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Making More Than Dinner

Guest Post contributed by Amber Beam, author of Weeknight Paleo: 9 Weeks of Quick & Easy Gluten-Free Meals

Photo credit: Dinner Series

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a little impatient. I’m that person who’s always monitoring the clock, tapping her foot in the elevator, and wondering how in the world the lady in front of me in the supermarket checkout line is still writing checks! It’s by far my greatest area for improvement (that’s a PC way to say weakness).

Impatience isn’t always a bad though! I have learned and flawlessly execute some amazing time saving strategies in the kitchen. I love reinventing leftovers and beating the clock to get quick and easy recipes on the table in under 30 minutes.

But I’ve noticed this hurried pace often follows with a quick inhaling of my culinary masterpiece and lots of TV watching. So I’m striving to change that. In fact, here are a few ways I plan to make more than dinner.

First, dine with friends. I plan to have dinner at least once a week with company. As soon as I hear the word company (guests, for those who might not speak southern American English), I think pull out the steaks. But I’ve found it doesn’t have to be a fancy meal to be fun. In fact, I tend to serve casual food because it sets the stage for a relaxed meal, and really who can be pretentious holding a burger? Instead of focusing on fine dining, the evening will center on great conversation, making eating an experience rather than the first stage of digestion. Read the rest of this entry »

Giveaway – Weeknight Paleo {2 Winners – 11/2 – Worldwide}

This week’s October Unprocessed Meal Plan dinners have been based around my recently acquired Weeknight Paleo cookbook by Amber Beam. I saw Amber was selling the eBook version of this tasty looking cookbook for a steal at $9.99 and decided to pick up a copy – I was so impressed that I went to Amber to ask if she would donate one to give away here (I love sharing the love when I find a great product!).

Amber generously agreed to donate not one but 2 copies of the Weeknight Paleo eBook – 9 Weeks of Quick & Easy Gluten Free Meals, and is offering a special discount to Becoming Crunchy readers as well (let’s just say that while the $9.99 deal is no longer available, you’ll still get to take advantage of it!).

So what’s so special about this cookbook?

To start – it’s all real food, all the time. Yes, it is Paleo – and I know not everyone is into that bandwagon, but even if you’re not all about the grain free I can promise you you’ll love this book if you’re at all into real food cooking. These recipes rock the unprocessed ideal – and with all the concern over GMOs, dyes, sweeteners, and all around fake food, it’s always helpful to add as many real food options as possible to your arsenal.

Especially because this real food cookbook is simple! It’s not named Weeknight Paleo for nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

October Unprocessed Week 3 Meal Plan

These past few weeks have been insane. And amazing. I am loving the whole experience of October Unprocessed so far – we have been eating such awesome food and feeling so great (and really noticing it the few times we’ve slipped). It’s also all been a lot easier and more positive than I thought it would be.

There are so many keys to this – the support on Facebook. Knowing that so many others are committed to the challenge this month. Having the husband be so on board. The changes I’ve already noticed in my body and attitude.

Of course, it’s not all been easy. I’ve had to give things up to make the time to cook all this food. I’ve been tired and stressed and seriously tempted to order pizza. But overall it’s been totally worth it.

I didn’t post a meal plan last week, but we did stick with the program – just did a lot of basic meals that were fast and easy. It’s been surprising to me this month how many of those kinds of meals there are within the realm of real food. If I have a weakness as a cook it’s something of a tendency to make things complicated. And it’s that weakness that makes me get home at 5PM after working all day and absolutely not want do anything about dinner but head through a drive through.

So I’ve been super excited about the simple, easy, tasty meals I’ve been able to throw together on weeknights and find that they are just as good as the most elaborate of meals. In my search to come across these kinds of recipes, I was thrilled to come across Amber Beam’s cookbook, Weeknight Paleo, which promises healthy, unprocessed recipes in 30 minutes or less.

This week all of our weeknight dinners will be coming out of that cookbook, and I’m looking forward to reporting back on the experience on Friday – along with sharing a giveaway of 2 copies of Weeknight Paleo! There is so much about this cookbook that I already adore, though I’ll wait until Friday to share more – here is our week’s meal plan in the meantime. Read the rest of this entry »

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