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Comfort Foods #2

Last weekend Matthew and I decided to cook up a fancy meal and it rocked our socks so we did it again this past weekend! We decided on apricot and apple smothered pork chop with sweet potato casserole from Paleo Comfort Foods and ended our night with some chocolate coconut cookies from Practical Paleo.

 

The pork chops were extremely simple and so tender. I’m normally not a huge fan of pork because I feel like it comes out dry alot. Well this time was not that at all. You seared each side of the pork chop and then cooked them in the crockpot for three hours. The meat literally fell off the bone. The sweet potato casserole wsa not that different from my typical mashed sweet potatoes but the addition of a a few key ingredients took it to another level.

Dessert was light and tasty. Not overbearing and easy as pie!

Overall, another winner again. This one was less work intensive then last weeks but still equally delicious.

 

Am I inspiring you to cook up a “fancy” meal?

WIAW

Well this week has been crazy due to some new teacher training. I’m gone from my house from 7 am to about 8 pm because of crossfit after. Lets just say if I make it through this…I can survive real teaching. Anywho, here are my eats when I have a marathon long day!

Breakfast at 6:45 am: I had 4 baked egg cups topped with my most favorite salsa. I also had a few banana bites (Similar to banana bread- bananas, coconut flour and eggs are major ingredients) and a side of Kombucha.

Snack at 9:30 am: Really I was dying of boredom so I reached in my bag and grabbed one of these new uber bars from the maker of lara bars. It was tasty and got me through watching paint dry.

Lunch at 12 pm: I had cut up chicken, grass-fed cheese, sliced bell pepper and cherry tomatoes. I dipped the chicken and bell peppers in a homemade dip.

Snack at 4 pm: Yup boredom happened again. I had a bag of grapes and some pistachios.

After the training wasting 8 hours of my life I headed to crossfit where I am happy to report I gained 5 pounds on my backsquat! Remember baby steps. And did some sprints.

Dinner at 8:30 pm: I was tired so threw together a quick meal. In the mix was some leftover meatballs topped with marinara, carrots, snow peas and zucchini.

Snack 9:30 pm: I discovered Justin’s Hazelnut Butter which is um heaven. So I enjoyed a nice bit 🙂

On a side note…I have seen two of the most goregous sunsets the past two days.


What did you eat yesterday?

When was the last time you stopped to enjoy a sunset?

Comfort Foods

Earlier this week my dear Matthew was looking through the cookbook Paleo Comfort Foods and was drooling stating how delicious things looked. We decided it would be fun to make a feast of sorts out of this book. After flipping through the cookbook a few times we decided on gumbo, sweet potato spears with a chipotle dipping sauce and chocolate pudding. Odd combinations. Yes. We know.

So how was everything?

Amazing. Delicious. Fantastic.

The gumbo was easy and delicious. The ingredients were butter (subbed for bacon grease), coconut flour, almond flour, celery, onions, green peppers, garlic, bay leaves, chicken stock, diced tomatoes, shrimp, crab, venison sausage (subbed for pork) and file powder. It is a lot of ingredients but really quite simple. It also made a HUGE batch. We ate more than what we needed and still probably have over half of it left.

The sweet potato spears turned out really well. I’ve attempted these before without a recipe and am always left feeling dissapointed. I wish these could turn out more crispy but I don’t think that it possible.

The dipping sauce was my absolute favorite part of it. Simple ingredients and amazing flavor.

The chocolate pudding was simple and rich. It took me back to younger years when my grandma would make chocolate pudding. Just what we needed to top off the night!

This was so much better than going out to eat and a lot of fun to cook a fancy meal together. We enjoyed picking out the parts of the meal, grocery shopping and preparing the food.

 

What was the last “fancy” meal you made?

Recipe: Chocolate Muffins

Honestly, I have no idea what to call this recipe. They aren’t cupcakes because there isn’t any icing but muffins don’t do them justice either. Since I made them in a muffin tin that makes them semi-muffins.  Basically it doesn’t matter what these are called because they are perfect for those days when you just want something sweet and delicious but you don’t want leftovers for days…because really you I know you I will eat them all.

I got the idea for this recipe based off this one from Elena’s Pantry.

Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:

Chocolate Chips (1/4 cup) **I like Enjoy Life brand

Almond Flour (1/4 cup)

Coconut Flour (1-2 teaspoons)

Cacao powder (1/8 cup)

Salt (pinch)

Eggs (2)

Maple Syrup (1/4 cup)

Coconut oil (1/4 cup) **melted

Chocolate Chips (1/4 cup)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place all ingredients minus the last chocolate chips in a food processor. I’m pretty positive you could just mix by hand too. Mix until smooth.

3. Add in chocolate chips and stir until combined.

4. Grease a muffin tin with melted coconut oil and pour 1/4 cup batter in each.

5. Bake 15-18 minutes then let cool before you devour.

**This recipe makes five cupcakes

What would you call these bad boys?

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s been a few weeks since my last What I Ate Wednesday post but I’m back on track!

Wanna know what I ate yesterday…

Breakfast was three egg muffins made with eggs, sausage and cilantro. Simple and easy.

Lunch was a chicken salad made of romaine lettuce, baked chicken, cherry tomatoes and a homemade dressing from It Starts With Food and a nectarine.

After work I may or may not have consumed a delicious dark chocolate bar.

Dinner was Better Butter Chicken with a side of green beans.

What did you eat yesterday?

Recipe: Blueberry Popsicles

Things I love…delicious sweets and easy recipes. This is both. I love this idea for summer and cooling off. I was online shopping and came across these popsicle molds and just had to give it a whirl. So without further ado…

Blueberry Popsicles

Ingredients:

Blueberries (16 oz)

Canned Coconut Milk (1 cup)

Vanilla Extract (1 tsp)

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

2. Pour into popsicle molds

3. Let freeze overnight

4. Eat em up!

Have you ever made home-made popsicles?

What is your favorite flavor of popsicles?

Weekly Meal Plan

As I talked about yesterday, I am ready to stop my binge sugar eating ways of the past week. Here’s how my weekly meals are looking:

Monday: Simple Beef Stew inspired by this guy

Tuesday: Sunny Paris Shrimp Stir-fry

Wednesday: Green Curry Stir Fry

Thursday: My parents for steak and grilled vegetables

Friday: Green Bean Beef

Saturday: Mexican Shrimp

Breakfast: Egg, Sausage and Basil Muffins

Lunch: Faux Pho

Are you on board with my clean eating attack?

What are you eating this week?

Recipe: Easy Red Curry Stir-fry

Do you like easy dinners? I definitely do. A lot of times when I get home I am tired and hungry so I want something quick and delicious. A few weeks ago I started to get a little more adventerous with my cooking. Basically, I don’t have to follow a recipe step by step anymore! I decided to try a combination of meat, veggies and fat and see how it turned out. Well, it rocked so here it is:

Red Curry Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

Canned coconut milk (about half of the can)

Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste (1 Tbsp)

Choice of protein (I like chicken thighs but you could do shrimp or other options too)

Mix of vegetables (I like snap peas and red bell peppers in mine)

Red Boat Fish Sauce *optional but awesome (1/4 tsp)

Fresh Basil *optional

Directions:

1. Heat skillet over medium heat, then add coconut milk.

2. Once coconut milk is bubbling add in curry paste and mix well.

3. Add in choice of protein and let it cook completely. While this is happening chop your vegetables

4. After protein is cooked add in vegetables and let cook until tender

5. Add in fish sauce and basil and serve immediately.

 

Have you ever had curry?

Weekly Meal Plan and a Cooking Class

Yesterday my brother and I went to UrbanChef for a knife cutting class. I thought this would be an awesome thing for us after reading this article by the lovely Mel.

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The class was two hours and covered things like choosing a knife, caring for your knife, and of course cutting techniques. We covered how to cut things like: celery, carrots, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, citrus fruit (like lemons, oranges, ect), core fruit (like apples and pears) and fresh herbs. I by no means am a pro but I feel so much more confident around a knife and cutting board now. The instructor gave us some really simple tips that made cutting things so much easier, faster and the same size.

If you like to cook or want to try to start liking to I would HIGHLY suggest searching around for a class near you. They are a great bang for you buck and really make the “boring” part of cooking a lot quicker!

Now onto the food for the coming week. I’m currently reading It Starts With Food from the duo of Whole9 and the book has a great meal map from Melissa Joulwan (see she must be awesome). I love this book because its not recipes per se but instead suggestions and ideas. Melissa and Dallas say that they want to teach you how to fish rather than just give you the fish. I love it. So after all that blabbing…all my meals are from this book minus one!

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Sunday…Out to eat with my family

Monday…Ginger and Spinach Chicken Soup

Tuesday…Green curry made with shrimp, red bell pepper and sugar snap peas

Wednesday…Mexican Porkchops

Thursday…Steak and veggies at my parents

Friday…Red Curry with Chicken, red bell pepper, green beans and sweet potatoes

Saturday…Apricot Glazed Pork Roast

Breakfast is going to be a morning hash of ground pork, apple, sweet potatoes and spices. Lunch is going to be meatballs in marinara and sauteed kale.

So there you have it…another tasty week on tap!

What are you eating this week?

Have you ever been to a cooking class?

Recipe: Sweet Potato Bars

After workout I like to eat some good carbs and protein to aid in my recovery and rebuilding of muscle. Sweet potatoes and I have a very dear and near relationship but unfortunately I am lazy and don’t have two hours to cook them to perfection everytime I workout. I decided to create a big batch recipe that I could make on my weekly cook ups in and just eat through the week. These babies were born. They are still a little mushy but that’s what I love about them. This recipe is also very flexible. You could use pumpkin/butternut squash, different spices or almond flour instead of coconut. It’s not all about beauty but more about taste! Remember, if you’re not super active or wanting to lean out be careful of these bad boys. They can pack on the weight if you’re not using them right!

Sweet Potato Bars

Ingredients:

Canned Sweet Potatoes (2)

Eggs (5)

Almond Butter (1/4 cup)

Coconut Flour (2 tablespoons) **this is optional..you can do more to make it more dry

Cinnamon (1 heaping Tablespoon)

Coconut oil/Butter, melted (1 Tablespoon)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mix all ingredients together by hand until well combined. The batter shouldn’t be extremely runny, if it is add more coconut flour.

3. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with coconut oil/butter. Pour in batter.

4. Bake 25-35 minutes (depending on how mushy you like)

5. Let cool before you chow…nom!

Do you like sweet potatoes?

Let me know if you try this and like it!

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