Make your own Monday

Grr..daylight savings time. Yes, I like driving to work after the sunrise, but seriously…I want to go to bed at 7 O’clock.
I made it till 8 last night, and was wide awake by 6:15. On my day off. Grr.
So, I did what any self respecting 80 year old woman (yes, I also eat dinner at 4:30 pm) would do. Made jam!

I found this recipe for mixed berry chia seed jam on Pinterest, and modified it slightly.


▪4 cups mixed berries
▪1/4 cup lemon juice (approximately 2 lemons)
▪1 tsp vanilla extract
▪3 TBS chia seeds
▪1 1/2 TBS raw honey (to taste)


▪Simmer berries and lemon juice in saucepan over medium heat until fruit is soft and starts to break apart
*I let berries thaw at room temp for about 30 min prior to simmering, they were still partially frozen*
▪Pour fruit into blender, add all other ingredients, and blend until smooth
*If you like your jam more on the tart side, start with no honey. Add in 1/2 TBS at a time to taste*

This made about 3 cups worth of jam. Yum!

And, if you need an idea for a paleo dinner, try this.

Crock pot pork carnitas


▪4 pound pork shoulder
▪2 onions, quartered
▪4 garlic cloves, peeled
▪Juice of 2 oranges
▪Juice of 2 limes
▪1 TBS chili powder
▪2 tsp cumin
▪ 2 tsp oregano
▪2 tsp salt (pink Himalayan )
▪1 tsp ground black pepper

Place onions and garlic in slow cooker
In small bowl, mix citrus juice and spices together
Rub roast with spice mixture, coating all sides thoroughly
Place roast in slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours
Remove pork from slow cooker and shred, return to pot and cook on warm for an additional 30 minutes
Preheat broiler, remove carnitas from slow cooker and place on baking sheet
Broil for 3-5 minutes until crisp and crusted
*broiling is optional, but highly recommended*

Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious

I served this with baked sweet potatoes and the combo of spicy and sweet was amazing! Would be perfect for tacos, or served with some Spanish rice if you’re not eating a paleo diet!

OK, time for some leftovers for lunch!

Do you follow a Paleo diet?
Me, I try, but I’m kind of a potato and pasta junkie.


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