It’s been 3 weeks + Gotta love fresh Tuna!!

The kid are COUNTING the days until our  month long experiment with them being Paleo is over.  Sigh.  In my heart of hearts I wasn’t expecting them to not count, although in that deep hopeful place I thought maybe they’d love being Paleo and wouldn’t be counting.  Yesterday we realized my count was off from theirs.  They were counting for 4 weeks and thought they had 8 days left (we started the day after Easter weekend).  I was counting it as a MONTH.  You thought I’d have told them I was going to ground them for a lifetime when they figured out it was 2 more days than they thought.  This isn’t going how I expected…  Yesterday I shopped again.  My kids are not easy/cheap Paleo eaters.  They’re hideously expensive Paleo eaters.  They’re not doing it because they want to, they’re not doing it for their health, they’re doing it only for the financial bribery I offered in hopes they’d fall in love with it.  So not only will they not each cheaply like I can and often do, I’m also paying them to do this.  On the days I grocery shop and they complain I think I’m both crazy and stupid.

And then something like this happens…

Teen Boy #1 is behind in his school work since a group project was ‘claimed by one child and now all others have to re-do their own project’.  Normally there would be drama, loud voices, cajoling, rolled eyes and sighing, and that would be JUST to get it started.   By the time he’d be done it would be hours spent in drama land with us disliking each other and both of us wishing school & the day was over.  That’s what it often would have been like 3+ weeks ago.  Last night was SO different, SO unusual that I was so awestruck afterward that instead of crawling into bed early to end my day I realized I was whipping through my office work at light speeds still at 12:30 am (oops! time to get to bed!!)

Sooo, he needed a video project.  He took out his laptop and played an episode of Top Gear while on the family computer he downloaded the files he needed.  They then wouldn’t upload, wrong file type.  He didn’t freak out or rant in frustration at the injustice.  He converted them to another file type and tried again.  Then downloaded a new program.  Then tried my laptop. Then another program,  Then used my suggestion and played the video’s on youtube while recording them with my camera and then uploaded them from there.  Almost 2hrs after he started he had what he needed and everything was working and got his project done in 20minutes.  I commended him on his calm, his ingenuity and his work ethic.  He attributed it to having Top Gear playing while he worked on it.  I don’t doubt that helped, although I KNOW it was more than that!  ;)

Okay so onto the Fresh Tuna Steaks with Sun-Dried Tomato!

  • 4 lovely fresh Tuna steaks.  When I lived on Vancouver Island I got mine from the fishing boats, now I get mine here (http://www NULL.gourmetsecrets NULL.ca:8081/NEW_GSI/product NULL.jsp?id=62)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Epicure’s Salmon & Fish Rub
  • A few big forkfuls of Sun-Dried Tomato packed in Olive Oil (chopped up)

Coat your tuna in seasoning and set aside.  Toss your chopped oily Sun-Dried tomatoes into your pan, warm them through, strain out the tomato’s (setting aside) leaving behind the yummy flavorful Olive Oil.  On Med heat (Olive oil is unstable on high heat) cook your tuna to your desired doneness.  I like mine just cooked through, it will dry out if you try to cook it well done all the way through, plus it will be moist and meaty at med-well.  Serve the warmed and glorious sun-dried tomato’s on top of your cooked Tuna.

Creamy Pesto Chicken (Dairy)

The kids were ‘starving’ at 9pm.  I was short on patience and time so whipped this up.  Since the kids are eating Paleo Lacto this was a quick feast.

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp Pesto Mix
  • Big Splash of Heavy Cream (prob 1/2 cup)
  • Handful of Parmesan

Saute your chicken until browned and almost cooked through, toss in pesto, cream and parmesan and simmer 2-3mins.  Devour!

Teriyaki Beef Jerky – so super easy!

This jerky is so good my kids at 5.6lbs of jerky in 2.5 days.  CRAZY!  10yo daughter took some to school and 2 of her friends asked if they gave me money could I make them some too, so 4 days after I made the first few batches I was back at the butcher getting another $50 worth of Baron sliced up!  The best thing about this, beyond it’s amazing flavor, is that it’s SUPER EASY!  Whoot, one of my favorite things!

Jerky - Single Slice

Jerky - Single Slice

  • 3.5 lbs Baron of Beef.  Have  your butcher slice it on 18.  I ended up with 25 large slices
  • 1 cup Braggs (not totally Paleo although at least Gluten free!)
  • 1/2 cup Lime Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Epicure’s Teriyaki Rub
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Minced Ginger

Marinade overnight and dry on high approx 2.5 to 3hrs in your dehydrator.  Make sure to taste test it constantly so the kids don’t eat all of it before you even get any!   Sore in the fridge so that if doesn’t spoil quickly.  There are no preservatives so after a few days out of the fridge I’d be skeptical.  I’ve never had any last in the fridge longer than 2 weeks, not because it spoils but because the kids go through it so fast!!

 

Dehydrator ready to be turned on

Dehydrator ready to be turned on

 

 

Thai Style Avocado Mango Salad

I got up this morning feeling rough although since one boy had soccer I headed to the kitchen to make him breakfast.  Low and behold he walked into the kitchen, loaded this plate with leftover Meatza and cooked yams and say down to dig in.  Boy that was a great thing to see.  Granted he’s the easier of my 3 food wise, athough it still felt great that I wasn’t required for  him to start his morning on a healthy note!

I had some leftover Coconut Crusted Salmon (original recipe is here - change White Fish to Salmon) and I had a hankering for a crisp sour and sweet salad to go alongside it for lunch.  I wish I had some Cilantro on hand as that would have been great in here!

  • 1 long english cuc, diced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced

Toss very gently with dressing.  Devour with your favorite protein!

Dressing – approx since I’m not much of a measurer….

  • Juice of 1/2 a lime (approx 2-3 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 Tbsp  Fish Sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp Epicure’s cinco pepper
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Lime Zest for garnish

Baconizza and Meatza

Okay, I did it.  A Bacon Weave Pizza and a Ground Beef Pizza – Baconizza and Meatza.  It ROCKED!!  The Meatza was by far my favorite since I loaded my meaty crust with a pile of veggies!

I used the same amazing Pizza sauce on both.  For the boys I use a variety of meats like Capicola and Salami along with a thinly sliced onion (use your Epicure Slicer0, mushrooms & a bunch of mozza cheese.  For myself I loaded mine with Artichoke Hearts, Sun-Dried Tomato, Onion, Red Peppers, Spinach, Mushrooms, a sprinkling of sharp New Zealand Cheddar and a crumble of Feta Cheese.

Pizza Sauce: 

  • 7oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1.5 tsp Epicure’s Pizza Seasoning

Mix.  Yup, that’s it!  You can simmer and reduce it if you want.  I’m too lazy.  This is enough sauce for 1 cookie sheet sized pizza

Baconizza Crust

  • 2 pkg bacon – I only had one and it didn’t make a very big crust cause it shrinks so much!  Find the meatiest bacon you can and you’ll have less fat and less shrinkage.  Mine was NOT quality bacon!

Weave your bacon as if you’re making a basket.   Lay a bunch of slices vertically side by side.  Alternately lift vertical slices as you lay down your horizontal slices.

Bacon Weave in progress

Bacon Weave in progress

Bacon Weave Uncooked

Bacon Weave Uncooked

Bacon Weave Cooked

Bacon Weave Cooked

Meatza Crust

  • 1.25 lb Ground Beef – I used extra lean from our local butcher – T-Bones.  When you cook it almost 0 fat drips off.  It’s amazing for an application where draining will be a pain.
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 1 tsp Epicure’s Pizza Seasoning

Press into a large cookie sheet.  You’ll sweat there’s no way to make it fit and it totally will, trust me!  I didn’t precook my meat crust although I probably will next time.

Boys vs Mom 2

Boys vs Mom 2

Boys vs Mom 3

Boys vs Mom 3

Holy Shrinkage!

Holy Shrinkage!

I tipped the pan to let the moisture drain off.

My Delicious 'Veggie' Meatza!

My Delicious ‘Veggie’ Meatza!