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What is a Jicama and how do you cook with it? Paleo Potato Alternative!

15 May

It’s video time again! Can you believe I churned out two videos, two weeks in a row?! I can’t. Ha! Well, I’ve known about Jicama for a while now and had heard that people use it as a Paleo potato alternative but hadn’t tried it myself. They’re kinda of hard to find at my local grocer and when I do see them they look like they’re on their last leg.

During my last trip to the grocery store, I found a seemingly perfect one! So, I decided to make a video introducing you to this odd looking fellow (yes, I think it’s a boy) and share some examples of how you can eat/cook it. I’m only going from what I’ve heard and seen in recipe books as I haven’t tried it myself yet.

Have you cooked with Jicama or even used it fresh? I’m very curious and looking for recipes as I experiment with my own … Let me know. Also, please enjoy this little intro I put together for you. He’s cute in a rough and tubby kind of way.

P.S. Are you following me on Pinterest yet? Let’s pin together!

~ Kate :)

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How to Start the Whole30: What is It? What Can I Eat? + Recipes!

23 Mar

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It’s time to get down and dirty … It’s time for the Whole30!

Or, “Dirty 30,” which is what I’m calling this next Whole30 adventure that begins Monday. There’s a group of us getting ready to take the plunge for the first or second time and … it’s going to ROCK. I’m excited!

My first Whole30 experience was back in August and it was amazing. I want to encourage you to join me on this next challenge and this post is going to provide you with the tools you need to change your body and mind forever. Remember, if you choose to do this, it is your CHOICE. You are not being restricted. It’s not something you HAVE to do. Instead, you are choosing to treat your body well and reap amazing health benefits for your mind and body. You may even lose some pounds along the way :)

So … Are you ready? The choice is yours. I hope you choose to join us. It’s just 30 days.

What is the Whole30?

Read the official description here.

What can I eat?

Simply put, you can eat: veggies, meat, seafood, fruit, nuts, seeds and healthy oils.  Focus on foods that are completely unprocessed or have only a few ingredients to help ensure you’re making the right choices. Have a question regarding whether an ingredient is Whole30 approved? See the full list here or check the Whole9Life forum here or do a quick Google search.


  • Sugars of all kinds
  • Alcohol/ Tobacco
  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Legumes
  • Carrageenan, MSG or sulfites
  • White potatoes


  • Check out my video on Whole30 kitchen essentials to help you with your grocery shopping.
  • Here’s a shopping list you can use as a guide from Whole9Life
  • You can buy Whole30 guide, “It Starts with Food,” here.
  • Here’s a list of meal planning resources.
  • and see what other cookbooks I recommend here.
  • Like and visit my Facebook page for daily updates, ideas and inspiration
  • You can sign-up to receive daily emails to guide you through your journey

Meal Planning

Here are some Whole30 Approved breakfast and lunch/dinner ideas to get you started.


Lunch / Dinner

I will be sharing more recipe ideas as we go along and feel free to share your favorite Whole30 approved recipes as well. Let’s DO THIS!

~ Kate

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