Whole30 Days 8-12

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Eggs, sausage and avocado – usual breakfast

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Lunch was a hotdog, some mashed sweet potato with caramalized onions

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Thai chicken meatballs, sweet potato fries

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Eggs with onions and poblano pepper and sausage

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Mashed potatoes with tomato-y pot roast and asparagus

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Poppers with some compliant frozen fries

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Sausage and cabbage beet slaw, there is feta on the slaw – leave off for true Whole30

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Thai Pineapple Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice – SO GOOD

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Scrambled eggs with veggies and sausage

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Found this to go with my coffee, it is really good. A Whole30 game changer!

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Leftovers for lunch – chicken poppers and pineapple chicken cauli rice with dairy-free ranch

This Whole30 is different than others I’ve done – I still have a headache that comes and goes and I really feel no different than before starting. I have lost weight though and that is the primary reason for doing this.

So, we’ll keep going. It’s actually going pretty fast and I’m proud of myself for sticking with it.

I haven’t had any cravings until the last couple days. I’ve been craving a sweet coffee! Really bad! I’m so tempted to add stevia or splenda to my coffee in the mornings but I  know that would trigger a ton of other cravings so I will stay strong! And I’ve been dreaming about pizza, literally. Which goes right along with the Whole30 timeline!

 

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Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I was craving chicken enchiladas the other day and threw together this low carb chicken enchilada casserole. It was SO good and definitely hit the spot!

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Here’s how I made it:

2 very large chicken breasts (about 1-1.5 lbs)

1 10oz can green enchilada sauce

1 small can diced green chilies

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used colby jack)

1/2 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped – reserve some for a garnish

1/2 cup shredded cheese for the topping

S&P to taste

I began by poaching the chicken breasts and once they were done I shredded them and added them to a sauce pan.

Add the rest of ingredients (except cilantro garnish and cheese for topping) to the chicken and stir to combine.

I let mine simmer for about 30-45 mins for the flavors to combine but it’s not necessary.

Add everything to a baking dish and top with remaining cheese, bake at 350 until bubbling and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro garnish and serve! We had ours with roasted broccoli. It was so yummy!

 

 

Low Carb Chicken Nuggets

Yum! These were delicious and I don’t even really like pork rinds. If I had not made these myself, I would never have guessed they are low carb. They are crispy, crunchy and super savory!

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1.5 lb ground chicken

1 tsp seasoning salt

1 egg

Crushed pork rinds

Combine chicken, seasoning salt and egg. Scoop up a little of the mixture, about 1 T and form into a chicken nugget shape and press both sides into crushed pork rinds. Shallow fry both sides in oil until cooked through and crispy. Cool on paper towels. Use dipping sauce of choice.

Next time I’m going to add some Parmesan cheese to the pork rinds and maybe some herbs like Italian seasoning, sounds yummy!

 

Low Carb Mac-N-Cheese

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This low carb version of mac-n-cheese is so good! Tastes pretty close to the real thing, at least I thought so. Here is the recipe!

1 16oz bag of cauliflower rice

2 cups of shredded colby jack cheese

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

2 eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and transfer to a baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. I covered the dish with foil for the first 30 minutes so the top wouldn’t burn.

I made this last night and plan to eat it for lunch the next few days. Enjoy!

What I Eat In A Day – Low Carb

I see these videos all over YouTube and I always think they are interesting and sometimes give me some good ideas of what to make whenever I get in a food rut. So, I thought it would be fun to do on my blog. I hope you enjoy!

Breakfast: Coffee with heavy cream while breakfast cooks – usually it’s iced coffee but since it’s been chilly here in the mornings, I had french press this morning! I usually eat the same thing for breakfast everyday (eggs and sausage or bacon), as a mom of a 10 month old, sometimes it’s easier to just not have to think about what to eat in the morning, still trying to wake up you know! Sleeping Face on Facebook Messenger

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Lunch – Today I had a spinach salad with chopped pecans, bacon, cheese, red onion and ranch with a small bowl of shredded pork with cheese and onions. A little more dairy than I usually have but I just really wanted something cheesy, it hit the spot!

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Treat time – A coke zero! I know soda is not so good for you but I call this my “mommy treat” and it tastes so good!

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Dinner – Always a combo of meat and veggies, tonight is baked chicken thighs (with the skin!) and brussel sprouts, onions, bacon with a little cream cheese mixed in. The cream cheese was an experiment and it didn’t really turn out how I expected, not bad but I won’t do it again.

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I need to do better about getting more veggies in throughout the day, sometimes I snack on carrots or raw green beans or cucumbers but I didn’t have any today.

I didn’t plan on doing this blog post so everything I ate is pretty common, nothing was made special just for the sake of doing this post. But next time, I might put a little more thought into it!

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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Mmmm mmm this was so good! I didn’t really have a plan when I made this, just kind threw things together and here it is! I’ll put down a rough recipe where all measurements are just basically guesses. Next time, I’ll measure everything! I always forget…

1 medium sized spaghetti squash, cooked and shredded

2 chicken breasts, diced and cooked

4 green onions, diced

2 roma tomatoes, diced

1 tsp garlic powder

S&P to taste

4 oz cream cheese

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup marinara sauce

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Start by cooking chicken in butter and olive oil, once browned, add onion, tomato, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Add heavy cream, marinara and cream cheese, heat everything up over medium heat and stir until cream cheese is melted.

Add in shredded spaghetti squash and cheese and stir until combined. Taste for seasoning and adjust to your liking.

Pour mixture into an 8×8 glass baking dish, sprinkle a little cheese up top (opt), bake at 350 until bubbling and top is lightly browned.

Serves 4.

Definitely making this again! It was so good!

 

 

Diet Update

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated, things have been busy around here! Meaning, I’ve mostly been chasing my kinda, newly mobile infant daughter all around the house. She is a busy little bee and I love it! Being her Mama is my favorite thing in the whole world!

I’m still following a low carb diet (down about 10lbs!!), however, I’ve decided today to cut back on dairy a little bit. I’ve been having a lot of it, at every meal and almost every snack and I’m pretty sure it’s causing me (and my daughter) some tummy troubles!

Here is a little of what I’ve been enjoying lately:

Low Carb Catch Up

I’m a little behind in posting (I’m currently on Day 10), so this day will be 3 days worth of posts all in one. Enjoy!

Breakfast:

Iced Coffee, eggs and sausage

Lunch:

Chipotle chicken salad w/ no rice or beans, chicken with some creamy tomato sauce

Dinner:

Rotisserie chicken with salad, pasta-less spaghetti sauce with lots of meat, curry spiced chicken and green beans

 

Snack:

Pecans dipped in cream cheese is SO good!

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Low Carb Day 5

Breakfast:

Eggs, sausage and coffee with heavy cream – YUM!

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Lunch:

A Quest Bar and also some toppings off a leftover piece of pizza, I hate throwing away the bread, such a waste!

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Dinner:

A really big salad with organic greens, tomato, cheese, homemade ranch and some rotisserie chicken – so good!

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So I was going to do a whole30 but decided to do low carb instead, much easier for me right now! I’m already feeling better!

Whole30 (not really…) Day 3

Today was not a whole30 day but I still avoided carbs and sugar so I’m proud of myself!

Breakfast:

Eggs with sausage and steak with coffee

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Lunch:

Leftover meatballs and sauce* from dinner the night before, I added some water and chicken broth to the sauce and it was like a creamy tomato soup. I’m not really a fan of tomato soup but this was really good!

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Dinner:

Smoked, uncured beef sausage and a big salad with ranch and cheese*

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I don’t think I had any snacks yesterday, wasn’t that hungry. I have been experiencing a couple detox symptoms but they’re manageable. Tomorrow WILL BE a 100% whole30 day!

 

*Just a little disclaimer: I’ve done enough whole30s to know what works for me and what doesn’t. So this time around I’m doing it a little different. I guess it’s not technically a whole30 but most of these meals/days will be strictly whole30. The number one thing that makes it difficult for me to lose weight and keeps me bloated is carbs/sugar – mainly refined. So I will definitely be avoiding those. I will be having a little dairy here and there throughout these 30 days (hopefully longer) so please DO NOT follow me as an example for whole30 if you are new to this. Definitely visit their website and get well acquainted with the guidelines! I am also breastfeeding so I will be having snacks if I’m hungry or need the extra calories.