Whole30 Confessions

Today is the halfway point of my second Whole30 and I have a confession to make. I am not pursuing a perfectly compliant Whole30 this time around. Now, the hard-core Whole30 veteran in me HATES admitting this. Because I don’t want to cause my brothers and sisters to stumble. And because I know that some…

Sweet Potato Chorizo Chili (Whole30, Paleo)

We love chorizo in our house, and there are some nice Whole30 approved chorizo options at our local grocery store. The brand is Logan’s and it is made here locally in Northern Virginia. I really like the flavor combination of ground beef and ground pork of some kind, and it really worked with the sweet…

Whole30 Chili Recipe 

So I decided to do another Whole30 in March! I started on March 1 and have  tracked this mostly on Facebook but I decided to post some of my recipes here on my blog to spread the Whole30 recipe love 🙂 Today is a prep-work success story! I made a breakfast casserole this morning and…

The Whole Scoop on My Whole30 – Part 2

I had so many wonderful things to say about my Whole30 that I decided to split the blog post into two parts. Part one was a general Q and A about our experience. This post focuses on the method behind my meal planning madness! Establishing routines in the kitchen is challenging, but changing established routines is…

Taco Soup (Whole30, Paleo, Slow Cooker)

I love tacos more than any one woman should love tacos. They have always been my favorite food.  Thankfully I can still enjoy all the awesome taco flavors in all kinds of ways and still eat Whole30, Paleo or Paleoish (depending on the month, lol). I made this soup the other night and it turned…

First Foods

One of my most favorite things about my babies is feeding them their first foods. It really is the best. They are so cute as they experience tasting something different for the first time. The faces they make, some of enjoyment and delight, others of shock and disgust! They are just so sweet and innocent…

Mustard Chicken Recipe {Cooking Adventures}

When Brian and I were dating, I invited him over for dinner. You may recall that I had not yet “blossomed” in the kitchen so I was a tiny bit worried about what I would make to impress my new beau. My go-to recipe in times like these, the ONLY dish I knew how to…

Gadgets and Other Fun Kitchen Toys {Cooking Adventures: Day 11}

Here is a quick run-down of my favorite kitchen toys and gadgets. Meat Thermometer – I wrote about this before on the blog.  There is nothing worse than overcooked meat.  This can be easily avoided with a good digital thermometer.  I use mine every single time I cook meat and it works like a charm….

My Favorite Tools, Part 2 {Cooking Adventures: Day 10}

When we first got our Shun knives, the block came with kitchen shears. At the time, I really didn’t understand why the knives came with scissors. For years the shears went untouched except for the occasional snip of kitchen twine or to cut hard-to-open plastic lids off containers. Little did I know just how helpful…

My Favorite Tools, Part 1 {Cooking Adventures: Day 9}

There are many things without which I cannot survive in the kitchen. I tried to write a post titled: “the one thing I can’t live without in the kitchen” yet I came to realize that I cannot narrow it down to one. I will try to prioritize my list in order of importance and write…

Watch and Learn {Cooking Adventures: Day 8}

After sharing some of my early cooking mishaps, it is time to tell you how I finally learned to cook. In the fall of 2005 I discovered the Food Network, specifically 30 Minute Meals, and I was fascinated. I watched episode after episode and wondered if I could actually pull together meals like that in…

Eggs

I love eggs. Eggs are a super food. They are good for you and taste delicious. There are many ways to prepare eggs and I like them in all varieties: boiled, scrambled, over easy, over hard, poached, and any other way you can prepare them. In my experience, if frying or scrambling, its very important…