sometimes I add hard boiled eggs or deli meat depending on how much protien I’m wanting. 

Today’s mix included:

1 cuccumber

1/2 a large zucchini

1 green bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

1 bunch of green onions

1 box cherry tomatoes

1 handful of cilantro

Salt and pepper

Dice it all small and toss it. The key to making it last all week is by limiting the amount if water heavy veg and not adding dressing until the day of. Red onion is great in this too but can get a little intense after a few days. 



#sandwellupdate

Well it’s been a while and the Sandwell’s have been busy! I received a promotion and my business relocated, Rob got an even bigger promotion and got relocated to a new store, we got a new car, we moved, and oh yeah and we had a baby!  So things have been going pretty great for us. 

We strayed from paleo during my pregnancy bc I had such food aversions. I wish I had been more dedicated bc I attribute our diet change to complications I had later on. 

But all is well, Jackson Blue Sandwell made his appearance on January 5 and our lives will never be the same. 

Now that he’s here we are back on the paleo wagon. So I will attempt to post now and then as we come up with new recipes. Thanks for reading! 

Here’s a peak at our newest Sandwell



Sauceless curried chicken and veg

Usually if I make chicken curry, I make it in the morning and toss everything in the crock but not all mornings go as planned. So tonight I made a very quick and easy substitute. This is a perfect weeknight meal bc it takes about 20 minutes.

1 lb of chicken
1 squash
1 zucchini
1/2 one red onion
Curry
Cinnamon
Salt
Coconut oil

In a large saucepan heat coconut oil over medium heat, add the chicken and cook until the outer edges turn white, then add the veg and season liberally. Cook until veg is fork tender. Very simple, no heavy sauce but still hearty enough to fill up a hungry hubby.

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