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Paleo Plan

Paleo Plan

Paleo Plan 

Anyone else a little partied out?  The entire month of December was a ball!  But now I feel like my body (especially my liver) is begging me to reset my eating habits.  Today I started with my 5 week Paleo Plan.  I’m easing into Paleo by starting this week off with no carbs and no alcohol but I’m still eating dairy.  Let me explain what I mean by no carbs.  I’m not counting fruits or vegetables, in my opinion, those are A-Ok.  I’m referring to things like bread, pasta, crackers, chips, rice, tortillas, and all sweets.  My hope is that by the end of the five weeks I feel better overall and that I continue to consume less carbs overall.

I’ve been collecting Paleo recipes on Pinterest for a while now (follow me here).  I’ve also had a few guest posts in the past with some awesome Paleo recipes.  (These are a favorite and totally on the menu plan this week.)  But I’ve never done full Paleo.  That meant I had to do my homework!  So I planned out the week of meals including 5 different dinners, 2 soups for me for lunch, and a few breakfast options.  I assumed that the fam would eat leftovers two of the nights.

Today was a pretty heavy prep day, but I know it will be worth it for the rest of the week.  I’ve been sharing what I’m eating on Insta (follow me here @mamamomtourage).  But here are the recipes from today.

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The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe 

The Best Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

I used to be Amanda’s neighbor until I moved across the country, but we still keep in touch and I love her blog. I was delighted when she asked if I’d like to do a guest blog post. Let me start by stating that food is my passion. I love to make it and of course love to eat it! I have a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and have spent my pre-motherhood years working in the food manufacturing industry in addition to a stint in the back of the house of a fine dining restaurant. It was during that stint that I got to understand how fine dining restaurant kitchens operate and pump out such amazing food….worth every penny in my opinion. The long hours put in at the back of the house when the rest of us are just starting our day tends to go unappreciated. I gained a new respect and appreciation for those in the restaurant industry. It was a demanding, high stress environment with very long hours. I knew I wasn’t cut out for this and ended my goal of going to culinary school that year. I have no regrets.  Much to my family, friends, and neighbors delight, I am better suited to entertaining them with my culinary creations.
 
Here is a delicious soup I made recently for my bunco gals…
 

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Thai Coconut Shrimp with Wild Rice – A Raley’s Chefs’ Menu

Thai Coconut Shrimp with Wild Rice - A Raley's Chefs' Menu

Thai Coconut Shrimp with Wild Rice

A Raley’s Chefs’ Menu**

We’ve all been in that situation where we are completely uninspired and short on time for dinner.  You’ve got hungry people to feed and you need a plan like 20 minutes ago.  This is exactly why I’m loving the new Chefs’ Menu line at Raley’s.  They are so easy and tasty I’ve actually been making them for lunch too.

If you can nod in agreement to any of the following questions you need Raley’s Chefs’ Menus in your life:

  • You don’t think you’re a “good” cook.
  • You are short on time.
  • You hate doing dishes.
  • You do not eat gluten.
  • You don’t like to do any prep.
  • You are dairy-free.

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Mom is Glorious with Gloria Ferrer Champagne

Mom is Glorious with Gloria Ferrer Champagne

Mom is Glorious with Gloria Ferrer Champagne

There are so many glorious moms in my life – my grandmother, my mom, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, my aunts, cousins, and close friends… all these women are who I’m raising a toast to today!  And you, you are glorious!  And it’s not just any toast!! Today I’m sharing a very delicious champagne cocktail!  This is better than a mimosa because this one is made with some seriously delicious ingredients and lots and lots of love!

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Easter Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Ideas

Easter Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Ideas

Easter Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Ideas

Easter is just around the corner, today I’ve got a round-up of the best Easter brunch, lunch, and dinner ideas to make your family’s day extra special.  They are broken up in to types to make finding the perfect dish easier.  If you are stressed out and need to laugh read this.  If Easter Baskets are tripping you up read this.  If decor is causing you some drama read this.  You can find these pins and many more on my Easter Pinterest Board.

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Cooking with Teens

tean headerCooking with Teens

My niece and I were on Good Day Sacramento yesterday at 9am cooking up a storm!  Getting kids into the kitchen is important, but keeping them in the kitchen is just as important.  Teens are very capable in the kitchen if they’ve been taught the basics as kids.  If they are just taking an interest now that’s ok too.  As long as they start sometime.  With teens you can get them involved in menu planning, take them to farmers markets and show them how to buy fruit and veggies, teach them to look at the labels and compare costs.  They are more than capable with knives, the stove, oven, and especially the crockpot.  Cooking with teens is especially important because they will be going off to college or starting their lives away from home in just a few years.  Video link at the end of the post.

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Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids

My little Rinos and I were on Good Day Sacramento yesterday cooking up a storm!  Cooking with kids, I’ve talked about it before, but I think it is so important for parents to cook with their kids.  Aside from basic safety and awareness in the kitchen, they bond with their parents, the appreciate the amount of work that goes into a meal, they feel empowered after creating a dish their whole family enjoyed, and they are more likely to eat what they made.  If you want to start trying to cook with your kids, you need to set some ground rules.  They need to wash their hands, use their listening ears, and pay attention!  Video link for cooking with kids at the end of the post.

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