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What’s In My Grocery Basket 1.23.13 + 3 Meal Planning Shortcuts

23 Jan

Have you ever gone waaay to long between trips to the grocery store? Yeah, that just happened. I’ve been going non-stop for a couple weeks now so Daniel volunteered to go to the grocery store this week (so thankful!) Anyway, it may not look like much but I think you’ll be surprised to see that these ingredients actually stretch a lot further than you think they would. I’ll explain …

photoOn the List

1 head of Cauliflower

1 Bag of Romaine Mix

1 head of Iceberg Lettuce (we like this for tacos AND wraps)

2 Tomatoes (only 1 pictured here)

1 Cucumber

3 Grapefruit (already ate one!)

2 Cans of Coconut Milk (he got Goya, which I haven’t tried before so we’ll see)

2 packs of All-Natural Bacon

1 Carton eggs

1 Sweet Potato (shredded)

1 Bottle of Balsamic Vinegar

2 Packs Spicy Italian Sausage (not completely Paleo but Daniel like it so we eat it together)

2 Filets

2 lbs Ground Beef

So, here are a couple of things I do to get the most from my groceries and have some convenient, just heat-them-up meal options.

Cauliflower – I make my Cauliflower Puree and combine it with other dishes throughout the week like pre-cooked ground beef (see below.)

Ground Beef – I brown this with some sausage mix from the Well Fed Cookbook and then combine it with Cauliflower puree.

Sweet Potato – This is SUPER easy if you have a food processor. Just another reason I am in love with mine. Just shred and you have an instant addition to eggs and bacon in the morning. It lasts for all my breakfasts throughout the week. It really goes far!

So, that’s the list for this week … what’s in your grocery basket?

~ Kate

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-up: Prepare to Drool. Time to FEAST.

14 Nov

Thanksgiving is just days away! Sound the alarm! Prepare the feast!

I’m so excited. I can’t wait to see my family and eat yummy food and … Go shopping on Black Friday! *love*

I hope you’re getting excited for the holidays too. I wanted to go over some fabulous, healthier than traditional Thanksgiving options that look a-m-a-z-i-n-g and share what I will be bringing to my family’s Thanksgiving feast.

OK so I found way more delicious Paleo Thanksgiving feasting options than I expected. I’m going to cram in my favorites and end with what I’m making …

Click the pictures to be taken to the recipes. Let me know if you plan on making any of these!

Main Course

Roast Turkey. Photo and recipe courtesy of The Food Lover’s Primal Palate.

Or you can stuff your turkey …

Photo and recipe courtesy of The Food Lover’s Primal Palate.

Sides

Garlic and Herb Mashed Cauliflower. Photo and recipe courtesy of The Food Lover’s Primal Palate.

Want some gravy to go along with your “potatoes” or turkey? Click here.

Bacon and Chive Sweet Potato Biscuits. Photo and recipe courtesy of PaleoOMG.

Caramelized Onion and Sausage Stuffing. Photo and recipe courtesy of PaleoOMG.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts. Photo and recipe courtesy of The Food Lover’s Primal Palate.

Tart Cranberry Sauce. Photo and recipe courtesy of The Food Lover’s Primal Palate.

Coconut-Almond Green Beans and Velvety Butternut Squash. Photos and recipes courtesy of Well Fed and The Clothes Make the Girl.

Carrot Souffle. Photo and recipe courtesy of The Food Lover’s Primal Palate.

Dessert

Vegan, 4-ingredient Pumpkin Pie.
Photo and recipe courtesy of The Lunch Box Bunch.

Fall Holiday Fruit Salad. Photo and recipe courtesy of The Lunchbox Bunch.

Cranberry Waldorf Salad. Photo and recipe courtesy of Well Fed and The Clothes Make the Girl.

Bill’s Chiffon Pumpkin Pie. Photo and recipe courtesy of The Food Lover’s Primal Palate.

Dates Stuffed with Goats Cheese. Photo and recipe courtesy of The Food Lover’s Paleo Palate.

Are you still with me? Or did you pass out from all the gorgeous food?

OK so here’s what I’m making (it was a really tough decision by the way):

So … what are you making?

~ Kate

Thanksgiving Guide to Success: Plan, *Indulge* AND Feel Great!

8 Nov

Can you believe Thanksgiving’s only 2 weeks away???

Wow.

Well, that means it’s time to make a game plan to set you up for holiday eating success! So buckle up, put on your creative thinking cap and let’s hit the open road of holiday eating. It’s going to take some planning and some creativity. I can’t promise you perfection but we can work together to make this your healthiest Thanksgiving yet. The great news? You don’t have to give up turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie or the taste and feel of those beloved “comfort foods.” You can even allow yourself to indulge in some “off-plan” foods  if you so choose. Doesn’t sound that bad does it? Let’s go!

#1 Set Goals

What’s your goal for this Thanksgiving? Are you throwing your entire healthy eating plan out the window for a of day of indulgence? Will you keep portions small while still indulging? Are you going to stick to your regular clean eating (yes, that’s actually realistic) throughout the holiday weekend? Are you the only one eating healthy/Paleo?

Your answers to those questions will help you to clearly define your holiday eating goals. For example, since eating Paleo (clean) is how I eat every day, I decided last month that I would schedule a “relax weekend” for Thanksgiving. What does that look like for me? Well, I’m fortunate enough to be going to my parent’s house, where my mom and sister eat Paleo. We’ve created a game plan where we will incorporate many Paleo foods into our meal. Since it’s already a planned “relax weekend” for me, I won’t allow myself to feel guilty if I have a cookie or my grandmother’s potato salad.

I understand that many of you are the only ones eating Paleo or clean within your home and at your holiday gatherings. Keep reading because I will show you some realistic options that will make you actually look forward to eating healthy over the holidays.

The key is to make up your mind before hand on how you can be healthy, eat wholesome foods and indulge in moderation if you so choose. If you’re eating clean, your body really doesn’t crave those unhealthy options so don’t over do it and stuff yourself. There’s just no reason to go there.

#2 Don’t Feel Guilty!

That brings me to our next key to holiday success. Once you’ve determined your goals, stick to them and don’t feel guilty. If you’ve decided that, heck, you eat clean all the time and you just may have a big ole slice of traditional pumpkin pie WITH whipped cream — Don’t ruin your treat by feeling guilty. Just don’t accept that guilt because you chose, planned and made up your mind before hand how you would handle the holiday and you’re sticking to that plan.

Now, I’m saying all of this because I know that I am speaking to self-controlled, strong, capable people who aren’t looking for an excuse and are instead looking for help in sustaining healthy habits before, during and after the holidays. So, I know you won’t go nuts-o on me. Right? :) I just don’t want you to ruin a perfectly acceptable treat by feeling guilty.

Make your game plan, stick to it and ENJOY yourself.

#3 Determine What You’ll Eat (and what you won’t)

This is essential and this is the part where you can get really creative. For example, I’ll probably want the comfort feeling of mashed potatoes with my turkey so I’ve volunteered to make and bring Mashed Faux-tatoes to our family gathering. This key to your holiday success is especially important for those of you who are making the “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner and are the only ones eating anywhere close to healthy. Make your life easier by making options you can eat.

I have to recommend a cookbook here because they did such a FABULOUS job of planning Paleo parties and gatherings. I bought this book myself so this recommendation is completely out of my own passion. There is still time for you to order “Make it Paleo” online and get your menu together for the holidays. You should totally do it! Look at the gorgeous holiday round up they have in the cookbook:

Can you say YUM?? And look at that you’ve got turkey, cranberries, PUMPKIN PIE, mashed “faux” tatoes and a delicious looking carrot casserole. Wow. That just makes you want Thanksgiving to be today doesn’t it?

The second part of this key to success is determining what you won’t eat. This will look different for everyone. For example, I won’t eat dairy. That means no ice cream or cheese (I actually miss cheese more than ice cream believe it or not.) This is on my no list because dairy makes me physically ill now that I’m eating clean. Eating dairy is welcome stomach cramps and just feeling plain awful. For you it may be avoiding a certain food or gluten because it makes you feel gross or … fill in the blank. Just determine if you have any foods on your do not eat list as part of your success plan.

That’s it! Now that wasn’t that bad, was it? Do you feel encouraged? Do you need more ideas? Do you think this approach is realistic? Tell me in the comments below!

I really do hope that you do make a plan for your Thanksgiving eating success. Hopefully this post helped you to see that it’s totally doable AND enjoyable. Could you just take the whole holiday off from eating healthy and eat whatever? Sure. Ask yourself, how will you feel after that and then make that decision.

~ Kate