Saguaro National Forest

The desert has a lot to offer, a lesson I am learning everyday as I continue my new life in Arizona. When a trip with my sister took us south to Tucson, I experienced more wonders the Arizona landscape has to offer. On the day that this Whole 30 round ends, I wanted to offer a little bit of introspection in to my mindset. Come on in and take a moment to appreciate things both small and great around you.

Paleo Cheese Sauce

We are closing in on the end of this month’s Whole 30, and why not try a new recipe? This is a great thick, super creamy cheese-like sauce inspired by vegan recipes through browsing the internet. Pair with some steamed broccoli and chicken, put on macaroni, or use as a base for some savory grilled meat. This is a versatile idea that is delicious and dairy-free.

Day 27 - Meal Prep Bonanza

Heading to the finish line for 2019’s first Whole 30 challenge and my meal prep game is going strong. Come on in to see how you can go in to a busy work with a game plan to make sure you don’t give in to high sugar foods. Changing my routine will be my saving grace for busy times at work.

Day 21 - Blueberry Chia Pudding

Want to hit that sweet craving down and manage to stick to clean eating? I have a great recipe that I tried making for the first time this round of Whole 30, and now I am hooked. This pudding is filled with blueberries, almond butter, nut milk and delicious chia seeds. This breakfast (or dessert if you’re feeling like you want a sweet treat) is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Keep your heart healthy and you stomach satisfied with this fantastic recipe.

Day 19 - Chipotle Beef Short Ribs

In the heart of a cold winter (okay, really how cold is it here in Arizona compared to the rest of the country, but you catch my drift) coming home a slow cooked meal is really one of the most satisfying feelings. The smokey and spicy sauce paired with the tender beef short ribs is a match made in heaven. This will be a meal that is my regular rotation from here on out, and I bet it will be one of your favorites too.

Day 17 - Sweet Potato Hash and Chicken Sausage Breakfast Bowl

I decided that this week I wanted breakfast to be a larger meal than lunch (did the old switcheroo on my regular eating timeline) so that I could focus at work and then eat something light in the afternoon. I wanted a hearty breakfast that would keep me full for most of the work day, so this healthy carb and protein breakfast was my solution.

Day 15 - Egg Roll in a Bowl

Have a craving for some egg rolls? I know exactly how you feel. But I also want to stick to a clean lifestyle, and eating some deep fried egg rolls would not make me feel well at all. I opted to do a deconstructed egg roll bowl, minus the deep fried wrapper. Did I also mention that it only takes about 15 minutes?

Day 9 - Survival Tips for Week 2 of Whole 30

Congratulations everyone, you have officially made it past your first week of clean eating and a system reset via the Whole 30 program! Come on in to see how the last week has gone for me and more tips for getting through the next week. You’re almost one third of the way through the program, and I know I sure am proud of you for making it this far.

Day 8 - Lime and Garlic White Fish

Have a craving for a grilled fish taco, but don’t wan to deal with the winter temperatures outside? I have a great option for you on this round of Whole 30 - an easy baked white fish, seasoned with lime and paired with some oven roasted vegetables. Feel free to garnish with avocado, pico de gallo and a health squeeze of fresh lime juice. This is a fast cooking fish, so if you are short on time, this is perfect and you can itch that taco Tuesday craving.

Day 6 Whole 30 - Slow Cooker Beef Chili

When a craving hits early in your Whole 30 challenge, you sometimes have to be creative to find a way to satisfy it without straying from the approved foods. I opted to try to make a somewhat sloppy Joe’s inspired beef chili that I wouldn’t have to babysit. I usually come home at lunch time for a little quiet time, so I tossed it in the crock pot and let it do its thing.

Day 5 Whole 30 - Cauliflower Mash

For those of you who want to try lower carb options without skipping flavor, do I have the recipe for you! Potatoes are compliant on Whole 30 now, but if you are wanting to cut down on carbs, this should definitely be in your Whole 30 recipe rotation.

Day 4 Whole 30 - Homemade Flavored Ice Cubes

I know, I know, you’re probably tired of hearing me say that you need to drink a lot of water during your Whole 30. But fear not! There are compliant ways to spruce up that daily drink! i decided to try out for the first time making my own flavored ice cubes so change up my daily routine. Grab any fruit you feel like chopping up and voila! Homemade fancy ice cubes!

Day 3 Whole 30 - Cube Steak and Oven Roasted Veggies

I am a few days in to my 2019 Whole 30 and the hunger is setting in. I did what any rational person would do on their way home - head to the grocery store while hungry. I safely avoided all temptation and wound up buying some veggies and meat would cook quickly. Come on in and check out how I survived a craving with a completely compliant and nutritious dinner.

Fall Squash and Arugula Salad

It is officially my favorite season - in the rest of the country, cooler temperatures are setting in, leaves are starting to change color, and sweaters are starting to make their appearance. Except here in Arizona, where it is endless summer. While I wait for the air cool down, I decided my cooking did not have to wait - so come on in and enjoy this beautiful autumn salad.

Hatch Chile Turkey Meatball Soup

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I live in the Southwest AND I love spicy food. September is usually when the rest of the country starts to see temperatures go down and fall sweaters start to come out. That is likely not happening for a few months here in Arizona, but I wanted to kick off autumn with a flavorful soup and pretend it is not 100 degrees out.

Grilled Salmon and Broccolini

A meal from vacation that was put together on the fly. When the sisters get together, you know it will be a fabulous, fun and clean meal. Our Airbnb in Canada had a fully stocked kitchen, so we absolutely take advantage of it. Come on in for a great summer time recipe.