Who doesn’t love breakfast?

Seriously, who doesn’t love breakfast food? Eggs, Bacon and hash-browns. I could eat that kind of meal everyday. But the worst part of breakfast food is most of the time I don’t want to cook as soon as I wake up in the morning. I’m usually pretty tired, entertaining my toddler and trying to get him fed. Once I’ve done all that time has passed and I don’t feel like preparing it, or having to do the clean up afterwards.

So I have started to prep our breakfast food. I’m making some type of delicious casserole that last us the week. I spend one day cooking and then every morning its in the fridge and only has to be heated up.

Below is one of my go-to, Whole 30 approved, healthy breakfast meals.


Ranch Sweet Potato Sausage Egg Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooke Time: 25 minutes

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Ingredients:
-2 Medium sweet Potatoes, cubed
-1 lb Turkey breakfast sausage
-3 cups spinach
-9 Eggs
-1 Red Pepper
-1 tbsp coconut oil
-1/2 yellow onion, diced.
-Salt and Pepper to taste
-Avocado to top

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 400, grease baking dish.
2. Add coconut oil to sauté pan and add diced sweet potatoes.
3. In a different sauce pan add Turkey sausage, brown.
4. Once Turkey is brown, add diced pepper, spinach and onions.
5. In a bowl whisk egg, add salt and pepper.
6. Once Sweet Potatoes are tender, mix them with Whole30 Ranch.
7. In your baking dish, layer sweet potatoes, sausage bake and top with whisked eggs (cover dish evenly).
8. Bake for 20 minutes.


Enjoy!

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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
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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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Whole30 Prep

Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone. Merry (late)Christmas by the way! And now it’s about to be a new year which means I need to get my butt in shape. I have been eating junk food for over a month now. No joke, I am having some time of sweet, chips or soda almost every evening and eating out way more than I would like to admit.

One of my friends made the announcement that she was going to do Whole 30 and would love people to join in with her, share recipes and keep each other accountable (Thanks April for encouraging me to do Whole30 again! I need it) So that’s where I will be starting January 2nd…… eating healthy, grumpy and going through sugar withdraw I’m sure. Yes, I will be all of these things in the first 24 hours. And from past experiences of doing Whole 30 and Paleo I will probably be this way for the first 5 days. So strangers BEWARE!

I know some people are thinking, Why in the world would you even put yourself through that? But that’s exactly why I do. We shouldnt have to go through Sugar withdraw, I shouldn’t be this tired all of the time and I should eat better for the sake of myself and my family.

What is Whole 30? Whole 30 is basically a reset for your body and you only eat whole foods for 30 days. You eliminate Sugar, Dairy, Soy, Legumes, Wheat and Alcohol.

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Eliminate the most common craving-inducing, blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the reset button with your health, habits, and relationship with food, and the downstream physical and psychological effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day-to-day life, long-term health, body composition, and feelings around food. -Whole 30 author

How I plan for Whole 30: As some of you may know from past blogs I like to be organized and have a plan for almost everything in life, this is no different. I plan 2 weeks at a time (15 days). I have a calendar, plan out my meals, and make a grocery list. I know that if I don’t plan it out and have the groceries at my house I will make excuses for not sticking with it or even starting it.

  1. Calender – I write out what we will eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner of every day. I usually stick to 1 casserole and egg bites for breakfast, and then 2 lunch and 2 dinner recipes so that I can change-up what we are eating. I don’t want to feel like we are having the same thing for dinner every day. So will 4 different options throughout the week it’s already prepared and Nathan and I don’t have to eat the same thing if we don’t want to. Print Your own Calendar here: Whole30 Calendar
  2. Grocery List – Once you have your meals planned out, write out everything you need for your meals. Print your own Grocery Check list here: Whole30 Grocery List Whole30 Prep
  3. What’s in my kitchen I check my list before I head to the grocery store. I can usually cut my grocery list in half by seeing what I already have stocked in my kitchen. Print Your own What’s in my kitchen checklist here: What’s In my kitchen checklist

Here are a few of the recipes I will be enjoying my first 2 weeks:

I hope this makes your Whole30 journey a little easier! Check back on Monday, January 1st and I’ll be posting a few videos of my meal prep. I’m going to try to make as many recipes as I can in my Instant Pot!

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How my life has changed since Titus

I remember, before having a baby, other moms saying enjoy every minute because the time will fly by. It’s crazy how real and true that statement is. I can’t believe that I have officially become the mama to a toddler, a strong, kind, and happy 18 month old little boy. My life has changed so much since becoming a mom. It’s been a year and a half of constant learning and I know that there is SO much more to learn.

Here are a few things that I’ve learned as a wife, mom and friend since my new title of mama:

So much joy has been not only added to my life, but my husbands, our family and all of our friends. The day that Titus was born I never knew I could love something quit like I love him. His cute little round nose (like his mama) and his beautiful big brown eyes surrounded by long eyelashes (like his dad) stole my heart the moment I saw him and that hasn’t changed since. His nose is still so cute and those brown eyes help show every little expressions that he is trying to convey. His laugh his contagious and he if you cheer him on for any new thing he does, he will clap for himself afterwards. Joy is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the past year and a half.

But with the new job title I’ve also seen more and more how my marriage needs to be first. I wrote about this in a past blog, but my relationship with Nathan needs to constantly be nourished and filled. Date nights needs to be mandatory and can’t be the first thing to go when life gets busy. Honestly, we still struggle with this. By the time the work day comes to an end and Titus is asleep we usually end up doing our own thing so that we can both unwind. And date nights go longer and longer without happening. We are regularly trying to get better at this and spend intentional time together. And that doesn’t have to be going out to a fancy dinner (not really either of our ideal date) but just a night in, good food, time to talk and relax together. It’s so important to make sure that our relationship continues to grow since one day, yes I know there’s a long time until then, but there will come a time when it’s just Nathan and I again and we need to make sure we still like each other.

One of the toughest things since becoming a mama is everyone’s opinion on how you should do x, y and z. It’s great to have experienced, amazing mamas out there to help you out when you need it but I’ve found that most of the time 2 other moms don’t agree on almost anything. I’ve seen that I need to stand firm on my convictions as a mom, like struggling with my child walking (read past blog here). I contemplating even writing that blog because I thought about how people would question why Titus wasn’t walking yet. Or the fact that we have started to discipline or how we chose to. Another hard one was when I talked about us letting him cry it out, no that does not mean that we put our child in his crib and let him scream for hours on hours. We read up on it, we learned about it and we put it into safe guidelines to help Titus enjoy and get a healthy amount of sleep. So for as long as I can I will be tough for my kid and stand firm on how I feel as a mom.

And last, I think I’ve always known but it has become more real now that I actually have a child but he watches my every move. Even though he isn’t old enough to fully talk he is taking in everything that happens around him. He is looking and listening to how I react to things, the ton of my voice, my attitude, what I spend time doing and how I interact with others. He is taking all of that in and that will be helping in because the kid, teenage, young adult and man that he will become. I want him to know that conflict will arise, you will not ever agree with everyone, BUT you determine your actions. I want him to be a compassionate, kind, generous, strong, God honoring man. And that starts now. That starts with the actions of me and his dad. It also goes further with the people he is around regularly. He is taking it in everyday.

Like I said, I know this is just the start of a lifetime of learning I have ahead of me but I am so thankfully for the last 18 months. I can’t imagine a life without our sweet boy, and I am so blessed to be his mama!

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