Since going paleo, I seem to be spending a lot more money at the grocery store. Then again, I’m sure it’s because I’m finding all these novel meats in the back corner of the store that I want to try. If I stopped some of my extravagant indulgences with the novelty meats, things would be less pricey. Then again, I also have been doing a lot of convenience shopping lately, which is hiking up the price as well. Convenience shopping meaning pre-chopped mushrooms, vacuum sealed grassfed roast beef, etc. Hey, not a lot of time on my hands, so I have to make do. Much to my chagrin, money does make the world go ’round. Money also solves a lot of problems.
Moving on to the all important issue of food. Today, I made two versions of what Nom Nom Paleo calls Emergency Protein. Personally, I always made some variation of a stir fry and those of you who have read this blog since before my paleo conversion know that in the past it was more of a stir fry with rice (i.e. fried rice) and now it’s just minus the grains.
So, version 1:
Version 1 was with 95/5 ground beef. Yes, I used conventional meat. And even with my conventional meat buying I had a grocery bill of about 100 dollars. I live alone folks and I have a reverse job, as in I keep accruing more debt. So as much as I would like my grassfed beef, I went with the conventional meats today. Very sad, I know.
Back to the topic here. So version 1. Ground beef, baby bella mushrooms, red onion, kale, olive oil, and a good splash of red wine. I got two lunch containers worth. Unfortunately, you are looking at the largest pan I own. The other one is my smaller egg pan which has been completely neglected lately.
On to version 2:
In this version, I used ground pork. No wine in this one. Red onions, zucchini, broccoli, baby bella mushrooms, and some chopped scallions tossed it after I turned off the heat. Yum!
Can’t wait to eat these this week. It gets even better…
I was at the market and saw some lovely local cucumbers and bought two. Then I wondered when I was going to feel motivated to eat them. Enter the appearance of this lovely recipe on Purely Primal. Now, I am avoiding nightshades, so I subbed in some fresh red cabbage instead of the tomatoes. The rest of the recipe, I pretty much followed. Check it out:
It tastes even better than it looks. I even put for the effort of plating this one and taking the picture by the window. Really, though, this one you should try. It’s super easy and super tasty. I even used some basil from my basil plant for this one.
I am so much happier after cooking and knowing that I will have good food to eat all week. Plus, my kitchen isn’t too messy right now. Much happier.
Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend. Don’t forget to eat yummy foods!