Friday, March 22, 2013

Sweet Potato Hash

Things have been mainly quiet on the home front...just plugging away an bags and boxes.  I'm pretty happy to share that I got all my purses put up on a shelf and all the boxes in the kitchen and den cease to exist.  We've also made major headway in the curtain department.  Maybe next week I'll have some after photos for everyone. 

Paleo is also going well.  My hours have just been slipping away between work, food prep and house stuff so I haven't had time for the o' bloggeroo but I have been keeping a photo log in my phone.

Hubby made some amazing sweet potato hash, super simple and super yummy.  I'm not sure where he came up with this little ditty but we've made it a couple times so I pretty much have it memorized.
You start out by chopping half a red onion, one apple, one orange and shredding about 2 cups of sweet potato.  My poor little grater is now stained and strained!  I highly suggest getting a food processer with a grater if your looking for paleo friendly tools.  I'll be getting one next month.
Secondly heat your non stick skillet with coconut oil and saute the onion and apple till translucent.
Then add in your sweet potato and oranges.  I squeezed my oranges just a little to get some of the juice going in the pan.  You'll continue to stir and saute till the hash cooks down.  Then finish it off with a Tbsp of honey and a tsp of garlic salt.
We had this as a side to Spicy mustard pork and to steak, I'm sure it would also be great for breakfast.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Paleo at Sprouts

One of my favorite things about the Foodee blog is that you can save recipes you like and it will make a grocery list for you.  I picked 11 meals that I wanted to try along with some basic needs I've read about like Coconut Oil, Aminos and Milk.

After searching for the local Whole Foods store I found the closest one to me was about 40 mins away.  No Bueno.  Then I remembered there was a Sprouts on my way home from work.

I'd only gone to Sprouts once before, honestly its pretty daunting walking in.  Its not set up like a typical grocery store and I spent 2 hours there!  Slowly strolling up each aisle hunting down my items and reading labels.  You would not believe how many things they sneak sugar and soy into.  It took me a long time to figure out which was the "right" kind of almond and coconut milk to drink.  Still have to do a little research on brands.
Here are some photos of my "Haul"
Coconut Oil, Milk, Aminos and Water.  Chicken Stock. Almond Milk.  Stewed Tomatos.  Apple Sause (not shown) and Apple Cider Vinegar.  I'm going to try my hand at making my own Mayo!

Spaghetti Squash, Strawberries, Cauliflower, Onion, Shallot, Cranberry, Flaxseed, Almond Meal
and that funny thing on the right is a Jicama.  Apparently you can treat it like a potato.
Green Stuff: Basil, Mint, Cucumber, Celery, Kale, Chard, Scallions
I felt very silly standing infront of the greens totally stumped at what I was actually looking at, found a very nice man who told me which was chard and kale.  He even brought me a Ad and coupons.

Googled how to prepare chard to learn how to cut the beast apart. 
There was SO much prep work for veggies. 
Hubby made some perfect steaks for dinner.

Last but not least I tried a recipe I saw on facebook for a green drink. 
(Using their pix, my shaker cup was not as pretty)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Fresh Start

Happy Monday!

The move is officially over.  Most of the boxes are un packed. I'm mostly over being sick and feeling the full effects of being robbed an hour of sleep (thanks day light savings)

I've been tip toeing around the topic of Paleo eating, reading the Paleo diet book and blog after blog of information. 

These are my favs so far:
The Foodee Project
Paleo Plan
Meanest Momma

Whole9 writers have a book called It Starts with Food.  Several sites recommend it so I looked it up on amazon and BAM bought it for my iphone Kindle app.  You know how they show you other's purchased xx also?  The cookbook Well Fed popped up, also good reviews, so I purchased that too.  I never thought I'd read a cook book cover to cover, but the style of writing was so real and invigorating it made me want to start right away and that's what I did.

The author talks about doing a weekly cook up, where you prepare everything you would need for the week so all your meals take less than 20 mins to make.  I really didnt have a meal plan for the entire week so I just prepared for Monday. 

Whats for Breakfast:  Egg scramble with shrimp, bell pepper and onion.  Topped with Avocado.  Grapes for a snack.

Whats for Lunch: Seared Mahi and Dill, Green Beans, Cherry Tomatos.  Blueberries and Almonds for snack.
Later on tonight we'll have Steak and Asperagus for dinner.  Although I havent finished reading all my books I know this is what I want to do.  I cant believe that no one told me about this sooner.  For the next month I'm going to follow the Whole30 plan.  30 days of strictly paleo eating.  What some of you dont know is that I also suffer from Fibromyalgia and Psoriasis, both auto immune disorders.  I'm hoping by eating clean foods that I'll be able to reverse my health to something close to normal.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Move is a four letter word

I've come to realize there are more 4 letter bad words, they include Pack, Move, and Demo.
This past weekend we officially a box fortress. Kidding.

Here's a few up date pictures of the demo process and what our home felt like before we took over.
Master Bedroom:

Move In

Having Fun Ripping wall paper in the kitchen:


My Office:

The Den:

As soon as all the boxes are cleared and the dust has settled I'll post the finished photos.