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Sue’s Midwest Whole30 Chicken Gumbo

Sue’s Midwest Whole30 Chicken Gumbo

Earlier today, when my husband told me what he was going to make for dinner, I knew it needed to be put on here. This recipe is a twist on my mother-in-law’s recipe for a soup/chicken gumbo, which I’m 99% sure was taken off a […]

My Whole30 Reintroduction Plan #SeptemberWhole30

My Whole30 Reintroduction Plan #SeptemberWhole30

I can’t believe it is day 25 of the September Whole30! Seriously, where the heck did September go? This round went pretty smoothly. I navigated through some family gatherings (shoutout to my uncle for grilling me up a compliant sausage alongside the hotdogs everyone else […]

Whole30 Sesame Chicken

Whole30 Sesame Chicken

Today, my husband had a meal request. He told me he wanted “American style Chinese” for dinner. You see, I grew up in an area where authentic Chinese food was available, and when I moved to the Midwest was beyond horrified with what is considered “chinese food.” He loved the stereotypical “chinese” sweet/saucy chicken over rice and served with an egg roll and a fortune cookie. He sent me a few recipes and I looked through them. Most of the Whole30 equivalents to the ingredients were at home in our cupboards, so I decided to take on the challenge of making a delicious Whole30 Sesame Chicken. I knew my two biggest hurdles would be sriracha and honey.

Finding a Whole30 Sriracha

Sriracha is a pepper sauce that balances with its own sweetness really well, so finding a whole30 version would be hard  (because no sweetners, duh!) and I knew I wasn’t up to recreating sriracha. Honey is necessary in sesame chicken to bring in some sweetness. Not to say that the overall dish will taste sweet, but simply omitting would be hard. Dates would be the only option there (which is absolutely Whole30 compliant in an overall savory dish). So I went to my local health food store to find some Whole30 sriracha. As I feared, every single sriracha contained a sweetener. While many were healthier sounding like “Blue Agave Sriracha,” none were Whole30 complaint. But after looking through several ingredients I noticed the other ingredients were very similar. “Red Jalapenos” were the key top ingredient. So I looked through some other bottles until I found this. Daves Creamy Garlic Red Pepper hot sauce.

        the closest thing to Whole30 sriracha

I figured it’d be more garlicy that sriracha but would still be the substitute I needed. I was right.  I’d say check local because I paid $4.99 for the bottle, but Amazon’s price is quite a bit higher {link!} If you can’t find it, then it’s worth buying. Note that this sauce does have canola oil, which is not recommended on Whole30 but not against the rules. It’s meant to be for eating out, but the truth is, I know I couldn’t find a compliant recipe like this anywhere so it fits into my program just fine. Using another hot sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot) will.not.work. The key are the red jalapenos; a cayenne pepper sauce will have a completely different flavor profile that will not compliment the other ingredients.

This recipe is also very “saucy.” So you may find that you don’t need as much as I’m recommending. The reason I suggest making so much is because 100% of the time, if I follow a recipe for a dish with a sauce, my husband will say “this needs more sauce.” And because american style chinese tends to be very overloaded with sauce, I decided my Whole30 Sesame Chicken could be like this too. Served over my toasted cauli-rice, this Whole30 Sesame Chicken was a finger licking, plate clearing meal for our whole family.

 

 

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Whole30 Sesame Chicken
An american-style sesame chicken that tastes better than takeout. And ppsssstttt it's Whole30 approved, but loved by all!
Whole30 Sesame Chicken
Cuisine Whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Chicken
Sauce
Cuisine Whole30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Chicken
Sauce
Whole30 Sesame Chicken
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken breasts into 1-2" chunks. Coat and toss in arrowroot, salt, and pepper
  2. Coat the pan with olive oil and sesame oil. Heat to medium high. Once the pan is up to temperature, place in the chicken. Pan fry for about 6 minutes, or until browned, stirring ocassionally. Make the sauce (Step 3) during this time.
  3. Put all sauce ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. The consistency should be creamy but not a paste.
  4. Pour sauce over chicken, reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 10minutes
  5. Once chicken is cooked through, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!
    Whole30 Sesame Chicken
Recipe Notes

I cannot stress enough that a cayenne pepper sauce (like Frank's, Cholula, Tabasco etc) will not give the same flavor profile. A red jalapeno sauce should work, so if you find a different brand that is Whole30 compliant, so for it and let me know how it goes!

This dish is excellent served over  Toasted Caul-Rice!

-Rachel

note: the pepper sauce is an affiliate link, however I highly recommend you look local because it will probably be cheaper. If you can't find it elsewhere, know that anything earned through that link helps me create more Whole30 recipes!

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Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates (Whole 30)

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates (Whole 30)

If you are looking for a super fast, super easy, and super delicious appetizer LOOK NO FURTHER. It was Labor Day weekend, and we were invited to a football game party. My sweet husband forgot to mention this to me until the morning of, leaving […]

My Grocery List August 2017

My Grocery List August 2017

This week has been another good one budget-wise and food wise! Onions Diced tomatoes Coconut cream Bacon Arrowroot Chicken tenderloins Mushrooms Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage Aidell’s Ginger and Scallion Sausage  these sausages are my lifesavers and thankfully were on sale! Bell peppers coleslaw Meals […]

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 on our priority list. We were also burnt out of Whole30/Paleo meals. It took almost a year and a half but we just could.not.think.of.anything that actually sounded good. Then, we realized that we both felt awful and needed to be eating better. When we eat better, we feel better. It sounds cliche, but it’s really that simple.

Everything came from Aldi today! Mostly because we were still a little lazy, and Sunday mid-morning isn’t the best time to shop (though MUCH better than early Sunday afternoon)

Food:

  • Watermelon
  • Whole Grain Bread (for Riley’s PB&J’s if we make them)
  • some spices
  • Sparkling lemonade – for the bottle! It’s the swing type kind that can build pressure. Perect for my homemade kombucha!
  • Minced garlic
  • Red Pepper Sauce – for Travis (it had soy)
  • Raspberry Vinagrette (not Whole30, but is Paleo)
  • Lemons
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Pistachios
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Multi – colored bell peppers (x 2)
  • Strawberries (x 2) – these were only $0.99 each!
  • 2 Dozen Eggs
  • Shrimp
  • Pork
  • Chicken Tenderloins

Non-Food

  • Life Jacket for Riley – we were excited to find this so we can take her kayaking!
  • Fresh flowers – I showed these on my Instagram but they are super bright and cheerful
  • Greeting’s day cards – okay, I was seriously impressed by these. They were Hallmark quality, or $.049 apiece! I got one for an upcoming graduation party, one for Father’s Day, and one for our wedding anniversary (which I think was technically a Father’s Day card? but it worked for this occassion too)
  • Bike Pump
  • Heavy Duty storage boxes (x 2) – these were quite impressive for the price!

Overall, this is the first time I’ve ever spent over $100 at Aldi! Mostly because of the non-food list. Still, we managed to get a lot of great prices and got three types of protein.

Meals Planned so far

  • Breakfast Frittata – onion and sausage this time
  • Ultamite Grilled Kabobs (recipe soon!)
  • Plantains seared in ghee (Side dish)
  • Tacos (beef for Travis/Riley, Shrimp/Fish for me) with toasted cauli-rice
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes (Side dish)

With Motivation,

Rachel

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 […]

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 month. If I put off my shopping until Monday it’d probably be a record! Actually, I didn’t end up getting several items on my original list because they weren’t onsale. I’m a big fan of the Sam’s Club “Instant Savings” items and I know that these will be cheaper in the future. Also, yes I had to go to three  stores today. Not my favorite thing to do on Friday after work, but hopefully we’ll be pretty set.

Sam’s Club

  • Toilet Paper
  • Dish soap: We get the large jug of the commercial grade dish soap. It’s very inexpensive and works great!
  • Nuts – whatever is cheapest. This was almonds!
  •  Member’s Mark Hickory Smoked Turkey Meat – on Instagram I mentioned that I found an excellent option for deli meat. It’s this one! It is not whole30 approved but is pretty darn close with minimal added sugar. It’s awesome to have in the fridge if not on a round of W30. For whatever reason it is ONLY the smoked turkey kind. There are other types that look similar, but are full of junk. We LOVE this for a quick protein.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Cheap coffee – I picked up the Sam’s Club brand for the first time. It sounds promising and is the least expensive option!
  • Cauli rice if they have it….they didn’t 🙁
  • Chicken
  • Kale Medley
  • Tomatoes – seriously, the small heirloom tomato medley CANNOT be beat. The flavors are amazing and I LOVE that there is a variety of colors/types.

 Aldi

  • Milk
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • Assorted vegetables – I got arugula but that was the only thing that sounded yummy
  • Baked goods mix – I need to bake something out of appreciation for a couple of my coworkers. They REALLY helped me out in a pinch and this is a quick easy way to do so. I ended up getting a brownie & cookie layered bar. It looks delicious! Totally unhealthy, but delicious!
  • Gluten free pasta

Local Grocery Store

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Leeks 

 

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 […]