Scorpion attack (part II), my grocery list and homemade salad dressings.

Living in the country has its perks.  I love the peace and quiet, the room that our pets have to run around and play, and the beauty that you just can’t find in town.  I love our little house, that we are so fortunate to rent for half of what we’d pay if we lived in town, and I love that it makes my honey so happy to live in the country.  Seeing Oatmeal so happy makes me happy to live out here, too!

The happiness I have felt since moving out here to marry and move in with Oatmeal is unlike any other feeling I’ve had before.  I was so excited to move into our cute little house that I didn’t even really mind the few downfalls.  Such as…

The 3 miles of dirt/gravel I must drive each day to get to our home, thus making any car wash virtually pointless.

The giant moose/elk/caribou/whatever that is hanging above my front door, that could not be moved out when we moved in because, well, does he look easy to move?

I also don’t mind the rustic cowboy decor, as it does match the house and Oatmeal really loves anything related to being on horseback and roping small defenseless young cows.  Hey, whatever. 

In fact, I don’t even mind that Oatmeal comes home, loads up the horses, and leaves to do just that (rope defenseless young cows while on horseback) several times a week.

Now, I really could do with a bigger closet.  I have had my share of small closets since I went to college, but this one takes the cake.  And, if I have to make do with such a teensy closet…..

Shouldn’t I at least be able to trust that I’m not sharing it with anyone… such as… a scorpion??!?   Thank you Terminix, for coming out on a moment’s notice to put these traps in places where I never imagined we’d need them.  And please excuse my phone call tomorrow when I call to tell you that I found this guy’s father walking across my kitchen floor yesterday, SCREAMED FOR MY HUSBAND, and watched in horror as Oatmeal stomped it to pieces with his boot before I could even take a picture of it. 

But, as I was saying, I really Iove living in the country. 

Really.

Anyway, a few people have asked me lately what it costs to eat primal/paleo.  I went to HEB yesterday and bought everything that we will eat for a week.  There are a few things that we already have in our freezer, such as ground beef, that I plan to use this week, but for the most part the list below is pretty basic.

After I subtracted the prices of things like mascara, deodorant and bandaids, I calculated that I spent $143.

LOLA’S GROCERY LIST

Health/Bulk Section

  • 14 Larabars (we like Lemon, Apple and Banana)
  • Pecan pieces (for pecan crusted chicken recipe)
  • Dark chocolate covered blueberries (Lola’s favorite primal snack)

Dairy Section

  • 3 dozen omega-3 cage free eggs
  • Organic heavy whipping cream (I put 1/2 tbsp in my coffee each morning, that’s pretty much all the dairy I have in a given day but so worth it!)

Middle Aisles

  • 4 cans of Central Market brand yellowfin tuna (for lunches)
  • 1 bottle of cooking wine (sherry) for stir fry
  • 1 bottle of champagne vinegar

Meat/Fish Section

  • 2lbs nitrate-free bacon (for egg cupcakes for breakfast)
  • 2 packages organic chicken breasts (one for stir fry , and one for pecan crusted chicken tenders)
  • Wild Alaskan Sockeye salmon (1 8oz piece for Oatmeal and 1 6oz piece for Lola)
  • 1 package tenderized skirt steak (stir fry)

Produce Section

  • 8 small fresh olives from olive bar (for Puerto Rican Beef recipe)
  • 2 green bell peppers (stir fry)
  • 2 organic apples (Paleo cookies)
  • 2 mangos (salad and salsa)
  • 6 avocados (salad and salsa)
  • 2 tomatoes (salad and salsa)
  • 1 zucchini (egg cupcakes for breakfast)
  • 1 bunch green onions (egg cupcakes for breakfast)
  • 1 bunch organic kale (for breakfast smoothies)
  • 1 bunch asparagus (half for egg cupcakes, half for side dish at dinner)
  • 1 carrot (only one because it’s just for a stir fry)
  • 1 broccoli crown (stir fry)
  • 2 sweet potatoes (side dish with dinner)
  • 2.5lbs cherries (in season and sooooo yummy!)
  • fresh mushrooms (egg cupcakes and stir fry)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (salsa)
  • 1 bunch celery (snack to be eaten with almond butter, which we have already)
  • 1 large container of organic spring mix lettuce (for lunches and side dishes)

Frozen Section

  • Frozen organic berries (for smoothies)

Other things I like to have on hand all the time are salt, pepper, worchestersire sauce, almond butter, grass fed ground beef (we buy it by the pound from a friend of ours, but it is also sold at our HEB), olive oil, coconut oil, coconut milk (both the kind found in cartons in the dairy section, as well as the canned kind that is good in stir fry), garlic, goat cheese (salads), pumpkin seeds (salads), and whey protein powder.

So…. I hope this helps!

Something I really never buy anymore are premade salad dressings or marinades.  You just can’t trust what’s in them anymore (always made with so much sugar, gluten and chemicals).  When we went primal, I started making my own salad dressings and they are really SO SIMPLE.  Here’s my favorite one.

LOLA’S CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE

*I used to work for a catering company and they made a delicious champagne vinaigrette.  I think they may have used real champagne, but this is my version and it’s pretty darn good!

You’ll need just 5 ingredients…

  • olive oil
  • champagne vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dijon mustard

First you’ll want to pour some olive oil into a container.  I channeled my inner country girl and used a mason jar.

Now pour an equal amount of your champagne vinegar into the jar as well.

Now add a few teaspoons of salt and pepper…

And squirt in about a tablespoon of vinegar.

Now cover, and shake it up!

Enjoy on a side salad (with man salmon) and store the extra in your fridge!

Feel free to try the same salad dressing recipe using other types of vinegar.  I also like apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, and basalmic vinegar.  I also often use lemon or lime juice (fresh squeezed!).  Add paprika or garlic for extra flavor.

Happy Sunday!

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