Since I have gone Paleo, my children have not been happy about the absence of bread from our household; especially the missing tooth child pictured above. She is not thrilled with the idea of bringing a chicken leg for lunch. She has a field trip tomorrow and is begging me to make a sandwich for her sack lunch. So today this mama got in the kitchen and made a Paleo friendly bread. It is super easy to make. I modified the original recipe and it was a total hit with the younger three. Let us hope their older sister shares the same sentiments. This recipe is not Whole30 approved because they discourage you from making any Paleo version of all off limits food; bread being one of them. For those doing the Whole30, I will post more approved recipes this week to make up for it. Deal? Ok! Glad we are friends again. Now for the recipe.
Simple Paleo Plantain Bread
1 green plantain
2 whole eggs
1/2 tsp salt
I also added some black pepper and dried herb seasoning
Be adventurous and experiment with different seasonings.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel plantain and cut into medium size pieces
Place plantain in blender or food processor
Blend until the mixture is creamy.
Add mixture to a greased pan.
Bake bread for 20 minutes.
I must add that this is more like a flat bread, but it is still yummy!
I was so annoyed. I needed to to get some work done and wanted them to leave me alone. BUT. THEY. DID. NOT. They won. I pushed my cleaning agenda to the side and sat on the room floor with them. It was ONLY 9:30am and we had already had multiple meltdowns, wiping runny noses, toilet breaks that interrupted my cleaning flow…WE ALL NEEDED a word. I must say I did not start off with a willing heart, my mind was on all that had to be accomplished. BUT I KNEW it was needed. I grabbed for an old kids bible song book and was flooded with a lot of pleasant memories. It was the same song book that I used 10 years ago when I began my journey as a stay at home mom. I had no clue what I was in for. I had much zeal back then as a new mother, often striving for an illusive perfection. But from a sincere heart, I wanted more than ever for my sweet little girl to grow to love My Jesus. I desired for her to make a choice to serve him at a young age and stick with that choice; avoiding some of the mistakes of her mother. So my journey began with teaching her the word of God through song.
I have changed a lot since then but the desire for all of my children to know Jesus remains. So with dirty dishes in the sink, and clothes that needed to be ironed, I sat on the floor with the younger three, opening the song book and began to sing “Jesus loves me.” Well, let me rephrase that. We all sat on the floor. I began to sing Jesus loves me (off key if I may add) while Faith climbed all over me. Isaiah and Elijah were everything BUT attentive. They were too busy fighting over another book. But I wasn’t the least bit deterred. I kept on singing. Elijah realized I wasn’t going to stop so he decided to join in and I suspect with time Isaiah and Faith will get the clue. After our mini praise and worship I read a short bible story with half of a captive audience. That 15 minute “interruption” changed the course of our day. There was a noticeable shift in attitudes. I especially had to take note of Elijah’s willingness to help clean up. Let me tell you, that was a major miracle because this boy becomes an instant attorney/politician when work is required of him. He can tell you every reason why he is not able to clean.
Parents often become discouraged when sharing the word of God with younger children. We feel like they are not attentive enough and aren’t really “getting” it. The temptation is there to wait until they can sit long enough to really pay attention and ask deep theological questions. But I want to encourage you with this truth today, more is registering than you realize. Changes are being made in their spirits. Start sharing the word of God today even if it is just in song. God knows how to take our efforts and do a work in our children beyond what we can see. They are never too young.
I invite you to visit my site again because I will be posting some practical ways to share the word of God with young children. In the mean time, I would love to hear the strategies you use to share the word of God with your children. Please leave a comment below.
Today is THE big day, another round of WHOLE30! I am excited for all those that are joining especially because I was told by three individuals that their husbands are on board. How awesome is that? Things are so much easier when you receive support from the home front, but that’s another post all by itself. On to tips and recipes, shall we? You may not be able to implement all of the suggested strategies but find what works for you.
Try batch cookingonce a week. One of the quickest way to guarantee failure on the Whole30 is to not have ANY approved food readily available when you are hungry. Do not set yourself up for failure, cook in advance. I tend to do most of my cooking on Monday, and I am normally cooking again by Wednesday. WHY? Because my family of 8 LOVES to eat!
If you are not able to cook all your meats in one day, try seasoning the meat and freezing it. This way the meat can go from freezer to oven. Most vegetables and meats can be frozen. Check out this sitefor a week’s worth of freeze ahead Whole30 approved crock pot meals.
Chop veggies (onions, peppers, carrots, etc) ahead of time and store in fridge. When you are ready to cook, you don’t have to worry about spending too much time on the prep work.
Grill once a week. In the warmer months I TRY to grill at least once every two weeks and store all the meat in a big roaster pan in the fridge. Grilled meats also freeze very well, so if you don’t get to all of the meat, no worries just freeze it for another time.
Keep it simple. Try a few new recipes a week, not everyday. When I first started the Paelo diet, I was a bit extreme and was trying a new recipe like EVERYDAY! After awhile this got to be very tiring. These days I am a bit more realistic and stick to my oldies but goodies and try a new recipe a few times a week.
Think outside the box…breakfast for dinner, dinner for breakfast. For breakfast tomorrow, I plan to have some left over zucchini noodles with my curry chicken and some avocado. Why not?
I try when possible to be one step ahead of the game and have some extra cooked protein on hand (chicken wings, chicken breast, frittatas ) or at least some canned fish in the cupboard. Homemade mayo on canned fish with some avocado and sweet plantains on the side always makes for a great emergency/backup meal.
Try to make at least one frittataa week and keep in fridge for backup.
Use your crock pot and Roaster. Visit this site for 30 Whole30 crock pot meals. YUMMY!
Learn ways to make multiple dishes from one meat. For example you can cook multiple pounds of ground meat of choice using basic seasonings. Then throughout the week you can use that same ground meat for different dishes like chili or lettuce wraps topped with avocado, sauteed onions and pepper and whole30 approved salsa. Or I typically bake two whole chicken each week and store in fridge. One night we may have baked chicken with sauteed greens and butternut squash. Throughout the week I may shred the remaining chicken and use it for a creamy tomato soup served with a big salad and why not toss some shredded chicken on the salad while I am it.
As promised, I have uploaded the first of 3 videos for different kitchen gadgets and a few recipe demos for the Whole30. Please visit my youtube channel for the first video. I have created amazon links for all of the products that were featured in the video. Hope this helps…now let’s get to cooking!
I had the opportunity to present on the Whole30 program at the Purposely Created Advance last weekend. I was so blessed by the many women who were willing to give the Whole 30 a try. To those that were at the conference, welcome to my blog! As mentioned in my session, I am willing to join you on this journey starting October 1st. You can read my previous posts concerning the Whole 30 here and here. If you are in need of some kitchen tips and recipes you can also visit this previous post and my Whole 30 pinterest board to get more ideas. I also plan to upload some videos to my youtube channel by tomorrow. Please leave a comment to let me know if you have already started the Whole 30 or plan to join the party on October 1st.