Whole30 General Tso - Crockpot Style!

When you got a long day in the office, it's nice to come home to a home that smells like dinner is ready to be served ...

Doing the Whole30 will sometimes make you feel like an outcast ... it will be a little difficult to go out for dinner and drinks with friends, and forget the fast food or take out joints!

BUT ... this might, just maybe, fill that void! Grab yourself a bag of riced cauliflower from Trader Joe's (or any store now!) and you can almost call it a take out meal!

2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces *I strongly recommend using thighs so you won't have dried out chicken!
4 cups of stir fry veggies (frozen is fine, just check the ingredients to make sure no funky stuff added to "preserve")
1.5 tsp of ginger
1 tsp of red pepper flakes
1/4  c coconut aminos (most grocery stores are carrying this now!)
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup of green onions, sliced thin
salt and pepper to taste

Add everything…

Meal Planning

Hey, it's been a little while since I've shared a meal plan ... not because I haven't wanted to but more because I haven't been planning with the way life has been lately. 

Can I just tell you want a difference life is when you do plan?

Hubby was complaining that he hasn't had a "good meal" in quite some time ... well he was out of town for a week and then I dashed off to help the new grandbaby come in to the world ...

So this week, here's what I'm looking at ...

Sunday - Chinese Fake Take Out - basically, Mandarin Orange Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice from Trader Joe's. Total cost is $13 which if we ordered from a take out joint, minimum of $25 plus as we'd order the egg rolls, the large fried rice, pay a tip and so on

Monday - Buffalo Chicken Salad. Been a LONG while since we've made this and I'm excited. Chicken is from the freezer, balance of ingredients are in the pantry/fridge. Will have to use a bottled blue c…

Whole30 / Paleo Mayo

Today, I bring you Mayo.
Yes, mayonnaise!

I'm a mayo snob, I'll admit it. Do NOT ever put that Miracle stuff anywhere near my plate ... and no, I do not like Kraft either. Only Hellman's ... thank you very much.

BUT ... once I made the stuff from scratch (it's really easy, I promise!) I never ever looked at another sale jar of mayo again.

Oh. Well. Sort of ... I do buy the jar, I think maybe 2 in the last 12 months? Only because if we are doing something with heavy mayo, I'd be dying in the kitchen to keep up, you know?

For the most part though, it's the stuff from scratch. Hubby will even inquire if we have enough for say, Blackened Chicken Sandwiches (birthday party, 10 people), or Blue Cheese Dressing ... or ... well, a lot of stuff ... he likes it as much as I do, and I hope you do too!

The recipe calls for FIVE ingredients, that's all. F I V E! Go grab your jar of mayo from the fridge and look at the ingredient list. I'll wait. Ok, are you convinced mayb…

Whole30/Paleo Chicken and Broccoli

It's January and you know what that means ... WHOLE30!
And no, it's not like I convinced Hubby to try this with me ...

I have convinced him that I really need to be more focused on what I eat and that if he participates, even just a bit, it's a lot easier for me to stay focused ...

Yeah. It's kind of working ... until the weekend rolls around and then the beer tops pop, the tequila and wine flows like a river and all those other cheesy little cliches ... (the mountains are blue in this house, just for the record) ... but if I can stay focused Sunday Funday through Thursday then I'm about 75% there, right? It's work in progress, that's all I'm saying ... work in progress ...


And, that, my friends, is how we got this dish happening ...

2 pounds of chicken thighs, cut in to bite size pieces (ALDI)
1 large head of broccoli, cut in to bite size pieces (ALDI, I used 4 small heads)
3 tbs sesame oil (forever in the pantry)
2 tbs ginger ... I'm no…

Whole30 - That Damn Fine Chicken!

*It's another repost but honestly, WORTH the repost! Being January, we can all use help for a successful Whole30!
I'm willing to bet that 50% of you know who Michelle is over at Nom Nom Paleo, and the other 50% are probably thinking "hmmm....that sounds vaguely familiar" ... am I right??

So yeah, she makes some stuff that I've not ventured into as of yet (bone broth, organs, etc.) but some of her other stuff I have tried and well, yeah, it's pretty tasty ... but I've yet to find something to say Damn Fine, and I know Hubby would certainly back me up on that!

So what the heck, let's give this here Damn Fine Chicken recipe a shot and see if we have a winner, shall we?

It should be noted that this was really supposed to be served up on Thursday night according to the menu plan, but being a 'single girl' has enabled me to eat popcorn on Monday night, out with the Princess for a quick bite at my favorite pub (was to be with girlfriend bu…

Baked Potatoes in the Instant Pot

Technically, they aren't baked, but rather steamed, right?

Anyways ... when Luckys Market had their 8 pound bag of taters on sale for $1.99, you bet I was right there to pick up a bag and use my $5 off $30 coupon. Of course, I spent more than $30 ... I apparently have no self control in a new store.

I did, however, pick up a beef tenderloin to make on Christmas day so hey, $30 of it was for the beef. Pricey little thing.

My original plan was to make these when the kids were around (Hubby was in Indiana) but I also wanted to do it during daylight to snap a few pics ... cuz we all know the night time pics just look horrible. Not that my daytime pics are a whole lot better, but to some degree, they are. I'm working on that little skill, trust me.

So, was I worried about doing this without poking them? A little. Ok, A LOT. I mean, heck, we are putting these things under pressure and they need to breathe, right??? Expand?? Something.

But I went ahead and did it the way the majority…

Grocery Shops in Review

It's been a few weeks, I know!  I haven't been shopping a whole lot which is probably why I felt the urgent need to hit up Costco last week ....

And then I came down with something late Thursday ... not sure if it's a cold or what not. All I know is that I have been self medicating very heavily to kick it out of my system as fast as possible ... that could be why I have a foggy brain? Whatever ... Hubby comes home Sunday night, the Boy and his girl have gone to her parents house and I'm looking forward to sitting on the couch and watching yet another Christmas movie this evening!  I like being alone!


Ok, ok, let's get on with what I bought this week, shall we?

Luckys Market - December 20, 2017
Total Spent - $65.91

It's a new store in town and I had a $5 off $30 coupon. Should have made to trips. Oh well.

Vanilla/Almond/Coconut Creamer $4.99
Mother's Special Body Oil $17.99 (for that pregnant lady)
2 pound beef tenderloin $29.98
chives $1.50