This past week was rough. Not necessarily because of food but I’ve just felt off and unmotivated to do anything on a computer. We’ve done pretty well sticking to our paleo meal plan I just haven’t documented much of anything.
I made some yummy beef and broccoli stir fry over cauliflower rice, it was the first time I had cauliflower rice turn out well. I thank my new food processor for that!
And of course we’ve been indulging in Joe’s delicious paleo chicken wings.
But mostly I’ve been spending a lot of time relaxing and enjoying my children. When I’m feeling down, like I have been for the past week or so, I find that spending time with my family is good for the soul. Sometimes all of my commitments can get overwhelming and I just need to take a step back and enjoy life.
This weekend was a bit off. I’d planned on going grocery shopping on Saturday but with tornado warnings and bad storms I decided to stay home. So our meal planning got thrown off a bit and the pantry was pretty slim pickings. Thankfully Joe stepped up and made dinner for everyone since I was feeling a little under the weather. All I wanted to do was order a pizza and call it a night but Joe knew that wouldn’t actually make me feel any better. He’s such an awesome husband.
On Sunday the storm clouds cleared and I felt a lot better. We finally made it to the grocery store after church and with a full pantry my enthusiasm for meal prep had returned. While at the store I picked up a rotisserie chicken for a quick lunch.
For lunch I made warm chicken and sweet potato over spinach salad with pecans and goat cheese. It was light yet still filling. We shredded all the rotisserie chicken and I roasted extra sweet potatoes in preparation for dinner later that night.
For dinner I took the same main ingredients to make Against All Grain’s Leftover Roast Chicken Soup with Roasted Vegetables. I altered the recipe a little based on what I had available. (I just omitted the butternut squash.)
I really liked that I was able to prep for both meals in less than 30 minutes. One of the difficult things about eating “Real Food” and “Paleo” is you make almost everything from scratch with can be time consuming. As a busy mom I don’t always have the luxury of time so quick prep is must for our weekly meals.
We’re hitting a wall. I’m still hungry after eating and eating. My body misses the carbs.
On Day 7…
For breakfast we made Irish bacon, which is sort of like Canadian bacon but will a better accent. I also had 2 scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil and green tea.
For lunch I had a salad topped with tuna and sunflower seeds.
Then for dinner I made barbacoa but my recipe was super spicy. I’d made some rice for the boys and because the heat was so intense Joe and I had some heat to counter act the spiciness of the meal.
After dinner I wanted all the snacks but managed to stay on track pretty well.
Day 8 was really tough.
I think I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. For breakfast we had Canadian bacon and eggs and a banana and some green tea.
Lunch was leftover barbacoa atop a baked sweet potato with a lot of avocado hoping to cut the heat… it was still spicy. All afternoon long I was hungry and couldn’t find anything to satisfy my hunger.
Dinner was the best meal of the day. I made a London broil with roasted asparagus topped with bacon and goat cheese. Even though dinner was good I was still hungry later that night. Joe tried to make us some pineapple ginger smoothies but I didn’t really care for them. I don’t like ginger as much as he does apparently.
Here’s hoping the carb cravings lessen over the next few days of I may just eat an entire pizza by myself.
Monday started EARLY. Joe got up at 5 something and his alarm clock woke me up therefore I was also up at 5 something. Most the day I walked around in a half awake fog but I still managed to eat pretty well.
For breakfast I had an apricot paleo power bar, banana and green tea. Since Joe left before the boys were awake I did the whole morning routine on my own and somehow we were early?!
After dropping Jude off at school the little boys and I came home for a relaxing morning.
I ate an early lunch of tuna, avocado, pecans and apple… it was pretty delicious. Then Joe came home from work early which allowed me to pick Jude up from school without having to drag the little ones out in the cold again…. and Noah went down for his nap early. He’s always more pleasant to be around when he takes an earlier nap.
The afternoon was filled with playing and chores. Joe wasn’t feeling well but was officially working from home so he barricaded himself upstairs in the office so he could be somewhat productive.
For dinner I made Sweet Potato and Leek soup. To be honest I was very skeptical about it. I thought it might not taste good and it wouldn’t be filling. Plus I was really craving pizza. Luckily, I was wrong and I loved it. Joe wasn’t too keen on the blended method so next time I make it I might do half and half.
We ate an early dinner so we played Just Dance with the boys until bedtime. After bed Joe and I ate homemade sweet potato chips and watched Wolverine.
One thing I really like about eating paleo and doing our 30 day challenge is I have to get creative and try new foods. I have discovered I like so many new foods because of these challenges. I still don’t like beets but I’m always open to trying new foods.
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Sunday was pretty typical.
Bacon for breakfast (and eggs).
A trip to Trader Joe’s
Home for Lunch
For lunch I threw together a Chili Lime Salad and Joe made a tasty dressing.
After lunch the 2 littles took awesome afternoon naps.
Meanwhile Joe and Jude played Star Wars Legos and built Star Wars puzzles while I watched the Pioneer Woman (nothing she made was Paleo approved but I would eat all of it in a heartbeat!).
Then we all watched Star Wars, just your typical Sunday afternoon in the Lieb house.
For dinner I made Zucchini Noodles and a Meat Sauce. I was supposed to make meatballs but it totally slipped my mind earlier in the day and they are slow cooker meatballs that need a little time to cook. I did get to try out my new Julienne peeler, I only cut myself once!
After the boys went to bed Joe did the dishes and made wings for us to eat while watching the season premier of Downton Abbey!
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Yesterday was probably one of the most relaxing Saturday’s I’ve had in awhile. We had no where to be and nothing to do. We ate, relaxed and enjoyed the day. I started off by making us some blueberry smoothies which were pretty awesome.
- Frozen Banana
- Frozen Bluberries
The boys seems to like them pretty well.
Lunch was leftover Curry Chicken on a Sweet Potato.
Then it was naptime for the 2 littles, Lego time for Jude, Joe went to the store and I sat on the couch and read 2 chapters in my book. I’ve been reading Destiny of the Republic for over a year and have yet to finish it. I love reading but when I read at night I fall asleep after 1 page and I don’t usually have time to read during the day. Plus our Nook went MIA for awhile but I finally found it and remembered that I actually like reading. I would have read more but the battery died so I was forced to do some chores… blech.
For dinner we had Paleo Cuban Picadilla. This is one of our family’s favorite dishes. One day I will get my friend Kristy to share the recipe with you guys, it’s her grandmother-in-law’s recipe so I think it best if she shares it.
After the boys were in bed Joe went out with some of the guys and I watched New York, I Love You which is a celebrity filled film of short love stories set in New York city. Check it out, it’s on Netflix Instant!
I love Saturdays like this one. I hope to have many more in 2014.
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So the Whole30 crowd wasn’t pleased with my Whole30 Meal plan, therefore I’ve renamed it Paleo30 because I don’t want there to be an confusion. Our family can’t do the true Whole30 diet because of dietary restrictions. The sole purpose of documenting our 30 day challenge is to encourage others to improve their health, you have to do what fits your family and your diet because if not it won’t work.
I’m all over the place with our Paleo30 meal plan. Dinners have pretty much stayed on track but breakfasts and lunches are all switched up. But at least we have a plan and because I have a plan I have the appropriate foods within reach to make something healthy to eat.
Yesterday was crazy busy, I think I spent more time in the car than not. I honestly don’t remember what I had for breakfast it wasn’t anything fancy I know that. I think I ate a banana, part of a smoothie and maybe a handful of mixed nuts. All I know is when lunch time rolled around I was starving.
We had leftover chili for lunch and it was perfect for this freezing cold day.
Dinner went according to plan and I made some delicious Chicken Fajitas topped with guacamole and tomatoes.
Joe made more chicken wings for an evening snack while we watched reruns of Psych on Netflix.
Day 2 went a little more according to plan than Day 1.
Breakfast was a banana and some water because I totally forgot that Jude went back to school and we were rushing around first thing. However, I did manage to make my Paleo Pumpkin Muffins later that morning. So I guess you could say it was my 2nd breakfast.
For lunch I had a baked sweet potato with a little leftover curry chicken.
And for dinner we had bean-less paleo chili topped with avocado. I could seriously put avocado on pretty much anything.
Day 2 was pretty low-key and uneventful, just the way I like it.