Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What's for dinner? 1/16/18

Last night I had Sweet Italian Style Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe's with a side of thin green beans from BJ's.  I liked it.  My family did not. Oh well!
But I love to eat ketchup with sausage.  I wanted to make some but I bought the wrong fire roasted tomatoes last week. Instead I used salsa from Aldi. No sugar added. My husband ate half the jar with his sausage (I made them the usual kind we eat.) He is trying to limit his sugar now.
I'd buy this sausage again.

Sweet Italian Style Chicken Sausage

Tonight I'm planning on making Paleo Stuffed Peppers from Our Paleo Life.

It looks delicious.  Aldi had their mixed peppers on sale last week and I bought 2 bags (6 peppers).

Stuffed Pepers {grain-free; dairy-free; whole30; paleo} by Our Paleo Life

I hope mine look as good as theirs.   I'll let ya know!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

My SWAG from grocery shopping ....

Shopping has changed since I started Whole30.  I read the labels and it takes longer - good for me I get to be away from the house longer.

I got 3 Grass Fed Chuck Beef Roasts - they were on sale for $3.97/lb at Lowe's Foods!  What a bargain.

I made a beef stew with the first roast. I covered the roast with salt and pepper, threw it in my cast iron braiser that I sautéed a bag of Seasoning Blend, covered it with 2 cups of beef broth and put it in the oven. After an hour I added some gemstone potatoes, a cut up sweet potato and some butternut squash chunks. Baked @350 for another hour and Viola!

I got some great items at Aldi. 
 A cabbage, can of pumpkin, 2 kinds of guacamole, a cauliflower, sweet onions,
Strawberry Pineapple flavored sparkling water, eggs, baby carrots, whole pecans

 $2 off an organic chicken! It was tasty too.
I roasted it with Bicentennial Rub on the skin and I mixed a little ghee with
Mural of Flavor and shoved under the skin on the breast.
After an hour I added a sweet potato and a white potato.

 A great buy!

For lunches!

I went to Trader Joe's this morning. I haven't been there in so long.  Heck, I haven't been to Charlotte since before I broke my ankle in May 2017. I got Mixed Nut Butter, Heirloom Tomatoes, 2 kinds of Chicken Sausage, Almonds, Dates, Winter Sangria Sparkling Water, Tahini, Fire roasted tomatoes, Colorful Carrot Coins, Salsa Verde (love it on salads), a spaghetti squash, Spindrift water, cashews,  seafood mix and langoustines. YUM!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018


It's Sunday morning and I am trying to finish a book while catching up on TV shows I have recorded last week. I put on A Chef's Life on PBS. It's the episode about CABBAGE!  I love this show and Vivian Howard. I have her cookbook, Deep Run Roots.  It reminded me that I made a cabbage dish the other night!

Cabbage Stir Fry
2-3 T Coconut oil
1/2 medium cabbage, sliced
1 carrot, some shaved (with vegetable peeler) and some sliced
1 onion, sliced into moons
2-3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 package Snow Peas
2 Tablespoons Coconut Aminos
1 tsp. Ruth Ann's Muskego Ave Chicken/Fish Seasoning  from Penzey's
May need additional salt & pepper

What I started with.

After the oil was hot, I added the vegetables and Ruth Ann's.
It will cook down a lot after the water is released
from the cabbage and onions. I thought this needs more...

These were on sale at Harris Teeter last week.

Just open the bag and throw them on top.

Cook on low-medium for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Add the coconut aminos.
Be sure to taste before serving in case you need more salt and pepper.

My husband went nuts over this vegetable dish. These are the vegetables used in making a Filipino dish called Pancit.  All you need to add is 2 different kinds of meat and the Pancit noodles.
It is not a Whole30/Paleo/Primal meal with the noodles added.
We ate this a lot while we lived in Guam when I was a kid. 
I would make it for my family when I could find the noodles
at the Asian market (before we stopped eating a lot of wheat).

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Save Your Berries!

I was surfing the net last week and found this on Against All Grain.

How to Keep Berries Fresh Longer


Danielle's tips really work.  I bought large containers of blueberries and strawberries and did what she suggests and I did not have to throw out any nasty berries after a few days.  They were as fresh as the day I bought them! 

Try it!!

Breakfast Plates

I remembered to take photos of breakfast a few days ago.

 Scrambled eggs and bacon with avocado and tomatoes. Sliced strawberries.
Sprinkled fresh lime juice over the vegetables and strawberries.  I love limes!

Bacon and fried eggs with a sectioned Cara Cara orange

Thursday, January 4, 2018

So happy!

So happy!

I finally got my copy of one of the new Whole30 books from amazon. I hope it won't take too long for the other.  I even paid for shipping!! Never again....

I can't wait to sit and read!!!  Hopefully, I'll learn something new.

Chicken Soup

I was so hungry for soup the other day. So I made some!!  It's been very cold here, which is unusual. Homemade soup always tastes so much better than the stuff out of a can.  I didn't have any bones to make my own stock so I used store bought.

Everything I used to make this soup I bought at Aldi except for the seasonings and the chicken stock. I had a HUGE shopping trip to BJS the other week.

 I chopped up some vegetables and let them soften.
Then I added 4 frozen chicken tenderloins.

I thought that I needed something else so I added some thin slices of butternut squash.

Cover the chicken with chicken broth.

I bought this at BJs. I had a coupon!!  No sugar added.

Here's my delicious soup.  I made enough for 3 bowls.

Chicken Soup
2 T of your favorite oil
1 carrot, peeled and sliced into coins
1 celery rib, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
A few chunks of butternut squash, sliced thin and julienned
4 chicken tenderloins
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
Salt and Pepper
1/2 teaspoon chervil - I use Penzey's
2 cups chicken stock

In a medium sized saucepan, sauté the vegetables using medium heat, until they have softened. Add a bit of salt to help them. Then add the chicken and cover it with the chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chervil. Cover and simmer (on low)until the chicken is cooked, about 15 minutes. Take the tenderloins out and slice them. Add the chicken back into the pot. Add the sliced hard boiled eggs and enjoy!