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Whole30 Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

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You guys, can you even believe that we are already creeping upon Memorial Day weekend? We are so happy to finally be able to get outside, get some sun, and begin the summer right with a great Memorial Day get together. We’ve been pretty strictly eating Paleo since January and are starting a new Whole30 round on June 1! Since our Memorial Day party won’t have the usual bread, cheese, and sugar loaded dishes, I have started compiling my favorite crowd pleasing recipes that can carry us through the summer.  I also want to take the time to thank all of our active duty military, veterans, and those who have lost their lives defending our freedoms. Memorial Day is about so much more than grilling out- remember their sacrifice! Whole30 South Texas Turkey Burgers Whole30 Oven Roasted Potato Wedges– What’s a Memorial Day without crisp and salty potato wedges? These are SUPER flavorful…beware, there won’t be leftovers. Whole30 Cashew Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates– These might be considered a SWYPO for some, but not for our family. It’s a good “treat” for other Non-Wholers at your party also! Whole30 Berry Salad w/ Blueberry Vinaigrette– Sometimes you just need a salad! This berry filled salad will cool you down on the hottest of Memorial Days. Garlic Broccoli and Potatoes – omit Parmesan in recipe for a totally compliant and super flavorful side dish Paleo Avocado and BACON Sliders– These Sliders from stupideasypaleo.com are EVERYTHING! The sweet potato bun gets me every time.…

Paleo Sweet Potato Recipe Roundup

  If you’ve been contemplating going Paleo or trying a round of Whole30® ,  you’ve probably come to realize how integral sweet potatoes are in clean eating. I will admit that I have gotten bored with my usual sweet potato recipes a time or two but I’m not going to let that happen again! I’ve rounded up my 12 favorite sweet potato recipes featured them below. Each of these are Paleo compliant but a few are not Whole30® approved so make sure that you are following all those Rules and Recommendations before recreating any of these recipes. I love each of these recipes for different reasons but I mostly love how versatile our main ingredient is. Sweet potatoes can be sweet, savory, Asian inspired, crunchy, melty, and always downright delicious. Sweet potatoes boast a variety of health benefits for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, being helpful in regulating blood sugar, and containing impressive amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B6, Biotin, and fiber….so make these recipes and thank yourself for such a smart decision later!   Paleo Sweet Potato Fries– I love these easy and crispy sweet potato fries. We eat them with this delicious-on-everything Bearnaise Sauce Paleo Sweet Potato Chips– I use this recipe for Sweet Potato Nachos to make the chips! We eat them as snacks, as nachos, with chili, really anytime you are missing the extra “crunch”! Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes– These sweet potatoes taste like the holidays year round. I love the addition of cranberries and cinnamon…

The Whole30 Aftermath: What Now?

Whole30 The Aftermath

Congratulations: You’ve completed your first Whole30®! I hope that during your journey you learned as much about yourself and your relationship with food as we did. One of the first things most of us asked ourselves on Day 1 was “What are we going to eat as soon as we finish”? My family’s answers ranged anywhere pizza to wine and cheese to Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints, please!). As we marked off each Compliant Day, we became less and less fixated on what we would indulge in once our 30 days up and more worried about undoing all the progress we made for one silly meal on Day 31. However, we know that this isn’t meant to be a long-term plan and that we would eventually (intentionally or not) end up eating something that is off-limits. We referred back to Chapter 20 of It Starts With Food to see exactly what is recommended to do on Day 31. The book suggests a slow approach to reintroduction that will help identify food intolerance once and for all. The thing is: some of us don’t have food intolerance. We simply have food addictions (I’m looking at you, pasta) so reintroduction might not physically punish us but might start us on a slippery slope of bad decisions.  Another recommended way to approach life after Whole30® is to adopt a 80/20 or 90/10 lifestyle- 80% (or 90%) of your meals and drinks are compliant while 20% (or 10%) are not. Some people might find…

Paleo/ Whole30 South Texas Turkey Burgers

Paleo Turkey Burger

You know the saying, “everything’s bigger in Texas”? There is also a saying “everything’s tastier in Texas”! Even after all the amazing places we have traveled to for work and for pleasure, the best meals I’ve ever had are here in Texas. Whether that be legendary Texas BBQ, Authentic Mexican Food (home of the breakfast taco!), or fresh caught seafood, you can easily find a delightful meal anywhere you happen to be in Texas.  When I think of Texas food, I think of two things: Flavor and Heat. Most recipes originating down here have a lot of both and this recipe is no different: we combine Texas Hot Sauce, Jalapenos, and Crispy Bacon into our turkey burgers for the ultimate beef-free burger experience.  The great thing about these burgers is they can be done on the stove OR on the grill…because sometimes these Texas-Sized mosquitoes just won’t quit.  I serve our Burgers on lettuce buns and piled high with veggies and a side of Oven Roasted and Toasted Potato Wedges!  Check out our Paleo Roundup for a month’s worth of Paleo Meals here: Paleo Recipe Roundup *When we aren’t on the Whole30 bandwagon, we add cubed cheese and breadcrumbs to our patties!* My favorite Almond Meal: Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal Flour The only mixing bowls you will ever need:Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set If you liked this post, you should check out my Facebook Page The Hungry Mommy, Instagram @the_hungry_mommy, and Pinterest Page The Hungry Mommy. This post contains affiliate…

Whole30/ Paleo Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two

Whole30 Valentine's Dinner

Oh Valentine’s Day, thanks to genius advertisers and great marketing campaigns, don’t we all equate this holiday to chocolate and teddy bears? This year, Valentine’s Day is falling smack dab in the middle of our second round of Whole30 so, needless to say, we will not be partaking in the chocolate indulgence.  Even though we won’t be partaking in any chocolatey goodness or eating out at some fancy restaurant, I still want our Valentine’s Dinner to be special…so I’m breaking out the big guns and cooking my Perfect Tenderloin *substitute butter with ghee for Whole30* paired with Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus and topped with my new favorite: Bearnaise Sauce! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Whole30 and Paleo options for a perfect and romantic Valentine’s Dinner. Be careful, some of these need slight adjustments to be made compliant!                        Some other great options: One Dish Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin Pesto Mashed Potatoes Tomato Soup Lobster Tails– *replace butter with ghee*   Do you all have any special plans for Valentine’s Day? What’s on your menu?    If you liked this post you should check out  my Facebook The Hungry Mommy, Instagram @the_hungry_mommy, and Pinterest The Hungry Mommy! See you there!

Paleo Valentine’s Day Meal Ideas

Paleo Valentines Day Dinner

Oh Valentine’s Day, thanks to genius advertisers and great marketing campaigns, don’t we all equate this holiday to chocolate and teddy bears? This year, Valentine’s Day is falling smack dab in the middle of our second round of Whole30 so, needless to say, we will not be partaking in the chocolate indulgence.  Even though we won’t be partaking in any chocolatey goodness or eating out at some fancy restaurant, I still want our Valentine’s Dinner to be special…so I’m breaking out the big guns and cooking my Perfect Tenderloin *substitute butter with ghee for Whole30* paired with Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus and topped with my new favorite: Bearnaise Sauce! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Whole30 and Paleo options for a perfect and romantic Valentine’s Dinner. Be careful, some of these need slight adjustments to be made compliant! I’ve even added some great Dessert options for my Paleo friends!                         Desserts!!!   Some other great options: One Dish Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin Honey Bacon Pork Tenderloin Pesto Mashed Potatoes Tomato Soup Lobster Tails– *replace butter with ghee* HUGE list of Paleo Desserts   Do you all have any special plans for Valentine’s Day? What’s on your menu?    If you liked this post you should check out  my Facebook The Hungry Mommy, Instagram @the_hungry_mommy, and Pinterest The Hungry Mommy! See you there!

Paleo / Whole30 Sauce – Bearnaise Sauce

I’ve been looking for a great complementary sauce to some of our dishes since we’ve started out on our Paleo Journey. The first few sauces I tried were more vinegar-based and, while they were pretty good, weren’t exactly what I was looking for. Then, I found the answer to my sauce dilemma: ghee. This Bearnaise Sauce is a close cousin to Hollandaise and can be used on literally EVERYTHING. My favorites so far are on vegetables and meats but I’ve also added it to my morning fritattas and Shepherd’s Pie. I’m looking forward to making this  this weekend for our Valentine’s Dinner to top our asparagus and tenderloin!  First, melt the ghee on the stovetop over low heat.  While the ghee is melting, chop up the shallot and add it along with the white wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and 1/2 tbls of Tarragon to a food processor. *Let this mixture marinade for at least 15 minutes before continuing* Add egg yolks to mixture and pulse to combine.  SLOWWWWLLYYY drizzle in melted ghee while continuing to pulse and combine mixture. Once all the ghee is incorporated, add final 1/2 tbls Tarragon and pulse. Let sauce set in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Pair with my Perfect Tenderloin and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus ! If you liked this, find me on Facebook at The Hungry Mommy, Instagram @the_hungry_mommy, and Pinterest The Hungry Mommy for more!

Whole30 Meal Template- Exactly What to Eat on Whole30

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When talking to others on the Whole30 Journey, I hear the advice all the time that if we just eat compliant items, we will be fine. While only eating foods that are compliant is DEFINITELY a start, it’s not the point of the Whole30. The idea is to totally nourish your body through the food you put in it; and to do that, we have to be feeding it full of nutrients and vitamins at every meal. Simply eating a steak and potatoes 3 meals a day for 30 days, while technically compliant food choices, will not cure any physical ailments you have and certainly won’t deliver you the Tiger Blood we are all craving.  The Meal Template- a perfectly balanced Whole30 meal combines these components:  Protein: You should have 1-2 palm size servings of protein at each meal to take up abotu 1/33 of your plate.   Veggies: The rest of your plate- 2/3s- should be veggies. Veggies can be sauteed, roasted, baked, dried, raw- basically anyway you can make them, you can eat them   Fat: A small amount of Whole30 approved fat should be added to each meal to keep you fueled and satisfied. Remember, eating good fats DOES NOT make you fat. Adding fats to each meal is easy- you can cook your meat of veggies in ghee or olive oil, throw olives onto your salad, or add coconut milk to your eggs. A little goes a long way so make sure you refer to the…

Whole30 Super Bowl Food Ideas & Recipes

Whole 30 Super Bowl Food

Hey y’all! Super Bowl 50 is upon us and I have to tell you that I am SO excited! Not  only am I a huge football fan in general, but Peyton Manning is one of my all time favorite celebrities. His career, philanthropy, and cheesy TV commercials have all been absolutely cherished by my family. The fact that this is (probably) his last season to play makes his Super Bowl appearance that much more exciting! GO PEYTON- VFL!  Are you thinking about starting Whole30 after the Super Bowl? Join my Facebook Accountability Group! I will be posting meal and recipe ideas, encouragement, and humor for anyone who needs some help!  Ok, ok…now for the reasons why you’re here. Some of us have wrapped up our Whole30 journey in time for the Big Sunday but if you’re like me, you might be a little apprehensive about reintroduction of those food groups we’ve stayed away from for the past 30 days. If you’re new here and wondering how to get started on your Whole30 journey, check out my post about it here: Whole30 Prep- What You Need to Know  Now, as we know, preparation while on Whole30 is key! We are hosting so we have more control over the menu but if you are attending a Super Bowl party, whip up a few of these to bring with you. I also recommend bringing your own veggie sticks or sweet potato chips so that you can munch on salsa and dips that might be…

Whole30 Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

whole30 chicken nuggets

I have to admit that while we don’t eat out much even while not on Whole30, I do love Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets. Part of my love for them is DEFINITELY the superb service and clean facilities at Chick-Fil-A….and part of it is the excellent quality of chicken and perfect breading you get with every.single.bite.  I wanted to find a recipe that my toddlers would love that also complies with our new Paleo lifestyle….I searched high and low and finally found a recipe from The Domestic Man that we liked and I have been tweaking it ever since.  The key to the perfect chicken nugget, I have found, is making sure that you give it enough time to marinade fully. Letting chicken marinade is important because the enzymes on the outside will start to break down allowing for batter to stick to it…but this takes time. Give yourself at LEAST 6 hours of marinading time but preferably 12-24. This is one of those dinners that I prep and get ready the night before and it is so, so worth the extra planning.  If you liked this post you should check out my Facebook Page The Hungry Mommy and Instagram @the_hungry_mommy If you’re thinking about doing a Whole30, join my Facebook Accountability Group! I will be posting recipes and meals, humor, and encouragement for anyone who needs it!