Buffalo Burgers and Roasted Cabbage Slices

Author: Carolyn  //  Category: Paleo Living, Recipes

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Paleo Cooking doesn’t mean you have to spend all day in the kitchen.  I’m trying to find some quick and easy recipes.  Here is what I made for dinner tonight.

Last week I went shopping at BJ’s with my husband.  I haven’t been there in years and he suggested we check it out.  We were thrilled to find that they are now carrying a variety of organic fruits and vegetables as well as Paleo friendly meats and foods. Husband was not happy with the bill when we left.  Let’s just say his pockets were much lighter but our freezer and fridge is FULL.  One of the meats we purchased was Buffalo.  I cooked burgers tonight because I was in need of something quick and easy.  The trick to buffalo is to cook it medium to medium rare.  If you cook it well, it will end up tough and flavorless.   I made a batch of Magic Mushroom Powder from Nom Nom Paleo’s new cookbook because I wanted to try it out and thought it might be just the extra flavor boost for my burgers.    Then I preheated the grill to medium-high and my broiler in my oven.

I sliced up some cabbage and placed it on a broiling pan.  I drizzled some olive oil over the top and sprinkled with some more “Magic Mushroom Powder”.  When cooking a meat like buffalo, with little fat, the trick is not to move it until it is “set”.  I placed it on the grill for 3-1/2 to 4 minutes then flipped them to the other side for another 3- 1/2  to 4 minutes.  While the burgers were cooking on the grill I placed the cabbage slices under the preheated broiler.  They were both done about the same time.  Yummy and it was done in about 20 minutes.

My cabbage slice idea came from Wellness Mama
The Magic Mushroom Powder recipe came from Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook

Nom Nom Paleo Giveaway

Author: Carolyn  //  Category: Paleo Living

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I have been working on developing a healthier lifestyle for the past several months. In August one of my doctors suggested I try the Paleo Diet to help regulate my hormones and get control of my weight issues. After beginning research I told my husband, “NO WAY!” I didn’t think I could live like that. But in fairness I had to give it a try. I found a 30 Day Challenge online and subscribed. Within two days of starting the diet I had noticeable differences in my health. My joint pain (which I assumed was something I was just going to have to live with) all but disappeared. I had more energy. My morning “brain fog” was gone, and I had already lost a pound. Wow! My thoughts went from “I can’t do this!” to “How can I NOT do this?” Since then I have been learning everything I can about Paleo Cooking and Life Style and modifying my life style. One of my favorite sites to frequent is Nom Nom Paleo.  She has a great new cookbook I’m hoping to get too.

I stopped in to visit today and found she is having a give away! I’m hoping to win because that pot she is giving away looks really cool and I would love to have it. Stop by her site and check it out.

Managing Mondays

Author: Carolyn  //  Category: Uncategorized

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My Menu for the Week:

Monday:  Salisbury Steak, Mashed Sweet Potato

Tuesday:  Crock Chicken and Kale Soup, relish platter with carrot, cucumber, celery, cherry tomato

Wednesday:  Chicken, acorn squash, broccoli

Thursday: Seafood Sweet Potato Chowder, spinach salad

Friday:  Hearty Beef and Vegetable Soup, salad

Saturday: Paleo Picnic- chicken salad on lettuce leaf wrap, deviled eggs, smoked salmon, sliced red pepper, celery, carrot and apple.

Sunday:  Out to dinner with friends

Paleo Picnic among other great recipe ideas I found on a site called Everyday Paleo

Missing in Action

Author: Carolyn  //  Category: Uncategorized

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I have not posted for the past couple of weeks due to the change in diet.  I’ve been using my “extra” time to read up on the diet and research and learn to cook a whole new way.  I think I have enough of a handle on it that I can get back to menu planning and getting back on track with my organization efforts.

So I have been on the Paleo Diet now for almost 3 weeks.  For those that do not know what that is, in short it means no grains, no dairy, no legumes.

The food I “should” eat

  • hormone free grass fed meats,
  • free range hormone free chicken,
  • wild game
  • fresh caught fish
  • wild caught fish
  • sea food
  • free range, vegetarian eggs
  • Low glycemic level organic vegetables (no starchy veggies)
  • organic fruits
  • raw tree nuts

The basic idea is to eat what Paleolithic Man ate.  (Cavemen)  I’m not sure I truly agree with the whole concept behind it.  But because my doctor is asking me to try it for 6 weeks, I am.  I will tell you the first three days were not super easy.  I had head-aches and still lacked energy.  But gradually I began to feel better and better and better.  Prior to eating this way, I had a LOT of joint pain.  I would joke about when I was younger I used to get up and go, but now I get up (pause) and go.  Well, I feel like I did 15 years ago.  My joints are no longer bothering me.  I have lost 10 pounds thus far and hopefully will continue that trend and I still have many more pounds to lose.  (I’d like to lose 50 more)  I am getting up in the mornings and able to get started right away without coffee.  I always had foggy brain in the morning and it would take me a good deal of time and coffee to get my head out of the clouds.  I once had a friend and co-worker who told me she thought I didn’t like her for the first 6 weeks that she knew me.  Then she figured out, I just didn’t wake up until noon.  So thus far the results are very good.

I just finished reading a book called “Wheat Belly”.  After reading this book, I am convinced that a good portion of my problems had had to do with wheat.  I know I will never go back to eating wheat and gluten.  I’ve actually tried to give them up before but had a great deal of difficulty doing it.  With this diet I am not missing it at all.  If you avoid grains all together it’s not so difficult to figure out what you can and can’t eat.  I did slip up once in the past 3 weeks and had one bite of a piece of birthday cake.  My hip joints almost instantly started hurting and hurt for tw0 days.  That was enough to convince me that wheat isn’t worth it and the bread on the table no longer calls out to me.

I am working today on my menu for the coming week and will post it on Monday a recipe or two to share.

Managing Monday

Author: Carolyn  //  Category: Organization, Recipes

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I had a kink in my plans for this week.  I have a new “lady” doctor and have discussed with her my lack of energy among other issues and my inability to loose weight.  She put me thru a series of tests for vitamin deficiency, hormone imbalance, etc.  Her recommendation for me was to go on the Paleo Diet for 6 weeks to reset my body.  I came home and started researching the diet and holy smokes, it’s drastic!  No grains!  No dairy! Organic fruits and veggies.  No starchy veggies.  Grass fed meats.  Tree nuts only.  No peanuts or legumes.  My husband and I went shopping at Whole Foods.  Grass fed meat?  $23 – $34 per pound.  UGH!  I don’t think so.  I get the hormone free and pesticides, but I think grain fed meat vs. grass fed is not going to happen.  I’m going to check into some local co-ops and see if there are some other options.

The next step in the process is learning a whole new way to cook.  I can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut oil, and Ghee for cooking.  I can use Coconut Milk (I am kinda liking the coconut milk).  I noticed on a website I’ve visited before for menu ideas (http://savingdinner.com) a special for 30 day Paleo Challenge.  I purchased it ($15) last night just to get me going.  A few of the recipes use lamb so I will be substituting beef as I do not like lamb at all.  I will have to adjust as I go.  So this weeks menu is very iffy:

Monday:  Fall Smoky Pumpkin Soup, Salad

Tuesday:  Chicken with Mushrooms, Salad

Wednesday:  Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits, Collard Greens

Thursday:  Beef and Zucchni

Friday:  Beef and Pumpkin Stew, steamed broccoli and faux-tay-toes

Saturday:  Moroccan Chicken,  Brussels Sprouts and steamed green beans

Sunday:  Left Overs

I can not share any recipes from this list as they are proprietary.  But I have provided the link above for anyone who is interested.  The packet also contains breakfast and lunch ideas as well.  I’ll let you know any changes I notice as I go.  I’ve also ordered a book from the library that is a crock cooking book.  I love my crock and hope to get some good ideas of meals that I can fix on those busy days.  I’ll share as I go any positive (or negative) changes.