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Sprouts! April 29, 2013

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So I was planting lettuce in my window so I could have some fresh organic microgreens in the winter but my kitty kind of destroyed that dream by jumping into it and knocking the whole thing onto the floor….bye bye microgreens (fyi microgreens are supposedly higher in vitamins than their older siblings, that’s kinda cool)



It just happens that a few days before the disastrous event my mom gave me a seed sprouting kit. It’s cute. I probably wouldn’t have bought it myself since I have seen online that you can do the same thing with a mason jar full of seeds and something on top to strain the water with. But since I have it might as well give it a try. And it seems to work great. defiantly easier than using a mason jar and a pretty green box to put in my window 🙂









If you want to buy one of your own you can follow my link to amazon and I will get a small referal commission.


Whole 30 here I come April 22, 2013

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So I have been eating really bad lately and feel equally bad so I decided to do the Whole30. I think the name paleo is the stupidest thing ever since there was no paleolithic man ever but I have read enough things to convince me that added sugar especially in the doses modern americans eat it is killing us, franken wheat is bloating us, and that maybe dairy isn’t the best thing for non-baby cows to be eating that I would try it. So I am starting on April 24 which would allow me to be done on May 24 which is JQ and my 5th anniversary yay! Not that I intend to pig out but maybe by then I will feel a little better, be a little less fluffy and be allowed to eat something special on our anniversary weekend.

So in 2 days I will be:

Eat real food – meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.

More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.
•Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
•Do not consume alcohol, in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
•Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. Yes, we said corn… for the purposes of this program, corn is a grain! This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
•Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
•Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
•Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
•Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold and fingerling potatoes off your plate.

In addition, no Paleo-ifying dessert or junk food choices. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say, “Paleo pizza.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no coconut-flour pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.

One last and final rule. You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements during your Whole30. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)

The Fine Print

A few concessions, based on our experience, and those of our clients. These foods are exceptions to the rule, and are allowed during your Whole30. Including these foods as part of your varied healthy eating plan should not negatively impact the results of your Whole30 program.
•Clarified Butter or Ghee. Clarified butter or ghee is the only source of dairy allowed during your Whole30. Plain old butter is NOT allowed, as the milk proteins found in non-clarified butter could impact the results of your program. Refer to our Butter Manifesto for more details on the milk proteins found in butter, purchasing high quality butter, and how to clarify it yourself.
•Fruit juice as a sweetener. Some products will use orange or apple juice as a sweetener. We have to draw the line somewhere, so we’re okay with a small amount of fruit juice as an added ingredient during your Whole30… but this doesn’t mean a cup of fruit juice is a healthy choice! Refer to your Shopping Guide for clarification.
•Certain legumes. We’re fine with green beans, sugar snap peas and snow peas. While they’re technically a legume, these are far more “pod” than “bean,” and green plant matter is generally good for you.
•Vinegar. Most forms of vinegar, including white, balsamic, apple cider, red wine, and rice, are allowed during your Whole30 program. The only exceptions are vinegars with added sugar, or malt vinegar, which generally contains gluten.
•Processed foods. Minimally processed foods like canned coconut milk, applesauce, tomato sauce, chicken broth or canned olives are all acceptable on the Whole30 – but remember, avoid anything with carageenan, MSG or sulfites. We’ve singled these three additives/preservatives out because they all have potentially nasty side effects – and you can easily find processed foods without them. (Refer to It Starts With Food for details on why we exclude these three in particular.)

And I will be doing so as cheaply as possible. For about 2 months I was eating mostly organic, attempting free range/ grass fed etc and now we are scraping the street for change so I will be doing this while sticking to a $35/week grocery budget. And as typical I will keep to my schedule of cooking for the whole week on the weekends….so only 4 meal plans to worry about. Get ready set go!


18 Rabbits! April 21, 2013

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18 rabbits

Isn’t that the cutest name ever??? That’s what I thought when I went to the website and their graphics are cute too very modern Alice in Wonderland 🙂 So I just had to try their product….oh packaging how you draw me in like a 3 year old child to candy. So I ordered it online and a few days later I received this



Even the box is cute!!!! And I immediately received a delivery confirmation email, nice touch. And this was what was inside….its keeps getting better! my husband (JQ) was probably very confused as to why I was so excited but it was just SO CuTe!!! O.o


So they have granola, granola bars and jr granola bars. I decided I wanted to try the granola. The three flavors they have are:

Veritas Granola-Hazelnut, Walnut, Cacao Nibs, & flaxseed (wheat free)
Gracious Granola-Pecans, Almonds, Maple, Coconut (wheat free)
Felicitas Granola-Chia, Sunflower Seed, Honey, Bing Cherries (wheat & nut free)

Okay so a warning for those that have actual nut or gluten allergies this product was made in a plant that processed wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts….so beware. That would be my first comment on something they could change but since I am none of the three I just dug in 🙂

The only one that blew me over was the Gracious Granola. That had a really nice coconut flavor. I shared some with a few different friends at different times and they all really liked it too.

I neither saw nor tasted cacao nibs in the Veritas or cherries in the Felicitas so I was a bit disappointed. Also with these two they were a bit tasteless and left a residue in your mouth. Also the clusters could have been bigger for eating by the handful. One last complaint the walnuts in Veritas where too big (or clusters too small) it was too much of a contrast. But the walnuts did have a nice sweet coating on them which I discovered when I fished them out so that I could go onto the next step of my review process.


18 ways to enjoy

Since I didn’t really enjoy Veritas and Felicitas straight from the bag I decided to try and find a way I would enjoy them and score!!!

I really liked eating Felicitas (pink bag) on a parfait. I spooned unsweetened whole fat yogurt onto a cup and topped it with cooked down peaches and a healthy shake of the granola and it was delicious much better then it would have been with just the cooked peaches. The contrast was perfect and it was nice that it wasn’t too sweet. Did I remember to take a picture? No. Did I remember to devour it…yes.

I decided to use Veritas to make granola bars. Like I said I had to fish out the walnuts, they were too big to use with the recipe especially since I wanted JQ to try it and he doesn’t like large chunks of nuts. I decided to try to make a chocolate chip granola bar since I thought the Veritas would have chocolate undertones since it supposedly has cacao nibs in it.

No bake (18 rabbit) Chocolate Chip Granola Bar

1/2 stick butter/coconut oil
1/2 cup brown sugar/honey/agave
3/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup flax seed
2 1/2 cup granola (18 rabbit)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Melt butter/coconut oil. If using brown sugar add at this point and cook until sugar crystals are dissolved. If not using sugar as soon as the butter is melted remove from heat and stir in honey or agave. Next stir in almond meal, flax seed, granola, and cinnamon into oil/sweetener mixture off the heat. Then stir in chocolate chips. Press evenly into an 8×8 sprayed baking dish. Chill in refrigerator. After a few hours cut up into 9 squares. Enjoy!

I used brown sugar this time in the recipe since I ran out of honey (and money to buy more) it didn’t stick together as well as I liked so the bars had to be cut bigger to keep it from crumbling apart. Also it was a bit sweeter than I liked (JQ liked it fine) so I have to figure out how to get it to stick together better but with less sweetener….any tips?

*FYI I did get this product for free but the review is based on how it actually tasted in my mouth not on the lack of impact on my pocket*






LaraBar Review Part III- Uber and Jocalat April 17, 2013

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Everyone needs a quick healthy snack that they can keep on hand when on the go and I’ve been seeing and hearing about LaraBars everywhere and wanted to give them a try. The company was nice enough to send me a few to review. I wanted to review one of each of their 4 types of bars


LaraBar-carrot cake
Alt- lemon pound cake
Jocalat-chocolate mint
Uber- apple turnover


I picked flavors I knew my husband would like because I will eat almost anything, even if it’s kind of gross, if it’s healthy. So he is a better candidate to review than I am 🙂 and I really like to see what healthy things I can get him to eat.


[sorry I forgot to take a picture of the Uber Apple Turnover …just imagine something chunky and sticky :)]

Uber Apple Turnover

*I liked it a little sticky and a little sour but yum yum. The texture of the dried apple was a bit spongy.

*My husband said *grossed out face* don’t like overall taste, sour, sticky, unpleasant texture, bad aftertaste, texture changes from crunchy to chewy




Jocalat Chocolate Mint

*I could barely swallow my bite, very bitter tastes like dirt

*He said not good but kept eating more, a friend said smells like wine

So overall. We only like the original Larabar. But what they got right they really got right. Yum


I received these samples of Larabar from the company for free but the review is just because I found it to be yummy (or not)


Kumquaty Pulled Pork April 12, 2013

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pulled pork

We love pulled pork! I am quite content with just throwing Sweet Baby Ray in a crock pot with some pork but my husband (JQ) thinks it’s sickeningly sweet so I decided to try to cut the sweetness of the BBQ sauce with some more vinegary flavors and came up with something surprisingly fantastic. JQ likes to make clear his praise so that I won’t think he’s just being nice there is

I’m sorry I can’t eat this
It’s good
I would be very happy if I was at a restaurant and ordered this
This is the best insert item I have ever had

This was a “I would be very happy if I was at a restaurant and ordered this.” Yay!!! It had a very familiar taste which we spent some time trying to figure out….It tastes like a subway sandwich…strange but delicious!

Kumquaty Pulled Pork

2 tbs olive oil
1/2 onion diced
2 garlic cloves minced
1 bell pepper diced
1 cup store bought bbq sauce (my favorite is sweet baby ray’s)
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
3 tbs yellow mustard
2 lbs pork

Serve with mayo, banana pepper, pickled jalapeno peppers and potatoes

Heat olive oil (i used my own homemade garlic infused olive oil) in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent then add garlic and green pepper and cook until green pepper is softened. Add BBQ sauce, yellow mustard and Worcestershire sauce, stir. Add the pork and cover with sauce. Bring to a simmer, put the lid on the dutch oven and simmer for 2 hours. Once done pull or chop the pork. Serve over potatoes which I boiled, sliced thin and cooked in a cast iron pan with olive oil until it had a nice brown. Season potatoes with salt and pepper or season all. Then put it all onto a plate with some banana peppers and pickled jalapeno peppers and a dollop of mayo yum yum you could probably also use sour cream instead.


Crockpot Ham with Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze April 8, 2013

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Ham’s on sale! woot! But I’m not going to be home all day to watch the oven booooo. I learned how to make the perfect ham when my husband and I lived in our first apartment when we got married. It wasn’t really an apartment before me moved in it was just a basement with a fridge. But we put in alot of work and spruced up the place and my husband even put in a new kitchen….problem was the electrical box was overloaded and we couldn’t plug in the stove without blowing the circuit breaker….so he jerry rigged the stove and had each element go to a different circuit 🙂 Safe? yes Approved by an actually electrician? No. But it worked well enough. The elements in the stove though, didn’t get as hot as they were supposed to so my oven never reached above 325 degrees so that was the temperature that I cooked EVERYTHING…but I learned it makes for some really tender meat 🙂

Stir together:

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup mustard
1 ham

Place 1/4 of mixture on bottom of crockpot. Score ham. Place ham in crock pot flat side down. Pour remaining glaze over ham. Tent ham with aluminum foil if cover won’t fit. Cook on low for 6 hours. I saved the bone the make a ham bone broth for some yummy pea soup (to be posted later).

This could also be a honey mustard or a maple syrup mustard glaze but my husband can be picky when it comes to honey and maple syrup flavors being too strong and I decided that it’s just a glaze it won’t kill us.






Grain free “Burrito” April 4, 2013

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tacobell 5 layer burrito hash

Mmmm layer beefy burrito from taco bell… I made myself a copycat version in the past but this time since I’m cutting out the wheat I decided to try it as a hash with potatoes.

My regular copycat 5-layer beefy burrito recipe:

Large flour tortilla
1 jar nacho cheese
1 can refried beans
Taco bell beef (recipe below)
Sour cream

My taco bell beef recipe I use is from another website and it tastes pretty authentic.

Taco bell beef:
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup flour (replace with corn flour/gluten free flour)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
dash garlic powder
1/2 cup water

Of course to be grain free I omitted the tortillas in this case I choose to use potatoes. Not top in the healthy category but not terrible. So then I just boiled the potatoes chopped them. Put the beef in the cast iron pan with the flour substitute and spices and mush them all together on medium heat and poured in the water continuing to mush until cooked through. Then I added the refried beans and potatoes cooked for 25 minutes until the flavors melded with the potatoes. Topped with nacho cheese and sour cream (or whole milk yogurt). FYI if you are using real good chili powder don’t get so excited that your lean over the pan and breath in deeply my nostrils burned for a little while….dum dum dum 🙂