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 😉

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!

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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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Meal Prep – Breakfast Bowls

Did you see the Breakfast Bistro Boxes I finally shared a while ago? I can’t believe I didn’t get it up sooner! FYI … this is from the “other” site that I’m slowly moving over here!

Well, then I made myself a Breakfast Bowl that really was really yummy!

And I shared pics on Instagram and such but never got around to sharing with YOU!

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Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

Back when I was attempting yet another Whole30, I came across this recipe and immediately modified and made it our way.

Even Mark liked it … what do you know!?

Yeah. It was good!

I’ve since made it quite a few times since … and really should have made it again when I had those bags of fresh broccoli from Costco … I didn’t though as we ended up traveling to Houston for our 2nd opinion with  MD Anderson but now thinking I need to make this in March! I also think I need to get a menu plan going and start some meal prep on Sunday after we get back home and so many other things … but FIRST we need to get Mark’s treatments started so we can get moving with our lives …

Regardless. MAKE THIS! SOON!

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Cream of Celery Soup

I’m slowing moving all my recipes over from the old blog to here

Some of you may know that I’m not sure if I dig soups or not … I mean, yeah, I have quite a few awesome soup recipes but at the end of the day, do I crave soup? No.

I do know, however, that whenever I get that Whole30 bug and want to eat clean and healthy. And of course, trying to keep Mark has always been difficult when I go this route as he and Jamie are both firm believers that man needs carbs, processed carbs, which means bread and pasta … otherwise, they may just die.

Men.

So, are you following me on Instagram yet? I’m not normally all that active, but the Whole30 community has an overwhelming presence and of course, I’ve been stalking all the Whole30 ‘gramers out there and finding some pretty awesome bloggers with some pretty awesome recipes …

Just like this one!

This surprisingly easy and yummy recipe comes from Whole Fork … and I pretty much followed her recipe but made a few little tweeks, just because that’s the way I am 😉

Here’s how I did it:

2 tbs ghee

pkg of celery, leaves and root removed, cleaned and chopped

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 white potato, peeled and chopped

4 cups of chicken broth

1 tsp lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

juice of half a lemon

dash of hot sauce or red pepper flakes

fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

bacon bits, for garnish

Melt the ghee in large pot. Not large, like soup pot large, just “large” We all know I’m notorious for going with a pot just a tad smaller than it should be.

Add the celery, onion, garlic and potato and saute til onions turn translucent. Add broth, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, till veggies are soft, stir occasionally.

Once the veggies are soft and cooked, add the broth and veggies to a blender and puree in batches. Careful of the hot liquid in the blender. You may want to take off the center portion of lid to allow steam to escape. Toss a washcloth over the opening if it starts to splatter.

    

Add the juice of the half lemon and give it a quick whirl.

Dish up, add a dash of hot sauce, garnish with parsley and bacon and enjoy!!

NOTE: I had my first bowl as is, straight out of the blender. Yumm. BUT there were them little fibrous celery strings that I just knew would turn Mark off. So I grabbed my fine mesh strainer and an 8 cup glass measuring cup and proceeded to strain the soup.

That’s one BEAUTIFUL jar of soup, don’t you think??

 

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Naked Pulled Pork

I say “naked” because, it’s without any BBQ Sauce …

And surprise, the 2nd time I made this, Mark ate it and said it was pretty damn good. Yeah, he said that about the green beans too … maybe his back pain was just making him super complacent?

What surprises me more than anything is that this humble hunk of pork can be transformed into something so freakin’ simple with just a few ingredients …

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3 to 5 pound pork roast (I used a boneless pork butt this last time which makes me wonder, how is it boneless??)

1 tsp himalayian salt (the pink stuff)

half bottle of liquid smoke

1/2 cup water

Grab your crockpot.

Usually, I trim some of the fat, but this last time I didn’t. So I guess it works either way 😉 Trim or not, it’s up to you!

Grab a tsp or so of salt and sprinkle it all over everything and then massage the butt . Not a lot, you don’t want anyone to give you funny looks, you know?

Toss that bad boy in your crock pot, fat side up.

Add your half bottle of liquid smoke all around and over the top,

Pour in the 1/2 cup water around the sides.

Put the lid on the crockpot. Set on low for 10 hours or more.

Now. 10 hours could be fine. I’ve had times where it’s a big bone in hunk of meat and it takes 16 hours … you want the meat to basically fall apart when you stab it with a fork.

Once cooked, pull out of the crockpot and let it cool a little until you can touch. Once it’s cooled enough, pull it apart, making sure to pull the slimy fatty stuff and discard that.

Go ahead, take a taste. I think you will be surprised! If you feel it’s a little dry, add a little of the juice from the crockpot and add that to the meat.

Go ahead and serve this up with a side of green beans or whatever else you’d like … no need for a bun or bbq sauce which makes this a family friendly Whole30 meal!

Enjoy!

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