Archives for July 2011

Paleo Buffalo Stir Fry

Have you ever tried buffalo? Neither had I until I landed myself on this crazy allergy diet. With the elimination of pasta, a frequent meal at our house, dinners quickly became a rather boring rotation of chicken, beef, pork… chicken, beef, pork, salmon. So we decided to be adventurous and check out the exotic meats section at Land and Sea Market. We tired several new meats that we hadn’t eaten before. We didn’t care too much for the others we tried, but the buffalo we really enjoyed!

Buffalo has a very similar taste to beef, but you can definitely taste the difference. Since the ground buffalo is a bit on the expensive side I wanted to use it in a recipe that would make it stretch, but still be filling. This is the recipe I first tried with the buffalo and I’ve made it the same way every time since we both really like it.

I start by sauteing chopped onion and garlic in some olive oil. I usually like to use green onion in this recipe, but I forgot to buy some… this onion worked just as well.

Onions and garlic cooking

Once the onions start to get soft, I add in my chopped green and red peppers and cook until everything starts to caramelize nicely.

Peppers

I use a half pound of ground buffalo. The ground buffalo comes in a one pound package. I already had this second half browned and frozen from the last time I made this recipe. I also added most of a package of frozen leaf spinach, just the right amount until it looks like a good ratio. Jesse really likes spinach and although I don’t mind it in a recipe or fresh on a sandwich, I wont eat it plain like he does.

Buffalo and spinach

I don’t like to add to much in the way of seasonings or sauce in this recipe because I don’t want to hide the buffalo flavor. I used a good amount of salt, some black pepper, and just a hint of red pepper. I like to pair it with either a baked potato or quiona.

(Side note: I realize neither of those are paleo approved, but I’m on an allergy version of paleo. I use a lot of paleo recipes for the use of fresh and simple ingredients, not necessarily for the lack of grains.)

Buffalo dinner

So what do you think, do you want to give buffalo a try? It’s really quite good!

Nuggets: This Week

One of my favorite blogs to read is called Dig This Chick. I love her writing style and her fabulous pictures. But what I love most about the blog is imagining what it would be like to live somewhere that I was able to grow my own produce and have chickens in my backyard, like she does. I think it’s always interesting to learn about how other people live.

Hump Day NuggetsDig this chick does a weekly post that she calls hump day nuggets. The definition, according to the urban dictionary, of hump day: Wednesday, the middle of the week, implying that you have to get “over the hump” before you can anticipate the weekend.

Once you’re over the hump, it’s fun to look back at a few small snippets from the activities of the week. She calls it “little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week.” She invited her readers to join in with their own nuggets from the week. Too bad we don’t have any real signs of the season in Florida, but I thought I’d give it a try and documents little thoughts that aren’t enough to make into blog posts of their own.

:: My sister is in town, home from grad school for several weeks. We thought it would be fun to explore a few cute antique shops we always pass by on the way to the beach. They weren’t quite what we were expecting. I guess it takes a unique person to own a shop like that, we were a little creeped out by some of the owners. After a few shops we realized the reason they were following us around so closely was because they must have problems with shoplifters. Each store had signs about being on camera, one store even said we couldn’t enter with a purse… said we must go lock them in the car and then come in. We weren’t interested in walking all the way back to the car just to see this particular store. We must have looked extra suspicious because when we would stop to comment on something that looked cool they’d ask if this was the kind of thing we were looking for and if we were going to buy it. And it wasn’t just one weird store… they were all like that! We had fun anyways. Our most interesting item was an old coffin in a consignment shop… always a good idea to sell those when you’re done with them, you never know who else could make use of it.

Antique shop

:: I continue to enjoy using my own hand-picked tomatoes in my cooking. I’m sure they taste a lot more tomatoe-y than the canned kind. I’m fighting my natural urge to save them so I don’t run out. I’ll have to be sure and pick lots again next year.

Frozen tomatoes

:: I watched an interesting documentary about farming called The Future of Food. It talked about the relationship between farmers, business, and government. It renewed my interest in using fresh ingredients and made me want to find out about buying local produce. How could you not crave some nice veggies after learning about where they come from and how they get to you?

Squash

:: We had the opportunity to babysit for one of our friends. I have done hardly any babysitting since high school, back before I had to get a “real” job. We realized we could use some practice before we’re ready for foster kids. Amelia is usually very picky about who she lets hold or play with her so we were prepared for her cry a lot that night. Luckily she did not. However, I don’t think she really enjoyed her time with us either. She tolerated us playing with her toys, but got upset when we tried to encourage her to play with us. We had no trouble getting her to go to bed after she made it clear how sleepy she was.

Amelia

:: My treats for my second official product review came in. I’m so excited for the opportunity to get to try out all of these brand new products. I’ll be sure to let you know what I think.

Cookies

That’s all the nuggets I have for this week. I need to get better at snapping pictures of things that we do if I’m going to keep having nuggets to share. Happy hump day, the weekend is getting closer!

Whatcha Reading?

I love to read! Even though I have much less time to read now than I used to, I still love to read. When we were kids Mom used to make us complete an hour of reading each day of summer break before we were able to do anything else. She thought we needed something to keep our minds alive between times of what she called “brain-dead excitement” or endless hours of television. I really don’t think we spent that much time watching TV, except on days when it was over one hundred degrees outside so there wasn’t much else to do.

At first it seemed like some sort of cruel punishment to make us read during our summer break, but then I grew to enjoy it. During college I had absolutely no time for reading anything other than my text books. Then I got a job where I often had so much free time that my boss urged me to bring books or magazines to keep myself busy during the day. While I was at that job I always had mixed feelings about working there since I knew I wasn’t making much use of my skills. But it really wasn’t a bad gig since I was able to fly through the books. I would often finish a book and take my lunch break to go to the bookstore to pick up the next one. Miss that job!

Anyways I have decided to reinstate reading time into my daily schedule. Last week I wrote myself a new schedule to try to keep my day a little more organized. The plan is to spend half an hour reading right after lunch to help break up my day. The plan seems to be working well so far. Today I finished reading Sunset by Karen Kingsbury. Kingsbury is easily my favorite fiction author. This was book fourteen, the last of a long series. I’m kind of disappointed that the series is now over since I’ve been reading about the Baxter family for so long now.

Sunset

The book I’m starting next is a reading assignment from the future Dr. Reilly. Sometimes I get a little jealous of the fascinating stuff she gets to learn about Psychology. I’d love to learn all about that stuff… only without all the work that goes along with the classes! I enjoyed the Psychology class I took in college and she thought I might enjoy reading more. The book is called Psychoanalytic Object Relations Therapy. Sounds intense! Supposedly it’s some basic, beginning ideas. I’ll let you know how it goes.