2018 New Year’s Eve Party – Whole30 Appetizers & Drinks

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!  Congrats on the end of 2017 and a celebration to the new projects and challenges to come!  I have recently written a blog about my 2018 goals, if you haven’t checked it out yet I would catch it here: 2018 New Year’s Goals

We are staying in on the home front tonight to ring in the New Year with the kids, and I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.  I feel really blessed and have had a great, productive year, so my thanks to myself for all my hard work is to kick it at home, relax and chill with my family, surrounding myself with some extra yummy Whole30 treats!

We kept our Christmas lights up but removed the Merry Christmas wreath on the front door to stay festive all day. We may head out for a park trip with the kids but want to keep them on all day to let people know we are cool NYE folks. Even though we are old and not that cool. 😉

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I wanted to share a few PARTY TIME non-alcoholic drink ideas as we ring in the New Year tonight! For all these drinks you will need to take a trip to the grocery store and buy the following:

 

  • 2 packs of Organic Blueberries
  • 12 pack of La Croix Cran Rasberry
  • 2 bottles of Seltzer
  • 2 organic Organic Limes
  • 2 organic Organic Lemons
  • 1 pack of Organic Strawbeeries
  • 1 pack of Organic Raspberries

You can mix and match the seltzer and sparkling water with different combos of fruits, slam that in your fanciest party glass and get to drinking.

As for PARTY TIME Apps, I would suggest a few recipes below:

We plan on grabbing New Year’s Eve hats and horns, maybe even some confetti if I am feeling really ambitious and I know I will be the one picking it up!

I heard Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper are co-hosting the Annual New Year’s Eve tonight on CNN, People.com wrote an article about it and it looks like it could be funny.  I really loved the Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper New Year’s Eve that was hosted last year, she is hilarious.  Hoping that this year will be just as funny if not funnier!

I was thinking about dressing us all up in New Year’s Eve gear, but I think by the end of the day I will be too tired to be motivated to get all dressed up.  We will see!

Wishing you and yours a very HEALTHY, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!  What are your plans tonight?  Doing anything fun?

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Whole30 Dinner – Chicken Sausage & Mashed Potatoes

It has been a long day y’all!  We had a lot of kids activities, including tutoring them with flash cards from Bob’s Books which are great for kids as they start to learn how to read.  We are also digging Netflix recently as they have two really great shows for kids speech and learning: Story Bots & Word Party!

At 4:45pm my husband asks, “What’s for dinner?”. I checked the refridgerator and turns out we had 5 russet potatoes there along with chicken sausage in the freezer.  I decided to make both mashed potatoes & soft potatoes with paprika, garlic powder and salt.  If you like hot spice, I would try red chili flakes or tabasco sauce.  Tessamae also has different Whole30 ranch dressing, along with hot sauce and others that are great for dipping.

As for the compliant Whole30 chicken sausage, I used AppleGate picture below for your reference when you are grocery shopping:

I had to defrost the sausage for 10 minutes or so in the microwave as they were like sausage ice cubes when I pulled them out.  Once they were defrost I put them on a frying pan on medium heat for about 4 minutes per side.  I like my sausage a little crispy brown on the outside.  After they were somewhat cooked I turned off the heat and cut the sausage into little pieces.  I then turned on the heat again in the frying pan and fried each little piece on both sides so they were extra crispy.

For the potatoes, I peeled the 5 small russet potatoes, sliced them into half inches and put them in water on the stove.  It came to a boil, and I kept them on the stove boiling on high for about 20 minutes.

Once the potatoes were soft to the touch via fork, I drained most of the water and put them into a bowl, mashing them up quickly with pepper, salt and garlic powder.

I felt like being fancy, so I didn’t mash all the potatoes and kept some of the sliced potatoes as a side with olive oil, salt and paprika.  Paprika has a little kick and looks pretty when plating so I tested it out.

Here is the sample of the mashed potatoes side, plated with the sliced chicken sausage.

Hope you enjoy this meal as it was pretty solid and didn’t feel like a diet meal whatsoever.  It was definitely a comfort food meal, and with the temperature dropping here at night, it really made me feel warm and comfy!

Let me know how yours comes out and if you had any tweaks to this, feel free to comment below.

Buen provecho!

Whole30 Baked Garlic Kale Chips, Blueberry Lemon Water & Cherry Tomatoes

Everyone wants to know what I am eating on the Whole30 diet, as many find it hard to be creative, full, and happy with the limited ingredients this diet has.

Great part is when you are withdrawing from dairy and sugar, you look much leaner in your face and eventually see weight loss on your entire body!  The first 7 days I had lost 7 pounds on the first round, all together I lost around 13 pounds.  I went off the diet around 35 days and since it was the holidays definitely had some cheat days with an english muffin one morning and a slice of toast and butter for another, but now I am back. I am very happy with the way I feel today and excited to share some good meals I already indulged in today to start round 2 of this diet.

First for breakfast I had 3 eggs with an apple on the side, not on purpose as my son starting eating an apple and didn’t want it anymore so I ate it.  I also had coffee with almond/coconut milk that is sugar free.  This is the brand I really like below is called Califia Farms Toasted Coconut:

I use this in my coffee all day long, and sometimes if I want somethong sweet at the end of the day I will put it in tea as well with coconut oil and it really does the trick.

I decided to make Baked Garlic Kale Chips today, because WholeFoods had Kale on sale for super cheap:

Again this is totally organic like the Whole30 diet recommends, and when eating the whole bunch here it really fills you up!

I also made a thermos of lemon water and blueberries, once I was done I ate all the blueberries and it was delicious!

Also munched on some Angel Sweet Sunset brand cherry tomatoes which are excellent:

Now for the Baked Garlic Kale Chip recipe:

Ingredients:

  • A bundle of Organic Red Kale
  • 1/6 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Organic Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt

Instructions:

STEP 1 – Preheat the oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit.

STEP 2 – Wash the kale before using and dry.

STEP 3 – Fill an oven friendly 9 x 12 inch pan with the olive oil, salt and garlic powder.

STEP 4 – Dip the dried kale in the pan, add more olive oil if not coated and place in the oven for 10 minutes.

Did you try this recipe?  Let me know if you liked it or had any trips to improve what I gave to you here.  I have heard some folks using paprika or red chili powder on them to give some spice, even some crushed red pepper could give it some kick!

As a reminder most all spices are compliant on the Whole30 diet but you must make sure they are organic.  Although more expensive then regular spices you have to keep in mind it is to get your body detoxed of all the toxins that have polluted your body to this point.  This is why drinking a lot of water and spicing it up with lemon and blueberries, etc. is good too to detox.  Some others combined other fruits in their water, like oranges and limes, or raspberries and lemons, or even pommegranite and lemon.

Have a great Whole30 day! 😃

Whole30 Snack – Deviled Eggs & Homemade Mayo

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Happy Holidays to everyone!

 

I am excited to share the following:

1) I took off a week from my day job to potty train my twin boys and chill with my husband;

2) We booked a few days in the Westin Hotel in Long Beach and it was awesome. The room service and food were super and it was nice to not have to clean my home for 3 days.

3) I scrubbed marker and crayon off my wall with a Magic Eraser today.  Go me! This project is TO BE CONTINUED as I could not finish it all.

4) I made this amazing deviled eggs recipe that is Whole30 friendly as today marks round 2 of my Whole30 diet! As they say, R2D1, as I drank half and half on the trip and had an english muffin on the last day of our stay.

5) My husband is vacuuming now and it is almost like eating chocolate cake.

Here is the lovely pictures of the Whole30 deviled eggs!

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Ingredients:

  • 6 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonaisse (Whole30 homemade mayo version below)
  • 1/6 cup mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

STEP 1:  Boil 6 organic eggs for 9 minutes and let cool.

STEP 2: Peel eggs in cold water and place on a plate.

STEP 3: Cut eggs in half.

STEP 4: Scoop out the yolk in a little boil, add 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and mustard with Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste.

STEP 5:  Fill the empty eggs with the filling and sprinkle with paprika.

THEN EAT!

I suggest making and storing your own Whole30 friendly mayonnaise as it is super easy to make and much less expensive then buying at the store!

For Whole30 mayonnaise you need to combine the following,

Ingredients:

  • 1 room temperature egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of himalayan salt
  • 1/2 juiced lemon
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of olive oil

Instructions:

STEP 1: Mix the egg, mustard, mayo, salt, lemon in a bowl or food processor.

STEP 2:  For thick mayo, slowly add the olive oil bit by bit and process.

STEP 3:  Use it!  Feel free to store in a reused glass jar for later purposes.

I have to admit I ate all the deviled eggs just now, and am super full!  For desert I may munch on an apple and make some Lipton tea with coconut/almond milk which is all sugar free but tastes like a desert.  I wanted to say also that I saw someone at work (a skinny girl) feed herself with a spoonful of coconut oil.  I thought it as a very interesting way to potentially keep myself full before my next meal so wanted to share it with you just in case you were in the mood to try it.  I have coconut oil here that I have been adding to my morning coffee and it is excellent, but never thought to just scoop of a serving and eat it.  Will test it later and let you know how that goes in a later blog.

Now off to watch Despicable Me 2 for the 30th time, have a lovely evening and stick with the Whole30!  It’s so worth it!

LATER! 🙂

 

 

 

Whole30 Snacks – 10 Compliant Larabars

Today I was on a quest. A quest to find the best and easiest meal replacer as I forgot to pack my lunch before work today. It stinks when I forget, and typically it is leftovers from the night before. Problem is, my husband now wants in the Whole30 club! He has not been following it to a tee yet but getting close. We made an oven roaster with chicken breasts and sliced potatoes with cayenne pepper and Himalayan salt on top. Best trick my mom taught me was a ¼ inch of water and olive oil at the bottom, roast for an hour at 400 degree Fahrenheight and the last 10 minutes put it up to 425 degrees so the chicken skin is crispy! It is so good I am at work and my husband is asking me to buy chicken and potatoes again tonight!

 

Any way the point of this article is to review ALL the Larabars that are Whole30 compliant, so that you can go on and have a nice, wholesome snack when your husband ransacks your meal plan.

 

10 Whole30 Compliant Larabars to get through your work day!

 

1. Cashew Cookie Larabar

If you are a cashew nut lover and craving a cookie, this will fill you up nicely! Buy 2 if you are extra hungry!

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2. Carrot Cake Larabar
You are a bunny, I am a bunny, we all love carrots when they are sweetened up nicely and compact ready to eat! Give this bar a shot if you are craving for a dessert and on the go!

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3. Apple Pie Larabar
Dang, da dang dang, this bar is scrumdidillyumptious! This reminds me of my Aunt’s famous Apple Pie she would always make with us for the holidays! It was so awesome. She did this with us before we had kids and she was such a great inspiration for baking and cooking. A+ momma there!

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4. Cherry Pie Larabar

Oh you fancy huh? You like this bar when you are an elitist cherry pie lover and can’t quite get all the ingredients together to make something happen. Would highly recommend snacking on this bad boy!

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5. Pecan Pie Larabar

Sweet baby Jesus is this real!?!? A whole natural pecan pie bar you can put in your mouth hole and enjoy on the go without the 50 plus instructions, buying pecans etc. You got it girl.

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6. Coconut Crème Pie Larabar

Get your tropical skirt out, there’s about to be a hula party in your mouth. Enjoy this one if you love coconut and hate breaking it on your own!

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7. Banana Bread Larabar

Did you say BREAD? This banana bread bar IS compliant, no actual bread involved. Get your eat on with this one, you’ll be happy you did it.

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8. Lemon Bar Larabar
If you are a big lemon fan, I would definitely check this bar out as a substitute for hunger on the Whole30 diet. Enjoy!

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9. Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar

Oh yes! I said the triple C’s – chocolate, coconut and chew. These mix of ingredients will give you a high you will take home with you to your team.

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10. Key Lime Pie Larabar

Fear not! No need to go to Key West to experience your Key Lime pie! You got it all here.

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Happy Snacking kids!  🙂

 

Whole30 Meal Ideas

Hey all!  So excited to share some additional recipes with you that are Whole30 friendly today!

As a reminder, on the Whole30 diet, you CANNOT eat the following:

  • Dairy.  This means cheese, cow milk, cream, yogurt, half and half, butter.  Substitute these cravings with sugar free almond and coconut milk!
  • Grains.  No corn, wheat, rye, millet, buckwheat, rice, quinoa.  Substitute these cravings with potatoes, even yams, almond flour, coconut flour and more.
  • Alcohol.  No pops for you, you lush!
  • Legumes.  Lima beans, etc.  Replace with vegetables.
  • Added Sugar.  No sugar whatsoever, not even juice (only to cook with in moderation).
  • No junk food and anything with sulfites.

Some things I cooked over the last week or so include:

  • Eggs sunny side up, with Kale and Uncured Bacon

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  • Italian Chicken – garlic, olives, onions, kale, chicken, tomato sauce (no sugar added), tomato past, basil, oregano, garlic, black pepper, Himalayan saltplated italian chicitalianchic
  • Chicken Leg Roast – organic chicken legs, organic brussel sprouts, potatoes, carrots, whole garlic, olive oil, himalayan salt, combine all at 425 degrees F for an hour.

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Extra tips to be successful on this diet:

  1. Try to get a friend, boyfriend, husband, family member to do it with you!  If someone you are living commits with you it makes it twice as fun and twice a party once you complete your first round!
  2. Remove any food non-compliant, or any temptations.  Unfortunately my kids birthdays were close together and then Thanksgiving happened during my first round, but no worries, I didn’t cheat.  I just made sure all candy and sweets were not in my view, some I completely removed, to make sure I could not just grab it and eat it.  I hid these main sugar sweets in my cabinets so that when the kids wanted them I would give them close the cabinets, out of sight out of mind.
  3. Drink tea and coffee as your dessert.  This sounds odd, but really helped me succeed in a big way!  I used the sugar free coconut almond milk and it was really delicious and heavy almost like a hot chocolate.
  4. Be prepared always with food!  There are both Larabars and Rxbars that are compliant with the Whole30.  I would buy these and keep in your purse, car or pocket, just in case you get hungry.  Fruit and veggies are also nice to have along with a water bottle filled with ice, lime, lemon, orange, cranberries, etc. as a treat for yourself.
  5. I weighed myself.  This is supposed to be a no no, however I wanted to see immediate results which I did.  I lost about 10 pounds in the first few weeks, and if you are addicted to carbs, sugar and dairy, which I was, you will probably be as successful as I was.

In closing, I have never found a diet more successful than this one.  There is really no measuring, tracking points, etc. which gets old and boring fast.  No frozen tasteless meals and your taste buds begin to enjoy fruits, meat, veggies again.  After your first round, you can try another round, but some people opt to do the Paleo diet which I have not tried and plan on continuing through the New Year.

HAPPY EATING, and enjoy your Sunday!

Day 30 on the Whole30 Diet

Guys, I lost a total of 13 pounds this month!  So happy, and feeling so much more energetic and lighter.  So happy I committed.

Because the diet was so successful, I am going to continue as long as I can until I get below my healthy weight.  I lost 13 pounds from 180, which is 167, however for a 5 foot 6 inch women, the healthy recommended weight is anywhere from 130-155 pounds.  Therefore I am going to try to get on the higher side of this range by the end of next month.  I will keep blogging to show you my meals and progress, just because I know it is tough especially in the first few weeks where your body is getting used to the organic food and detoxing from sugar.

In celebration of today I took off work, by accident actually as my husband had an appointment, but this gave me time to make a Whole30 specialty, Fried and Baked Italian Style Chicken Cutlets!  I remember running up to my friends house growing up to help her and her mom make these for me and the rest of her family, and the smell in my kitchen post cutlets is pretty fabulous, takes me back to the good old days!

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I went to the grocery store first and got the following, which is exactly what you will need to get started on cooking:

  • A dozen eggs
  • Almond Flour
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Dried Basil
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Garlic
  • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Dried Italian Seasoning
  • Organic Chicken Breasts

First, I chopped up the chicken into bit sized pieces and set aside.

Second, I mixed 2 cups of the almond flour with the dry spices and salt in one bowl, 2 eggs in second bowl.

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Third, coated a frying pan and a baked pan with olive oil and preheated the oven and put the frying pan on low.

Fourth, I dipped the chicken in the flour mixture, into the eggs, back into the flour mixture and into the frying pan.  I also did another batch in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  In the frying pan I gave it 3 minutes on each side.

THIS WAS DELICIOUS!  I am using the leftovers for a kale salad tonight for dinner, along with some chopped apple and pistachio nuts.  All organic!

I also had the pistachio nuts as a snack with the chicken cutlets today and it was excellent.

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If you are looking for some additional recipes, try the homepage of my site and scroll through!  There are a ton of pictures and creative ideas to help you be successful on this diet.  I am so grateful to the Hartwig family that came up with this diet as it has really changed my life.

Being the mother of two toddlers and working full-time, it is a struggle to do something for myself and with this diet it makes me feel happy and powerful, giving me the power to take control of my diet, well being in life.  Before we were getting delivery for our meals, and I had no idea what they were adding to it to make it delicious, probably tons of dairy, sugar and carbs that my body just absorbed and never released.  Any way super grateful and have so much to be thankful for!

Have a great rest of your day!

Day 26 on the Whole30 Diet

citysundayHEY! Feeling so great all, so happy still that I decided to do this diet! I was not supposed to look but have lost 12 pounds thus far, and have so much more energy, feeling more comfortable in my own skin and healthier. As I had withdrew from sugar, I broke out pretty bad with a ton of pimples (sorry TMI) especially during that time of month. Thinking my body chemistry is changing so rapidly so it needed to release bacteria, either way happy about my progress thus far, and will probably continue this diet as a lifestyle just to not have to withdraw from the sugar beast again! There were definite nights of me waking up, very uncomfortable, not able to sleep. It was almost like a second day hangover for those that drink. FYI no alcohol allowed on this diet as well.

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Reminder:

  • NO Sugar, not even Stevia
    • Natural fruits only
  • NO Alcohol, you can do it
    • No need to feel like shit in the morning
  • NO Carbs, only potatoes and sweet potatoes
    • I know, bake potato fries with olive oil if you are craving them
  • NO Dairy, no butter, milk or yogurt
    • Ghee and olive oil allowed, used this with breakfast, lunch and dinner

What the heck can you eat:

  • Vegetables, most all
  • Meat, make sure no sugar added in packets at supermarket
  • Fish
  • Ghee & Olive Oil

Some meals I had over the last week or so include zoodles with pepperoni and organic sugar free tomato sauce, along with a hotdog green bean mushroom onion fry in the pan, for your viewing pleasure:

Grocery List:

  • Instant Coffee
  • Sugar, dairy free almond and coconut milk
  • Olive oil
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 3 red potatoes
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1 bunch of mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of green beans
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 packet of zoodles
  • Kale
  • Chives *you can cut these with a scissor adding to most meals for a gourmet twist!
  • Dill * adding this to any dish for extra flavor
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 2 bunches of grapes
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Steak bits
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • Chicken breasts
  • Chicken wings
  • Shrimp

ENJOY!

I Lost 10 Pounds! * Day 15-20 on the Whole30

I lost 10 pounds so far!  Yippee!  So excited and feeling much more energetic and hopeful in comparison to 20 days ago before I started this Whole30 diet.

I ended up getting my period this week, plus it was Thanksgiving yesterday, so it has been a tough week.  Apologies for not posting sooner.  Thankfully my husbands friends hosted us and they made some Whole30 friendly chicken that was delicious.  They from a part of India called Andrapradess, and are married for a year or more now.  The spices on the chicken were so good, I have to ask her for the recipe.  NO sugar or butter on it too which was nice.  I always like to find out other married couples stories and how they met, turns out they actually have known each other since they were 16 and loved each other for like 10 years before they decided to get married. It was nice to be hosted on this holiday especially with kids it makes it tough to host!

Now on the meals and deals this week.  Drinking wise I had:

  • unsweetened tea from McDonalds,
  • my same old coffee with unsweetened coconut and almond milk (check the label to make sure it has 0 sugar) where I threw in some cinnamon and nutmeg along with coconut oil which added some nice flavor, iced and hot
  • lots of water with ice cubes and fruit, including lemons, limes, oranges and more
  • Lipton tea with unsweetened coconut and almond milk
  • Perrier Lime Sparkling Water

Meal wise I had:

  • Steak bits with chopped onions, whole garlic, chopped asparagus, chopped white potato, cumin, Himalayan salt and pepper
  • 4 fried eggs with four slices of uncured sugar free bacon
  • Roasted chicken with Indian spice and olive oil
  • Coconut biscuits with ghee
  • Coconut biscuits chopped up with chopped apples and cinnamon
  • Scrambled eggs with cilantro and turkey bacon
  • Baked asparagus wraps with uncured bacon
  • Baked sweet potato fries with a little olive oil, had this 5 times
  • Whole raw almonds unsalted as a snack
  • Whole apples as a snack
  • Green olives as a snack
  • Avocado and tomato chopped together with olive oil as a snack

So far so good today and feeling energized.  Just folded laundry that was clean since a few days ago, also went bike riding with the kids and hubby in Venice, and drove around Marina del Rey ad it was beautiful.  The canals throughout Venice Beach are really epic with nice modern touches.

No shopping on Black Friday for me!  So far anyway.  I may go online and buy some tops from the Gap or Old Navy.  Otherwise, chilling with the family this long weekend and may do an overnight somewhere.  It is so great to have the extra time off.

Have a great long weekend all! 🙂

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Day 13-15 Whole30 Diet – Weekend Meals

I had such a nice weekend with my family here in Los Angeles!  We went to Travel Town within Griffith Park and it is really awesome as my boys love trains.  It is free unless you ride the train which was $12 for all of us.  Great inexpensive trip with kids if you are interested in getting out of the house!

I had a lot of great meals this weekend, mainly consisting of baked sweet potato fries, steak, beef along with Tessamae’s Ranch Dressing, which is Whole30 approved!  So awesome.  This dressing really added to the overall taste of my meals this weekend, so really happy I picked it up on Friday when I went grocery shopping.  Pic below:

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One breakfast I had regular scrambled eggs, 3 of them to be exact and just never took a picture.  However the other two breakfast meals below:

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The above shot was my best meal all weekend!  I made two fried eggs and before cooked pepperoni on the frying pan with mushrooms and decorated it with some chopped chives which I just simply cut them with scissors instead of using a knife as it was a much cleaner way to get the job done!

The below shot was another fried egg, but I paired it with Tessemae Ranch Dressing which again is Whole30 compliant!  It was so good!  On the side is a tomato, mushroom and onion mix which really complimented the entire dish.

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Next up some lunch and dinner meals that I remembered to put together:

beefstewsweetpotaters

This was a beef stew of sorts, first I chopped and sweat the onions with a little olive oil on the pan.  I put the onions on a plate and added some beef with water, making sure it was fully cooked.  I drained it and added the onions again, along with some organic tomato sauce, that obviously had no sugar in it.  It came out great!  As you can see I made my favorite sweet baked potatoes, so delicious!  I cooked them at 400 degree fahrenheit and a half an hour later it was complete. So nice!

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The above was two flat steaks I got from the supermarket on Friday, so delicious!  I am definitely buying chives and the dressing again think week as it really made my meals that much better.

Good luck! 🙂