Weekend roundup + our first trial with Paleo family dinners

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February 8, 2016

Hey! How was your weekend? Mine was uneventful which was just what I wanted after being so busy for the last few weekends. It was nice to just lay low.

 

Saturday began early. Like, really early. Madison got up around 6:00 am. I was getting ready for class so I was already up and going, but my plan was to slip out before they both woke up. This look just says it all.

 

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I eventually left to go meet other crazy people for an early Orangetheory class. It was killer and I said many expletives in my head. After that I showered as fast as possible and relieved Matt so he could go to work for a few hours. The girls and I hit up Barnes and Nobles and then Target.

My little shopping buddies.

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Home to have lunch (fish tacos!) and then we watched some of the Minion movie (or as Maddie calls it, “the onions”). Later we went for a walk and then I relaxed in the evening with a glass of wine. I grabbed this bottle on a whim at Target and I think it may be my new favorite.

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Sunday was a stay-at-home-day. The girls slept in a bit longer giving me enough time to make some french toast, fruit salad, and ground beef mixed with broccoli. Odd combo, but they loved it. I made the french toast using Udi’s GF bread and mixed one egg with a splash of almond milk, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. I drizzled a tiny amount of maple syrup on top.

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A friend came over and we walked the girls to the playground. It was freezing, but the girls were troopers and we all had a good time. Every weekend Matt and I say we are going to convert the cribs to toddler beds, but then we chicken out. I’m just not sure we are ready to give them quite so much freedom. I finished the day by cooking, writing, and prepping for the week ahead. Football? Not me. In fact, I am ready for the season to be over already. #iamwhoiam

Paleo family dinners

Last week we decided to order Paleo family dinners from a local restaurant called The Root Cellar. We wanted to take a break from all the cooking in the evening and try some new meals. The restaurant prepares five healthy Paleo meals that you can heat up at home in less than 30 minutes. The menu changes weekly and includes a variety of entrees, sides, salads and desserts that are all Paleo-friendly. The meals are packaged in aluminum containers and labeled with heating instructions. Dressings and condiments are also included and packaged separately.

 

You need to call by 5 p.m. Friday to place orders for the following week. Meals are ready for pick-up every Tuesday afternoon. The pricing varies, but we ordered dinner for 2 (five meals) the price was $125 (so, roughly $12.50 a meal per person) which I thought was a steal.

 

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Here’s a snapshot of our meals:

  • Asian meatballs over stir fried veggies
  • Blackened salmon with mashed cauliflower and veggies
  • Crispy chicken picatta over roasted green beans, broccoli and cherry tomatoes
  • Yankee pot roast
  • Seven Springs Bratwurst with cabbage, onions, apples and sweet potatoes
  • Mixed greens
  • Bread pudding

 

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salmon entree and sides + la croix
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colorful mixed greens salad
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crispy chicken + side salad
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bread pudding made with almond and sweet potato flour

 

Overall, it was incredibly convenient. Everything was organized and the directions were very easy to follow. There was also zero prep. And I loved that the ingredients were whole foods.

 

Generally, I didn’t find the meals to be anything special. In fact, I thought everything was just so-so which surprised me because it all looked delicious. Maybe it was just an off week. I would like to give it another shot to see if some of the other menu items are any better. FYI, they also have non-Paleo family meals and a children’s menu. We just gave the girls some of our food. They loved the salmon.

 

Do you feel like I have been talking a lot? I do. The last thing I want to share is that I purchased a nut milk bag after reading so many posts about how easy it is to make and how delicious it tastes. I feel frustrated that many of the store bought almond milks either have way too much processed ingredients (including carrageenan) and very little almonds. I went with this bag based on the good reviews from Amazon. I will give it a whirl and let you know how it goes.

 

Has anyone ordered any family meals? I’m glad to see places promoting Paleo/gluten free menu items. Has anyone made almond milk before? If so, please let me know if you have any tips.

2 Comments

  1. I tried the pre-planned meals. Regular and Paleo. Both started off great, but quickly fell into the not so great dept. The crock pot is my go to busy friend, or plan to cook a meal for Sunday and Tuesday (our busiest day of the week). PS – the pic of Madison looks like a tiny version of Matthew when I tell him I ate Indian food all weekend and did not work out at all
    #thatface

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