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Feeling Lazy? Grab some chicken and kale!

With a 5 year old and 3 year old, food prep is hard sometimes!

Like today, for example…two girls decided naps were not happening after an hour of &#%$ing around, tattling on each other, getting up to come tell me “something important”, etc.

So I got them both up and made them sit on kitchen chairs watching me prep for the week…slicing Brussels, marinating chicken thighs, making egg muffins…no music (much to the chagrin of me AND Alexa), no TV, no talking…you get it. Basically, NO FUN.

So…on a night when I am worn out, this recipe is so easy and delicious….

Take one bunch of kale, ribs removed and sliced..put that in a large saute pan on medium with about 2T avocado or XV olive oil, add S&P and cook down a bit…about 10 minutes and stirring every few minutes.

Then I took some frozen chicken tenders I had bought…about 6-7…and sliced them thin and added to the pan.

*I thawed by putting the bag in a bowl under some running water “restaurant style” and sliced while slightly frozen…you can always turn the heat down on the stove to accommodate.

Added about 2 T balsamic vinegar, 3 minced garlic cloves and a little more oil if needed.

Then threw sun dried tomatoes. I had taken one cup of dried ones and put them in about 2 cups water with some salt and microwaved for about 3 minutes to ‘plump’ them up.

Added and tossed, tasted, a little more S&P and some nutritional yeast and DONE!

*you can serve over some pasta if not eating #whole30 add pasta water to help with “sauce”.

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Take out? No thanks…make it myself!

I ❤ good stir fry. It has become a staple for me and I would make (pre-whole30) healthy stir fry with soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, etc. but now I just eat different and have other sauce recipes!

I started with thin sirloin cuts from Buford Highway Farmers Market. I sliced about 4 of them into strips and marinated in:

Juice and zest of 1 lime

1T each dried ginger and granulated garlic

2T coconut aminos

2T fish sauce

1T rice wine vinegar

As that was marinating, I cut up:

4 carrots, peeled and sliced on a bias

1 red onion, large cubes

Snow peas, about 1/2 lbs

10 baby bella mushrooms, quartered

Got my wok heated up with about 1T coconut oil. Cooked carrots, stirring sporadically until changed colors, added onion and cooked for 5 minutes and then added mushrooms and snow peas and cooked for another 5 minutes.

Then added meat and all extra sauce and stirred regularly until meat cooked to just over rare…about another 5 minutes.

I added a few more dashes of fish sauce, coconut aminos, & rice vinegar and a hit of ginger.

Delicious..Healthy..Whole30.

You could serve over coconut or lime cauliflower rice…but I just eat it like it is!

everything but the bagel…muffins

Aside from sweet potato hash with poached eggs, egg muffins have become some of my favoritist and easiest breakfasts to make.

I LOVE breakfast and brunch food. When it is my birthday or mother’s day or anniversary or we want to go out to eat….I am always about breakfast instead of dinner.

I make two different types of muffins because 1) Wes likes spicier than me and LOVES chorizo (which I have found house made at Sprouts with close to all natural ingredients) and 2) I want to eat all my muffins myself!

I made egg muffins to mimic an everything bagel with lox….which is probably one of the few carb-related items I will have every once in a while even while I am eating whole30 in the future. To cream cheese or not to cream cheese the bagel…that is the question.

1 package smoked salmon, diced (package is usually 4-6 oz total)

1/2 jar capers, use just a little bit of the yummy juice

1/4 of a red onion, diced…can use 1/2 if you like onion

2-3 springs fresh dill, chopped

Trader Joe’s “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning….this is KEY!
You can add a little more garlic or dried onion as well.

Mix in 9-10 eggs

Pour into coconut or avocado oil greased nonstick muffin tind and bake on 350° until not wiggly and slightly browned…about 20 minutes or so.

Cool and chow down. Can be frozen and then grab 2 in the AM and heat in microwave in paper towel.

Chorizo on top, salmon on the bottom

For Wes’…

1/2 lb. Chorizo (out of the case)…there are so many additives and preservatives in regular chorizo, either buy it from a Sprouts or Whole Foods or make it….

Cook in about 1-2 T avocado oil or ghee

Add 1/2 cup diced variety of peppers and then onions if you like. I added two sliced scallions just before I removed it from the heat.

Mix 9-10 eggs with 1/2 c salsa, 1-2 T hot sauce (Crystal, Franks, etc), and yummy stuff from pan and pour into greased muffin tin. Cook for same amount of time.

Both recipes yield 12 muffins if you pour just over halfway full before baking.

W1D6

For you Whole30 folks, you will get what this means. For those of you who are new to it, such as I am, you are still learning the lingo. This means week 1, day 6.

Starting this past Monday, Bo Benny, Beth, and I started Whole30. We mainly did it because we each have similar vices (wine, queso, wine) and other vices (late night snacking, sweets, general random eating) and after studying this, we saw it could ‘reset’ our eating and teach our bodies to crave new stuff and not rely on other stuff.

I will say, I don’t have tons of sugar in general except in the carb variety, so my sugar withdrawal wasn’t huge this past week. My cheese withdrawal, however, is on point!

After one week with no dairy, beans, grains, or wine, I actually feel great. I have been going to bed when I am tired, waking up rested, and eating yummy food that is all good for me. I have snacked a bit this week (Lara Bar, some pistachios, handful of grapes at night) but I think that is totally related to W1.

This morning, made breakfast scramble. Is it wrong I could eat breakfast all the time?

*you could also make this as a casserole or use sugar free bacon or ground chicken sausage…you get the drift

1-2 T bacon fat or avocado oil

1 c Shredded or cubed pototos (white or sweet)

Chopped red onion, chopped peppers, quartered mushrooms, chopped parsley, chopped tomatoes

2 Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic chicken sausage links, sliced

4 eggs mixed with garlic powder, s&p

Cook potatoes, add veggies, add meat, add parsley- cook until browned

Add tomatoes and then add egg mix

So yummy! I was making this most mornings for my husband and I, but I would use additive-full sausage and some sort of cheese…things that are a no-no on Whole30.

Now, super fresh and healthy!

what rhymes with Larb?

I have an answer…..deliciousness!!!

Went to the Ham to see the Sistah 2 weekends ago. Saturday night was a “stay in, let the kids veg, movies, drink wine, cook at home” kinda night….she had bought ground pork and requested…you guessed it…LARB!!!

For those of you who may not know, larb is a Thai dish, usually a salad or appetizer, with ground pork or chicken and a variety of spices eaten with lettuce or steamed cabbage leaves. We ate ours over lettuce and there was NO dressing needed.Larb usually has juices from cooking and flavors that drip out of the leaves, so salad is a great medium.

I like to mix things up and have eaten it 1) tossed in cooked rice noodles 2) wrapped with rice noodles in spring roll wrappers 3) with salad 4) over a small bit of rice.

Here are the key ingredients you put in your pan, let it cook a bit until you start to smell it and then add the meat.

I am not going to lie…I do NOT measure. I happen to know what all these taste like and who overpowers whom. I would say start with sesame oil and you can mix in some olive or canola or avocado oil. Then add the garlic, ginger, lemongrass, lime juice, and cilantro. Maybe about a teaspoon or so each. The about a tablespoon or more of fish sauce. You can Also add some sweet chili sauce or Sriacha if you want a little more ‘kick’.

Add your meat (ground pork or chicken is best)…we used one pound

Then it cooks down and I added about a quarter of a red onion, thinly sliced. Tossed until the onions are a bit softer, but still have a crunch.

You can add some sliced scallions or chopped fresh cilantro at this time. Stir and the Serve in any of the above listed fashions and enjoy.

I assure you, deliciousness!

Stir Fry!

Our new favorite around here??? Stir fry with Asian soba noodles. The noodles are minimally “carby” and add depth to the dish.

Start with your veggies. I used some frozen stuff and just cooked in avocado oil.

Broccoli, carrots, onions, yellow bell peppers, fresh mushrooms (add last). This one had beef already cut for “stir fry” from BHFM.

Cook all veggies. While they are cooking, boil noodles and then remove from/run cold water over/let sit. Remove veggies from wok and set aside and cook beef.

Make sauce…

I know this is a lot of stuff, but this is a great sauce after 1t of corn starch in 2T water added as a thickener. The ginger dressing (Costco, thank you very much) is not necessary, but everything else, plus some lime juice, makes a great sauce.

You want to pretty much do this to taste so it equals about 1 cup of sauce. I just throw it all in, to be honest. Message me if you need more details.

Put noodles in with meat, add sauce, add veggies. Cook down another 5 minutes or so…and then….!

Salmon Cakes

Back on track… To a certain degree…

About to move into our house and trying to use up items in the pantry.
Yummy salmon cakes tonight!
*sorry, no photo

1 can salmon
1egg
Salt
Garlic powder or 1 clove crushed garlic
Dill (I used from tube, about 1 tsp)
Old bay seasoning…a few shakes
Dijon mustard…1 ‘big squeeze’

I was missing a binding agent, so I used about a cup of Rice Krispies….
Crushed as I mixed…formed four patties…cooked on medium low with olive oil.

Yum!!!!