Foodie Friday!

It’s been quite a while, I know, but I’m stoked to share with you some meals that have been gracing our table lately. I have definitely been in a cooking “funk” after several super-busy weeks at work.  I have just not been as disciplined as I need to be in regards to meal-planning, grocery shopping and just being active enough in my am workouts to avoid they laziness that ensues around 6pm some night when I’d get home from work.  Thankfully, our table saw a change in that starting last week!  I made a couple pretty tasty Paleo “desserts” last week and a Pumpkin Spice Latte–I’m SURE they’ll be making a reappearance soon. Here are my meals from this week:

Monday, September 19th-Broccoli Salad, Grilled Chicken and Sauted Apples

Broccoli Salad, Chicken & Apples

Source: Broccoli Salad-Me & My Paleo, Chicken & Apples-Me

Me Rating: 7

This was really good for a throw together meal.  I didn’t have my own mayo as the salad recipe suggested–I’m hoping we’ll get a blender soon and can make our own.  It was really good for my first attempt at broccoli salad.  I also used Sunflower Seeds.  The chicken and apples were okay–I sauteed them in the bacon grease from the salad’s bacon and some cinnamon.  Yumm…

Tuesday, September 20th -Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Sausage & Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Source:Simply In Season Cookbook

Beau Rating: 10!

This was sooooooo good!  After picking up our CSA on Monday and seeing an Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash and a HUGE sweet potato, I went straight for the SIS cookbook and flipped right to this recipe!  It was meant to be!  I did some alterations to make it paleo (Nixed the breadcrumbs), but honestly, I’m not sure they would ever be necessary anyway!  The sausage and apple had such good flavor.  Also, I added dried cranberries instead of raisins and pecans.  Also a little cinnamon (it’s the first of fall–why not?)  Definitely one to make again!

Thursday, September 22nd -Rosemary Garlic Steaks with Stuffed Banana Peppers

Rosemary & Garlic Marinated Steaks with Stuffed Banana Peppers

Source: Steak Marinade-Real Simple Magazine; Peppers-Me

Beau Rating: 9

I never thought he’d say this, but the Beau said the steaks had a little too much rosemary!  He’s a major fan, so I put extra on, not realizing it was a bit too much.  The peppers were delish!  We are enjoying our last few days of eating dairy before we do another strict Whole30 in October.  I put cream cheese, bacon, jalapenos, tomato and a bit of bleu cheese in the mixture.  Mmmm…

Ack!  I almost forgot about this meal–it was really good and super easy!

Wednesday, September 21st–Bacon & Eggs To Go

Bacon & Eggs To Go

Source: Health Bent

Rating: 9

The Beau’s been dying to try this so I grabbed some Canadian bacon at the store–major hit and a great addition to our “quick re-heatable breakfasts” rotation!  (Also notice some bleu cheese peaking through…)

What have YOU been eating this week?

Best,

~Faith Nicole

PS–Just realized there is some sort of bacon in 3 of 4 meals this week.  The beau will be proud.  🙂

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Foodie Friday

The past couple weeks have been great, but a little busy, but overall really great.  Although I have been cooking quite a bit, just haven’t found my way onto the blog to update on my culinary creations.  Since we’re looking at 2 weeks of food here, I’m going to fly through many of the descriptors, but here’s a look at how we eat in the Cracraft household.

Sunday, June 5th-Steak and Asparagus

  • Source: Me!
  • Beau Rating: 9

Steak and Asparagus

This has become one of our favorite spring standby’s–a nicely marinated steak with grilled asparagus.  Whether on the grill outside or inside on the stove top, it’s a wonderful quick and tasty little treat.  It’s a classic that can’t really go wrong.

Monday, June 6th–Chicken Curry & Spinach Salad

  • Source: Everyday Paleo and Me!
  • Beau Rating: 8.5 (curry a little overdone–Crockpots fault)

Chicken Curry & Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad (pre-potluck)

The curry got a little overdone on this one–I may need to stick to Sunday Crockpot meals since they just spend too much time cooking while I’m at work.  It’s a VERY tasty treat however that I’ve tried a couple times and has great flavor (and added veggies).

The salad was a bit of a treat with lovely feta cheese and grapes, but it’s so tasty.  We had a couple pot lucks to go to and ended up with leftovers which we weren’t complaining about.  🙂

Thursday, June 9th–Burgers, Sweet Potato Rounds & Salad

Burgers, Sweet Potato Rounds and Salad

This was a very simple meal, but one that was very yummy.  I was looking for a new recipe for my Sweet Potatoes and found a great one from my friend Vivian.  TASTY!

Saturday, June 11th–Pecan Crusted Chicken

Pecan Crusted Chicken

This was so lovely and easy.  Some pecans, honey and mustard made up the most lovely “crust” for this chicken.  The chicken got a little too cooked, but overall, it was tasty!

Sunday, June 12th

Lunch: Bison Burgers, Sun dried Tomato Chicken Sausage & Salad

  • Source: US!
  • Beau Rating: 9.5

Bison Burgers, Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage & Salad

You might be asking why such a high rating for such a simple meal, but my oh my–you taste that bison and you’ll see why!  They were so good especially paired with the smokyness from our new smoker grill! The  sausages from Trader Joe’s were also really tasty!

Dinner: Apple Shallot Pork Chop

  • Source: Everyday Paleo
  • Beau Rating: 9 (got up’d points for what it can be)

Apple Shallot Pork Chop & Asparagus

This is the second go round for this recipe and honestly, the first time was way better.  Definitely would have been a 10.  The pork chops were a little dry this round, but they had sat in the fridge for a day or so before cooking, so that could have done it.  This is a VERY tasty and simple recipe that seems like it took hours–definitely one in our books for the long haul (or company)!

Monday, June 13th–Shrimp Tacos and Homemade Salsa Verde

Shrimp Tacos

Yummy–could have had a little more paired with it to make it more filling.  The lettuce used for the wraps also were not so user friendly.  The recipe used a salsa verde and I had 6 lovely little green tomato from our CSA and a recipe from SIS begging to be used.  The salsa was outta the park!  I was so proud and was able to use it later in the week for the Fiesta Pork.

Homemade Green Tomato Salsa Verde!

Tuesday, June 14th–Better Butter Chicken, Cauli Rice, Swiss Chard and Roasted Potatoes

Better Butter Chicken, Cauli Rice, Swiss Chard & Roasted Potatoes

This was my “challenge” recipe for the week–I surprisingly had everything for this Indian fare in my cabinet.  I could have used more chicken (there was a LOT of leftover sauce) and my onions got burnt initially giving everything a more “blackened” taste than I think the recipe called for.  I’ll definitely be trying it again to see how things go.

The potatoes were in our CSA as well and once again, I found a great recipe in SIS for roasted potatoes making up my own seasonings using shallots, garlic, bay leaf, and some other tasty spices–they were very restaurant quality and also were used for another recipe later in the week.

The chard was WAY salty, but tasty when mixed in with the chicken.  The cauli rice–AMAZING!  Thank you new food processor!

Wednesday, June 15th-Frittata and Black Raspberries

  • Source: Everyday Paleo Cookbook
  • Mylo & Beau Rating: 9.5

Fritatta with Black Raspberries

This.  Was.  Amazing.  We used some yellow squash, red pepper, leftover roasted potatoes, some ham and mushrooms from our CSA (on my side anyway!)  We could have had a little more spices and cooked a little longer (a bit of runny egg here and there).  Will definitely become a repeat offender!

Loved the black raspberries from our CSA–such a treat!

Thursday, June 16th-Fiesta Pork

  • Source: Me!
  • Beau Rating: 9

Fiesta Pork

This was a really great throw together recipe and a great way to get a meat we haven’t eaten as much of lately in our diet.  Pork loin, leftover veggies and the remaining green tomato salsa verde–so tasty!!  We added onion, carrots, cabbage, radishes, peppers, but you could add whatever was in your fridge really. It was also nice that we had lots of leftovers for other meals!

Here’s to TWO weeks of meals!  More coming this Friday.  Enjoy!

Best,

Foodie Friday!

Being out of town this past weekend didn’t give us as much of an opportunity to cook and be creative, but we did manage to do a bit of it.  🙂

Tuesday Dinner: Jalapeno Chicken Sausages and Brussell Sprouts & Bacon (BSB for short!)

  • Source: Trader Joe’s and Everyday Paleo
  • Beau Rating: Sausages: 8.5; BSB: 9!

Chicken Sausages

These were a great treat, but unfortunately we were HUNGRY and didn’t quite time our dinner out.  The beau was in charge of the sausages and I the BSB, so we ate the sausages first then the BSB.

The sausages definitely had a nice kick and were very tender–definitely will be stocking up at TJ’s.  The BSB was good–how can you go wrong with bacon!  YUM! (Note–we used thyme as that’s what her cookbook calls for instead of Dill)

Pre-Baking in the oven...look at that bacon!

Thursday Dinner: Marvelous Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash

  • Source: Everyday Paleo
  • Beau Rating: 9!

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

I love this recipe, but every time I’ve made it in the crock pot, they’ve gotten a little overdone.  😦  We typically do crock pot meals on Thursdays because by then, if not, we will almost ALWAYS find ourselves going out to eat.  It’s a day that we come home a little exhausted, happy to see one another and not motivated at all because Friday’s almost here!

I have made these in the oven and they are great that way as well (probably my preferred method to be honest), but I think if I do them again in the crock pot, it’ll need to be a Sunday where they can stay in there for about 6 hours versus 9 (oops!)  The one change I make is just using 1 lb of ground beef and 1 lb. of sausage.  It still makes plenty for leftovers for our family of 2 and we like the kick of the sausage.  The beau also commented that he liked my added cayenne (more than what was called for) thus upping his rating!  🙂

Lots of exciting meals coming up next week!  Stay tuned!

Best,

Foodie Friday

Yes, I realize it’s not Friday, but I had an extra long weekend.  🙂

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I have been wanting to do this for sometime after lots of inspiration from my dear friend Melissa. She had this great idea of blogging her meals for the week with photos each Friday along with her “hubby rating”.  It’s been really fun for me the past week or so to cook and plan out our Foodie Friday especially since receiving some new cookbooks for my birthday. You’ll note our ratings (Lewie as the Beau and myself as Mylo) and recommendations for future “repeat offenders” as well. 🙂

Most of my super creative cooking happens on the weekends, so my Friday posts will include the previous weekend as well.  This starts actually on Saturday May 21st through Friday the 27th.

Saturday Lunch: Fish Enchiladas (no pic, sorry!)

  • Source: Everyday Paleo Cookbook
  • Beau Rating: 7

Got this out of the new Everyday Paleo cookbook, which many of these recipes found their start.  It was a good recipe and I was SUPER proud of making my own enchilada sauce with my new food processor (thanks birthday cash!).

I used tilapia and shrimp and between Lew, myself and Lew’s dad, we cleaned the dish along with some asparagus we’ve been getting in our CSA.  I grilled it on the stove top with some olive oil and sesame seeds–my favorite way so far of preparing it.

Saturday Dinner: Paleo Pad Thai

Paleo Pad Thai

This was knocked out of the park!  It was sooooo good! Lew actually sent this to me from The Clothes Make the Girl and we didn’t really alter it much.  I couldn’t find coconut aminos, so I used soy sauce for the sunshine sauce.  It was delicious! I could have added a bit more red pepper flakes during cooking to kick it up, but it was still out of the park–tastes the closest to REAL pad thai without using the noodles!

Sunday Crockpot Day: Harvest Stew (no pic, sorry!)

  • Source: Me!
  • Mylo Rating: 8

This is a great staple that I made up last fall.  The beau made this one as I was gone most of the morning singing at church.  It was very tasty as always, but the meat lacked a bit of seasoning.  🙂

It’s your basic stew, but with a twist–stew meat, carrots, red onion, sweet potato, and an apple!  Very much a fall treat, but not bad in spring either.

Monday Dinner: Pesto Pasta and Chicken

  • Source: Me (with assistance from EP!)
  • Beau Rating: 9

Petso Pasta and Chicken

This was a really great Faith Original!  🙂  I seared the chicken breast in coconut oil and then put it in the oven for about 25 minutes.  Once it was fully cooked, I plated the chicken then took the leftover spaghetti squash that we had from the Pad Thai and threw it in the hot skillet with a little olive oil.  The kicker was adding the Walnut Basil Pesto I had made the week prior with basil from the farmer’s market (another Everyday Paleo recipe!)  This was a GREAT way to use leftovers and the pesto.  Will definitely be making this one again!

Breakfast Tuesday-Friday: Egg Strata

Egg Strata

Yes, that’s right–this was one of Lew’s creations!  After stepping it up a bit myself and reading the Whole 9’s post on our dearly beloved bacon, the beau decided to get creative one morning.

I really liked the recipe–we actually had the exact type of tomatoes recommended (brand and everything–Diced tomatoes with Fire Roasted Tomatoes and Chipotle peppers).  Although I really liked the dish, the extra heat from the red pepper flakes in addition to the tomatoes was a bit much for me.  We probably could have used 1/2 a can of tomatoes and thew in some different veggies as well.  There will definitely be a next time on this one!  Was great to have breakfast all week already made!

Friday Dinner: Salmon Cakes with Ginger Mayo

  • Source: Everyday Paleo Cookbook
  • Beau Rating: Cakes: 9, with Ginger Mayo: 7

Salmon Cakes

This was one of the recipes in the EP cookbook I had been eyeing–Sarah says it was the recipe that really made her feel like she could get out of the “rut” of eating the same things over and over.  I can see why.  These were beautiful before frying, even better in the pan, and absolutely delicious.  The beau says they are probably the best tasting salmon cakes he’s ever had.  And there are NO CRACKERS or bread in it at all!  Crazy!  The addition of the dill and lemon juice I really think sets it off.

The Ginger Mayo was not quite as much of a hit.  It’s definitely in the Olive Oil we’re using–still the cheap stuff in bulk we bought probably a year ago.  Must definitely make the sacrifice to get some of the good stuff for things like this and the avocado dip I made last week that just tastes like strong EVOO.  Now I know though!

I hope you’ve enjoyed and will be encouraged to spice up your kitchen!

Best,

Foodie Friday: Thai Shrimp with Peanut Sauce

Thai Shrimp w/ Peanut Sauce

As I mentioned earlier this week, we have been getting veggies from a local farm through a CSA.  Since we have already paid for these veggies and it would go against our green ways of thinking, we have been doing our best to use every lick of veggie that comes into our house.  Does it always happen?  Heck no! But we try.

I was excited last week when I saw a little cup of pea pods in my basket knowing I had the perfect recipe for them!  I had made this recipe before (with a few alterations) and it turned out really well, but this was soooo good with the fresh pea pods (instead of frozen)!  The original recipe came from the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook that my lovely little Mom got me a few years ago.  Mom got on a trip of getting me cookbooks for every possible occasion.  I am super thankful now for that though!

The original recipe is for a Turkey and Peas Pasta, but I’ve altered it to be more Gluten Free (my friend Maria did a great post about going Gluten Free.  We haven’t done that completely, but tinker with it).  Plus, I never have the turkey the original recipe calls for, so I substituted chicken the first time, but after going with the shrimp, I’ll never go back.  If you’re a seafood lover, you won’t either.  (But for those not so friendly with crustaceans, the chicken isn’t a bad choice).

Get ready to fall in love.

Thai Shrimp w/ Peanut Sauce

-1/2 package of medium rice noodles (found at Asian grocery store)
-2 c. fresh pea pods (tips trimmed) or 6 oz frozen
-20 medium, pre-cooked, frozen shrimp (thawed)–you can also use chicken if you aren’t a fan of seafood
-1-8 oz can pineapple chunks/tidbits or 1 c. fresh pineapple
-1/2 c. reduced sodium chicken broth
-2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
-1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
-1 tbsp lime juice
-1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
-1 clove garlic, minced

-Bring water to a boil, add rice noodles and remove from heat (noodles will cook to right consistency in hot water).  Leave for 5 minutes
-Trim ends of pea pods and wash.  Leave in colander
-Saute shrimp with salt and pepper to taste in a bit of Olive Oil (don’t forget about these little babies!)
-In a small sauce pot over medium heat, add peanut butter and chicken broth, stir slowly until PB melts.  Add soy sauce, lime juice, red pepper and garlic and stir until a fairly thin consistency (I honestly eyeballed all these ingredients)
-Drain pasta water over the pea pods.  Add pineapple and return to pot.
-Add shrimp and peanut sauce, stir and serve.  Garnish with crushed peanuts and red pepper flakes.

*Note-pea pods will be crunchy

Final Product

Hope you try it!  If so, come back and let me know what you think!

Best,