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What’s In My Grocery Basket 1.23.13 + 3 Meal Planning Shortcuts

23 Jan

Have you ever gone waaay to long between trips to the grocery store? Yeah, that just happened. I’ve been going non-stop for a couple weeks now so Daniel volunteered to go to the grocery store this week (so thankful!) Anyway, it may not look like much but I think you’ll be surprised to see that these ingredients actually stretch a lot further than you think they would. I’ll explain …

photoOn the List

1 head of Cauliflower

1 Bag of Romaine Mix

1 head of Iceberg Lettuce (we like this for tacos AND wraps)

2 Tomatoes (only 1 pictured here)

1 Cucumber

3 Grapefruit (already ate one!)

2 Cans of Coconut Milk (he got Goya, which I haven’t tried before so we’ll see)

2 packs of All-Natural Bacon

1 Carton eggs

1 Sweet Potato (shredded)

1 Bottle of Balsamic Vinegar

2 Packs Spicy Italian Sausage (not completely Paleo but Daniel like it so we eat it together)

2 Filets

2 lbs Ground Beef

So, here are a couple of things I do to get the most from my groceries and have some convenient, just heat-them-up meal options.

Cauliflower – I make my Cauliflower Puree and combine it with other dishes throughout the week like pre-cooked ground beef (see below.)

Ground Beef – I brown this with some sausage mix from the Well Fed Cookbook and then combine it with Cauliflower puree.

Sweet Potato – This is SUPER easy if you have a food processor. Just another reason I am in love with mine. Just shred and you have an instant addition to eggs and bacon in the morning. It lasts for all my breakfasts throughout the week. It really goes far!

So, that’s the list for this week … what’s in your grocery basket?

~ Kate

Accept Your Flaws and No One Can Use Them Against You

21 Jan

Kateupdates Not PerfectKateupdates Happy Monday!

Woah it’s been a crazy few days. So, as I’m sure you noticed, I didn’t share my grocery basket with you yesterday but that is only because I didn’t get to go grocery shopping as planned. Instead, my amazing husband is going to hit up the grocery store for me since he has MLK day off. This whole starting a business thing is proving to be pretty time-consuming and until I’m completely done with my “office-job” next month, Daniel has been pitching in and helping even more than usual. ::love him::

OK so today I want to encourage you with this thought: you will never be perfect. I’m not trying to single you out here because the same thing applies to me. This is a lesson I’ve been learning for some time and I need reminded of it because I’m a bit of a perfectionist. There, I said it. Whew. That means, when it comes to eating healthier and choosing to make my health a priority, it only makes sense that I would try to apply my perfectionist tendency to those topics as well.

And, because I let it “all hang out” here on my blog, Facebook page, YouTube channel, I get lots of feedback on what I’m eating, how I’m eating it and if there’s a better alternative. I love getting comments and learning right along with you as to what truly is healthiest to eat and do but I want to say that this health journey is never going to be perfect. Mistakes happen. Indulgences happen.

So, if you mistakenly eat something that has ingredients you typically avoid, don’t beat yourself up or freak out. Just avoid it in the future. Do I sometimes eat peanuts in my fruit and nut mix because that’s what the grocery had and I was hungry? YES. Did I eat cheese while hanging out with girlfriends last night, even though I’m allergic to dairy and it’s not really Paleo? Yep. I’m not perfect. Neither are you. And that’s OK.

Decide what’s important to you and don’t beat yourself up about the little things. The road to extraordinary isn’t perfect. It’s unique, just like you.

Good. Now that we got that out-of-the-way, we can have a way less stressful week. 😉

~ Kate

P.S. I’m going to share my grocery basket AND this fabulous recipe for Almond Meal Chicken Fingers soon so stay tuned.

KateUpdates Chicken Fingers

Bacon-Wrapped Breakfast Cups: Tasty, Easy and Whole30 Approved!

17 Jan

Good Morning!

So, as you probably assumed from my last post, things are a little crazy for me right now. I’m transitioning from my current “office job” while balancing my first client, building my client base, launching my website and … yeah, it’s busy. BUT that doesn’t mean my healthy routine has to suffer. It is my commitment that it won’t. Priorities, people! 😉

Anyway, I’m super happy and I’m very excited to share a really easy recipe with you today. I tried this for the first time this week and it is DELICIOUS. And it has two of my favorite qualities in recipes:

  1. It’s under 8 ingredients
  2. It’s easy to make.

Oh and it’s also completely whole30 approved, paleo-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free. LOVE. So, without further fanfare, here is the yumminess:




OK I literally just looked at what veggies and veggie leftovers I had in my fridge and went from there. You can mix and match as you like. That’s part of what makes this so fun! You can use leftovers.

  • 6 Slices of All Natural Bacon
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 c Shredded Sweet Potato
  • 1/2 of a Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped
  • 3/4 c Baby Bella Mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 t Garlic and Herb Mrs. Dash
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350. Partially pre-cook the bacon if you want to ensure it’s crispier (that’s what I did.) While it cools, whisk all other ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Once bacon is cool, line 6 muffin pan cups (not the little cups because it won’t be enough room. Use medium to large.)


Next, pour the egg mixture into the bacon, acting as though it is now the cup, and bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes or until you can stick a fork into the cup and it comes out clean.



KateUpdates Finished Bacon Cups


That’s it! I also made a version without the bacon, in a smaller muffin pan.

image-4They are great too but I prefer the bacon because, well, it’s bacon!

Hope you try these and enjoy them! It can be breakfast for the week and it doesn’t take long at all.

~ Kate