Clean Eating, Recipe, Whole 30

Instant Pot Coconut + Curry Butternut Squash Chili

I love chili, especially during a Whole 30, but lately, my go-to recipes seem boring.

I decided to take my favorite chili base: ground beef, fire roasted tomatoes and bone broth, and add in totally new flavors: red curry paste, coconut milk and butternut squash.

It was just what I needed. A chili game-changer.

You’ll need

2 lbs ground beef

1 butternut squash, cubed

1 each red, yellow, orange bell pepper, diced

1 whole yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup beef bone broth

1/2 cup canned full-fat coconut milk (solid parts)

1 28-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes, drained

3 tablespoons red curry paste (you’ll find this on the international aisle in grocery store)

2 heaping tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

Sea Salt

Method

1. Press the sauté button on the Instant Pot and wait for the metal insert to heat up.

2. When hot, add ground beef and a sprinkle of sea salt. Break apart and cook until no longer pink.

3. Stir in vegetables, add a bit more sea salt, and cook for about 5 minutes.

4. Next, stir in the tomato paste, red curry paste, minced garlic and cook until fragrant.

5. Add in spices, bone broth, tomatoes and coconut milk last. Stir well to make sure liquid reaches the bottom.

6. Lock the lid and cook under high pressure for 15 minutes. (Press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button and set the time for 15 minutes under high pressure.)

7. Once finished cooking, allow pressure to come down naturally.

8. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Notes:

•If cooking on stove top or in a slow cooker, increase beef broth to 1 1/2 cups and coconut milk to 1 cup.

•This makes a lot! Cut recipe in half or plan to freeze half.

Recipe, Whole 30

Whole 30 Slow Cooked Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Easy Meal Prep Protein.

You’ll need…

1 t Garlic Powder

1 t Dried Basil

1/2 t Salt

1/2 t Pepper

2 t Dried minced onion

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 T EVOO

1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs or 4 chicken breasts

Fresh parsley for garnish if desired.

Method…

1- combine first 5 dry spices in a bowl and then spread over chicken on both sides

2- pour olive oil and garlic in bottom of slow cooker

3 – place chicken on top of olive oil and garlic

4- pour balsamic vinegar over chicken

5- cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

I served over mixed greens with blueberries, slivered almonds and hard boiled egg then tossed in EVOO + balsamic vinegar. Also delicious with roasted potatoes and broccoli 👌🏻

Clean Eating, Recipe, Whole 30

W30 Egg Roll in a Bowl

All the deliciousness of an egg roll minus the greasy, unhealthy fried wrapper.

I discovered the idea of “egg roll in a bowl” a few years ago during one of my Whole 30s and since then I’ve made about 10 different variations (probably 10 times each!) I’ve even shared a couple of these recipes online, and today I’ve got a new one for you that I think is the best yet!

This recipe is a modified version of 40 Aprons Egg Roll in a Bowl. I love the mix of ingredients they put together and the delicious Creamy Chili sauce.

I changed the method a bit to reduce the greasiness from the ground pork, took out a few ingredients (ones I thought many people wouldn’t have on hand) and added scrambled eggs to the mix!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small bunch green onions sliced, green and white parts divided
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground pork (ground turkey or chicken could also be used)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1-2 tablespoons Whole30 compliant hot sauce (I like Franks RedHot Sauce)
  • 14 ounce bag coleslaw mix
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 3 eggs

Garnish (optional)

  • green parts of sliced green onions from above
  • Sesame seeds

Creamy Chili Sauce (optional)

  • 1/4 cup W30 Compliant Mayonnaise  (store-bought or homemade. I like this recipe.)
  • 1-2 tablespoons W30 compliant hot sauce

Method

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet and place over medium heat.

  2. Add white parts of green onions, diced red onion, and garlic and saute, stirring frequently, until red onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. In another large skillet, brown ground pork and drain excess fat.

  4. Add onion mixture, grated ginger, and hot sauce to pork skillet and allow to cook together over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

  5. Add coleslaw mix and coconut aminos. Stir until well combined. Cook, stirring regularly, until cabbage is tender, about 5 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup mayonnaise and 1-2 tablespoons compliant hot sauce. (Totally unnecessary, but if you want to make your plate pretty, place creamy chili sauce in a small plastic sandwich bag to “pipe” when serving.
  7. Once pork-cabbage mixture is fully cooked, push mixture to one side of the skillet and crack eggs in open space. Allow eggs to cook for a 2-3 minutes then scramble gently and incorporate into pork-cabbage mixture
  8. To plate: Spoon a helping of the egg roll mixture in a serving bowl. Either spoon some of the creamy chili sauce on top or snip off the corner of the sandwich bag with the sauce and drizzle over egg roll mixture. Garnish with green parts of the green onions and sesame seeds if desired.

Let me know if you try it!

Clean Eating, Recipe, Whole 30

Whole 30 One Pot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

December has been such a whirlwind: Holiday parties, school performances and activities, Christmas shopping (and wrapping OMG), one kid’s birthday party and a 24-hour stomach bug that swept through our house. To say it’s taken a toll on my nutrition and meal prepping would be an understatement. I’m getting back in the game NOW as I prepare for my January Whole 30!

And because I am all about the busy mamas out there, I wanted to share this recipe for Whole 30 Slower Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs because it only uses ONE POT! Yep, that’s right. One pot, super healthy and only 5 main ingredients.

Here are the deets:

You’ll need:

-1 medium sized spaghetti squash

-2 pounds of ground meat (I used grass-fed ground beef but I really love to mix beef and Italian sausage together when I have it on hand. Ground turkey is also a great option!)

-1 jar of W30 Compliant Marinara Sauce (Rao’s is my absolute fave!)

-1 20-ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes

-2 eggs

-1 tsp sea salt

-2 tsp onion powder

-2 tsp garlic powder

-2 tbsp Italian seasoning (make your own or carefully read labels to avoid sugar and other additives)

Method:

1. In a large bowl, combine meat with eggs and spices. Using your hands, mix well until all ingredients are fully incorporated and ready to roll into balls.

2. Roll into bite-sized meatballs (I put my kids to work in the kitchen as often as possible!) and place in slow cooker (the meatballs, not the kids 😊).

3. Pour marinara sauce and canned tomatoes over the meatballs and stir.

4. Cut spaghetti squash in half through the center and scoop out seeds.

5. Place spaghetti squash halves face down on top of meatballs.

6. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.

7. Remove spaghetti squash carefully, scoop out insides, then top with meatballs and sauce. Garnish with herbs of your choice!

Notes:

-If you have picky little eaters like I do, you can quickly make some pasta and top with the meatballs and sauce from the crockpot. I do this and everyone in my family is happy!

-This is a great meal prep recipe as it makes a lot! You can use the meatballs in other meals too — I love them with roasted veggies and a salad.

breakfast, Clean Eating, Whole 30

Whole 30 Egg Bake

This is so good it’s worthy of a holiday breakfast, yet so easy it’s also a great weekly meal prep option! The veggies can be switched out for anything your ❤️ desires!

You’ll need:

-1 pound compliant breakfast sausage (or 1 pack of @aidells sausage, chopped into bite sized pieces)

-2 1/2 cups butternut squash, diced (sweet potatoes or white potatoes can also be used here!)

-1 yellow onion, chopped

-1 red bell pepper, chopped

-2-3 cups fresh kale, removed from stems and chopped

-10 eggs

-1/4 cup canned full-fat coconut milk (use solid part only)

-Seasoning of your choice (Today I used Traders Joe’s Everything Bagel… but garlic powder, salt and pepper are 👌🏻)

Method:

•preheat oven to 400

•line a baking sheet with parchment paper

•place squash and pepper on baking sheet. Lightly coat with olive oil, season with S+P and put in the oven for about 10 minutes.

•while veggies roast, cook sausage in a pan

•once sausage is cooked, add onion to the pan and cook until tender

•add kale to sausage/onion pan and allow to cook for a few minutes

•crack eggs and whisk in a bowl with the your seasoning and the solid parts of the coconut milk (do not use watery part)

•remove squash and peppers from oven.

•layer into a well coated 9×13 pan (I use coconut oil) in the following order: sausage/kale/onion ➡️squash/peppers ➡️egg/coconut milk

•bake approximately 20 minutes in 400 degree oven or until edges start to brown and eggs are cooked through.

I’m serving this one on Christmas morning, but I like to slice into pieces and reheat for on-the-go breakfasts when I meal prep for the week!

Note: Frozen veggies will not work well in this recipe as they will produce too much water.

Recipe, Whole 30

3 Healthy Ways to Remix your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is the meal that keeps on giving, am I right?!  I’m pretty sure I have enough leftovers in my fridge right now to feed my family for a whole week.  And, y’all, as a working mom, leftovers are my jam, but I can only eat Thanksgiving dinner so many times! If you are like me and need to mix things up, I have a few ideas on how you can use what you have on hand in new, healthy ways:  

TURKEY TACO BOWLS

Use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey meat to make these delicious Whole 30 compliant taco bowls.  Filled with cauliflower rice, lettuce and your favorite toppings, no one will be thinking “leftovers”!  

You’ll need:

1-2 Cups of Chopped Leftover Turkey

Taco Seasoning (Make your own — {2 T chili powder, 2 tsps of each: onion powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, oregano + 1 tsp sea salt}

Cauliflower Rice (I always use frozen that I steam in the microwave.  If I have it on hand, I’ll squeeze some lime juice and add some fresh cilantro.)

Extras (get creative and add what you like): 

Shredded lettuce or spinach 

Salsa (Frontera Roasted Tomato is my favorite store bought salsa!)  

Guacamole 

W30 Compliant Ranch…like Tessemae’s (which is what I had on hand today!) 

Black Olives

Cilantro

Directions: 

  1. Season your turkey: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, add turkey and stir to coat with olive oil.  Pour 1-2 teaspoons of the taco seasoning over the turkey.  Allow to heat through. 
  2. Build your bowl: Start with cauliflower rice.  Add turkey next. Then top with any extras: lettuce, salsa, guacamole, ranch… whatever you have on hand!  

TURKEY AVOCADO SALAD

Here’s a spin on my absolute favorite chicken salad!  Use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey meat and cranberries in this fast and delicious salad that can be eaten alone or on top of a salad!  Throw some leftover roasted veggies on the side and it’s a full meal! This is a perfect post-Thanksgiving lunch as it’s light and a change of flavors from yesterday’s big meal.  

You’ll Need:

1-2 cups chopped turkey

1 small avocado, mashed

1 small granny smith apple, unpeeled and chopped into bite size pieces

1/2 cup dried cranberries OR 1/4 cup cranberry sauce (or sub sliced red grapes)

1/2 cup toasted pecans (optional… I had these leftover from my Thanksgiving cooking) 

1/2 tsp curry powder (or any seasoning that you like) 

Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions: 

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix.  Eat immediately.  This can be made ahead of time by squeezing lime juice over the avocado.  

TURKEY BONE BROTH

If you haven’t made your own bone broth yet, you haven’t lived. Ok that may be a little dramatic, but seriously, making your own broth is the best! It’s super easy, makes your house smell amazing and allows you to control the salt content and additives. Freeze it in small batches and pull out for soups throughout the winter!  I will be making mine today following Kettle and Fire’s recipe: https://blog.kettleandfire.com/turkey-bone-broth-recipe/

What are your go-to recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers?  I’d love to hear your ideas!