30 Day Challenge

Starting May 1, 2015

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Mexican Squash Casserole

Okay, it has been a very long time since I created a new recipe!  I did tonight and it was a big hit!  Here is what you will need:

2 small spaghetti squash
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1 medium green pepper
1 can diced green chilies
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 pd hamburger
1 tbsps. dried cilantro
Mexican blend cheese – optional

Cut the squash in half length wise and scoop out the pulp and seeds. Place face down on a baking sheet and pierce each half with the knife so steam can come out.  Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees, then remove and allow to cool while you cook the meat mixture.  Here is a photo to show you the size of the squash that I used,
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Dice the onion, green pepper  and garlic and put in a skillet with the hamburger and sauté till meat is cooked.
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Set aside to cool while you continue preparing the casserole.

In large mixing bowl beat 3 eggs, then add the green chili, the tomatoes and cilantro and mix well.
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Scrape the cooled squash strings into the bowl with a fork
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Add in the cooled meat mixture and stir well.

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If you are eating cheese, now is the time to add a handful of Mexican blend cheese.  Poor into an 8 x 10 greased pan, top with another handful of cheese (optional)
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Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove aluminum foil and bake another 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes or so while you prepare your favorite tossed salad.
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The next time I make this I will attempt to squeeze the spaghetti squash after I have shredded it as it left a lot of water/liquid in the pan when we scooped up our servings. It wasn’t a problem, we just had to use a slotted spoon so all the juice could run out.

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And yes, this was a hit!  I will be making it again!

 

Latest News

Hello friends!

I hope you have been following my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RealPaleoFood  as I have not had a lot of time to post here due to family illnesses,  deaths, funerals, stress that goes with that etc, etc.   My clean eating went down the drain for a while but I am back.  My heath and my well being is too important to let my eating habits slide…oh heck it didn’t slide, it was an avalanche!

I don’t have any new recipes to post, but soon as I do I will post them, meanwhile follow my Facebook page for current postings!

Thanks!

Pam

Whats New!

I hope everyone here has liked my Real Paleo Food Facebook page as that is where I do most of my updates, as it is just the easiest and quickest way to communicate with everyone.

My family finished the 30 day challenge, it wasn’t very hard for us as we have done it several times over the years and we know what to expect.  I hope you got some inspiration from some of my Facebook posts!

The last two weeks have been really crazy around here.  My dad has been in and out of the hospital 3 times in the last two weeks.  My sister and I have stayed at the hospital or at my parents home everyday since he got sick.  This is one reason why you haven’t heard from me much in the last couple of weeks. Hopefully, the doctors have all found the issues and he is home to stay for a while now 🙂

This is what I hope to prepare this week for dinner:

Fake Out Pizza Dinner
Cauliflower crust pizza
Chicken Wings
Salad

Salmon
Vegetable Fried Rice
Sautéed butternut squash cubes

Baked Pork Chops
Stuffed Acorn Squash

Crock Pot Italian Chicken
Zucchini Noodles
Broccoli

Broiled Flank Steak
Mexican Egg Plant Casserole

Bacon Wrapped Chicken
Sweet Potato Tator Tots
Green Beans

Since this is Sunday I am going to make some kind of nice Paleoized treat for dessert, what is yet to be determined!

As I said above, please be sure to follow my on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RealPaleoFood as it is the best way to keep up with what is going on with me!

Let me know what you are eating for dinner and if you have any questions!

 

Menu Week 1

Okay, so it is only a partial week as we are actually starting our Paleo Challenge tomorrow.   Tonight the family wants hamburgers and French fries, so that is what they get.  But the funny thing is they still don’t want the bread!  I typically buy groceries on Sundays, so I only made meal plans out for 3 nights

Chicken Curry

Beef Short Ribs (crockpot recipe)
Baby Kale
Mashed Butternut Squash

Grilled Salmon
Cauliflower Rice
Salad

I have recipes on this blog for the all of the above.  I would love to know what you are fixing!

Pam

Welcome 2014!

Hello everyone!

I have been away for a while!  I haven’t had anything new to publish as I haven’t been creative enough to come up with new recipes, and in truth my Paleo lifestyle has kind of stunk this last month or so!  Well, it is time to fix that!  My family, and many of my friends and fellow Crossfit Tulsa members are about to embark on the 30 Day Challenge!

Let me elaborate on the 30 Day Challenge.  I have had people on this blog and in person ask why I insist on going strict for 30 days.  All I can say is that most people cannot go from a “normal” eating style to “Paleo” without first doing the 30 day cleanse and detox.  Just about everyone I know that has tried to change their lifestyle has failed if they didn’t do this crucial step first.  It is a proven fact that it takes 30 days to create a habit, it also takes time to cleanse the body of the toxins and to change your palate and your brain.  I am not the only Paleo person out there that believes this is the way to succeed.  Look at any Paleo blogger and they will all suggest the same thing, heck there is a whole website dedicated to the 30 day plan (http://www.whole9life.com/2011/06/whole-30-v4/, an excellent source!).

For 30 days you eat a strict diet of whole natural foods.  No processed meats, no processed foods, no flour, no sugar, no grain.  And yes, that includes rice and quinoa and corn.  No legumes (beans and peanuts), with that said you can have green beans, sugar snap peas and snow peas.  Technically they are a legume, but the seeds inside are immature and safe to eat.  No artificial sugars of any kind and no “Paleoizing” snacks or treats!  This is a time when you eat real, clean, natural foods.  If it isn’t animal and  you can’t pick it from the tree, the vine or the ground and eat it, than you need to avoid it.  Oh and no dairy either.  While organic dairy products are often included in the Paleo lifestyle (referred to as “Primal” if you include dairy) it is advised to avoid it during this 30 day program as dairy can cause gut issues in many people and they may not even know that dairy is the cause of their discomfort.  You can use clarified butter or “Ghee” as it has been stripped of the milk solids that causes the gut issues.

One last major thing to cut out and is the hardest thing for me, is alcohol.  Not saying I am a lush or anything but there are days when I want to relax with my glass of wine!  I am 50 years old and menopausal I need that wine!  If I can give up wine/alcohol for 30 days than anyone can 🙂

I have to say that if you eat even one bite of something that you shouldn’t have during this 30 day challenge, than you need to start over from day one.  That one bite, while it may seem innocent will and can re-set your gut, your mind and your taste buds.   Do this for 30 days and I promise you will not want to go back to eating the old way.  With that said, many people that eat a Paleo or Primal lifestyle do live by the 80/20 rule after their 30 days strict is over.  That simply means that 80 percent of the time they are strict and 20% of the time they indulge.

I am not selling any product, and I am not saying this is for everyone.  All I am saying is that this is a proven way to succeed in changing your eating style and your health.  If you wish to join me, please be sure to “like” my facebook page as I will be posting on their much more frequently than I will here, simply because it is so much easier.  https://www.facebook.com/RealPaleoFood

I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you!

Pam

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Every once in a while I get the rare moment to watch bits and pieces of “The Chew” during my lunch hour.  Last week was one of those rare moments and Clinton Kelly made a flourless chocolate cake.  I thought, hum…that is pretty Paleo friendly, except for the sugar, so I decided to make it with coconut sugar and “Enjoy Life’ mini chocolate chips.  It was very rich and chocolaty and satisfied our craving for something chocolaty!

flourlesscake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

  • 6 ounces Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
  • 8 tablespoons Butter, cut up into about 6 pieces to speed up the melting process
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 4 Eggs (room temperature)

Whipping Cream

  • One 8oz container of whipping cream
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/4 cup coconut sugar

Pan needed: 8″ spring form pan

Place a piece of parchment paper over the bottom “pan” of the spring form pan and push it down really well so you can see the shape of the pan.  Cut out the circle and place it on the pan then put the spring form back on the pan.  Butter the whole pan and the paper with some extra butter.

In a mixer, mix the 4 eggs and the coconut sugar on medium speed.  Be sure there are no lumps in your coconut sugar.  Let this mix while you do the next step.

In a double boiler, mix the butter and the chocolate and stir until melted and creamy.  Add in the cocoa powder and stir until combined.

By this time your egg and sugar mixture should be a shiny caramel color.  Slowly pour the chocolate mixture into mixer as it is beating.  Once all the chocolate is in, stop the mixer, scrape down the sides and blend again to be sure everything is incorporated.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool while you make the whip cream.

In the stand mixer with the whipping attachment, add 1 tsp of vanilla and the chilled whipping cream and the 1/4 cup of coconut sugar, again be sure there are no lumps!  Beat until fluffy!   By this time your cake is ready to enjoy, so remove the spring form, cut into wedges and top with your whip cream!

Be sure you use a good quality organic grass fed butter and cream!

Enjoy!

 

Here is the link to original recipe: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Flourless-Chocolate-Cake-Clinton-Kelly

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