I’ve found myself relying on dairy too much… well, maybe not “too much” (based on what?) but more than I’d like. If I’m hungry, I reach for a glass of milk (up to about 3 glasses a day often). Anneliese asks for cheese all the time for snacks. She eats LOTS of cheese. And usually when I’m giving her some, I snack on a piece too.
Dinners often involve some sort of cheese, and I’ve been putting cheese (mmm feta) in my salads.
I feel as if I’d like to “reboot” my (and Anneliese’s) dairy consumption… take some time off from dairy, which will probably mean eating more veggies and fruits as snacks, see how it feels, and then add in a reasonable amount again if I want to.
So here’s my Dairy-Free plan for the week:
Anneliese usually likes to have eggs (cooked a specific way) and a banana or two for breakfast.
I like farm eggs with runny yolks … but I think I’ll try mini-frittatas this week too. Basically, beat a bunch of eggs together with omelet-fillings (I’m going to do breakfast sausage, spinach, and sautéed onions), pour into a muffin tin (or my silicone muffin liners) and bake until the eggs are “set.” About 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Since my husband is off doing Navy Things right now, my plan is to cook a “real meal” for lunch, and then have a light/snacky meal for dinner. Hopefully it’ll help streamline bedtime and result in fewer end-of-the-day dishes for me. We’ll see how that goes. In any case, here’s the plan.
S- Stuffed Zucchini (w/sausage, tomato paste, herbs, mushrooms, onion probably… using this recipe for inspiration)
M- Chicken thighs & green beans/potatoes (garlic lemon)
T- lemon pepper “packet” pork with broccoli
W- Salmon (simple, baked, with lemon juice) with peas, and possibly with hollandaise sauce (I’m allowing butter)
Th- Lunch out in Hanford – possibly Panera. I like their Greek salad. No feta though. Extra olives. mmm.
F- Steaks with buttered carrots
S- Chicken fingers (almond-flour-breaded) with mustard to dip and roasted cauliflower
I’ve been on a salad kick lately, and love “big-ass salads”… so my plan is to cut and wash a bunch of lettuce, bell peppers, and carrots, and then have proteins available to use – chicken breast, ham, salami, oven-cooked bacon. It’s easy to make a quick balsamic vinaigrette, too. I love salads so much I definitely wouldn’t mind eating one every night for a week.
Anneliese has started to like salad too, but doesn’t eat anywhere near enough of it to make a meal, so I’ll focus on making sure she gets in a good protein (leftover chicken thighs are one of her favorites, but I’ll have ham and possibly make some meatballs for her for the week too) and a vegetable. Carrots, peas, and broccoli are all easy and she eats them pretty reliably.
No matter how great the planned meals are, sometimes we end up wanting to snack. (Or getting an urge to bake.) So I’ve planned for that too. I’ll try to have a few of these on hand and easy to grab right away, but others are projects I can do if I feel like being Betty Homemaker (baking, dehydrating, etc.)
- Pumpkin Bread (made with almond butter, not peanut) because I have some pumpkin in the fridge.
- Fruit – bananas, apples, oranges, watermelon
- Blended frozen watermelon “slushie” – just freeze chunks, then blend w/immersion blender with some water or iced tea. SO good, and quick.
- Piña Colada Smoothie – coconut milk, pineapple, and ice, blended
- Kale Chips
- French Toast Flatbread – this looks awesome.
- Lox on cucumber slices
- Dill pickle slices/”chips”
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Deviled eggs
- Grain-free Graham Crackers
- Sunflower-Sesame Crackers
- Dehydrated apple slices
- Homemade beef jerky
- Baby carrots sprinkled with lemon pepper
So that’s the plan for dairy-detox, week 1 (not sure how many weeks I’ll do). Will you join me? What are your favorite paleo dinners to cook? Any other snack ideas?