I am always on the hunt for new family friendly recipes. And with us now on our fourth round of the Whole 30 adding variety to our meals is key. What is the phrase? Variety is the spice of life?! So true right? So this time I am doing my best to mix up our meals and try lots of new things!
Now for me, I tend to find something I like will stick with it. I will eat it day in and day out. Have you been following my salad obsession on Instagram??? Now this is totally cool if I do this for my lunches, but not so cool for family dinner. I need to mix things up or no one will eat, well besides me! My husband totally needs variety keep him entertained, and if I am going to keep him excited about this Whole 30 craziness I need to serve him food he will want to eat! This time the tons of new recipes I have been trying are really making this round easy! My husband even mentioned that this has been the easiest round yet!
So easy and enjoyable that we decided to extend it out an extra 30 days to see if we can get some pesky skin and GI issues to totally clear up. Day 39 today and we are both feeling pretty great. And I am totally seeing some improvement in my skin just in the last week. Win, Win! But this is a whole different topic for another time…
Back to the real point here! Variety, Healthy Dinners, Family Friendly Recipes! That was what I was really taking about, right?! Every Whole 30’er with little kids needs some go to recipes that please the whole family. And I am always on the hunt for such recipes! I refuse to make two dinners and my kiddos start to get bored with meat, potatoes and veggies after awhile. So I started throwing things together and came up with this awesome Taco Beef and Veggie mix that can be stuffed into Sweet Potatoes for a healthy, filling and well rounded meal everyone will love. It can also eaten alone, or over a salad. Whatever works for you!
So give this a try and please, please let me know what you all think! I would love to hear what family friendly Whole 30 recipes are favorites in your house! Thanks for stopping in and come back again soon!!
Taco Beef and Veggie Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Whole 30 Approved Family Favorite
Brown Ground Beef (I used lean grass fed ground beef so there was very little grease to drain off, depending on the type of beef you use you may need to drain off the grease after browning your meat)
While beef is browning dice and shred your veggies
After beef is browned add in diced onions, bell peppers, and jalapeño. Saute over medium heat for about 3 minutes or until veggies begin to soften
Add in garlic and cook for another minute
Add shredded carrots, zucchini, diced tomatoes, salsa and spices to your meat mix. Add salt to taste. Stir and simmer for about 10 more minutes.
While Taco mix is simmering, cook your potatoes. I am always in a rush with dinner so I just wash them, poke a few holes in each and microwave them for about 10 minutes or until they are soft. If you have tons of time you can always cook them in the oven for about an hour at 400 degrees.
Once your Taco Mix and Sweet Potatoes are cooked, slice and stuff your potatoes with your mix, top with some Guacamole and Cilantro and Enjoy!!!
Does anyone else feel like life is moving in Fast Forward lately? These last few weeks before Christmas are always stressful! Sooo much to do and not enough hours in the day to get everything done. I actually just started my Christmas shopping TODAY, better late than never right?! Last year I was already done. I was due with Little Miss early December last year, and was determined to not have to worry about anything once she was born. This year with a now toddler running around and a 4 and 5 year old, I am not so organized! Thank you Amazon!
This year I am also trying to not go crazy with the gifts. Santa is on a budget and the kids do not have a whole lot of needs. They also don’t have a whole lot of wants on their lists this year, which makes things easier. I’m trying to be practical with the gift giving for everyone this year. I’m spending the time trying to find gifts everyone will actually use. Not just things to open and toss to the side. It’s hard! It is also so hard trying to raise appreciative kids in todays society, but we are trying over here!
Annnyyyways onto to real reason of this post! One thing we all don’t have time for this time of year is spending hours in the kitchen slaving over the stove. Meals need to be quick, satisfying, and healthy. I am also on a soup kick lately, so bear with me. I don’t know if its the colder weather or the lack of time, but there is just something so comforting about a big bowl of soup. And for me it’s easy to just throw a bunch of things in a big old pot and let them simmer away into something delicious. This recipe is super easy and soooo good!
After numerous Whole 30’s I know that when I am eating a Paleo diet I feel my best. So I am always looking for delicious, clean recipes that I will enjoy. But as a busy mom it is not always about me. I refuse to make separate meals for the kids, so dinner has to be something everyone will enjoy. This recipe is a crowd pleaser in our house and is a great way for me to get the kids to eat a whole bowl of veggies!
So in these stressful weeks to come add this into your meal rotation. At least one thing will be quick and stress free! I would love to hear how you like my recipes so please feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email!!
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Paleo Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Perfect for those cold winter nights! Healthy, hearty, and heartwarming!
Wash, Peel and Dice all your Veggies
Add olive oil to your stock and heat for a minute. Then add diced vegetables and garlic and sautee for about three minutes
Add stock, chicken, diced tomatoes, bay leaves and salt and pepper
Bring to a boil then turn to low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender
Add Spinach and Simmer for an additional minute or two
Remove Bay leaves and Serve!
If you aren't gluten free or on a Whole 30 add some cooked Gnocchi to your bowl before serving or serve this with a nice big salad and some crusty butter bread for dipping!
I have totally been on a cheap, one pan dinner kick lately! It’s that time of year when life is in full gear. Everything is completely stretched to the limit. Specifically, time and budget! So, I have been attempting to come up with an arsenal of one pan recipes. That way I always have options I can turn to on those days when life is just a little too crazy!
I know today is Monday… probably the most hated day of the week for you all. I personally loooove Mondays! Mondays are like my Friday, and for most of the world Fridays are amazing! But, because I work weekend nights as a nurse I absolutely hate Fridays, I despise them. They are hectic and stressful, much like the start of the week for most of you! So I’m sharing this recipe today for all you stressed out momma’s out there! I got your back! This dinner is quick, filling and healthy and doesn’t break the bank.
I have gotten pretty good at throwing a bunch of ingredients in a pan and having them taste good! I enjoy cooking and that’s a good thing because I spend most of my time at home in the kitchen. This recipe is somewhat of a play on a sausage and pepper sandwich, but because we eat mostly gluten free I used rice instead. Making this recipe a hearty and satisfying one pot meal!
Hopefully you all enjoy this and can add it into your meal roration! Let me know what you think, I would love to hear how it turns out for you! Happy Monday all!!
Hearty Sausage, Pepper and Onion Skillet
Hearty, tasty and easy weeknight family meal!!
While sausage is cooking dice onions and peppers and mince garlic
Once sausage is browned add olive oil, peppers, onions and minced garlic to the pan. Cook for about three minutes on medium heat, until onions and peppers start to get tender
Add uncooked rice, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and chicken broth to skillet
Bring to a boil then turn heat to low and simmer, covered for about 30 minutes or until rice is tender