Weekly Menu 3/5 – 3/11

Alrighty folks — the moment of truth.  What the hell are you going to be eating all week?  Well, I’ve got mine figured out…and the sad thing is, I look at so many cookbooks and read so many cooking blogs that I already have ideas for the week after this one.  Yikes!  No wonder I have a vein on the right side of my head that’s bulging out a little bit.  Seriously, I’ve had a pain there all day — no idea why.  Quick heads up — I am foreseeing next week to be very seafood heavy.  I got a new book, well two new books, but one of them has recipies in it!!!  It is one of Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Cookbook and I absolutely love it already.

Ooooh crap-ola I almost forgot the awesome news!  This week’s menu is incredibly special because this coming weekend we will be experiencing treats. Jason and I allow ourselves to have a treat once a month.  The last treat we had was February 10th.  So, yay!  Let me talk just a little bit about treats.  If you allow yourself one treat a week, hey that’s awesome…and honestly, I wish I could do that.  If you want to eat Paleo but eat treats even 20% of the time, man…nothin’ wrong with that.  The thing is *I* cannot do that.  Everyone has a different body makeup in that some can handle it and some can’t.  It took me a very long time to figure this whole treat thing out.  When Jason and I first starting eating this way we were very strict most of the time, but allowed ourselves a treat weekly.  We would eat 100% clean until the weekend, where we’d go out to eat or have a dessert at the movies or whatever.  Thing is, slowly, something would take place where I’d have an extra long weekend from work or there would be something worth celebrating so a treat would sneak in during the week.  Whatever the case may be — it starts to happen too frequently.  The thing with treats, that is sugar, is that it is highly addictive.  And it is even more so addictive to some than to others.  The reason treats would sneak their way in is because having them weekly was too frequent.  If you take anything from this post — take this:  for those of you that think you cannot give up bread, that you cannot give up chips, sweets, sodas, etc. it is because you have not given them up yet.  You crave them because you are addicted to them and because you have had them recently.  If you have had them even within the last few days you will want them, and feel as if you cannot give them up, until you’ve gone without them for a good period of time.  Once you haven’t had them…in let’s say, a month…you suddenly…don’t…want…them…anymore.  Yeah, it’s weird, but true nonetheless.  Make a change to better your life!

Anyway, now that the lesson is over I will say — eating foods that are sweet or have that mouthfeel that reminds you of comfort or dessert is still really fun and it’s nice to do things like that every once in a while.  Let’s discuss some of the things that are really cool about only allowing a treat on a monthly basis:

  1. Gives you something to look forward to.
  2. Keeps desserts interesting & keeps them special because they’re infrequent.
  3. When they’re Paleo-approved desserts you know they won’t wreck havoc on your body and insulin levels.
  4. You will stay lean and fit!
  5. BEST REASON OF ALL:  You can eat them completely guilt-free because it’s not something you do all the damn time.

Our weekend will consist of three different treats — yeah, we’re actually being a little more bad than usual but a treat to me means using almond meal, eating some dark chocolate, or even adding a few tbsp. of honey to a dish — a lot of Paleo folks consider those A-ok on a regular basis, especially if they’re not considered a dessert but I don’t.   Saturday and Sunday will have some small sort of treat each.  The following Monday will pick up right where we left off and a treat will not come up again until April 10th.

Monday –  Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa & Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Broiled asparagus spears on the side

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Stuffed Beef Heart with Glazed Carrots & Parsnips

Wednesday – Ginger Citrus Chicken Skillet

Thursday – Everyday Meatloaf alongside Brussels Sprouts with Browned Butter Hazelnuts

Friday – Sausage Spaghetti Squash Bake

Saturday – Smokey Lime Ribeye Steaks with Roasted Broccoli & Treat: Chocolate Covered Bacon

Sunday – Breakfast Treat: Carrot Cake Pancakes with Coconut Butter Topping, Beef Enchilada Cabbage Rolls with Cauliflower Rice, Dessert Treat: Homemade Chocolate Almond-Butter Ice Cream

 

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