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 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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Let’s Party #50

Hey hey hey who is ready to Party?!

I had the kids and Baby N this weekend … which was GREAT! Matt’s youngest brother was getting married so I go to go along to Miami to act as a babysitter ūüėČ We had a blast. Unfortunately, on our way home, we had an accident but everyone is fine and we made it back to the tiny condo in one piece. LONG day to end what would have been a perfect weekend. This off duty (just got off shift) Customs Police officer saw it all happen (the car that hit us took off) and pulled over and stayed with us the whole time (an hour) … and guess what? 30 days without pay. No matter which side of the fence/wall you are on, these folks put their lives on the line and should be paid.

We had a lot of links again last week and I want to thank ALL OF YOU for stopping by to share your ideas, thoughts and creations!  Let’s do it again this week!

You know the rules: share family friendly stuff, link directly to the post you are sharing, link back to me (please!) and visit others and leave a comment or two!

Let’s Party!


Let’s Party #49!

Hey hey hey, who’s ready to PARTY?!

Meal Prep – Balsamic Beef and sauteed green beans!

Mark is in Indiana this week and returns Sunday night. Last week’s infusion went according to plan with the same side effects as expected Friday and Saturday … he said he’s been really tired but it could just be from doing all the family stuff and such, hopefully.

Me? Working. Organizing the kitchen. This Friday and Saturday will be in Miami with baby Nolan and Randi & Matt … then Sunday back here and Mark comes home that night.

We had lots of visits again last week with some awesome shares. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer this week!

Rules are simple: family friendly, link directly to your post, link back to ME, stop and visit others and leave a comment or two!

Let’s Party!

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”

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


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!!

Continue reading “Bite Size Potato Skins”

Let’s Party #48!

Hey hey,  who wants to party??!!

blt final to eat

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 ‚Ķ 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 ūüėČ

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.


#MandarinOrangeChickenSalad   #Paleo   #EatDinnerAtHome  #EatAtHome  #Salads

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

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