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My Grocery List 4th June 2017 + Meal Planning

My Grocery List 4th June 2017 + Meal Planning

Well, it’s been a while since I have posted a grocery list. The truthful reason is that we have been slacking on meal prepping! We went camping two weeks ago, and have people over through the holiday weekend. This meant that meal prepping got lowered […]

Potatoes and Eggs (Budget Whole30)

Potatoes and Eggs (Budget Whole30)

I really struggle with calling this a recipe, because it is so basic. But I appreciated reading even the basics before my first Whole30, so here it goes. One of my FAVORITE meals is potatoes (sweet, red, white it doesn’t matter), with eggs over easy on […]

Whole30 Leek Chips (Roasted Leek Stalks)

Whole30 Leek Chips (Roasted Leek Stalks)

Occassionally, I like to go out of my normal zone with veggies. Because of our budget 99% of produce comes from Aldi. Aldi may have amazing prices, but the selection of vegetables can get redundant. So I like to add in something new here and there. So I decided on leeks, which are basically really large green onions. Except with leeks, you typically use the bottom white portion. Most people throw away the rest. The upper green portion is too stiff to do much of anything with…..except this makes them perfect for chips! Really, these are crunchy roasted leek stalks. But they do have a chip-like consistency. If you feel these are SWYPO to you then avoid! For me, these whole30 leek chips are delicious crunchy veggie that changes up the norm. Here’s how I prepare them

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Whole30 Leek Chips (Roasted Leek Stalks)
whole30 leek chips
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Ingredients
Servings
Ingredients
whole30 leek chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash your leek(s) thoroughly. They tend to have a lot of dirt on them.
  2. Starting from the bottom, slice the leek into small circles. Continue this until you reach the darker green section. You will notice a difference with the knife. The darker green section is much more tough. This lighter section is what is used in other receipes (sub for green onion in a recipe for a change of flavor)
  3. Take the dark green section (shown below) and make sure htey are dry after washing. Pat dry with paper towel if needed. This will help them crispen. Roughly chip into ~1in wide sections. This doesn't have to be perfect at all. It's just getting them into nice bite-sized pieces.
  4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with extra virgin olive oil. Put your leeks onto the pan in a single layer (if you pile them on each other they won't get crunchy!)
  5. Coat with extra virgin olive oil, then grind on a liberal amount of salt (I use about 1/4-1/2 tsp for one sheet), and add pepper if desired. I usually just add a few grinds worth for some added flavor.
    leek chips
  6. Roast for ~20 minutes. You want the leeks to get crunchy but not burn. I'd recoomend checking the oven occassionally un case yours runs hotter/colder. The pan thickness can affect this as well, but here is what you are looking for:
Recipe Notes

Since I'm usually making these during a meal prep session where I'm using the "normal" part of the leek, I tend to eat all of them in one sitting. A pan of these yields 1-2cups of leek chips. For me, this is a delicious way to get a savory snacky (I say that word hesitantly) flavor into my Whole30-ish life. Excellent to break up the monotony of a Whole30 round. Good luck, and let me know if it worked for you! For other recipes, click here.

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My Grocery List April 28th, 2017

My Grocery List April 28th, 2017

Does anyone feel like they tend to always run out of EVERY stinking household good at once? I know that it evens out but from looking at my list it is going to be a more expensive trip. April overall has been a great budget […]

Grocery List 4/13/17 + Meal Planning (Whole30-ish)

Grocery List 4/13/17 + Meal Planning (Whole30-ish)

  Hooray, it’s officially my weekend! My work has tomorrow as a holday, which is perfect because Riley’s daycare is closed. We had to buy a few more items than I’d hoped, but this week the grocery list was still pretty good. I narrowly escaped […]

Making Ghee The Easy Way in Only 3 Steps!

Making Ghee The Easy Way in Only 3 Steps!

The idea of making ghee was something I found super intimidating at first. In theory, ghee isn’t difficult to make. Actually, in reality ghee isn’t difficult to make. But most of the recipes I looked up were really long and said to use cheesecloth. Now, chesecloth doesn’t sound THAT hard to find, but I’ve never seen cheesecloth in a grocery store (to be fair I’m never actually looking for it), nor have I used cheesecloth. Even Whole30 wasn’t about to make me change that. In addition, something about “separating milk solids” just sounded too technical aka too much effort, so I bought ghee for my first Whole30.  Then I ran out of my Trader Joe’s stash and went to buy some more at my local health store. I think I actually gasped in the store at the price. I definitely didn’t buy it and decided that yep, I was going to figure out how to make it. Without the damn cheesecloth.

If only I knew making ghee was SO easy then I would’ve done this from the beginning. Whole30 is a learning curve, so I understand if you are just trying to master the basics. Even as someone who has experimented with healthy cooking for years I found the idea of making Ghee intimidating. It doesn’t have to be! Save yourself the money (and I mean a lot of money!) and make ghee yourself.

What you need:

  • A glass jar + lid Note: The first time I made ghee, I used an old pickle jar. Even after I washed it, the ghee ended up tasting like pickles. It was actually pretty funny but just an FYI, be aware if recycling a jar;)
  • Spoon
  • Large bowl (preferably glass also)
  • Strainer – I got mine for $3 locally, but here is an example of a set on {Amazon} for $7 if you can’t find one.
  • Coffee filter
  • Saucepan

That might look like a lot, but you probably already have 90% of the things you need! The batch I’m making today filled my 1L jar a little less than halfway. I used 6 sticks of butter to make this amount. Sometimes I’ll fill it completely but it takes forever to go through the strainer.

With Motivation,

  Rachel

 

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Making Ghee The Easy Way in Only 3 Steps!
Making ghee at home doesn't have to be intimidating! In three easy steps (and no cheesecloth required) you can have ghee at a fraction of the cost of what you'd pay at a health food store.
Cuisine Whole30
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 10 sticks butter salted is what I prefer but any kind works
Cuisine Whole30
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 10 sticks butter salted is what I prefer but any kind works
Instructions
  1. Melt all butter in saucepan on medium heat. Wait until the solids separate from the gold liquid (see photo below).  This takes mine about 10 minutes.
  2. once separated, skim off the white solids with your (clean, completely dry) spoon. I put these straight into the trash or sink. Usually I get some solids on the top and some on the bottom. Put your coffee filter into the strainer, and over a large (clean, compeletely dry) bowl. Pour the liquid into the filter/strainer. Wait until it’s strained (this can take a bit!) Note: if there are milk solids at the bottom, be careful about not getting those into the strianer. If you need to throw out a little extra liquid, that’s okay. It’s better to lose a little ghee than to include the milk solids. Additional photos at bottom of recipe.
  3. Transfer from large bowl into (clean, compeltely dry) glass container. Leave open and let COMPLETELY cool. Condensation can cause mold. Once completely cool, put the lid on and you’re done!!
Recipe Notes

Milk solids at the bottom. This is the point where I would throw out the liquid. It will be easier to ensure no milk solids get into your ghee

I level out my strainer and raise it with cups. I didn't put this in the list because I just used whatever was nearby. You just can't have the strainer sitting in your container.

Other helpful things:

  • Your spoon, glass bowl, and storage container must be COMPLETELY dry to prevent mold. You must also wait until your ghee is completely cooled before closing for the same reason. My very first batch of ghee went moldy and I was gutted. I realized it was because some of the items had just been washed and were likely still damp. I've made dozens of batches since and have not had a problem.
  • Ghee can be stored in the cupboards for about 3-6 months. Usually this batch lasts my family of three a month and a half.
  • Use on anything you'd want to have a buttery flavor, but know that the flavor will be a bit deeper and nuttier
  • If you accidentally "cook" the butter too long and it goes brown (been there!) continue. The flavor will be great.
  • To get fancy, you could add in herbs while cooking. I've personally added rosemary and it was outstanding. Remove while straining.
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Grocery List + Meal Plan 4/2/17

Grocery List + Meal Plan 4/2/17

Our grocery list and meals for the week! Items not Whole30 approved are specifically called out as such and will be used by my husband, who has a childlike love for PB&J sandwiches that I find adorable. Grocery List for the Week Bell Peppers (Red/Orange/Yellow) […]