Crockpot Spicy Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

Happy almost Friday! 

The day before I left for this trip, I spent all day cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, things like that.

Not because my husband can’t do those things, I just wanted to make his life easier. (And let’s be real, he’d never remember to do laundry and the last thing I want is someone upset because they have to wear their brother’s pants to school.)

I had taken the kids to the store last weekend and let them pick out easy foods like Lunchables, pizza rolls, frozen White Castle burgers. Basically my kids are going to be sad when I get home and we get back to our regular eating. 

But yeah, my husband’s sticking with Paleo while I’m gone and I wanted him to have lots of things that just need to be heated up. So I made this spaghetti squash casserole, this chili, and this beef stroganoff. All of those are favorites and I make them pretty much weekly. I also made some Paleo cornbread, a meatloaf you’ll see eventually, and roasted up a bunch of veggies. And finally, I made this.

I love making recipes like this because the meat is totally Paleo, super flavorful, and perfect on top of mashed cauliflower. But then it’s even more delicious on a roll with melty cheese on top! Which is, of course, how I ate it because I am weirdly obsessed with sandwiches right now. 

It was one of those times where I was all, “Okay, I’m just going to have two bites.”

“Orrrr maybe I’ll just have half a sandwich.”

“Welp. I ate it all.”

Crockpot Spicy Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

Click for the full recipe

8

I think we can all agree that one of the best things about winter is chili. There is nothing better than coming in from the freezing cold and finding a steaming pot of meaty chili on the stove.

We have had a lot of those days here in Colorado so chili has been on the menu a lot recently. And we’re still not tired of it!

I have really good news for the Paleo-eaters! Chili is so easy to make Paleo! It is pretty much Paleo to begin with. You just have to leave out any beans that you would normally add, and you have to throw out all the packaged chili seasonings. Other than that: meat and veggies!

Paleo!

I love pretty much all chili but I really love the kind with big chunks of steak. Especially with the Paleo chili where you are missing the beans, it’s nice to those big pieces of meat. So it’s less, “Blah, chili without beans is boring!” and more “Yay! Fantastic chili with big pieces of yummy steak!”

This version is extra delicious because not only does it have that steak that I love so much, it also has bacon. And we all know that bacon makes everything better. The chili is also easily adaptable when it comes to heat. I usually use a whole jalapeño but if you want more or less heat, feel free to use more or less jalapeño.

My absolute favorite way to eat Paleo chili is to put it on top of homemade sweet potato fries and then I top them with diced red onion, avocado, and lots of cilantro. It is so messy and requires a fork, but man, that sweet potato and spicy chili combo is killer. My husband prefers just a big bowl with onion and avocado. You really can’t go wrong though!

Exciting news! I’m now a contributor at Food Fanatic – I am officially the Paleo fanatic! This Paleo Chili Recipe is the first one I’ve shared but be sure to check back over there because sometimes I might not share them here. 

Click for the full recipe

4

Yesterday my kid came home and told me that they’d had a lockdown. It happens more than it probably should (#armylife) and thankfully it’s always nothing.

Really, it’s usually a parent threatening to punch the principal or something. 

And no, it’s never been me.

Yet.

Anyway, I asked what happened and he said, “There was a mountain lion! I saw it’s footprints on the playground on the way home!”

I was all, “Yeah….” and sent him upstairs to do his homework. So I went to my husband and said, “Hey, he said they had a lockdown because of a mountain lion.”

And he said, “Yeah, it’s possible. We see all kinds of things on the ranges.”

“What? Like they just come through the gate? That jerk wouldn’t let me through unless I took my sunglasses off the other day. But they’re letting mountain lions in?”

“Uhhh, a mountain lion could jump the fence. Pretty awesome, huh?”

And now I’m terrified. Of mountain lions. Hanging out in my backyard.

So in honor of the kid that may be telling me the truth or may be just trying to really scare his mother, I made something I knew he’d love.

Burger and Fries Pot Pie!

It’s really simple and my kids all loved it. It’s ground beef with some diced tomatoes and cheese and then it’s all topped with crinkle-cut French fries. How can that be bad? We won’t talk about how many French fries I stole off the top. 

Click for the full recipe

19

This is the week that will never end.

I swear, the short weeks are the worst. Especially since we’re snowy and for whatever reason, school hasn’t been canceled or even delayed. Yesterday all of Fort Carson was on a “phased arrival for non-mission essential” whatever but the kids still had to be at school bright and early. 

Lucky for me, I have one kid that goes to a school within walking distance. So he’ll either walk with his friends or I’ll walk with him. But then the other one’s preschool is a good drive away. So I called the secretary yesterday morning and said, “I’m not driving in this.”

And she said, “Excuse me?”

And I said, “My kid’s not coming to school.”

And she said, “Ummm…..” 

So. We skipped preschool yesterday. Rebels. 

At least I called, right?

A few weeks ago, when we made our family trip to IKEA, I tortured my husband (who is doing a strict Paleo diet) by pointing out every sign for their Swedish meatballs. Neither of us have ever tried the meatballs but the pictures were enough to make us both sad that we couldn’t have any.

And I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been thinking about them ever since. 

So I made these Paleo ones which really wasn’t that hard since meatballs are just balls of meat. So pretty much Paleo to begin with. There’s no bread crumbs or anything like that but they have a great texture regardless. And the sauce has coconut milk instead of sour cream or regular cream or whatever typically goes into Swedish meatballs. 

If I put these in front of you and left out the fact that they’re Paleo, you’d never know. You get no hint of the coconut milk. They really taste like traditional Swedish meatballs. And you could totally mash or rice some cauliflower so you have something to absorb all that delicious sauce. 

Click for the full recipe

18

Today starts 5 days off school for all my children.

Who decided this was a good idea?

Someone should’ve consulted me before such an important decision was made.

On the brightside, I don’t have to go anywhere today. I will change into workout clothes and then right back into pajamas after my workout. And a shower, of course.

Tomorrow, however, is parent/teacher conferences. The reason the kids have 5 days off. Uggghhhh. I’m always so nervous going into those things. You guys already know that I’m prone to crying when I’m aggravated and there’s nothing worse than crying in a meeting with your kid’s teacher.

Because then you’re that parent the rest of the year.

Another good thing about today (and Thursdays in general this time of year) is that we get football! And you should probably make some Sloppy Joe Fries to eat while you watch football. Why have a boring dinner when you can have fries covered in sloppy joe meat and cheese?

I had my doubts about sloppy joe meat on fries but you guys, it was so good. Especially with all the melted cheese on top! I put green onions, cherry tomatoes, and jalapeños on mine but you can leave them plain or pile on whatever toppings you like!

Click for the full recipe

25