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Whole30 Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

Whole30 The Aftermath - Copy

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…

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…

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…

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  

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…