Zucci Salsa Eggs 

I have been trying to properly balance my meals with good carbs and plenty of protein, especially in the mornings with breakfast!  Here is a simple and delicious way to do just that! 

4 slices of bacon, chopped 

1 small zucchini, diced 

1-4 tablespoons of salsa (I used Costco’s Del Real Salsa) 

4-5 pastured eggs, scrambled 

  • Heat a cast iron skillet, add the bacon and cook until almost crispy.  Remove some of the fat (leave about a tablespoon in pan) 
  • Add the diced zucchini and cook for 1 minute (don’t over cook, you want your zucchini to have a but of a bite) 
  • Add the salsa and cook another minute. 
  • Pour the eggs and cook for 1 minute. Turn off flame and continue to cook in hot skillet. 
  • Enjoy! 

   

          

Zucci Salsa Eggs 

Well Being Ginger Shots

My son Jacob wants to start a whole30 with me on May 1st… He loves taking my ginger shots when he is sick and I thought I would make him a special ginger shot to give him an immune boosting kick that will help get him through a whole 30!  

1/2 cup organic ACV 

1/2 cup local honey 

2 inch piece of fresh ginger 

Juice of 1 organic lemon

2 teaspoons turmeric 

Pinch of cayenne pepper 

  • Blend !!! 
  • Take 3-4 shots a day  
  • Store in air tight jar in refrigerator 


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Well Being Ginger Shots

Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pesto Casserole Skillet 

I love days when I have all the time in the world to play in the kitchen and come up with dishes my family will love! Earlier I made a delicious Cauli Mac & Cheese … I won’t be posting the recipe (not paleo) but you can find the recipe on my Instagram @fergiesbites !   This recipe is hearty and amazing ! Make a day before bake day of.  

2 cups cooked chicken, chopped 

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced on mandoline 

1/2 onion, sliced on mandoline 

3-4 tablespoons oil 

1/2 cup pesto 

1/2 cup coconut milk 

3 eggs

8 oz Kerrygold Cheese, grated 

  • Toss sweet potatoes and onions in oil, spread on parchment covered sheet pan and bake in 375 oven until tender and slightly brown. 
  • Allow to cool when done. 
  • In a bowl whisk together pesto, coconut milk and eggs. 
  • Begin layering in a well seasoned, greased, cast iron pan.. 
  • Pototoes and onions, chicken, cheese…. Continue layering until potatoes cheese and chicken are used up… (Save some cheese for the top) 
  • Pour the pesto, coconut milk and egg mixture right over the top… Spread evenly and top with cheese. 
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes uncovered!!! 

Don’t forget to kiss the cook! 

   

  

     

  

  

Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pesto Casserole Skillet 

Crackin Carrot Cake 

  

I had such a craving for carrot cake today! I thought of it all day! I came so close to buying a nasty generic piece of carrot cake at the grocery store, but I resisted! So I literally through this together and it’s perfect! Just perfect! 

1 cup coconut sugar 

1 cup coconut oil 

1/2 cup maple syrup 

3 eggs 

2 tablespoons vanilla 

1/2 cup almond milk 

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 

1/2 cup carrot purée 

1 cup ottos cassava flour 

1 cup sweet potato flour 

3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds 

1 tablespoon cinnamon 

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 

1 teaspoons baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon sea salt 

2 cups shredded carrots 

1/2 cup shredded coconut 

1/2 cup natural white chocolate chips (optional) 

  • In your mixer cream the coconut sugar and coconut oil. 
  • Add the maple syrup and eggs one at a time. 
  • Turn off mixer and add the almond milk and apple cider. 
  • In a separate bowl mix all of the dry ingredients. 
  • Turn the mixer on low and add the dry ingredients followed by the shredded carrots, carrot purée, coconut and white chocolate chips. 
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven until center is firm and toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool.  

   

 

Crackin Carrot Cake 

Pancake Bread 

I’ve been playing in the kitchen all morning trying to find a nut free, coconut free, gluten free bread that my children will actually eat!!! If it even remotely taste gluten free my girls won’t touch it! I keep thinking about what my kids like, thin, chewy, soft and delicious ! So I thought… Pancake!!!!  You will be amazed! 

1 cup cassava flour 

1 cup sweet potato flour 

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoons baking soda 

1 teaspoon sea salt 

1/2 teaspoon onion powder 

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 

2 eggs, slightly scrambled 

1 1/2 cups milk, almond, hemp, rice

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 

1/4 cup melted ghee 

1 tablespoon honey 

   

     

  • Combine dry ingredients. 
  • Combine wet ingredients. 
  • Mix the two gently but do not over mix. 
  • Cover the batter and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes. 
  • Heat a cast iron skillet and brush with melted ghee.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop a nice sized dollop and spread out a bit. 
  • Cook until the edges are nice and bubbly. 
  • Flip and cook until both sides are nice and golden brown. 
  • Makes 12 pancakes. 
  • You can use as a vehicle for hamburger, sandwich, breakfast sandwich honestly go crazy! 
Pancake Bread 

Plantain Blueberry Pancakes 

So many people suffering from food allergies and sensitivities … I feel blessed to live in a time where alternative flours are so easily attainable !!!! These pancakes are seriously delicious and virtually allergy free! 

1 1/2 cups plantain flour, I use Barry Farms 

3 eggs, can omit and just up the coconut oil by a tablespoon and add additional 1/4 cup water 

1/2 cup coconut milk 

1/4 cup water 

3 tablespoons melted coconut oil Or ghee 

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (can omit) 

1 teaspoon vanilla 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1 teaspoon cinnamon 

– Combine all ingredients in blender and  pulse until combined.  Place batter in bowl and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes. Can whisk in additional water if batter is too thick but only do so a tablespoon at a time. 

– Heat griddle and brush with coconut oil or ghee 

– Cook pancakes as usual. 

– If freezing spread on parchment paper and allow to cool before you place in freezer bags. 





Plantain Blueberry Pancakes 

Life with a Chronically Ill Child 

Honestly without sugar coating it, life with a chronically ill child, sucks! It’s a living hell! I know I probably sound like a whinny, selfish mom but those who know me know how incredibly dedicated I am to my son.  The love I feel for him is immeasurable… What I hate is his disease and the situations associated with the disease.  He is always achy and hurts.  The medications make him feel nauseated, give him headaches and nose bleeds.  He is always grouchy and anxious.  I write this as he looks out the window at the rain and says … “Remember when I use to play in the rain?  :::sigh::: Those were the good ole days momma” I really think my heart broke yet again.  I’m surprised I still have a heart… It breaks all the time because of what my son goes through.  Want to know why my son can’t play in the rain? Because the arthritis is so bad in his hips, knees and ankles that if he were to slip and fall in the rain it can cause a catistrophic injury … Popped out or broken hip, hyperextended knee, a dislocated ankle.  Just one simple fall can put him in a hospital or wheelchair.  Not to mention the pain he will feel even if he does not fall… If and when my son plays or moves more than usual … He hurts for days to come.  Then there is homeschooling … Actually school in general … ! I seriously don’t know how we do it sometimes … I am trying to relearn things so I can turn around and teach them to him.  Because of the drugs he’s on he has difficulty concentrating for extended periods of time … Teaching him how to simplify fractions took us 6 days! 6 days of tears, screaming (yes both him and I) … And we danced and rejoiced when he got it only to realize his class by then was on multiplying fractions …. We were about 4-6 lessons behind. Then the tears started again… And his self talk is horrible “maybe I’m just stupid”, ” i’m just dumb”, “everyone in class says its easy mom but i’m just to stupid to get it”, “I wish I could just die mom”.  Honestly the pain I feel in my soul when my son says those things is indescribable.  We are always behind, he has such a difficulty putting thought to paper.  This is a child who before he became sick had straight A’s, and was always on honor roll.  If you have had ever had the opportunity to speak to Jacob you would know how sweet, kind, and intelligent he is.  But school has become so difficult.  I don’t fully understand his rights having that he has a disability.  I am always on edge and trying to argue his disease and condition to faculty and staff with no help.  Jacob has no help. I have no help.  How do I fix this?  What the hell do I do and where do I start?

Because of money issues, I had to go back to work this week.  So now I have a sick child, a house to take care of, 2 other healthy children to tend to, 2 dogs, homeschooling, no social life, my own health issues, and now work.  Hard work that kills my body.  I come home and I can hardly get out of my car.  But I come home to dishes, laundry, floors and homeschool.  Making sure Jake gets his medication, give him his shots, do his daily physical therapy.  My husband can not work anymore than what he already does.  He is a fire captain so work does not mean he leaves at 7am and is home by 5-6pm… nope… it means that as of today I have not seen my husband in 8 days.  When he leaves he is usually gone for anywhere from 3 days to 20 some days. I don’t get a break … ever.  It makes me edgy and emotional.  I’m tired, sick, fat and feel horribly guilty for resenting my son sometimes.  I can’t go to the gym, see my friends or even take a quiet bath without needing to do something for him or someone else in this house.  My hair is falling out, my body aches and I just want to pack a bag and leave. Just drive until I can’t drive any more and then just sleeping.  Sleeping until my body has had enough.  I sound like a horrible mother huh?

Jacob’s insurance and medications went up this year.  I spend at least 10 hours a month on the phone dealing with appointments, pharmacies, insurance, etc.  Does not sound like much?  Hold the phone to your ear for 10 hours then come talk to me.  I wake up everytime I hear a noise and run to Jacob’s room because I wonder… did he have a seizure?  Did he fall?  Does he need water or does he need to use the bathroom and can’t walk?  So most nights I sleep in intervals.  I also stay up wondering how we are going to make it through the month?  Will we have enough money for food, gas?  How will I pay for my daughter to go to college next year?  She was supposed to go to Santa Barbara to play water polo, but we can no longer afford to send her.  So she will stay here and go to RCC and play there.  Don’t get me wrong its probably a better team and a better situation in general but do you know how difficult it was to tell her that?  I am crying just writing it. I have to run now… meeting at Jacob’s school so I can hear how bad he’s doing and how behind he is.  I will continue my rant later. Much love !  Please pray for Jacob.

Life with a Chronically Ill Child