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!
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.
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
Carrageenan, MSG or sulfites
Check out my video on Whole30 kitchen essentials to help you with your grocery shopping.
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
Balsamic Short Rib
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!!
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