Christmas Dinner

So we went off the Paleo / low carb / grain free rails here. But it was good. And shareable. We decided we were full of turkey, and didn’t really want ham, and so settled on Beef Wellington for Christmas Diner. Enter the obvious problems. I’m trying to be grain free, and I’ll be preparing this with a 4 and 6 year old underfoot. Enter Cooks’ Country and their Open Faced Beef Wellington. We’ve made this before, and it was originally one of their recipe card inserts in the magazine! These are 30 minute or less recipes. (It was in their February / March 2011 issue, if you keep the magazines.)

The kids loved this recipe. Even the mushrooms and the “yucky looking sauce that tastes yummy when you eat it.” Which led me to wonder: is the “Child Who Won’t Eat” really picky, or does she just have good taste? She also likes lobster, crab, and a not pretty, but super yummy, balsamic tilapia recipe I recently found. The jury is still out. But she hates chicken nuggets, and loves Beef Wellington… I’m leaning toward she just has good taste. 🙂

Here is the grownup version:


And the kid version (oops, I forgot to use the Christmas plates):


They requested leftovers for lunch the next day (yes, it was loved that much), so I remedied the plate error, and added cauliflower, just because I could! Hey, any excuse to double the veggies….

IMG_1274If you want a delicious, gourmet, kid friendly, easy to prepare holiday meal, this one is fantastic! It’s just not paleo, low carb, or grain free. But it was worth it. And if you’re an 80/20 paleo-er, then it totally fits.


Salmon in Red Curry

We recently made this Pan Seared Salmon in Red Curry Sauce from Against all Grain. It was another fantastic meal. My (now 6!!!) year old loved the sauce, and kept asking for more. I’ll have to double the sauce next time.  The leftovers didn’t make for good lunch leftovers, but I learned:

  1. My “eat everything” kid loves sauteed bok choy.
  2. My “eat nothing” kid loves acorn squash.
  3. This salmon is fantastic. Girls who supposedly don’t like salmon ask for seconds.
  4. Bok choy (in sesame oil) is bitter on its own…and fantastic in the same bite as this salmon.
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A Typical Dinner

We post our lunches, and our fun weekend cooking, I thought I’d post a typical dinner. We serve meat and veggies, and offer fruit as dessert. You can have as many veggie refills as you want, (with some parental limitations, of course, but they’re easy to say yes to). You typically earn more meat and fruit by eating more veggies. Generally a good plan! 🙂

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