Sweet Potato Fries

Back when I was attempting yet another Whole30, I was on DAY 3 and we made burgers on the grill … which meant …

BEER

Beer was ALWAYS the cause of my failure.

Sweet Potato Fries - Whole30 / Paleo

See … back in the “old” days aka before #tinycondo life, when we grilled, we would sit outside where it’s like a sauna and NOT in a good way … between swatting the skeeters and dabbing at the back of your neck with a papertowel, it’s almost a given that you Get Yourself a Coozie and have a chilled beer (bonus point for the first person who can Name That Song!) … but that’s not very Whole30’ish like. Actually, it’s everything Whole30 isn’t …

But don’t you worry … I improvised on so many levels and was so proud of myself …

I did indeed grab a coozie and then a can of LaCroix Sparkling Water Lime … and you know what? That satisfied that habit/need/desire/whatever to roll the edge of the coozie around the table in a circular fashion, sip from the can and give it a little swish swish back and forth, set it back down … run my finger around the rim, play with the tab and so on. Yeah, I am a little fidgety.

So anyways … I had bought a gigantic bag of sweet potatoes from Costco and still had a small bag from Aldis so I wanted to use those up first. Yes, they were starting to show their age a little …

Grab yourself some sweet potatoes, wash them and peel them up. Lob off the ends of each one (actually, if you cut  off the pointy end BEFORE you peel you will avoid that annoying stop with the peeler when it hits the tough spot).

Turn on your oven to 425 degrees.

Cut them bad boys in half long ways and then cut in to fry size pieces. Uhm, I just sliced, cut and sliced the thicker ones again.

Toss them in a bowl and drizzle with some avocado oil and sprinkle with some oregano, salt and pepper. Ok, you can use olive oil if you want but I was so excited about the avocado oil ūüėČ  Make sure you salt them well. I totally under-salted mine!

Lay out the fries in a single layer, leaving a little room between so they don’t “steam” …

Throw the pan in the oven and let them cook for about 15 minutes. Pull out and turn over, the best you can, trying to keep them in a single layer and a spaced apart the best you can.

Allow to cook for another 10 minutes or so, checking for desired doneness.

Yup, they tasted just as good as they look!  I don’t think I’ll be buying the frozen bags anymore as they really didn’t take any longer to prepare than the frozen ones! 

Go ahead and give them a try!

#SweetPotatoFries #MakingDinnerAtHome #Whole30 #Paleo

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Balsamic Beef – Whole30/Paleo

Mark’s out of town and well, I went to Costco, again.

I have no idea what I was thinking … I wanted to pick up a few more boxes of the dishes, a few more boxes of hangers and some food … but not a lot.

And I didn’t really buy¬†a lot¬†but certainly MORE than one person needs for a week. Continue reading “Balsamic Beef – Whole30/Paleo”

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General Tso Crockpot Style – Whole30/Paleo

When you got a long day in the office, it’s nice to come home to a home that smells like dinner is ready to be served …

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*It’s January and I know a lot of folks will be doing a Whole30 and this is perfect!*

Doing the Whole30 will sometimes make you feel like an outcast … it will be a little difficult to go out for dinner and drinks with friends, and forget the fast food or take out joints!

BUT … this might, just maybe, fill that void! Grab yourself a bag of riced cauliflower from Trader Joe’s (or any store now!) and you can almost call it a take out meal!

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Here’s what you need to make this yummy Whole30/Paleo dish that the whole family will be eating!

2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces *I¬†strongly recommend using thighs so you won’t have dried out chicken!

4 cups of stir fry veggies (frozen is fine, just check the ingredients to make sure no funky stuff added to “preserve”)

1.5 tsp of ginger

1 tsp of red pepper flakes

1/4 c coconut aminos (most grocery stores are carrying this now!)

5 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tsp sesame oil

1/4 cup of green onions, sliced thin

salt and pepper to taste

GARLIC SAUCE by Coconut Secret

*If you see this in the store, grab it! It is SO good! Otherwise, grab the plain coconut aminos …

Add everything to the crockpot EXCEPT the frozen veggies and green onions and set on low for 5 to 6 hours. Don’t worry if it’s 8 hours, everything will be fine! *IF you are using chicken breast, I strongly recommend 6 hours TOPS as it will dry out and make you very sad when you go to eat.

About an hour before you are ready to serve, toss in your frozen veggies and put the lid back on. Walk away. Don’t do anything. Just. Leave. It. Be.

 

When you are ready to eat, heat up your riced cauliflower and dish the chicken and veggies over the top of the rice, garnish with the sliced green onions.

Pssst … might as well make yourself a batch of¬†Unrolled Egg Rolls¬†as well!

Easy Peasy, huh?

#Whole30  #Paleo  #Crockpot  #GeneralTso  #SlowCooker

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Winter Blend Veggies

Looking for a quick, healthy side? This is it!

I try to eat veggies at all three meals. Generally, breakfast would consist of green beans, eggs and bacon or chicken apple sausage. That started back when I did my first Whole30 eons ago … and it was a habit that just stayed with me.

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Now that it’s winter time though, green beans are not really in season and quite honestly, frozen green beans cook up too mushy for my taste. I prefer they have some crunch still.

So lately, I’ve been grabbing frozen veggies from Aldi and Walmart …

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$1.09 at Aldi

$5.88 each Walmart

Walmart also carries a mix of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots for $5.88 … and these are large bags. Hubby is not a fan of the carrots and I never was either until recently …

Anyways. Some people think I’m weird because I eat these veggies at breakfast. But I know that is my BEST time to get veggies into my day! And I have a super easy way for you to make these in the morning without a whole lot of fuss, promise!

Grab yourself a skillet.

Trader Joe’s Ghee $3.99 and Kelapo is around $8.99 (look in the oil and vinegar section)

Turn that heat to medium and add some ghee, avocado oil or what not. Not a lot, just a little bit to coat the bottom of pan. Personally, I use ghee as I think ghee is made for sauteing veggies!

Add the veggies, season with a little salt/pepper/garlic powder/onion powder mixture.

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Add a touch of water and put a lid on it. Keep the veggies over medium heat and check on them in about 5 minutes or so, giving a quick stir.

Once they are heated through and softened to your liking, go ahead and dish them up! I like mine firm but hubby likes his mushy so we have to split them up a little!

*If you’d like a little char to them, take the lid off and crank the heat to HIGH and let them cook for a minute or so, tossing them after the first minute. Keep an eye on them as they will overcook if you aren’t careful!

Enjoy!

#Whole30  #Paleo  #Vegetables

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Broth Bowls

Baby it’s cold outside …

It’s wintertime for a lot of you and even here in Paradise, we still get a little chill sometimes so I’m bringing over some of my favorite soup recipes from the other site!

This idea came from Made It Love It Paleo… and of course, because the concept was so simple, I hopped right to the kitchen and made one just for kicks.

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Yes, it was Day Two of my September Whole30 and a Tuesday morning. Cloudy, but still, already 85 degrees outside. At 7:30am.

BUT

I had leftover stuff from the holiday weekend. And because I was kind of on a No Spend Week, I was trying to use what I had on hand, yeah, even in the beginning stages of a Whole30 … and what the hell, leftover chicken was in the house and only 18 eggs left … so let’s do it!

Uhm, hello? It’s a keeper due to the simplicity of the whole thing! Again, it’s just the concept of the whole thing …

Ready?

Here’s how I made my bowl of yumminess!

1 1/2 to 2 cups of stock/broth of choice, I used chicken this time around (Costco, organic, totally clean because you know some of them have yeast and other weird stuff in them right?)

veggie(s) of choice – I used leftover chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, sliced green onions and a handful of shredded coleslaw mix from a bag (all leftovers from Sunday)

cooked protein of choice – I used leftover chicken

Herbs of choice – I skipped as I was hungry …

Heat up your broth in a saucepan over medium high heat. You want the broth HOT!

Toss your ingredients of choice in a heat resistant bowl … use as much or as little as you like! I had a LOT in this bowl! This was the FIRST time I made it …

another day not enough broth

Once the broth is HOT, gently ladle 1 to 2 cups of broth over your ingredients. Allow to sit for 3 to 5 minutes to heat up the “body” ingredients and the broth will cool down enough for you to slurp. NOTE: I opted to put a plate over the top of the bowl to keep it steaming since I didn’t have as much broth as I wanted for the amount of veggies/protein in the bowl and let it sit while I did my makeup.

Sprinkle with your herb of choice and enjoy!

Now … obviously, this can be a super generous serving for one a smaller serving for 2 … I opted to make it just for me this time around but I’m like, wow, what a simple way to make a soup errr … broth bowl!

#Soup  #Whole30  #Paleo  #UsingWhatYouHave

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BLT Inspired Chicken Salad

This is a super yummy salad that is Whole30 Compliant, Paleo, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free and all that other stuff BUT so stinkin’ good! I promise, you will be so very glad you gave it a try!

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It’s easy, and really, REALLY tasty!

*I mean, come on, BACON?*

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UnRolled Egg Roll

For years, and I do mean YEARS, I would turn my nose up at egg rolls … I mean, seriously, it was a fried, greasy “thing” filled with icky cabbage, carrots and protein. Oh, wait … are there eggs in there?? I honestly don’t know but I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve taken a bite and just said NO THANK YOU.

Egg Roll in a Bowl
Egg Roll in a Bowl

Crazy, I know!

I was just never a fan of them … they were overly fried, borderline cold and again, that icky cooked cabbage stuff ::shudder::

Then along came Whole30 a few years ago … and I discovered a ‘few’ things that I might like after all! Imagine that!

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Yup. I¬†can¬†tolerate cooked cabbage so long as it’s¬† not a wimpy, hot mess! Hence, this dish was perfect!

Yes, I have tried to do a Whole30 several times. And failed each time. Just not my thing. You know, things happen, the random beer appears, etc. See, it’s the booze that always gets ME off track. And I have not excuse other than, it’s just the way it is.

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But this dish? It sticked around even after those numerous failures of a full 30 days of clean eats. Because it’s really yummy! And even Mark likes it ūüėČ

1 bag of tri-color slaw (cabbage,carrots, red cabbage mix) *don’t use the angel hair mix!

1/4 onion, diced

smashed clove of garlic

1 tbs avocado oil (coconut oil or olive oil is fine)

1/3 cup Coconut Aminos OR Coconut Aminos Garlic Sauce*

1 tbs sesame oil

cooked protein of choice. I’ve used shrimp, chicken and pork, all are yummy! YOu can skip the protein if you want

2 green onions, sliced thin

*if you are not opposed to soy, then by all means, use soy sauce … just know that I’m on the train that says soy is bad*

Heat the oil in large skillet over medium heat. Take my advice and use a larger skillet than you think you need. Toss in your cabbage mixture with onion and garlic and saute til soft.

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Add coconut aminos and sesame oil and saute a little longer to absorb some of the liquid. TIP: measure all in a measuring glass and be ready to just dump and go!

Add your protein of choice (if using ) and garnish with green onions and eat up!

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Shrimp with Mango and Cucumbers – Whole30/Paleo

Mark is heading out of town on Wednesday and will be out for 10 days … what a perfect time for me to give myself a little break and get my food stuff back on track!

First up will be this yummy salad … bonus because I have everything on hand! Yes!

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For a while, there I would call this a “shrimp salad” but it’s not really a salad, per se, nor is it a salsa … so I don’t know what to call it! It’s just a Whole30/Paleo Approved Shrimp with Mango and Cucumbers ….

Easy Peasy.

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So, let’s talk about the shrimp itself, ok? This bag is from Trader Joe’s. It’s $10.99 for a full pound. It is, by far, the best tasting, cleanest shrimp I’ve found in a LOONG time … I was hooked on Costco for a while there but then had this for New Years Eve a few years back and I’ve since been stuck on it! And the price? Never changed. Always the same.

Ok, let’s get to the recipe!

1/2 pound of cooked shrimp, peeled and those pesky tails removed! I prefer to cut in half or 1/3 to make smaller bite size
1/2 cup of cucumbers, seeds scraped out if really watery and chopped (tip: just buy the english cucumbers!)
1/2 mango, chopped
1/4 cup of canned pineapple, drained, and chopped
1/4 of a red pepper, diced (I use the mini peppers too if that’s all I have!)
1/4 of a small red onion, diced
1/2 smallish jalapeno, seeds and membranes removed, diced
1/4 cup of parsley leaves, chopped
3 tbs olive oil
juice from 1 lime
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Place shrimp, cucumbers, mango, pineapple, red pepper, onion, jalapeno and parsley in larger bowl.

In a separate smaller bowl, mix all the other ingredients, whisking to incorporate well.

Pour the liquid over the shrimp mixture, cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to allow everyone to do a meet and greet and get friendly with each other.

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Serve cold and enjoy!

#Whole30   #Paleo   #Shrimp   #RealFood   #Salads

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BLT Boats – Paleo / Whole30 Approved

Quick and satisfying BLT that is Paleo and Whole30 approved!

All three times I’ve tried to do the Whole30 (and have NEVER EVER EVER made it past Day 14!), I always come across some really great and tasty recipes that are definitely keepers! ¬†This would be one of them!

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These are perfect since you don’t use regular bread, but instead, yummy butter lettuce or baby romaine lettuce leaves come into play here …

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