Saturday, April 23, 2011

April Pics continued...

Recipes: Cashew Stew and Paleo Pancakes

Here are a couple of winners from this week! If you didn't read my earlier blog, we have gone "paleo" around here. Mostly for me, because I have a handful of food allergies, but it is suiting us just fine. We feel great and don't miss the things we have cut out. Paleo is also known as the Caveman Diet or Primal Blueprint. If you are interested, Google: Robb Wolf, Dr. Loren Cordain, or Dr. Sisson. I also really like the blog and she has a new cookbook coming out this week.

Cashew Butter Chicken Stew
(originally from Oxygen Magazine, but I have modified it a bit)

2 c. chopped red onion
1 red pepper, sliced into strips
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1 lb chicken breast, cubed
1 Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled, cubed
1 cup sliced cabbage or carrots
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 c cashew butter

1. In a lg, nonstick pan, saute onions, cabbage/carrots, pepper and black pepper for 4 minutes.
2. Add apple, broth and chicken breast. Cover and bring to a boil, simmer until chicken is cooked through.
3. Add cayenne pepper and salt, whisk in cashew butter until well blended.
4. Garnish with parsley and some chopped cashews if you want...

Notes: I didn't have red peppers, so I used chiles in adobe sauce which made it a little smoky...I also was out of cashew butter, so I just soaked some cashews (we always have a variety of nuts on hand) and then added some coconut milk (or water) and blended in my food processor. It worked fine.

Paleo Pancakes
(adapted from but there are tons of recipes online)
1/2 cup almond meal (really cheap at Trader Joes)
1/2 cup coconut flour (or other gluten free flour)
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut milk
grated apple or 1/4 cup applesauce or mashed up banana
cinnamon to taste
drizzle of coconut oil

Mix and cook on hot griddle brushed with coconut oil.
Serve with bacon and eggs.

E, F, G: Egg dye-ing, Fondue and Goodnight!

For doing nothing, it was a busy Saturday. Breakfast, laundry, snack, games, nap, trip to WalMart (ugh!), dinner at Captain D's @ 4:30 pm with the senior citizens crowd(seasoned Tilapia with broccoli - Momma can eat!) and then a chocolate fondue and fruit dessert, egg dye-ing and hopefully these kids go to bed early so we can watch an adult movie. Not that kind of adult movie. ;) Here are some pics of our adventures in child rearing/memory making. The best part of fondue: When Elliot's fruit would come off his stick he would say "It bascaped!" For some reason he adds "ba" to the beginning of some of his words. I am in no hurry for him to grow out of it!
By the way, we would probably never buy an fondue pot for ourselves, but it was a Christmas gift from Matt's work and we decided we better get to using it. It was delicious!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Catch-up on Pictures

Haven't posted pictures of the kids in a while. They are wonderful. Lately they have been so sweet, well mannered, generous, and kind. I am going to take credit. It seems like some of the things we have gone over a thousand times are now sticking, and they do it without being asked. At Walmart the other day, a man stopped to tell me how well-mannered my kids were....and this was after a long morning at preschool and a long shopping trip followed by a long wait in the checkout line. And it was a Monday! I was so proud of them.

Pics: Papa feeding the cows, H, E, A and A-bug at the Magic House in March.


If you didn't already know, Matt and I have gone Paleo! Also known as the Caveman Diet, Primal Blueprint, etc...For the most part you DO eat: meat, veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds; you DON'T eat: grains, sugar, dairy, processed foods, beans, potatoes. There are the occasions where we don't stick to it so much, of course. Other changes include using coconut oil for cooking and coconut milk for cooking and drinking. It really isn't that difficult and it is working well for us, so far. A few people have asked, so I am just going to post a menu of what we ate this week. It is easier than explaining it all.

Spaghetti squash with meat sauce and salad
Pork shops with a Dijon maple sauce, spaghetti squash, salad, fruit
Chicken Cashew Stew
Sweet Potato Hash, Sausage, Eggs
Tilapia w/ Mango Salsa, slaw and avocado
nuts, seeds, fruit smoothies, veggies and dip, fruit strips
eggs, pancakes from almond flour, bacon

Sweet Potato Hash Recipe
(from Jillian Michaels' The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook)
1.5 lbs sweet potatoes, cubed
1 cup sliced red onion
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 lg Granny Smith apple, cubed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp maple syrup
1 (11-oz pkg) chicken apple sausage links

Precook sweet potatoes in microwave (covered) for about 4 minutes while you brown onion, salt and pepper in coconut oil. Add apple and cook, add cinnamon and sweet potatoes, cook for 5 minutes then add maple syrup. Slice up sausage links and add, heating through. Serve with eggs. Yum!