Saturdays around this house…

I normally have certain days for certain chores at our house. Monday is always laundry and deep clean the kitchen, Tuesday is usually the adults bedroom and the kids bedroom, Wednesday is the front room and guinea pig area, Thursdays are bathrooms (I save them for last because I despise them) and Friday is whatever didn’t get during the week. Saturday is one of the only days Sam is home to help around the house. After Crossfit this last Saturday we decided to take the kids out to Kiwi Loco (a frozen yogurt place) but first they had to help clean because it had been a particularly rough week here and they have never cleaned so well.

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We paired up boys and girls and divided up the house and it worked so great!

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I’ve decided to start  dividing out chores by what they like to do (I can’t believe I didn’t think of that earlier).

 

 

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Then after the Kiwi Loco (yum) Wes spent some time with her favorite pets. The guinea pigs and their favorite snack… radishes. Yum!

Hope you enjoyed your weekend.

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I love soup: Beanless Chili

beanless chili

I am not a huge fan of Winter. It’s ok but I would be fine if it last 2 weeks and then went back to a perfect spring, even a fall day but winter is here and has been for awhile. Instead of get annoyed (well more annoyed) I turn to one of my favorite things… soup!

Seriously it’s amazing how many things you can fit in one bowl or how many veggies you can add or different flavor combinations, It’s quite impressive. This beanless chili is one of my favorite recipes because it makes a lot that I get left overs for days. (Another one of my favorite things.) I’ve had this for breakfast this morning with some avocado and fried egg. So good! The kids like it with sour cream, cheese, and Juanita’s tortilla chips.

It’s one of the meals that we all get really excited for.

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Beanless Chili

everyday paleo

2 lbs ground beef

1 lb  spicy italian pork sausage

7-10 celery stalks diced

6 carrots diced (optional)

1 white onion diced

6 cloves of crushed garlic

4 Tbs olive oil

1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes

16 ounces of chicken broth

2 big pinches of sea salt

2 Tbs. dried oregano

2 Tbs. dried basil

1 Tbs.cumin

3-4 Tbs. chili powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy)

Saute veggies in olive oil for about a minute and add meat and brown.  Season the meat mixture with all the spices.  Add the tomatoes and chicken broth and simmer for 35 minutes.  Taste and add more seasoning if desired.  If you are feeling a little frisky, eat this awesome chili with a dollop of sour cream and some crushed corn chips.  If you are keeping it 100% paleo for the big day, it’s good just like it is!!

 

 

 

I love soup: Roasted Tomato Basil

roasted tomato basil soup

The other day the hubby and I got a date night. Not a real date night but the grocery-shopping-while-someone-watches-our-kids date night. Either way I’ll take it. I was doing my Whole30 challenge at the time and was nervous about eating out. Luckily one of our stops was Whole Foods so we hit up the soup and salad bar. (The pizza looked amazing and so did the pasta salads but those are no-no’s right now.)

I noticed a Roasted Tomato Basil Soup and it had 4 ingredients listed. Ready for this! Tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil. It was so amazing. I’m not usually a cream of tomato soup person but this was unlike anything I had tried before. I knew I had to make it so I did.

In my bountiful basket this week I received a few tomatoes. I don’t know about you but I’ve never been too impressed with tomatoes in the winter.I looked at a roasted marinara awhile back and was interested in it because it talks about turning not so great tomatoes into great tomato sauce so I figured I could do it for the soup too and it worked. Yay!

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

2 1/2 lbs. tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise (whatever you have works)

olive oil

salt and pepper

1 med onion, chopped

3-4 garlic cloves minced (Mine were huge so I used 3)

dash of red pepper flakes

1/3 c. dried basil (I wish I had had fresh basil but didn’t feel like going to the store. If you are lucky enough to have some use 1 c. fresh basil, sliced into thin ribbons.

15 oz can diced tomatoes

3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

Preheat oven to 400 F. Place tomatoes on a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle 2-3 Tbs olive oil over the tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 45 -55 minutes maybe longer. You want them nice and roasted.

Take 2 tbs. olive oil and over med-high heat saute onions for 2-3 minutes and then add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another 2-3 minutes add the basil, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and oven roasted tomatoes and simmer over med-low heat for 30 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender or a regular blender but beware of hot liquids in a blender. You may want it to cool a bit first. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve.

* This made a lot of soup so I put some in the freezer and froze it. It was just a delicious as the day I made it!

My Whole30 Challenge

I started my Whole30 challenge at the same time I started this blog. I figured it would be a great way to hold me accountable. Even though I have dropped the ball on the blog a bit I did not drop the ball on my Whole30 challenge.

Before the Whole30 I ate fairly paleo. I had more treats than probably necessary especially since I started in January. My eating was 50/50 for the month of November and December which is a huge improvement from previous years. There may have been a few weeks that I made almond roca (6 batches) and had a significant amount from each batch. It was delicious though but I noticed my energy sagging, my moods changing, and the slight bloated feeling come back. I had attempted a Whole30 before but left the dairy in knowing that I need it to help with my digestion but this time I wanted to go all in. What I learned from my Whole30 challenge is invaluable to me.

I learned about my relationship with food. I knew I enjoyed making treats for my family and to share with others but I didn’t find them necessary this month. I did make my jerky which felt like a treat and I dried some apples and bananas. It was nice to spend some time in the kitchen (my favorite room in my house) but it was exciting to spend more time with the kids or reading.

I learned I eat when I’m bored, happy, sad, annoyed, and hungry. Cutting down to three meals and some times an afternoon snack really helped me realize how often I was eating. I wasn’t hungry and the only thing I was missing were some of the extra calories I would get from snacking.

I learned how to listen to my body. This was huge! There were some days I would eat more because I was hungry. Sometimes I would eat less. Sometimes I need more carbs (sweet potatoes are my best friend). Sometimes I needed more protein and sometimes I just needed some water.

I was lucky because for me it wasn’t as hard as I was expecting and the benefits were great. I was hoping for more physical changes but I am learning that there are some things that can’t be undone (having kids) and that some times we just have to learn to love how we are.

I’m excited for the next step. People have been asking me what I’m going to have for my first meal after the Whole30. Honestly my cravings are gone. A couple of weeks ago it would have been frozen yogurt with candy toppings but I’m not wanting it right now so I’m not going to eat it. I finally decided to make some Pumpkin Paleo Granola as my first off meal and I am excited but I am also aware that it’s a treat and not a normal thing.

My goal is to eat pretty much how I have been on the Whole3o with the occasional fun.

If you are considering doing the Whole30 I highly recommend it. I feel great. I feel happy. I feel educated.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork… Yummy!

When we were first married we lived in West Jordan, Utah. My husband was a football coach and teacher at a local high school. I loved living in West Jordan because it is heavily populated with Polynesians and that means two things: Family and Great Food!

Before every home game the parents would make this huge ridiculous meal for the boys and coaches and I was luckily enough to eat some of the food. Delicious. One of my favorite things was the kalua pork. Simple but so flavorful. I had all but forgotten about it until I came a crossed it on NomNom Paleo’s website and now it is a staple. I like to make a 5-7# because we can have it so easily for leftovers. It is good on it’s own. I’ve had it with scrambled eggs. Nachos (for the kids). In soup. Breakfast burritos. It’s very versatile. Very delicious. Very easy.

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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

5-7# boneless pork butt (I get mine at Costco)

Himalayan Pink Salt (NomNom uses Red Salt but I haven’t ordered it yet so… pink it is)

3-5 strips of bacon

3-5 cloves garlic (optional)

Lay the bacon on the bottom of your slow cooker. For every 1# use 3/4 tsp of salt.Sprinkle and rub salt all over your pork butt. Place cloves of garlic in the butt too. I took my knife and made holes and shoved some in. Place it your pork in the slow cooker and cook on low for 10-12 hours. Take it out of the liquid. Shred it. Drain most of the liquid it’s very salty so you don’t need a ton. Then I throw my pork back in the crock pot and serve it out of there.

 

Sides: I love this with cauliflower faux-tatoes and roasted brussel sprouts. Yum!!

Sweet Potato Fries

 

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I have found love and it comes in the form of this.

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I’ve been eating them mashed, diced, fried, and noodled (is that a word?). They are amazing. Every Monday I julienne two and par cook them in the microwave and stick them in the fridge to use whenever I want.

Lately I’ve been melting some coconut oil and adding some spices and frying them up. So good. Try it.

Sweet Potato Fries

1/2 cup julienne sweet potatoes, par-cooked

1-2 tbs coconut oil

cinnamon

cumin

salt

Heat up the coconut oil in skillet over med-high heat. Take sweet potatoes and toss them in a bowl with the spices til well coated. Dump in skillet and let cook. This is the hardest part just let it cook. Don’t meed with it for a few minutes. then rotate. Do it til all sides are cooked. Throw on to a plate and dig in!

Day 15-17

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Day 15

Workout: Cleans, Hand Release Push Ups, MB Sit Ups

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge and eggs

Lunch: Roast beef and veggies

Dinner: Chicken and green salad

Day 16

Workout: Kettlebell Swings, Double Unders, Burpees

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge

Lunch: Chicken and green salad, cauliflower rice

Dinner: Kalua Pork, applesauce, and roasted vegetables

Workout: Cleans, Thruster, Push Press, Back Squats,  Pull Ups, Ball Slams, Push Ups, Air Squats, Sit Ups= Death!

Snack: Beef Jerky, 1/2 banana with almond butter, a little sweet potato

I’ve decided that I am only going to have nuts once a day. I think I’ve been eating them a lot and they are starting to replace mindless snacking (which is a no-no).

Day 17

Rest Day

Breakfast: Banana Nut Porridge (My only nuts for the day)

Lunch: Kalua Pork, Roasted Veggies

Snack: Beef Jerky, Dried apples and bananas

Dinner: Bean-Less Chili (Everyday Paleo)

Oh man was I excited this was a rest day. After my surprise two a day workout yesterday (Thanks to my coach) I was exhausted and so sore. All I wanted to do today was lay on my couch. I did get some cleaning done but it was definitely a lower energy day.