Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sloppy Joe Bowls

These were sooooo good! Especially if you are craving some comfort food. It may seem super weird to put sloppy joe meat over zoodles, but I promise you it's a perfect match. Now hubby does not eat zoodles, so I put his on a whole wheat bun. Regardless, its delish both ways. Plus you aren't getting all those weird ingredients like you would with the stuff from the can. 

Sloppy Joe Bowls
adapted from Jay's Baking Me Crazy

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6-8

2 lbs lean ground beef (grass-fed if Whole30 or Paleo)
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1.5 tsp onion powder
2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup coconut aminos 
2 TBS tomato paste

Before you get started, make up your homemade ketchup!

Put your ground beef in a medium sized dutch oven over medium-high heat. (I love my Le Creuset!) Once the meat is mostly browned, toss in your garlic and turn the heat down to medium. Toss in the onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook for about 1-2 more minutes. Add coconut aminos, ketchup and tomato paste. Stir to combine and turn the heat to low. Allow the mixture to simmer for 20 minutes. 

While your sloppy joe meat is simmering, make up your zoodles. I use a Paderno vegetable spiralizer to make my zoodles. It's amazing. It has several different blades. I've used it on other veggies too, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes and parsnips. 

Once your zoodles are ready, top them with the sloppy joe meat and eat!


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Crockpot Pork Carnitas

I won't lie. I googled the word "carnitas". I took French in high school and college so shoot me. I just didn't want to look like an idiot by titling this "pork carnitas" if carnitas meant pork. You feel me? Good. Now that that is out of the way, I did learn that carnitas actually means "little meats" and it's meat that's been braised in oil or lard. I did nothing of the sort here. So I guess I can't technically call these carnitas, but whatever. They are darn good. You are also welcome for the Spanish lesson. 

PS - You can see from the pic below that I used this in Pork Carnitas Bowls with Cilantro Lime Caulirice!

Crockpot Pork Carnitas
adapted from The Recipe Critic

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 8-9 hours
Servings: 10+

4 pound pork shoulder roast
1 TBS chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1.5 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 oranges, juiced
2 limes, juiced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped

In the bottom of your crockpot, put the last 4 ingredients. Place your roast down in the crockpot. 

In a small bowl, combine your dry spices. Sprinkle these over the roast. Set the crockpot for 8 hours on low. 

Once it's done, I shred mine right in the crockpot and left it sitting in the juices for another 30-45 minutes on low. 

Now if you really want to be fancy, take the meat out of the crockpot after it's been bathing in those juices in the crockpot for the last 30 minutes and place it on a sheet pan. Put it in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes. This will make some of the bits a little crispier. 


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Cilantro Lime Caulirice

I have to say that this is such a great substitute for rice if you are Whole30, 24 Day Challenge or just trying to clean up your diet. Now I made my own cauliflower rice, but if you are short for time or don't have the right tools, I have seen "cauliflower crumbles" or "riced cauliflower" at Trader Joe's and Target. Anything you can do with rice I'm pretty sure you could do with caulirice. The only thing I will say is that it's pretty stinky while it cooks!

Cilantro Lime Caulirice
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Servings: 4-6

A head of cauliflower
Bunch of cilantro, chopped
4-6 limes, juiced
Kosher salt, to taste

Remove the leaves and stem from the cauliflower. Chop the florets into uniform pieces about the size of a tangerine. Toss into the food processor and pulse until evenly chopped. It should have a "rice like" consistency to it. Put your riced cauliflower into a sauté pan over medium heat. You could drizzle a little olive oil in the pan if you aren't using a non-stick pan. Sauté for about 10-15 minutes depending on how soft you want it to be.

Dump your caulirice in a bowl. Now I like mine pretty limey so I would put the juice of all 6 limes in there. It's really to taste. Toss the cilantro in there too. Lastly, sprinkle a little kosher salt over it to help bring out the flavors. 


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Monday, January 11, 2016

Weekly Menu: January 11-16

It's nice to be back blogging about weekly recipes! I'm finally working day shift which makes a huge difference in my time. I'm awake during the day as opposed to sleeping all day because I worked the night before. I'm not too tired to make dinner or go to the grocery. It's awesome!

As I posted last week, we started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge today. So our meals for the next 24 days will be in line with the plan. It's definitely not as "strict" as Whole30. It's more about making healthy, clean choices. Can't wait for the yummy food we have on the menu this week!

Crockpot Pork Carnitas
Sloppy Joe Bowls
Thai Chicken Stir Fry
Overnight Oats

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

24 Day Challenge

So I've been an distributor for Advocare for probably 9 months now. I really just joined so that I could get the discount on the Spark (which is amazing) and other products that we were using like Rehydrate. This will be our first 24 Day Challenge with them! I attempted one probably about 3 years ago when we first moved here, but I just wasn't committed. Now hubby is on board and we are very excited about doing our first 24 Day Challenge together. I will be posting some really awesome new recipes. Some are Whole30 and/or paleo friendly which is perfect for those of you out there still maintaining that lifestyle. 

If you are wanting to view the products or see what this is all about, please feel free to visit my Advocare page!

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Whole30: Days 21-27

Day 22

Meal 1: One of my favorites! Roasted sweet potatoes (tossed in olive oil, paprika, garlic & onion powders), homemade breakfast sausage, 2 fried eggs. 

I honestly can't remember what else I ate this day. I guess that is what happens when you wait a week to post! Haha

Day 23

Meal 1: Same as yesterday. This meal is so good.

Meal 2: Snacks/Finger foods at my parent's house to celebrate my dad's birthday. I did not follow Whole30 for this meal. I actually regretted it the next day. My stomach was very upset. 

Day 24

Meal 1: Are you surprised? The same thing as the previous days, except I used Yukon Gold potatoes because I ran out of sweet potatoes and added a third egg for extra yolk yumminess.

Meal 2: Tuna mixed with avocado and guacamole seasoning & Pan-Fried Plantains 

Meal 3: Beef brisket, pulled chicken and baked sweet potato from a local bbq place. So yummy!

Day 25

Meal 1: Omelet with avocado, mushroom, onions and spinach with a side of roasted root veggies at the delicious local restaurant called Sleepy Bee. As a side note, I didn't eat the toast! 

Meal 2: I got creative at lunch! Baked salmon and a side of sauteed shaved brussel sprouts with pork belly, dried bing cherries and toasted pecans in a balsamic reduction. AH-MAZING! I mean the brussel sprouts stunk while I was cooking them, but it tasted yummy. 

Meal 3: Baked salmon with a side of broccoli. I had already eaten the salmon. Oops!

Day 26

Meal 1: Sweet and Savory Blueberry Tortilla. Another of my favorites. No veggies (I know, I know), but I had just got off work and was going to sleep all day. I wanted something to curb the hunger and was quick to make.

Meal 2: Chipotle carnitas bowl - the rice I added was definitely not Whole30!

Meal 3: Baked salmon with mashed sweet potatoes. Trader Joe's sells the sweet potatoes in little pucks and you just warm them in the microwave. They are so yummy!

Meal 4/Snack: 2 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages. I was a little hungry, but I didn't want to eat another meal since I knew that I was going to breakfast with my sister in just a couple of hours.

Day 27

Meal 1: Harvest Hash with dressed green at First Watch. I actually wish that they had roasted their sweet potatoes. They tasted like they had been microwaved. They were slightly bland and mushy. 

Meal 2: Dinner at my parent's house after Trick-or-Treating. I had a big salad and nibbled on a little of a calzone. Once we got home I had 2 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages. 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Whole30: Days 19 & 20

Day 19 

Meal 1: Sweet & Savory Blueberry Tortilla. It was so good that I had to make it again. It looks weird, but I promise that it is good! I left out the pepper this time. Made this on my way in from work. I was too hungry to go to bed without anything in my belly. 

Meal 2:Woke up hungry after sleeping all day, but it was too close to dinner for a full-fledged meal. Roast beef and a handful of almonds.

Meal 3: Salad with grilled chicken, capicola ham, pepperoni and salami. 

Day 20

Meal 1: 2 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages, almonds and baby carrots

Meal 2: Leftover kitchen sink soup. 

Meal 3: Um well, we sorta went to Skyline. I stayed within the guidelines and did a potato with chili on it. Those 3 ways and coneys looked good though!

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