Paleo: week 1

Week 1 of paleo eating is officially DONE! So far I haven't even cheated :)

And I was especially proud of myself for that fact because this weekend this beautiful cake sat in my house and stared at me... creamy icing... sprinkled in graham crackers!!! SERIOUSLY?! Sweets are my weakness!! But I did not eat even a bite of it!! (cake was for Josh's sister Amy's bridal shower... more on that later!) Amy also brought wedding cake samples for us to try, but I stood strong! ;)

It's been a little easier this time around with the support and accountability at the gym, and also because I have tried a lot more recipes than I did last time. Good food helps!!!

Here are two recipes I made this week that I LOVED and will definitely be making again!

Paleo Jambalaya

jambalaya (picture borrowed from my picture of it wasn't as pretty ;))

  • 2 andouille sausage, sliced 
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 yellow onion, diced 
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced 
  • 1 head cauliflower, riced
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste 
  • 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained 
  • 1 cup chicken broth 
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 
What held me up on this recipe forever was trying to figure out how to "rice" cauliflower. I don't have a food processor, but I have a blender that has a "shredding" option. I read somewhere that you use the "shredding attachment" of a food processor to make cauliflower rice so I figured I'd try that option on my blender before I went out and bought a food processor. IT WORKED! So try that if you don't have a food processor.

Anyway, the instructions:

1. First get everything ready... dice all veggies and make the cauliflower rice.
2. Now heat a large pot over medium-high heat with your olive oil. Add the garlic until it becomes fragrant then add your onion and green bell pepper to begin to cook down.
3. Once the onion in translucent, add cauliflower, broth, chicken, and sausage. Mix together. Cover and let cook for about 5 minutes.
4. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices. Stir.
5. Cover and let it cook for 5-8 minutes until cauliflower is tender and meats are cooked through OR at this point I just threw it all in the crock-pot on LOW so it could slowly cook all day and be ready for dinner that evening :)

This was probably my favorite dinner recipe so far... it's a little spicy but not too much. I don't like spicy foods, but this has very good flavor!!

The 2nd recipe I made last night... breakfast for the whole week is DONE!

Paleo Breakfast Casserole
  • 1/2 pound breakfast sausage 
  • Lots of bacon (I used 5 slices I think?)
  • 2 cups diced sweet potatoes 
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped 
  • 8 whole eggs or approx. 3 cups egg beaters, whisked
  • salt and pepper to taste  
  • 1 onion 
  • 1 pepper
I've seen similar recipes that also include olives, jalapenos, etc... you can add pretty much anything you want!!

1. Cook sausage and bacon.
2. While those are cooking, prepare sweet potato. Microwave for about 4 minutes.
3. Add onion, peppers, and seasoning to skillet with bacon and sausage.
4. Combine all of it into a casserole dish and cover with eggs.
5. Bake on 350 for 30-45 minutes (until top is golden brown)

I highly recommend these two recipes! The breakfast casserole is very filling and I think I can eat it for breakfast all week without getting bored of it!!! 

Next I am trying a recipe I found for paleo ice cream!!! YES it's true! Let's see how this goes...