It always sounds cliche, but where has a year gone? Tomorrow, October 1, my blog turns ONE! Every year I am able to take my passions and give them a little more time and love. Each year life gets a little easier, but also a little sad, because my little ladies aren't so little anymore. I am thankful for all of you who have supported my blog and my passions. I've met so many new people this past year. I love it! I love you all! Thank you for being here.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I mentioned wanting to celebrate my blog's birthday with a 30 day strict clean eating reset before the holidays begin once again. If you're familiar with paleo, which I think most of you are, I will be refraining from all dairy, gluten, grains, legumes, and refined sugar. Essentially, I will be eating a lot of veggies and healthy protein. On here, I will be sharing my weekly meal plan that will hopefully help make your days and weeks a little easier to plan. I will have buttons/links on here you can easily open and save/print. The documents include a meal plan and shopping list!
Each Sunday on my Instagram stories, I will go through what's planned for the coming week. I will share tips and tricks and advice. Please note that I will base a lot of my meals around my CSA box that I pick up every Thursday from Willow Garden (yes, I'm still getting fresh, organic veggies!).
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I am always here to help and support you! Below is this week's dinner meal plan and shopping list. You can easily download or print, or scroll and screenshot. Enjoy & happy reset! And, again, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE :)
THIS WEEK'S RECIPE SUGGESTIONS & ADVICE ~
MONDAY: You're going to simply roast chicken in the oven. I suggest roasting the chicken at 375 until crispy and the insides reach 165 degrees. Same with the veggies. I suggest seasoning the veggies with oil and seasonings, sans salt. I love adding garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. I salt at the very end after I take the veggies out of the oven.
TUESDAY: Taco Tuesday is pretty simple. Brown your ground beef. Make up your own taco seasoning. I use 2:1 of chili powder and cumin. I also add a teaspoon of garlic and onion powder, and oregano. I add sea salt and pepper to taste. Cauli rice is so easy. I add a tablespoon of oil and saute until done. I add a few teaspoons of taco seasoning to the cauli rice for extra flavor. Serve the tacos in lettuce wraps, or use Siete chips/wraps. Top with fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, salsa, avocado, peppers, etc.
WEDNESDAY: Some of you might already have a favorite paleo pot pie recipe. I kinda make up my own. I always add lots of veggies like onions, mushrooms, broccoli, celery, carrots, and then add chicken. I would suggest sauteing your veggies and add lots of flavor with garlic, thyme, and pepper. Once your veggies have browned, I'd add enough chicken bone broth to the veggies. I'd make a slurry (say 1-2 teaspoons arrowroot with a teaspoon of cold water, and add it to the simmer bone broth and veggies). This will make for a great filling. I'd then use your favorite paleo pie crust recipe to top it off. I'd suggest using almond flour, coconut flour, and cassava for good texture. Add lots of fat - coconut oil or lard, some sea salt, and knead well. Roll the dough or cut shapes, and top the filling with the crust. I have a surplus of savoy cabbage, so I'll shred cabbage and toss with apples and walnuts. I will dress is with a Dijon dressing - sort of like the dressing I use on my kale salad.
THURSDAY: Grab a cut of meat that super easy to throw in the oven - like wild caught salmon or chicken thighs - or simply make burgers. Cut up your favorite root veggies like sweet potatoes, onions, beets, brussel sprouts - the possibilities are endless. Toss everything in oil and season well. Bake and enjoy. If you make burgers, I love to saute onions in the beautiful beef juices.
FRIDAY: I've shared my paleo pizza recipe here! It's always a staple in our house.
SATURDAY: There's nothing like a roast beef dinner. Click here for my recipe!
Saturday was the first of the month, so I was cooking with Greener Grass Farms! I made taco meat with my homemade taco seasoning, and added it to Danielle Walker’s paleo queso dip. I was honestly skeptical, but surprise, surprise... it’s become a new favorite. Adding the grass fed and finished taco meat to the dip made it even more amazing.
You already know we buy our meat from Dan & Deb at Greener Grass. We support their practices and their drive to change a failing system. In my live video, I talked about the importance of eating local, grass fed AND finished meats. Most grocery store "grass fed" meats aren't locally sourced. Rather, the product is compiled of meat from several different countries. Who know what it was finished on. This is important because even if a cow is finished on a day or two of grains, the entire process is practically a wash.
The importance of eating local speaks for itself. It's also important to know that conventional beef lacks in nutrition compared to grass fed beef. It lacks in minerals, omegas, and flavor. It also contains more fat. Several of you commented on my live video that the beef was so light, meaning I didn't have to drain any fat. It's seriously so good, and I can't imagine eating anything else.
So, I made Danielle's queso. You guys... SO GOOD. I will say I didn't prefer the amount of salt she suggested. The recipe called for 2.5 teaspoons salt. I made my second batch with 1 teaspoon, and it was perfect. Simply add the taco meat to the queso for a heartier dip. I topped mine with jalapeno.
The recipe for my Greener Grass taco meat recipe is below. I've also linked Danielle's paleo queso dip recipe above. Give it a shot and let me know how you like it. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
PALEO TACO MEAT W/ HOMEMADE SEASONING
dairy free, gluten free, grain free, and soy free
I remember when Eloise was three months old, nearly four years ago. I was probably nursing her while I scrolled through my social media feed. I saw first day of school pictures – one after the other. Parents hugging and kissing their preschoolers. Kindergarteners shining in their new shoes. High schoolers driving off on their last first day of school. I also remember thinking, “I’m so glad I have a lot of time before that day comes”. Fast forward a fast four years later. Matt and I will soon send our first born off to preschool.
This is essentially the start of her academic career. That might sound a little far-fetched – this is just preschool, but in all honesty, there’s no going back, just forward. From here on out, there will be endless activities, sports, field trips, new friends, and continual growth. Truly, this is the beginning of her life as Eloise Davinia. Matt and I are here to support and guide her. So, dear Eloise, I will tuck this article away just for you to look back on some sweet day.
To my first daughter as you begin the next chapter in your life, please keep this in mind…
1.Be kind: Above all else, be kind to others. Your actions and choices you make each and every day define you as Eloise. Help your peers, support your friends, and use your manners. Being kind is ever so easy and rewarding.
2.Listen: This is a learned skill, and doesn’t always come easy. It gets better with time. Listen to your wiser teachers. Listen to friends in need. Listen to your heart…
3.Challenge yourself: It’s easy to find “easy”. But, sometimes the easy way isn’t always the “right” way. Learn to stretch yourself mentally and physically. Every step in life usually comes with challenges. Each challenge makes you a stronger.
4.Have fun: I know you don’t think about this right now, but life is short. Life gets hard and can get you down. Whatever is in front of you or whatever might come your way, please do have fun. Look on the bright side. Smile. Laugh. Play. You are my sweet, sweet Eloise – always looking for the fun. Don’t ever lose that.
5.Know that you are always enough: Certain events and people will make you question yourself. Do know that you are worthy, and unique. You bring something special that not everyone has. You are you! People will stretch you in many ways, but do know that you know yourself best. You are Eloise, and that is always enough.
I know these words of advice are a bit advanced, but I will put these words in simple terms for her tomorrow. I get to hug and kiss my first born off to school tomorrow. I’m hanging on tight before she spreads her wings and starts to do even more amazing things. How amazing and rewarding is that?