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Whole30 / Paleo Oven Roasted and Toasted Potato Wedges

Whole30 Roasted Potatoes

One of my favorite things about Whole30 is taking foods that are thought of as boring and making them a really delicious component of a meal. My family has missed grilling out with burgers, fries, beans, and corn since summer has left us! I thought it would be fun to make one of our summertime favorites- potato wediges- over and transform it into a Whole30 compliant side dish to accompany our big green salad and Big O Bacon Burgers from Nom Nom Paleo! My favorite french fries from restaurants are equal parts salty and spicy and have a great CRUNCHY exterior. To achieve the right spice level I added Sea Salt to our recipe- the grain is bigger than normal table salt and tends to be stronger- and paprika. The crispiness comes from two steps: 1. Coating the wedges indicidually in the spice and oil rub. This ensures the each side of each wedge has the potential to crunch. 2. Broiling them. You have to keep a close eye on the oven when broiling so as to not over do it. Broil one side, take the wedges out of the oven, flip them over, and broil the other side. Get them out just as they are turning brown and starting to bubble. For an extra layer of flavor, I add a 1/2 Cup of chopped parsley to the potatoes after they have started to cool. You could also add a nice truffle oil! I hope you love these Whole30 Potato…

What’s the Difference: Comparing Whole30 and Paleo

Whole30 vs paleo

Over the past few months I’ve had a lot of people ask me what the difference between Whole30 and Paleo diets are, what are the various advantages and disadvantages to the two, and how to pick which one to try. First, I have to say that I’m not a Whole30 expert, just a follower of the plan! We do stick to a mostly Paleo lifestyle when not on Whole30, but we indulge every now and then..and that’s where the differences of the two start to emerge. All Whole30 recipes are also Paleo but not all Paleo recipes are Whole30 compliant. This for 2 reasons: 1.Paleo allows for “recreations” of foods that aren’t on a Paleo Diet while Whole30 expressly prohibits recreating food that isn’t allowed on the program.     On the Paleo diet, you can create a Cauliflower crusted Pizza or decadent dessert and still be adhering to a Paleo lifestyle. However, while on Whole30, we are meant to physically, psychologically, and emotionally break off our relationships with the food groups we are abstaining from – grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, sugar- and to do that requires not recreating them out of compliant ingredients. The thought is that, while on Whole30, making a cauliflower crusted pizza is giving in to our mind in that we can’t live without pizza (or something that resembles it).  2.Paleo allows for added sweetener in the form of honey, agave, etc. while Whole30 does not   The Whole30 Program is completely without added sugar or sweeteners…

Whole 30 Recipes and Meals- Week 4

Week 4- Meal Plan

We are officially on the downhill slide of this Whole30 Challenge! I know that a lot of you have committed to Whole60s, Whole90s, and beyond and that is FANTASTIC. A lot of people that I’ve spoken with don’t want all of the physical and mental benefits of this diet to wear off and I don’t blame them! If you still aren’t experiencing any of this Tiger Blood magic, hold on…it’s still coming. Some bodies just take longer to process out all of the junk we’ve been storing up for years. With week 4 I wanted to focus on capitalizing on leftovers. A lot of times we feel like we “need” something new to eat at every meal and that’s simply not true. Learning to love leftovers does take some time so I’m bringing back some old favorites and introducing some serious crowd pleasers! This is also a big football weekend- Go Peyton- so anything that can be made for a crowd is a win in my book! All recipes for this week can be found here: Whole30 Recipes- Sauces and Dressings Whole 30 Recipes- Breakfast Whole 30 Recipes- Lunch/Dinner Whole 30 Recipes- Sides and Snacks ** Here’s a fair warning Disclaimer for the meal plan: Sometimes the meals I put on the plan aren’t “full” meals in the eyes of the Whole30 program because they are lacking some portion that is necessary to create a balanced meal. They might be missing good fat, protein, or veggies. Mostly this happens because…

Whole30 Meals- Week Three

Whole30 Week 3 Meal Plan

Whoa, can you all believe that we are already prepping for Week three of our Whole30 Challenge? I’m feeling pretty good! The icky side effects of sugar and grain withdrawal finally seem to have left me and I’m feeling alert and light and sleeping like a log! This week I have a lot of new recipes I’m excited to share with you all! I tend to load up on the new recipes the first half of the week because I’m just so excited to share them with you all! First up: Cinnamon Banana Chia Seed Pudding- this stuff is GREAT! It’s loaded with nutrients and antioxidants AND tastes amazing! I’m also introducing one of my all-time Whole30 Favorites, Taco Salad! It’s so good and filled with flavor that you will not miss all those extra add-ons!  ** Here’s a fair warning Disclaimer for the meal plan: Sometimes the meals I put on the plan aren’t “full” meals in the eyes of the Whole30 program because they are lacking some portion that is necessary to create a balanced meal. They might be missing good fat, protein, or veggies. Mostly this happens because I don’t haven enough room to add them in my editing software and I put priority on listing the meals you might need a recipe for- so make sure that you read over the Whole30 Program Rules and are eating complete meals! ** The recipes for all of these meals are here: Whole 30 Recipes- Sauces and Dressings Whole30 Meals and…

Whole30 Recipes- Sauces and Dressings

whole30 Dressings and Sauces

Arguably, the best part of many meals are the accompaniments. They can make or break a dish with their flavor profile, aroma, and visual appeal. During the Whole30 Challenge, I’ve found them to be exponentially more important because of all the other things my body is “missing”. The meal plans I’ve put together leave a lot of room for personal preference in the way of which sauces and dressings you can add to each meal. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites and of the things I like to pair them with: 5 Minute Whole30 Ranch Dressing– This ranch dressing is something I’ve been playing around with for a while. It’s super easy and, like the name says, only take 5 minutes to put together. I pair this with The Best Chicken Ever, over salads, and to eat with my favorite veggies! Blueberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing– The days of summer are here with this creamy, sweet dressing. The great part? You can make it from any berry in your fridge! Easy Whole30 Ketchup– Yum! This ketchup is delicious and so easy to make. This will keep in the refrigerator for a week or freezer for up to a month! Restaurant Style Salsa– This recipe is from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, so you know it has sugar in it! Just leave out the sugar for a perfectly Whole30 Salsa. I eat this with my favorite Taco Salad, and with many of the egg scrambles and frittatas I make in the…

5 Minute Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Whole 30 Ranch Dressing

Are you missing a few of your old standby meal enhancements during this Whole30 Challenge? ME TOO! This isn’t about a food “crutch”, sometimes a girl just needs some ranch dressing to get through the day. Luckily for us, homemade ranch dressing is just a few ingredients and minutes away! This is a recipe that does REALLY well with an immersion blender. What’s an immersion blender you ask? This little handheld blender that really gets into ALL the ingredients and works them together better than any other device. The great news is these are pretty affordable and SUPER versatile. I use this for making all of my dressings, deviled eggs, mixing up baking recipes when no on Whole30: the possibilities are endless! This is the Immersion Blender that I got from Amazon, and I LOVE IT! If you don’t have an immersion blender and don’t want to invest in one right now, your hand blender will work for this just make sure that you use the lowest setting possible and take a spatula to the sides of your mixing bowl often! If you’re looking for other Whole30 inspiration and don’t know where to start, check out these posts for a few Whole30 Compliant Recipe Roundups! Whole30 Recipes- Breakfast Whole 30 Recipes- Sides and Snacks Whole 30 Recipes- Lunch/Dinner Affiliate Links: Sometimes in my posts you might see my affiliate disclaimer where I tell you that I’m promoting a product and, if you buy the product from clicking my link, I…

Whole 30 Recipes- Cashew Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Did someone say bacon?? I just received my shipment of sugar free, nitrate free, and all around Whole30 compliant bacon from US Wellness Meats! I’m so excited for bacon to be back in my life during this Whole30 journey, I just cannot tell you! In my never ending quest to keep Whole 30 recipes new and fun, I’m turning to an old holiday favorite with a few twists along the way. This recipe combines a lot of things I really love to create a great Whole30 dish for any time of day. Dates boast a host of nutritional benefits ranging from Potassium, Vitamin B and Iron and gives you a great mix of healthy fat and protein.  Cashew “cheese” is simply processed cashews, lemon juice, and water. I love filling dates with this mixture because it gives the meal a great does of fat and the moisture from the mixture keeps the dates super creamy! And, of course, just like some people believe everything is better fried, I believe everything is better wrapped in bacon. This bacon in particular gives a delicious salty and crispy element. I just love it!  If you want to brown your bacon up like I did, just give them a quick broil at the end of the cooking time.    I used my favorite kitchen gadget- the Ninja food processor– to make our cashew “cheese”  If you liked this recipe, you should check out my Facebook page The Hungry Mommy and Instagram @the_hungry_mommy for daily recipes and food inspiration!

Whole30 Meals- Week 2

Whole 30 Meal Plan - Week 2

You guys, we’re only a few days in and I’m feeling great! I will admit to a few headaches and a some irritability but I know that these will subside very quickly! I felt SO accomplished with all the prepping last Sunday and have really enjoyed not having to cook for an hour each night. With that in mind, for our Whole30 Meals Week 2,  I decided to focus on recipes that could be prepped ahead of time. If you don’t like prepping as much as I do, you can cook most of these the day you are set to eat them! I’m also adding in an emergency meal – chocolate chili – that you can cook and freeze for unexpected events that leave you hungry and without food options. This has already happened to us! If you don’t think you need it, don’t worry about cooking it!  First things first, all the recipes for this week are located here: Whole30 Meals and Recipes- Breakfast Whole 30 Meals and Recipes- Lunch/Dinner Whole30 Meals and Recipes- Sides and Snacks Without further ado, here is our Whole 30 Meal Plan- Week 2: What do you guys think? We have a few repeats from our Whole 30 Week 1 Meal Plan, and quite a few new recipes. I’m most looking forward to you all trying the Slow Cooker Kalua Pig! It’s one of our family favorites and so, so easy! These great Pancetta and Egg Muffin Cups, and Nom Nom Paleo’s Big O Bacon Burgers are absolutely…

Whole 30 Berry Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

whole 30 salad

Alright Whole 30 Warriors, I’ve been testing out a few whole 30 salads for our meal plan. The best ones that I’ve seen have lots of protein and veggies and NO reason to miss that cheese topping we’re all so used to. This salad is jam packed with berries and loaded down with Walnuts!  The blueberry vinaigrette is sweet and warm and will remind you of summer days even in the dead of winter!  

Whole 30 Breakfast- Pancetta and Egg Muffin Cups

whole 30 breakfast muffin cups

As you well know by now, I love any meal I can cook ahead of time! However, breakfast prep holds a special place in my heart. With two small children, it’s HARD to find the time to cook in the morning. These muffin cups are perfect for us. They have a great pack of protein, veggies, and nutrients to last us until lunch and they can be made on the weekends and simply reheated in the mornings.  You can add ANY veggies to these eggs cups and you can use bacon instead of pancetta if you prefer! For our whole 30 breakfast, just make sure that the bacon is sugar and nitrate free!  We have some picky eaters in my house so our muffins vary. The ones made for me include mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach, and onions while the ones for my husband and kiddos are just egg and onion! Get creative! We also really like to add roasted red peppers into the mix, sweet potatoes, whatever veggies I have on hand.  Once these are cooked, pop them in some tupperware or ziploc and keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days. These freeze well too and can be kept in the freezer for up to a month!  I hope you love this whole 30 breakfast option as much as I do! If you want to join in on our January Whole 30 Meal Plan, now’s the time!