I have found, for me, that breakfast is the most challenging time of the day to try and eat healthy. I am, without a doubt, a breakfast gal! I love everything sweet - pancakes, waffles, muffins, crepes - you name it, I probably love it as long as it's sweet and breakfast-y.
Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good omelet, a bagel at times and even the traditional eggs, toast and a meat course, but I just can't pass up that sweet treat in the morning.
This is certainly not the healthiest of recipes but, we had this during a family weekend a few weeks ago and it has been on my mind since. With fall right around the corner, this is a winning recipe for those family events, football game tailgates or cool fall evening gatherings. It's easy, tasty, and surely one that will leave folks wanting more!
Well, guys I have decided to accept another challenge. This is turning out to be the year of accepting challenges - squat challenge, reading challenge, now eating challenge. I'm a little nervous to see what else is in the works for me this year, but there's nothing like testing yourself and your limits. So, I say bring it on!
I have been hearing non-stop about this Whole30 eating challenge that's been circulating my friends groups and social media. Now, I have never been one to diet or obsess over eating. Those who know me well know that I love nothing more than to grub on some yummy food. So, why I chose to accept this challenge of knocking out some of the yummiest foods from my menu for an entire month? I have no idea! But, here I am coming to the end of my first week of participating in the Whole30 challenge. Boy, it's going to be a long month. I'm excited, feeling good and always willing to accept a personal challenge - it's only 30 days, right?
We had attempted Chicken Tacos a few weeks before and weren't satisfied by them. So, we decided to try again. This time with ground beef. We were so pleased with how they turned out. It was easy and tasty! We will be trying it again.
This recipe was slightly altered from JaysBakingMeCrazy
1/3 Cup Bacon Grease
6-7 Large Potatoes
1 Large Onion
5 Large Garlic Cloves
Salt (to taste)
7-8 Cups of Chicken Broth
1 1/2 Tsp Italian Seasoning
Pepper (to taste)
Italian Sausage (topping)
1. Mix the bacon grease in a large pot with the Potatoes, Onions, and Garlic. Add Salt (to taste as needed).
2. Cook on medium for about 10-15 minutes until Potatoes are tender.
3. Add the broth and seasonings - simmer for about 5 minutes
4. Cook the sausage in a skillet over heat until cooked through
5. Keep warm and serve with the sausage and seasonings (to taste)
Now this dish has hands-down been our favorite Whole30 dish. The beef shank combined with the tomato and carrot are enough to make my mouth water just thinking about it. We like to prepare this in the oven the old fashioned way using our cast iron dutch oven to really
Another one of our favorite Whole30 recipes is this simple and flavorful dish. We like to prepare it with a higher ratio of vegetables that some other versions out there because it seems to give it a better texture and depth of flavor. This meal is easy to make and can be prepared in less than 15 minutes if you pre-cut your vegetables.
Prep Time - 15 minutes
Cook Time - 15 minutes
Servings - about 4
I really started out experimenting with breakfast by the end of the first week. You can only eat an egg and a few slices of bacon so many days in a row before you start to realize you need to broaden your realm. So, one of the recipes that I made is one that I've made many times before. It's simple, and easy to mix up and switch if you need/want.
1/2 green pepper (diced)
1/2 onion (diced)
1/3 cup diced mushrooms
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Salsa (to taste) - It is important to check your Salsa label for the ingredients. Remember with the Whole30 you can't eat added sugars and/or certain add ins.
*You can always add sausage or bacon to this recipe
While completing my Whole30 Challenge I been able to experiment with some delicious smoothie recipes. Now, if you're anything like I was at the beginning and a little uneasy about stepping out and trying something you new, you may enjoy some helpful, simple recipes to get you started. Enjoy!