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post #41 of 97
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re: homemade chicken tenders

I've made these almond crusted, BAKED chicken nuggets a few times and they come out pretty good (sometimes better than others...play with herbs to really give flavor).  I just baked a huge batch and froze them to heat up later.  I use thighs...our farmer sells them deboned and I just pull the skin off (and cook separate...yum salted chicken skin chips!).  I just cut the thighs into similar sized pieces and go from there. 

 

 THANK YOU  for all these great ideas

post #42 of 97

Thanks for the replies!  I was sitting there thinking: a) I don't need to start a debate about diet with this nice, young doc (he's only mentioning it in passing, not preaching) and b) I"D RATHER BE THE LION! :LOL

 

Next time we go (which could be over a year) I'll try to have some 'elevator blurbs' about primal ready. :)  I had trouble today multitasking with my two boys acting all over the place.

 

DS1 eats lots of meats, veg and fruit, but he does enjoy soaked, fatty oatmeal so I'm not sure if I should add that back in. 

 

He just doesn't eat much on a typical day...and then occasionally he wants seconds or thirds of scrambled eggs or boiled eggs, etc to the point where we think: holy, moly, he just ate 7-8 eggs! Anyway, I've always thought that since he's not *typically* a big eater, what he does eat should be full of nutrition.  But maybe he's not a big eater b/c I'm not serving what appeals to him. *sigh* welcome to my pity party :lol

 

Brainstorming about adding fat:

1) smoothie - I've been making smoothies lately and putting in farm eggs and/or avocado for protein, greens, and enough fruit to make it taste good to him.  I'll experiment with adding coconut oil, but he's not hip on the flavor of the Virgin, so I might try the TT expellar pressed.

2) butter - He loves Kerrygold butter, but it is pretty strongly tied to sourdough for him.  He might eat a slice, but would probably be all over butter balls if I made them sweet.

3) butter balls - recipe???

4) avocado - any kid-fancy ideas?  he used to eat them with a spoon and sea salt, but hasn't been interested lately

5) nuts - I make baked goods, etc with almond flour and we've been sticking pecans in dates, but he doesn't seem to eat many out of hand (me on the other hand.... :drool)

 

Thanks for listening!

post #43 of 97



Feb - Count me in as a lion too RAWR!! Ok quickly on the fly for me fun recipes with avocado -  See stilllearning's fudgesicles - except you don't have to freeze it and then you "raw" chocolate pudding.  You can not even tell there is avocado in it as the cocoa powder provides such a yummy chocolate flavor. MMMMMM  

 

I saw the butter ball (i think it was with blueberries) recipe in a previous month's thread so let me dig it up in a bit, unless someone else can find it faster.  As for eating habits - that's one thing, but to fatten or bulk someome up you need a baseline of calories they are intaking and then expending. Then add from there.  Have you asked your DSs what they want or would like to eat/snack on, as that might help guide you to nutrious alternatives. 

 

I'm still trying to wean mine off of cookies, goldfish crackers and pretezel sticks.  :(

 

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Originally Posted by stilllearning85 View Post

I made those cookies too!! i even used unsweetened chocolate for the chips and it was still sooooo good!!! I posted this in the other thread but thought I would repost it for this "Recipe" thread!

 

Fudgesicles:

1- 1 1/2 c. mashed avocado

1/2-1 c. coconut milk

7-8 dates

vanilla

1/4 c. cacao powder

 

Blend in a food processor or vitamix and freeze in popsicle molds! YUM!

 

Yay for being able to add pictures!! wink1.gif



 



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Originally Posted by Feb2003 View Post

Thanks for the replies!  I was sitting there thinking: a) I don't need to start a debate about diet with this nice, young doc (he's only mentioning it in passing, not preaching) and b) I"D RATHER BE THE LION! :LOL

 

Next time we go (which could be over a year) I'll try to have some 'elevator blurbs' about primal ready. :)  I had trouble today multitasking with my two boys acting all over the place.

 

DS1 eats lots of meats, veg and fruit, but he does enjoy soaked, fatty oatmeal so I'm not sure if I should add that back in. 

 

He just doesn't eat much on a typical day...and then occasionally he wants seconds or thirds of scrambled eggs or boiled eggs, etc to the point where we think: holy, moly, he just ate 7-8 eggs! Anyway, I've always thought that since he's not *typically* a big eater, what he does eat should be full of nutrition.  But maybe he's not a big eater b/c I'm not serving what appeals to him. *sigh* welcome to my pity party :lol

 

Brainstorming about adding fat:

1) smoothie - I've been making smoothies lately and putting in farm eggs and/or avocado for protein, greens, and enough fruit to make it taste good to him.  I'll experiment with adding coconut oil, but he's not hip on the flavor of the Virgin, so I might try the TT expellar pressed.

2) butter - He loves Kerrygold butter, but it is pretty strongly tied to sourdough for him.  He might eat a slice, but would probably be all over butter balls if I made them sweet.

3) butter balls - recipe???

4) avocado - any kid-fancy ideas?  he used to eat them with a spoon and sea salt, but hasn't been interested lately

5) nuts - I make baked goods, etc with almond flour and we've been sticking pecans in dates, but he doesn't seem to eat many out of hand (me on the other hand.... :drool)

 

Thanks for listening!

post #44 of 97

I am a LION as well!  I would just let it roll off your back unless he started getting pushy, as long as you like everything else about him.  I know how I feel best and anyone else can shove it, I don't have the energy to discuss it. 

 

I am lazy on the snacks, usually it is a fruit/veggie and nut/seed most of the time.

 

post #45 of 97

subbing :)

post #46 of 97

well i've been tracking myfood which has gotten me starting to make better choices. atleast some days. i've been in this weird eating mood lately. not eating till 11am then not eating till dinner, though it makes it hard to wait till 6pm to eat (when dh gets home). i'm still eating way too many carbs especially when out, i keep making bad choices. blush.gif i've collected lots ofLC recipes over the summer, i need to actally try some of them. and i think i need to really add some more fat. i need tofind one of those coconut balls recipes.

 

i did a pushup challenge, plan to start the 100pushup training thing on monday. my back and shoulders really need some stregthening, lugging around a 16lb baby is making my back sore. and my stomach really needs all the help it can get, an abs challenge is in the queue for when i finish the pushup one.

 

i go back in forth between wanting the best food for my family and trying to cut costs because we just cant afford it. and no there is nothing left to cut in other parts of the budget. we have no cable, barely any gas. work pays for cellphones and dh's gas. all our utilities are on low income programs. i buy all the kids stuff 2nd hand. i buy in bulk. it all goes to food and supplements. i go back and forth cut the supplements and buy the best food or keep on the high quality supplements because our diet isn't ideal? i really want to join a CSA, but then i think $34/week is that way more than I spend now? I need to sit down and figure out how much i spend on just fruits and veggies each week on average (when we're eating good). if it's anywhere close i'd like to go for it, because then we'd be eating all organic. though then i think i should skip buying organic on everything else so i can buy organic/grassfed meat. sigh... there's no winning is there? banghead.gif unless i go bump off the inlaws so we can inherit all their $$$$.FIREdevil.gif  i am hoping to buy a half beef with our tax return. though its tempting to put it all towards paying off our debt, the sooner thats gone then we'll have an extra $400 a month. but it'll be years.


Edited by Vaquitita - 11/20/10 at 9:41pm
post #47 of 97

Vaquitta- I have the same struggles every time I try to cut the grocery budget though I end up feeling like crap.  Being able to cook grains would make life easier and cheaper that is for sure though. 

post #48 of 97

How do you eat kale and not have to pee a million times? I haven't tried it since my first attempt because I just don't have that kind of time.

 

Second, anyone want to address http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-j-wurtman-phd/dr-oz-rubber-wristbands-a_b_785512.html ? My vegan SIL put it up on her FB as "whole grain carbs low protein low fat, go figure" But what it really says is that if you've got a premenstrual craving for carbs, it means your brain wants serotonin and a 30g hit of straight up carbs (the ones not found in fruit) will make it all better.  My take is that we now know why humans started braving bee stings for honey. Mothering is the necessity of invention, even before becoming mothers, apparently.

post #49 of 97

Spaghetti squash lasagna

 

Halve spaghetti squash, remove seeds and bake until tender. The squash will string apart like noodles but not be too mushy yet. Unless you’re me and always bake it til it’s mushy LOL

 

Brown ground beef with chopped onion and garlic. Add favorite marinara sauce.

Thaw frozen spinach or kale or steam fresh.

Use optional shredded cheese like mozerella.

 

Layer a bit of sauce on bottom of baking dish. Add half the squash, meat sauce, spinach, optional cheese. Another layer of squash, meat sauce and top with optional cheese. Bake until bubbly.

 

Big hit at a recent potluck!

 

Rhianna

 

ps: I have never noticed peeing more after eating kale. I'll check that out next time hehe

post #50 of 97
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Vaquitta- I have the same struggles every time I try to cut the grocery budget though I end up feeling like crap.  Being able to cook grains would make life easier and cheaper that is for sure though. 



Me as well. When I start feeling blah sometimes my dh will ask if I have been trying to spend less on food. It is that noticeable! 

 

Vanquitita, I struggle sometimes with wanting to buy all organic but we just cannot do it...I have been price comparing lately trying to find a way to make it work...for example, here it is $1/lb conventional chicken, $4/lb organic, $7/lb pastured. I cannot eat the amounts of meat I need to be okay and spend that (even though I know all the reasons organic is superior!) I do have a good very affordable source for pastured eggs (our friends) and butter though. I am finding some good deals on organic produce here and there. I figure if we are not eating processed/sugar/bad fat fake foods and food we can digest we are doing good enough.

post #51 of 97
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  i am hoping to buy a half beef with our tax return. though its tempting to put it all towards paying off our debt, the sooner thats gone then we'll have an extra $400 a month. but it'll be years.



I have seen major health benefits from the stress reduction of getting out of debt thumb.gif

post #52 of 97
Thread Starter 

Just have a second...having a 4.5 year old, 2.5 year old and a newborn makes for very little time!!

 

I wanted to post a couple of recipes that we had for Thanksgiving that turned out really well:

 

Balsamic glazed brussel sprouts: http://www.grouprecipes.com/54621/roasted-brussel-sprouts.html

 

If you don't like brussel sprouts, try these...you will love them!

 

Cauliflower and mushroom stuffing from Mark's Daily Apple was fantastic:

 

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/breadless-cauliflower-and-mushroom-stuffing/

 

Biscuits from Elana's Pantry were great, too!:

 

http://www.elanaspantry.com/biscuits/

 

I made a great turkey soup yesterday...made it up.  I'll have to post another time.  Someone's rooting for the liquid gold.

 

 

Vaquita - feel you on the $$ issue.  We're starting a garden in the Spring and are buying some cows too.  We're on acreage, though.  Pay off the debt.  You'll feel great when you do!

 

Last thing: FUDGECICLES ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

post #53 of 97

A keeper from T-day: Whipped parsnips(& turnips) & carrots (though my carrots did not get mushy enough to whip)

 

Boil in slightly salted water until _very soft_  This is the key!

Mash up, add butter, some cream (or chicken stock)

Sprinkle with a dash of nutmeg

 

Whip up with beaters until light and fluffy, they are a nice alternative to pureed cauliflower if you are looking to sub out potatoes

 

Vaquitta - get out of debt first!  We're making similar decisions and we do what we can but its in small amounts, right now I'll take my processed ground beef and etc. if I can eat this way and still get myself out of our crushing debt. I know down the line, and most likely sooner than later we can buy the food we should be feeding ourselves.

post #54 of 97

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post #55 of 97

Honestly, even if you can't afford all organic, cutting out processed food, and eating a clean, whole foods diet is going to be better for you in the long run! If you can swing 50% organic, that's much better!
 

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Originally Posted by crunchy_mama View Post

Vaquitta- I have the same struggles every time I try to cut the grocery budget though I end up feeling like crap.  Being able to cook grains would make life easier and cheaper that is for sure though. 



Me as well. When I start feeling blah sometimes my dh will ask if I have been trying to spend less on food. It is that noticeable! 

 

Vanquitita, I struggle sometimes with wanting to buy all organic but we just cannot do it...I have been price comparing lately trying to find a way to make it work...for example, here it is $1/lb conventional chicken, $4/lb organic, $7/lb pastured. I cannot eat the amounts of meat I need to be okay and spend that (even though I know all the reasons organic is superior!) I do have a good very affordable source for pastured eggs (our friends) and butter though. I am finding some good deals on organic produce here and there. I figure if we are not eating processed/sugar/bad fat fake foods and food we can digest we are doing good enough.

post #56 of 97

I can't even hope to look at organic(unless its produce and on sale) meat, let alone pastured. There is a farmer that sells grassfed, pastured beef nearby for $6/lb which is still out of my price range :(  I'm still primal though, dammit! I know that PB book actually says that if you can't get organic, pastured yada yada then its ok to get conventional meat as long as its lean and just cook in a lot of fat. What the heck, worth a shot smile.gif If I can manage to find some wild meat though (times like this I miss living up north by my family!) that would be amazing. The stress from debt basically cancels out any good that comes out from eating low carb/grain-free/primal/paleo. 

 On a lighter note, my local Walmart (I know, I know...demon.gif lol) sells clarified ghee and huge bags of goats meat. Also found young coconut juice with pulp  and its mighty tasty(and only .98cents!! Ah, why did it have to be in Walmart though? Why couldn't the local Co-Op sell this stuff? *Sigh*

post #57 of 97

Hey all,

So I have a little less than a pint of creme fraiche that I made from heavy cream... but it didn't ever set up or thicken as it should. I NEED to use it up soon but am a bit at a loss as to what to do with it. It's essentially slightly sour/fermented cream at this point. YUM, but how to use it?

 

Any suggestions?

post #58 of 97

Thanks for the recipe reviews suzikiaustin!

 

I had a pregnancy craving for an orange julius so I blended coconut milk, OJ, ice, vanilla and honey--YUM! (I may add an egg next time to make it more nutritious and frothy)

 

Tonight I am making this for dinner for the first time: paleo coconut fried chicken

http://cfscceat.blogspot.com/2010/09/paleo-coconut-fried-chicken.html 

 

I have been making "ranch" dressing with tahnini, acv, water, sea salt, chives, onion flakes, pepper....It has been a good sub for dairy ranch on chicken salads and such.

 

I made zuccini chips in the dehydrator and they were just okay.

post #59 of 97
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Originally Posted by newcastlemama View Post

Thanks for the recipe reviews suzikiaustin!

 

I had a pregnancy craving for an orange julius so I blended coconut milk, OJ, ice, vanilla and honey--YUM! (I may add an egg next time to make it more nutritious and frothy)

 

Tonight I am making this for dinner for the first time: paleo coconut fried chicken

http://cfscceat.blogspot.com/2010/09/paleo-coconut-fried-chicken.html 

 

I have been making "ranch" dressing with tahnini, acv, water, sea salt, chives, onion flakes, pepper....It has been a good sub for dairy ranch on chicken salads and such.

 

I made zuccini chips in the dehydrator and they were just okay.



Can I ask what your measurements/ratios are for the ingredients in your "ranch" dressing?  It sounds yummy!

 

I'm so excited to find this thread!  I'm newish to the primal/paleo/grain free lifestyle.  We are a gluten/dairy free household already, so it hasn't been too hard of a change for me.  I haven't gone fully grain-free yet, but I really want to!  My DH and kids will still eat gluten-free grains (maybe I can ever so slowly wean them off!), but my personal goal is to be grain free.  I need dinner ideas, so this thread is really helpful!

post #60 of 97

re: creme- we are df here, so no help, maybe ask on the main TF board?

 

I want the ranch dressing recipe as well.

 

Nothing new here, had the stomach flu over Thanksgiving break- took a while to recover from that, but I am finally back to normal.  I ate grainfree for thanksgiving(well the bread for dressing had a bit of corn starch as I am out of potato) however that was  a teeny bit of everything.  Anyway, however, I did eat a ton of sugar.  ICK, all that sugar made me so sick and then to throw it up- ugh!

 

I have been craving buttered bread though, I never crave that.  I never even cook bread/grain-free or otherwise.   I might actually make some grainfree bread to indulge the craving!

 

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