Meal Plan Monday

How is it Monday already?! I feel like I just published last week’s edition of Meal Plan Monday! Man these last few weeks of summer are just flying by! And we are desperately trying to savor every last second. My mind is spinning in all directions! I’m still partially stuck in summer mode, but also starting to make mental notes of all that needs to get done before school starts. I have decided I’m giving myself two more weeks of full on summer until I have to start worrying about all of that!

As for our meals… I have been doing a little better with the meal prep and planning. And we have been taking full advantage of the abundance of fresh vegetables we have been plucking from our garden daily. Our zucchini is still going strong, so that has been gracing our plates pretty much daily. Over run with zucchini as well? Check out last week’s Meal Plan Monday post here for two of my favorite recipes! And check out this post completely dedicated to what to do with all that freaking zucchini!

Most of my time in the kitchen has been spent preserving all these veggies for winter storage lately. So dinner is always an after thought! Tonight I threw some ribs in the oven low and slow while I pickled tons of cucumbers and beets and prepped a ridiculous amount of zucchini for freezing! I paired the ribs with the easiest potato salad ever, fresh green beans from the garden and some corn on the cob. Easy peasy and pretty delicious!

Check out some of my favorite recipes from last week and please feel free to share your favorite summer meals with me in the comments! We are always looking for new ideas!

 

Meal Plan Monday Recipes

  1. Slow Cooker Kalua Pig– I have shared this recipe before and it makes an appearance in my meal plan at least once a month! Throw everything in the slow cooker and bam in a few hours your have amazingness! There are endless things you can do with this awesome pork and the leftovers are amazing! Follow the link to Nom Nom Paleo’s recipe and you will not be disappointed!
  2. Zoodles! – No real recipe here, I literally spiral sliced some zucchini and topped with onions and sweet peppers that I cooked in Organic Marinara Sauce from Aldi and added some Sweet Italian Sausage on the side. Simple and so good!
  3. Sticky Apple Cider BBQ Chicken– Something about BBQ chicken just screams summer! This recipe is amazing and is the perfect summer meal. Pair it with veggies or a big salad and there ya have it! Follow the link to the recipe and try it for yourself! 

OK there you have it! Some new ideas to add to your menus for the week. What is on your meal plan for the upcoming week? And are you still in summer mode or shifting gears and getting ready for all that fall has to bring? Leave me a comment!

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Five Ways to Put Your Garden Zucchini to Good Use

 

 

This was our first year really putting an effort into our home garden. We have planted a few things here and there in the past, but this year we got serious. We did some research, planned things out and spent countless hours planting, weeding, and watering. As the summer goes on we are finally starting to reap the benefits of our hard work! Most of our plants are doing really well. And besides a rabbit taking out all of our lettuce and most of our beans, I think we are doing pretty great for first timers. Our garden zucchini has done especially well, so much so I am trying to come up with new ways to use them!

Want a full run down of all we planted this year? Head on over here to get all the details! At about this point in the season we are over run with garden zucchini and the six plants we have are showing no signs of slowing down! Even if you only have one zucchini plant you are more than likely going to have more than you know what to do with! I mean we have eaten garden zucchini with dinner every night for the past two weeks, and sometimes I am even sneaking it into breakfast and lunch as well!

So if you are like me and need some new ideas on how to get the most out of your produce, I’m you girl! I am going to share with you five of my favorite ways to use zucchini that you may not have thought of! Exciting, I know! Only us country girls will actually get excited about a new idea on how to use a vegetable. But when you are growing you own food and putting tons of time and effort into it you want nothing to go to waste!

 

 

1. Grill!

OK this one may not be very new or inventive, but it is definitely a favorite in our house. And there are so many different directions you can go with flavor here. Some of my favorites are a simple fresh minced garlic and olive oil, garlic with lemon and pepper, or pesto. And there is just something that screams summer about cooking anything on the grill. Check out this week’s Meal Plan Monday for an awesome grilled zucchini recipe!

 

2. Bake!

And by bake I mean in bread form! Wonderful, warm, delicious zucchini bread! As a mom we try to sneak vegetables into EVERYTHING! This is a great way to get the veggies in while they think they are having dessert. We are mostly gluten free in our home so check out my go-to recipes for Gluten Free and Paleo Zucchini Bread… one of them even contains chocolate!!

Paleo Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Paleo Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

 

 

 

3. Zoodle!!

I actually made noodles last night for dinner and my kiddos did not even know the difference! Now the are good eaters, but they are even getting sick of zucchini lately. So noodles were an awesome change in pace! Top with your favorite tomato sauce, pesto, or even just butter for a delicious meal. So do yourself a favor and get yourself a spiral slicer and treat yourself to some Zoodles!

 

4. Pickle!

Who doesn’t love a good pickle? And Zucchini Pickles?!?! That’s right folks cucumbers aren’t the only garden veggies you should be pickling this summer! Zucchini works just as well and tastes freaking delicious! Dilly, tangy, garlicy, sweet… all taste great! Bread and butter are my favorite, but check out some of my other go to recipes below! I am not a huge fan of tons of added sugar, so these recipes have little sugar or give options for sugar substitutions!

Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles

Sweet and Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

Dill Zucchini Pickles

 

5. Freeze!!

If you are growing your own zucchini at some point in the season you will have had your fill. And let me tell ya we are reaching that point soon over here. And I have heard that zucchini plants will continue to produce until killed either by disease or frost, and if that’s true there could be a few more zucchini filled weeks in my future! That means its time to get to freezing, or to sharing some of the fruit of your labor with family and friends. Now I get a little greedy and like to have my freezer stocked before I just give some of my hard work away! Freezing is a wonderful way to preserve your fresh veggies for use over the winter!

My favorite method is slicing, blanching, shocking in ice water, drying, freezing on a baking sheet then transferring to vacuum seal bags. Then when I can use in soups, stir fry, fajitas and so much more all winter! I already have enough frozen for about 8 to 10 meals but I am planning on doing much more. Shredding squeezing out all excess water and freezing is also another option. This would be great for zucchini break, tossing into meat loaves or casseroles as well. So many options!

 

 

Hopefully this list gives you a few new ideas to help you put all your garden zucchini to good use! Feel free to leave me a comment with your favorite ways you use your abundance of garden zucchini. I am always looking for new ideas! Thanks for reading!

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Meal Plan Monday and a Bonus Cabbage Roll Skillet Recipe!

These past few weeks I feel like I have gotten soooo lazy in the cooking department! Our meals have gotten seriously simple over here! Between running kiddos to all of their activities and all the chores that need to get done around here I just don’t have time! Now that the weather is nice, cooking has moved down on my priority list! I think most moms can relate, right?!? So I am all about quick, easy and healthy meals I can throw together in a matter of minutes! I think that has been the theme of most of my Meal Plan Monday’s lately! Ahhh lazy mom’s unite!

Also hello warm weather! That makes me want to cook even less! Soooo break out the grill people! That will make your lives soooo much easier this time of year! We have been serving some type of grilled meat, potatoes, veggies and salad on repeat around here… and no one is complaining! When time is really tight and grilling is not a option I have been breaking out the crock pot. And no the crock pot is not only for the fall and winter! Crock pot carnitas has become a weekly staple in our house. And the leftovers have unlimited possibilities… double win!

This week’s edition of Meal Plan Monday is full of eaaassyyy, peasy, healthy meals! We don’t have time to be slaving in the kitchen this time of year! So please leave me a comment with your go to easy meals and let me know what you think of all these delicious recipes! Happy Monday All!! Start your week great!

 

Recipes

  1. One pot meals are a huge time saver in both the cooking and cleaning process! I make a mean cabbage roll skillet with just four ingredients that my family loves! Check out the recipe at the end of this post!
  2. Like I mentioned before Crock Pot Carnitas have been my go to lately! Pile that delicious pork over rice if that’s your thing, or over a huge salad if you are like us! Top with salsa, guac and fresh cilantro to make the perfect meal!! Check out MariaMakes for an amazing recipe that makes tooonns of leftovers!
  3. Ok now this recipe took a little prep but was delicious none the less! I have been meaning to try Sarah’s recipe for Thai Meatball and Egg Drop Soup from her blog A Saucy Kitchen for a long time now. I finally made it last week and I’m in love! So satisfying and full of flavor. Check out the recipe here!
  4. Another easy and satisfying one pot family favorite in our house is steak fajitas! Jessica from Easy Living Today has a great recipe! Find it here!
  5. We are using up the last of my freezer stash of home grown chickens and this Beer Can Chicken recipe from Jo Cooks is AMAZING! So juicy! I did mine in the oven like her recipe and eliminated the brown sugar. But you can also make a mean chicken on the grill as well!
  6. Last recipe for this week is this tasty and family friendly recipe for Sausage Pizza Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes from The Paleo Running Momma! Ahhh all adults and kids in our house devoured them all!

 

Thanks for stopping by today! Hopefully you will find a meal or two your family will love in this bunch! Don’t be shy to leave me a comment with what you think!

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Paleo Cabbage Roll Skillet
Remember those homey cabbage rolls Grandma spent hours making?! Well here is my lazy mom interpretation! It only takes four ingredients to make this one pot, satisfying, comfort food!
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  1. Brown ground beef in your skillet
  2. Once beef is browned add sliced cabbage, tomato juice, and salt to skillet
  3. Cover and cook on medium heat until cabbage is tender. About 20 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!!
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Meal Plan Monday

Hi all! Happy Monday! Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Things were good over here. I worked Saturday and then Sunday I got to spend the day at the ball field! My oldest started T-ball last week and yesterday was Opening Day. Such an exciting day for all of us, but especially for her! This is our first go around with kids sports and as a former athlete I could’t be more proud to see how much fun she is having! And let’s be honest the most important thing about T-ball is having fun, both kids and parents! We adults had a few good laughs watching todays game. For anyone who has watched a group of 5 and 6 year olds learn to play you know what I mean!

Tuesday Night Tball Practice Views

Ok back to the whole point of this post! Food! We recently decided to step into the reintroduction phase of our Whole 30 after close to 5o days on the program. To be honest we feel our best when we stick very closely to the guidelines of the Whole 30. After this being our fourth go around we know for sure that gluten and dairy make us feel like crap. So we plan of avoiding those things in our daily lives. So really mostly all of our meals last week were Whole 30 approved.

We did end up eating out twice last week, which is pretty unheard of for us. But we were able to stick to foods that make us feel good and not deprived! One afternoon was lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s, at our little man’s request. I got the salad bar and stuck to all Whole 30 approved items and topped it with Balsamic and Olive oil and I paired that with a burger. Delicious and it didn’t make me feel like crap! And yesterday after T ball we enjoyed a family dinner our with my parents at a local spot. Hubby and I both had Cobb Salad’s topped with oil and vinegar. No complaints from either of us, but we do get so much criticism from everyone else about why we are still on this “diet.” Lifestyle change is how I describe it, but everyone still thinks we are crazy! Oh well!

Up next you can find the rest of the meals we had for the week. Clink the links to find the full recipes, cook them and ENJOY! I bad at taking food pictures this week…. Sorry! So enjoy the one picture I did take!

Meals

  1. Last Monday I ended up pulling two of our home grown chickens our of the freezer and roasted them. Check out the Whole 30 cookbook for an amazingly easy recipe for Roasted Chicken! 1/2 of one we ate that night with baked potatoes and roasted carrots. With the leftover I made this amazing Buffalo Chicken Dip, that we enjoyed with sliced veggies. As well as a simple chicken salad with shredded chicken, homemade mayo, grapes, onions and pickles. Then I saved all the bones and made a ridiculous amount of Homemade Chicken Stock to restock my freezer stash. All delicious and Whole 30 approved.
  2. Homemade Stuffed Mushrooms were also on our menu last week. No recipe for this one. Just cooked some sausage, peppers, onions and some Italian spices together and stuffed all that goodness into some preroasted mushroom and enjoyed with a big salad on the side.
  3. I got some country style pork ribs at Costco for a good price last week so I followed this recipe from Mama Schquigs, just substituting homemade Whole 30 BBQ for the sauce she used. I cooked up some sautéed cabbage and potatoes and green beans for our sides. Delish, and made tons of leftovers!
  4. With T-ball practices this week our evenings were slightly rushed so we ended up having Brinner, breakfast for dinner, twice this week. Nothing fancy here, one night was a egg scramble with shredded sweet potatoes and chicken apple sausage. The other night the hubs just made the kids some “dippy”, sunny side up, eggs and served it with leftover cabbage and potatoes. Quick and easy.

    This is a pic of the same scramble but obviously not from last week… notice the snow, lol!

Leftovers consisted of the rest of our meals for the week, so it was a rather unexciting food week here! With the weather getting nicer I find we have so much more to do outside that I am wanting to spend less and less time in the kitchen. So I imagine I will have lots of grilling recipes and get it done quick things to share over the next few weeks! Hope you week is off to a great start, thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment with some of your favorite quick and easy family meals, I am always looking for something new!

 

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Meal Plan Monday 5

Hello Friends! It’s another edition of Meal Plan Monday here on the blog. I am coming at you a little late today. The day really got away from me today. We are planning for a huge winter storm tomorrow here in Pennsylvania and there was a lot that we needed to get done here on the home front. Being that it is already Mid March and this is our first (and hopefully only) huge storm of the Winter I’d say we are lucky. But to say everyone is panicking is an understatement. Now we are pretty calm and collected over here. The fridge is stocked with healthy, Whole 30 food. The 4 wheeler is gassed up and ready to plow us out and the generator is on standby just in case!

Now filling the fridge was my first priority today. And man those lines were huge at the store! Thankfully I didn’t need to stock up on milk, bread and eggs like everyone else.  I made an abbreviated meal plan for this week and just purchased enough for several healthy dinners.  We are on our third week of our Whole 30 and things are going pretty good! And last week we had a few really delicious meals… check them out below and click the link to take you to the original recipe!

Recipes

  1. Balsamic Beef Roast and Veggies– This recipe from Sarah at The Magical Slow Cooker was delicious! I loooove slow cooker recipes, and especially ones that taste great! Very easy and a great way to serve the beef roast I got on sale. Score!
  2. The Perfect Burger– Who doesn’t love a good burger? Steph from Stupid Easy Paleo got it right with this recipe! These were great and definitely took care of our burger cravings! I served mine with a salad and a side of sautéed cabbage. Delish and very satisfying! And I have been on a salad kick lately so this was awesome!
  3. Balsamic Roasted Pork Chops– My parents brought over pork chops for dinner one night and I just happened to have this recipe on my to try list! Amy from A Healthy Life for Me has so many amazing recipes on her blog and this one did not disappoint! We omitted the honey to make them Whole 30 compliant and they were great! And tasted delicious as leftovers the next day.
  4. Sweet and Savory Blueberry Omelet– We may have eaten this recipe a few times over the past week. Twice for brunch and once for dinner to be honest! Again from Steph at Stupid Easy Paleo this one fulfilled our sweet and savory cravings while on the Whole 30.

So there ya have it, our recipe roundup from last week! All of these we made Whole 30 Approved and were delicious and satisfying. The rest of our meals consisted of Eggplant Lasagna, an awesome Chicken Lettuce Wrap recipe I am working on, and tooonnnss of salads for me. Stay tuned next week for more awesome, Whole 30 approved Family meals! Hopefully this gives you a little inspiration!

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Meal Plan Monday 4

Happy Monday Friends! It’s that time again… time for me to fill you in on all my favorite recipes from last week! As I mentioned in my post last week we are doing another Whole 30. After our Disney Trip and a few crazy busy weeks around here we are in need of a little reset. And the Whole 30 Program is our go to when we need to get back on track!

We have a few Whole 30’s under our belt now so getting ready and adjusted to being on the program isn’t too hard for us anymore. Check out my post on our last round here! So in the spirit of the Whole 30 all of the recipes I have to share this week are Whole 30 approved. Now we are a family of five, two adults and three kiddos. And when we do the Whole 30 all of the dinners I make for the family are Whole 30 approved and everyone eats the same thing. I refuse to make separate dinners for the kids, and thankfully our kiddos are great eaters! Now breakfast and lunches for them may look a little different that what my husband and I are eating, and will include some non approved foods.

For all of us, these were our favorite recipes of the week! Again they all fit into my New Year’s theme of quick, easy and budget friendly. So check out these awesome Whole 30 Friendly Recipes and let me know what you think! Some are my recipes and others are from some amazing bloggers!

Recipes

  1. Whole 30 Sloppy Joe Bowls– Even though we are doing a Whole 30 I still try to find recipes that the kids will enjoy as well. This is a family favorite in our house and a bit of a comfort food! We topped baked sweet potatoes with this awesomeness! Thank you Chrissa from Physical Kitchness for this crowd pleaser! 
  2. The Best Pork Chop Ever– Katie from I am Katie definitely hit the nail on the head with the name of this recipe! Crispy and perfectly seasoned! Even my one year old gobbled hers up! Wonderful for lunch the next day as well.
  3. Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup– I made this recipe minus the chicken this week and it lasted us days! Filling and delicious. I love me a big bowl of soup!
  4. Paleo Meatloaf– Shanti from Life Made Full has this amazing meatloaf recipe on her blog! I did not have three pounds of ground beef like the recipe called for so I subbed in one pound of Whole 30 compliant Italian sausage and it turned out amazing! Great for breakfast and lunch as well!

 

So those are our favorite recipes from last week! These recipes made a ton of leftovers too, which was perfect for lunches the next day! That helps cut down on some of the food prep during a Whole 30! Stay tuned later this week for a detailed account of everything I ate during my first week of this round of the Whole 30 Program!!Hopefully this gives you all some new recipes to try and add into your meal plan! Leave me a comment with your favorite Whole 30 recipes!

 

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Meal Plan Monday 3

Back again with another Meal Plan Monday! Every week when I sit down to write this post I am astonished at how quickly the week has flown by! Scary! This past week we enjoyed several days of amazing weather! Playing outside at the park with the kids in jeans and a short sleeve shirt?? Pretty much unheard of for February in Pennsylvania. None the less we enjoyed every second of those beautiful days. And are back to more characteristic February weather today… cool 40 degrees.

This week is grocery shopping week for me. So today I am snuggling a sick baby and attempting to make a meal plan. The hubby and I also decided to start another Whole 30 today so all of my meals for the next few weeks will be Whole 30 approved. If you have been following for a little while you know we recently went on a family vacation to Disney. We completely enjoyed our time there, which included indulging in delicious food! Now not all of those foods were “healthy.” So we feel we need another little reset now that we are back home and back into our routine.

This morning I also started reading Melissa Hartwig’s Newest Book… Food Freedom Forever. I am only a few pages in and it is already AMAZING. Everyone has a connection with food. But, putting  yourself in control of the way you interact with food can be a challenge. Melissa’s Whole 30 program gives you a chance to “reset” your health, eating habits and your complete relationship with food. And “food freedom” is what you can obtain. I cannot wait to finish it!

Drawing on the cover thanks to my creative 1 year old!

Part of Food Freedom for me is our ability to enjoy our Disney Vacation whole heartedly!  We enjoyed food we do not normal eat, because it is what we wanted to do. We did not feel bad or guilty about one thing we enjoyed there. Now it’s time to do a Whole 30, because that helps us to feel good as well. Stay tuned for a post later this week detailing all of the deliciousness we enjoyed at Walt Disney World!

Now onto the recipes of the week. Oookkk I am going to be completely honest here… Last week I was a slacker in the kitchen. Two kiddos were and still are sick. We also enjoyed the weather a little too much and dinner became somewhat of an afterthought most days. But, I do still have two

amazing recipes to share with you this week! I was also a huge slacker in the picture department… so forgive me for the lack of food pictures!

The following recipes come from some amazing bloggers, follow the links to the original recipe!

  1. Halal Cart Chicken and Rice– We eat a fair amount of rice on a normal basis. It is gluten free and a grain that make us feel good, so a good amount of our meals contain rice. I have been searching for new and different recipes and came across this one from Sabrina at Dinner then Dessert. Great combination of flavors, easy to good, and enjoyed by our whole family!
  2. Easy Oven Fajitas– One pan meals are my favorite and Beth from Budget Bytes came up with this easy and delicious oven steak fajita recipe. We ate ours in a bowl with lettuce, salsa and guacamole and they were awesome! Her website is full of so many healthy and budget friend;y recipes we love!

Like I said before I was a cooking slacker last week so these are the only two recipes I have to share… sad face emoji. Our other meals consisted of a one pan chicken and veggie dish I am working on, leftovers and take out! But tune in next week for lots of Whole 30 approved recipes! Have a great Monday and please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know of your families favorite healthy weeknight dinners! I am always looking for new things to try!

 

 

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Meal Plan Monday

Happy Monday Everyone!! How is your week starting off? It is cold and windy over here and the kids had a 2 hour delay this morning. Now that gave us the opportunity to start our week a little less rushed, which was a welcomed change in this house. Although it does make the rest of the day go a little faster… more things to fit into less time.  The story of my life.

I’m attempting to take things a little easy today because my left foot has really been bothering me. Which means no gym this morning and some of those chores can wait. Now I’m not much of a complainer, but I know when things aren’t right with my body. My nurse judgement tells me it is nothing serious and something that a ice and rest will take care of.  Buuuut that is super hard to do when you are a mom of three littles with a hubby off at work for most of the day. But I’m trying my best!

In the spirit of resting I am currently watching two children destroy my house while I work on my meal plan for the next two weeks. With my foot propped on a stack of pillows with an ice pack. I am scouring Pinterest, my cookbooks and the grocery store circulars to make my list. Always searching for the best deal and new affordable recipes my family will love. I am all about cutting our grocery budget lately so all my meals need to be affordable but still healthy and delicious.

I grocery shop every two weeks and usually meal plan for about 12-13 dinners during that time. I figure we will eat dinner out once and will rely on leftovers another night. Each dinner also usually makes enough leftovers for lunch the next day for most of us. I have also been leaning towards meals that are easy to throw together. Casseroles and One Pot meals are all the rage in our house lately!! We also generally stick to Gluten Free meals that are full of tons of veggies! Stating today, each Monday I will share a few of our families favorite meals from my most recent meal plan! Hopefully these will add a little inspiration and variety to your week!

 

  1. Teriyaki Chicken Casserole– Holly’s blog Life in the Lofthouse is one I follow and I have been meaning to try this awesome recipe for quite awhile now. I made a few substitutions to make it gluten free and it turned out absolutely delicious and a family favorite! We will definitely be making this one again!
  2. Gluten Free Tater Tot Casserole– We lived in North Dakota for several years while my husband was in the military and there was the first time I haven ever even heard of “Tater Tot Hotdish.” Holy Comfort Food! Brianna from Flippin’ Delicious created an awesome gluten free version with homemade cream of mushroom soup! Not full of crap, easy and delicious, what more can you ask for?!?
  3. Sausage and Kale Soup– I seriously make this soup every week! We love it and the leftovers are even better! This is my adaptation of Zuppa Tuscana soup and it is the perfect weeknight meal!

    Sausage and Kale Soup
  4. Chicken Apple Sausage Skillet– Aidells Chicken Apple Sausage was on sale last week, woohoo! So I stocked up and searched for yummy recipes! I can across this one from Leah at Simply Made with Love and it was delicious! The kiddos even gobbled up the peppers, score!
  5. Spatchcocked Chicken– We butchered our own chickens in November and still have a few left in the freezer. I am always looking for new ways to cook them and this cooking method from Michelle at Nom Nom Paleo is a delicious and quick way to do it! I seasoned ours a little differently that she does in her recipe but the end result was great!

    Spatchcocked Chicken

The rest of my meal plan basically paired a meat with veggies. We do eat rice and potatoes so those make an appearance at most meals as well. Tune in next week for our favorite meals of the week!

 


 

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Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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!
Course Soup
Cuisine Whole 30
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Soup
Cuisine Whole 30
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash, Peel and Dice all your Veggies
  2. Add olive oil to your stock and heat for a minute. Then add diced vegetables and garlic and sautee for about three minutes
  3. Add stock, chicken, diced tomatoes, bay leaves and salt and pepper
  4. Bring to a boil then turn to low and simmer for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender
  5. Add Spinach and Simmer for an additional minute or two
  6. Remove Bay leaves and Serve!
Recipe Notes

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!

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Sausage and Kale Soup

I am not going to lie I have NOT been looking forward to the coming of the cold weather. I was definitely enjoying the Indian Summer and the warm Fall days we have been having.  But here in Eastern Pennsylvania winter is starting to make her appearance! We woke up to temperatures in the 20’s this morning and everything covered in a beautiful, shimmering blanket of frost.

That makes things a little more difficult around the homestead. Getting up and out to feed and water the animals is always a little more painstaking in the cold. But it has to get done and everyone was happy to get their breakfast this morning!

Now I love me a good bowl of soup. I love soup in any kind of weather. In the dead of summer I can still enjoy a huge bowl of hearty soup! But I especially love curling up on the couch with a steaming mug of soup when it is freezing cold outside. It is such a comfort food for me and really feeds my soul. My husband on the other hand is not a huge fan of soup. There are really very few soups that I make that he really likes, but this awesome recipe is an exception. He will eat this for dinner and actually take leftovers for lunch the next day…. which says A LOT!

This recipe is perfect for a cold day! It reheats well, can easily be make Whole 30 compliant and is a family favorite in our house! This is a great way for me to get the kids to eat their leafy green veggies as well! So it really is a huge winner all around. Hopefully this will make it into your meal rotation and will warm you up on those cold winter days to come! Enjoy!

This post contains affiliate links to some of my favorite products to use in making this recipe. I do not endorse any product that I do not wholeheartedly believe in or personally use! Speaking of that Le Creuset is my absolute favorite brand of Cookware, but it is very pricey. Like one pot or pan as a Christmas gift each year pricey. Check out the link below for their awesome dutch over, which is perfect for this recipe.

For a little less pricey but still great quality brand check out the Lodge brand which is also awesome!!

Happy Cooking!

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Sausage and Kale Soup
This is a hearty and delicious soup perfect for those cold winter days! Can be made Whole 30 with approved sausage and swapping Sriracha for approved hot sauce!
Course Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Ground Italian Sausage Look for brands with no added sugar or preservatives to make it Whole 30 approved!
  • 2-3 large Sweet or White Potatoes I enjoy it with both types of potatoes. You can use which ever you have on hand!
  • 1 16 oz package Frozen Kale Fresh works too, and Spinach is great as well! Really whatever you have on hand!
  • 1 can Coconut Milk Refrigerate the can and just use the cream from the top of the can and save the milk for another recipe
  • Sriracha To Taste Or Franks Red Hot if Whole 30
  • Salt To Taste
Course Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Ground Italian Sausage Look for brands with no added sugar or preservatives to make it Whole 30 approved!
  • 2-3 large Sweet or White Potatoes I enjoy it with both types of potatoes. You can use which ever you have on hand!
  • 1 16 oz package Frozen Kale Fresh works too, and Spinach is great as well! Really whatever you have on hand!
  • 1 can Coconut Milk Refrigerate the can and just use the cream from the top of the can and save the milk for another recipe
  • Sriracha To Taste Or Franks Red Hot if Whole 30
  • Salt To Taste
Instructions
  1. Brown Sausage in Dutch Oven
  2. While Sausage is browning peel and dice potatoes
  3. After sausage is browned add potatoes and chicken broth to dutch oven. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender
  4. Add Kale and simmer for 5 more minutes
  5. Add the cream from the top of your can of coconut milk. Stir and add in Sriracha or Hot sauce to taste. Serve and Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This is such an easy and delicious recipe! And you can really use what you have on hand. Sweet or white potatoes are both delicious, but if you aren't a fan of sweet and savory opt for the white potatoes! Kale or Spinach both work in this recipe as well. Very versatile!

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