Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bbbrrrrr!

Hey whats going on everyone. It’s Zach and I am currently sitting in my candle lit living room right now. We lost power about 10 mins ago. So I have lit all the candles that we have in the house and placed them in different rooms. Picture that, me sitting in a candle lit room just blogging about my day. We have also got a lot of different smells going on right now. What I was in the middle of when the power went out was making seasoned carrot fries. This is our new kick! We cannot get enough of these things. I think we posted the recipe last week. All you do is take a mandalan slicer to a whole bag of carrots, add melted coconut oil, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Toss them all together, throw them on a cookie sheet and throw them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. So simple and they taste amazing. So there I was in the kitchen with the power out, dim lit candles and me mixing up carrot fries. Now all I am waiting for is the power to come back on so I can throw those babies in the oven. We are also eating salmon with dinner that I grilled last night since I knew it was going to be so cold out today. For our salmon we usually just give them a little rub with some olive oil and then sprinkle them with a pre-made seasoning, we have a couple of choices. Last but not least, veggies! Joelle and I love our veggies. Anytime we make vegetables we do it in our big wok. We throw all of our different vegetables in there that we have already chopped up in our prep. I let them stir fry until soft and that’s it. Tonight, I would call this a back to the basics dinner after last night when Joelle and I smashed those Elvis burgers (if you didn’t read about that, check it out).

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Elvis Burger!!

I had to post this today because my mind was just blown a few minutes ago. Joelle and I knew we were doing burgers tonight but we just didn’t know which kind. This afternoon Joelle was hard at work at the kitchen table researching some possible burger recipes. Then she came upon a burger recipe from Well Fed 2 called the “Elvis” burger. The recipe included a burger, sunflower butter, bacon bits and bananas (sauteed with bacon fat and powdered ginger). To us that sounded like an amazing idea. On a side note my grilling skills have been below my usual high standards. Joelle has pointed this out to me numerous times lately. So I was determined tonight to cook the perfect medium rare burger for her. I told her I would stand out in the cold tonight just to make sure the burger gets cooked perfect. Lately I have been coming inside between flips because it is so cold out and with that sometimes that food gets cooked longer than I would like. So there I was in the kitchen with a big winter coat on, boots on, gloves on, hood up with a plate of burgers in one hand and a spatula in the other hand. After a grueling ten minutes outside I came in with the perfect cook burgers. Joelle and I assembled our burgers with patty on the bottom, sunflower butter on top, with banana slices and bacon bits. We also put some veggies and greens on our plate and then began to attack. Hands down the best burger I have ever made.

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What the hell just happened?

Wow oh Wow! What a week it has been for Joelle and I. This was one of those weeks where the weekend could not get here fast enough to save us and slow things down. This would explain why we have not posted all week. On Wednesday night as I was trying to leave the gym to go home my car broke down. The transmission went on it. Just a great end to a long day. Joelle then had to come pick me up. Being with out your car might be one of the worst feelings ever. I am not one who likes to ask other people for help and have to rely on others. Luckily, I have the most amazing girlfriend ever and she was a huge help. Joelle got up earlier than she usually does and drove me to work on Thursday and picked me up. During my off periods at school on Thursday I was just in a mad hunt for a new car. I have a great friend that I have made through the gym and he tracked down the exact car that I wanted during the day on Thursday. When he showed up at the gym on Thursday he had the car for me to test drive. From there I went straight to the dealership and got a deal done. But that wasn’t the end of my night there. My sister is a senior in high school and is participating in a show called “Variety Show”. It is where the students put on a 2 hour show of current and past music that the students sing and dance to. It is very impressive to watch and they work so hard to put a great show together. Well there is one song in there where all the girls dance with their fathers. My sister’s father is not in the picture but she does have four brothers. Since there are four nights of the show, my brothers and I would each take a night to dance with my sister. Yep, you guessed it. My night to dance with my sister was Thursday. I asked the dealership I was at if they could get a deal done in an hour and a half. They hustled and got the deal done. We then had to run home real quick and grab the tickets for the show and our paleo dinner to go. I made it to the show, danced with my sister and things finally started to settle down.
So, why am I telling you about this crazy two day spurt during my week. This would be the perfect opportunity to break our 100% paleo commitment. My life felt like it was upside down and do you think the one thing I want to worry about is eating paleo? All of the prep work that we do on Saturday and Sundays came into play here. With no time to barely breath Joelle and I didn’t have to worry about what we were going to eat. We had enough food prepped so we could just grab and go in a time where we wouldn’t be able to sit down and eat. We set our selves up for success. Once again, we left no doubt in our minds. We are going to stick to this 100% paleo commitment no matter what. When times got tough and we did not even have time to think, we didn’t have to worry about what we were eating. For those of you that have been in this situation before, sticking to your diet can be the one normal thing you have left in your day. Those staples are sometimes what keep us sane.
So lets take a look at our paleo experience when things got crazy. On Thursday night we came back from the dealership and put together a quick dinner in our classic plastic take-away containers. We had left over chicken, baked carrots and vegetables. We through our dinners in our containers, zapped in the microwave and ran out the door (I have some pictures of us eating while driving in the car).
Saturday night we finally had the opportunity to make a quality paleo meal and eat off of a plate. We went for an Asian theme. I cooked orange Sriracha chicken on the grill while Joelle made cauliflower rice. We also made a big side pot of veggies. The orange siracha chicken and cauliflower rice recipe came from Nom Nom Paleo (both of these are keepers). Here are the recipes…..
Orange Sriracha Chicken: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/65246577688/orange-sriracha-chicken
Cauliflower Fried Rice: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/3195098303/asian-cauliflower-fried-rice

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Not the best stir fry sauce ever…

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Tonight I made the first recipe that I did not enjoy. I thought I would switch up my dinner and put a little twist on my typical weeknight meal. The past few nights I have been eating grilled chicken and veggies and I wanted something a little different. I decided to get creative and I julienned a zucchini to make them into zoodles and mixed that with chicken thighs and do a little stir fry. I used with Well Fed’s “Best Stir Fry Sauce Ever” and was not a fan.

It called for Chinese Five Spice Powder, but I think it overpowered the entire sauce.I was so pumped that I took the time to make something different and put some time into it, but it turned out to be a flop. I did heat up the cumin carrots and those were excellent, but I don’t think I will be making that stir fry sauce again.

Thats all for now folks, have a great night!

Joelle

Recipe suggestions?

Typically Saturday or Sunday we try new recipes. We haven’t really thought of what we will make this weekend. Does anyone have any paleo recipes that they highly recommend? Leave a comment or send us a link! I would love to try something new. If you leave a comment, maybe we’ll even invite you over for dinner ūüėČ

-Joelle

Monday Day Off

Hey there everyone. Its Zach. I had the day off on Monday due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When it came to thinking Paleo for the day I did not really have much to do. I had grocery shopped on the previous Friday. I did all the food prep on Saturday. We made two big meals on Saturday and Sunday which means a lot of leftovers. One quick side note; leftovers are probably the best thing ever in a Paleo house hold. We made the ribs on Saturday night and the chili on Sunday. We have an abundance of left over protein! How awesome is that! For those of you that know what I am talking about, it is a great feeling. Okay, so back on track. So yesterday I thought, wow, I don’t have to spend really any time in the kitchen. I got up, went to the gym, ran some errands and then came home for lunch. Well of course while I am eating that is when my brain starts running. What things can I do now to be prepared for the rest of the week. Well, I had the great thought of making my lunches and dinners ahead of time for the next two days and also make Joelle’s lunch and snack for tomorrow. Yep, so there I was thinking I wouldn’t be spending anytime in the kitchen and low and behold I spent a good portion of my afternoon there, lol. I just can’t get away from that place. For those of you that have been following, my Tuesday and Wednesday schedule is non stop. I go to work, train, coach and get home at 9:30pm. I do have to say it feels pretty nice to have all of my food ready for the next two days.

For dinner yesterday it was a lot of leftovers. We did make one new thing for dinner though. I baked french fry sliced carrots that were coated in coconut oil, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper. So simple! Slice the carrots up (I used a mandolin slicer), put them in a big bowl, add 2-3 tbsp of melted coconut oil, 1/2 tbsp cumin, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, toss it all together so the carrots are evenly coated, put them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. I sliced up a whole bag of carrots ($1.59) and baked them. Now we have an extra veggie in the fridge for the week. I will post pictures of how they look later. I highly recommend this recipe.

Saturday/Sunday Meals

Happy Sunday Funday!

We are a little behind with what has been going on in our kitchen the past few days. I will combine our Saturday and Sunday meals in one post. Yesterday, Zach¬†was kind enough to food prep by himself¬†while I was at work. He spent the entire afternoon chopping a weeks worth of vegetables, cooking sweet potatos, chicken breasts and thighs, a fritatta, and¬†roasting almonds… oh all while cooking a delicious spare rib dinner for later that night. It took him a good¬†2 hours slaving away, but we are prepared for this upcoming week!

We had his mom and sister over for dinner last night and had (Nom Nom Paleo’s) Korean¬†spare ribs that cooked in the crock pot all day, (Well-Fed)¬†cumin-coated carrots and a Batali’s neapolitan broccoli recipe http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe/mario-batalis-neapolitan-style-broccoli-15143514. We all enjoyed and even had leftovers. When the ribs cook all day, they fall off the bone and are extremely tender. It was a good recipe to use¬†for guests because there wasn’t much prep and you could enjoy your guest company. ¬†Here’s the recipe: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/3762844557/slow-cooker-korean-grass-fed-short-ribs

At about 7 this morning, Zach and I were both thinking about food (surprise, surprise…) and decided to continue with the crock pot theme and make a pork¬†chili that would pair nicely with the football games today. Before even having coffee, we put the pork shoulder and all the other ingredients in the crock pot and got it cooking. We used the recipe from Paleo OMG http://paleomg.com/crockpot-pulled-pork-chili/. This is another keeper, even though I don’t think we have made anything we haven’t liked yet. We had it a few times throughout the day and have tons of leftovers for the week.

I will say, I¬†have been feeling great with the way we are eating. My energy levels are good, I am sleeping through the night, and I feel overall better.¬†With the recipes being so good, I have actually been gaining weight. It just goes to show that even if you are eating the right kind of food, portion control is important. Zach’s portions are much MUCH larger than mine, but sometimes I think I can eat as much as him.