Monthly Archives: March 2014

WIAW: Great Paleo Dinners

Yes, I’m linking up with Jen again from Peas and Crayons for What I ate Wednesday, the great hump-day blogger party. I’ll admit, I look forward to everyone’s WIAW posts and it reminds me that the week is moving along. I’ve also found some great new blogs to follow through that link up. If you haven’t checked out the link up yet, go NOW!

 Peas and Crayons

I’ve made cauliflower crust pizza before, which always ends up as more or less a pile of veggies when it’s done with. I decided to try Primal Palate’s crust from the book Gather, and it was amazing. I could actually PICK UP THE PIZZA AND EAT IT. This is groundbreaking if you’re familiar with trying to make Paleo pizza. I topped mine with peppers, onions, mushrooms, peppers and raw cheese (okay, so it’s Primal I guess).

Paleo Pizza

Another winner: plantain lasagna. I know I’ve talked about this recipe before. It’s probably one of my favorite dinners. I’ll go so far as to say plantains are my favorite food.

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Had that with a side of brussels sprouts and olives. I love brussels sprouts, however my stomach hates me when I eat too many. But they’re so good and I can’t ever stop eating them. Yes, life is hard my friends.

And last night for dinner was another winner from the 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook:

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Italian sausage and peppers over garlic parsnip mash. Basically just ground pork with spices, onions, peppers and tomatoes over parsnips. And more brussels on the side. Another winner.

Another great recipe from the same book: Southwestern Breakfast Skillet. However I cooked it in a casserole dish because I don’t own a big enough skillet for this baby:

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It’s all to delicious to handle!

What have you been eating lately?

What are your go-to weeknight dinners?

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Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie

Smoothies are making a comeback in my life!!!! It’s been awhile, but even though the temperature where I am is still barely creeping into the double digits, I was craving a smoothie for breakfast a couple of days last week.

I am used to placing protein powders in smoothies, and I haven’t really eaten protein powder lately since I really just like to focus on whole foods and get protein from eggs and meat. But I mean there’s nothing to say you can’t have a great smoothie without it!

This smoothie, loosely based on my Paleo Shamrock Shake I made last year (Check it out! Hello March!!!), is thick, creamy, cold and refreshing. It even has some veggies hidden in it! Close your eyes and pretend you’re sipping it on a beach. I swear Spring is around the corner!

Chocolate Avocado Banana Smoothie

 

You’ll Need:

1 banana

1/4 cup coconut milk

3/4 cup water

handful of spinach

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 tablespoon honey

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds

1/4 of an avocado

9-10 ice cubes

 

I add 1/4 cup of full fat, canned coconut milk, and then I fill the blender up to the 1 cup line with water. Then I add everything else and blend together! Feel free to add more sweetness to your liking!

chocolate smoothie 2It’s totally March people. I had a dream about my students’ ELA test scores the other night. Ugh talk about work stress. March is the WORST month for teachers. No break (poor me, I know) and it’s ALL about test prep. NYS ELA test is April 1st. Last year it was on my birthday, so at least this is an improvement. However it’s earlier in the year so I have less time.

However….basketball, St. Patty’s Day….March does have its good points. I love St. Patrick’s Day…..I pinned these cupcakes two years ago and I am determined to actually make them this year!!!

 

Are you a fan of March?

What are your favorite smoothie combos?

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