Monday, November 3, 2014

Weekend Post- Oct 31-Nov 2

Can you believe it is already November? I definitely can't and the fact that Thanksgiving is right around the corner... what?

Halloween was a hit this year. I normally don't dress up, but my friends and I decided to go as Cruella and the dalmatians (more like Curella and her bitches ha). It was the best walking around work in a PJ onesie. Noted for next year :)

{the ladies}

{trick or treating}

It took all my strength not to steal one of my siblings pieces of Halloween candy. My friend and I started up Whole 30 last Monday, so sugar is on the outs. I wanted to do another round to get myself back on track. After my last go at Whole30 I felt amazing, but then let one "cheat meal" slip after another. It wasn't anything horrible, but my body started feeling the change. 

I used this weekend to meal plan and prep. Last night I cooked pumpkin tomato soup from The Paleo Kitchen cookbook. This seriously is my go-to book. This recipe had pumpkin puree, diced tomatoes, onion, coconut milk, honey, thyme, a cinnamon stick (remove right before you blend everything), salt/pepper and chicken broth. Put it all in a pot, let it boil and then puree. Bam! You have pumpkin soup!

{seriously delicious}

Sunday was the big meal prep day. I cooked both "Morning Mix" and 10-minute Chili from the book, It Starts With Food. Morning mix is either ground pork or turkey (I used ground turkey), an apple diced, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook the ground turkey, add the diced apple and spices and finish cooking until the turkey is cooked through and the apples are soft. This was such an easy meal to make for 3 days of breakfast.

The 10-minute chili was ground beef, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, chili powder and cumin. Cook the beef until cooked, add in the bell pepper/tomatoes/spices, and cook for 10 minutes until the beef is fully cooked and the peppers are soft.

Two spontaneous meals were cauliflower soup and pork chops. We had both of these from last week's grocery shop and needed to cook them before they went bad. The cauliflower soup recipe I used was from, yet again, The Paleo Kitchen Cookbook. I switched the process up a little by putting the cauliflower "trees" in a large pot with coconut oil and letting it soften that way. The cookbook says to put it in the oven to bake it. I then added a little chicken broth to help the cauliflower soften up a bit more. Next added was onion, garlic, salt/pepper, 2 cups chicken broth, and 1 cup water. Let that come to a boil and then turn to low to simmer for about 20 minutes. From then add a can of coconut milk and use an immersion blender to get all of the chunks out. If you don't have one of these you can use a regular blender. I burned my mouth so badly from eating this. I couldn't wait for it to cool down; it is that good!

The pork chops were another easy one! I put coconut oil in a large pan, added the pork chops, salt and peppered both sides, added a splash of chicken broth, garlic and let them cook for about 10 minutes on both sides until they were fully cooked.

All while this was going on on the stove top, I had chicken breasts cooking in the oven for the week. It only takes an hour to plan your meals out and about an hour or two to cook it all. In the end, we end up spending $0 during the week on food and feel good because we eat healthy, high protein meals.

{only 1/2 of it- morning mix, chili, cauliflower soup, chicken, pork chops}

Of course I couldn't cook without some sort of entertainment on. Lately, we have gotten back into watching The Office. We started it over from Season One, so if we aren't answering then chances are we are with Jim & Pam. 

{my favorite episode- beach day}

Happy Monday!

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