Monday, November 6, 2017

MealPlanFamily - Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

Is there anything more fall than a piping hot bowl of chili that was slow cooked  all day? Um yes, as a matter of fact there is....and that is a bowl of piping hot PUMPKIN chili that was slow cooked in the crock pot all day. This stuff was awesome. The kids really loved it too, which always always bumps it up to a make again meal for me.

Side note, a couple of year my sister gifted me a bottle of this "dry hot sauce" for Christmas and since then its become my favorite way to spice up soup, since I tend to have to make them fairly mild for the kids these days. We have the "hot" version.

Highly recommended for this fall!

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MealPlanFamily - Buttermilk Waffles

"We are so lucky that our kids aren't affected by the time change", said naive me the night before a so far unknown amount of 4am wake ups. The time change never did a thing to my daughter, but just another fun reminder that you can never assume kids are going to be the same.

Anyway, since I was up at 4am on Sunday morning, I figured it would be a good day to make our favorite waffles! After you mix up the ingredients they need about 30 minutes to sit before making the a day that you are up a little (or a lot) early is a good day to make them.

Tip: we NEVER have buttermilk if you mix a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice per one cup of milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes, you get the equivalent of buttermilk. I always double this waffle recipe whenever I make it because the leftovers freeze and toast up awesome during the week.

This is the waffle maker we have, but I'm sure any waffle maker would work!

I've tried a decent amount of waffle recipes but so far this one is my very favorite.

Everyday Annie's Waffles of Insane Greatness


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

MealPlanFamily - Boneless Pork Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

I got another giant pork loin on sale at Kroger the other day...whenever I see these for so cheap... I can't help but buy one (or a few!) I'm always looking for new and different ways to cook them.

Yesterday, was a use what you have in the house type of dinner and I happened to have a bag of carrots and half a bag of potatoes so I decided to try this dish. It has lots of spices, tons of garlic and was just about the most tender pork I've ever tasted. 2.5 hours on low meant my whole house smelled like roasting pork and garlic for hours which made eating that much more exciting when we finally got to dig in. Maybe the best part is that I used the drippings and poured them into a sauce pan to make a quick pan gravy while the pork rested. Oh Em Gee. If you make this make that gravy.... it made the whole thing feel very "special occasion"..... Also the recipe said you "must" use beef broth, but I only had chicken broth in my house so that's what I used and it still turned out perfectly.

Look how gorgeous this looks even before it's cooked!

and after with that delicious gravy poured all over the entire thing......

Juicy, tender and can cut this guy with a butter knife no problem.
Make it today!


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

MealPlanFamily - Instant Pot Chicken Faux Pho

Even though the temperatures here have been nothing close to fall evidenced by a picture of my kids from last weekend:

It's still officially fall and I still wanted some delicious soup. Pho is a personal favorite of mine, but since we are on whole 30 I figured I'd have to wait until afterwards....but then I found this recipe which uses spiralized veggies as the noodles... DUH! YES!

I sent my husband and daughter to Findlay Market to pick up some chicken and hit up the asian market for the packet of pho spices (makes life so much easier)....

For whatever reason he couldn't find a daikon I told him just to get parsnips and we would work with that. The broth was KILLER.....and while I won't say that I didn't miss the delicious skinny silky rice noodles that usually come in pho....this was a good substitute for the time being.

I love this pho recipe...basically dump everything in the Instant Pot....cover with water and let it do its thing....

Find the recipe here and if the weather actually ever does cool sure to make it! :)

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

MealPlanFamily - Chicken & Sweet Potato Curry with Coconut Milk & Spinach

Yum. That's what I have to say about this one. My sister shared this recipe with me from when she did the whole 30 a couple of months ago and said it was on of her definitely did not disappoint. I will continue to make this dish for sure whether I am on the Whole 30 or not. Creamy, flavorful and came together So fast. If you like Indian food you should definitely try this delicious dish.

I will not and yesterday has not been all roses and sunshine on the whole 30. Apparently these days are called the "kill all the things" days and I would not disagree. My head hurts, I'm exhausted and I'm cranky. Apparently my body is going through withdrawl from sugar....and I'm not even much of a sugar eater...but all those pretzels, bread and rice are being processed in my body as sugar and my body isn't pleased with me right now that it's not getting that quick and easy energy....

I'm powering's supposed to get better soon.

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We added a little cayenne for some heat :)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

MealPlanFamily - Sausage, Potato & Kale Soup

This was one of those recipes that came together quick and easy with cheap and minimal I figured it would be fine. Not great, not bad.... I was pleasantly surprised.. this soup was awesome! We really enjoyed it. Full of flavor. While the recipe title says sausage, its actually just ground pork with sausage spices mixed in.....very clever!

So excited to add some of these awesome recipes into my post whole 30 life.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

MealPlanFamily - Crockpot Cherry Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes

Another simple and delicious meal. I thought this would turn out too sweet because of the cherries and the sweet potatoes but it wasn't sweet at all.

I used pork tenderloin (because it was buy one get one free at Kroger!) and cooked it on high for 4 hours because that is all the time I had until dinner :) I loved that the shorting cooking time left the meat tender but not shredded.....also even though I put absolutely no liquid in, there ended up being an awesome sauce formed from everything cooking together.

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