Our Paleo Family

What We Ate Wednesday 4/4/18

If you’re counting, there will be a few more meals to show you this week since I completely forgot to do this post last week. In my defense, I did publish three new recipes and actually made some mention of those over on my social media channels, so I was a busy beaver.

If you didn’t catch those new recipes, check them out now because they’re good ones!

Resurrection Biscuits (you can make these anytime of year, not just Easter!)

Scalloped Potatoes made Whole30 compliant with options for the Instant Pot or oven

Orange Pineapple Glazed Ham with Instant Pot instructions

Now for this past week’s meals:

Ham Soup – this is just like my Beef and Vegetable Soup (recipe in my book) but I use ham broth (made from the ham bone) and I add rice. On this particular day, my Whole30 was complete and I was adding back in gluten free grains. I loved this with rice! So hearty and delicious!

Pumpkin Pancakes, Bacon, Oranges and Grapefruit – So we haven’t had pancakes in a very long time because you can’t have them on Whole30, even if they’re made with approved ingredients. I think my kids each ate a dozen pancakes. I doubled this recipe and had only two leftover! (This is an old picture.)

Grilled Steak, asparagus, and Scalloped Potatoes

Burgers smothered with onions and mushrooms, Okra, Salad and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Jambalaya with Rice

Paleo Pizza crust with Roasted Veggies for the topping – On this night, I decided to try reintroducing cheese. It seems that I can handle good quality grass fed butter and cream, but cheese is very hit or miss for me. It was a miss this night. The paleo pizza crust is pretty flavorful, the sauce is full of garlic and basil and of course, the roasted vegetables were full of flavor so I could have totally enjoyed this meal without the cheese. But I tried it and now I know.

Paleo Spaghetti Sauce over Sautéed Squash with side salad. Nothing fancy, but good. The sauce was even in the freezer from a previous big batch cooking day so this was super fast to put together.

Hot dogs – our inaugural grilling for the season – plus green beans, roasted sweet potatoes and No Frills Cole Slaw

Babyback Ribs in the Instant Pot, more roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli with cheese – I tried the cheese again with similar results as with the pizza. Boo hoo.

A little piece of cod, a piece of salmon with Asian marinade (orange juice, ginger, garlic, mustard and a touch of maple syrup), leftover green beans and miscellaneous roasted veggies – clearly this was a clean out the fridge and freezer night!

Please indulge me as I put in another plug for my book, which is now old even though it says “Brand New” on the website, these “bo-berry biscuits” were on our Easter breakfast table and to quote my son, “I want to eat these and only these for the rest of my life.” Yeah, they were good. You can find the recipe in the book in the New Year’s Chapter.

We ate out on a rare Thursday night because we had a church service that made cooking dinner challenging. Since I’ve been doing Whole30 for such a very long time, my kids have been acting deprived of all their favorites, so we headed to Smash Burger for gluten free burgers and fries. First of all, we were very hungry, second of all, we were eating fast food and it tasted awesome. I think we were all done eating in about 10 minutes. Not healthy I know, but we were very happy. I ate it too fast for a picture. 😃

We also enjoyed a date night at City Barbecue, which consisted of lots of barbecued turkey and brisket, vinegary cole slaw and the saltiest green beans on the planet. I love this restaurant most of the time because it doesn’t make me sick, but I hate the inconsistency in some of the dishes.

So there you have it – two weeks worth of meals. As I look back over these, I’m impressed with the amount of vegetables we eat each day. Even on nights when we just had soup or jambalaya, those recipes are chock full of veggies. We’re all used to eating this way now so it’s not a big deal. I feel good about feeding my family this way and overall, the effort is minimal and the food tastes great. What more could we ask for? I’m so thankful for the the Paleo experts I learned from. This diet has made such a difference for me and my family. I hope you find good health with it as well.

Happy eating this week!