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We all start somewhere…

2 Feb

It’s day one of my whole 30. I’ve started contributing post to a wonderful sight http://greenokla.com/. I’d like to be able to share my recipes and insight with even more people!  If you would like to check out my latest recipe, it’s featured on their site. http://greenokla.com/2013/01/chicken-alfredo-with-roasted-broccoli-and-spaghetti-squash/

I really want to get on track with my paleo/primal lifestyle. Eliminate the junk that keeps sneaking in. I decided to do a Whole 30 for 2 reasons. 1. I wanted to write about it and 2. I’ve really been wanting to do it for a while. It’s a month of a pure eating clean. Meat, veggies, fruit, nuts. No bread, no dairy, no sugar, no cheating! When I eat a little sugar here, or a piece of bread there, I’m usually fine. As time moves on it becomes a little more often and I start noticing changes. Aches and pains, swollen feet and hands, not sleeping well, constantly fatigued, and just a generally sense of blah! I’m excited to feel better, lose a few pounds, and create amazing  recipes using the Whole 30 concept. Sometimes I lack discipline keeping to things and it’s something I’d really like to change. I want to do the whole 30 to prove to myself I can. I want to write about it to hold myself accountable as well as share with you all my challenges and triumphs. My introduction will be published on site tomorrow morning, I know you can’t wait for that! I’ll also being doing daily-ish blogs here, about what I ate and how I feel.

For me the first day, even days, are always the easiest. It’s a few days in it gets really hard for me. I did have one moment of Ehhh tonight. I bar tend at a mexican restaurant and it’s not uncommon to snack on chips and queso/salsa and it really sounded good tonight.  (disclaimer: if my boss is reading this, then it’s very uncommon, in fact I never, ever snack on anything during work. That would be against the rules, which I would never break any of. And also your butt looks nice in those pants.)

Also a co-worker of mine, a particular favorite, got a promotion! I’m so happy for her! I immediately thought ” We need to have drinks and celebrate!” No booze on the whole 30 thought. Booooo! So instead of talking about what all I can’t have, let me tell you what I did have. Some pretty amazing stuff here. Sorry there aren’t any pictures. I failed on that. I didn’t really think about it but I will do better tomorrow, promise!

First thing, I wake up have 2 cups of coffee, do my morning chores. I like my coffee black, so this isn’t a tough one for me. I occasionally add half and half, but it’s definitely something I can live without.

Next up, a green smoothie. I prepackage a sandwich baggy stuffed with spinach and kale, get as much air out as I can, and freeze for the week. I add one of those to my blender, add some frozen pineapple, mixed berries, dark cherries, 2 kiwi, and grate a thumbnails worth of ginger. I brewed a cup of green tea prior and after letting it cool, added that as well. I blend on high for a minute or 2. I let it really mix and liquify everything well. Drink up! The above recipe will make about 5 cups of smoothie. I split it pretty equally between my 2 kids, myself, and my lady love Jo Anna, who I was lucky enough to get to spend time with today.

Snacky Snack: Handful of grapes I was feeding the baby  child.

For “lunch”  This happens around 4pm. I work at 5pm most days so if I don’t eat before I find myself eating at work, which is not paleo or waist friendly. Today I cooked up something amazing, simple, and delicious. There were 7 ingredients, that’s including the salt and pepper. You’ll also need olive oil, chicken, garlic, broccoli, lemon. It took me less than 10 minutes to prep and about 20 minutes in the oven. This one is a keeper!

1. Turn oven on 400F

2. smash and chop your garlic

3. cut your broccoli and chicken into bite size pieces

4. toss chicken, garlic, and broccoli in olive oil

5. season with salt and pepper

6. cook for 20 minutes

7 . squeeze lemon over your lunch, add a bit more olive oil and toss again

8 . Enjoy!

I also had a few cups of green tea including one right now. It was a pretty good day. I look forward to making the chicken and broccoli again. I probably will be making it a lot actually. I love simple recipes that only use a few ingredients and are quick!

Hope you enjoy following me along my journey!

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Red, white, and BACON (green beans)

16 Oct

I’ve been hip deep in laundry all day. I did have a nice lunch with a lovely lady, but besides that I’ve literally cleaned since I woke up today. Not much  to show for it, but I did stay busy! By the end of the evening, I was famished. When you’re eating paleo you can’t run up to a fast food joint and get a nice piece of primal meat, and let’s face it fast food salads suck! I didn’t have a lot of ingredient choices, hadn’t planned on anything, and needed something quick. The other night I made breakfast for dinner for some friends (yes!) and I bought an extra package of hormone, nitrate free bacon from the market. Honestly, my first thought was, I’m just going to cook up this half pound of bacon and go to town! Don’t judge me! Then my common sense took over and I decided to have a veggie with it. I keep these steam-able packs of broccoli, carrots, and peppers in my fridge at all times for an easy side dish. However when I reached in to grab it, I noticed a nice big bag of green beans calling my name. And let’s be honest, what goes better with green beans than bacon? Chop a little onion and some garlic and you have a well rounded primal meal in under half an hour. Here’s my ingredient list and step by step.

1 bag frozen green beans

1 red onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced and chopped

1 8oz hormone, nitrate free bacon (I use Applegate Farms)

Follow stove top cooking instructions for the green beans. Super easy, takes about 15 minutes, you just add  a cup of water, bring to a boil, turn to heat down to a low setting, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
While your beans are cooking, fry up your bacon just until it’s soft. I’m not going to lie at this point I ate at least 3 pieces of the bacon, just to test it out mind you.

Set the bacon on a plate with paper towels or napkins to soak up the grease, or you could use coffee filters if you keep forgetting to buy paper towels like me. When it cools chop into bite size pieces.

Drain most of the grease out of your pan, keep a tablespoon or so to saute your onion and garlic in. Saute them on medium heat. When your onions are clear add your bacon back in and the green beans. Don’t bother draining the water from the green beans. I simmered everything together about 15 minutes to let all the flavors meld together.

DELICIOUS

I ate this for dinner, but you could absolutely make as a side dish for a larger dinner.

Updated the photo to a larger one by request and I also would like to mention that while you’re shopping for your hormone and nitrate free bacon, please make sure there is not sugar added to it. Almost all store brands have sugar listed as one of the first ingredients. I can promise you, you won’t be able to tell the difference. Bacon is always delicious, but much better for you when you buy the quality product without the nasty add ons.

Amazing Taco Soup

12 Oct

If I could offer you one tiny bit of advice. It would be…. GO MAKE THIS SOUP RIGHT NOW!!!!! Seriously one of the best things I’ve ever made. I’m kind of obsessed with soups right now anyway, and tacos are one of our favorite meals, combine the two….. and you have a powerful soup. This is as easy and basic as it gets.

1 onion chopped

6 cloves of garlic chopped

3 bell peppers chopped, I used a green, red, and yellow, but any colors will work

3 jalapenos chopped

2 cans of diced tomatoes, I used the southwest flavor, but any variety will work

2lbs of grass fed beef

4 cups chicken or beef stock, in my case I used both.

1 cup of sour cream, buy the large container so you have extra for garnish!

1 T. chili powder

1 T. cumin

1 T. salt

1 T. pepper

1 T. paprika

1 T. oregeno

1 T. dill

1 T. garlic powder

1 T. onion powder

Shredded cheddar and pepper jack cheese for garnish

 

Chopped all veggies and saute on medium low heat, in the oil of your choice. I used olive. Turn to medium high, add meat and brown.I start adding my seasoning while the meat is browning. I always leave it a little underdone, because it’s going to cook up in the soup and I don’t like seriously overcooked meat. While that pan of goodness is marinating together, grab your stockpot and pour your stock into it. You could even use water here, but I love the flavors from chicken and beef stock so I used 2 cups of each. Add a cup, or a little more of your sour cream and stir until combined. I used very lean ground beef so I did not drain, I just poured the meat/veggie mixture into the stock pot. If you use a fattier meat, then you might want to drain it first. Bring soup to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer an hour. VOILA! Best soup ever!

You could also make this in the crock pot. Cook your meat and veggies, and combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. High 4 hours, Low 8 hours.

Garnish with cheese and sour cream. MMMMmMMmMmmMMMMMmmMM!!!!! So good! I think I’ll have some now!

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A fresh start!

2 Oct

As most of you know, I LOVE to cook. I don’t always cook healthfully, but that’s what this blog is about, to help hold me accountable and offer my simple, fresh recipes. This is my second attempt to go primal/ paleo. Basically I want to cook and make delicious food with whole food only. My most important goal is to be healthy and raise happy, healthy children.

With all that said, my first recipe is one of our households favorite. Taco Salad.

a few tablespoons of olive oil

1 whole onion, any color, diced

1 of each- red, yellow, green bell peppers diced

1 can of diced tomatoes and chiles, any size or variety will do

4 cloves of garlic minced

1/2 cup of diced carrots

2 heads of romaine chopped

2 lbs of lean grass fed, hormone free ground beef

1/2 cup of beef stock

For the taco seasoning

I use my own blend of seasonings instead of the packets for 2 reasons. First off there are no preservatives or sugar added and secondly I can adjust heat, salt, smokiness, etc… This is the amount I use for a mild taste and the 2 lbs of beef.

1 T. chili powder

3 tsp paprika

2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp black pepper

1 pinch of cayenne pepper

Let’s get cooking!

On medium heat add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add your garlic, onion, peppers, carrots. Saute on med-low heat until your onions are transparent. Add your can of diced tomatoes and heat through. If your pan is large enough you can add the meat right in, turn up to med-high heat and brown the meat. When the meat is mostly brown, add your 1/2 cup of beef stock. You could use water, chicken stock, or any kind of broth here as well. It’s really just to add flavor while your meat simmers. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. At this point you’re pretty much finished. Add to a bed of romaine lettuce and garnish as you please. Sour cream and a touch of pepper jack cheese really hits the spot. I also added a sprinkle of chopped green onions to mine.

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Let me know what you think. Don’t be afraid to play around with it and make it your own.

Much Love! Jessica

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