I’m often asked ‘I know the focus is plants and animals. But what do you eat?’
Menus and the things we eat.
Breakfast for me- when I have it- is almost always an omelet.
Spinach is a must. Sometimes I’ll add mushrooms, usually tomato, and if I have ham or sausage on hand I’ll add that in. I always cook up some spinach, tomato, bell pepper, and sometimes mushrooms and put it in with a bit of cheese. Sometimes I add salsa and avocado, and put a pinch of chili powder and cumin in my eggs and have with cojita cheese. Sometimes I use garlic and dill in the eggs, and use goat cheese in the omelet. Sometimes I put black olives in, and use feta. Whatever sounds good.
Now and then Chris really wants something besides omelets (since the man never had an omelet he liked until until February, it’s progress), I’ll do a ‘skillet’…sausage or bacon or ham cooked with fried potatoes and eggs.
Lunch is generally leftovers repurposed.
I’ll confess, often I’m very often just grabbing a couple bites of whatever is convenient…chicken, a burger, leftover veggies.
The other option is salads made of spinach ( I don’t do much lettuce) and whatever veggies are in the fridge.
Sometimes the leftovers get added on top to make something tasty…
Chicken with hot sauce and blue cheese.
Steak and blue cheese or gorgonzola.
Cheddar and chicken with salsa, sour cream, olives, avocado.
Shrimp or chicken and homemade Caesar dressing.
Anything with homemade ranch.
Italian salad with porkchops, steak, chicken, whatever.
Burger or bratwurst salad, made with a little mayo (homemade), ketchup, mustard, and pickle.
…really, the possibilities are endless.
Occasionally I’ll have some time on my hands so Ill do stir fry with any protein I have on hand and broccoli slaw, peppers, a little mushroom, some garlic, fish sauce instead of soy, ginger and a bit of honey. Yum.
Dinner….dinner is a bigger deal, since we all sit down together as much as possible. It’s a bit more involved, and I try to create meals that will appeal to nearly everyone.
Chicken, pork chops, pork loin, steak, roast beef, burgers, bratwurst, occasionally salmon, tilapia, or shrimp.
All of the above… grilled, smoked,roasted, pan fried, broiled, baked with different seasonings and spices. There are LOTS of things you can do when you consider all the different combinations of herbs, spices, seasonings, sauces, marinades and cooking methods.
Every now and then we’ll do fajitas, pizza, spaghetti, chili..without tortillas, crust, noodles, or beans.
Soup and stews are great in the winter.
Sides… all manner of veggies grilled, roasted, stirfried, or raw with dips and homemade salad dressings. Don’t forget salads, ‘mashed potatoes’ made with cauliflower, and my new addiction, zucchini ‘noodles’ with alfredo.
You’d be surprised at how many options there are out there..just takes a little creativity now and then, digging out some old recipe favorites and altering them to suit paleo.
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Here’s a menu of what we had for 3 weeks. Keep in mind that the fruit was mainly eaten by the boys, not Chris or I.
Breakfasts (Chris and I usually skip breakfasts from a lack of hunger except on the weekends when we all eat together or those rare odd days). On school days, they kids have their choice of:
- Smoothies – just frozen fruit, a dash of honey, and a little heavy whipping cream or coconut milk (a couple tablespoons) with some almond milk.
- Omelets: 2 eggs whipped with a little whipping cream. The boys usually just want cheese in them, but they are getting braver about adding in some veggies.
- Paleo ‘cereal’: A mixture of chopped walnuts, almonds, pecans, or whatever I have on hand, some unsweetened coconut, a sprinkle of 60% cocoa dark chocolate chips, some cinnamon, maybe a touch of honey, and a splash of heavy cream/coconut milk and some almond milk.
Sunday mornings are usually our family breakfast time, but the boys rarely get hungry before 11am anymore.
- “Yummy skillet”: Sausage or bacon, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes all cooked together
- Paleo pancakes
- Blueberry muffins
Lunches: Since it’s usually me by myself, I grab something fast. Leftovers for the win.
- Steak and blue cheese salad
- Salmon and stirfry veggies
- Leftover grilled veggies and chicken breast
- Shrimp and Caesar salad
- Pork chop and garlic mashed cauliflower
- Tuna salad (homemade mayo)
- Salad with chicken, ranch dressing
- Chicken and salsa, peppers, avocado, tomato
- Greek salad (no meat)
- Hamburger ‘salad’ (hamburgers chopped up into a SMALL salad of spinach, tomatoes, with some pickle, and the ‘dressing’ is ketchup and a bit of mustard. It’s how I love my burgers, and since there’s no bun….”
- Bratwurst and kale chips
- Buffalo chicken salad (leftover chicken, chopped, toss with some hot sauce and on a salad with homemade blue cheese dressing
- Greek salad again (with leftover steak)
- Omelet for lunch
- Avocado, tomato, and red onion layered between pieces of bacon. Soooo good.
- Kalua smoked pork and zucchini noodles
- Eggplant pizzas
- Veggie soup (2 times)
- Stirfry and tilapia
Dinners: We always have one protein and at least one veggie, then either an additional veggie or fruit for the kids.
- Garlic shrimp and zucchini alfredo ‘noodles’
- Grilled marinated chicken and vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes)
- Lasagna with eggplant instead of noodles, and Italian salad
- Kalua smoked pork, zucchini noodles with parmesan
- Bratwurst (grilled) and kale chips, veggie soup
- Fajita salad- chicken, onions, peppers cooked with fajita seasoning, over spinach and tomatoes and olives, with avocado, salsa, sour cream
- Roast beef, cheesy cauliflower mashed potatoes, roasted carrots
- Steak, portabella mushrooms, Pasta House salad with blue cheese instead of parmesan (no artichokes)
- Chipotle chicken (no veggies!)
- Cajun burgers (broiled, topped with provolone and grilled peppers and onions). Balsamic tomatoes and grilled asparagus.
- BBQ ribs (braised, then grilled with primal bbq sauce), faux potato skins, kale chips
- Smoked chicken, roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes
- Cauliflower rice and spicy garlic shrimp
- Grilled chicken in dinner salad
- Marinated skirt steak, grilled, with butternut squash
- Greek pork loin, salad with feta cheese, green beans
- Chicken wings (some with hot sauce and some without) and broiled zucchini
- Paleo chili (no beans…ground beef, bacon, peppers, spices, crushed tomatoes)
- Rosemary chicken and herbed potatoes
- Jamaican jerk chicken, avocado salad
Snacks: I don’t snack too much, because I just don’t get that hungry. But now and then, especially when my hormones go spastic, I’ll just need SOMETHING, or if I didn’t eat much the last couple meals, I’ll need something to tide me over.
- Hard boiled eggs or egg salad
- Beef jerky
- Veggie sticks
- leftover roasted veggies salad with balsamic and rosemary and olive oil
- Paleo cereal
- A handful of nuts (especially pistachios)
- Some toasted unsweetened coconut in a little cream
And I have been known, on more than one occasion, to be in such a rush or just lazy when I’m feeling hungry that when I know I’m low on my fats, so I just take a half a tablespoon of butter and eat it.
Maybe it sounds weird, but the fats help keep you satiated.
Snacks for the boys:
- Apple chips
- carrot and celery sticks with cashew butter
- paleo crackers
- granola bars
- fruit leather
Desserts: We have ‘dessert nights’ on Fridays and Saturdays and family birthdays and special events, and that’s pretty much it. I might have a bite or two of something, but rarely more than that.
- Whipped cream sweetened with honey and blueberries
- Paleo ice cream
- Paleo brownies
- Frozen bananas covered in dark chocolate
- Fruit salad
- bacon-wrapped goat-cheese-stuffed dates