Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Week of Delicious and Healthy Meals!

{A Week of Delicious and Healthy Meals!}

These are some of our family's favorite meals to make lately and wanted to share them with all of you in case you want to try one, a few or all of them! We try to stay mostly paleo when we eat at home but will use some dairy, such as cheese or yogurt as toppings with some of our meals. This is totally up to you though and each of these meals can be made paleo by leaving out the dairy. I really really enjoy these recipes and hope you do to! Here are some delicious ideas for you! 

{Meal One}
Taco Casserole Salad from A Paleo People

{Meal Two}
Eggplant Parmesan Soup from Cooking with Amy
** We'll usually add rotisserie chicken that is already cooked to this meal. 

{Meal Three}
Kale, Potato and Sausage Soup from Food & Wine
** Keep an eye out for chicken sausages with minimal ingredients and no sodium nitrite or nitrate. Adele's sausages have worked great for us and Trader Joe's also has a few that have really short ingredient lists which is great. Also when using kale and potatoes, it seems best to go with organic if you're able to. If you're feel like adding something extra special this soup is really delicious with Bob Red Mill's gluten free cornbread... not paleo... but delicious :) 

{Meal Four}
Eggs and Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Pancakes from Nom Nom Paleo
** We make scrambled eggs to go with these pancakes. And for the pancake recipe we add about a 1/2 cup or so of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips which are soy free which is great! It can be hard to find chocolate chips without soy lecethin, so this is a great option. If you are able to go to a commisary, in the health foods/gluten free area they will often times have these chocolate chips for a really great price and also coconut flour for a really great price that is by Bob's Red Mill.

{Meal Five}
Sausage and Cabbage Noodles from Everyday Paleo
** Yum!

{Meal Six
Rotisserie Chicken with Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Squash or Sweet Potatoes
** Usually once a week we'll have rotisserie chicken with a vegetable. For the brussel sprouts and squash you can slice or cube them up, coat them in melted coconut oil and roast them at 375 degrees or so for about 25-30 minutes or until tender. For sweet potatoes we will usualy just microwave them for with a damp paper towel on top for about 4-5 minutes for larger sweet potatoes and maybe 3-4 minutes for smaller ones. 

{Meal Seven}
Time for a meal out possibly :) We'll usually eat out at least once a week, sometimes at Chick-fil-a, Chipotle or Five Guys. To make healthier choices at these places you can always have a sandwich and eat it without the bread or maybe half of the bread, or order a salad or burrito bowl. Or if it's a time to celebrate, enjoy something special with loved ones that you don't always have :) It's good to be able to do that too :) 

Hope these recipes are fun for you to make and that you enjoy the deliciousness as much as we have! It's so much fun to have the freedom to choose what we eat, what we put into our bodies and what we feed to our families! It's also fun having the information we do today to learn about what the best options are and taking that information and finding a happy balance for you and your family! Enjoy and praying God blesses you and your families and that He may lead us as we make choices in preparing meals for ourselves and for our families and to a balance that is good for each individual family! 

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