Posts Tagged‘whole30 recipes’

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 / 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 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!

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…

Roundup: Whole30 Meal Plans and Recipes

Whole30 Meals

Before starting this cycle of Whole30, I spent HOURS scouring the internet looking for a good meal plan that I could follow along the way. I came up empty handed so, naturally, I made my own for my family and then decided to share it with you all! If you are new to Whole 30 of just looking for some recipe ideas, check out the posts below. I’m linking to Weeks 1-4 Meal Plans as well as the blog posts that contain all the recipes we have used along the way.   ** 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! **   Here are the original post that include the meal plans, prepping guides, and grocery lists: Whole30 Meals- Week 1 Whole30 Meals- Week 2 Whole30 Meals- Week 3 Whole30 Meals- Week 4 If you’re looking for a cheerleader during your Whole30 journey or just some daily recipe inspiration, check out my Facebook Page The Hungry Mommy and Instagram @the_hungry_mommy  

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 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…