First off – some exciting news – I am writing a book which is scheduled to be released hopefully in February!! The book will of course include recipes as well as advice for paleo beginners and diehards alike. Look forward to information on how to get started, how to stay on track, how to shop, how to change not only your eating habits but your outlook – and much much more!! I’m sure I’ll be asking my faithful readers for input such as opinion on cover design and ideas for further content. More details to come so stay tuned!
So – last week I was whisked away on a surprise trip to Las Vegas…. And now I’m back, and back in action – not exactly well rested – but WOW did we have fun. This trip marked our first weekend away from the kids in almost 3 years. It was a much needed get away and I would give you more details but you all know, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…
Another bit of news – I have finally made a facebook page for Everyday Paleo so if you have not yet found and “liked” my page, please do so – I update often with bits of advice, news, and other fun stuff.
Now on to the good stuff…
My Kid vs. the Food Pyramid
My second grader attends public school and is in a Spanish Immersion program. I LOVE the school and the program: the teachers and families are amazing and the gift of a second language as well as the opportunity to be immersed in my son’s cultural roots has been a priceless experience for all of us. With that being said, the curriculum; as with any other public school, includes learning about our (inaccurate) food pyramid. My son came home last week with a project that included listing our families healthy food choices compared to the unhealthy food choices that were selected by a fictional “dragon” who tried to purchase foods that were aligned with the food pyramid. The dragons choices included: Cheetos, donuts, catsup, pork rinds (yummy!), and a chocolate bar. My son wrote next to each item what our family purchases instead. He wrote: tomatoes, chicken, nuts, broccoli, basil, and coconut milk. Next he had to draw a picture of a typical family dinner. His drawing included chicken with pesto sauce, broccoli, and an apple. When he showed me what he had done, my paleo heart almost exploded with excitement. My kid is living proof that kids GET IT!! I urge urge urge you all with children to be honest with them as to why we make the choices that we do – kids really do listen and really do understand. There is no need to sugar coat (no pun intended) why we eat paleo and there is no need to scare our kids into eating healthy. Simply offer paleo foods, talk about why these foods are healthy, involve the whole family with the fun and joy of cooking, and do not make a fuss about it. There is no need to go along with what everyone else is doing just because a pyramid tells us to. Jaden’s teacher gave him a big fat star on both of his projects – no questions asked – and Jaden was able to confidently and independently complete his assignment because he understands why we eat the way we do.
Now for an EASY, fast and delicious dinner idea.
Easy Steak Skewers
2.5 lbs of grass fed sirloin steaks cut into 1 inch cubes
3 zucchini squash cut into chunks
3 cups mushrooms
1 red bell pepper cut into chunks
Cracked black pepper
Place the chunks of steak into a large mixing bowl and generously sprinkle with the basil, oregano, garlic, and cracked black pepper. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper and mix well until all the steak pieces are covered with the spices. Take metal or bamboo skewers and alternate skewering pieces of the meat and veggies. Cook over a medium high grill turning often for 7-10 minutes. Serve with mashed cauliflower and a salad with the following avocado dressing.
1 ripe avocado
4 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper
½ tsp sea salt
½ cup roasted red and yellow peppers
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve over organic mixed baby greens or lettuce of your choice.