More than Just a Pretty Face

I remember when my husband and I first started dating and he offered to cook me dinner for the first time.  Let’s just say, I didn’t end up marrying him for his cooking skills.  (Love you babe.) He served up a very well done chicken breast prepared with no seasoning in the George Foreman grill and a side of mixed veggies with nothing but a drizzle of coconut oil.  As he scarfed down his dinner I tried to think of a kind way to ask for salt and pepper so I wouldn’t offend him.  He’s come up with some interesting creations over the course of our relationship, but lately he has been knocking it out of the park with a paleo buffalo chicken recipe he found last month.

Personally, I am not a fan of chicken.  I will eat it, but usually under protest.  On my husband’s days off work, he usually is in charge of dinner, which usually means some variety of chicken (now with seasoning, not cooked in the Foreman grill).  He has made the buffalo chicken strip recipes a few times now and I am obsessed.  I could eat it everyday. It’s that good.

Last night he whipped up the chicken and a version of paleo ranch. (I could take or leave the ranch.)  I made faux mashed potatoes from cauliflower that were spot on. Yum. Yum. Yum.

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Paleo Buffalo Chicken Strips and paleo ranch: http://livinglovingpaleo.com/2013/12/21/buffalo-chicken-tenders-ranch/ (We use coconut flour.)

Mashed Faux Potatoes (Cauliflower)

  • Steam about 2 cups of cauliflower until it is soft when poked with a fork. Drain the water.
  • In a food processor, chop 2 small cloves of garlic. Add steamed cauliflower, about 2 TBL coconut milk, and 1 TBL of butter. (I know. It’s dairy. You can sub a little olive oil or bacon fat if you want.)
  • Blend. Check consistency. Add salt and pepper. Blend some more. Add more coconut milk if thinner consistency is desired.

Enjoy!

Holy Guacamole

Day 1 is in the books and we survived with minimal complaints from the husband.  I’m not gonna lie.  Yesterday’s menu was solid despite being in a pinch for time.  It also helped that that today is garbage day and we needed to clear some leftovers out of the fridge.  Thankfully I have a few days off before I head back into the office which means I have time to prep for the next week.  I find the transition of eliminating sugar and grains cold turkey and switching to a food plan like this is to make sure you have plenty of options prepped and ready to go.  Planning is key. I’d rather have too many snacks available then to find myself hungry and scrambling to find a healthy food source.  That to me is a recipe for failure.  A few hours of prep means that I won’t have a meltdown later. Nobody is pretty when they have a meltdown.

Lunch:

  • Paleo Buffalo Chicken Strips (Leftovers- I promise to find this recipe and come back and edit this post because it was amazing)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Guacamole
  • Raw Almonds

Dinner:

  • Steak Fajitas w/ Red & Green Peppers & Onions
  • Bed of Romaine Lettuce hearts
  • Homemade Guacamole**

I know I’m about to toot my own horn, but the guac today was incredible. I felt like I was back in Mexico, minus the beach, warm sun and ice cold margarita….

  • 2 Ripe Avocados, mashed
  • 3 Drops of You Living Lime Essential Oil (this stuff is the bomb- tastes great and the guac stays green!)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cilatro
  • 1 heaping scoop of pico de gallo

Before turning in for the night, I prepped everything in a blender cup so Jon could just wake up and blend a fresh spinach & berry protein smoothie for breakfast.  He’s also got a lunch bag filled with tuna, hard boiled eggs, granny smith apple, carrots, guac, raw seeds & nuts, olives and a paleo bacon brownie bite**… If I haven’t locked up wife of the year already for 2015, I must be doing something wrong. 😉

Side note:

I don’t personally know George who runs Civilized Caveman Cooking… but he rocks.  His recipes are just enough to get you through a craving so you don’t trash your diet.  If you haven’t checked him out, do it. If I ever meet him, he’s getting a big hug from me.  These Bacon Brownie Bites of his are my favs.

http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/recipes/desserts/chocolate-bacon-bites/