This Week’s Menu
January 28th – Feb. 3rd

You know what?   This Paleo diet is kindda growing on me.  I’ll almost be sad to see it go.

I mean, I don’t really like the food so I’m not eating much, therefore  I’ve lost a lot of weight.  I may need to be hospitalized soon as a matter of fact.

I get to walk around with a scowl on my face all day and the fella can’t complain because he knows he and his stupid Paleo experiment are the reason I’ve become a fire breathing monster.

And  best of all, now that I’m actually part cavewoman, I can stop shaving my legs, washing my hair, brushing my teeth, and peeing in private.

It’s gonna be a whole new world for me running crazy haired through the city, barking at people, scratching my legs and peeing at whim.

Paleo. What’s not to like?


The Recipes

My delicious, easy, Szechuan Carrot Soup

Guaranteed Crispy Sweet Potato Fries with Sriracha Mayo dipping sauce

Big ole’ batch of Fire Broth Soup

Gramma’s Spaghetti and Meatballs.  (without the spaghetti)

I’ve already warned the fella that I’m going to start reintroducing grains in a couple of weeks and little by little, all the food groups will be back on our plates.  I have a plan so we don’t go off course and start eating like pigs again which I’ll tell you about later.  It’ll be a way to stay organized with your meals.

Have a good weekend and remember … if you see a naked, whirling ball of hair tumbleweeding down the street … leave it alone. It bites.



  1. Becky says:

    I really thought that said FUNless burger LOL

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks for the warning!!! If I see it I’m going to throw a loaf of bread or better yet a cinnamon roll at it and run the other way!!
    Chris =]

  3. Karla C says:

    I tried to go low carb once…worst 8 hours of my life!

  4. Susan says:

    Omg!!! I just realized! You can’t eat chips!! Whatever are you doing! …want me to smuggle you a bag or two? I could hide them in the coop for you! Let me know! It’ll be like a smoker that is just going for a walk…you can just go visit the Girls! How’s the finger? Other than hurting like a bastard I hope it is healing!xo 🙂

    • Karen says:

      No chips in a month. Very sad. Finger only hurts if I touch it or apply any sort of pressure to it. I can type but that’s about it. It’s healing well and not infected, it’s just cutting open your nail bed is surprisingly painful. 🙁 ~ karen

  5. Miia says:

    You are sooo not gonna leave the diet in a couple of weeks, I can hear your innerself all the way to sweden and it is going something like: “oh, I love the food”. it has it’s hooks on you and you know it.. Just don’t try to fight it, admit it: secretly you love the food. Mmm paleo! You are soon one of those paleo people…

    .. Muahahaha, had to tease you.

  6. Julie says:

    You are REALLY funny and should be back on TV.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Julie. Don’t wanna be on TV though. They wouldn’t let me say half the stuff I say here on the blog. You know. All the stuff that makes it actually entertaining. That’s the half they wouldn’t let me say. ~ karen

  7. Melissa says:

    We’ve been talking about Paleo at our house, and it’s great that you mention some Paleo recipes that sound so good… but I’m wondering if it’s completely counter to the Paleo existence if we only tried it here and there. I imagine the fella would not approve.

    • Karen says:

      No it’s fine. Do what you can. I think it’s good to incorporate some of the ideas into your regular meals, but I don’t really agree with being completely Paleo. I don’t think the nutrition is adequate. For example where does one get their calcium if they’re allowed no dairy? You could eat a LOT of salmon and beans. Only beans aren’t allowed. So chances are you’ll need a calcium supplement. The second you need to supplement your diet with vitamins I take issue with the diet. So. Again to answer your question … you do not need to be a Paleo purist. And in fact, in my humble, unenlightened opinion, you shouldn’t be a purist. ~ karen!

  8. Alice says:

    Why are sweet potatoes acceptable, but white potatoes not? (Were those cavepeople some kind of potato racists?). You’d think they’d come across both of them when they were foraging…

    • Karen says:

      Couldn’t tell you Alice. Some Paleoists say sweet potatoes are fine .. others say they aren’t. There’s a lot of confusion in the Paleo world about all of the “allowed” and “not allowed” foods as a matter of fact. So … I’m taking advantage of their in-fighting and declaring sweet potatoes fine on occasion. ~ karen

      • missnicole says:

        sweet potatoes contain more fiber than white potatoes, therefore making them healthier. They turn to sugar slower when digeting.

  9. Angela that London says:

    Oh Karen Karen Karen,
    How can you do this to yourself in January? We’ve had proper snow in London (rare) and i just feel like hibernating like a grumpy bear. Giving up comfort foods right now seems like torture! On our menu tonight is homemade lasagne and salad followed by my blueberry and apple crumble with Haagen.dazs pralines & cream icecream.
    Have I gone too far?? Sorry, btw you are very slim and don’t need to lose weight. 😉

    • Karen says:

      I only needed to lost 5 pounds so I could fit back into my jeans. They felt like suffocating bands of denim before. I’m only little so 5 pounds is enough to make my clothes not fit anymore. And by the way. YES. You went too far. 🙂 ~ karen

  10. Could you add a spaghetti squash in with your meatballs?

  11. Jane says:

    Too funny Karen! I’m with you on the Pringles and since I don’t have a fella and therefore don’t have to put up with a Paleo diet I might have to pick up a tin for tonight! Sorry for your loss!!

  12. I’m making Fire Broth Soup for dinner tonight. We both have colds so it sounds so good. Thank you for the recipe. The Avocado Chicken Salad sounds good, too.

  13. Linda says:

    BAAAhahahahaha….ohhhh….what a visual…*snort*…hahahahaha

  14. Karen M. says:

    Brand new to your blog and I have to tell you I look forward to it every day because you make me laugh. Out loud! And that’s a really good thing.
    (the strange looks from the kids, not so much).
    Karen (best name ever)

  15. Jake says:

    I knew it wouldn’t be long before the cracks appeared. Pringles are on the way in a plain brown wrapper.

  16. says:

    Your opening sentences? I KNEW they were a lie!

  17. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I’m proud of you for sticking to it this long..I would have bailed out after maybe 2-3 days..If I see a fuzzy dirty blob flying through the frigid air that we are getting from up your way..I won’t have to wonder what the hell it is..Just don’t pee on me..

  18. Lisa says:

    This was my first week of trying to incorporate more paleo concepts, but it ended in disaster last night when I ate my very first baked sweet potato.

    Did you know some people cannot eat sweet potatoes?

    There is a sugar alcohol in there that some people cannot tolerate in large doses. This also explains why I hate watermelon and cauliflower, which contains the same thing….

    I will not over-share, but sweet potatoes are definitely off the planting list for this spring.

  19. Janet says:

    Sugar alcohol in sweet potatoes??? Bring ’em on!!!!

  20. Mary says:

    So, how was the paleo banana bread? I gots to know!

    • Karen says:

      Oh! It actually wasn’t bad. Not something I’d make post-Paleo, but good enough to eat. Unlike many of the other Paleo “recipes” I’ve tried. ~ karen

  21. KimC says:

    Thanks for the laughs again and the visuals! You are freakin’ hilarious. This was one of my favourite posts of yours. 🙂

  22. Janet says:

    Ditto to Kim’s reply! You are freakin crazy funny! Have a good weekend.
    From Janet in Alaska – where the wild biting things roam our streets daily! (:

  23. JebberA says:

    Ewe misspelt kinda. Paleo good. Mayk me strawng. Maik mii smahrt.

  24. Jackie says:

    I made your Szechwan carrot soup recipe tonight and it was amazing! My husband loved it, too. In his words, “I can taste everything…but in a good way!”

    • Karen says:

      Excellent! We’ve been having it a lot lately, but without the milk at the end because of this stupid Paleo stuff. Still tastes great. We just add a bit more chicken broth. I’m happy your husband liked it too. ~ karen!

  25. Lynne says:

    Life without pringles is not right. Not right at all. Dear pringle Godesses, throw Karen a pringle. Just one.
    How are you not starving Karen? 🙂 Do you want to eat the chicken feed right about now?

  26. Theresa says:

    I loved your menu and how it got angrier toward the end. I’m wondering what next weeks will say?! 🙂 Take care of yourself and don’t lose too much weight or sanity!!!!! If I was the fella I would be scared.

  27. Bols says:

    I have a question for Karen or others who have tried Paleo. I have playing with the idea of eliminating wheat from my diet (after having read several smart books, the last one being Wheat Belly [cannot remember the author off the top of my head] but it’s difficult.

    My question is: What do you eat for breakfast? I like eggs but I need to have at least 2 eggs to not starve an hour later, and obviously, I cannot eat eggs every single day. Yes, I do substitute with egg white but again, it’s still eggs.
    I remember an old interview with Dr. Atkins who said that he typically has a few macademia nuts for lunch. I, for one, must have a much bigger stomach and much higher metabolism than dr. Atkins because a few nuts may fool my stomach for 15 minutes at most. (Then, I would probably consider cannibalism).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bols – I can only speak for myself, but unless you’re eliminating wheat because you have a very bad reaction to it I don’t think it’s necessary. I know what everyone says all the books etc., but food is for enjoying and eliminating one thing all together, especially something as HUGE as wheat is not only challenging it’s saddening. Having said that, for breakfast I, obviously, eat eggs. I typically have 1 scrambled egg with half an avocado. And you’re right. Exactly 2 hours later I’m hungry again. Which is fine. That’s the way we’re actually designed to eat. Every couple of hours. So don’t worry if you’re hungry again in half an hour. That’s the time to have a handful of nuts and a small container of yogourt maybe. (not Paleo, but if you’re only interested in cutting out wheat than that doesn’t matter). 2 hours later another snack-type item. You get the idea. Finally don’t get too hung up on eating too many eggs. They won’t hurt you. Eggs were just another food in the long list of foods that had it’s 15 minutes of fame as being “bad for you”. The same way wheat is having it’s 15 minutes of fame right now. The owner and trainer at the Crossfit gym the fella goes to who is very well versed in nutrition etc., eats dozens of eggs a week. ~ karen!

      • Bols says:

        Thanks Karen.
        I am equally worried about getting sick of eggs although I am seem to have a fairly good resistance to getting tired of a certain stuff because I eat it often (living by myself, I typically cook large dozes of everything so that I have lunch for next day at work, and the day after that, and the day after the day after).
        I will try avocado. I love guac but avocado on its own may be a challenge (but if I hide it behind the scrambled egg… LOL …).
        I am actually the only person, as far as I know, who brings 2 meals to work every day because my stomach simply is not designed to go without food for 5 hours and more.

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