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. 

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! 

Pantry soup

   

Hope everyone is doing well out there! We’ve been keeping busy this summer and today was no exception. Summer isn’t really soup season.. But I had lots to do around the house and errands to run and it’s just so easy, this morning during J’s nap I took an inventory of what was left in the pantry (odd assortment, bc its grocery shopping day) so I diced up some green onions, a red onion a couple bell peppers, and 4 or 5 potatoes (not pictured) I tossed all my veg in a soup pot and set it aside while J and I ran our errands. 

Later when we got home I browned up some ground beef and added it to my veg mix with a couple cans of tomatoes, some chicken broth, and fajita sauce (easy flavor, you need something with some punch bc potatoes make it kind of bland) brought the whole thing to a boil for about 20 minutes and then let it simmer until Rob got home.

After letting simmer I added a splash of vinegar from a jar of banana peppers, it needed just a bit of acid to balance it. 

We eat soup all year round bc it cleans out the pantry. This is an easy base recipe but you could sub in or out almost any ingredients. Ah the magic of a stew pot. Enjoy!