Paleo Breakfast for the week of March 17th 2014

I love to eat good food with lots of flavor and when possible is local and in season. When I had to give up wheat to a full on allergy that had me on the ground trying to figure out how to get air and then when I was diagnosed with Celiac and said my good byes to gluten I moaned about my breakfast options (when I ate that early in the day but truly, breakfast is subjective and I usually at it at “dinner” time) going down but I traced done substitutions that I could eat. I then started a huge battle with my diabetes and  as many I was told to give up carbs to the best of my ability without getting rid of the produce. I learned about the Paleo lifestyle and WOW things have changed in my life. I still whimpered about giving up bread, pasta, rice, and oh why oh why did I give up legumes again? oh ya because they made me feel like crap, spiked my blood sugars by over 100 points and it would take a minimum of 3 days for them to recover. I had to find good food that I could eat and start eating on a regular basis more by the clock than by my stomach to; keep my sugars, mood, and body as stable as I could. Looking back I remember trying to hide it a little but not much as I already accepted that I am really strange and peoples opinions of me could pretty much take a flying leap but I did not want to openly talk about it as I was trying to get a handle on it.  Anyway, I took a step back and thought “what can I eat now?” and giggled at myself, I mean really if I can eat breakfast foods for dinner why not dinner and lunch foods whenever as well? Man things got so easy after that! I just had to think ahead and prep so I could have what I wanted within a few hours of my getting up while not making my daycare children or my family crazy frustrated with me <silly grin>.

I have learned to have most of my vegetables ready the day I pick them up so it is a fast grab and cook, heat a few left overs (I HATE THIS), and slow cook those things that I want really bad to start the day off right. I still eat way more eggs than the food police might recommend but to darn bad and I slip in a tiny bit of dairy (butter, whole heavy cream, goat cheese, and if I am really feeling mischievous and lazy a small serving of ice cream in the summer; all local, organic, and from pastured animals) that the Paleo police would holler about, again to bad this is my choice and I am aware of the potential issues with it.

Anyway, now that I have rambled on, I will get to this past weeks eats and please feel free to share with friends and comment on your thoughts (be nice and non-judgmental or I will not approve it) and experiences as well as any questions or requests…

Monday: I love sausage and had some on hand that a friend of mine makes. This is a summer styled sausage made with rabbit meat that he raises and butchers with humanity. He than spices and smokes it and I am fortunate to be able to purchase any that he has over what his household needs. I then grabbed celery, onions, a few chunks of carrots and sautéed with so homemade stock till tender and added cauli-rice that I had on hand with garlic and crushed red chili peppers. I keep containers of diced; carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and other odd vegetables on hand so that I only do the chopping once a week and am ready to whip up a meal with ease. I find this helps with storage as well as I waist way less food because I have no excuses about time. I also keep at least a couple heads of cauliflower riced as well as chopped for the same reasons. Other than my “shopping/prep day” this meal really took be less than 5 minutes to cook up while the little ones ate (the youngest here is 1 year old and is into everything) so while they finished up their meal and helped clear their spaces for free play, I sat down with my tea and enjoyed…

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Tuesday: Steak, sautéed mushrooms and onions with a lovely side of garlicky red chard. This took a mega 10 minutes to cook up and the little ones had already shoveled in their own food and had moved onto playing outside in the brilliant weather so I got the privilege of having my first breakfast outside with them for the season. Again I had everything pre sliced and chopped so all I had to do was cook it up. I did this while the children ate and then I wiped the kitchen down while they got shoes and coats on then we headed out and they ran, giggled, dug in the damp dirt and generally had a blast while I watched on and savored every bite in the glorious spring time sun…

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Wednesday: I had a small handful of chard left in the fridge to cook up and decided on going back to basics with pepper bacon and eggs. This was all local and while simple, it filled the bill of just what I wanted. The daycare children where still eating when I sat down as this took less than 5 minutes and 1 skillet so the clean up was ubber easy.

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Thursday: My husband and I enjoy making Mortadella once a year and then I portion it out a little each week. This year we put the normal spices, whole pepper corns, and pistachios in it and boy does it make a get kick start to a day. We use all those odd bits from pigs that we collect in the freezer so this is our waist not want not kind of Paleo food. In just a couple minutes I fried up a couple eggs and sliced some healthy meat onto my plate and the children asked tons of questions about this and a few even were willing to try some (not the eggs for some reason though).

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Friday: I was in the mood for Italian food today so I rubbed my steak in some seasonings and grilled it up then topped with grilled artichoke hearts. I then added an antipasti salad (just toss a bunch of grilled and fresh goodies to some romaine and make sure to have sausage and basil) I then tossed with a light French vinaigrette (think Italian  dressing made fresh with scallions and mustard added). I took maybe 10 minutes on this so although the children where wrapping up their meal, they were happy to enjoy free play while I dug in to some food and watched on…

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