Lunch Box 14: Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates. Yes, Please.

4 Jan

Loving my new Paleo Cookbooks!!

I had three blissful weeks off. I ate 80% Paleo (but I did consume sugar, which is probably why I gained a good 5 lbs. Boo!). But tomorrow is back to the grind. They have found a new way to torture me this semester – my Wednesdays involve three classes back to back. That’s NINE HOURS of class WITH NO BREAK.

I made a few loaves of Paleo bread and froze them and made a double batch of the best spaghetti sauce in the world (a family recipe…I’ll share at a later date). We also received our quarter cow from a local farmer we met at our market this summer. 100% grass fed! And we even went to visit the cows earlier this fall. Very cool.

Oh, my favourite part of my three weeks off (aside from the amazing time with my daughter and family) was receiving two new Paleo cookbooks for the holidays! Today’s lunch box includes a recipe I simply couldn’t wait to try from Make it Paleo. I also got Paleo Comfort Foods. What I like about these books is that they are full of creative Paleo recipes, but simple enough that I can confidently pass them over to my husband, who cooks dinner while I’m in school, and know that he’ll be able to figure it out ;).

Today’s Lunch Box Contents:

Two hard boiled eggs, chopped up
a slight variation on Make It Paleo’s Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates topped with crushed walnuts. Like heaven in my mouth. No, seriously.
Two Paleo Bread sandwiches filled with loads of grass-fed butter!
Spaghetti squash topped with the World’s Greatest Spaghetti Sauce. I’ve always been an ‘eat the leftover spaghetti & meatballs cold in front of the fridge’ type of girl, so I’m cool with eating my leftovers in class, cold :). Is that weird?
And finally, a few squares of Camino brand 80% dark chocolate.

Here we go again……..!

Lunch Box 13: Shawarma and Tzatziki

29 Nov

My top secret ingredient? Sunday night take-out ūüėČ

I think I have a new best friend: the delicious, Paleo-friendly Greek place that catered my daughter’s family birthday dinner last night. Huge portions. All-Paleo (well, Primal, given the dairy in the tzatziki) options that satisfied the non-Paleo family members. And did I mention the huge portions, which meant HUGE LEFTOVERS!!!??

Today’s Lunch Box Contents:

Leftover Chicken Shawarma (large container) & Tzatziki (small container)
A few slices of gluten-free pepperoni (leftover from last week’s paleo pizza recipe!)
Cucumber & Goat Cheese mini-sandwiches (now that the farmer’s market is over I no longer have access to my local goat’s milk cream cheese, so this is just plain goat’s cheese)
Local Marble Cheddar wrapped in Nitrate-Free Ham

Lunch Box 12: Paleo Pizza!

25 Nov

That's PIZZA with a bacon and egg crust!

 

It’s been ages since my last post. Being a schooling-mom is proving to be an all-consuming, time-sucking experience! I spend pretty much all my free time contemplating one question: WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO???? However, I’ve been staying, let’s say….85% Paleo (the cheats come during my full-day study sessions at Starbucks. I eat bags of their fruit & nut trail mix…sugar and seed oil. Yuck. But yum…). The good news is that I’ve only had to purchase lunch on campus three times all semester. NOT BAD given my 3 days a week of crack-of-dawn classes and my 75-90 minute commute!!!! Go, lunch box, go!

 

Being with me being so busy, my husband has taken over cooking dinners 100%. Tonight he made a Paleo Pizza from FastPaleo.com. It’s AWESOME! AWE-SOME! A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Try it. And with the farmer’s market over for the season (insert countless sad faces here), we’ve signed up for the food box that the market has coordinated to get us through from November-June. That means: SWEET POTATOES. Lots and lots of sweet potatoes (my current favourite vehicle for grass-fed butter)!

 

Lunch Box Contents:

 

1 small yam mashed with 2 heaping tablespoons of grass-fed butter
2 hard-boiled eggs
2 slices nitrate-free turkey
almonds
2 slices of Bacon Lovers Dream Pie (we put gluten-free pepperoni, full-fat mozzarella, red pepper and onion on top!)

Lunch Box 11: Ribs, Glorious Ribs!

8 Oct

Leftover ribs are amazing. That is all.

Another ‘idiot-proof’ lunch box thrown together by my husband. Note the paper towel wrapped around the frozen shrimp to absorb the moisture as they thaw.
 
Lunch Box Contents:
 
Frozen cooked shrimp
Handful of almonds
yellow pepper slices
2 hard-boiled eggs
Leftover home made grass-fed ribs made with a dry rub and drizzled with honey.

Lunch Box 10: Omega 3s at Lunch!

4 Oct

Another weekend out-of-town, another week short on creative new food options for the Lunch Boxes. At any rate…

Fat. Delicious, satiating fat. Yummmmm.

 

Lunch Box Contents:

The ever-reliable hard-boiled eggs
Meat Mash Up: Pepperoni stick pieces and  chorizo roll-ups
Green pepper slices – cut thick to act as scoops
Canned wild-caught salmon with homemade olive oil mayo
Almonds

Lunch Box 9: Big Fat Hamburger

28 Sep

You know what sucks? Starbucks USED to carry the most delicious lightly salted cashews. They were the only even remotely Paleo food item they carried, and I swore by them. A grande green tea and a bag of those delicious cashews got me through many a study session last year during my prep course for my current program. Alas, not so long ago I discovered that all my local Starbucks’ ditched the cashews and now carry boring old almonds. Boring old almonds are everywhere. Starbucks was my cashew salvation. And now it’s just another almond-carrying let-down.

But anyways…I write the above cashew/almond rant because I have big plans for a good solid 4+ hour study session at a Starbucks tomorrow after class, and because they now carry NOTHING Paleo (aside from those boring old almonds) I need to make sure I’ve packed enough food to get me through class AND the study session.

Juicy hamburger and...shrimp?! Random!

Lunch Box Contents:

Handful of frozen cooked shrimp
Leftover Buttery Pumpkin Mash 
Cucumber & goat’s cream cheese mini-sandwiches
Boring Old Almonds
A giant, juicy hamburger made by the husband in the kitchen just a few minutes ago.

Lunch Box 8: Buttery Pumpkin Mash & Grass-Fed Beef Cold Stir-Fry

27 Sep

It’s FALL! It’s FALL! My Farmer’s Market was just screaming with fall deliciousness. Sweet potatoes, a spaghetti squash and a Sweet pumpkin (the green kind, not the jack-o-lantern kind) came home with us. ¬†And made it into tomorrow’s lunch box. I have also been experimenting with ‘meal’ type foods that can be eaten cold, as I do not have access to a microwave on my long days. I think we have a winner, and it’s in this lunch box.

Pumpkin-y goodness

Lunch Box Contents:

Mini-cucumber & goat’s milk cream cheese sandwiches
Farmer’s Market (nitrate-free, naturally raised, etc.) summer sausage & pepperoni stick
Pumpkin Mash*
Grass-fed ‘good when it’s cold’ beef, cilantro and veggie stir-fry

* Chop top off pumpkin, remove seeds and throw pumpkin in the oven at 350 for an hour
Pull the orange guts out of the pumpkin and mash them up in a big bowl. Add a generous amount of butter and a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon
Transfer to a pot on the stove, turn stove to medium. Add some heavy cream and more butter and a bit of coconut oil if you choose and stir until all melty and delicious.
Eat. Love. Yum.

Lunch Box 7: Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

23 Sep

This is my first Lunch Box with an ingredient that is so remarkably yummy, it got TWO compartments!

With food this good, who WOULDN'T want to go Paleo?!

 

Lunch Box Contents:

Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes*
Paleo Meat n’ Veg Sandwich**
2 hard-boiled eggs
1/2 an Apple Larabar

* Using some leftover sweet potatoes from the previous night’s dinner, cut raw sweet potatoes into chunks. Slice bacon length-wise and wrap each sweet potato chunk in a thin piece of bacon. Pre-heat oven to 400C, put yummy food in for about 40 minutes and you have yams that retain their shape on the outside but are soft and mushy and delicious on the inside, wrapped in crunch bacon!

** Sandwich made of:

Elana’s Pantry Paleo Bread¬†
1 tbsp butter, softened
several slices of nitrate-free chorizo
sliced avocado

Lunch Box 6: Gourmet Goodness and Some Egg Salad

21 Sep

Tomorrow was meant to be a short day. It’s actually going to be a seriously extra-long day! The good news – the new element to my day (driving to the other side of the city after my second class) means that I have an excuse to DRIVE instead of taking public transit. Woohoo!

In other food news….today’s Lunch Box (posted yesterday) was so filling, I’m not even hungry for dinner. That’s a major feat for me. I love dinner. Oh well…that just means that what would have been tonight’s dinner (salmon and green beans) will be lunch on my day off, Thursday.

This is another big ol’ Lunch Box as I’ll be out of the house for probably 11 hours tomorrow, starting before the crack of dawn. So it’s really two meals in one. Oh! And I should mention…I know how repetitive the foods this week have been. Reason for that: we were out of town on the weekend and, therefore, didn’t make it to our Farmer’s Market. This means we didn’t shop. At all. My mom picked us up a couple meat items and some cheese, but that’s it, that’s all. The rest is all leftovers from last week. Hence the copious amounts of cucumber, peppers, and other staples!

Can you even see the Paleo bread underneath the egg & veggie goodness there?!

Lunch Box Contents:

Leftover baked salmon topped with garlic, lemon juice and dill, garnished with chopped avocado and peach ‘salad’
Small container: more avocado and peach salad
Chocolate chip Larabar (broken into two to encourage me to eat it one part at a time)
Open Face Egg Salad Sandwich made with homemade olive oil mayo and Elana’s Pantry Paleo Bread¬†¬†topped with cucumber slices
Sliced red pepper wrapped in nitrate-free Chorizo slices

 

Lunch Box 5: Summer Sausage “Sandwiches”

20 Sep

I am SO excited to eat this Lunch Box tomorrow.

Tomorrow is a day I can tell I will come to dread: Tuesday. On Tuesday I am out so long that I miss putting my daughter to bed at night. Tuesdays aren’t my favourite. This lunch box, however, just might be!

I think I'll add the shrimp to my 'sandwiches'....or maybe I'll mix the shrimp in with the avocado and make a salad...sooo many options!

Lunch Box Contents:

All-natural, nitrate-free Farmer’s Market Pepperoni Stick & a handful of almonds
Avocado chunks & a hard-boiled egg
Open-face summer sausage “sandwiches” – Thinly sliced summer sausage topped with sheep’s milk bocconcini¬†cheese, cucumber & avocado
Cooked shrimp (final decision: will be mixed with the avocado – shrimp & avocado are SO good together, right?!)
1/2 triangle of President’s Choice 72% dark chocolate