Sunday, June 16, 2013

Spice Rubbed Chicken

I haven't blogged in ages.  I suppose life got in the way of it, but alas, here I am.  Day 16 of my current Whole30 and this is my dinner tonight.  You'll want to start by preheating your oven to 400*.


Spice Rubbed Chicken

Assorted chicken pieces (I used 2 breasts and about 7 thighs)

2 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 - Dry chicken with paper towels

2 - Combine chili powder, cumin and salt.  Rub all over your chicken pieces.

3 - Sear these on medium high heat.  It was like playing tetris trying to get the chicken to fit.  Puzzles are good for your brain.

4 - Flip them once you have a golden crust on the chicken and they don't stick to your pan anymore.

5 - Pop them into the preheated oven for approx 25 minutes.  I admit, I don't really time things, I go by what my trusty thermapen says.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Tonight is the first night of another Whole30.  My sixth, I think?  The chocolate peanut butter ice cream I ate in Vegas almost killed me, so it's certainly time for another month of super-strict eating.

This is one of my tried and true meals.  The sweet potato fries are actually kind of crispy; of course I say kind of because it's more of a crust that they get on them.  But they taste like candy.



2 lbs grass fed beef

1/4 cup hot sauce (I use Frank's)

1.5 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp salt

Get in there with your hands and mix that up!  Your hands will be an orange mess. It's okay.  The payoff is worth it.

I made seven burgers out of 2 pounds of beef.  Grill them to your liking.


Sweet Potato Fries

Put your baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 450*.

3 lbs sweet potatoes (I used small ones and needed leftovers for hubs), washed and cut into wedges.

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1.5 tsp granulated garlic

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

1. Toss melted coconut oil onto cut sweet potatoes.

2. Add spices and toss with your hands to make sure the potatoes are covered.

3. Put sweet potatoes onto pre-heated baking sheet and bake for approximately 25 minutes.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Parsnip Soup

I adore parsnips.  I love how sweet they are when roasted, but sometimes it's a soup day.  Today was one of those days.  I had a bunch of leeks in the fridge and nothing to do with them.  This recipe made 2.5 liters of soup.


2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 bunch of sliced leeks (aprox. 1lb) - prepare them by slicing each leek in half and then slice them crosswise.  Soak them until the grit is gone.  You may need to change out the water a couple of times.

2 lbs parsnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

2 apples, peeled and cored and cut into 1 inch pieces

1.5 cups chicken broth

3/4 cup coconut milk

salt and pepper

1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add leeks and stir, cooking for about 5 minutes.

2.  Add parsnips, apples, broth and 4 cups of water.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer for approx. 25 minutes or until the parsnips are tender.

3. Puree the soup. Return to pot and add coconut milk.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Shredded Beet and Carrot Salad

I love greens, but once in a while I need something different.  I pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks, Everyday Food: Great food fast, for inspiration and found a recipe for beet and carrot salad.  With a handful of tweaks, omitting sweeteners and such, this salad was born.  And I love it. And it gets better with time.  Try it.  Just remember that you ate beets so you don't end up visiting me in the ER the following day thinking you're bleeding internally.  It's truly appreciated.


1/4 cup Lemon Juice (would be great with orange juice as well)

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3/4 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp salt

1 pound raw beets, peeled

2 carrots, peeled

1/3 cup torn cilantro (or parsley, if you're a cilantro hater)

1. Whisk together the first seven ingredients.  Or toss them into a mason jar and shake if you're lazy like me.

2. Shred the carrots and beets.  Save yourself hours of your life and use a food processor. You can thank me later for this tip.

3.  Add the beets, carrots and dressing to a bowl and toss.  Add the cilantro.  Enjoy!

And seriously, please remember you ate beets.  Don't panic. Your poo will be dark. This is normal.