Returning to Balance: Sticking to Paleo when chaos strikes

by Lindsay Stein Walker

The last two weeks have been a roller coaster. We dealt with a family emergency along with me taking over the responsibilities of leading the book fair for my daughters’ school PTG. To say the paleo style of life went on the back burner would be a lie. We ate out more than normal and I drank way too much Diet Coke. My husband was better at picking items that could be considered paleo when we ate out, but me on the other hand, caved when it came to fresh baked rolls with cinnamon butter. I mean come on, a mom can only handle so much! So this Monday things had settled down and I was able to focus on cooking healthy once again. I commend those who have to follow this plan because of medical conditions and not just as a choice, because in the society we live in everything seems to be processed.

So back to Monday I started the week with making a plan for dinners and going to our local butcher shop to buy the items needed. I precooked in the oven 2 pounds of bacon for breakfast and snacks. Along with making homemade almond butter. Who knew it was as easy as just putting the almonds in your food processor and starting it and just letting it go. I will definitely be doing this more often. The almond butter came out beautifully and both my husband and youngest loved it. For Monday night’s dinner I made sloppy joes and roasted broccoli. Now normally sloppy joes are eaten on bread but I used cabbage as the medium to hold it. Turned out yummy and, minus my youngest, everyone ate their plates clean. Recipes and pictures are below.


Sloppy Joes

  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • Onion
  • Green pepper
  • 2 cans of tomato sauce
  • Chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cabbage

Sauté the onion and green pepper in your preferred oil when soft and translucent add in the ground beef. Cook until beef is browned throughout. Drain off the excess oil if needed. Add the tomato sauce, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer until thickened a little bit. Pull apart the cabbage gently so you have little cups to hold the beef mixture in. Pour mixture in cabbage and enjoy!

Roasted Broccoli

  • Broccoli
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trim broccoli into florets and add to pan. Drizzle with olive oil and desired amount of lemon juice from lemon. I used a half a lemon. Add salt and pepper as desired. Roast for 10 minutes and then stir and roast again for another 10 minutes. Voila you are done.

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And here’s how the almond butter turned out:

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– Lindsay


Community Contributor: Welcome, Lindsay Stein Walker!

Hello everyone! My name is Lindsay Walker and I am so excited to be contributing to the Movebutter Community. I am 35 years old, a stay at home mother to two very smart and adorable girls, Camille (7) and Meredith (5), and have been married to my husband Brad for 8 years. I also work on the weekends in our local hospital as a Xray/CT Technologist. So to me, I have the best of both worlds. My favorite thing to do above eating is cooking of course!

Now enough about me and onto what I hope to be bringing you all with these articles. We as a family have now moved to eating mainly Paleo; I say mainly because come on this girl can not fully give up chocolate and bread. So I hope you will follow me on our journey into this new diet. I am sure there will be major triumphs and major failures when it comes to what my kids will eat, but I promise you I will give you all the gory details into this adventure. I will bring you helpful recipes, tips, tricks, and observational snippets about what it’s like to be a mother trying to survive in the Midwest and to cook healthy.

Here is my first recipe:

Last night I prepared baked chicken thighs and my first attempt at spaghetti squash. Both came out beautifully and got a thumbs up from my kiddos. Which I was completely surprised with the squash, but what they ended up doing was tearing the chicken apart and mixing the two. This will definitely be a meal I will cook again. Also the spaghetti squash was super easy to make and is so versatile. I used is as a side and only put a little seasoning on it. But there are so many wonderful recipes out there- you can use it as a replacement for noodles.

Baked Chicken Thighs

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Drizzle olive oil over chicken thighs and generously coat with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.

Bake for approximately 50 minutes.

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Spaghetti Squash

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds.

Put on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook for approximately 60 minutes or until you can run a fork through it and it starts to form little strands like spaghetti.

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