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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 Kitchen Tools You Need Today!

Paleo Kitchen Gadgets

When we moved from Knoxville to South Texas last year I did MAJOR purges of everything that we owned. No item was too small for its usefulness to be dissected and evaluated. I did this because I absolutely refused to move across the country with a U-Haul full of crap that I would never use again. Needless to say, I donated and threw away the majority of our belongings!  Now, almost one year later, our house is *this close* to being finished and we are finally going to be moving out of my parent’s guest house! With this fresh beginning comes a need to stock up my kitchen once again. I’ve recently begun stockpiling my favorite kitchen gadgets and thought I would share with you which tools every paleo kitchen needs:  7-in-1 Instant Pot: Over my Whole30 Journey and continued Paleo lifestyle, this pressure cooker has become my best friend. We make everything from Nom Nom Paleo’s Mexican Beef, to Crispy Potatoes, to Beef Stew. Your cooking time is cut by at least 50% when using a pressure cooker and the meats are unbelievably TENDER! 2. A food processor- these will save you a ton of time chopping veggies or making salsas. I also use mine to get cooked bacon really fine when I’m incorporating it into meatballs or burgers.                   3.  A really great meat thermometer. You cannot make the perfect steak without a reliable meat thermometer. I’ve linked to my favorite…

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…

30 Thoughts While on Whole30

30 thoughts while on whole30

WOOHOO!! Our family just completed our first Whole30 and I cannot be more excited for the progress we have made. Besides some great weight loss, we have had less digestive issues, better sleep, lower anxiety, better skin, the list goes on! I cannot recommend Whole30 enough for jump starting a healthier way of life or trying to identify any food intolerance you might have. If you’re thinking about doing Whole30, join my Facebook Accountability Group! I will be posting meals and recipes, encouragement, and humor along the way! I thought it would be fun to put together a list of thoughts and events that I experienced during my first 30 days! This has been a really fun experience and being completely intentional with food choices for 30 days was a great    30 Thoughts While on Whole30 1.Wait- I can’t have wine? I don’t remember that part from the book…*references book*… Hmph. No wine it is. 2.What do you mean Fat Free doesn’t equal healthy? 3.I’m just going to watch FED UP on loop until everyone I know agrees to do Whole30 with me. 4.Seriously, this will not be that hard. I can literally do anything for 30 days. 5.FOOD PREP IS THE MOST AMAZING THING ON THE PLANET 6.SO.Many.Eggs. 7.Oatmeal isn’t good for me? Olives are considered a fat? I officially know nothing. 8.Head hurts. My head hurts. WILL IT EVER END? 9.I legitimately cannot live without bacon for 30 days. 10.Thank you, God, for Pederson’s Sugar Free Bacon.…

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…

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…

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…

Whole30 Plan Dos and Dont’s

Whole30 Plan

I’m still working on gearing up our meal plan for the Whole30 Plan in January! As part of this preparation, I’ve been referencing the original book on the subject, It Starts With Food. I know that not everyone has read the book so I wanted to give a quick Whole30 Do’s and Don’ts guide to help you get your head ready for the challenge. DO come prepared.   Give yourself plenty of time 1 day per week to do some meal prep for the week ahead. Our plan will be following a Sunday Meal Prep Day but any day that works for you is fine. Every person that has gone through Whole30 will tell you that the hardest part is getting through a strike of hunger when they have no food prepped. Take the time to follow our meal prep guide so that you don’t get stuck! DON’T believe the myth that we have to eat something different during every meal.  One of the basic premises of Whole30 is breaking our chains free from using food to cope with daily life. This one is SO HARD for me because all of our celebrations seem to center around food and I show love by creating elaborate meals for them. But we need to condition our bodies and minds to relying on food for nourishment and healing and not emotional gratification. All that to say, we will repeat some recipes during the meal plan. We will eat leftovers for lunch during the circuit.…

Momma’s Famous Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce

Up until last year, I always bought marinara sauce at the grocery store…and it was fine. Like, I would eat it in lasagna or spaghetti and it was okay. But it wasn’t life changing. And it definitely wasn’t something I would categorize as special. Since the marinara was never GREAT, we didn’t eat a lot of recipes that involved marinara. One day it hit me: maybe I’m missing the boat here; maybe I need to figure out how to make this stuff on my own. Surely I can figure it out. Lucky for all of us, I did. This is my now famous, totally delicious and SUPER EASY marinara sauce.  Here’s the thing; marinara is really easy and you really don’t need that many spices. I stick with traditional Italian spices and just layer them as necessary. Let me sauce finish cooking and readjust seasoning as needed. To incorporate the seasoning, bring the sauce back to a boil, add additional seasoning, and bring it back to a simmer. Warning: With marinara this good, you will be eating A LOT of Italian dishes.