Sunday, March 25, 2012

New Menu Suggestions

Usually I go grocery shopping on Sundays, and then get everything prepped and baked, but I decided the weather was too nice for that, so I cleaned out the garage and van instead. And then we went for an impromptu picnic with friends at the park. 

I thought a picnic sounded like a lot of fun, but the one problem was: I hadn't been to the grocery store for two weeks now, so what should I take?  We stopped by the store and picked up a vegetable tray, a meat and cheese tray, a roasted chicken, grapes, and water. These were easy foods to eat outdoors and were filling. Although, later as we were driving home Amy says "When's dinner?" Tom says "you already ate dinner." And she replies "well, it didn't feel like dinner."  Which was true. 

Anyway, I am going grocery shopping tomorrow, and need some new dinner ideas. Anybody?  
 (Please keep in mind the following allergies: Milk, cheese, peanuts, almonds, soy, egg yolks.)

Also, any vegetable ideas?  We have plenty of raw vegetables, but we need more ideas on cooked veggies.

Now, where's my bacon....


  1. No specific receipe at the moment but a suggestion: soup. You can use any number of vegetables either puréed as the soup base for a creamy texture soup or diced in chicken, beef or tomato base. So many variables with herbs and spices. For lunch today we had a spicy tortilla soup with a beef broth base and various vegetables and avocado puréed for thick texture. Added chorizo sausage and some cilantro at the end. It was tasty and very filling.

  2. Buffalo burgers! Use ground buffalo and add lots of spices (did this the other night- delicious! Do some roast veggies on the side (beets, or carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, red bell peppers) top them with avocado!

    Have you checked out AWESOME WEBSITE! They post new recipes, usually a couple new ones, everyday. Tonight I'm going to try out's shepards pie- sounds good and that should fill up a big family like yours! has some awesome recipes, too!
    Not sure if you have a crock pot but it's really quite awesome. I throw in a bunch of meet in the morning (or on a Sunday), let it cook 4-6 hours and then you have dinner that is cooked perfectly. Throw in some veggies and spices and you are set!

    Another fun dish- make meatballs (Easy enough- ground meat, spices, form little balls and cook in the oven) and serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash with some tomato sauce. Zucchini noodles are easy to make- lots of recipes online but you can just slice up zucchini really thin then cook on the stove (boil them or sautee them in some olive oil until cooked- just don't overcook them).

    hope this helped some....

    1. I looked at buffalo meat today, but I have to say, I'm a little scared of it. Is it a really strong taste?

      What do you use to make zucchini noodles?

      Thanks for the ideas! They look awesome.

  3. Just for fun, Google "turtle burgers".

    Vegetables I eat: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collard greens, turnips, carrots, celery, celeriac, parsnips, asparagus, leeks, chard, jicama, brussels sprouts.

    Fruits I eat: zucchini, summer squash, winter squash, tomato, avacado, chayote, apple, strawberry, berries, grapes, pineapple, peaches, plums, cucumber, okra

    I forgot radishes, beets, arugula, and lettuces under vegetables.

    Peanuts and soy are not paleo/primal, so avoiding those shouldn't take more effort.

    1. Okay, the turtle burgers (photos) grossed me out until I read the recipe. LOL Thanks, my kids will be so happy about these!

      How do you prepare leeks and jicama?

  4. Leeks are excellent sauteed in butter. I trim away the top few inches and the bottom of the root (like you would a scallion) and then chop into thin slices/strips. Chop them before you wash them, and then throw thm in a collander to be rinsed. Separate them as you rinse them in order to rid them of sand. Drain and throw into a skillet of hot butter or lard or chicken fat. After they soften a bit, I like to add white wine and chicken broth and then reduce.

    Experiment with Jicama raw in salads, cooked in stews, and fried instead of potatoes. There are a variety of tips online for preparing them in advance of frying. Make sure you peel them.

    Oh, the leeks are excellent with chard, all cooked together, simultaneously, in the manner above.