Oh. Em. Ghee!!!

New obsession is ghee…I actually bought it for a bit at Trader Joe’s b/c it was cheap…and easy. $2.99…

But then I wanted to use it more than other oils to cook with and have it handy for grilled cheese and quesedillas for the girls..as well as roasted potatoes and baked sweet potatoes.

Enter KERRYGOLD BUTTER…may I please say…It. Is. The. Best. I melt it in a small saucepan and then strain into a mason jar and it sits on my counter and I can use it for EVERYTHING…

And then…enter Costco and SALTED KERRYGOLD BUTTER. I am in Utopia.

Just made a double batch and I could eat it with a spoon.

Be sure to have cheesecloth! Best strainer!

*cook butter until brown and pour into jar through a cheesecloth (at least triple layered)…can air on your counter…no refrigeration needed

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Ugly to look at but Yummo to eat!

Oh squash family, you do NOT photograph well…you get soft and take on the color of the seasoning…but I still love ya! I ain’t mad! (#slop)

This recipe is quite possibly my new favorite thing to make. I have made it with ground pork and want to try ground chicken, but my personal fave is shrimp.

After doing whole30 with the Jenny of this blog and Beth, I have been eating whole30 about 90/10…to be 100% honest, the 10% is alcohol…not everyday, weekends…stressful times…but I need to probably do another round (starting October 9 once my sister has come for the weekend! Because…sisters…booze….good times…you get it!)

Rambling aside, I still make food and prep on the weekends so we have good food for the week.

So I think this last round of making this dish has really perfected my recipe.

I riced half a peeled butternut squash and half a head of cauliflower in my food processor. So easy! I think you could also small dice it too (or just chop the crap out of it…with a cleaver…that would be a great stress release and could make the 10% booze more like 5% booze…hmm.)

Using my wok, put about 2T coconut oil in it on medium heat and then added 5 chopped carrots and cooked for about 5 minutes. Added the squash and cauliflower and cooked for another 5-10 minutes. Then added 4 sliced scallions and 10 sliced mushrooms and cooked for about 4-5 minutes.

During all the cooking, mixed up….wait for it….so yummy…

2T coconut aminos

1T fish sauce

1T rice wine vinegar

2T almond butter (cashew or sunflower would also work)

1 large egg

2t ginger (I used from tube)

1t ground garlic

1t ground lemongrass

Juice of one lime (you can also throw in some zest) and whisked!

Added 1 lb peeled/fresh (wild caught) shrimp to the wok stuff and cooked for about 3-4 minutes and then added sauce mix and cooked and stirred for another 8-10 minutes.

These measurements made about 4 good size services.

Seriously…in love…favorite thing….yum…enjoy!!

New favorite word? Boodles!

Whether it is the “official” name or not, it is what I have named my butternut squash noodles made by my very favorite new kitchen item, my Spiralizer.

I had some yummy stir fry pork loin from Sprouts and wanted to try a Thai “noodle” meal. Cue my new toy!!!

So, I used a julienne peeler for my carrots, but you could buy shredded or use the magical spiralizer…put about 2T of Avocado oil in my wok and cooked the carrots, broccoli, and then the squash…added the Boodles and sautéed for a good 10 minutes, then added the pork strips. Then added the sauce….

2T fish sauce

1-2T coconut aminos

Juice and zest of 1 lime

Garlic powder and S&P

1/4 c rice wine vinegar

1T dried ginger

1-2T avocado or coconut oil

1t lemongrass

Mix that together and then add one large spoonful of almond (my fave), sunflower (also good), or cashew butter (have not tried) and stir in.

I present “Thai Pork Boodles”…it’s a thing…I promise!

Flava….it’s what’s for dinna

After completing a round of Whole30 and seeing some fantastic changes to my body, my sleep habits, my skin, my acid reflux, my weight, and my daily “feeling”, I have really tried to eat 90/10.

I try to focus on eating all the yummy and delicious meals I made and researched, along with making some of my faves #whole30approved.

Breakfast is still usually compliant and I find myself looking at every snack and item I buy for the ingredients…many of which scare the crap out of me to even put back in my body! I won’t go on about this, but once you cut a lot of stuff out you REALLY can’t put it back in….

So I make curry just about every other week for Wes for lunches during the week. I made it pretty healthy before, but I now make my own curry powder/mix and use coconut cream as my thickener.

5-6 medium red potatoes, 1 inch dices

5 large carrots, peeled and sliced on a bias

2 broccoli crowns, trimmed

2 chicken breasts, cut in half longwise and thinly sliced

1/2 red onion, large dice

-turmeric, fenugreek, ginger, garlic, cumin, lemongrass, garam masala, dried onion, cayenne, s&p (all dried, I just do about 2-3 big shakes of each)

-avocado or coconut oil, fish sauce, coconut aminos (can use soy sauce or ponzu if you aren’t worried about paleo/whole30), 2 cup chicken or veggie stock, 1/2 can coconut cream

*put about 2 T oil in a wok on medium

*add potatoes and cook until softer…about 10 minutes…add carrots and cook 5 minutes, add broccoli and cook 5 minutes, add onion….add ALL SPICES, about 1T each of fish sauce and coconut aminos and add stock as needed…you may not need all 2 cups

*add chicken, stir to mix up and cook until no more pink in chicken

*turn temperature down to medium low and add coconut cream

Makes about 5-6 servings…

So. Yum!!!

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.

whole30 yumminess

So I have become a wee bit obsessed with this way of eating. Originally an idea to regain control of my diet and maybe lose some inches and a few pounds. It has become a serious thing for me now.

No more acid reflux, skin looks better, sleeping well, less bloat….and my clothes for better and I feel confident.

Maybe it is how I think I ‘look’ now and maybe it is the confidence I have because we (me, Jenny, and Beth) have been doing this 20 days!!!!! It seemed so hard when we were planning things out and now I feel like a pro. We are successful, we are doing it, we can TOTALLY tell the change in our bodies with no more sugar and fake crap and additives. It is awesome!

I have made these before, but have now made them Whole30 compliant.

Kale (Yeah) Salad & Cucumber Salad – as featured in my post from day 16…after making chicken, steak, and veggie kabobs for Memorial Day.

2-3 bunches of kale (cleaned, chopped, ribs removed)

1 can anchovies in oil oil

Juice and zest of 1 large lemon

XT Virgin Olive Oil (about 2T)

2T Dijon mustard (sans white wine)

2-3 cloves garlic

Water as needed….about 1T

Combine all above (except kale) in magic bullet, ninja, or with immersion blender…taste…pour over and mix with kale…best if it sits overnight. Serve with chopped hard boiled egg, tomatoes, any protein

Cucumber Salad is….

2-3 English cucumbers sliced super thin (mandolin works best), half a red onion thinly sliced, shredded carrot (again, mandolin with julienne blade)

1T coconut aminos

1T fish sauce

Zest and juice of 1 lime

1t grated lemongrass

1 minced clove of garlic

1T minced fresh ginger

1T rice vinegar and 1t apple cider vinegar

2T XT olive oil

Mix all together, let chill and serve!

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!