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New Dinner Favorites

At the beginning of the year, Jason and I completed a 21 day sugar detox ( http://balancedbites.com/21dsd ). This detox was more than just eliminating sugar, but eliminating anything sweet. We were only allowed a choice of a ripe banana, green apple, or grapefruit a day. On top of that, it was very strict paleo with no bread or dairy and only certain veggies, fruits, and nuts. Through this 21 days, we found some great recipes that helped us stay on this detox track. We still incorporate many of the recipes we discovered. Today, I want to share three of our family favorite dinner recipes with you.

  • Chili – We modify the recipe by using bison and/or venison instead of beef and also add additional spices such as Tony’s, onion powder, and garlic powder. What I love about this recipe is that it makes plenty, so if friends are coming over, you need leftovers, or love to freeze meals, this recipe is the way to go.


  • Slow Cooker Chicken Curry – We have used green curry only, but plan to venture out to the red curry as we always add cayenne and Tony’s to the recipe. What I love about this recipe is that it is so simple to prep and throw in the crockpot, leave it and then eat it.

Chicken Curry

  • Shepherd’s Pie – This is the best paleo comfort food I have found. Again, we use bison instead of beef and add our favorite seasonings. Even Liam and Nixon love this dish. FYI – there is some prep to it, but overall very easy.  And this dish rarely has any leftovers. 🙂


Cooking Tip – I prep all my food during the day when Nixon is taking a nap. This way, I have more time with the kids when they are awake and I am not spending all my time in the kitchen when Jason gets home. Around 5:30-6:00 I start cooking and do my best to have it ready around 30 minutes after Jason gets home. If you are busy during the day, with no time to prep, try prepping your food the night before, especially if you are using many of the same ingredients in several dishes that week.

If you have any cooking tips, please share. Also, I would love to hear how you like any of the above recipes. Have fun in the kitchen, add some new flavors, and always be willing to try out some new meals during the week.



What’s at the Laird’s table?

Several readers have asked me to post about “How the Laird’s eat”. I receive many questions like: What the heck is Paleo? What are some good recipes? Do your children eat paleo? Well to start off, here is a quick glimpse into our paleo life.

What is Paleo? It is known as the diet of pre-agricultural hunter-gatherers, aka the Caveman’s Diet.
Simple Guidelines: (see http://www.multiplydelicious.com)

  • No processed foods
  • No refined, artificial & added sugars
  • No grains
  • No legumes – including peanuts & anything soy
  • No white potatoes – they spike your insulin, but sweet potatoes are okay.
  • Try to avoid dairy – use fermented or raw grass-fed dairy if needed
  • No alcohol – although if you absolutely have to there are some “better” ones to consume
  • No vegetable oils (that includes canola, peanut, soybean, corn, etc…)
  • Yes to healthy fats – animal fat, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, tallow, nut oils, etc.
  • Yes to grass fed meats, pastured free-range chicken/eggs, wild fish and fresh organic produce

Why Paleo? One of the main reasons people move to the paleo lifestyle is it eliminates all processed foods and helps with digestion. Many people believe that foods have changed over the generations, but our bodies have not adapted. Therefore, we need to return to how we ate in the beginnings for our bodies to respond correctly. For Jason and I, we ate a diet of low carbs, lots of fruits and veggies and protein before “paleo” was a term for us. Then we discovered paleo, began reading about it, and realized with a few modifications, we would be eating paleo. We enjoy how we feel after eating this way; maintain healthy weights, consistent energy and healthy digestive systems.

Lets Eat

Are  the Laird’s die-hard paleo? I would say we are about 90% paleo, especially after completing a 21-day sugar detox at the beginning of the year (more about that on a another post). We believe in having a healthy family and part of that includes unprocessed foods, foods our bodies can naturally digest, lots of fruits and vegetables, and proteins. Do we ever add cheese? Yes. Who can live without cheese all their life? LOL. Do we have sweets every now and then? Yes. We know moderation is key. We are not legalistic. However, we truly enjoy eating this way and do not feel constrained by it. If anything, it has really inspired our creativity on our adventure as foodies. Eating this way is not a diet for us, but a way of life. We are food lovers and for us, this way of eating works.

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