Take me Shopping Tuesday – Fats are Fabulous!

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Take me shopping¬†ūüõí¬†Tuesday! @costco makes all the difference in our food budget¬†ūüíĶ! Let’s talk fats for a minute¬†‚ŹĪ¬†coconut oil and avocado¬†ūü•Ď¬†oil are AIP staples. Knowing your fats and cooking temps is huge too, so as a rule of thumb anytime I’m grilling or cooking above 375 degrees these two are my go to oils¬†ūüėȬ†just a few months back we were paying over $25 for the coconut oil so Hooray for the price drop! I’ve searched high and low and this is by far the greatest deal I’ve seen on avocado oil as well! Bye for those that have reintroduced egg yolks, let me know if you want the most amazing avocado oil mayo recipe that takes less than 2 minutes to make¬†ūüėČūüôĆūüŹĽ#avocadooil¬†#coconutoil¬†#healthyfats#keepitclean¬†#yahforsales¬†#foodbudget#tipsandtricks¬†#fatsaregood¬†#paleomayo#highheatoils¬†#costcorocks#takemeshoppingtuesday¬†#aipcommunity¬†#aipliving#aipiseasy

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We’re going camping – what can we eat?

The good news is that my little one eats gluten and dairy free (she’s Paleo-ish) and Tim and I eat AIP, so this little post will help both our Baby Steppers and our Cold Turkey AIP’rs !

Here’s what I bought ~

Produce (Organic is best if your budget allows it. ¬†If not, you can find herbacide and pesticide free produce at Farmer’s Markets that are presumably a healthier choice) ¬† Celery Hearts, Baby Carrots, mangoes, green & red apples, apricots, 5# of various Squash.

Meats – 1 rack of Pork Ribs, 3# of Chicken Breasts, 1 package turkey breakfast sausage, organic turkey hot dogs (Paleo – paprika makes it NOT AIP)

AIP treats – Emmy’s coconut cookies

Smores for the kiddos – (These are NOT AIP, and if you’re staying strict paleo, just have the dark chocolate) ¬†Gluten & Dairy free graham crackers, gluten free organic marshmallows, Dark Chocolate 70% or higher

Paleo ¬†snacks – Justin’s single serving almond butter, EPIC Bars, Turkey sticks (have paprika so they’re not AIP) ¬†Grainless Granola you can eat it dry or put it in some almond milk!

AIP Snacks – Plantain chips – Terra chips are cooked in coconut Oil, Yah! ¬†Tiger Nuts, NO they’re not nuts, they’re little tubers! ¬†boom! ¬†Organic Raisins.

Aside from water, we packed dark chocolate Almond Milk  & almond milk for Ash Рsingle servings and they do not require refrigeration.

 

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Fired Up the Grill and cooked up the chicken.  Seasoned with Olive Oil, Garlic Salt & sea salt.  Delicious!Displaying camping2.jpg

Heat that oven to 375.  Line a glass Pyrex with parchment paper, season the underside of the ribs with sea salt & garlic salt, turn over, put the same seasoning on top and coat in Coconut aminos.  Bake for 60 minutes.  it is Divine!Displaying camping6.jpg

A cleaner version of S’mores, grainless granola, and some dairy free milk alternatives.Displaying camping4.jpg

Cooked up the turkey sausage, and the 5#s of various squashDisplaying camping5.jpg

Tiger nuts, (they make a flour too for baking), Turkey dogs, plantains, raisins, Epic Bars, Justin’s Nut Butter, Coconut cookies… yum!Displaying camping1.jpg

Celery, Carrots, Mangoes, Apricots, Green & Red Apples…fab-u-lous!

It took Ashleigh and me 1 hour to hit 2 stores, and then I spent 1 hour and 30 minutes getting everything ready for our trip – 3 days of food prepped and ready to go in 1 1/2 hours.

Enjoy these little tips for clean camping!

 

A meal worth repeating…

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If you follow our Instargram account you saw this beauty Thursday evening. ¬†Our good friend Alex lives in Idaho. ¬†His son and our daughter are the same age, and when they get together 2-3 times a year, it’s a fantastic 12 hour playdate. ¬†Alex’s dad lives in San Francisco so that’s where we meet. ¬†Assuming it would be ok, I packed a cooler with the following ingredients and hoped they’d enjoy this AIP dish I made up a few months back. ¬†Here’s what you need:

Keeping in mind all ingredients are organic.  The chicken is the BEST quality you can afford.  We found a sale on pasture raised, organic chicken, so I used that

4-6 Chicken breasts cut in half, then cut into 2″ squares

1 Sweet yellow onion, diced into 1″ pieces

4 Cloves of garlic, minced

1 Cup of coconut aminos

Himalayan Sea Salt

Combine all above listed ingredients into a glass bowl, stir and let marinade IF you have time.  I let it all sit together for roughly 2 hours

1# of bok choy, cut off the base, thoroughly rinse to get the dirt off, and cut up into 1 ” pieces (set aside)

2#s of Cauliflower rice – I used a bag from Costco. ¬†It saves so much time to buy it already “riced”

2 tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil.

In 1 pan, drizzle in 1 tbp of oil, put in the chicken with onions, garlic and coconut aminos – cook on medium heat for approximately 10 minutes. ¬†Stir constantly and keep and eye on the chicken making sure all pieces are cooked and ready to go. ¬† When chicken is done, add in Boy Choy and allow it to cook and wilt down for roughly 3-5 minutes. ¬†Sprinkle with Sea Salt to taste – everyone’s preference is different…less is more!

In a separate pan, put in the rest of the oil and the cauliflower rice in. ¬†This will take approximately 7-10 minutes to cook. ¬†Sprinkle with sea salt. ¬†Use a seperate spoon to stir, making sure you’re not putting the utensil touching the raw chicken to touch the cauliflower rice ūüôā

Salad Recipe –

2# spring mix

1 Red Beet

5 Radishes, and their greens

Peel and dice up the beet.  Slice the Radishes thin.  Double rinse their leaves and chop up small.

Toss everything in to a large bowl and drizzle with the dressing.  Use tongs to mix everything up really well.  I let it sit for 20 minutes so the dressing soaked into the greens!

Dressing –

2 garlic cloves minced

1 lemon

1 tablespoon olive oil

a few sprinkles of Sea Salt

I used a small glass jar with a lid, hand squeezed the lemon juice into the jar, threw in the garlic, sea salt, oil and shook the jar and let it sit for a while.  Put everything on the salad.  It was so light and delicious.  The fresh garlic is so good for you, and it really paired well with the beets!

We fed 6 adults and 3 kids with leftovers for the next day – I spent $45 on everything listed above. ¬†What a WIN! ¬†realistically if we went out to eat in San Francisco, the quality of the meats and produce wouldn’t have been as good, and we would have averaged $20 a person for dinner. ¬†Can’t beat making your own food!