Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Paleo Day 1

If you read my Beefy Mexican Lasagna post, you saw I started the Paleo thing. I decided I’m going to share with you what I ate.

If you don’t like it, no worries, I’ll be posting regular recipes too.


Except this. I had to take a Paleo sabbatical over the weekend for BlogHer Food (recap coming soon), so Sunday night I made Thai Coconut Rice Pudding.

You know, just to REALLY blow Paleo out of the water.

Do y’all like Thai food? I love it. And hopefully, *fingers crossed* I’ll be going to Thailand summer of 2014 for a family wedding!
I’m a good saver, I can do it.

Thai Coconut Rice Pudding is made from a black rice grain, really dark purple, called “Forbidden Rice.”
(You can find it through this affiliate link: Thai Black Cargo Rice, 5-Pound)

~ Oooh, I’m interested already.~

Cook it, add full fat coconut milk from a can and sugar.

BOOM. Thai Coconut Rice Pudding. Apparently in Thailand, they often eat this for breakfast.

It’s soooo goood y’all! A bit of a step away from my granny’s rice pudding. I used the Epicurious recipe, wouldn’t change a thing.

Serve it warm.


Ok, back to Paleo.


Breakfast: Poached eggs and pesto.

The pesto is a recipe from the Practical Paleo cookbook, I seriously love this book.

(Here’s an affiliate link: It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways and Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle)

Have you ever poached eggs in the microwave? My new favorite shortcut!

I microwave 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon vinegar for 2 minutes.
Crack in 2 eggs, and add to the hot water.
Cover with a plate, and microwave for 1 minute more.

Perfection! The whites are slightly loose, but way quicker than the stovetop version.


Lunch/Dinner: Spaghetti on spaghetti squash

Ever cooked spaghetti squash? New easy tip I just learned. Poke a bunch of holes with a fork or knife, and microwave the sucker for 10 minutes. WAY easier than trying to cut it in half without removing my thumb (gosh I sure like my thumbs) and way quicker.

And way easier than heating up my whole 900 sq foot house in the summer with the oven on!

Microwave the heck out of it, cut it in half (you’ll need hot pads), throw away the seeds, and scrape the inside with a fork.


Yeah, it’s a little different, but all I can tell you is that I’ve been feeling GREAT – when I actually follow the plan with no grains, sugar, and dairy.

Sugar seems to be the biggest problem causer for me at the moment.

Anyways, then I just cooked up hamburger meat and added a jar of all natural spaghetti sauce.
True paleo would be homemade, but hey, I’m getting back on the Paleo train after a crazy weekend.

Last note:

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I paid $21 for 3 months of recipes. Every Wednesday they email you a week of recipes.

Here’s the cool part:

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Even cooler? There’s an app! I open the app and there are my meals, for this week and past weeks, and a shopping list to check off which items I’ll need for those meals.

Then the recipes are mine to keep!
Try it, you’ll love it. You can click on my link below.

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~ Peace, Love, and Caveman Diets Y’all


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Beefy Mexican Lasagna

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This is one of my favorite go-to casseroles y’all.

Actually, I’ve really decided I’m like the casserole queen.

Like, for reals.

That’s all I did, was cook casseroles. It had to be something in a 9 x 13 pan, I’d cook once or twice a week, and then we’d eat the leftovers throughout the week for lunch and dinner. It was so EASY!

I use past tense because I’ve been trying this whole “Paleo” thing. Basically it means eating like a caveman.

No sugar, dairy (gulp), or grains. You read that right. I’ve embarked on a disaster journey.

I heard about the Whole30 program, and my mother bought me the book, as well as the Practical Paleo cookbook.

(Here’s an affiliate link: It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways and Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle)

So far, I love it. It’s been hard, and I haven’t been perfect, but I’ve been pretty close, and I’ll share my meals with you along the way.

And don’t worry, I won’t (read: CAN’T) give up baking; I’ve just got to get off this sugar addiction thing first, before I learn what a healthy amount is. (HA)


ANYWAYS, if I haven’t scared you away by now, back to the casserole.

It also happens to be a childhood favorite of mine.
I seem to have some recollection of being 8 years old and dropping my brother off at his first junior high dance…. he was supposed to bring food. Mom made the mexican lasagna, but burnt it slightly (which is atypical for my mother). I was lying in the back of the van – pretending not to exist – holding the lasagna, while my brother and his friends were in the middle seat.


Anyways, there’s no punchline here. No, I didn’t send the lasagna flying into the middle seat at a stoplight. No, I didn’t gouge my hand into the dinner as I was so hungry as we dropped them off. No, I didn’t upchuck my mexican lasagna dinner as my brother and his friends watched….

All these would have been good endings though…..

We just dropped him off.





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All of you should be proud. My best friend is half Hispanic, so she convinced me to start cooking tortillas from half-scratch. I didn’t make tortilla dough, but they do have the dough already rolled out and packaged, and all that needs to be done is toast it in a pan.

Many burned fingers later, this little gringa had herself a pile of hot, fresh tortillas.


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Add in some taco seasoning, beans, and my favorite Red Gold diced tomatoes, and we’re almost there.

I usually use the Red Gold diced tomatoes and green chiles, but I had used my last can!

Next, you’ll mix up your cottage cheese mixture, and assemble.

I’m hoping y’all have some good stories for me after reading this.

Come ON, bring on the family pranks. *GRIN*

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~ Peace, Love, and Tex-Mex Y’all

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Beefy Mexican Lasagna

Yield: serves 10


1 pound ground beef
14.5 ounces Red Gold diced tomatoes
16 ounces refried beans
1.25 ounce packet taco seasoning
2.8 ounce can of french fried onions
24 ounces cottage cheese
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
2 eggs, beaten
12 tortillas


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Begin by browning meat over medium heat. Once browned, add in tomatoes, beans and taco seasoning. Stir in half the can of french fried onions, then simmer for 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, eggs, and shredded cheese.

Create your assembly line of one 9x13 pan, tortillas, meat mixture, and cheese mixture. Begin by spreading a few spoonfuls of meat mixture on the bottom of the pan to keep the tortillas from sticking. Next, layer tortillas. Then, layer meat, then cheese. Continue layering tortillas, meat, then cheese. The last layer should be the cottage cheese mixture on top. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese on top of the casserole and the remaining french fried onions. Bake covered for 45 minutes, or until bubbly. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes.

*Freezes great!


Monday, June 10, 2013

The unpacking begins…

Just wanted to give y’all a quick update. While I’m working on my recap from the fabulous BlogHer Food 2013, Austin – this is what happened today.



The unpacking begins. Five bags of swag (which is significantly less than many people) and lots and lots and lots of dirty clothes to go through.

Numerous business cards to sort through…. NanaBread gave me this great idea: Next year I’m going to tape them into my notepad as I meet them, then I can take notes about what we talked about, what we connected on, or where they got their great shoes.



But then I got distracted.

My sister-in-law (and brother. Love you Ryan!) got me this TO DIE FOR ring from Sundance. I heart that catalog.

I want to curl up inside it, snuggle up on the Indian trade quilt, slip on the calfskin boots, wrap up in the cashmere sweater (not in Texas heat), and live. In. It.

The ring was a gift to celebrate my recently finished Master’s of Education. WOOHOO.

The job search is now in full effect as my stomach is filled with knots every morning waiting for interviews to be scheduled for a school counselor position.

The ring is a green amethyst. I googled it… supposed to bring good luck, inner peace, strengthen my intuition –

And clairvoyance.

If you’re into that sort of thing.

I am. *winks*



Oops. Got distracted again. Well NOW I can’t sort through all those business cards with that cute little dog all curled up on my bag!

Lord help me when I have kids.

I know, she’s spoiled rotten. I don’t need the lecture.



Oh muh GAWSH y’all!!! I was doing so well on my little Paleo adventure…. then BlogHer Food happened.

Today was a bad day. Went to help my great aunt with some chores before her back surgery, then she just *insisted* that we have Whataburger for lunch so she could use her free coupon, then I just HAD to have a hankerin’ for some fro-yo. So I did the bad brain thing of saying, “Well, my healthy eating is shot today, so why not REALLY blow it out of the water.”

UGH. #palmtoforehead

I’m back on the paleo bandwagon tomorrow.

BUT – the fro-yo was salted caramel corn and pistachio. Come ON y’all, it was GOOD.

ooOOoo, and I got schooled by ol’ Aunt Dorothy in how to correctly fold nurses corners on those bed corners. Maybe I’ll give y’all a tutorial.

Okie Dokie, off to start a blog recap!