Friday, November 26, 2010

Grassfed Ground Beef

I know this isn't new to Meredith and may not be to others, but I had a misconception that the grass fed beef was to expensive for my budget.  That however is wrong!  Grass Fed beef can be purchased at Eureka Natural Foods and/or The Co-op for a better than reasonable price! 

I have been buying regular ground beef from Costco for around $2.49 a pound, and $2.29 a pound if I bought a 10 pound tube from the butcher.  

The good news can buy LOCAL GRASS FED Ground beef from the Natural food store for the following prices:

80% = $2.29 per pound
90%= $4.99 per pound

The Co-op also carries grass fed ground beef, and if you buy the 80% in a quantity of 10 pounds it is $2.49 per pound.

It supports local farmers and you get a great product!  Who would've thought you could buy grass fed ground beef for less than the price of non grass fed (the stuff fed who knows what and pumped full of antibiotics). In fact when I was talking to the guy on the phone he said it's a crazy cheap price, probably cheaper than most places in the US.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner

 My eldest daughter did a wonderful job of carving the turkey in the absence of her dad, today.  Yummy, that's one tradition that get's to stay while eating Paleo!  

The carcass, neck and innards are now simmering on the stove making a nice batch of stock.

What my first Paleo Thanksgiving dinner looked like, it could have been much more extravagant, but I went for ease today.  I actually had planned not to make any form of thanksgiving dinner at all.  But ended up making green beans with bacon and onions cooked in chicken stock, Creamed Spinach (using coconut milk), homemade cranberry sauce sweetened with apple and fresh squeezed O.J., oh, and dried cherries, Sweet Potato Casserole with apples and pecans and the ever traditional Pumpkin Pie (recipe courtesy of Everyday Paleo).
It was all very yummy and I didn't miss the old menu at all!!

What did you have? Please post your comments and let us know how your Paleo Thanksgiving went!
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Another Paleo Recipe Resource

Check out this sight I just discovered tonight off of Robb Wolf's blog:
It is helpful because it rates how Paleo compliant the recipe is, as well as how the readers rate the recipe.  I only looked at the ones that received 3 stars for Paleo compliance (the maximum).  Even then you will need to review the ingredients list and check with your Whole 9 list for those of you who are doing your Whole 30.  It is a great resource. However, like any of the sites out there, you must be familiar with the Paleo list of foods and study up on Whole 9, Robb Wolf and Dr. Cordain.  Remember, just because it says Paleo, does not mean it is strict Paleo.  It seems everyone has a different idea of what Paleo is, so be careful.  That said check it out for some great new recipes. 

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

If you don't have your Paleo Thanksgiving planned yet,
check out these links on the right  for helpful recipes:

Whole 9 (always a great place to start!)
Jens Gone Paleo
Everyday Paleo

Happy Thanksgiving! 
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Breakfast Fruit Scramble

All I can say is this is delicious!  It may sound and/or look strange but it is yummy!

This is a really easy breakfast that kids will love!
 You can adjust the quantities to suit your needs.  This morning I made a batch for 6.

9 eggs Organic Omega-3
2 green apples chopped fairly small
2 ripe bananas sliced
Shredded unsweetened coconut ( a generous amount probably about 1/8-1/4 cup)
mandarins (about 2)
1-2 TBSP coconut oil
a dash or two of cinnamon and salt

In a med-large skillet melt your coconut oil, add your apples and bananas and "fry" them over high heat.  You want them to brown a little and almost caramelize the bananas.  Then add your eggs, coconut  and salt. Cooking until the eggs are done. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon and some bacon or sausage for some added fat and protein. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and quantities, this is just a jumping off point or guideline.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Garlic Chicken

I needed a quick but yummy dinner tonight, so I came up with this using ingredients we had. 

Garlic Chicken browned and ready to simmer.

In large skillet melt a couple of Tablespoons coconut oil.  Add Organic Chicken Breasts, salt and pepper them to taste, then brown in skillet of coconut oil.  About half way through browning chicken throw in a handful or 2 of whole garlic cloves along with 1 small onion or 1/2 of a very large onion sliced.  Continue to brown, when chicken is browned nicely pour some Organic Chicken Stock in the pan. Cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes over low heat or until done. 
Serve the chicken with the garlic, onions and some of the broth.  It is so tasty!  We liked to take a bite of chicken with a piece of garlic in each bite (not the whole clove!). 
Serve with a tossed salad or vegetables of choice. 

Garlic Chicken and green salad.

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