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Breakfast for Dinner Party for Two

FullSizeRender (8)When I’m not sure what’s going on with the gang, I’ll plan some meals for the week and then have one or 2 “back-up” ideas.  Breakfast for dinner is one such back-up plan.  One night this past week, it was just me and my youngest daughter Claire, so we had breakfast for dinner.

Declaring Breakfast for Dinner to Claire is the equivalent of declaring this night a party night!  We both get excited and do a little pre-food food dance that involves a little hip swerve followed by 2 fist pumps, repeated three times, with or without biting the lower lip and ending with a high-five.

It’s fun to do things backwards sometimes and we get to be a little naughty and have some maple syrup, and maybe a liiiiiittle more syrup and maybe just a drop more. And Okay stop it already with the syrup!  The shit is expensive, not to mention it’s sugar and we already know that sugar is a huge jerk.  An expensive delicious jerk.

We had pancakes topped with strawberries, maple syrup and some breakfast sausage that I bought from a local grass-fed farm.  I didn’t include any pictures of the sausage though, sorry.  I took some but ya know, sausage just isn’t very photogenic.  This is true even on other blogs, good blogs, much more sophisticated food blogs.  I think it just ends up looking like poo or like um well, like something else unmentionable and this is not that kind of party.  So you will have to take my word for it, the sausage was really good even if it looked like, whatever.

Nevertheless, Claire and I had ourselves a paleo pancake breakfast-for-dinner partay!  I made sure to text pictures of it to my husband and oldest daughter just to rub it in that we were having a party without them because I’m a jerk.  A big fat paleo jerk.  FullSizeRender (9)

Paleo Pancakes

Ingredients:

3 bananas

3 eggs

¼ tsp baking powder

½ tsp vanilla

½ tsp cinnamon

½ cup cashew or almond butter

½ cup of finely chopped walnuts

fresh or frozen strawberries

 

How to make them:

In a mixing bowl with a hand mixer, mash the bananas

add in the eggs and blend together

next blend in the nut butter

add in the baking powder, cinnamon and blend and

last the vanilla, blending together till completely blended

Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat and melt some fat (coconut oil or bacon fat works)

pour by ladle fulls as many as will fit in you pan without them touching and allowing for even distribution of the heat.

Once they are thicker looking and starting to bubble, and the ends appear to be done, carefully flip with a thin flat spatula.  This is tricky and takes some practice and it’s okay if they break.  I find paleo pancakes are harder to flip than traditional ones but you’ll get the hang of it and if they break, who cares?  You’re going to eat them anyway.

Lower the heat a little after flipping them and when done, keep warm in the oven on 200 degrees until the rest of the pancakes are done.

Serve topped with ghee, strawberries and a little maple syrup.  Enjoy!

You can also get really nutty and top with more nut butter and nuts with apples and cinnamon.  In this recipe, I substituted one banana with 3/4 cup of pureed pumpkin.

 

Paleo banana pancakes with sweet potato and almond butter

Late Dinner Squoodles with Bison Sauce… and a side of OCD

Squoodles with Bison Sauce

Squoodles with Bison Sauce

OMG it’s 9:00!  Is dinner ever going to be ready?  How is it that I got up at 4:30 this morning and dinner isn’t even done yet??!  I tell ya, I just don’t know where all the time goes.  I had so much crap to get caught up on like laundry, dusting and vacuuming.  I finally got around to vacuuming the couch, in which I collected about $3.00 in change in the cushions!  Ca-ching!!  Also some cashews and almonds  from the husband’s midnight snacks,  and a raisin or two, which I was really tempted to eat because I was getting quite hungry, but that would have been disgusting because it’s been longer than I’d like to admit since I vacuumed anything in this house.  However, I am keeping that money!  I earned it!  I always keep the money I find in the laundry too.  It’s kind of a thrill for me.  Sad, I know.  Know what else is sad?  My house was cleaner when we had a 90 pound German Shepherd living in it!

Our Jackie

Our Jackie

I had no choice but to clean up after that hairy animal all of the damn time.  She was dirty but she was a sweety and I do miss her since she passed away.   We never replaced her.

Now, I let the house go until my OCD can’t take it anymore.   I used to keep my house a lot cleaner before I started working out more and doing this little blog.  Somehow that has helped to  tame my neurosis and it just doesn’t seem so important.

So there you have it.  I work out and cook a lot because I’m fu#*ing crazy!  It’s not a bad crazy though.  Working out, cooking and writing is great therapy and a much healthier way to deal with some OCD tendencies than say…. a gambling addiction, right?   Is gambling an OCD thing?  I’m not really sure.  I know that there are many OCD behaviors or rituals gamblers do like touching the cards or dice in a certain way, a certain number of times, much like I would need to touch everything in my house.  I know I’m not alone. Just being a mom can be enough to push someone sane over the edge straight into crazy town.  This is a scientific fact.

Anyway…After a long day of shopping, working out, spending quality time with loved ones, cleaning and doing laundry, it got late and we needed something simple, healthy and delicious, so I made this  yummy meat sauce on squash noodles.  What would you call those?  Squoodles?  Yes, squoodles.  Wow. That is a ridiculous word.  I love it!

I also love bison, which I recently discovered.  It’s good.  It’s a lean and delicious meat.  I’ve been mixing up my protein sources with bison, venison, chicken, turkey, beef, pork and eggs to get a mix of different amino acids.

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor.  Goddess.

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor. Goddess.

Great for building beautiful muscles!

 

 

 

 


Squoodles with Bison Sauce

Ingredients:

2 tbs bacon fat or coconut oil divided
1 pound of ground Bison
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh minced garlic
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbs dried oregano
1 24 oz jar organic marinara sauce or tomatoes
1/2 cup Kalamata olives
4 medium yellow squash                                                                                            2 large handfulls of baby spinach
kosher or sea salt
black pepper

How to make it:

Cut each squash in half vertically, and then with a Veggetti or vegetable spiral tool on the smaller setting, spiral and set aside.

Heat fat or oil in a dutch oven on medium heat until it is melted.
Add the onion and bell pepper, a dash of salt and some black pepper and sauté until soft, about 8 mins stirring so it doesn’t burn.

Next, add in the bison, breaking it up in to little meatball sized pieces, salt and pepper that, let the outer layer of the meat brown a little and then add in the garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes. Lower the heat to low to medium-low and cover.

While that is browning, heat oil or fat in a large sauce pan on medium and then add in the squash noodles, salt and pepper and stir so the oil coats all the noodles. after about a minute, turn down the heat to about half way so the noodles can cook through, stirring frequently.

Once the meat is mostly cooked through, add in the sauce and stir to combine, add the olives, stir in and add in the spinach, cover for a minute or two so it can wilt down .

Once the squash noodles is cooked through and soft but not mushy, about 10-13 minutes, turn them out onto paper towels to absorb the excess liquid.

Stir the spinach into the sauce, then serve the noodles in shallow bowls with the sauce on top. Enjoy!

 

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