Whole30 Dinner – Spicy Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Carrots

You guys are in for an extra special New Year’s celebration meal!  This was a nice comfort meal I made yesterday which made all members of my household happy! 👍😄

It does taste as good as it looks!

Ingredients

  • 3 Organic Chicken Breasts
  • 1 bag of Organic Mini Carrots
  • 3 Russet Potatoes, Organic
  • 4 tablespoons of red chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 tablespoons of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 2 cups of wwater
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk for potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons of ghee for potatoes

Instructions

STEP 1 Peel potatoes, chop in half inch thick slices to cook faster if you are hungry. Put in boiling water and cook until mashable. Add almond milk and ghee, season as you wish.

STEP 2-4 Put oven roaster chicken in a pan with the carrots, water, olive oil, then season chicken with all the spices.  Put in oven at 400 degrees fahrenheit for an hour, 425 degrees fahrenheit for the last 10 minutes for a cripsy skin.

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There is something to be said about perfectly cooked chicken.  My mother mastered it as we were growing up and the secret trick is water at the bottom of the pan.  She always advised the first 1/4 inch of the pan should be water and it will come out perfect every time.  I have actually tried chicken without the water and it comes out awful.  Some prefer to boil their chicken, but in my opinion, it is gross.  The skin is the best part, so having it extra crispy and spicy is amazing.  If you are a dipper and love sauce, Tessemae’s has a ranch and Caesar dressing that you can use to help calm down the heat.  Overall this meal was an A++ so I definitely recommend you give it a try!

Have a great night!

Grocery List for Whole30

About to go to the supermarket again, and wanted to share my grocery list to help as a guide to stock up the healthiest filling options for losing weight on the Whole30.

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This week was tough as I really felt the after effects of the sugar I was eating, and I didn’t realize also how dairy was having a negative effect on my overall weight and insulin levels too.  My father being diabetic, and my sister being pre-diabetic who is a year younger than me, I knew that I was going to be next.  This diet is supposed to help improve the way you look and feel and by the end give you more energy!

Additional benefits:

  • I have had much more water than I was having prior to the Whole30 diet, which is great for keeping your body as it’s best!  Typically before I would have 3 cups of coffee through out the day with sugary dairy creamer and it would give me a high for a hour or so.  After I would crash and find myself back in my work kitchen filling up on coffee again!  I love cutting up a lemon or lime to give the water a more fresh taste!
  • I have a better taste for REAL food!  Everything that I have picked up from the grocery store has been organic, and mainly fresh.
  • I am way more energetic than I was before.  I was actually having trouble going to bed and sleeping through the night and now I am better.
  • I cook way more than I did before.  Being a working mom, I felt I didn’t have time to cook my own food and relied on take out my husband ordered.  This way great and convenient, however it was packed with butter and sugar which I didn’t really think about before this diet.
  • I have positively influenced my dad, sisters and friends to adhere to this diet as I have seen stellar results and I know they will too!
  • My tummy is flatter, my skin is brighter, my face is skinnier and my entire sense of my body has improved every day I am on this diet.  I have never been off of sugar or dairy my entire life, so this feeling and burst of energy is real!  I have done no carbs before and felt super tired, so now I know the key was leaving sugar and dairy behind in addition to the processed carbs.  Being from a big family, pasta had a big influence on my childhood.  I thought that I would share this with my children, but now I realize the damaging effects.
  • I am much happier than I was before, and feel an overwhelming sense of happiness with my new plan!

Here is the new list that I have for you to make it super simple going grocery shopping for you and any other family members that want to join as well.

Grocery List

  • 2 bags of cherries
  • 1 bag of grapes
  • 3 lemons
  • 3 limes
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 2 russet potatoes
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 4 avocados
  • 1 pack of carrots
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • 10 brussel sprouts
  • 3 onions
  • 2 packs of mushrooms
  • Chives
  • 2 packs of raw almonds
  • 1 12-pack of brown organic eggs
  • 1 carton of coconut milk
  • 1 steak
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • Himalayan Salt

Enjoy yourself, and if you had any other grocery items you think would be helpful, feel free to share below.  CHEERIO!