supper easy grub in a hurry and on a budget

I  had every intention of making this a really nice full post but tonight (the 24th) I just don’t have it in me. I had to go to basicly urgent care and have a few stitches on my thumb so my hand is throbbing and I am just trashed. I will post more really I will… Sorry everyone


The grub for May 23rd, 2012:

Breakfast: Omelets and that morning cup

Now you remember my saying yesterday to make extra breakfast scramble right? This is why, I took the amount of eggs wanted per omelet, whipped them in a bowl and poured them onto a hot skillet that I had already coated with fat (I used butter as I really wanted the rich tone). Once the eggs had just started setting up, I crumbled some of those leftovers onto one side, added a handful of sliced mushrooms, a fist full of spinach, and sprinkling of cheese (for those that eat it) and finished cooking. Once dished I added a few sliced of avacodo for a meal that averaged out to less than a dollar per person in under 5 minutes each.


Lunch: Bacon Wrapped Scallops with asparagus

So I was to lazy and in to much of a hurry to wrap the scallops. Instead I layed out in a hot skillet a handfull of fresh asparagus and drizzeled a little olive oil over then sprinkled good coarse salt and a little pre-mixed seasoning on. While the asparagus cooked, I sliced the bacon into bite size pieces, dumped them in a hot skilled then dumped the wild caught sea scallops (I got these at new seasons although normally I get them from the local seafood distributer with sever others so we can get wholesale prices) and cooked till the scallops were golden and the bacon was done. I plated this up and it took only 7 minutes and cost less than $3 per person


Afternoon snack: Yogurt & Paleo Granola We totally skipped snack today as again we were all full

Supper: BBQ Chicken with green beans & Bacon

So my second oldest daughter cooks on Wednesdays and this is what she did: dumped the chicken (we got these pastured legs on sale at new seasons for $1.49 pr #)onto a lines baking sheet then she rubbed a tiny amount of BBQ sauce on (we still use pre made but we have found a locally made kind that is paleo friendly so check around or make your own) just enough to help glaze the meat without over riding the scrumptions flavor of real food. The then slid that pan into the oven at 350 degrees F and let bake for 30 minutes before turning and baking another 15 minutes. While the chicken baked, she browned the diced bacon then sauteed the green beans in the pan of bacon and bacon fat. Yummm

I am now off to bed and it life is good, I will have a much better post for you all Friday


with a a deep clensing breath

So as you may already know, life has been a bit crazy with us with moving and trying to get everything going. Today was supposed to be relaxing at the range after the long day of work and children and what not. We all know how that goes though and instead I stayed home tending the body while the caveman of the house and my business partner went to the range without me. It is alright as I will make a point of going later this week. This is going to be a short post and I promise to make it up in the next one.


Breakfast: Sausage vegetable hash (make enough for half of another meal, I will explain later) with that morning cup

Lunch: Tuna with vegetable sticks

Afternoon snack: Strawberry Muffins (we ended up not having these as I just could not get the muffins to turn out the way I wanted in my head (did not even get to actual baking) and we still had cheese and pear)

Supper: Pork steaks from the grill, broccoli and maybe some biscuits (the biscuits were full of yucky stuff so only a couple of people had any but that is alright as it still used op some from the freezer)

May 21, 2012 with 2 recipes

Today was the last day officially in the old house. It was nice to be done yet sad that we are back to the renting stage of life rather than owning. We have given away the chickens that I have enjoyed for the past few years and that too has ups and downs. I loved the fresh eggs and sitting on the deck watching them in the morning. I do NOT miss the smell and clean up. I am fortunate though in the home they have gone to emailed today about my being able to buy eggs from them in the future. YAY!!! I am still working out the kinks of the move and working on filling daycare spots as I am down to one family at this point. I NEED more work. I WANT more work. It will come together and I know that. Anyway, we have most of the house un-packed and we are settling in and with that my schedule is starting to feel like it might slide into place soon. We did our first batch of real baking this week and have planned for more. We did cook our way through the move and stayed really on the paleo track I am pleased to say. As you know if you read the weeks menu you know what we had planned for the days eats and here is what we really did:

Breakfast: Cinnamon chips scones (almost paleo), fresh raspberries, and that morning cup. Alexandria made the scones the night before and then we covered them with a tea towel to keep moist over night. These had amazing taste and the perfect crumb while being supper simple. We forgot to take pictures till the very end so this image is the LAST bite that I quickly grabbed from the toddlers bowl.

How to make these oh so joyful bits of perfection: (with a note on how to keep it more Paleo)

Makes about a dozen scones

2-1/2 Cups almond flour (I use Honeyville)

1/2 teaspoon salt (I like celtic sea salt but any will work)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (increase to 1/2 tablespoon if leaving out cinnamon chips)

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 cup (or less) honey

2 large eggs (yes, size matters)

1/2 cup cinnamon chips (leave these out if you are avoiding sugar such as living Paleo)

* Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or spray) and pre-heat your over to 350 degrees F.

* in a mixing bowl toss all ingredients in except the chips and mix till thoroughly combined.

* fold in the cinnamon chips

* scoop about 1/4 cup amounts onto sheet and slightly smoosh (bakes more evenly and looks better to me than big lumps)

* bake for 12 to 15 minutes or till golden brown.

Lunch: Fried Eggs (the caveman of the house and the older daughters took leftovers for lunch from last nights supper)

I was pretty full still after the scones and coffee so I just fried eggs up for lunch for myself and added paleo toast and a banana for the little one.

Afternoon snack: The children all had pears and cheese while I nibbled on some fresh cracked hazelnuts

Supper: Herbal Roast Beef with Brussels Sprouts braised in bacon. I made a lot more than I am going to give directions for because I feed a small army and I like to have enough left for the crew to pack for the next days lunch.

I mixed in a small bowl for each roast; (about) 1/2 tablespoon sea salt (I used Himalayan pink), 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence by Penzeys spices, a good smattering of fresh ground pepper, 2 cloves garlic minced, 1/2 a sweet onion diced, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and a splash of olive oil. I took 4 roasts averaging about 3 pounds each and rubbed the herb mixture all over then placed in a foil lined pan (I hate clean up). Once the roasts were prepped, I slid into the oven and baked uncovered for about 2 hours (I would do 1 hour for 1 roast) at 350 degrees F. After the inside reached 140 degrees, I pulled out of the oven and let rest for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving up.

For the brussels sprouts (sorry no picture this round) I sliced a pound of bacon into bite size pieces and lined a dutch oven with these and turned the burner on medium low. As the stove was heating I cut my brussels in half (probably about 3 pounds for my crew) and tossed onto of the bacon. Once I was done cutting the brussels, I covered the pot and let simmer and braise for about an hour till the bacon was starting to carmelize and the brussels were getting tender at which point I tossed and stirred for the final 5 minutes or so till it was time to serve up.

For the week of May 21st, 2012 Yummm

I am making a go of posting the eats for my place each week then posting pictures, comments, recipies, and misc. stuff through the week the day after we actually eat them. This is the first round so we will see how this goes. I hope everyone enjoys.

Keep in mind that this list has foods for family and daycare. Lunches for the family tend to be leftovers from supper the night before and afternoon snacks are for those that can afford to have them (I as a diabetic that is still working on stabalizing fat and other body issues avoid the borderline/treat type paleo items)

Monday May 21, 2012:

Breakfast: Cinnamon Chip Scones (almost paleo) with fresh raspberries and that morning cup

Lunch: Bacon and egg scramble

Afternoon snack: Cheese and pears (cheese is on the list probably more than needed but we seem to do pretty well with it even though it is dairy)

Supper: Herbal Roast Beef and brussels sprouts braised in bacon

Tuesday May 22, 2012:

Breakfast: Sausage vegetable hash with that morning cup

Lunch: Tuna with vegetable sticks

Afternoon snack: Strawberry Muffins

Supper: Pork steaks from the grill, broccoli and maybe some bisquits

Wednesday May 23, 2012:

Breakfast: Omelets and that morning cup

Lunch: Bacon Wrapped Scallops with asparagus

Afternoon snack: Yogurt & Paleo Granola

Supper: BBQ Chicken with green beans & Bacon

Thursday May 24, 2012:

Breakfast: Waffles with fresh berries (instead of this treat, I will have eggs) with that morning cup

Lunch: Egg salad filling with cucumber slices

Afternoon snack: crackers and coconut milk

Supper: Ground beef hash with cabbage and onions

Friday May 25, 2012:

Breakfast: Cereal (still paleo so wait for it) with berries and coconut milk or that morning cup

Lunch: Left over hash (most of the family is off to the redwoods of CA)

Afternoon snack: olive dip with vegetable sticks

Supper: Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

Saturday May 26, 2012:

Breakfast: Ham scramble

Lunch: dim sum on the run

Afternoon snack: nuts

Supper: BBQ potluck

Sunday May 27, 2012: Happy birthday “caveman of the house” & my mom

Breakfast: Steak and eggs

Lunch: find it, kill it, and eat it (also known as fed for your self)

Afternoon snack: Birthday paleo cheesecake and watermellon

Supper: Tandoori chicken with curry “rice” and sliced cucumbers