When they say the days are long but the years are short… they ain’t kidding. I can’t believe that my baby girl will be 3 years old at the stroke of midnight.
I always like to celebrate birthdays, but my husband works tomorrow and through the weekend, so there’s not much time for a party. We decided to do low key with family and a friend from school. I’m not sure if it was any less stressful because let’s face it, I am who I am. But there was definitely less cleanup.
I served pasta (red sauce and plain) sausage and peppers, yogurt for the kids, and tomato, mozzarella, cucumber salad. Easy.
The cake was a simple mills box. The Vanilla cake and cupcake mix (I think it’s great) with coconut buttercream and strawberry filling from Sweet Laurels Bakery Cookbook. From what I’ve seen in the cookbook I’m very excited with my purchase and can’t wait to bake more. And have friends who like to taste test 😉.
When hosting parties I try not to push my eating habits on other people but also offer several options to be able to eat healthy or not. I knew the kids would most likely not be excited about a “paleo cake” so I made a family recipe sugar cookie with royal icing and my husband grabbed some perfect mini strawberry cupcakes. (I could’ve cried when he got back from the grocery store with pink cupcakes.. and everything on the list.)
It was a great evening and a simple celebration; my sweet girl had a blast. I’ll be here wondering how I have a 3 year old…
Finding recipes that please everyone is a struggle. One recipe that goes over well in my house is Sloppy joes. I used the general idea for the sauce in this recipe from Farmstead Chic Blog (our favorite clean eating comfort recipe). Meatloaf and meatballs also get rave reviews around here so I combined it all and made this delicious chicken meatloaf with a sloppy joe sauce.
I’ve been buying ground chicken in bulk at Sams club recently because I’ve been using chicken more than beef but this recipe could go either way. This amount made 2 large meat loaves but to be honest, we only have one leftover. It was THAT good.
2.75lb ground chicken
1/2c Almond flour
1 yellow onion
1 green pepper
2tbsp tomato paste
1/4c Coconut aminos
Small bunch of chopped parsley
Salt/pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and form a loaf.
Bake @350 for 45 min
1can diced tomatoes (not drained)
1 6oz can of tomato paste (the rest of the can from the 2tbsp used
1/2c Coconut aminos
Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to medium heat until it just about boils. Turn to low and continue to cook for 20 min
I didn’t bake the sauce, I just scooped in on afterward and served the meatloaf with roasted broccoli!
I have a client who loves to entertain. She was afraid her cooking skills weren’t up to par, so, we joined together and created an easy meal that looks extra fancy. She did an absolutely amazing job with her decor and floral arrangements and the menu was really easy to whip up. She’s now prepped to host anyone and everyone for a great evening.
We started with crab stuffed mushrooms and ended up with some leftover crab dip which was perfect for the veggies to be dipped. Clean ingredients and nobody would ever know it was a healthy appetizer without any junk.
The prime rib, perfectly medium rare every time. If you have a guest who likes a little more done, the end pieces are always delicious. I find prime rib to be incredibly easy. I always ask the butcher to slice the meat away from the bone but keep it attached for flavor.
Perfect Prime Rib
6-7lb prime rib roast cut away from the bone
I use simple seasonings (salt and pepper) but you can stuff it with garlic cloves, rosemary, or coat with garlic salt.
Preheat your oven to 350
Cook the rib for one hour
Turn the oven OFF for one hour and DO NOT OPEN the oven door. (My husbands least favorite part. He knows better but gets me every time trying to look in jokingly)
Turn oven back on to 400 and cook for 30 more minutes. All while not opening the oven. You’ll lose a lot of the heat
Remove the roast from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes
My mouth is watering just thinking about how delicious this meal was. Perfect and easy. We served the prime rib with mashed cauliflower and asparagus, paleo Yorkshire pudding and a lobster tail. Wine, and more wine. Then we topped dinner off with a lemon infused almond cake with blueberry sauce. Incredible.
The Crab Dip is the same that I’ve made on several different occasions and it’s ALWAYS a hit. This time we added it to the mushrooms and then baked it all together for 20 min at 350. Leave me a comment if you try it!
I just recently realized that the Enjoy Life brand chocolate that I use is “technically” not paleo because of the use of cane sugar. Not that I really mind because I’m not strict, but I started looking for recipes of what goes into making chocolate and I’m pretty sure I hit the nail on the head with this recipe. It’s so easy and my kids can help. (Winning!) I made these pretty rose hearts with a mold but if you just want the chocolate and don’t care about the look, just dump the chocolate mixture into a regular pan. The first time I made them, I used an 8×8 pan and then broke it apart.
1/2c coconut oil
1/2c Cocoa Powder
2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
Sprinkle of sea salt
2 tbsp Shredded coconut
2 tbsp chopped almonds
I added in 2 tbsp of shredded coconut!
Put all ingredients in a saucepan and heat on low mushing until all ingredients are melted and mixed together.
Remove from heat and mix in your additions.
If you’re using a mold, (I found mine at michaels 50% off for Valentine’s Day), spoon the mixture into the mold. If not, pour into your pan.
Freeze for an hour.
Make sure to store in the freezer because they will melt if the coconut gets to room temperature. They also taste better right out of the freezer! Enjoy!!
For our fancy Valentine’s Day dinner (previous post) I topped paleo chocolate mousse with these delicious little chocolates and a strawberry. Perfectly decadent and husband and kid approved!!
The chocolate mousse recipe is so easy too. Can be found Here
I’ve been dying over all of the valentines table scapes I’ve been seeing on Instagram and I’m so mad I don’t have the red Lenox Plates that have been used in several posts. Anyway, I stopped worrying about what I don’t have and recreated my own table with what I do have. Hence, a fancy dinner party and delicious meal. When thinking about what to cook, I wanted to do something easy that wasn’t going to leave me cleaning dishes all night. Steaks are always a favorite in our house but I wanted something a little more special. In comes the idea to top it with crab instead of our go to of mushrooms and onions. My crab dip is SO easy to make and a crowd pleaser.
1lb lump crab meat
1/4c full fat unsweetened coconut milk
1/2c Sir Kensington’s mayo
1/2 lemon, juiced
1tbsp Franks Hot Sauce
1tbsp Dijon mustard
Mix all ingredients together and bake 20 min at 350.
Topped off with homemade chocolate mousse and easy chocolates!! Stay tuned for that recipe! I don’t think I’ll ever buy chocolate again.
I love the way my table ended up and now I’m really in the Valentines mood!