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! :)

Want more recipes, including whole 30 and instant pot recipes? Visit the recipe page here!

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.

Find the recipe here
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.

The recipe is from the Whole 30 Cookbook and the recipe can be found online here.

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.

Find the recipe here


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

MealPlanFamily - Pork Roast with Cauliflower Mushroom Gravy

Well we finally decided to take the plunge and start a whole 30. Today is day 2 and so far so good...besides the fact that I really want a huge bowl of popcorn with butter on it and maybe a nice cold glass of sav blanc to sip on while I watch last night's bachelor in paradise.....but I's been going well....

Let me back up for anyone who doesn't know what the Whole 30 is.

For one month, it completely strips away "hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups," considered to be grains, sugar, dairy, alcohol, and legumes. Equally as important as eliminating these groups is not to be tempted to "junkify" their old favorites — for example, a meaty "Paleo pizza" or "coconut-flour pancakes" are off-limits. For Whole30 participants, it's not about stretching the rules of the diet to their furthest limits. It's about learning to enjoy whole, clean, simple foods that fuel your body.

So you can read more about it in the link above if you are so inclined, but basically no sugar, grains, dairy, alcohol or legumes for 30 days.

You can follow along with some of our meals on my instagram page .... but if things have more of a recipe involved (and not just me throwing random things together) I will post it here.

Tonight we had this pork roast in the instant pot...for some reason this pork roast keeps being on a super ridiculous sale at Kroger so I keep buying it and finding new things to make with it....

This meal was SO good. It basically involves using Cauliflower in the place of milk/cream to make a gravy....I used a bag of frozen cauliflower which made it even easier.. Who knew that cauliflower was such a versatile ingredient..Oh, and it was made in the Instant Pot! Even better.
 I served it with roasted butternut squash and a boiled potato with gravy poured all over 1.5 year old literally ate half the sheet pan of butternut squash...can't say I blame him.

Get the recipe for the pork with mushroom cauliflower gravy here.