Apr 22, 2013

Recipes...yummy, yummy recipes!

I have really had a fun time this last week trying new recipes.  There is nothing like a lifestyle shift to get you out of a cooking rut! I have been so amazed at the amount of online resources there are for clean eating, and I have had some amazing meals this week!  Here are a few I would like to share!  I found an amazing site called Paleo & Wine.  I got a few recipes this week from there!

 This was one of the most amazing breakfast meals I have ever had, this will for sure be a regular in our house!

The only thing I did different for this recipe was I made my dipping sauce out of balsamic and Paleo Mayo. It was amazing!

And an oldie, that I made Paleo Friendly!

(click the link for the old version)

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 T coconut oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup organic beef broth
3/4 C canned Lite Coconut Milk
3-4 T Spicy Brown Mustard
1t dried Thyme

Melt coconut oil in frying pan
salt and pepper your chicken breasts and place in the pan
cook until juices run clear, about 5 mins each side
remove chicken from pan, but keep the juices. 
pour broth into pan and let boil until reduced by half. About 2 mins
whisk in coconut milk, mustard and thyme
Let boil and thicken stirring often, about 3 mins.
Place chicken back in pan and coat with sauce.
Serve warm topped with sauce, 

I serve mine with Brussel Sprouts topped with the yummy sauce!

Pan Sauteed Beets

2-4 cooked beets( I got pre-cooked packaged beets at Costco and used those)
1 T Butter
1t minced garlic( I use a freeze dried variation)
1 t onion powder

melt butter in frying pan
slice your beets into strips
place beets, garlic and onion powder in frying pan and saute until tender and warm through. 

Apr 16, 2013

Today, I Ate Like a Queen

I am starting to get the hang of this whole clean eating thing.  I did have a bit of a food mourning moment at the Target checkout tonight.  My ritual for a night like tonight when my husband is out of town would be to grab a delicious treat, a diet coke and a gossip mag...sprawl out in bed and enjoy celeb who wore it bests next to a bubbly drink and something dripping in chocolate!  However, never fear, I whipped up something delightful and to be honest, am enjoying it more than I would have had I been laying here eating something laden with guilt.

Today, I felt like a champ.  I had the most AMAZING clean bacon with some eggs and a fruit salad for breakfast.  I enjoyed a scrumptious turkey burger topped with green olives, avocado and homemade Paleo mayo wrapped up in butter lettuce with a side of chopped carrots and sugar snap pea pods.  And for dinner, a beautifully pan seared Tilapia loin with oven roasted brussel sprouts and a side of fresh pineapple.  Finish the day off with this yummy treat I am noshing on, and I feel down right decadent!  So, enjoy these meals, they sure made my day!

These turkey burgers came from Costco.  I have been kind of obsessed with avocado and green olives on everything lately...and of course who can forget the amazing Paleo Mayo! Nothing special here, just fried up the burger in a pan with a tiny bit of coconut oil, salt and pepper.  In hindsight, this may have been better as a salad, it was so yummy, but kind of a mess to eat!

So, you have seen "banana ice cream" all over the internet I am sure.  That is one of our family favorites.  However, tonight, I was lacking enough frozen banana pieces to make a full serving.  So I experimented and added frozen blueberries and frozen strawberries....AMAZING! This tastes just like frozen yogurt, or berry sorbet...with NO sugar!  I am in love, and feeling really fresh right about now!  This recipe is simple.  I used about 1/2 a frozen banana, 1 C frozen blueberries, and 4 large frozen strawberries.  Threw it all in my Ninja blender and blended it for a good 3 minutes stopping periodically to scrape the sides and move chunks closer to the blades.  Now, the banana is the star player here for texture, not so much for taste.  The frozen banana gives the final product that creamy consistency.  I hope you love this as much as I did tonight!

For dinner tonight, nothing special just a pan seared Tilapia and a fresh pineapple.  I do however have a signature method of preparing sprouts that will blow your mind.  
I first cut the base off of the sprout, then chop it into fourths.  Some of the outer leaf will fall off...this is good!  Fill up a cookie sheet with your fourths and your leaves then toss with olive oil and either salt an pepper, or my personal fave, Johnny's Seasoning Salt.  Place in a preheated oven at 440 and let it cook.  Check every 5-10 mins and turn with a spatula as needed.  I like mine to be nice and brown on each side.  Take them out, and eat right away!  These have a nice nutty, crispy, smokey loveliness that you won't believe is coming from the worlds most hated veggie!  Like I said, this will blow your mind! 

Apr 15, 2013

What the Heck Do We Eat Now?

Anytime the cook in the house decides to completely shift the way she eats, inevitably, there is some panic in the ranks.  My husband hesitantly promised he would support my whole foods movement, my children on the other hand, are fighting...hard. I wouldn't say that my family has had "bad" eating habits in the past.  I have never allowed a lot of sugary treats, chips(aside from taco night and bbq's), or lot's of "kid food" in the house, and my kids love fruit, and a few veggies.  But, my kids also loooove cheese, peanut butter, cereal(the "healthy" kind!) and as most kids, they love juice, which I have always watered down.  My 6 year old was less than enthused with the spinach, banana, strawberry, beet, coconut milk shake I tried to pass off as "SO YUMMY" this morning.  And my 1 1/2 year old wanted nothing to do with the sliced up avocados and chicken breast I offered her at dinner.  This last few days has been easier than expected for me, but a complete nightmare when it comes to the efforts I am making to help my kids eat better.  So, after a night of feeling 1000% defeated, I came to this conclusion; this will have to be a slower process for my kids.  They are only children, they did not make this decision and they sure as heck don't posses the maturity level it takes to accept major life changes cold turkey. If I am making 1 improvement to their overall dietary intakes every few days, I consider that a success. The main focus for me right now needs to be educating myself, healing my body, and making better habits so that when they do come to an age where they begin to understand "nutrition", they will be able to recall lessons I have taught them and they will have to tools to make better choices.  For now, that is the best I can do.  I will keep offering them the best food I can, and then back off and let them eat!  I have to also learn not to freak out when they leave my house for say, school, sports, parties, sleepovers.  I can't control their food intake, nor would I want to.  But hopefully I can teach them balance and then, let them use it!

So, what have we been eating around here the last few days anyway??  I will share as many recipes as I can so that anyone who comes across this blog will be able to bulk up their whole foods recipe box! Here are a few recipes from the last few days that I have loved!

Crock Pot Pork Carnitas!( I got this recipe from the website)

(The recipe said it served 4, but I would honestly say it is more like 6)
  • 5 lbs of country-style spare pork ribs (or however many will fit in your crock pot)
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 2 cups of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups of diced peppers
  • 2 heaping tsp dried oregano
  • 1 heaping tsp granulated garlic powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp chili powder
  • 2 heaping tsp  cumin
Mix all dry spices in a small bowl. I use a heavy hand with the spices – season to taste.   Mix the diced tomatoes and peppers in a separate bowl.
Put down one layer of the ribs in the bottom of the crock. Sprinkle a spoonful of the spice mixture over the meat and spread around some of the tomato/pepper mixture. Top with onions. Make a second layer of ribs and continue until you are out of ingredients. I like to finish with ribs on top, not onions, so the layers are slightly uneven.
Turn crockpot to low and cook for at least eight hours.
Using a pasta-serving spoon, shred your pork ribs. This is the best use for a pasta-serving spoon ever. It allows you to pull apart the meat and remove the bones as well as any egregiously large pieces of fatty gristle.
Use this to make a hot salad, or serve alongside some cauliflower rice and cucumber slices. I especially like it as a salad because the cooking liquid can serve as dressing–no extra condiments necessary. My favorite is a hot salad topped with some avocado slices. It’s what’s for dinner tonight!   This freezes really well, too. Perfect for single-eaters or small families.

Homemade Paleo Mayo (from
1 egg
2 tablespoons lemon juice @ room temp
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus 1 cup olive oil (light, not extra virgin) @ room temp
1. Place the egg and lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Let them come to room temperature together, about 30-60 minutes. Add the dry mustard, salt, and  1/4 cup of the oil. Whirl until well mixed – about 20 to 30 seconds.
2. The only remaining job is to incorporate the remaining 1 cup oil into the mixture. To do this, you must pour very slowly… the skinniest drizzle you can manage and still have movement in the oil. This takes about three minutes or so. Think about three minutes during a WOD; it’s a fairly long time. Breathe. Relax. Drizzle slowly.
If you’re using a blender, you’ll hear the pitch change as the liquid starts to form the emulsion. Eventually, the substance inside the blender will start to look like regular mayonnaise, only far more beautiful. Do not lose your nerve and consider dumping! Continue to drizzle.
If your ingredients were all at room temperature and you were patient, you will be rewarded!

Lunch Shrimp salad (from my own brain)

1 C salad shrimp...the tiny ones
6 green olives sliced
handful of snap peas diced up in the pod
any other veggies you want to ad
1 T homemade Paleo mayo

mix it all up, and either eat it as is, or enjoy over a green salad.  I served mine with homemade sweet potato chips!

Sweet Potato Chips 

1/2 of a yam(better for you than a sweet potato)
1 T light olive oil
dash of salt

Heat oven to 450.  Thinly slice your yam.  I use a mandolin.  Toss yam slices in the oil and season with salt.  Spread evenly on a baking sheet and place in the oven.  Bake for 7-10 mins then flip and bake an additional 3-5 mins.  Let cool then serve!!

Apr 14, 2013

New Way of Life

Well, there has been a good reason that I have been MIA from the blogging world.  I have been lost.  Very very lost, and very very confused.  I have found myself in a dark and unhealthy place.  I won't bore you with all of the details,(in this post at least!) but basically, after months of self destructive behavior, less than desirable numbers on the scale, and a laundry list of bad health issues, I decided to seek help from a Naturopath.  I have seen him a few times, run some tests and journaled food and the results are in...adrenal fatigue, gluten/soy/dairy sensitivities and basic bad food choices.  I knew in my heart he was going to take me off of gluten.  After following my food journal I just had a feeling that I was gluten intolerant. But actually facing a diet without soy, dairy AND gluten put me into a head on collision with an overwhelming sense of doom. Since my daughter was born in December 2011, I have suffered from some pretty debilitating anxiety, but NOTHING like what I have felt this last week due to this dietary upheaval.  It took a couple of days, and a LOT of research for the panic to subside.  Turns out, this lifestyle is HOT right now and there are a TON of resources for recipes and support groups on the world wide web.  So, yesterday, I put on my big girl panties, packed up my kids and spent a good 2 hours shopping at Costco and Huckleberry's Natural Market(not impressed with Huckleberry's we will talk about that later).  Came home last night, made a killer dinner and for the first time in days, felt like I could actually do this. 

I have also, thanks to a dear friend from high school, found a great resource in a book titled, "It Starts With Food."  There is SOOO much valuable info in this book that I almost feel like I need to read each chapter twice just to absorb it all.  I will admit, it is not easy to read some of this wonderful info...for a person like me who uses food as a drug, some of it even made me feel defensive.  But, in my heart, I know these changes have to be made.  I am doing my best to only eat whole foods.  I am following the plan in the book about 90% the only thing I ate yesterday that was not on their plan was PurePea protein powder.  Other than that, the only foods that crossed these lips were whole foods! You can check out the Whole9 community on facebook and actually get their Whole30 program for FREE off of their website HERE

So, without further adieu, here is the AMAZING recipe I created last night using guidelines from the book!  I hope you enjoy this, actually, I KNOW you will enjoy this! 

Chili Lime Chicken with Avocado


All natural chicken breast( I get the Kirkland brand from Costco)
Mrs. Dash Chili Lime Salt free seasoning
1 T Coconut Oil
pinch of Salt 
1 lime wedge
2-3 slices of avocado

Warm up your coconut oil in a frying pan.  Season each side of your chicken breast with Mrs. Dash and a pinch of salt. 
Cook until juices run clear, depending on the thickness of the chicken, about 5 mins each side.

While chicken is cooking, slice avocado, and prepare a green salad.  I made mine with organic Spring Mix from Costco, carrots, celery, mini cucumbers and black olives. 

(1 serving)
1/2 T Olive Oil (either EVOO or light olive oil)
1/2 T Balsamic Vinegar 
1 Lime wedge
Put all ingredients in a small bowl and stir!  They won't really come together, but I promise, on your salad, it is divine! 

After your chicken is cooked all the way through, squeeze your lime wedge over the top and finish it off with your slices of avocado.  I added about 1/2 C of fresh kiwi from Costco to my plate and squeezed a bit of lime over those too!  This dinner was so so yummy and very filling.  


Feb 22, 2013


Well folks, we went on our cruise, I lost 19 pounds on Medifast and I ate like a truck driver the entire week we were gone and now here I am on the flip side ready for some real life changes!  My good friend and I started Medifast together a week before Thanksgiving.  We both lost about 20ish pounds and we both wanted to jump off of a cliff by last week.  We agreed to finish up what we had in our cupboards and when I got back from my trip, we would both get back on a plan that has worked great for us in the past...Weight Watchers!  Medifast has its place, and for quick weight loss(if you are willing to OBEY the program to the letter) it is King.  However, for me, Medifast taught me very little in the way of life changes.  I learned how to loose weight using fake food and when the time came to eat real food, I would loose my mind and binge like a crazy person.  I have been on WW for 4 days now, and have yet to feel an uncontrollable craving.  I have enjoyed a bowl of air popped popcorn every night.  I have LOVED eating fruit again and some of my favorite off limits veggies as well.  I have missed raw almonds more than I knew. And all in all, I am feeling satisfied, and in control.  I love that WW gives you extra points so spend each week for a cheat.  I am not the type to go over on daily points, I like to be right on, or even a point or two left over at the end of the day, but I am making a huge dinner on Sunday with dessert, and I know I can indulge and not break my entire weeks effort to pieces with one meal.  MF always made me feel trapped and if I cheated even once, no matter how small the cheat was...I would gain weight....not just not loose weight, but GAIN weight.  I know WW is going to be a slower weight loss than MF was for me, but if you have read this blog at all, you know that my mental state can at times be fragile when it comes to food, so I am looking forward to repairing my long standing broken relationship with food.  WW helps me see what portions I can have, helps me put food into perspective, and helps me make the better choices that MF took away from me.  I can enjoy popcorn at night...but 5 or 6 cups of popcorn not an entire bowl.  I can have cheese on my salad...just lower fat cheese and 1/4 cup goes a lot further than I gave it credit for in the past!  I am excited about this, and ready to make some much needed changes!  Wish me luck! 

Jan 31, 2013

Pizza...on Medifast?? YES!!

I have had a cauliflower pizza crust pinned on Pinterest forever and just haven't felt brave enough to try it.  But tonight, I was in the mood for something different, so I took the plunge, and BOOOOYYY am I glad I did!  This is by far one of my favorite new dishes!  You will love it too.  The fun thing is, I can change up the toppings and have so much variety with this one recipe!  So here you go! Cauliflower Pizza!!
(this is for ONE serving)

1C raw cauliflower
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 C low fat cheese or part skim mozzarella 
1T tomato sauce of your liking
3 Morningstar Farms "meatballs"

In a food processor "rice" your cauliflower.  This means pulse your blades until the cauliflower is the size and consistency of rice...about 4-5 pulses ought to do.

place "riced" cauliflower in a bowl and microwave it uncovered for about 7 minutes

add egg whites and seasonings to the bowl and blend.  I also added about 2T of cheese, but I don't think you need it, so next time, I will save it for the toppings.

Spread out on a parchment or foil lined cookie sheet.  I spread mine into about an 8 inch circle.

Bake at 450* for 12 minutes.

Take out of the oven and spread your sauce.

Take your 3 meatballs and pulse them in the blender or chop them finely.

Put your toppings on and place back in the oven for about 5 more minutes.

Slice and ENJOY!!!

Jan 12, 2013

I am Slacking Big Time

I have missed writing on my blog for a while.  Life with two kids is just so busy and I have had a hard time fitting in all the things I love to do.  Blogging has kind of taken a back seat.  But tonight, I am feeling like I need to vent, spill, complain, cry, whatever.  This is kind of my free therapy, and I miss getting it all out.  Somehow putting all my feelings into cyber space makes me feel better.  Most of the time, I feel really misunderstood, and I guess I imagine there is some sweet soul out there who may read this and be able to relate to me, and that makes me feel less alone.

If you follow this blog at all, you know that I have been doing Medifast.  I used this program before to loose 36 pounds and get down to the smallest weight/size I have ever been.  I lost my mind during my pregnancy and gained it alllllll back!  I really thought I could just hop back on the program and loose the weight.  I have had some success I am down about 15lbs since the week before Thanksgiving.  However, most weeks are very very frustrating, and despite my best efforts, I have not been able to overcome my intense cravings, my energy level is frighteningly low most of the time, and I am not feeling like I have the will power to continue on this program.  I am all about the number on the scale.  I am willing to do just about anything...but I want to see the fruits of my that so much to ask??  I get up at 5am to work out.  I eat meal replacements 5 times a day, and only lean meat and veggies once a day.  I drink so much water I pee constantly.   I have given up all soda, and all caffeine.  I have made the tough why aren't they paying off?  Why am I not feeling better?  Why do I still feel like a huge failure?  Why?

I have said before that really, all I want is peace.  Today, I woke up after a really solid week, expecting a good weight loss.  Much to my surprise, I had actually GAINED a pound.  WHAT THE HELL.  From that second on, my day has been shot. I actually have felt nauseated all day. So what do I do, I rebel.  I ate the rest of the chocolate chips in my baking cupboard...and to top off the night, I ate a grilled cheese sandwich and tater tots.  Do I feel better, no, no I don't...I feel worse.  Do I feel peaceful. NOPE.  I feel like taking my scale and all of my medifast food and burning it whilst shaking my fists at the sky.  I feel like punching a hole in the wall.  I feel like drowning myself in chocolate and crying til my eyes are dry.  I know I will wake up tomorrow, and things will seem brighter, but for today, I am once again, locked in this prison right next to my demon...she and I, face to face, just like old times.

I want to believe that there will come a day when I will be free of all of this.  A day when the number on the scale doesn't affect my ability to function.  A day when I can enjoy a decadent meal without wanting to throw it all up and beg the diet Gods for forgiveness.  I slipped up today.  I let my emotions run rampant, and I lost sight of my goals.  Tomorrow is a new day, and hopefully, I wake up with a new outlook.

There, rant done!  Now I need to ditch this pity party and move on right!