So, as you can see from the title of this post, this is not going to be a post about printing a coupon, scoring an online bargain or snagging an in-store deal… but hey, it’s my site, right?! 🙂 I actually want to share what I cooked up for dinner tonight and discuss how I’ve been eating for the past month.
You see, back in North Carolina I was dealing with… well, the craziness of moving across the country and for months I didn’t seem to have the motivation to cook. I am going to be very honest and state that I relied way too heavily on frozen pizza and any other easy to prepare packaged item that I had a coupon for. Yes, we were not eating by any means very healthy. I know that, trust me!
Well, fast forward to now and I am so stinkin’ proud of myself! Since the move, I have gotten way more motivated to be in the kitchen cookin’ again. I’m even having fun doing it and getting the kiddos involved.
As I’ve stated in a previous post, I’ve started eating a primarily Paleo/Primal diet. Just google these terms and tons of info will come up online. Basically I have cut out all grains, sugar and dairy products (although, I am still using a little heavy cream for my coffee). I now eat tons of veggies, fruits, nuts, meat, chicken and fish.
I feel so good. My energy is up and to be quite honest, my issues with digestion and constipation have pretty much cleared up. Don’t you just love how I feel open enough to talk about practically anything?! 😉
…And eating this way has really motivated me in the kitchen. It’s fun coming up with creative ways to make Paleo friendly meals. I have tried so many new veggies and learned to prepare them in various ways.
So tonight, check out what I cooked with Butternut squash (one of my new favorite veggies)…
I am going to call this – Squash Hash with Chicken, Apples and Bacon! Yum!
1/2 of a large butternut squash, cubed
1 medium onion chopped
1 to 2 applies diced
2 large chicken breasts, cut into small chunks and pan-fried with coconut oil (and for a breakfast option, you could opt to throw in scrambled eggs instead of chicken)
coconut oil (or any other oil you prefer)
crumbled bacon that’s already been fried or baked (optional)
salt & Pepper
Set your oven to broil, then throw the cubed butternut squash on a cookie sheet. I added some coconut oil too. Let broil for about 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to stir every couple of minutes. Take out when brown spots start to form.
While the squash is cooking, heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Throw in the chopped onions and stir occasionally until they are softened and starting to brown a little.
Now throw all of the ingredients (butternut squash, diced apples, cooked chicken, and bacon) into the skillet with the onions. Then make sure to season with salt and pepper to your liking.
Also, if you are trying to kick the soda habit or drink less soda, then you should definitely try out this super simple, but yet so refreshing beverage that only requires 3 ingredients…
club soda or sparkling water
fresh lemons or limes
A few drops of liquid stevia
So refreshing and so much better for ya than soda!
If this is something that interests you all, I would love to start sharing Paleo/Primal friendly recipes on a more regular basis.