Dinner time for week of May 9 - 15

hanapooThis week’s menu was planned in a quick brainstorming session with my Hanapoo.  She’s 14 and LOVES to cook – and she loves her oils too!  We have a great time planning food together.  Her best friend Haley will be staying with us over the weekend.  Haley is vegan, so it gives us a great opportunity to try some different things.  With our almost-paleo diet though, we had to be creative! Make sure  that you buy good meat – I was super happy when a Fresh Market opened near us because we didn’t have much option around us for good stuff..  They have a great deal on Tuesdays $2.99/lb boneless chicken and ground chuck.  Plus we watch for sales at others times as well and stock up when we can.  If you have the freezer space, it’s definitely a way to make your dollars go farther. 

Monday – Grilled Burgers (no buns), Chopped Salad with Basil Vinaigrette, Crispy Oven Fries Basil VinaigretteIMG_1577 For the vinaigrette:
 In a small bowl, whisk together 1 pressed garlic clove, 3T vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1 drop Basil essential oil (get info on oils here). While whisking, slowly add ½ cup olive oil until the vinaigrette is emulsified. 

The amazing fries: http://www.layersofhappiness.com/extra-crispy-oven-baked-french-fries/   

Tuesday – Lemon Chicken Kabobs with Tahini Sauce, grilled onions, peppers, zucchini http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2010/01/tahini-sauce/ Chicken Marinade lemonchickenBlend together: 1/3 cup Olive oil 2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press 4 drops Lemon essential oil (get info on oils here) 1 drop Cumin essential oil 1 drop Coriander essential oil 1 teaspoon salt Pinch  pepper ½ teaspoon dried oregano ¼ teaspoon paprika Cube chicken and allow to marinate for several hours 

Wednesday – Steak, grilled baby bok choy, Sliced tomatoes 

Thursday – Spinach & Bacon Souffle (get good bacon please –it’s worth it) http://paleoparents.com/2011/spinach-and-bacon-souffle/

Friday – 30 minute Healthy Chinese Vegetable Sir Fry http://www.eyecandypopper.com/meatless-monday-30-min-healthy-chinese-vegetable-stir-fry-vegan-soy-free-option-gluten-freepaleo/

Saturday – Hana and Haley made this the last time she was over: Sweet potato noodles with sautéed Kale, garlic and walnuts It turned out great – though we need more Kale.  Haley and my hubby aren’t really sweet potato fans, but they liked this – enough to ask for it again!  It’s really pretty too with the orange noodles and green kale.  Get a spiralizer if you don’t have one!  This is what I have and it’s very easy to use: Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicersweet-potato-noodles


Sunday – Cassava flour raviolis Last Fall Hana and I made raviolis and they were amazing.  She found some tasty recipes for filling and we spent a fun afternoon pasta making.  We’ve been looking for a grain free pasta recipe, and I found this one.  We’ve not tried it before, so I’m hoping it’s successful.  Cassava flour is pretyy easy to work with.  We’ve made tortillas with it before and I actually preferred it to working with regular flour.  I get my Cassava Flour from Amazon - Moon Rabbit Premium Cassava Flour, 32 Ounce Filling – cashew cheese & sundried tomatoes; spinach, artichoke & feta http://nutritionstripped.com/classic-cashew-cheese-3-ways/http://www.honeygheeandme.com/2015/09/homemade-pasta-with-cassava-flour-option-no-pasta-maker-needed/   


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