Quick Paleo Dinner: Coconut Crusted Tilapia & Garlic Broccoli

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My weekdays are ridiculously busy. I get home from clinical/school, quickly ready by books & supplies for the next day, knock off any homework in pockets of time I find between making dinner and putting kids to bed, make lunches, make dinner, clean the kitchen, hit the gym, shower, finish any homework, and get to bed by 9 or 10.

Have I mentioned that I started the kids on chorebuster.net? Well I did and IT’S WORKING (OMG!) and I am LOVING having the help around the house. Plus bonus: they will grow up to know how to take care of themselves. I wish I had done this years ago.

Anyway.

You will need:

  • 4-5 tilapia fillets – fresh or thawed from frozen
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • sea salt, to taste*
  • Broccoli, cut into florets
  • Garlic salt
  • coconut oil
  • butter, to taste

Heat about 3 tbsp of coconut oil in a skillet (medium-medium/high heat), and another 1 tbsp in a wok or another pan. Throw the broccoli florets in that second pan/wok on medium heat.

In one shallow bowl, crack the 3 eggs and whisk them up with a fork. In another shallow bowl, mix the coconut flour & shredded coconut.

Dip each fillet into the egg, then into the coconut “batter”, and get them in the pan to fry. They take only a few minutes on each side – until the coconut ‘”batter” has browned. Once you’ve flipped them the first time, sprinkle them with sea salt (optional).

One your broccoli is done, sprinkle with garlic powder – your choice. I found out tonight that my oldest actually *likes* broccoli done this way.

Try not to eat all 5 fillets. They are insanely delicious.

I would have had a picture of my plate but uh… *burp*

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Paleo Party Food: Pecan Bacon Choco-Bark

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I’m heading to my sister’s place tonight for a girl’s night, and this is the first time I’ve stayed somewhere overnight since D & I started paleo.

We always do a potluck on these girl’s nights, and I had to really think through what I have to bring in order to still feel okay in the morning (plus pack a breakfast instead of hitting Tim Horton’s.)

The last time I was at a party, I had cake. I came home and my head was absolutely buzzing because of the sugar overload. (It was REALLY good homemade cake though and TOTALLY worth it. I still think about that cake. Is that sad?)

Anyway, I made some chicken wings with a dry rub (I’ll post that recipe soon), and this little dessert that I’ve brought to parties before. Last time I made this, we used macadamia nuts, but this time, I thought I’d grab my favorite: pecans.

You will need:

  • your favorite brand of dark chocolate, melted (try to avoid stuff with added sugar/chemicals/canola oil/etc.)
  • cooked bacon, crumbled (the crispier the better, obviously)
  • nuts of your choice – pecans, in this case
  • sea salt, to taste*

This is so ridiculously easy, you’ll love it.

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Melt the chocolate (I used the microwave – easy). Spread it on a cookie sheet that is covered with wax/parchment paper. Sprinkle the bacon, nuts and sea salt on. Gently press the top ingredients into the chocolate.

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Stick the tray in the freezer until the chocolate is solid again. Use a butcher knife to cut it up, throw it in Tupperware and watch it disappear in the car on the way to your sister’s house.

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The combo of chocolate and salty bacon and nuts? Orgasmic.

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Enjoy.

*Sea salt can be ridiculously expensive – at least in Canada. I found if you go to the section of the store where they sell kosher foods, you can pick up kosher salt for WAY cheaper, and it’s the same thing. 

What a Difference 20 Pounds Can Make!

I finally found some time to take a few pics to show you the difference in my weight. I *think* these before pictures have me at around 195 pounds, and the ones on the right show me today (172lbs). I still have A LOT of work to do, and part of that work is to stop stepping on the scale daily. (See #4 here at Mark’s Daily Apple, one of my favorite resources.) In a nutshell, I am gaining muscle, and I need to be mindful of that before that number on the scale in the morning determines my mood for the day. I’m sure many of you know exactly what I mean.

Anyway, on to the pictures. Pay no mind to my messy bathrooms. 🙂

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(I’m not an outtie bellybuttoner, that poke is from the tie on my pants!)

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I gotta say – I’m at a bit of a sticky part in this process. My boobs are shrinking fast & I feel like it’s making the rest of me look bigger, like my stomach and my butt. HOWEVER, I am definitely gaining muscle, and I feel like I can get through more reps and sets of the classes I’ve been taking.

Having said all that, I do see the progress. I’ve gone from an XL to a M in most clothing – and my bra size has shrunk from a D38 to a C34. So I know things are happening. More importantly, I see a HUGE difference in how I handle stress, how I sleep, and how I juggle everything.

I have several goals laid out for this year (and beyond), and I’ll share those soon. I just wanted to whip out this post before I head to the gym!

 

Paleo Comfort Food: Chicken Soup

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Yesterday my youngest son was under the weather, and I thought his favorite homemade soup would at least get some nutrients into him.

Because we’d spent the morning at the hospital, I had to rush it to get this on the stove for lunch. Little tummies can be impatient, dontcha know.

So I grabbed a rotisserie chicken at the deli – ours is great because they only use chicken, salt and spices. Nothing else. LOVE that.

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What you’ll need:

  • 6 cups chicken, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 large carrots, diced
  • 1 cooking onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (a note – do NOT buy garlic pre-minced unless you know the source. That stuff from China is grown is horrible conditions, often with sewage runoff. If you can avoid all foods from China, please please do.)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh peas
  • 10-12 cups water
  • fresh parsley (if you can get it)
  • salt & pepper to taste

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Spice mix:

1 tbsp each of:

  • tumeric
  • dried basil (fresh is better, if you can get it – then use it!)
  • oregano
  • paprika

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Start the mirepoix by sauteing the carrots, celery, onion in the coconut oil & butter. Using both kinds of fats brings out the flavour in the veggies. (If you’re new to Paleo, like I am, getting over the fear of fats is daunting, I know. But this is the perfect blend for this recipe.) Yum.

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Add the garlic, chicken, water, peas, spices, salt & pepper and parsley. Stir it up, bring it to a boil, then simmer it for at least 45-60 minutes.

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It may not look like much. I mean, it’s chicken soup, big whoop. But DAMN GIRL, it smelled and tasted AMAZING.

Enjoy!

Paleo Snack: “Chips” and Guac

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One of the things I miss the most from my former way of eating, is chips and dip.

D & I have always made our own guacamole and salsa, but we used to default to good ol’ tortilla chips and we just don’t eat those anymore, so when I originally made this recipe, it was a slight flop. Today I may have improved upon it.

You’ll need:

  • one sweet potato, sliced thinly 
  • 4-6 tbsp coconut butter, depending on the depth of your wok
  • one avocado, peeled & mashed
  • juice of one lemon
  • garlic powder 

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So while you’re letting the coconut oil heat up in a wok (medium-high heat), slice up the sweet potato (peeled or unpeeled, your choice).

Fry pieces about half a potato at a time, flipping them every so often. Lay them on paper towel once they are nice and brown. Sprinkle with a little salt if you so desire.

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While you’re frying up the sweet potato, mash up your avocado, add the juice of half a lemon and garlic powder as you like it (I like it strong, D prefers adding salsa instead)

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I’ve tried doing these sweet potatoes in the oven, but they always seem to turn out floppy or burnt. Frying them in healthy coconut oil is ridiculously good, and guilt free! Enjoy.

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Welcome to PaleoPants!

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Hi there!

I’ve had a mom-blog since 2006, but I recently closed it because I felt a) it was stale; and b) my kids are getting older now and I should let them tell their own stories.

So here I am, talking about my new passion: Paleo.

I know, I know, some of you who know me might be rolling your eyes because you know I’m the type to change my online name from time to time. This time, however, I’m writing this blog for myself, and for my family. If you don’t know me, you can start here. If you’re interested in Paleo and clean living, then this blog is for you.

I’m hoping that as D & I learn more about our new way of life, I can share what is working for us, and what isn’t. Certainly in the first 63 days of eating this way, we have made mistakes (overdoing it on nuts/nut-butter), we have had questions (how do we get our kids to eat this way with us?), and we have had successes (so many yummy recipes!)

We also have goals. I’ll get into those in another post, but D & I have some pretty solid goals that I’d love to share with you as well.

So if you’re game, come along for the ride. Ask any questions you wish, and if we don’t know the answer, we’ll go hunting for you until we do.

Here’s to clean living!