Friday, November 14, 2014

Stanley BLD: Inspiration...Cultures of the World!

Sometimes when I write up these blogs, I feel the need to start it with some sort of funny story that's happened or a recent life event. But lately I haven't been as much into blogging as I have been some other things we have going in life. Things much more exciting and bigger. Well, something we think is bigger but I guess it depends on who you talk to. So today, I have no events to tell and I feel the need to keep the funny/embarrassing story to myself (believe it or not, I have some things I don't share with you).

This week we're making it cultural week around our house when it comes to the dinners...sampling out some new recipes that come from all sorts of cultures. We pulled upon our trusty go-to big namers and their online recipes to provide you with a weekly menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus a nice, long grocery list. Here ya have it...

BREAKFAST
*PaleOMG Mexican Egg Hash Bake with Sliced Grapefruit
(click the link above for the recipe)

*Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Drink/Pudding with an OEG (over easy egg)
3 mason jars
1 can pumpkin
about 2 1/2 C almond milk
pumpkin pie spice
2-3 tablespoons chia seeds
toppings (walnuts, almond butter, honey, etc)

Split up your pumpkin can into three of your mason jars. Pour your almond milk into each jar evenly. Stir well until mixed. Dump your chia seeds into your mix, put the lid on, shake well. Let it sit for a few minutes, then shake again before putting it into the fridge. Let it sit overnight and pull them out each morning. Put some of your topping ideas over the top of your pudding and enjoy! (Add an egg or two to finish off your breakfast and you'll be set!)

LUNCH
Dinner leftovers. Always leftovers.
Are you sick of me telling you that yet?

DINNER
"Caribbean"
(per wikipedia, my trusty guide today)
+ sliced jicama
(click link above for recipe. Grocery list written for lettuce wrapped tacos, ingredients not on 
list for the tacos in this recipe)

"Italian"
(click on link above for recipe)
side salad with carrots, cucumber slices, & tomatoes

"Thai"
*Paleo Leap Tom Kha Gai Soup
(click on link above for recipe)
*I doubled this recipe, added 1-2 chopped lemon grass stalks, and piled more chicken into the recipe (it was heavy on the veggies and needed a little more protein for me).
Pick a fun new fruit for a side that you've never tried before!

"Indian"
(click on link above for recipe)
+ "naan bread"

"Mexican"
*AAG Fish Tacos
(click on link above for recipe)


GROCERY LIST
(written for a typical layout of a Winco store)

2 limes
3 grapefruit
melon of any sort (add as a side to any dish)
grapes, apples, pears (add as a side to any dish or as a snack)
pick one fruit you've never tried before!
1 bag shredded cabbage
1 bag salad (your choice in lettuce)
1 small cucumber
1 tomato
1 carrot
1 small jicama
2 red bell peppers
3 yellow onions
1 white onion
1 sweet potato
4 avocados
1 head cauliflower
Butter leaf lettuce (for lettuce wrapped tacos)
1-approx 3lb spaghetti squash
1 bunch cilantro
1 cup button mushrooms
chia seeds (may or may not carry them)
shredded mozzarella cheese (can buy higher quality elsewhere)
ricotta cheese (can buy higher quality elsewhere)
parmesan cheese (can buy higher quality elsewhere)
salsa of your choice
1lb organic, grass fed ground beef
1lb chorizo
3lb pork shoulder (can buy higher quality elsewhere)
2lbs chicken (frozen or thawed)
1lb cod, salmon, or halibut (can buy higher quality elsewhere)
almond milk (unsweetened)
5 dozen eggs
1 can pumpkin
2 cans tomato paste
3 cans tomato puree/sauce
1 large box chicken broth
3 cans full fat coconut milk
1-2 stalks lemon grass (may or may not be at winco)
dried chipotle peppers (mexican section in a bag)

Side notes
*if you don't have almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, unsweetened shredded coconut,
ghee, honey or coconut sugar then you should add that to the list. They are great to have on hand!
*I did not include spices on this list as we have most of them. Be sure to look over the recipes to make sure there's nothing you may need.
*These recipes make enough for the two of us for dinner and lunches, which may differ for your situation

That does it folks! The list looks much larger as I type it out this way than it does when I make it on my phone for the trip to the grocery store. Heaven forbid I forgot something. Blame me if that's the case, but I'm hoping we've got it all covered. Don't forget to read all the side notes!

Enjoy!

♥T&C