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Paleo Apple Cinnamon Coconut Pudding- sugar detox approved!

Apple_CinnamonOkay, day 2 of Sugar Detox and Whole 30! It always seems so easy in the beginning or even the beginning of the day. 7pm rolls around and I just want to snack or have a sweet something! This supposedly will help with having a treat at the end of the night. So its Sugar Detox approved and Whole 30 approved too.

Ingredients:
* 2 Green Apples- peel off the skin and cut into cubes
* 1 Can Coconut Milk- Not light
* 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
* 2 tbsp coconut oil
* 1 tsp vanilla extract

Put all the ingredients together in a sauce pan and cook on medium, then simmer for about 20 minutes or until the apples become soft.
Pour mixture into food processor or blender until completely mixed together and smooth
Refrigerate a few hours until it becomes more solid and not a liquid texture.

Enjoy! This would also be good with a couple crushed almonds or walnuts on top.

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Desserts, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Good ol’ Vegetable soup

vegetables-groupJanuary 1st! New year, new goals, here we go! This year is pretty exciting that I get to start it being engaged to Joe! Wedding is in a year + a few months, so this gives me plenty of time to get in the best shape of my life. (Hoping for a little Mexico beach wedding and lots of bikini sun time after!)

So day 1/1/13 starts with a 21 day sugar detox mixed with a whole 30 challenge. All that means is no sugar (that means fruit too) for 21 days and just sticking to whole foods, meat, veggies, nuts, etc. nothing processed and lots of cooking! So I am going to be posting a meal a day for 30 days. Trying to come up with a few new ones this month.

Figured having a huge batch of vegetable soup to have for lunches or snacks would be good to have on hand.

Ingredients:

• 48 oz of low sodium V8 juice
• 8-10 cups of water
• bunch of green onions
• purple onion
• a few bell peppers
• package of mushrooms
• can of stewed tomatoes
• 3-4 cut up carrots
• whole cabbage cut in bite sized pieces
• seasoning. You can do a vegetable soup seasoning packet or bouillon cubes, or just some paprika, garlic powder, onion powder.

In a large stock pot sauté the onions until tender. Add in the remaining chopped ingredients and add the V8 and water. Add your seasonings and bring to boil. After boiling turn the heat and keep medium warm for about 2-3 hours.

I put mine in a few Tupperware bowls and put in the fridge to warm up for later anytime I’m hungry and want a healthy quick meal or snack!

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Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Lunch, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo Rosemary Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Shallots

pork chopWe rarely have pork but when we were grocery shopping this week, there was a killer deal on these 2 big juicy pork chops. So I looked at a few recipes and this is the one I tweeked and it turned out SOOOO good! The pork was super tender and I think that’s why we rarely have pork because its usually so dry. Well, this folks… was juicy. Joe gave these a double thumbs up!

This recipe is good for 4 pork chops but I still used the same amounts for my 2 chops.

Ingredients:

  • 2 or 4 thick’ish cut pork chops
  • 8 oz sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 8 oz sliced white mushrooms- not sure what those are called. Just use 2 different types of mushrooms
  • 1 large shallot sliced
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary – can be dried or fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 white onion sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (or vegi broth)

1. Heat up a large’ish size frying pan with some olive oil. Season your pork chops with some salt and pepper on each side. Place your pork chops in the pan and cook till a nice sear on each side about 3-4 minutes. Take out of pan and set aside for a minute

2. Take your shallots, onion, and garlic and saute them together in the remaining oil from the pan. Do this about 3-4 minutes until transparent.

3. Add your rosemary and mushrooms and cook until tender, another 3- 4 minutes.

4. Place your pork chops back in the pan and add 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Cook for another 10 minutes. Check the middle before you take them out so they arent pink inside.

5. Serve with the mushrooms on top and on the side along with some Cauliflower mashees and you are set!

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Dinner, Sugar Detox approved!

 

Egg and Avo Mash

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Okay, this may seem too easy to put on here but its one of my favorite breakfast’s when I don’t have a lot of time.

Ready…

  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 avocado

Mash them up together add salt and pepper and you have your protein and healthy fat to start your day! If you dont even have time to hard boil eggs, Costco has this great pack of 24 pre hard boiled (Cage Free) eggs you can get for like $5.00. What a deal. But this is by far my favorite pre- workout meal or post workout meal because its so easy and you get all the essentials in!

Oh, and can I add my favorite seasoning of all time is called “Slap ya Mama” cajun seasoning. This is the best for eggs or to spice up vegitables, especially when roasting brussel sprouts. www.slapyamama.com Has awesome hot sauces too.

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Breakfast, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo Mashed Garlic Cauliflower “Potatoes”

cauliI can’t believe I have never made these. They are so easy and I almost fooled Joe into thinking they were actually potatoes! I made his favorite dish tonight. Meatloaf, mashed “potatoes” and green beans with cherry tomatoes and bacon. The green bean recipe is on here somewhere and I need to post the meatloaf still. But this side dish could almost fool anyone!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 tablespoons of chives
  • tablespoon of butter
  • salt/pepper

1. Take the cauliflower and cut it into little pieces. Throw that along with the garlic cloves into a steamer pot and steam until really tender.

2. Put your steamed cauliflower along with your garlic into a food processor along with the butter, salt and pepper. Blend until creamy smooth.

3. Transfer to a bowl and add your chopped chives and you are good to go!

I was surprised how similar they taste to regular mashed potatoes, same consistency and wtih the garlic and butter- same taste!

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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Sides, Sugar Detox approved!, Veggies

 

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Spicy paprika lemon chicken

paprkikaIt seems like I cook chicken all the time but tend to stick to my favorites so I wanted to try something new. This one was a great addition and extremely easy to make. I marinated my chicken for a few hours but I am sure you could just throw it all together and cook right away and it would be just as good. It was a bit spicy, so if you dont like too much spice then cut back on the cayenne pepper a bit. Otherwise, great chicken dish!!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs organic chicken thighs (I used skinless boneless)
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • zest of one entire lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

In a large bowl mix all the dry incredients together well. Add the lemon zest, juice of lemon, and olive oil to create marinade. If its not spicy enough for you, then add more cayenne. It was plenty spicy!

Add your chicken thighs to the mixture and marinate in the fridge for a few hours.

Put into a baking dish and cook at 375 for about 30 minutes or until done! DELISH!

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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Chicken, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Paleo Tuna Patties

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I have been trying to make different things for lunch since salads can get a little dull. This was a good one, but it may need more eggs to help it stick together better. Other then that, it was really good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of tuna
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tbls chopped red onion
  • 1-2 tbls chopped celery
  • 1 tbls almond meal
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • olive oil or coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients together and spoon divide the mixture into 4 servings. Make the patties small enough so they can flip without breaking. I think I made mine too big and they did fall apart a little bit. Also make sure to put enough olive oil or coconut oil in the pan so they don’t stick. Or maybe you have a nice frying pan that things don’t stick to. I don’t, mine sucks.

Serve by itself or with a small salad, great way to mix things up with tuna!

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Lunch, Seafood, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Sweet Potato Zucchini Egg breakfast cups

The title pretty much says it all. Minus the tomatoes. Today is the last of the grocery shopping from last week so its create something with leftovers time! These are good hot, but I am looking forward to just eating these on the go in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 zucchini
  • handful of cherry tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste

I started off just slicing the sweet potatoes long and short with a mandolin. The long slices I cut in half and wrapped those around the cupcake pans, the small round slices I put on the bottom of the cupcakes pan. Grate the zucchini and slice the cherry tomatoes. Then just mix together your eggs, zucchini, and tomatoes and spoon the mixture into the cups. Add a bit of salt and pepper to the mixture. I baked these for about 15 minutes at 350.

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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Breakfast, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Portobello pesto pizza

portobellobThese are super easy and don’t take very long to make or prepare. I used some of my leftover pesto on top at the last minute and it made such a great touch! These are really similar to the mini mushroom pizzettes, just more dinner sized.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large portobello mushrooms
  • 4 small uncooked spicy chicken sausages
  • 1 small can of sliced olives
  • 1 zucchini
  • Some pizza or pasta sauce
  • Leftover pesto sauce or make a small batch from scratch

Take the mushrooms and remove the stems. Fill them up with the sausage that you squeeze out of its casing. Top with sliced olives, grated zucchini and a dollop of pasta or pizza sauce along with a spoonful of pesto.

Cook for about 20-25 mins at 375.

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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Dinner, Sugar Detox approved!

 

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Zucchini sausage pesto rolls

Day 11! Okay, we’ll I kind of cheated on the sugar detox yesterday but it was conscious decision and not a crazy craving. It was this magnificent piece of cheesecake which I only ate half, and I took the smallest little bites so it lasted like an hour. Yum. BUT, my stomach felt like shit and I got a sugar high right before I had to stand up and speak to about 40 people. I totally spazzed out and forgot what I was going to say and reverted to the scared of public speaking Kari from years ago. That sucked. I blame the cheesecake. But whatever, that’s after 11 days no sugar, no fruit.

Okay, on with today’s meal! I made this tonight for dinner and I either should have made a salad, side, or more. These should definitely be used for an appetizer. I saw this on paleOMG today and had to make it.

Ingredients:

  • Zucchini (about 2 or 3)
  • Italian sausages (I got the spicy chicken sausage from Whole Foods)
  • Fresh made pesto sauce

Cut the zucchini’s with a mandolin or about 1/4 inch thick. Spread on pan (or grill would be much better) and drizzle with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. I broiled them until they were tender and a little brown from broiling.

Put the sausages in a frying pan and cook them for about 10 minutes. Flip over when one side is brown and cook the other side.

Make your pesto sauce (basil, olive oil, garlic, a few walnuts)

Take your pesto and spread it on the zucchini strips. Take your sausage and cut it into 1 inch pieces and roll them up with the zucchini strips, pesto facing the sausage. You can put a toothpick in them or just set on the side that was last to be rolled. Enjoy!

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