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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 […]

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 me slightly panicked since #SeptemberWhole30. I know my extended in-laws, and likely the only compliant thing would be some veggies in a tray. So I decided to whip up something to bring along that I could enjoy while staying Whole30 compliant. Spicy bacon wrapped dates. Spoiler alert: these were a hit with everyone.

Now if you’ve got the ingredients on hand, this will seriously take 20 mins total. I thankfully did have them so it came together easily. Since I’d never made these before I looked up some other recipes. All of them called for things I didn’t have and seemed unnessecary. Toothpicks, I’m looking at you. Since everyone at the party liked heat, I decided to put my own spicy twist on it. And these were so damn good that I knew I needed to write the recipe NOW.

 

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Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates (Whole 30)
the perfect appetizer for any occassion, from a football game to Christmas dinner. Simple, tasty, and no toothpicks required!
spicy bacon wrapped dates
Cuisine Whole30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
dates
Ingredients
  • 12 dates pitted or whole (I used whole)
  • 5 pieces bacon Whole 30 compliant. FYI I have to be honest, mine was the "low quality" kind but since this is meant to be an appetizer and not the main protein, I'm cool with it
  • cayenne pepper
Cuisine Whole30
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
dates
Ingredients
  • 12 dates pitted or whole (I used whole)
  • 5 pieces bacon Whole 30 compliant. FYI I have to be honest, mine was the "low quality" kind but since this is meant to be an appetizer and not the main protein, I'm cool with it
  • cayenne pepper
spicy bacon wrapped dates
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. If you have whole dates like I did, remove the pits carefully.
  3. Put the pitted dates on a plate and liberally coat in cayenne pepper
  4. Cut bacon slices in half
  5. Wrap 1/2 piece of bacon around a date and lay onto a foiled baking skeet with the folded edge down (so it doesn't "unravel" while cooking)
  6. Repeat until all dates are complete. Do not allow dates to touch or they will not get crisp.
  7. Bake in the oven for 16-18minutes. The time varies based on the oven and how crispy you like your bacon. My oven had these done in 18minutes.
  8. Enjoy, and yes go ahead and lick your fingers.
Recipe Notes

It's very easy to adjust this recipe for however many guests you have. You simply need two dates per slice of bacon. Also, instead of cayenne pepper, you could try any spice for a flavor burst. I've got paprika, cumin, and chili powder on my "must try" list. For other recipes, click here.

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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 […]

Potatoes and Eggs (Budget Whole30)

Potatoes and Eggs (Budget Whole30)

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 top. This is also one of the cheapest meals too. I bought eggs today for $0.59 a dozen, and 5lbs of potatoes for about $2. Here is exactly how I get potatoes and eggs on the table in about 35-40minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place an aluminmum foil lined pan into the oven while it heats up. (I’ll explain this later)
  • Whole the oven is pre-heating, cut potatoes into large chunks (1/2 in to 1in squares or so). Make enough to cover one layer on the pan. You don’t want more than that. If you do want more, line a second pan and get that into the oven asap.
  • Once the oven is up to temperature, wear an oven mitt/potholders and take the pan out. Quickly drizzle some olive oil on the pan and spread the potatoes on the pan. You will hear a sear/sizzle. You want one layer total.

note: the hot pan is what will give you crisy potatoes! Same reason why you only put a single layer down 🙂

  • Sprinkle salt & pepper (I use my salt and pepper grinders) over the potatoes an dput into the oven for 30minutes
  • After the 30 minutes, change from 375 to broil. This is how you will get the top of the potatoes crispy. For me this takes between 5-10minutes but keep a close eye on it because they can go from perfectly crispy to burnt and smoky.
  • Once you set the potatoes to broil, put a small pan on the stove top and set to medium heat. Put in at least 2tbsp of ghee into the pan. It should basically cover the bottom.
  • Wait a few minutes for the pan to heat up, then drop in the eggs. They should sizzle
  • Wait until the edges are fully cooked, then flip and take off heat.
  • Take the potatoes out of the oven, pile on a plate, and top with the eggs. Enjoy!

Usually, I will actually make a bed of greens (shown at the top is part spring mix, part arugula), then layer potatoes. Then top with the eggs. And there you go: potatoes and eggs. It’s basically rocket science.

With Motivation,

Rachel

 

 

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 […]

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 an impulse purchase at Sam’s Club (their clothing section is a danger zone. Stay away!). Also, we are preparing for Easter Weekend. In fact, a recipe is going to come out of this grocery list. So if certain items seem out of place, this is why 🙂 Anyways, here’s what I bought for the week!

From Aldi:

  • Chocolate chips
  • potatoes
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • mushrooms (2)
  • orange juice
  • spinach
  • bacon
  • moscato
  • frozen veggies
  • lemon-lime soda
  • pork butt
  • frozen peaches
  • frozen strawberries
  • onions

Local Health Store

  • Coconut aminos – so expensive, but SO necessary for flavor.
  • Hawaiian sea salt

note:  I got a very small amount of the hawaiian sea salt in the bulk section. This is for a specific recipe and I knew I wouldn’t use up a 1lb bag (which run about $20, yikes!) so I just bought a few tbsp, which was a little over $1 🙂

Sam’s Club

  • Peanut butter pretzels – Travis wanted this for his Easter treat lol
  • Smoked Turky Deli Meat – surprisingly great ingredients! Not Whole 30, but a great “Food Freedom” item.
  • Chicken
  • Coleslaw

Other:

  • a pitcher…We literally didn’t own one. We’ve talked about buying one for when people are over but it hasn’t happened.  I ended up getting one at Target on sale and with a gift card for $4 out of pocket. Of course once I got home realized I probably should’ve checked Goodwill. But it’s very pretty and sturdy so I’m keeping it.

Meal Plan Ideas

  • Frittata of the week
  • broiled fish and green beans
  • steaks, potatoes, and coleslaw
  • Easter Dinner w/ in-laws
  • Potatoes and eggs
  • spaghetti (will need to get zucchini later)
  • nomnompaleo’s slow cooker kahlua pig – fyi this was the recipe I needed the hawaiian salt for. I completely trust her judgment!

If you have any great recipes or delicious meals, please let me know! I’m ALWAYS looking for more ideas. Pinterest only goes so far!

With Motivation,

Rachel