The Food I Eat

People ask me all the time "what do you eat?!?!?" Here is the answer

holy crap this tastes good! January 7, 2013

ohhhhhhh YUM!  Mexican chicken soup!

*adapted from Paleo slow cooking by Chrissy Gower*

Mexican Chicken Soup

1 medium onion

4 celery stalks chopped

2 TBS olive oil

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 Jalapeno pepper, diced

16 ounces of chicken broth

2 cans of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies

2 jars Kroger brand Chipotle Enchilada sauce

1 1/2 tsp cumin

1 1/2 tsp chili powder

1 can full fat coconut milk

– Saute’ onion, celery and carrots in oil over medium heat until onions are translucent and place in bottom of crock pot

– Place trimmed and rinsed chicken breasts on top of veggies

– mix all remaining ingredients together in separate bowl and pour over top.

– Turn crock pot on low and cook for 7-8 hours

If you want to get crafty to shred your chicken then remove chicken with a spoon and place in your stand up mixers bowl.  ‘mix’ for 30 seconds……and viola your chicken is shredded!

before I 'mixed' it

before I ‘mixed’ itafter! perfectly shredded chicken!

after! perfectly shredded chicken!

Then I just put it back in the crock pot and served it…….to myself at 10:00pm because we ate dinner at 5:00pm so I could take my daughter roller skating at 6:00pm and I was HUNGRY.

Here is a photo of my soup with a piece of cilantro on top so it would look pretty for you all:

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I mentioned Kroger brand Chipolte enchilada sauce because it is the only one that I could find at Kroger that doesn’t have all the added corn syrup and general crap that the others have.  I have found that for canned stuff 99% of the time the Kroger brand or the Organic Kroger brand is the only ones that I can actually eat.

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2 meals are cooking….

Filed under: diet,dieting,dinner,family,food,Paleo — Melanie @ 3:15 pm
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Holy crap my last 2 posts here are LONG.  I will try to keep this one as short as possible.  I am in the process of cooking 2 things right now that have my house smelling pretty yummy.  The first is a Cincinnati chili recipe that I modified from the one in the cookbook Paleo Indulgences by Tammy Credicott and the other is a Mexican Chicken Soup recipe that I modified from the cookbook Paleo Slow Cooking by Chrissy Gower.  Both are amazing cookbooks that I find myself going to often for inspiration.

Here is the Cincinnati Chili recipe that I used.  I will post the Mexican Chicken Soup recipe in another post to try to keep this one short and when I have a photo of it to show you of it.

Cincinnati Chili 

2 TBS coconut oil

2 large onion

2 lbs ground turkey

6 garlic cloves minced

2 TBS chili powder

1 tsp allspice

2 tps cinnamon

2 tps cumin

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp sea salt

4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp ground cloves

3 TBSP unsweeteded cocoa powder

1 15-oz can tomato sauce (I find that the organic ‘Simple Green” at Kroger are the only ones that I can find that don’t have a bunch of other crap in them. i.e. corn syrup)

2 TBSP Wrocestershire sauce

2 TBSP applecider vinager

2 cups of water

– Heat oil in stock pot and add onion and cook until translucent.

– Add ground Turkey, garlic, and chili powder and cook until meat is browned

– Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine.  Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for about 1 1/2 hours.

I have made this before and it is delicious and a TON of food.  It freezes really well.

simmering away

simmering away

My kids will be eating this over Mac-n-cheese…….maybe.  My 4 and a half year old and I may go roller skating and just grad her something to eat on the way, but my 14-year-old step son will be happy to dump this over mac-n-cheese I am sure.  When I finally get around to eating it I will put it over last nights left over cauliflower.

 

 

 

and so it begins….. January 6, 2013

Filed under: diet,dieting,dinner,family,food,losing weight,Paleo,Uncategorized — Melanie @ 9:47 pm
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I told you about me and how I got to this place where I am eating this crazy diet in my last post, but what I didn’t tell you is that I fell off the wagon for the last 7 days and feel like crap.  While that sucks it is what motivated me to start this blog and hopefully have some accountability with my food, what I feed my family and how much I spend on groceries.

Once a week, usually on Sunday mornings after breakfast, I pull out my cook books, get on my computer and plan my families meals for the week.  That is how my life works…..I plan and plan and plan and PLAN everything.  I would never just wonder into a grocery store without a list to go shopping for the week.  It wouldn’t happen.  I am not one of those people that only buys whats on the list, but I have to know what I am supposed to buy and what I am going to be cooking for the week otherwise eating this way would NEVER work.  I have to plan my meals.  I can’t eat out.  Inevitably if I do….I feel like crap.  It is just the way it is.  It sucks and occasionally I just do it because it is easy…….but I always pay for it one way or another.

So the only way I know how to start this is in the here and now.

My families monthly food budget is $800.  That is supposed to include everything we buy at the meat market, grocery, Sam’s Club, Etc.  (food, laundry detergent, dish washing soap, toilet paper, etc.)  I go over every month.  I suck.  I know that people feed and clean more people that I do on way less than that.  I am not one of those people.  I feed 2 adults, 1 14-year-old, and a 4- year old breakfast and dinner every day and I take my lunch to work every day.  I don’t have any cost saving tips.  I am trying to do better this year…..that is all I can promise.

Today I spent $106 on groceries.  That has to be an all time low for me…….seriously…… an all time low.  I had several things in the freezer and I knew that I would be writing this so I was extra careful to not overspend…..I am sure that it won’t last long, but my husband will be happy in the mean time.

This weeks dinner menu:

Sunday: Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf, brussel sprouts with bacon and apple, mashed cauliflower, mashed potatoes, carrots, celery, and chicken nuggets

*shakes head*

Yes, I make the rest of my family different things.  They don’t have to eat like I do so I don’t force them to.  We usually have one main dish and sides to please everyone except when the main dish is spicy.  My 4-year-old doesn’t like spicy.

The buffalo chicken meatloaf rocks my world.  I usually make double the recipe and eat it for lunch.  It is a big hit with the males in my house as well.  You can find the recipe here:

http://paleomg.com/buffalo-chicken-mini-meatloaf/

(she has a ton of amazing Paleo recipes)

I usually cut the celery in half.  The first time I made it I made the mistake of cutting the celery to thick and we decided as a family it was just to crunchy.  If I am using Tabasco for my hot sauce I stick with 3 TBS, but tonight I used Red Hot and used 4 TBS and wish that I had used a bit more.  You will have to play with it to see what you like.

For the brussel sprouts (yes I know ewwwww gross….but they have bacon.  Everything tastes good with bacon.)  I cut up 3 pieces of bacon and sauteed them about half way.  While that was happening I cut 1 fresh bunch of sprouts (about a pound) in half.  I put them in my pan with a little water and covered it stirring occasionally.  When they were bright green I added one diced red apple (I have no idea what kind) I let that heat for about 5 more minutes and then sprinkled some red wine vinegar on them and put them in a bowl.  *I will be the only one in my house to eat this*

For the mashed Cauliflower I put about 3/4 a cup of chicken stock in a pot and a small head of cut of cauliflower in and covered it up on Med high heat.  When the cauliflower was mushy I put it in my mixer and added some coconut butter and let it mix itself up for about 5 minutes.  I can never get mine to look like all the fancy photos on the internet, but it gives me the consistency of mashed potatoes and tastes yummy and that is all I care about.

I made mashed potatoes, pulled out some left over carrots, cut up some extra celery (my daughter LOVES celery), heated up some chicken nuggets, and everyone else was happy.

I will try to remember to take photos next time, but this is really about my being accountable……not about you all seeing how pretty my food is 🙂

Monday: Cincinatti Chili, mac n cheese, cauliflower

Tuesday: Pork roast with carrots

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: My husband takes the kids to chic-fil-a every Thursday and I work late so I have leftovers again

Friday……..who knows.  probably left overs again.

I am also planning to make tortilla-less chicken soup tomorrow for fill in food.

I will post recipes and hopefully some photos with some much shorter posts later this week.

 

Wait……What DO you eat?!?!?

Filed under: diet,dieting,food,losing weight,Paleo — Melanie @ 1:47 pm

I am leaving this post at the top of my blog because it is my story…..my food story.  It is how I got here.

About a year and a half…..maybe 2 years ago, my life changed forever.  You would think that I would remember the exact timing when all of this began, but I don’t.  It was traumatic, it sucked, I was pissed, but I was willing to try ANYTHING to feel better.  I was waking up in the morning starting everyday bloated, lethargic, constipated, and just generally feeling like crap.  I had over the year and a half or so (I am crappy with timing…sorry, get over it *i mean that with lots of love) just felt crappy and had complained to my doctor as such.  He ran a ton of tests trying to figure out what was wrong with me was probably starting to think that I was somewhat of a hypochondriac when he finally said, “Let’s run a food sensitivity test.”

Those are the words that changed my life forever.  Literally,  FOREVER.  I am seriously not being dramatic here.  I wish that I was.  My results came back and it showed what I feel like are a million things that I was ‘sensitive’ to.  Nothing serious, nothing that if I ate it I would go into shock and die, but sensitive to.  His recommendation to me was to stop eating EVERYTHING on the list for 90 days and gradually one thing at a time see if my system could handle them.  Here is my list:

allspice, basil, black pepper, cayenne, cumin, dill, fennel, horse radish, nutmeg, sage, thyme, vanilla, banana, alfalfa, lobster, salmon, sardine, shrimp, sole, tuna, egg yolk, buckwheat, corn, kidney bean, oat, pinto bean, rice, walnut, wheat, yeast

Yes.  I cried.  Then I put it in my purse and told myself that if I ignored it that it would go away.

It didn’t go away.

So I pulled out the list, looked at it, cried again, and committed to getting rid of everything for 30 days.  I am not sure about you, but I can do anything for a month.

My first trip to the grocery store took 4 hours.  I read every label and was shocked to see that pretty much EVERYTHING has corn syrup, wheat, rice, or black pepper in it.  Super.  Great. So, I cried some more.

I was seriously cranky and honestly PISSED OFF  the first two weeks of trying to eat better for my body.  My family trying to be helpful would look at every label in our house and say “oh, you can’t have this.”  They all almost died at my hands.  It felt like my whole world was spinning out of control.  I was miserable and mad…..and hungry.

Then something strange happened.  Suddenly I felt better.  I woke up one morning and wasn’t swollen, in pain, my face had cleared up, and I was slightly less cranky.  Interesting.  THEN I got on the scale.  Holy crap, I was 5 pounds lighter.

Well…….maybe this isn’t so horrible.

Shortly after that one of my clients came in and recommended a cookbook.  It is called Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield.  I nodded and smiled and thought to myself, “Ya right sweetie, no one has to or would actually choose to eat like I have to.  It sucks.”  But I looked into it anyway and was shocked to see that I could actually eat 90% of the food in their cookbook!  I was so excited that I stared researching about eating ‘Paleo” and bought several other cookbooks.  It was life changing.  For those of you that are not familiar with eating ‘Paleo” it is basically lean meat, fish, fruit, veggies, and nuts.  No dairy, no sugar, no beans, no processed foods.  Basically you eat like a caveman.  I wan’t ready to give up sugar and dairy, but I was thrilled to have some recipes that I could actually follow.

During the process of changing my diet I went from weighing 179 pounds to weighing 163.  Yes, I am putting the number our there.  It is big.  It freaks me out to type it.  I am 5’8″ and by no means have a small frame.  I was stuck at 163 and really wanted to get back to what I remembered to be my smallest adult weight which was 155.  Being determined to get there I decided that starting October 1, 2012 I would cut the dairy and sugar and just make the leap to straight Paleo.  Somewhere around the middle of December I hit my goal weight.  Score.  I’m all in.

I have found that I can actually eat some of the things that are on my restricted list.  Mostly the spices…..NOT the black pepper, wheat, rice or corn.  People often ask me “What do you eat?!?!?”  I have decided to start this blog to try to answer that question.  I am going to do my best to post my weekly meals and what I spend at the grocery store.  Mostly to help people that I know that are trying to eat more Paleo for health or other reasons, and partly to hold my self accountable.