Chicken Sofrito – Whole 30 Approved

About 2 weeks ago my husband came home with a recipe from work that he wanted to make for our January Whole 30.  I was all for it since it was one less thing I had to make.

I gave him some of the chicken that I was planning to use for something else and we swapped it out for this.  The marinade we used is called a sofrito (Caribbean and Latin American sauce of tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, and herbs). Continue reading

Whole 30 – Week 2 – Recap

Here is a quick meal recap of week 2 (days 8-14) of my January Whole 30.  It seems like each day gets easier and easier! Continue reading

Tessemae’s Cutlets

Happy New Year!  It will really be a goal of mine to bring you more blog posts in 2017.  I have started a few posts already to make it easier for me.

Back in December the new Whole 30 cookbook came out.  In New York City there was an event at Hu Kitchen and I knew I had to attend.  My last post was a recap of the event.  We received a gift bag that included the cookbook as well as a Tessemae Whole 30 approved (not all Tessemae items are compliant with W30!) dressing.  In my bag was the Lemon Garlic variety.  Since I don’t eat salad I had to figure out a way to use it. Continue reading

Happy National Chocolate Day!

A day so many of us will enjoy!  Happy National Chocolate Day!

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Eating Evolved – Favorite Things (1)

Each week I am going to try and bring you a blog post about my favorite healthy snack choices.  I have a nice size list so this is something that can go on for a bit of time.  I will also bring you a regular blog post whether recipe or tips each week as well.  Let’s hope I can give you the 2 posts per week!

The motto of this first featured product is “CHOCOLATE: IT’S FOOD, NOT CANDY.”  Now if that isn’t an amazing motto I don’t know what is!  Who doesn’t love a little chocolate in their lives?!

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Roasted Root Vegetables – Recipe

I am a summer obsessed girl.  I love all things summer.  The sun.  The heat.  The pool.  Having BBQs.  Fun outdoor adventures.  The beach and everything in between.

That being said I am all about the fall because of the delicious scents and foods that appear in the stores during that time of year.  This past weekend I went to buy new hand soap at Bath & Body Works and of course the entire bag was filled with fall scents!

When I decided last week I was going to make this dish it made me slightly sad because it screams fall, changing leaves, cooler temperatures, and shorter days.  I did have the intentions to make it because I wanted to use up some straggling ingredients in the kitchen.  Continue reading

Whole 30 Recap – Days 22-30

Day 22:

Workout – Lauren Gleisberg arms, TIU App 5 moves, Rock Your Body from Beach Babe 4 and a 4.5 mile bike ride
Breakfast – Egg frittata and sweet potato blueberry hash with a little coconut milk on top (FYI cold coconut milk is like whipped cream and so delicious!)
Lunch – Homemade pork patties with ratatouille and watermelon
Dinner – Lemon garlic salmon and coconut infused broccoli slaw and a little almond butter
Feeling –  Feeling good and strong!

Day 23:

Workout – 5 Moves from the TIU App, Living Room HIIT, and a 2.25 mile run walk
Breakfast – Egg frittata with 1/4 avocado, sweet potato blueberry hash with coconut milk
Lunch – Chicken sausage with green beans, pepper, and red potatoes.  I use a little Primal Kitchen Mayo as well.  A side of fruit salad totally hit the spot!
Dinner – Shepherds pie with cauliflower mash on top and a little tomato sauce and flax seed.
Feeling – Today was a slow start to the day but I got done what needed to be.  It was a very busy day at work and after work but I held my own.  I need more hours in the day.  Anyone else feel that way?  The shepherds pie was INSANELY delicious!  I did freeze some of it to save for the future 🙂

Day 24:

Workout – Tone It Up App 5 moves 2x, Kettle Booty, Lauren Gleisberg Abs, 5.11 mile bike ride (hello my birthday in miles!)
Breakfast – 2 eggs with broccoli slaw and sweet potato hash
Lunch -Ratatouille with pork patties and fruit salad
Dinner – Chicken with Flavor God Taco seasoning, broccoli slaw and green bean/pepper mix.
Feeling – I ate all of my meals on this day but wasn’t terribly hungry.  I am not going around craving my next meal!

Day 25:

Workout – Tone It Up App 5 moves x 2, Cardio Booty from Beach Babe 4, Tush It Good, and Quick Abs.  2.15 mile run
Breakfast – Stew Leonard’s Chicken Sausage, Broccoli Slaw, Sweet Potato Blueberry Hash.  Topped the sausage with a little Primal Kitchen Mayo
Lunch –  Shepherds pie with green beans and fruit salad.
Dinner – Salmon & green beans with a little red potato.
Feeling – 🙂

Day 26:

Workout – Lauren Gleisberg workout, Tone It Up app 5 moves 2x, and a 6.5 mile bike ride.
Breakfast – Salmon and an egg with some sweet potato hash
Lunch – Chicken with broccoli slaw roasted potato, 1/2 avocado and fruit salad.
Dinner – Lemon garlic Shrimp, green bees
Feeling – Busy and exhausting day!

Day 27:

Workout – TIU Movie Night and Toned Arms from Beach Babe 4 and a 2.25 mile run
Breakfast – Chicken Sausage, Sweet Potatoes, and Broccoli Slaw
Lunch – Turkey, Carrots, Pepper slices, Trail mix
Dinner – Steamed shrimp and veggies from the Chinese restaurant.  Didn’t use any sauces or have any rice.  I was craving this which is weird since I never with this type of food.
Feeling – Today we went to the beach so I had to improvise a little with travel. It was hard being there and there being so many delicious treats and drinks around but I held strong and didn’t have anything!

Day 28:

Workout – 5.5  mile bike ride
Breakfast – Chicken sausage, sweet potato blueberry hash and watermelon
Lunch – Chicken and veggies
Dinner – Turkey burger with green beans and pepper mix and a little Whole 30 Ketchup
Feeling – Feeling good.

Day 29:

Workout – TIU App 5 moves x2, Kettle Band 1x, Legs for Days from Beach Babe 4 and a 3.3 mile run.
Breakfast – 2 Hard Boiled Eggs, sweet potato blueberry hash topped with hemp hearts and walnuts
Lunch – Turkey meatballs, eggplant and carrots, red potatoes, fruit salad, and I used a little Whole 30 ketchup for the meal.
Dinner – Spaghetti squash with crockpot chicken and homemade sauce
Feeling – Had a crazy food dream – I was with someone who was making a GIANT bowl of popcorn.  I ate most of it and then ran to the other room.  I immediately started to cry because it was not approved for W30 and I wasn’t finished yet.  I started screaming that I FAILED and had to start all over.

Day 30:

Workout – Used my Ugi Ball with the 5 moves from the TIU app followed by a 5.6 mile bike ride.
Breakfast – 1 piece of chicken sausage, 2 slices of turkey, potato and green bean mix.  Used a little Primal Kitchen may with it
Lunch – Pork Sausage with ratatouille and watermelon
Dinner – Spaghetti squash with crockpot chicken and sauce.
Feeling – Had some mixed nuts when I came home from work.

 

Overall thoughts –

I hate to say this was a piece of cake but it was…or maybe a piece of chicken or potato or something Whole 30 compliant! Just like that I finished my first and certainly not last cycle of this journey. The fact that I was never sick after 1 single meal shows a lot about how I was eating. Tomorrow starts the reintroduction phase and I am starting. With a glass of wine 🍷. This process shows you a lot about food and yourself. I will share in a blog post either this week or early next what I plan to do once everything is complete and when I plan to do my next!

Whole 30 – One Pot Chicken

When doing my Whole 30 research last month I asked around for different accounts and recipes that people liked so that I could create a list of what to make.  One friend suggested putting chicken breast in the crock pot.  This past weekend I did just that!  The recipe is so simple and it came out SO SO SO delicious!

This will make about 6-8 total servings if you follow exact. If not you will need to add more chicken to get what you need to satisfy your stomach

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Ingredients

4 thick cut chicken breast – boneless skinless
1 can of petite diced tomatoes
1 onion sliced
3 teaspoons Italian seasoning (or a mix of your favorite Italian style spices added to your liking)
1-2 tbsp garlic
1 cup water

Place all ingredients into the crock pot and cook for 8 hours on low.

Once done shred the chicken and eat over spaghetti squash with some tomato sauce.

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