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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Bite Size Potato Skins

Ok, ok, I know that the holiday season is OVER and most of you (myself included!) are trying to eat “healthier” … hence, that is why I’ve been sharing some Whole30/Paleo recipes lately

BUT

These are really GOOD and they aren’t fried … and well, they are a vegetable so why not? Besides … it’s FRIDAY!  Oh and yeah, I bought a 15 pound bag of potatoes at Costco last weekend …

Bite Size Potato Skins

Hello little bites of yumminess!!

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Let’s Party #48!

Hey hey,  who wants to party??!!

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Mark goes in for his infusion today and well, we are nervous as he travels on Wednesday morning to the Midwest for 10 days or so … we already know that Thursday and Friday will be “fun” … he comes home and then we head to MD Anderson on the 31st for the quarterly CT Scans and testing. Honestly, we are supposed to be going every eight weeks but it just doesn’t work out that way. And then the *oh s*it* kicks in … this is his life we are talking about and how dare we left ordinary every day life interrupt what we should be doing for his health? Well, quite honestly, it’s almost the equivalent of flipping the bird to this cancer. Sad, but true. Such petty, sophomoric attitudes we have.

Any way. We had LOTS of sharing going on last week and I can’t wait to see what you all are going to give me this week! Go ahead, share all your family friendly stuff, make sure you visit others and leave a comment or two along the way!

Let’s Party!

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

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out! 

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Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad

Here’s a much healthier version than Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad!

*Who’s ready for a new year to start? I am … 2018 has just been way too much fun on so many levels, NOT!*

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Now that we are officially moved in to the #smallcondo it’s time to get back on a routine, don’t you think? All that eating out and food waste have really taken a toll on us and we need to get back on track … so here we go, ONE of my favorite salads!

I used to love to get the Mandarin Chicken Salad from Wendy’s back in the day … I thought I was being super healthy, you know?

Of course, that was before I learned about reading labels and such … amazing how something so “healthy” could be so very bad for you. Not to mention, they also discontinued this particular salad a while ago … so sad!

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When I came across this recipe back in 2015 I was so excited to give it a try … I was so glad I did! Talk about an awesome, flavorful salad … and even better, when I opted to make it at the last minute, I had EVERYTHING on hand so it fit the bill!

Here’s what you need:

2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts

head of lettuce (romaine) chopped in bite size pieces

1 red pepper, sliced and chopped in bite size pieces

1 large carrot, coarsely shredded

1/4 of a small red cabbage head, sliced thin

15 oz can of mandarin oranges, drained

4 green onions, sliced thin

1/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

and then … the dressing:

1/3 c honey

3 tbs vinegar

2 tbs  mayo (bonus points if you make your own! Go ahead and try, it’s easy!)

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp salt

Ready? Season your chicken with salt and pepper (and oh, what the heck, garlic POWDER if you have). Bake in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes or so, til cooked through. Remove and allow to cool. Once cool, go ahead and cut into bite size pieces. Alternatively, if you want to be “pretty” you can slice thinly but then you will still need to cut when you are eating, so I say, just cut into bite size pieces 😉

Add all the veggies, oranges and almonds to a large bowl. Top with the chicken.

Whisk the honey, vinegar, mayo, oil and salt in small bowl and drizzle over the salad.

Better yet, toss all in a canning jar, cap it tightly, and shake it like you mean it. THEN drizzle over the salad, toss to coat and serve up.

Enjoy!

#MandarinOrangeChickenSalad   #Paleo   #EatDinnerAtHome  #EatAtHome  #Salads

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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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.

breakfast boxes meal prep eggs bacon green beans

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

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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Let’s Party #46

Hey! Are you all ready for the last party of 2018??

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

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A sign of things to come in 2019

I can’t believe the year is almost over. I’m glad … only because SO many things have happened: Marks diagnosis, we sold the house, we bought the condo, we moved not once but TWO times, we got rid of SO many personal belongings (of which I’m still struggling with some) and so on … thankfully Nolan showed up late 2017!

Mark has his 3rd dose of Taxol on Wednesday and then we host Nolan’s first birthday on Saturday … here’s hoping the stuff doesn’t kick his butt again by day 3 (which is SATURDAY) … this stuff is definitely making it’s side effects known.

Thank you to everyone who came by last week and this week to share your awesome project and great ideas! I still feel the need to pick up some needles and yarn and get crafty! 😉

What do you say? LET’S PARTY!

Cinnamon Rolls – a Christmas Tradition

The recipe originally comes from The Pioneer Woman … I was making them every year for about 5 years … of course, I had to count on my fingers and remember key events to get to that number of years … really, FOUR YEARS??  It’s been about another FOUR years since I’ve last made them and well, time to bring out the old recipe AND old pictures! Here you go with an old post from the other blog with a little update at the very end …

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They aren’t hard to make either … I mean heck, if the Pioneer Woman is making them … you know that they are GOOD and EASIER than most recipes … gotta love that about anything!

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I started making these on Christmas Eve one year, and it just became something that everyone expected … and since I love that people LOVE when I make something for them, I’m always happy to bring out the flour and hop to the baking …

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I still have a HECK of a time getting rolled tight, but probably because I really really load them up with the filling. Which is what makes them so good, I think.

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I also use brown sugar instead of white … so there’s my one noticeable difference in the recipe…give yourself 2 days to make these as you can toss the dough in the fridge overnight and roll and bake the morning of.

Cinnamon Buns … my version:

2 cups of milk (I use 2%)

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup of white sugar

1 pkg yeast

4 cups plus 1/2 cup of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder (make this heaping)

1/2 tsp baking soda (make this ‘scant’)

1/2 tbs salt (heaping)

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

cinnamon

Ready? Get yourself a big pot and add the milk, oil, sugar. Give it a quick whisk and scald the milk … this is just BEFORE it starts boiling. Make sure the pot is big because it will bubble like mad AND you are going to mix the flour in too.

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Once it is scalding go ahead and remove from the heat and let it sit for an hour or so til it cools down some (lukewarm to warm but NOT hot).

Sprinkle the yeast over top of and let that sit for a minute while it does it’s foamy action.

Add in your 4 cups of flour. It’s going to be a wet soggy mess, but that’s ok. Put a lid on it and let it rest for an hour on your countertop.

Add the 1/2 cup of flour, baking powder and baking soda AND the salt. Stir together. At this time, I would recommend you put in the fridge. It may grow overnight, just punch it down and tell it who’s the boss. Personally, I would highly recommend you do the overnight thing. The dough will become much more manageable once it’s cool like that. OR you can proceed to finishing them NOW.

::next morning::

Hello and good morning my baby

(ummm, surely you talk to your food when excited?).

Sprinkle your countertop surface with some flour. Dump the dough out in the middle of all the flour and roll out into a rectangle (now, mind you, it does not need to be perfect).

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Take your soft butter and rub it over the surface of the dough. Um, yes, I do use my hands because it’s quicker and easier… then sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter and then the cinnamon. I don’t measure the cinnamon, I just eyeball it, but I’m pretty generous with it.

Roll the rectangle up. I have no easy recommendations on this, except if you have a bench scraper, use that to assist you where the dough might stick a little. I still struggle with a TIGHT roll, but it’s sufficient.

Once rolled, pinch the seam as much as you can. Cut into 1 inch sections (using the bench scraper, knife, non-waxed floss, etc.).

Place these is a dish that you’ve sprayed with non stick spray. *For gift giving, I highly recommend picking up those little disposable pie tins!

Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.

Bake at 400 degrees til light brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

Pull out, and top with glaze. I’ve made it with powdered sugar and milk with a pinch of vanilla. But I prefer to use canned cream cheese frosting that I’ve diluted (to make pourable) with milk. I just dump the frosting in a bowl, add a little milk, whisk, add more milk (a little), whisk until it’s runny enough.

Enjoy!

*This makes a TON of cinnamon rolls and you can easily cut the recipe in half! If you don’t want a bunch of sweets taunting you this year, by all means, halve the recipe!

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*The last time I made these, I was an emotional, hot mess as my neighbor had requested them after she had gone through some chemotherapy … it took her all day to eat one but she ate it and called me to bring another for the following day. I’m hoping these put Mark and the kids all in a happy place. I’m also sharing with my NEW neighbors to open the door for friendship!

#FoodGifts  #ChristmasTraditions  #CinnamonRolls

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties … go check them out!

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