Chocolate Smoothie

Chocolate Smoothie
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This is my absolutely favorite breakfast right now. I am totally addicted to it!! It is like eating a huge bowl of ice cream for breakfast, but it is loaded with vitamins and nutrition! It is high in protein and fiber, so it is a great way to start your day! You can make this into 1 serving (which is what I do) or share it with someone else as a snack or part of a larger breakfast. This recipe actually makes 2 glasses of this smoothie. And trust me, you don't taste the spinach or kale at all!!! The entire recipe contains: 330 calories 12 g. fiber 5 g. fat 22 g. protein lots of potassium, vitamins A & C, calcium and iron As always, you can change the recipe to your liking. Substitute milk for the water, leave out the cottage cheese, change up the fruits, use frozen sweet cherries if you don't like the seedy texture of the berries, use a different (or no) protein powder.... I combine the frozen items (spinach, kale, berries, pineapple and banana) and freeze them in quart ziploc bags. Then I combine the dry ingredients and store those in small jelly jars. Then when I get ready to make it in the morning, I just need to combine the 2 containers, add water and cottage cheese, and blend. It is very quick!
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Chocolate Smoothie
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This is my absolutely favorite breakfast right now. I am totally addicted to it!! It is like eating a huge bowl of ice cream for breakfast, but it is loaded with vitamins and nutrition! It is high in protein and fiber, so it is a great way to start your day! You can make this into 1 serving (which is what I do) or share it with someone else as a snack or part of a larger breakfast. This recipe actually makes 2 glasses of this smoothie. And trust me, you don't taste the spinach or kale at all!!! The entire recipe contains: 330 calories 12 g. fiber 5 g. fat 22 g. protein lots of potassium, vitamins A & C, calcium and iron As always, you can change the recipe to your liking. Substitute milk for the water, leave out the cottage cheese, change up the fruits, use frozen sweet cherries if you don't like the seedy texture of the berries, use a different (or no) protein powder.... I combine the frozen items (spinach, kale, berries, pineapple and banana) and freeze them in quart ziploc bags. Then I combine the dry ingredients and store those in small jelly jars. Then when I get ready to make it in the morning, I just need to combine the 2 containers, add water and cottage cheese, and blend. It is very quick!
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. If you like it thinner, add more water or milk.
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Orange Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Orange Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
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This is my adaptation of a recipe from thehealthymaven.com. It was originally called Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. However, while it does have maple syrup in it, that flavor was not really noticeable. The orange had a much more prominent presence, so I changed the name and made some changes to the actual recipe. I absolutely love this recipe!!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Orange Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
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This is my adaptation of a recipe from thehealthymaven.com. It was originally called Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. However, while it does have maple syrup in it, that flavor was not really noticeable. The orange had a much more prominent presence, so I changed the name and made some changes to the actual recipe. I absolutely love this recipe!!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place a somewhat large cast iron skillet in the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 with the skillet in it.
  2. Meanwhile, get your ingredients prepped. Chop the bacon into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  3. Zest the orange peel, then juice the orange.
  4. Clean the brussels sprouts, trim the stem ends and cut in half lengthwise.
  5. When your food is prepped and the oven is heated to 425, remove the cast iron skillet and spread the bacon pieces on it. Return to the oven for 5-6 minutes, stirring halfway through. You do not want your bacon overcooked!! It will continue to cook with the brussels sprouts!
  6. Remove skillet from oven and add remaining ingredients. Season with salt & pepper and stir to combine all ingredients.
  7. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  8. Remove from oven and serve.
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Oven Baked Scalloped Potatoes

Oven Baked Scalloped Potatoes
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Servings Prep Time
1 9x13" pan 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 9x13" pan 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 3/4 hours
Oven Baked Scalloped Potatoes
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Servings Prep Time
1 9x13" pan 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 9x13" pan 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 3/4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: 9x13" pan
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium low heat. Add onions and cook, covered, until tender. Stir in flour until blended; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Gradually stir in milk, soup base, and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in cream. Reheat just until broth is boiling. Add salt if desired. Combine with potatoes and pour into a greased 9x13" baking dish.
  3. Bake, covered tightly with foil, at 375 for 45 minutes-1 hour.
  4. Remove foil and bake on speed bake for another 45 minutes, until done. Note: If you don't have speed bake, increase the oven temperature to 400. Add cheese to top, if desired, during the final 15 minutes of baking time.
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Whole30 Instant Pot Beef Stew

Whole30 Instant Pot Beef Stew
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I adapted my favorite beef stew recipe to make it Whole30 compliant and made it cook much faster by using my Instant Pot. It cooks in 20 minutes + 15 minutes natural pressure release compared to 2 3/4 hours cooking time on the stove.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1/2 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1/2 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 15 minutes
Whole30 Instant Pot Beef Stew
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I adapted my favorite beef stew recipe to make it Whole30 compliant and made it cook much faster by using my Instant Pot. It cooks in 20 minutes + 15 minutes natural pressure release compared to 2 3/4 hours cooking time on the stove.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1/2 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1/2 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
35 minutes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute function. When it is hot, add oil. Cook the meat in batches so it is not too crowded. Season with salt and pepper as it cooks. (If you prefer, you can brown the meat in a large skillet on the stove instead.)
  2. Add all ingredients, except the starch, to your 8 quart Instant Pot.
  3. Place lid on pot and set to sealing. Put on manual/pressure cook setting for 20 minutes.
  4. When time is up, let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes.
  5. Quick release any remaining pressure and remove lid. Set IP to saute function. Combine the starch with a little water in a small bowl or measuring cup and whisk to combine. Add slowly to stew while stirring, to thicken.
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Whole30 Ketchup

I have been trying to find a decent ketchup and BBQ sauce recipe for Whole30 and have not been happy with what I have found so far.  I tried this recipe, which was originally supposed to be a Paleo BBQ sauce recipe, but it tasted like ketchup to me.  So I have changed the recipe some to make it tastier and compatible with Whole30 and I like it better by far than the other recipes I have tried.  Even better is it is super quick and easy!

Whole30 Ketchup
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Servings Prep Time
1 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
0
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
0
Whole30 Ketchup
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Servings Prep Time
1 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
0
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 5 minutes
Cook Time
0
Ingredients
Servings: cup
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together and store in the refrigerator.
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Easy Whole30 Breakfast Sausage

This originally came from 40aprons.com.  The only change I made to the ingredients was to add a little extra salt.

The only ground pork I could find in the grocery stores near me was so lean that it didn’t make good sausage, so we decided to grind our own from pork shoulder.  It was a much better consistency!

Easy Whole30 Breakfast Sausage
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Servings Prep Time
2 lbs. 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 lbs. 20 minutes
Easy Whole30 Breakfast Sausage
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Servings Prep Time
2 lbs. 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 lbs. 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: lbs.
Instructions
  1. If you are using pork shoulder, cut the meat into cubes and grind the meat through a meat grinder. Mine is a KitchenAid attachment.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix very well, using a stand mixer or your hands.
  3. From into patties and fry in a little coconut oil or ghee, if desired, or brown and crumble in a skillet and use in a recipe.
  4. Freezes, well, especially in patties.
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Dump Ranch

This recipe came from www.whole-sisters.com/dump-ranch/cookbook-print/882/

The only change I made to it was to add a little dill.  I was quite impressed with how good it was!

Dump Ranch
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This is a healthy, quick and easy to make, Ranch dressing, without all the chemicals and preservatives in the store bought version.
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Dump Ranch
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This is a healthy, quick and easy to make, Ranch dressing, without all the chemicals and preservatives in the store bought version.
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 3/4 cups 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Blend with an immersion blender in a wide mouth mason jar all ingredients, except herbs for approximately one minute. Start with the immersion blender at the bottom of your jar working your way up to the top. Don't start moving your blender upwards until you see it thickening up.
  2. Incorporate the herbs during the last 15 seconds or it will turn your ranch green. Store in the fridge for up to one week.
Recipe Notes

A large handful of fresh herbs of your choice can be used in place of dried parsley.  Our favorites are cilantro, parsley and dill.

If your ranch is too thin:

Make sure you are using full fat canned coconut milk.  If you want a dip like consistency use only the solid cream, but for a dressing, use the cream and the liquid.  It may also thicken up just being in the fridge for a few hours.

Make sure you're using an immersion blender for guaranteed success.

Use a small container, like a mason jar or salad dressing container.

HERE IS THE TRICK TO SAVING YOUR DUMP RANCH... If your ranch never thickens it probably didn't emulsify properly. Just add another egg!  Yep, that's all it takes to quickly save all those ingredients.

 

 

 

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Instant Pot Baked Beans

This is much better if you make it the day before, then refrigerate and reheat the next day.

Instant Pot Baked Beans
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 15 minutes
Instant Pot Baked Beans
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Select saute function on Instant Pot and let it heat until it says "HOT".
  2. Add bacon to pot and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon to a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Cook the onion in the bacon drippings until tender, about 3 minutes. Scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot as the onions cook.
  4. Add soaked beans and all other ingredients, except bacon. Select high pressure and cook for 30 minutes. When it has finished cooking, let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.
  5. Make sure beans are completely cooked, then add bacon and serve.
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Instant Pot Chicken & Brown Rice

Instant Pot Chicken & Brown Rice
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 7 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 7 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Chicken & Brown Rice
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 7 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 7 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place insert in Instant Pot and set to Saute. When it says "HOT", add the oil to the pot.
  2. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Saute for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Press cancel.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Close the lid and set valve to "Sealing" position.
  4. Cook at high pressure for 22 minutes.
  5. Let naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Manually release any remaining pressure. Open lid and stir.
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Instant Pot Chicken & Noodles

This was adapted from my Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe because noodles were sounding better at the time.

Instant Pot Chicken & Noodles
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 7 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 7 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Chicken & Noodles
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 7 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 7 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Insert inner pot into Instant Pot and press saute button. Wait for the machine to say "HOT".
  2. Add oil, onion and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and close lid. Set valve to "Sealing". Cook on high for about 5 minutes (1/2 the cooking time on the package of pasta you are using).
  4. Let pressure naturally release at end of cooking time for 10 minutes. Manually release remaining pressure and remove lid. Stir and serve.
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