WHOLE30 MEALS IM LOVING NOW

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This is my 4th round of Whole30, and it’s hard girl!  The things I miss most but are most dangerous for me include whole milk (can you tell I have kids yet?), toast with butter and jelly, and WINE. WINE, WINE, WINE!

I know it’s only for 30 days but it’s a hike uphill for sure.  Or maybe we can lighten the mood with it being a journey…ha!

Either way here are 5 WHOLE30 Meals I’m loving right now!

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  1. Banana Pancakes – Not having refined sugar has been tough, and each morning I wake up craving sugar! ;-(  A simple solution here is mashed banana, mashed in an egg, cinnamon and nutmeg too.  You can use coconut oil in the pan and cook.  It has been my go to as I think I am craving sugar because I am getting my period soon. Merp.
  2. Larabar Cashew Cookie – Girl, I know you’re not supposed to have cookies, but this ain’t your regular cookie!  This Larabar has cashews and dates all mashed up together and the combo is DELISH!  I highly recommend having these in stock when you get that craving for sugar.
  3. Sliced Apples – Hey now, calm down.  It’s simple but it works.  Dip in compliant almond butter and add some raisins and there you go!
  4. Chicken Stew – Oh yes.  It’s summer time and I am eating stew!  It’s not winter.  I start with olive oil, salt, pepper, red chili powder, crushed red pepper, then add chopped onion, cherry tomatoes, peeled and chopped potatoes, and cook chicken.  When I am not on Whole30 I’ll add a cup of wine at the onion stage and it really adds an extra kick in the mouth.
  5. Crustless Quiche – Okay don’t judge me.  “Quiche with a crust? WTF?” Yes it is possible and delicious.  Eggs, precooked uncured bacon, chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, shredded cabbage, chopped potatoes, and bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes.  You may eat the whole thing in one sitting.
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Some WHOLE30 Meals to wash it down include La Croix with sliced lime, hot tea with coconut milk, cold water with lemon, cucumber and mint with a pink of sea salt, and you’re off to enjoy another successful WHOLE30 Round!  Enjoy little lady!

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Fried Bratwurst, Eggs with Potato Brussel Sprout Hash Whole30 Lunch

Sounds delicious, right? You bet your damn britches it is! Just made this bad boy for lunch and what a joy. It was actually enough for my next meal too, to those who are doing the Whole30 diet.

For those that are looking to get on the Whole30 diet, I would definitely recommend going to Whole30.com where you can see the rules and regulations to make it a success. Meal planning and food prep is a big part of the plan so make sure you have done a good week or so worth of food shopping to make it happen.

Here are some shots of my ingredients for lunch below:

 

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To start, defrost the Bratwurst Chicken Sausages under the faucet if frozen and you are hungry.  If you have some time and are ready to wait around for an hour or so to defrost be my guest.  In a pan on the oven, if you have bacon fat lying around light that up and throw in the eggs and defrosted Bratwurst links.  I then added chopped potatoes and the brussel sprouts whole.  Post cooking you can chop everything up into a hash mix or just eat as is.  Plated version below along with the pan version so you can follow along.

Not sure about you, but I love how the eggs crisp at the bottom!  It is so yummy!  I then sprinkled everything with a little bit of Himalayan salt and the end to give it a little more of a flavor kick.  Great part about this meal is that I made enough to last me through tonight!

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Happy eating!

Whole30 Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – OMG so good

I finally decided to start my second round of Whole30 this week! It took me a while to get into it again as I have had a busy month preparing to switch jobs. Good news is that I will be joining a new company at the end of the month! Excited for a new start in the new year, and ready to kill it!

In the meantime, I needed to do a big Whole Foods trip this morning to have me prepared for meals as I get hungry or thirsty. Many of you that know about the Whole30 know that success is achievable when you are prepared, and shopping for the week is really key in staying motivated and ready for your next meal.

Right now I am drinking two lemons cut up in a La Croix Grapefruit can as shown below:

And I just made this fabulous dish of bacon wrapped asparagus that was amazeballs! Normally I don’t like to eat asparagus as you know, your pee smells afterwards. It is gross. Y’all know what I am talking about! Either way I was craving some bacon which is like the cake of the Whole30 diet in my humble opinion. I bought a bunch of asparagus and uncured sugar free bacon this morning, see below:

This Wellshire Sugar Free Bacon packaging is genius as so many people are test driving the Whole30 diet now and thebsugar free aspect is right in the title. So easy for a consumer to know it is without sugar! So many other items in the supermarket has hidden sugar or cane juice in it and you would never know. This diet makes you check labels which is good to know what you body is taking in. For me, this diet has helped me realize the negative effects of sugar and wheat. My sister actually was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease growing up, which is gluten and wheat related from what I remember, and I have a feeling I may have it as well in a less prominent way. Either way I gained around 5 pounds a month after I stopped the Whole30 first round, abbreviated as R1D30 for the cool kids.

Good news is I am starting again to get to my goal weight of 155. I am 165 now. Ideally I would like to be a 135 lb super model bit guess it is not in the cards. 😂😃😎

Below is some shots of my asparagus that I wrapped in bacon and baked in the oven at 300 degrees fahrenheit for 20 minutes and then 500 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes at the end. As you see it came out looking pretty fancy:

I literally broke the asparagus and separated it in bundles. I cut each piece of bacon in half and then wrapped them together, placing them in a pan with a little bot of water on the bottom and olive oil on top. I think sprinkled Himalayan salt, black pepper, and garlic powder on each bundle and threw in the oven. This would be great as a side to a main fish, steak or chicken dish if you are having a dinner party. If you are having a cocktail party, best to cut the asparagus and bacon in half so your guests can just pick them up off the plate.

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I would also make sure you plate it nicely for presentation to really wow your guests!

Off to do some house chores like cleaning Nutella off the carpet (yeppers momming is real) but wanted to share! Hope you like it and have a great night!

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Take Back Your Mojo via our Whole30 Dinner – Mojo Cubano Marinated Pork

I have to admit I have never been to Cuba, but I would really love to visit now that it is open to Americans to come in and stay! I hate to drop the Kardashian’s name in it but I saw them visit and Jezebel wrote an article about it here. Too funny!

I am always looking for new Whole30 recipes and now that it is the new year I am more determined to be creative with my meals. It is easy to fall into the monotonous cycle of food, so I knew that when I started Whole30 I would become a better chef. In gardening, good gardeners have the green thumb, in cooking, I have the opposite! LOL! I always seem to burn, or under, or over cook, and just the act of cooking more has made me more present when I cook, despite my two little boys running around the kitchen. I have to say my cooking skills are like a C+ right now, better then the D- I had before.

Onto the recipe, this came out excellent! Normally on the Whole30 diet you cannot drink juice however you can cook with it. This was the first time I cooked with juice and it really added a tangy and bright flavor.

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Ingredients

• ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
• ¼ cup lime juice
• ½ cup orange juice
• 1 teaspoon of lime zest
• 1 teaspoon of orange zest
• 6 garlic cloves, chopped up finely
• 1 ½ cups of cilantro
• 2 tablespoons of oregano
• 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
• 1/6 cup of mint leaves, chopped up finely
• 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt
• 2 tablespoons of black pepper
• 2 pounds of boneless pork shoulder, in one piece

Instructions

STEP 1 – Add the cilantro, mint, garlic, orange juice, zest, lime and orange juice, oregano and cumin to a bigger ziplock bag and add the pork. Mash it around so that all is mixed up and coated nicely. Place in refrigerator and let sit overnight.

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STEP 2 – Preheat the oven to 425 degree Fahrenheit. Place a wire or cooling rack in your baking pan and take out the pork, leaving the marinade in the bag. Add the salt and pepper to the pork now, and add 4 cups of water to the bottom of the pan, then drop into the oven for 35 minutes. Bring the temperature down to 400 for an hour. If you are fancy and have a meat thermometer, inside temp of the meat should read 170 when ready.

STEP 3 – Pull out and let cool for 40 minutes before slicing, this allows the juices to redistribute to make sure you have the perfect texture! Carve and serve!

My mother used to make pork at home but would use a BBQ sauce which was nice. I will try to find another Whole30 compliant recipe and will share soon!

Bon Apetito!

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!

Whole30 Lunch – Kale Chicken Caesar Chive Bacon Salad

Oh wow, this was the BEST salad I have had on the Whole30 diet since I started my first round in November this year!  I had leftover baked chicken drumsticks from dinner last night so I chopped this up and added Tessemae’s Caesar dressing.  It is definitely more pricey than the regular dressing you find that has sugar, but it is Whole30 compliant and saves time for you so you do not have to homemake the dressing yourself.  I am a big fan of Caesar salads and didn’t think the salad would be great without parmesan or croutons, but it was STELLAR!  It was also super filling as it is dinner time now and I am still not hungry.  Not sure if you are like me, but I am mainly cranky when I am hungry and this salad really kept me full for most of the day. As you can see I also made some bacon which was leftover from this morning.  There is this paleo friendly, sugar free bacon at the grocery store and that is what I used here.

After stripping chicken, breaking it this and the bacon into pieces in the bowl, and taking out the Caesar dressing, I started on the salad part.  I bought Red Kale from WholeFoods last night as I made a night time trip which was so relaxing. Only stressful part is checking out as there is always a line.  Hopefully now that Amazon is invested in the company they can work on speeding up the checkout process somehow!  I heard there are stores that you can actually check out of without actually checking out.  Obviously it is not widely accepted yet but this is definitely in the works in the future!

As you can see I washed the kale first then hand separated it into small pieces.  I also had chives on hand and used a pair of kitchen scissors to cut and add chives into the salad as well.  I think chives are a lighter onion that does not overtake the salad.

After this was complete I added the chicken and bacon along with the Caesar dressing on top.  If you are fancy and like the Caesar dressing on every inch of the salad, I would definitely recommend putting all the ingredients in a plastic covered bowl, covering and then mix it by shaking it.  If you are not into chicken, then you can always substitute this with shrimp, chicken, steak, egg or garbanzo beans if you are vegan.  Tofu would be good too!

I dressed the salad right on top and it came out really delicious.  I ended up using more dressing later on, also adding some pink Himalayan salt and ground pepper to it as well to give it a kick.  I would suggest if you like your salads extra salty, you can add green olives and it should give you the salt fix you need.  Just be sure they are Whole30 compliant.

I wanted to share a few extra pictures of the Tessemae Whole30 Caesar Dressing, so you know what to look for at the grocery store.  Luckily I have found this dressing at Trader Joe’s, Ralph’s and WholeFoods thus far, so you should have no problem finding it.  Most salad dressings have added sugar, so you are in for a real treat with this one!

Happy Eating from Bradley Cooper and I! 🙂 🙂

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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 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! 🙂

 

 

 

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!