” I just dont have the time…..”

This is something I hear all the time and I really have to bite my tongue.

I hear you BUT I, too, am busy.

I have two full time businesses and three very full time kids. A husband, a house, and this blog!

And I still make the time to cook real food on a really regular basis.

I’m not always just dying to cook and clean up the kitchen, but I do it because it is important to me and my family.

Food doesn’t have to be complicated. Meals don’t have to have three parts.

I do share “recipes” on this blog from time to time, but most of the time we eat simple one course meals that are easy to prepare.

I recently started an album on facebook called WHAT’S FOR DINNER. It’s not fancy food and definitely not fancy pictures. Just snapshots of the super simple meals we eat on a regular basis.

One of our favorite things to cook is whole roasted chicken.

We make 4 at a time and sometimes we eat it as just chicken and other times we eat it as part of something different: chicken salad, chicken nachos, chicken soup, etc.

Its a pretty dang versatile thing to have around!

 

This is how we do it:

• Filet backbone out so it can lay out flat, upside down.

•Add salt all over inside. tons. and also salt topside under wings etc.

• Add tons of thyme and tons of garlic. Whole cloves under skin if you have them or flakes. Make sure it is totally covered.

• Bake on parchment lined baking sheets at 435 for 3-4 hours until the skin is nice and caramelized.

• Dig in!

The other day I made this delicious Gluten Free/Grain Free Chocolate Granola.

I loved it.

It had a simple favor and was not too sweet.

I would totally make it again, but my people wanted something a touch sweeter.

And raw cocoa powder tends to keep Shane awake at night, so he wanted a less caffeinated version.

Here is what I came up with!

Maple Nut Crunch

1 cup almonds

1 cup walnuts

2 cups pecans

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup maple sryup

5 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup shredded coconut

Soak the nuts in a bowl of water overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse them.

Pulse nuts in a food processor until they are in small pieces.

In a small saucepan, melt butter and then mix in maple syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of salt.

Pour butter mixture over nuts. Add in chia seeds and coconut. Mix well.

Spread on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for at least 4 hours at 200 degrees. Toss a few times and then remove when it is nice and crunchy!

This version disappeared much more quickly. I will definitely be making this again soon.

It is great served over yogurt with fruit, or just in a bowl with milk like cereal.

What’s New?!

May 19, 2012 in breakfast , family , Paleo     1 comment

A quick camera dump to show you some of what has been going on around here!

We had a great Mother’s Day!

We began the killing season!

We celebrated Avery’s 9th Birthday!

We spent hours watching pool and deck construction!

We moved some dirt around.

We loved on our month old baby girl.

And we ate some strange but delicious meals!

Paleo Waffles and Sweet Potato Fries!

Paleo Waffles

3 cups Almond Meal

4 eggs

1 cup canned coconut milk

1/2 cup shredded coconut

2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

2 tablespoons raw honey

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Mix in a bowl and pour into waffle iron. Top with butter and syrup!