This 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 Vinaigrette 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 Blend 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 Slicer
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/