Quick and easy fridge raid (under $15!)

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It’s the night before we embark on the trip of a lifetime. With triple checking lists, ensuring tracking on our Amazon snack box and charging cameras/phones/Leapsters, the last thing we wanted was to make an elaborate meal. We also didn’t want to eat out as we’ll have plenty of those opportunities in the next 8 days. So…we had a good old fashioned fridge raid!

With some Applegate little smokies, Pederson’s bacon, and leftover bits of fresh bell pepper and carrots, we made a one pan meal! Add in the last of our Pure Indian Foods ghee with a little Kalona butter for added flavor, we were on our way to dinner in 15 minutes while simultaneously cleaning out the perishables in the fridge. We have Applegate hot dogs awaiting us the night we return home ;-).

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Note: when sitting bacon into thirds, I find it easier to use kitchen shears rather than a knife!

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I placed the ghee, butter and bacon in the pan. What an enticing smell that combo creates! Let that get cooking so your bacon can brown.

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After several minutes, add your veggies!

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After another 5 minutes, add in the pork links and cook until all looks sufficiently cooked through and the bacon is to your liking.

We scooped onto plates, added pickled carrots and sauerkraut for some good gut bacteria and finished off our jalapeƱo cheese on the side. Wowza and under $15!!

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Eating ‘Real Food’ at WDW

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We are about to embark on a trip to the happiest place on earth. As a meal planner of primal foods, I read several posts of other attempts to eat healthy while traveling through the parks. Many had great points, namely where we can find gluten-free items and that Disney resorts will accept packages up to 10 days in advance.

As such, I took to Amazon to find many of our favorite snacks, from Nick’s Sticks (grass-fed jerky), Artisana coconut butter, Pacific Rim organic Riesling, Tanka snacks, Go Raw carrot cake cookies and more. Imagine carrying all of these great items in your luggage versus the relief of ordering online and having them all delivered conveniently to your Disney resort. I even called ahead and spoke with the packing/receiving department at our resort to ensure they would sign as being over 21 for our wine package. As they always please, they said of course!

We are spending 4 days at the parks and then 4 days at sea. That is a lot of meals to cover, but we are allowing for some enjoyable Disney meals, of course. But managing lunches through our backpacks will not only save money and our tummies, but also time of not getting out of lines.

From home we have stocked up on macadamia nuts, sprouted raw pecans, dried cherries, blueberries and apricots (cereal), dried coconut and packs of Artisana almond butter. That along with collapsible water bottles and we’re good to go! We really looked at 6 pack bags to use as a backpack with individual containers, but the model we were hoping for just isn’t ready yet.

Can’t wait to report back as to how it went!

Paleo ‘ice cream’

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned it, I have something of a sweet tooth. Put me on a ‘diet’ and I instantly crave every cake, muffin and shortbread cookie in sight. I have ridden a roller coaster of being more diligent at times than others to this way of eating. Each time I diverge, I’m quickly reminded of the adage floating around Pinterest “When you eat crap, you feel like crap.” There’s also, “You are what you eat” and the list goes on. These have staying power because they keep holding true.

People who aren’t Paleo or gluten-free don’t understand how those of us who are feel so bad after eating only a smidge of their everyday foods. Though hard to believe, but when you feel bad or hurt everyday, you can become used to it and ignore it. Once you’ve cleaned up your eating, you are more in tune with your body and can easily distinguish how foods make you feel. That awareness alone gives you pause when presented with food options. Where I was once weak or felt I deserved a sweet treat due to a hard day at work, I immediately think of how that food will make me feel. That makes those choices all the simpler.

As such, I also wanted to be sure that my kids could experience sweet treats and not feel deprived in this lifestyle. When I heard of frozen bananas being used to mimic ice cream, I was skeptical at best. Until I tried it…oh my.

Hopefully you are reading this before noon so you still have time to grab a bunch of bananas and freeze them for dessert tonight! Grab a large re sealable plastic bag, let’s do this.

Frozen banana ice cream

Bunch of bananas (4-5)
Can of organic coconut milk or 12 oz whole milk
Options: tsp of organic vanilla, cinnamon, 1/2 c almond butter, 2 T raw cacao powder

Peel and break up bananas. Place in a resealable plastic bag and into a freezer for at least 5 hours (it gets soupy otherwise). Dump frozen bananas into your blender, along with your choice of milk. If using regular milk, I add vanilla. If coconut milk, it has enough flavor.

Blend and pour into bowls. Should be the consistency of soft serve. I then sprinkle cinnamon on top. As an alternative, I’ve added in almond butter and cacao powder as a switch. Make it your own!! This makes enough for 4-5 people.

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