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Let’s Do the Whole30 Together! + Sweet Potato Chips

21 Mar

Hey guys!

Sorry it’s been a few days since I last updated …. I have a very close family member who is in the hospital and it hasn’t left time for posting. This week’s posts may look a little different because I’ll be dealing with a really shaky internet connection here at the hospital.

Want to do the Whole30 together?

My eating hasn’t been very Paleo since being at the hospital (boo!!!) but I brought some healthy snacks to help with that …


I’ve also decided to start the Whole30 again. I’m doing this because I’ve felt myself slipping back into mindless snacking and craving sweet things too much. So, I want to ‘nip it in the bud’ so to speak. My plan is to start Monday, with food prep happening this weekend. I will share posts with you about what I’m eating so you can get inspiration and ideas for your own meals. Would you like to do the Whole30 with me? My Facebook page will have daily updates so you can let me know in the comments here or on my Facebook page if you’d like to participate. To read about what the Whole30 visit the website here: You can also view my video about it and read my first Whole30 success story here.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Chips

I made these over the weekend and they turned out really delicious! I used the slicing feature on my food processor and it was magical. My only recommendation would be to be careful to not use too much oil because it will make the chips less crispy.


View the recipe here: Orange Sweet Potato Baked Chips with Thyme


What I Learned from Chopped: PLUS Peak into My Grocery Basket :)

13 Mar

As demonstrated by yesterday’s recipe, I like to keep things simple in the kitchen. I haven’t been cooking very long and I’ve often joked about making a cook book that only uses a few ingredients … maybe one day. But in the meantime, I’ve been inspired by some of the recipes I’ve seen in my favorite cookbooks to do a little more experimenting.

I’m feeling invigorated at the prospect of trying some new things and creating a unique recipe or two. Maybe that’s because I’ve been watching a lot of Chopped lately? Yeah, that definitely part of it. Have you watched that show lately? It’s so awesome to see what they come up with in such short amounts of time! They really only use a few ingredients and then some spices and they make recipes in a very short amount of time.

Last night I was thinking that if I just pretend that I’m on Chopped while in the kitchen, things could get really creative and meals might even get done faster. How’s that for TV education? It really is a great show to keep in mind when you’re due for a shopping  trip and running low on ingredients or if you have a short amount of time to prepare a meal.

Anyway, I’m going to experiment with a few things (well, I’m hoping to and we’ll see how much of this actually happens lol):

  • A meatball variation
  • Kale Chips (this will be the first time making them — I’ve talked about it before but haven’t done it yet!)
  • Sweet potato chips
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Stuffed mushrooms
  • Homemade sauces/dips
  • Balsamic Short Rib
  • Zucchini noodles
  • Woah! Can you tell I’m feeling ambitious??

I will share recipes as they come together … How fun! Let me know if you’ve got a favorite recipe for any of the above ideas because I’d love to try it!

And with that, take a peak into this week’s grocery basket! I share these to give you ideas and as a reference for myself in the future. I only spent $104 and this should last more than a week. There are some items not shown because they’re Daniel’s and therefore not Paleo :)

You know what would be fun? Snap a picture of your grocery trip and share it with the KateUpdates community on Facebook. That would be completely cool!!

photo~ Kate

The Easiest Taco Salad You’ll Ever Make: Paleo, Gluten-Free, Whole30 Taco Alternative

12 Mar

I love taco salad. I always have and I doubt that will ever change. It can be tough to eat Mexican now because I choose not to eat cheese, sour cream, beans, corn or tortilla chips but I recently found a surprisingly easy and delicious alternative to tacos. You’re going to love how easy this is. It’s not going to seem like a lot but the taste combination is AMAZING. The spices give this recipe that traditional spicy kick and the avocado provides the creaminess while the tomato adds acidity and sauciness. Feast your taste buds on this:

The  Easiest Taco Salad You’ll Ever Make


Total Time:  15 minutes

Servings: 4


1 lb ground Beef

2 T all natural taco mix or make your own

1 head iceberg lettuce (torn into bite-size pieces or shredded)

1 large tomato (chopped)

1 avocado (sliced or chopped)

salt to taste

Optional: Black olives


This is the taco mix I use and I found it at a local natural food store.


  1. Brown the ground beef in a medium frying pan.
  2. When cooked through, drain the fat and then add 1/2 c water and 2 T taco mix.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes or until liquid reduces.
  4. While the beef is simmering, you can chop and prep your veggies then add your lettuce into 4 medium size bowls.
  5. Add the beef to the lettuce and layer the tomato, avocado and black olives (optional).
  6. That’s it! Enjoy this super filling, healthy and tasty taco alternative.

Idea: You may want to add a crunch to this … I’d love to hear any ideas on a Paleo-friendly crunchy option. I didn’t find myself missing a crunchy aspect because it’s so gosh darn good but if you think of one, share your suggestion in the comments below.

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Wasn’t that easy? Now it’s time to feast …

~ Kate