Banana Muffins (Whole30, Paleo)

We are in week 3 of Whole30 and feeling great! I’m not going to say that I still don’t really want a Reese cup or have a desire to have a piece of stuffed crust pepperoni pizza, BUT we are feeling good and seeing the difference that it is already making in the way we feel.

This week I decided to make a new recipe for banana muffins. I made these in the oven and in the Instant Pot. I wanted to try out both ways of cooking to see if one was better or easier over the other.

The difference in the two:
The Instant Pot: The muffins were good and moist, but my husband and I both felt like something was missing.
Oven: This was perfect for us. The muffins were still moist but had a crisper outside.

Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think!


Whole 30 Banana Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: Instant Pot: 8 minutes; Oven: 20 minutesIMG_1297

Ingredients:
– 2 ripe bananas
– 1/2 cup apple sauce: I made me own apple sauce, you can find the recipe here
– 1/4 cup coconut oil
– 3 eggs
– 2 cups almond flour
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 2 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions:
1. Add all ingredients into your KitchenAid, or a bowl to mix with your hand-held mixer.

Instant Pot:
2. Add all ingredients into your silicone tray
3. Cover with Foil
4. Place 1 cup of water and trivet to the bottom of your instant pot.
5. Put silicone tray in Instant Pot
6. Set to manual high pressure for 8 minutes. Then QR. Enjoy!

Oven:
3. Preheat Oven to 350ºF
4. Line muffin tin with liners
5. Add mixture evenly in liners
6. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!


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Cinnamon Apples: Instant Pot

Another quick and delicious recipe for a healthy snack or desert. It has helped fill our sweet tooth since being on Whole30. The great thing about this recipe is you can use it not only for cinnamon apple dessert but you can also make your own homemade cinnamon apple sauce.


Cinnamon Apples:
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 2 Minutes

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Ingredients:
– 5 Apples ( I used Fuji and Granny Smith)
– Cinnamon
– Honey (If you are on Whole30 OMIT honey)
– Water

Directions:
1. Core and Slice your apples. ( I choose to leave the skin on the apples for a better taste)
2. Put all of your apples in the Instant Pot and cover with Cinnamon, Stir.
3. If you ARE NOT on Whole 30 you can add 2 tbsp of honey.
4. Add 1/2 cup of water
5. Set Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 2 minutes
6. Quick Release and Serve
↑ If you choose to make apple sauce, do a natural release for 5 minutes and then mix apples, you can use hand-held mixer or a KitchenAid. Mix until the consistency your happy with for your apple sauce.

 


 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have! Let me know if you try it out and look out for my next blog post on Friday! Happy Monday!

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Homemade Chicken Jambalaya

I have always loved to cook but I am the kind that once I find something that I really like I will cook it over and over again until everyone is sick of it. Since getting my Instant Pot and now starting Whole30 it has pushed me out of my box and has me testing out new recipes and even creating some of my own. To me, that has been one of the best things about all of it, being able to create new, tasty and healthy meals for my family. So on my meal planning calendar I planned to make Jambalaya for dinner this week but I couldn’t find a recipe that I really loved. I thought one of the points of Jambalaya was a delicious meal with lots of spices and flavor but for the most part you could make it the way you want. So thats exactly what I did, last night we had homemade Chicken Jambalaya and boy was it good!


Chicken Jambalaya
Prep Time: 7 Minutes Cook Time: 15 MinutesIMG_1137

Ingredients:
– 2 lb boneless, skinless Chicken breast, diced
– 4 Chicken Sausages
– 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
– Salt
– Pepper
– 1 Cup chopped onion
– 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
– 2 cans diced tomatoes; 1 can diced, 1 can fire roasted
– 15 oz tomato sauce
– 3 cups chicken stock
– 2 tsp Paprika
– 2 tsp Thyme
– 2 tsp Oregano
– 2 tsp Garlic Powder
– 2 tsp Onion Powder
– Cauliflower Rice or Spaghetti Squash

Instructions:
1. Dice Chicken breast and chicken sausage, chop onion and mince garlic.
2. Turn Instant Pot to Sauté and add above ingredients, until lightly cooked.
3. Turn off sauté.
4. Add Additional ingredients, stir.
5. Cook on manual high pressure for 15 minutes.
6. Serve with Cauliflower Rice or Spaghetti Squash.


Enjoy!!!

 

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The ease of the Instant Pot

Every time I use my Instant Pot to cook something new, I love it even more than when I first got it. What could you not love about a Pot that does EVERYTHING. You can read why I love it so much here. But I am going to show you 2 things that I cook regularly that the Instant Pot has made that much easier for me.

Titus and I both love sweet potatoes, we could both share one every night. So Instead of spending the time prepping them for the oven or having to cook them for an hour, I can put them in my Instant Pot.

Instructions:

  1. Clean Sweet Potatoes
  2. Place 1 cup of water into your Instant Pot
  3. You can either put sweet potatoes on Instant Pot Trivet or if you have a steam basket you can use that
  4. Set for manual high pressure for 15 minutes
  5. Slow Release for 20 minutes once it’s finished cooking

 

I’ve always loved to make recipes with spaghetti squash. I love the taste and it does make me feel like I am eating spaghetti. Nathan on the other hand hates it. But I’ve always looked for easier ways to cook a spaghetti squash. Most recipes tell you to cut it in half and bake, or poke holes in it and bake/microwave. I don’t know if you have ever tried to do either of these, but it is not easy to cut or poke holes in a whole spaghetti squash. So the Instant Pot has made it even easier for you. Doing this you can literally peel the skin off, cut it in half, and then remove the seeds. I am loving this new way to prepare mine!

Instructions:

  1. Place 1 cup of water into your Instant Pot
  2. Place trivet in pot and place spaghetti squash onto trivet
  3. Set for manual high pressure for 30 minutes
  4. Quick release once its done cooking
  5. Your spaghetti squash should be ready to peel off the skin; cut in half and remove seeds

 

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Hello 2018

How do you feel about new years resolutions? Do you make resolutions at the beginning of the year? Do you find yourself just a few months into it and you didn’t stick to anything?

That’s me! I can’t tell you how many years I’ve said “New year, new me!”, “I’m going to start working out and keep it up”, or “I’m going to eat better this year.” I can honestly say that I have never made a new years resolution that has stuck throughout the entire year. I read an article that said 8% of people actually keep their New Years Resolution. That should tell you something about resolutions. So this year I decided to set realistic goals for the year and write them down. But then I decided to take the rest, what would normally be considered a new years resolution and take it month by month.

For example, instead of saying in January I’m going to have me time, I sit down at the beginning of the month to decide what I want for my me time to look like, and schedule it right then or mark it in the calendar to happen. Another thing I want to do is slowly continue to do little updates on our house. So for the month of January I wrote down 1 thing that I want to do in the house that month. Small or big, but only 1 thing. Then I thought about where Nathan and I dream to be financially, So I have it set on a monthly plan; how much we want to put into savings in the month of January.

I want this to be a great, healthy and successful year for me individually and for my family. So I want to be realistic in setting these plans and goals for myself. I want to not only make big plans for the first of the year but things that will stick for the entire year.

Something that has been helpful with this is my 2018 planner. At the beginning of every month there is a spot for your monthly mission board. IMG_0917

It includes: 

  • Me time
  • Be Social
  • Home
  • Health
  • Financial
  • Dream Big
  • Blank: God Time
  • Blank: Volunteering

So at the beginning of every month I am filling in those spots with my monthly goals. I have chosen to use my blank spaces for God time and Volunteering. This mission board is really going to help me think through what I want to do each month, to be more intentional and hopefully help me grow every year. Not a goal planned out for the entire year that I more than likely wont stick to. If you feel like a monthly mission board would also be helpful for you, I’ve created a print out that you can print, fill out and look at every month. There is power in writing it down and looking at it every day!

Your Own Monthly Mission Board or if you want to pick up your own monthly planner you get can it here.

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First meals of Whole30

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope you enjoyed ringing in the new year as much as I did. Titus had his first sleepover at my sister’s house, so Nathan and I went out and had a great time with some awesome friends. We stayed out way to late, ate lots of tasty food and didn’t really get to sleep in. That’s why we decided to start Whole 30 on Tuesday instead. My plan was to get all of my groceries in the morning, cook and let you all know how wonderful my food turned out. BUT life with a kid changes plans sometimes. He decided that he wanted to be grumpy, clingy and needy. Anytime I tried to get some cooking done he wanted to go through cabinets and took out every ziplock bag out of the box and throw them on the floor. Then decided to spike a temperature, very relaxing night.

Thankfully though I was able to get a big chunk of my cooking for the week done. I have our dinners and breakfast for the entire week prepared, Whole30 approved and ready to be eaten.

  1. Breakfast muffins: I didn’t follow a recipe which is probably why I didn’t work the way I had planned. I wanted to cook them in my awesome “egg bit cups” but after talking to a friend and doing some research if you use too much almond milk in the egg bites they won’t congeal when you cook them. So I will attempt this recipe again. After I tried in my instant pot twice I just put them in the oven. So they are still super tasty, but I don’t want to write a recipe up until I tweak them to be cooked easy and perfectly in my Instant pot. That’s the great thing about this blog, I’m learning new things everyday and hopefully you get to learn from the things I mess up.

     

  2. Chicken Enchilada Soup: This recipe was super easy, to the point and tasty. I put all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot and cooked it on Manuel high for 20 minutes, quick release and then I shred my chicken in my new KitchenAid. Then it was ready to eat. You can add Avocado, put it over cauliflower rice, or eat it as is, delicious soup.

 

If you started Whole30 with me, good luck! Remember the first week is the hardest… it can only go up from there!

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