Monday, June 5, 2017

Whole30 Island Shrimp

This recipe comes from a book I got a while ago, Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals. which prompted me to get back in to the actual cookbook mode ... even though I have tons of them, I need more that are on track with this new way of eating!

By the way, in case you didn't know, 450 Swagbucks will  give you $5 in Amazon cash ... and that's how I've been buying the cookbooks ...

Another side note ... I do NOT like to have them on my Kindle. I mean, yeah, it's sort of cool to just open up the Kindle BUT I don't like the layout/format whatever. It's not the same as looking at the 2 pages, side by side ... so I've decided no more cookbooks on the Kindle.

Anyways ... 

And ... even better? It's Whole30 Compliant! Sweet!

I renamed the recipe to Island Shrimp with Avocado, then, just Island Shrimp ... more appealing to ME than Tropical Avocado & Shrimp. And yes, there were a few modifications along the way ... if you want the real deal, buy the book and flip to page 57 ...


You can easily double, triple or even quadruple this recipe, as I was only feeding myself for a late lunch and early dinner, I made it in the quantities listed below ... Ready? Ready ...

1/4 cup mango, cut into chunks
1 jalapeno, seeds removed
Juice of 1 lime
dash of salt
3 tbs olive oil
1/2 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (personal note, I always take the freakin tail off, it annoys me)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 avocado, cut into chunks
3 radishes, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced
chopped cilantro (optional but recommended)

Get out the big gun food processor ... add mango, jalapeno, lime juice, olive oil and salt.


Let it rip and make a sauce. 


Put sauce in fridge to chill a little. Trust me. I wasn't crazy when I tasted to adjust the seasoning, but after it chilled for a bit, it was a whole different flavor!


Sprinkle the shrimp with the cumin and saute in a bit of olive oil til cooked (not overcooked!)


In large bowl, combine the shrimp, avocado, radish, onion and cilantro. Toss with the sauce and serve OR you can pour the sauce over prior to serving. Either way, recommend making this ahead of time and letting chill in the fridge for 45 minutes or so ...


Good? Yes it was ... the radishes really tasted good with the mango sauce. I think I was in love for a minute there.



Note: I have made this with cooked shrimp ... in that case I just added the cumin to the food processor when making the sauce ... I'm all about making do, you know?

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Hey. It's Sunday ... go ahead and make yourself a batch of this for the week ahead! You can thank me later!

I have made this recipe at 7:45 in the morning right before heading out to work ... 

Yes, by 8:00am, I was out the door ... and it was the BEST batch I've made yet (must have been from the free pouring of the herbs and spices?)


This a super yummy Ranch Dressing ... 

And easy easy EASY to make!!

This recipe is totally from Whole Sisters and I give them FULL credit ... this is just me saying I made it, I loved it and I want to share it with the world!! Give the girls a drive by and check out their site, it's chock-full of good stuff!

Here's how I made it

egg, room temperature
1 tbs lemon juice, room temperature
1 cup olive oil
2 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp onion powder
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
handful of parsley, leaves pulled off and stems discarded
dash of dried dill


Grab yourself a tall jar and make sure your immersion blender fits in the top ;-) I speak from experience! Place everything in jar, insert your immersion blender and let it rip. Make sure you go up and down to pull the parsley in to the blades. Once everything is combined and creamy, give a taste, say "yummm, real ranch" and cap that bad boy and place in the fridge. 

I just poured some in a small jar to take to work with me for that salad that salad I made earlier ... I am looking forward to using it to dip my chicken in this evening at dinner time as well ... 

Go ahead, make it and you will NOT be disappointed! 

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Whole30 BLT Inspired Chicken Salad

This is a super easy and yummy recipe to toss together ... AND it's Whole30 Approved! Sweet!



It's easy, and really, REALLY tasty!

And surprisingly, I had everything on hand, even the fresh basil (I suppose you could use dried if you had to) ...

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbs (give or take) fresh basil chopped
Boneless, skinless chicken breast (I used almost 2 lbs, 4 fat pieces)
Additional basil for topping salad

Mix together everything and let the chicken mix and mingle for a bit in the fridge. AND if you remember, set aside 2 tbs of marinade and set aside for later ... I forgot. I had to make a small batch after the fact.



Grab some lettuce and chop it up. Add this to a large platter.



Slice or dice a tomato or two. Leave these on the cutting board. I like mine diced.

Cook up 2 slices of bacon for each chicken breast you have (I cheat, I always have the ready cooked bacon strips on hand so it's NOT a big deal for me). Chop the bacon. Set bacon next to the tomato.


Cook chicken by preferred method. For me, it's the grill. Of course. Allow to cool a little, and then cut up into bite size pieces.



Add chicken to the lettuce.



Add tomatoes to the chicken.


Top chicken with the bacon.


Drizzle the 2 tbs of reserve marinade over all. sprinkle with a little bit of extra basil.

Serve it up.

Personally, I don't think 2 tbs is going to be enough so I would probably stick with my defective plan and make a small batch up after the fact.

The chicken was GOOD and flavorful. I wouldn't recommend letting it marinade more than an hour ... somehow I think it would just overtake the tenderness of the meat.

This was REAL good and Hubby wants me to make it again. Did I already say that? It really is! I had the leftover chicken served with some more salad stuff ... yummmmm.


Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Whole30 Sweet Potato Fries

On DAY 3 of Whole30 (well, the 2nd time around) we had burgers and dogs on the grill ... and man, I was sweating it on so many levels. Yeah, it was hot and humid too but I was more worried about:

B E E R

See, when we grill, we sit outside, where it's like a sauna and NOT in a good way ... between swatting at the skeeters and dabbing at the back of your neck with a paper towel, it's almost a given that you Get Yourself a Coozie and have a chilled beer (bonus point for the first person who can Name That Song!) ... but that's not very Whole30'ish like. Actually, it's everything the Whole30 isn't ...

But don't you worry ... I improvised on so many levels and was so proud of myself ...

I did indeed grab a coozie and then a can of LaCroix Sparkling Water Lime ... and you know what? That satisfied that habit/need/desire/whatever to roll the edge of the coozie around the table in a circular fashion, sip from the can and give it a little shakey shakey and set it back down ... run my finger around the rim, play with the tab and so on. Yeah, I am a little fidgity.


So anyways ... I bought that big bag of sweet potatoes from Costco and still had the small bag from Aldis so I wanted to use those up first. Yes, they were starting to show their age a little ...


Turn on your oven to 425 degrees.

Grab yourself some sweet potatoes, wash them and peel them up. Lob off the ends of each one (actually, if you cut  off the pointy end BEFORE you peel you will avoid that annoying stop with the peeler when it hits the tough spot).

Cut them bad boys in half long ways and then cut in to fry size pieces. Uhm, I just sliced, cut and sliced the thicker ones again.

Toss them in a bowl and drizzle with some avocado oil and spinkle with some oregano, salt and pepper. Ok, you can use olive oil if you want but I was so excited about the avocado oil ;-)  Make sure you salt them well. I totally under-salted mine!



Grab a large baking tray and toss a sheet of parchment paper over the top ...

Lay out the fries in a single layer, leaving a little room between so they don't "steam" ...


*Sorry, not sure why these look washed out*

Throw the pan in the oven and let them cook for about 15 minutes. Pull out and turn over, the best you can, trying to keep them in a single layer and a spaced apart the best you can.

Allow to cook for another 10 minutes or so, checking for desired doneness.


Yup, they tasted just as good as they look!  I don't think I'll be buying the frozen bags anymore as they really didn't take any longer to prepare than the frozen ones! 

Go ahead and give them a try!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these Great Parties ... go check them out!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Whole30 Balsamic Chicken Breast

Here's to another round of Whole30 ... June 2017!

Juicy Chicken Breast.

Guaranteed!


Yup.

Really. I did type that up.

Really, I made that the title.

That's how certain I am that this is GUARANTEED to give you juicy chicken breast~

Would you like to come over and see Hubby roll his eyes when I tell him we are having chicken breast for dinner?

He's tired of chicken breast. Even more so, tired of the dried out pieces of fowl because Hubby likes ALL his meat well done.

Ahem. Might as well drag that chicken breast down the road and back up a few times and do a couple of burnouts over it.

I love chicken breast. But Hubby, he has this odd notion that flavors need to be concentrated, and the only way you can get that is when you cook something on low heat for a looooong time. 

Can I just tell you, concentrated meat is not all that, in my opinion.

So, slowly, not Super Bee or Scat Cat style, I'm changing his way of thinking. It's taking a LONG time, but we are getting there. I try not to be judgmental or condescending (a filet mignon WELL DONE? WTF??) ... and like all things, repeat, repeat, repeat and eventually, it just falls in place.

So this recipe? It's simply the basis for my BLT Inspired Chicken Salad meat. I've had this on the menu numerous times, and a few times (more than I want to admit publicly) we ended up just having the chicken by itself with some veggies (or rice, for "those" people) and called it a meal.

Time and time again, I have been told how freakin' juicy the chicken is. Even by that man, Hubby.

It's simple.

And does not require any funky ingredients or long @ss marinading and procedure. That alone is a BIG hit in my mind!

Here's what you need:

3 pounds or so of boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
fresh basil chopped
black pepper to taste

Measure your oil and vinegar in a measuring glass. Add the basil and then grab a fork or whisk and whisk til combined. Don't worry, you aren't emulsifying it, just blending it. Toss in the basil and give it one final stir.

Toss your chicken breast in a ziploc (or shoebox) and pour the oil and vinegar mixture over the top. Flip (shake) the chicken around to coat all the pieces.

Let marinate UP TO one hour. Any longer than that and I think your chicken will get funky, and no one likes Funky Chicken!

When ready to cook, fire up your grill and take the chicken out of the marinade, putting it on a platter to drain a little.  Oil the grates of the grill and then put the chicken on, cooking over medium heat til cooked through, flipping half way through.

TIP: If you want the pretty grill marks, the grates gotta be HOT when you first put the chicken on. IF you oil the grates, you will be able to turn each piece 1/4 counterclockwise without sticking or tearing the meat.

Serve up with a side of green beans or roasted broccoli and ENJOY!

Looking forward to sharing at some of these AWESOME PARTIES! Go check them out!




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Naked Pulled Pork

I say "naked" because, it's without any BBQ Sauce ...

And surprise, THIS time, Hubby ate it and said it was pretty damn good. Yeah, he said that about the green beans too ... maybe his back pain was just making him super complacent?



What surprises me more than anything is that this humble hunk of pork can be transformed into something so freakin' simple with just a few ingredients ...

3 to 5 pound pork roast (I used a boneless pork butt this last time which makes me wonder, how is it boneless??)
1 tsp himalayan salt (the pink stuff)
half bottle of liquid smoke
1/2 cup water

Grab your crockpot.

Usually, I trim some of the fat, but this last time I didn't. So I guess it works either way ;-) Trim or not, it's up to you!

Grab a tsp or so of salt and sprinkle it all over everything and then massage the butt . Not a lot, you don't want anyone to give you funny looks, you know?

Toss that bad boy in your crock pot, fat side up.

Add your half bottle of liquid smoke all around and over the top,

Pour in the 1/2 cup water around the sides.

Put the lid on the crockpot.  Set on low for 10 hours or more.

Now. 10 hours could be fine. I've had times where it's a big bone in hunk of meat and it takes 16 hours ... you want the meat to basically fall apart when you stab it with a fork.

Once cooked, pull out of the crockpot and let it cool a little until you can touch.

Once it's cooled enough, pull it apart, making sure to pull the slimy fatty stuff and discard that.

Go ahead, take a taste. I think you will be surprised! If you feel it's a little dry, add a little of the juice from the crockpot and add that to the meat.

Go ahead and serve this up with a side of green beans or whatever else you'd like ... no need for a bun or bbq sauce which makes this a family friendly Whole30 meal!

Enjoy!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these GREAT Parties ... go check them out!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Whole30 Crockpot Pot Roast

Ok, so we all know that Whole30 is simply about veggies and protein ... no sugar, no grains, no dairy, yada yada yada.

Then tell me THIS:

Why is it so hard sometimes to find something to eat?? 

Explain that to me, please?

I see you out there nodding your head in agreement.


The last time I was at Wally-World shopping, I came across some marked down beef. You know me, I'm all about a bargain (hence my Alter Ego, Frugal in Florida) so I scooped up this roast for $9.99.  Not the 'best' price in town, but certainly a lot cheaper than some of the other stores around.  Does anyone else remember when this stuff was like, $1.99 on a fairly consistent basis?

I had picked this hunk of beef up to make a batch of Mexican Beef but I think Hubby is getting burned out on that so I opted for Pot Roast instead on a fine Sunday morning. Because, you know, if you want to use the crockpot, you best get started early in the morning!



It's a simple recipe ...

1 hunk of beef. This was 2 1/2 pounds. I would have preferred a larger roast but it's what I had
1/2 carton (or 16 ounces) Beef Broth (read your labels! Kitchen Basic, no salt is compliant from what I can see)
2 onions, cut in half and quartered
2 stalks celery, cut in chunks (I omitted the 2nd time making this, totally optional)
handful of baby carrots
salt & pepper (or a seasoning concoction of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder)
3 bay leaves
a sprinkle of thyme

Drop the onions and celery in the bottom of the crock. Aw, what the heck, toss in the carrots too. First time I added carrots to the top and don't recommend that!


Add the hunk of beef to that and season well with the salt and pepper or spice mix.  Pour the broth around the edge of the beef, drop in the thyme and bay leaves to the liquid.




Place the lid on the crock pot and set on high for 6 hours or so.

Once the beef is cooked, remove from the crockpot. IF you want to make a thicker gravy, pour the juice in to a sauce pan and heat on high heat. Make a mixture of 2 tbs arrowroot powder and 2 tbs water, mix well. Once the liquid is boiling, pour in half of the arrowroot mixture and stir til thickened.

Serve up with a side of smashed potatoes or riced cauliflower and call it a meal!

Enjoy!

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