Happy Hallmark Day all you paleo peeps. For many folks, yesterday marks yet another day in our lives that warrants eating tons of crap that isn’t good for you. Candied hearts, flowers and even underwear are most certainly being consumed. OK, some strawberries covered in dark chocolate might be a pretty killer dessert.Julie and I are holding strong on our Whole 30 and we aren’t going to let St. Valentine get in our way. In fact, we visited our dear friends (the Hayes) this weekend…proud owners of a sweet new baby girl and the Best Gym in the South! I promised Jeff that I’d take him out for an evening away from baby madness (sorry Gemma) and go listen to The Freddy Jones Band at Eddies Attic in Decatur. The show was awesome and I don’t remember the last time I went to a concert and didn’t have at least one adult beverage. Dallas & Melissa…I hope you are proud of me 🙂
Yet another crazy week at the Paleo Comfort Foods House!
We did take an amazing trip up to Tennessee on Sunday to see my parents and pay a visit to Brown Stove Works in Cleveland, TN. So…Julie and I closed on a new house recently and the old owners thought it would be a good idea to take all the appliances with them before the bank foreclosed on the house. Needless to say, we have been on a mission to get our stove so that we can move in and start cooking. The stove that was there before is the same brand that my mother cooks on, a Five Star. Well, as it turns out…Five Star is manufactured about 30 minutes South of where I grew up. They are an amazing company with over three generations of hard working folks making some darn good cooktops. If you are ever in the market for a killer oven/stove, you really need to check them out.
We had a great meeting and have decided on the unit we want for our new house. I’m hoping that we’ll have it delivered in the coming week. It is going to be SO much fun sharing our new range with you all.
On to our Paleo Meals for the Week!
We didn’t get much cooking done on Sunday due to travel. However, after our visit to Five Star on Monday, we got home around 2pm and Julie got busy. While I was at the gym meeting my newest training client…she threw together some amazingly tasty things. Spaghetti sauce with venison, slow cooker pork and some gorgeous venison/beef burgers for the grill. We still had a little chicken tomatillo soup left over from last week and I’ll be cooking up a delish frittata tonight.
We decided to eat out for Valentines Day….and went really low key. I could pretty much live on chicken wings and salad wedges for the rest of my days…that is of course as long as their is bacon involved. Sometimes, you just don’t want to do dishes. Am I right?
|B||C- Venison cube steak with eggs and sauted okra||C- (in TN) an egg scramble with cut up fruit & avocado||L/O- chicken tomatillo soup||L/O- Spaghetti sauce over spaghetti squash and okra |
|L/O- Frittata with avocado and homemade salsa/guac||L/O- slow cooker pork and mashed cauliflower, apple & cashew butter (Post WOD)||C- Egg scramble with salsa, guac & apple|
|L||Not Hungry||Not hungry…but Julie started spaghetti sauce + slow cooker pork||L/O slow cooker pork with mashed cauliflower||L/O Chicken Tomatillo Soup||L/O slow cooker pork over mashed cauliflower||L/O- chicken soup||C- Shepard’s Pie|
|D||L/O- (in TN) salad topped with ground beef and boiled shrimp||C- Burgers, spaghetti squash and had some sauce on it||Out- Charles- wings + salad wedge/Julie- skirt steak||C- Pork sausage frittata with onions & shitake mushrooms||L/O Venison Burger||C- Lamb chops with mint glaze and carrots timbale||C- Smoked chicken|
…and finally, our paleo Recipe and the challenge for all of you this week!
Ever heard of the term “less is more”? Well, this recipe is going to have you laughing…but it isn’t a laughing matter. The whole reason we started this particular post in the first place was to give you all ideas on how to make meals work for you each week. With that said, we give you Slow Cooker Pork
– 2-3 pound boneless pork shoulder
– 1-2 tsp. sea salt
– 2-3 cloves garlic- finely minced
Directions- here comes the funny part….wait for it…
1. Sprinkle pork with salt and place in slow cooker
2. Toss in minced garlic and cook on high for 6-8 hours or until fork tender
OK…seriously, this is some of the most delicious pork shoulder I’ve had in recent months. It helps that we get the highest quality pork you can find in Atlanta.
Now…let’s hear from you! What is the easiest and most tasty recipe you have prepared in recent weeks/months? Share it with the world…seriously. These are the life savers…the “go to in a pinch” and frankly, the best Valentines Day present you could give anyone.