It has been a busy week. Today I came home feeling completely exhausted, starving (I didn’t pack enough snacks today), and ready to lie down. I decided that I needed to whip something together somewhat quickly, both to keep from collapsing into a dead-sleep on the kitchen floor, and to keep my stomach from eating itself.
One of the things I love about Paleo is that you can have a big and hearty meal ready in minutes. Here’s a look at how we grubbed this evening…
Brussels and Bacon: I started cooking the brussel sprouts first. Now don’t wrinkle your nose… if you don’t like brussel sprouts, you probably haven’t had them like this. I love Sarah Fragoso’s recipe, so I make it often. Prep takes about 7 minutes, then you just throw it in the oven. All you have to do is cook up 6 strips of bacon while you steam a pound of brussel sprouts for about 5 minutes. Cut the brussels into quarters, and toss them in a big bowl with bacon, bacon grease, salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder. Then dump it all in a glass baking dish, and bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes: While the brussels were cooking, I peeled 3 taters, quartered them, and placed them in the pressure-cooker for 12 minutes (I LOVE MY PRESSURE COOKER!). When they finished cooking, I added about 1/2 a can of full-fat coconut milk, and about a tablespoon of cinnamon, then creamed with a hand mixer.
Pan-Cooked, Grass-Fed NY Strip with Mushrooms: Finally I got started on the steaks. I just cooked them, with the mushrooms, in the bacon skillet with a little salt and pepper for about 6 minutes on each side.
Everything was ready at about the same time (love it when that happens!), it was all delicious, and I was only in the kitchen for about 35 minutes. Yay!
I’ve had a number of people ask me to also mention what we have for breakfast and lunch (which honestly cracks me up). I probably won’t be posting pictures of these meals on a regular basis, but okay! Today for breakfast we had Paleo Apple “Muffins,” and coffee. For lunch we had leftover Garden Meatballs and big salads with deli turkey and loads of diced vegetables.
It’s been a yummy day.