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Paleo / Whole30 Salsa Chicken

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*Repost time ... I'm crunched on time here this week with the Baby Shower on Saturday and us getting in the car and driving 1200 miles that same evening. I'm questioning WHY I would even tell Hubby we can do it, no big deal?? I guess, once again, I was overly optimistic, no problem? I was planning for this to be dinner but because I was running late from work, Hubby just took matters in his own hands. Guess I should be thankful he's not afraid of the kitchen, huh? 

It's time to start using the Instant Pot a little more as the days are getting longer, the sun is up higher and it's getting hotter in the kitchen! Who wants to slave over dinner?

NOT ME!
Just a little inside scoop: Hubby has used the thing MORE than me ... he's become the designated cook lately and well, he doesn't always follow the directions and we've had a few flops ...


Back to an EASY meal that only uses a few ingredients.  All you need is the following:


2 pounds of boneless, skinless chi…

Whole30 General Tso - Crockpot Style

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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 the void! Grab yourself a bag of riced cauliflower from Trader Joe's 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)
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 to the crockpot EXCEPT the frozen veggies a…

Spaghetti Squash Crock Pot Style

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This is one of those veggies that I just want to LOVE but instead, I find it to be  sort of just, ok.

Maybe part of the problem is prepping the damn thing and taking your life in your own hands when you go to cut it.


Yeah. It's not pretty.


So then I found out I could cook it in the Instant Pot ... sweet!


But I still had to cut it. And then removing it while it was steaming hot was a little concerning.

I'm such a sissy sometimes.


And then came along the crock pot option.

Why not?

So I gave it a shot. And I'm impressed!

Impressed enough to share with you how I did it!


Ready to make some fake noodles and make your family roll their eyes??

Good, let's get to it!

1 medium size spaghetti squash. Ok, honestly I haven't the faintest idea how you pick a "good" one ... I look for one that's firm, heavy, pretty yellow and a nice stem end ... if you have tips, by all means, share with me! *Today's star was picked up at Trader Joe's. Organic. The whole thi…

Meal Planning and Prepping

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Hey, did you see the latest Grocery Shops in Review post? Spent a lot of money but don't see a whole lot of food! Don't you hate when that happens??

That means I'm going to have to Menu Plan and Meal Prep! Wheee!!

We had new appliances finally delivered the previous week ... everything is installed, just waiting for the tile to set under the dishwasher so we can slide that bad boy in ... sooooo excited to use all the new stuff! I even had Hubby swap out the faucet on the sink and the lights overhead. What a difference.

AND if someone decides they want to buy the house NOW, I'm fine with that as well ... I can do the same to a new house!

We are hosting the Princess Baby Shower in two weeks so I need to stay ultra-focused on money and food ... after that party, we head out of town for a few weeks which means I really need to stay focused!!

Sunday - Chinese at Home - going to make up a bag or two of that chicken I picked up at Trader Joe's a few weeks ago, along with a…

Grocery Shops in Review

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Hey, did you miss the weekly review last week?? That's because I did NOT go to the store once!

#Shelftember Success!
Sort of. If only we hadn't had that damn storm ... I so would have been in the right mind to do it .. sadly, the storm cleared out my freezers quite a bit (between long power loss and feeding everyone that came by to prevent a total waste of food) I was a little strapped for proteins.

But we made it. I did spend LESS at the end of the month. Not as much as I would have liked, but anything is better than nothing, right?

So here's how my week panned out:

Publix - October 2, 2017
Total Spent $75.76

A little more than I aimed for ... I had a $5 off $45 to use


2 bags of BBQ Ranch chopped salad mix $3 each
1 bag of Asian chopped salad mix $3
Oven cleaner $4.59 (been a long time since I've bought and wow, it's not cheap!)
Stainless steel polish cleaner $4.15
6 bottles of coconut water $4.99 for each 2 as they were B1G1F
package of thin cut chicken breast $4.53

Lemon Herb Chicken and Potatoes

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It's time again for another NEW to me recipe! Wheee!!!

Ok, so the original recipe comes from PaleOMG ... and I've made a few revisions to fit our household AND what we have on hand ...

Love leftovers for lunch the next day!
Note that Hubby really hates 'simple' meals as he always thinks that you'll be missing that certain long drawn out component that makes a dish super yummy ... doh, he needs to learn a thing or two from me! This is the battle in my kitchen as we both love to cook and at times will argue over who's turn it is!


FYI - this would also be WHOLE30 approved as potatoes are allowed!
Here's how we did it! And yes, we. I let him in on the cooking this time!


1 bag of fingerling taters OR petite potatoes - I used mini reds (Publix B1G1F a few weeks ago)
6 to 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (just picked up at Publix and discovered they were only skinless!)
1/4 cup avocado oil (or olive)
lemon, zested and juiced
3 tbs grey poupon mustard (always buy a…

Apple Snacks!

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Oh no ... it's that time of year where everything is PUMPKIN.

I guess that's fine and dandy if you are a pumpkin fan. 

Which I'm still kind of on the fence about. 

But it's also APPLE TIME! 

WHEEE!!!!

I love me some Honey Crisp apples ... but dang, they are expensive! So I started doing this several years ago with Pink Ladies, Gala and a few other brands but NOT McIntosh or Red Delicious ... those are just icky not matter what you do to them!

This is a GREAT snack to offer up to the kids, teens, mini adults, family, friends, even strangers!  I have not been able to eat an apple any other way since trying this the first time!

Having a brunch (or in my house, just a bunch of people leftover from the previous night)? Serve up some apples!

Need a healthy snack? Serve up some apples!

Seriously. These are so yummy ... all the "kids" (who are in their early 20's) and adults (my friends, 40s/50s) love these things!

So here you go, a repost of the original post from a while…