Good morning readers! Thanks for hanging in there with me the last few weeks. Life has been so crazy busy and I appreciate you taking the time to come visit me, even if I haven’t had the time to visit back.
So many topics to write about, I don’t know where to start! So, I’m going to start with one of my favorite topics… food.
If you’ve been following along, you know that I have auto immune issues, to include Hashimotos and Lupus… and most likely Celiac. My body does NOT like gluten. Or aspartame, or many processed ingredients, or dairy (so sadly!) So, in my quest to improve my health, regain some energy and brain function, I’ve been on a journey to change my lifestyle.
Some days I do really well, other days (like the last two months of hectic craziness!) I have been eating whatever I can find. And I have been eating Ilene’s granola (Tamara’s Blend to be precise) like it is the key to my salvation. Seriously people, 6 bags in the last month.
I successfully completed a month of clean eating (the Whole 30 program) during which time I felt AMAZING. Then, I resumed old habits and now I feel… well, less than amazing for sure.
I have been researching and reading a lot about food, the effects, the additives, etc, etc, and I’ve decided to start transitioning my family to a paleo like diet. I am realistic to know that we cannot be extreme. It’s too limiting, time consuming, and frustrating, especially when you’re at the mercy of other people for food. And I don’t think it’s a terrible thing to eat “bad stuff” periodically. But some things I am trying to eliminate entirely. Drinking cow milk is one of those things. I have almost completely switched my girls to Almond milk (which I love too) but my son is a little harder to persuade.
As a side note – I think it’s kind of funny that when some people try to persuade you to give up cow milk, they reference the fact that humans are the only animal to drink milk after being weaned. Well, I just learned the other day that humans are also the only mammal (other than the whale for some strange reason) that goes through menopause and can live when no longer able to reproduce. So, humans are not *just like* all other animals. And that’s not the reason we’re moving away from milk. The biggest factor is added hormones. And secondly, it makes me feel crappy.
So, back to transition the kids to Paleo-ish diets. I bought a book (affiliate link) called the Paleo Kid because I want some good ideas that my kids will actually eat – beyond just a meat, veggie, and fruit dinner. I want ideas for snacks, desserts, breakfasts. I haven’t tried any yet, but the recipes look amazing.
We have also been eating Gluten Free as often as possible. I swear I notice a big difference with gluten free. I made a delicious gluten free pizza, and I will do it again, but making good gluten free crust is time consuming. I have been experimenting with baking and making gluten free products, and have to say that Karina from Gluten Free Goddess has, hands down, the most tasty gluten free recipes.
Then last night I stumbled across a recipe for paleo mini meatloaves. Bacon wrapped mini meatloaves, to be precise. I wanted to make this, so that’s what we had for dinner last night. And it was AWESOME!
Bacon Wrapped Mini Meatloaves
I honestly could have eaten the entire pan of meatloves. They were so good.
I found the recipe here but I want to share my modifications. It is paleo, gluten free, and dairy free. And AMAZING!!!!
- 1lb ground meet (I used veal cause it was on sale that day)
- 1/8 c. coconut oil
- 1/8 c. almond milk
- 1-2 tsp sweet basil (dried)
- ground black pepper
- 2-3 minced garlic cloves
- 1/2 chopped red pepper
- 6 slices chopped bacon
- 8 slices whole bacon
- Such a quick and easy prep.
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Grease your pan – I used a square muffin pan. Any type of muffin or mini loaves pan will work.
- Put the oil, milk, spices, garlic, and ground meat in a large mixing bowl.
- Chop the six slices of bacon and add to mix.
- Chop the pepper and add to mix.
- Blend together well and form into the desired number of mini loaves. I made 8.
- Wrap the loaves with bacon and place in the pan.
- Cook 30 minutes.