What We Ate Wednesday: October 3 – 9

In case you missed it, I posted the first of these bad boys last Wednesday and it was AWESOME. This week’s is not so exciting as I was gone for dinner several nights, which is not the norm. When I have been home though I’m getting back into the groove of cooking which I really really love. I also planned out meals for the whole month for the first time in my life and it’s been SO great! At the end of the month I’ll share the whole list.

Whatever Wednesday: 

Last week I went to Charleston with my friend Jonelle for a Beautycounter workshop (and other general fun having shenanigans) and I’m not sure what exactly Marshall and the kids had for dinner on Wednesday but I think it was Five Guys. Lincoln gets a little cheeseburger from there with just cheese and a side of pickles. When I go, Em and I share the burger in the form of a bowl. She loves the ground beef, tomato and mushrooms. Also: FRIES.

We had the most amazing grits in Charleston… twice. I had the pork belly grit bowl from Hominy Grill and then later that night I had pimento cheese grits from Fleet Landing. 

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Three Piece Thursday: 

I really hate how lame the name of this is, but basically the goal is to just cook a meat and two sides. We had shredded chicken from the instant pot, broccoli and rice I think. I did not take a picture. It was not super interesting, but it did sustain us long enough to live another day. So, a win.

Fun Friday:

I got called into a birth! I was lucky enough to meet up with one of my best friends in Winston Salem and her daughter at PDQ before baby was born. I have no idea what my family ate for dinner. I had 5 grilled tenders, fries and honey mustard because they have the best honey mustard in the world.

Pizza Saturday:

Normal gluten free cheese pizza for the kiddos, 4 Meat Aldi pizza for the husband and I tried a GF cauliflower crust from Trader Joes and it was pretty awesome. I’ve never had cauliflower crust before and I loved it. I added some basil pesto sauce from Aldi, grass fed cheddar from Aldi, and pineapple (from, you guessed it…) and it was SO good. Would eat again. Many times. Over and over.

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Snacky Dinner Sunday: 

I missed this too! I normally don’t plan anything for Sunday evenings but I had the opportunity to do a brand shoot for a friend and I ended up having a bowl of Multigrain Cheerios with almond milk for dinner. It was not very exciting but I just wanted to go to bed and I can’t fall asleep if my belly is hungry.

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Salad and Smoothie Monday:

Asian salad night! Normally we add the salad mix to a bed of greens but the greens had gone bad and I didn’t know until I opened the box! Salads were a little slim but we compensated with our green smoothies (check out The Lazy Genius’ guide to smoothie making– changed everything for me). Shredded pork was a pork butt in the instant pot. Part of my flow is to cook several pounds of meat on Monday that is not seasoned to reuse throughout the week for many meals. If it is shredded chicken or pork, I’ll use my kitchen aid mixer to shred and add whatever seasoning after the fact. This pork got doused with some yummy ginger salad dressing (from Aldi… do you sense a pattern here?) and salt. I added some chopped apples and I would give it an A+. IMG_8938

Taco Tuesday Pot Roast Tuesday: 

I rescheduled tacos for Thursday to accommodate some friends that are coming over for dinner, and cooked my favorite Instant Pot meal ever. Wellness Mama’s Pot Roast is my JAM. We started out following the recipe to a T, but now we do the really lazy delicious version:  cube the meat, over season with Italian seasoning,  sauté for a few minutes until brown, add 1 cup of broth to the pot and push the meat/poultry button. I think it cooked for 45 minutes + pressurizing times. I roasted baby carrots in avocado oil in the oven at 425 the whole time the roast cooked and made  cauliflower mash (faux mashed potatoes) and my favorite shortcut baked apples in the microwave. I actually made the mash differently than I ever had and it turned out really good! I am trying to stop using the steam-in bag veggies in the microwave (suddenly I’m freaked about chemicals in those… long story) so I cooked two bags of frozen cauliflower in a stock pot on the stove. I added avocado oil and probably 1 cup of bone broth (Trader Joe’s version!) to the pot of cauliflower with a lid and let it steam them, I added salt, garlic salt and two tablespoons of Kerrygold butter once they were cooked and broke them apart with a wooden spoon. I got out the immersion blender and blended them until they were the consistency of mashed potatoes.  Seriously, pot roast + mashed potatoes + carrots is my ultimate favorite meal of all life. Can’t wait for leftovers.

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Up next: 
Sweet Potato Hash
Taco Bar Thursday
Tilapia Nachos
Breakfast for Dinner Saturday
Dinner at my in laws on Sunday

What We Ate Wednesday: The First One!

 

It’s possible I hyped up this blog post a little too much, my pictures aren’t quite as exciting as I remember them being when I took them BUT. What we ate Wednesdays. It’s a thing. It’s happening! This is the first one and the bar is set low my friends, so come back in one week.

I’m not a full week in yet because we’ve spent the last week or so traveling (and a hurricane before that) but next week. It’s on! Eating Paleoish at home! It really is possible.

A little food background for me and why we eat like we do: I don’t have any diagnosed food allergies. I’ve done the testing and I’m not allergic to anything food wise. I have not done a food sensitivity blood panel though, but based on my elimination dieting in the past few years I have a good idea of what is good for me and what isn’t. 

I’ve always had eczema but it got really awful (Topical Steroid Withdrawal style) in 2014 so in 2015 I went paleo and did autoimmune paleo and figured out what foods work well for me and what don’t. Outside of the paleo framework I haven’t done an extensive reintroduction with different grains, but in general I tolerate most gluten free grains, goat’s milk products, and occasional conventional cow dairy. For the past year I’ve been living ON THE EDGE out of pure exhaustion and laziness but I’m slowly coming out of it. Meal prepping healthy meals just wasn’t realistic for me in the season of new motherhood of two and now that I’m totally done breastfeeding (and not as hungry ha!) and am in a little bit more control over my schedule/sleep I’m getting back into it! And honestly feeling so great. I literally feel well, and I feel GOOD about eating better and serving healthier meals to my family. A win win!

Both my kids have sensitive skin and eczema (but are clear right now and have been for most of their lives!) so we avoid gluten totally for Emmeline (we’ve trial and errored and it gives her belly pain and unhappy poops) and most dairy. Lincoln tolerates a little gluten here and there but he has a patch of eczema on his face that pops up when he’s crossed the threshold of too much. End background, resume blog post. 

Our current meal rhythm is helping me so much. I hate being locked into a plan but I also NEED a plan or we throw it all away at Chick Fil A or Chipotle. Every time.

The rhythm right now is kind of boring, but we are loving the parameters. It is really fun deciding what kind of tacos to eat on a Tuesday instead of WHAT OF ALL THE MEALS WE’VE EVER EATEN SHOULD WE EAT ON TUESDAY? Ya feel me?

Mondays: salads + smoothies
Tuesdays: tacos
Wednesdays: whatever
Thursdays: three piece
Fridays: nachos or soup
Saturdays: pizza or brinner
Sundays: snacky dinner

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Pizza Saturday: Frozen pizzas, my friends! Usually with carrot sticks and/or cucumbers but this weekend we had apple slices because… we had apples slices. We’ve tried like all the different gluten free pizzas around, but the cheese pizza from Aldi is our jam. I buy two cheese pizzas for me and the kids and we usually have a few little pieces leftover, and the kids love it. Marshall likes the regular people four meat pizza that’s like a $1.99 at Aldi and ta-da! Saturday night. I love made up holidays and little family rituals and Saturday pizza nights feel SO weekend to me and give us a break from cooking. Also, once I get all the way back paleo it will be easy to swap out my cheese pizza for a paleo crust sans cheese, etc.

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Snacky Dinner Sunday: This is our favorite! We’ve done this for years, and it’s become so much fun now that both kids are eating real food. We usually buy some fun meats and cheeses from Aldi and then just throw out all the fruit, crackers and any other snacky things we have laying around. I was inspired by Jen Hatmaker’s book, Seven and Andy Crouch’s The Tech-Wise Family to light candles a few weeks ago and we had our own little special Sabbath. Again, I’m a sucker for family rituals and I love this Sunday one. We’ve usually been serving at church all day, and had weird naps and dinner on the living room floor is a great regrouping before heading upstairs for bath and bedtime. I think I like most that it will grow as the kids grow and turn into a family meeting. We try to talk about our week ahead but Lincoln and Emmeline just get louder when we try to talk to each other.

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Salad + Smoothie Monday: This week was the southwest salad mix + mixed greens and plain chicken meat from a whole chicken I cooked in the Instant Pot. Back in my best paleo days I made a weekly whole chicken for broth and used the meat for soup, nachos, lunches, etc. so I’m trying to get back into the habit of cooking a whole chicken on the reg. The kids don’t like salad so much so we throw their greens into the blender for green smoothies and we just started making ones for ourselves too. The salad comes with tortilla strips, cheese and buffalo ranch. I passed on the cheese and ranch and used our vegan ranch and added a little Sriracha on top! It was excellent. A little spicy but the smoothie (greens trio + mango + pineapple + coconut water + almond milk) was an excellent compliment.

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Taco Tuesday: Every Tuesday is taco Tuesday. And so it shall be forever! Last night we had ground beef tacos, which we almost NEVER do and I was ready to use a GF wrap from Aldi but then I ended up just eating the insides and it was amazing. I added avocado and goat cheese, diced tomatoes and greens and it was so filling and so flavorful, I could not stop talking about what a great job I did cooking. And by cooking, I mean remembering to thaw out the meat in an appropriate time and cooking it in the frying pan for like 10 minutes and throwing some spices on it. I ended up filling up my bowl twice and couldn’t quite get a photo of it full either time. Marshall ate his with cheddar cheese and regular flour tortillas, and we made the kids quesadillas with the ground beef and goat cheese. Lincoln requested a little cheddar be added to his and Emmeline ate all of hers without any complaint (she never really complains) and ate an entire avocado and a half because she is the best ever. Sidenote: my go to “taco seasoning” is some of the following: paprika, garlic salt, salt, oregano, onion powder.

Coming up!

Wednesday: I’m out of town, Lincoln picks! Most likely will be Five Guys.
Three Ingredient Thursday: Egg Roll in A Bowl
Fun Friday: Nachos
Saturday: Brinner