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Whole 30- Taco Tuesday “Rescue Meal”

Originally posted on The Goodie-Goodie Foodie:

Ever in need of a rescue at dinner time? It happens to me a lot, and quite consistently on Tuesday, at least according to my bank statement. Maybe I need to own stock in Chipotle, but my bank must think I am apart of some kind of strategic taco spending plan they aren’t aware of yet. Rescue meals are easier to come by on Paleo than ever before, but on Whole 30, it can be quit tricky. Chipotle is a safe place, but you’ll still have to tread lightly.

According to a Whole 30 forum moderator, the only compliant ingredients at Chipotle are guacamole, carnitas (pork), and the non-corn salsas. I add lettuce to mine and make it a salad.

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I brought mine home last week and added to it to jazz it up a bit. By adding some farm fresh veggies and my Plantain Chips, I…

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Whole 30 Recipe- Spicy as #%^* Kebobs with Spicy Mango Unhoney Mustard

Originally posted on The Goodie-Goodie Foodie:

This. Was. Easy.

Easier than you think and better tasting than I thought it would be. Food prep time was less than 5 minutes. Cooking time was less than 10. And I might add, it was a self-contained meal, meat and veggies in one. Sincerely love meals like this.

Again, K.I.S.S. aka Keep It Simple Stupid.

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Spicy as #%^* Kebobs with Spicy Mango Unhoney Mustard (Serves 2)

2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes (I buy select pastured chicken breast from Whole Foods)

4 sausage links, sliced (I used Aidell’s sausage. Check labels for compliancy for whatever you avoid)

Flavor God Spicy Everything Seasoning (Or any spicy seasoning of your choice)

6 jalapenos, cut into thick circles

1 small purple onion, cut into wedges

6 small gold tomatoes cut in half, or 12 large cherry…

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Mini Pineapple Upside Down Pumpkin Cakes (grainfree/glutenfree/dairyfree)

Originally posted on The Goodie-Goodie Foodie:

Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

  • 1 16oz can organic pumpkin, or equivalent fresh roasted pumpkin
  • 1/2 c almond butter
  • 4 eggs (I use local Sugar Plum Ranch eggs)
  • 1/4 c liquid coconut oil
  • 1 c almond meal
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 C diced pineapple
  • 12 chunks of pineapple
    12 halved maraschino cherries (optional)
    1/2 C coconut sugar (optional)

HOW TO : Preheat oven to 350F; Grease a standard muffin tin

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, except pineapple chunks, cherries & coconut sugar, and get to a nice smooth consistency. It will be thick, but should be smooth. Add enough coconut sugar to each muffin tin and one chunk pineapple and two cherry halves, to a SUPER greased pan, then top with the pumpkin cake mixture, and put in the oven for 25 minutes. Allow to rest out of…

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You Can’t Out Run A Bad Diet, You Really Can’t.

You’ve heard this a lot lately, I’m sure: “You can’t out run a bad diet” or “You can’t out run your fork.” And then you hear the flip side, “It’s okay, I ran 3 miles, so it doesn’t count” or “I just <insert any activity> so I can eat what ever I want.” Sorry, nope. You can’t. That is not how it works. It might make you feel better, but it doesn’t work that way. Justify it however you want, but you cannot out exercise your bad life choices. Time to put down your fast food and get that giant truth bomb through your head.

The entire point of nutrition is to feed your body what it needs for fuel. It’s not about hand offs and it is also not a bank account where you can take away from it and add to it, with just numbers. You ever hear the phrase quantity vs. quality? Because there is great truth there, when it comes to food. More than anyone in your US food system wants you to think about. Your food needs to be nutritionally dense, and the fact of the matter is we just don’t have much of a food system that backs that up anymore. Instead, you have been fed calorically bad lies about intake and outtake, that make absolutely no sense.

What does that mean? In a nutshell, it means just because you ran 10 miles you don’t get to eat a burger with a bun, with fries and a milkshake and bibbity, bobby, boo, it’s gone. That is not how it works. It’s science. And there is not one little bit of rationalization in your mind that can change that.

Why?

Well, running does not convert your so-called food to being nutritionally dense, and it does not zero out the fact that you fed your body chemically-laden poison that actually makes your organs revolt in the process. And if you only eat this junk, because you think the magic of exercise makes it okay to skip veggies and eggs, and instead eat junk food, fast food, and drink soda, YOU ARE JUST WRONG. Because science.

Science, science, science.

You cannot properly fuel your body without REAL food. And cross fit, running, cycling, etc. do not allow you to skip it. It’s a whole picture idea. You actually need to do both. Yes, you do. In fact, to properly do any of these things, you need that real food. And also, if you ate really well all of the time, or even just a good deal of the time, you’d actually be able to exercise less. You still need it, but not in the way some of you plow your way through drive-thrus 5 days a week, and spend your waking hours trying to erase a ton of bad energy you’ve added to your system.

Science.

So when I hear people tell me it is okay to drink a frappucino or give their kids Cheetos, just because they are active, I die a little inside. We are so brainwashed by the “Weight Watchers Culture” of counting calories/points/volume and not ingredients or nutrition, that we don’t even get it anymore. So many of you also think you, as an adult, need to be healthy because you are pushing middle-age, but can feed your kids junk, because they “have time” or “need to have fun.” Whoa, I call B.S.

And don’t get me started on what some of you are calling your “cheat days” or “cheat meals.”

Here’s what I wish we’d all grow up and learn to say, “I want this, so I am going to have it.” Or “I’m just lazy and I am lying to myself.” Not rationalize it, or count it as part of your points and then negate a salad because it might have too many points instead. I mean, it’s just a choice. But let’s all get out of the mindset of exercising our way out of a bag of chips. Instead, let’s eat a big ole salad, add in a quality piece of protein, a smart carb, and then say, “I really want this frappucino and I am not going to lie to myself that I can walk around the block and erase the effects from it ever hurting my body.” Too harsh? Sorry, that’s a reality.

No matter what, nutrition, nutrition, nutrition, should be the forefront of your food choices, because it matters. Not WW points, calories, or your weekly weigh-in. Quality vs. quantity, my friends. It’s a real thing. Go forth and eat right.

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Kid Quote of the Day: Sleep

Originally posted on Yes, I Really Did Just Say That.:

Kid Quote of the Day:
“I’m NOT tired,” Kids everywhere.

Also, it’s the biggest lie told everywhere by kids. Any adult, anywhere will tell you how tired they are, one hundred times a day, and they’d almost always willingly take a nap, too. Not kids, they’re living in opposite world, where the ability and time available to nap is unending, and they just fight it like big, giant stupid heads.

I need more naps in my life, my bet is, so do you.

I went round and round with my 12yo tonight who was beyond grouchy. He was beyond any semblance of decency, in fact, just like last night. 12 years old and going on 92 year old, “getoffmylawnyouhoodlums” kind of unreasonable grouchy. It’s absurd. I could buy him a Ferrari and still do it wrong. This is my life.

Last night he did something similar, an evening of one…

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What’s Next?

I have had some things floating around in my brain for a while that I’ve wanted to write down. But frankly, my life has been a bit insane for the past six months. While I’ve managed to keep my Instagram going, I haven’t done so great here getting my recipes written down for ya, and these other thoughts, i.e. food thoughts, ideas, etc., have just been thrown to the side.

I am hoping to get back to the recipes more regularly soon, as well as some good ol’ writing in regards to Whole 30 and Paleo, some of my experiences, some thoughts I’ve had on things I’ve read, and also some retorts to some crazy food bullshit I keep hearing. I hope you’ll stick around, especially if you love rants, because I’m going to be doing that. I haven’t done much of that here, but I have on my MOM BLOG. 

So, if you love a foodie putting some good truth bombs out there and maybe some really good advice, come back and see what I’ll be putting down. My mind is in a really good peak place and I am ready to SAY SOME THINGS.

Get ready! Come back soon! And follow the blog for alerts when I do get back to the blogosphere.

Paleo “Wrap Battle”

Originally posted on The Goodie-Goodie Foodie:

Well, just add this to the list of our Make Your Own nights: Paleo Wrap Battle! We are recovering sandwich eaters, former wrap lovers, and burrito addicts. This was my specialty: sandwich making, wrap wrapper, and burrito artiste. I made some seriously delicious mommy sandwiches. No more. Giving up many things was tough for us when we went Paleo, and we’ve managed to go long lengths of time without them, but every once in a while, I itch a scratch, but in a new way. Tonight was wrap night, for no other reason other than I WANTED ONE! Better yet, they were jalapeno wraps! Good news is, and they were fairly simple to make, quite guilt-free being grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, low carb, etc. These would suit many kinds of dietary needs and restrictions just fine.

I give you: THE FRANZEN FAMILY FIRST EPIC PALEO WRAP BATTLE OF 2014!

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INGREDIENTS (Makes…

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Paleo Savory Crepes

Originally posted on The Goodie-Goodie Foodie:

This was a riff on a couple of different grain-free coconut tortilla recipes (one from Stupid Easy Paleo and one from Against All Grain), and a sweet breakfast crepe that I made based on those recipes. I tweaked them all a little bit to make a savory crepe wrap for brats and veggies. By adding a bit of Dijon mustard, spices, and Tabasco, the result was a crepe suited to wrap anything, should be looking for an alternative to lettuce wraps (honestly, sometimes I need a change). This recipe is pretty easy, but I did have a new Lodge cast iron skillet that I am using as a crepe pan that made it easier than any other version I’ve made before. By using this new 10.5 inch pan, I was able to make my crepes thinner and larger than I’ve ever been able to do before (I had previously…

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Dark Chocolate Crepes with Bananas, Almonds & Chocolate Glacé (glutenfree, dairyfree, paleo/primal)

Originally posted on The Goodie-Goodie Foodie:

Tonight I made crepes for dinner. Crepes…because of the Will Ferrel movie Talladega Nights because I think food should be movie-themed, ya know! (I’d like my award for excellency in parenting now, please.) So when my kids asked what was for dinner and I said crepes, what happened next was a movie buff’s dream come true. My 12 year old launched into a string of quotes from the movie about crepes that lasted until he ate the last one. So I have to insist before you read any further that you watch this clip, so that you can understand the madness I had to endure while making dinner!

Here you go:

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What You Need To Make the Crepes:

8 organic pastured eggs
(I love Sugar Plum Ranch eggs)

1/4c MCTLean mct oil

1 cup tapioca flour

3 tbsp coconut flour

generous pinch of Celtic sea salt

1/2 tsp orange juice

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