Balsamic Chicken with Carrots

1 whole chicken cut into pieces (save the carcass)
1 white onion, sliced thin
1 whole garlic head, peeled and sliced
5-8 carrots, peeled and died
4 tablespoons oil (I used avocado)
1 cup water
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

– Heat the 4 tablespoons of oil and add the chicken pieces (don’t forget to salt and pepper the meat)
– Brown the chicken on both sides and remove from pan.
– In the same skillet cook the onions until soft and tender.
– Add the garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes.
– Add the cup of water, don’t forget to scrape the bottom of pan.
– Add the chicken back in the pan as well as the carrots and balsamic vinegar.
– Cover and simmer on medium heat for 25-30 minutes

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– Don’t forget to make stock with the carcass!!! I added about 10 cups water, onions, carrots, celery, peppercorns, fennel seed, oregano, bay leaf and sea salt!!! I simmer for about 6 hours!!!

Whole 9, Day 77

I feel like crap! I threw out my back on Monday and have been miserable! Zero work outs! Still loosing weight and still eating strict paleo (although I have incorporated some fruit) I have been packing hard boiled eggs, veggie juice, Lara bars and paleo sushi! I will not fall off the wagon! I have never felt so alive !

Whole9 Day 75

I have been a bad bad blogger lately… I have 10 recipes I have not blogged! I weighed myself this morning and almost cried… Down 45 pounds! Whoop whoop! I have had some people question my weightloss … question paleo… It just works! Besides the weightloss… You feel good! My hair looks amazing, I am rocking long, strong nails for the first time ever, I sleep without the help of sleep aids… How can you question positive results? I get asked daily… What do you eat? Fresh organic vegetables, grass fed organic meats, fresh caught seafood, nuts, seeds and good oils like coconut, good quality olive oil, avocado oil and walnut oil … I eat nothing that is cheap, fast or easy! Why? Because I deserve it!

Homemade Hibiscus Tea Concentrate

I grew up drinking this tea ! Every summer my Momma had huge pitchers of this wonderful, tart, cranberry like, thirst quenching tea!!! I have made this tea a few times until I could get it just right! This is a tea concentrate so only pour about 1/4 cups tea concentrate to 3/4 cups water. You may also sweeten with some honey or simple syrup. BTW … hibiscus is a natural diuretic… If you have a few extra water weight pounds or around ( that time of the month for you ladies) this is a wonderful tea to drink (unsweetened of course) Enjoy!

4 cups dried hibiscus flowers
8 cups boiling water
1/2 – 2/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

– Bring water to a boil.
– Pour the hibiscus flowers and hot water in a large ceramic or glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to seep overnight if possible.
– In the morning use a strainer to pour liquid into a strainer. Pour the flowers back in the bowl and rinse with another 8 cups of water … Re-strain the hibiscus into pitcher. Add the lime juice. You should have approx 14-16 cups concentrate.
– Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks!

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Curry Sausage Zucchini Noodles

I am obviously obsessed with my noodle making contraption! I seriously cannot get enough! I made this yummy dinner and just had to share !

2 Zucchini, julienned or run with noodle maker
1 onion, diced small
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 package sausage, sliced
1 heaping tablespoon madras curry powder
1/2 can coconut milk, full fat organic

– Heat about 3 tablespoons olive oil and stir fry your noodles for about 2 minutes … Set aside
– In another pan heat about 3 tablespoons olive oil and add the onion, garlic and sliced sausage… Cook until the onion is soft and translucent.
– Add the curry powder and cook for about 1 minute
– Add the coconut milk and simmer for another minute
– Add the zucchini and you are done!!!!

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Baked Mayo Pesto Salmon

I’ve made this dish many times for my family. They love it… I love the simplicity and easy clean up! I use my counter top convection oven … Makes my life a lot easier! Let me know what you think of this recipe!

4-5 Salmon, cut into small portions
1 cup mayonnaise, homemade or bought
1/2 cup fresh basil
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup almond meal

– Process the mayo, basil, garlic and almond meal until a paste forms.
– Cover your pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
– Place the fish portions skin down.
– Put a generous amount of the pesto over the top of the fish.
– Bake at 400 until the pesto on the fish is golden and bubbly.

So yummy and quick to make!

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Garlic Squash Noodles

I seriously can’t explain in words what an amazing kitchen tool this is! Just 2 days ago my children would not eat zucchini (unless I hid them in their food…. Sssshhhhh) and now they can’t get enough!!!! These garlic squash noodles were ridiculous! A must try for sure, 10 minute side dish! Enjoy!

4-5 zucchini or squash, noodled or julienned
4 tablespoons grass fed butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4-5 garlic cloves, minced

– Heat a large skillet and add the butter and olive oil.
– Add the garlic and the squash shortly after.
– Cook on high for about 5 minutes… Done!

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Whole9 Day 60

Happy dance, Happy dance!  I did it!  60 whole days.  Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free!  I celebrated with a protein and banana smoothie!  I am very proud of myself !  This is a great accomplishment!  I hope and pray this is the start of a new beginning for me!  I must say I am pretty awesome!  So the final number…. 39 pounds! I have a few to go… but excited to say I am getting there a little bit at a time. 

Sweet Potato Hash

When I started my whole9 journey I hated sweet potatoes! I didn’t like the flavor or texture. Something flipped and now I love them! I make a huge pan of this hash in the beginning of the week and we munch on it for days! So easy and tasty you would be a full not to try it!

2 sweet potatoes, cubed small
1/2 onion, diced small
1/2 pound bacon, cut small
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp chile powder
1 tsp paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste

– Throw everything in a skillet and cook until bacon is crispy and sweet potatoes are soft!

That’s it!

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Fergie Sauce

Ok … So how can I explain this without getting too corny or emotional. It’s the perfect amount of creamy, sweet, sour, spicy… Just make it!

1 cup homemade or store bought mayo
3 carrots, just washed and cubed (don’t have to peel)
2 green onions
Juice of 1 lemon
Asian hot sauce … I used A Lot!

– I used my nutribullet to blend !
– Store in fridge

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