Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Homemade Buffalo Turkey Meatballs


I am quite proud of myself for these because they are completely made up by ME! I LOVE buffalo chicken. I was so happy to realize that Frank's hot sauce is Whole30 compliant. Just peppers and vinegar and wholesome ingredients you can pronounce. In restaurants, if I would ever order buffalo chicken sliders or wraps, I usually doused it in blue cheese and blue cheese sauce. This time, I smothered it in Homemade Ranch, and it was almost better!

Makes: 16 golf ball sized meatballs

  • 1 pound ground turkey (you can also use chicken)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2/3 c. Frank's red hot sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients
  3. Roll into golf ball sized meatballs
  4. Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray
  5. Place meatballs on top of cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 30 minutes
I ate these on top of zoodles (just spiralize a zucchini, heat about 1 tsp. of olive oil over medium heat, and when oil is hot, cook zoodles for a few minutes). I topped with Ranch. One of my favorite dishes I've ever made!



Chia Seed Pudding


Eating Whole30 or Paleo, you might find yourself eating a lot of eggs, especially for breakfast. It's nice to have a break, and this was the perfect thing. It almost tasted like a creamy yogurt, which I used to eat all of the time. It's also great because, like yogurt, you can top with all kinds of fruit. So far I've tried figs (pictured), blueberries, pineapple, and almond butter. All delish!

  • 1 can full fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • Water
  • 4 tbsp. chia seeds
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Fruit or nut butter toppings
  1. Shake coconut milk can, and pour out into bowl
  2. Fill up half the can with water, and add to coconut milk. Stir
  3. Top with a dash of cinnamon
  4. Let sit overnight (the first time I spooned into different mason jars to grab and go for breakfast, and the second time I just kept it all in one big bowl. I think the second way was different)
  5. The next morning, top with fruit or nut butters!



I have now done the Whole30 challenge twice and am currently on my third round. Basically, it's 30 days where you eat meat, seafood, eggs, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and certain oils. You cut out grains, dairy, sugar, and basically all crap. I LOVE it! Here is everything I've made that is Whole30 and Paleo approved. I've made a few other things that you can check out on m Instagram.

For more information see here

Let me know what you try and how you like it! I will continue to add recipes to this list as I find and make them.


Homemade Ranch


I follow someone on Instagram called Planks, Love, and Guacamole. She has a ton of recipes, and I have always wanted to try her ranch dressing. She said it was so good, you could almost drink it. I've never been a huge ranch person, but this is SO good. And the best part? It was SO easy! And you feel great because you know exactly what you're eating and know there aren't any chemicals. I want to make this over and over again!

  • 1 room temperature egg
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried herbs (I used a mixed Italian seasoning. She suggests dill, cilantro, or parsley)
  • 2/3 c. extra light olive oil (make sure you use extra light! you can also use avocado oil)
  • 2 tbsp. full fat unsweetened canned coconut mil
  1. Make sure your egg is room temperature (I had mine sit out for about 2 hours)
  2. Place everything BUT the oil and coconut oil in a blender and turn on for a few seconds on low
  3. Make sure oil is in something that pours well. Keeping blender on low, and as SLOWLY AS YOU CAN pour the oil into the blender. This should take you a few minutes. You are going to be tempted to pour a bunch, but it will only work if you do a little bit at a time
  4. Turn blender off, add in coconut milk, and turn on for a few more seconds to mix together


Original recipe here

Coconut Oil Coffee


I saw this idea on a friend's Instagram who is doing a 21-day Paleo challenge. I have always heard of people adding coconut milk to their coffee, but this time she added coconut oil. I really liked it! I used a tbsp. which was way too much, so I think a tsp. would be better. Great idea!

  • Cup of black coffee
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  1. Brew coffee
  2. Add into blender with coconut oil
  3. Blend for about 20 seconds


Sausage and Veggie Egg Casserole


What I love about a casserole is that you can stuff it with healthy and delicious things, and then you have something healthy and delicious to eat all week!! I also love that you can switch up what meats and veggies you use. Usually I'd cover something like this in cheese, but I didn't add any and I don't think it needed any!

  • 4 sausage links
  • 4 c. spinach leaves
  • 4 c. steamed broccoli
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  1. Heat skillet over medium heat and add cut up sausage (I used pre-cooked sausage, so I just browned it a bit, but otherwise cook the sausage all the way)
  2. Add spinach leaves and broccoli
  3. Pour into large bowl
  4. Whisk eggs and pour on top
  5. Add in seasoning and stir everything together
  6. Add into greased casserole dish
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes or until eggs are completely cooked


Homemade Spicy Blackening Seasoning

Eating endless amounts of meat and seafood during Whole30 or paleo, I'm always looking for different blackening seasonings. There are a ton on the Internet, so I mixed a bunch and this was my favorite. It's quite spicy so tone down the heat if you don't like spicy!

  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  1. Rub all over chicken, meat, seafood before cooking
    Smothered all over this chicken