• 30 Minute Pumpkin Turkey Chili

    October 16, 2018raelaf

    This is by far the easiest chili recipe I’ve ever made. Just a few ingredients and 30 minutes and you’ve got a healthy and delicious turkey pumpkin chili!    I’ve found that adding canned puréed pumpkin (or puréed butternut squash) really helps to thicken up and avoid the soupy chili consistency.    I’m also trying out this new thing where I don’t word vomit all over the recipe pages and let you just get the dang recipe! I’ll save my ramblings for my Growing Up section.   Print Pumpkin Turkey Chili The easiest chili I’ve ever made! Wholesome ingredients, no fuss, no mess and everything comes together in 30 minutes.  Ingredients 1 tablespoon cooking fat avocado oil, ghee, leftover bacon fat, etc 1 medium onion…

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  • Meal Plan 10/15/2018

    October 16, 2018raelaf

    The weekly meal plan is finally switching over to a cozier menu featuring warm chicken soup and hearty turkey chili!   Recipes: Pumpkin Turkey Chili Meatballs Chicken Soup Sausage Gravy

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  • Weeknight Chicken Shwarma (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

    October 9, 2018raelaf

    The process couldn’t be simpler. Just toss together spices and oil to make a marinade. Let the chicken hang out with the marinade for a bit and then roast it up on a sheet pan. Slice the thighs and it’s ready to serve.    I feel like I’ve gone through stages with which part of the chicken I love most. As a kid, I would fight with my brother over who got the drumsticks. Because eating a chicken drumstick as a kid is the best. Kinda makes you feel like a caveman. Then I moved on to chicken breasts when I was obsessed wirth weightlifting and eating lean meats (basically ate chicken breast, broccoli, and brown rice everyday).  But now that I, older and wiser,…

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  • Growing Up: Finding Balance

    October 9, 2018raelaf

    I’ve come to terms with the fact that there is no winning in Motherhood.  What I mean is, it’s hard work! And everything balances out in a weird way that involves winning and losing. Let me explain…  Working as a mom is probably the biggest change in my life. I still have the same career I did before I had a baby but now everything is so different. The only way I can go to work is if my baby goes to daycare. So he goes to daycare and I pay for it with the money I make by going to work. The problem is that daycare takes most of my paycheck. So I’m basically paying for myself to go to work (good thing I…

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  • Meal Plan 10/1/2018

    September 30, 2018raelaf

    This week’s meal plan features roasted vegetables Used in a variety of ways. It’s an easy way to incorporate veggies without getting bored of eating the same thing over and over.    Recipes:  Roasted veggies  Meatballs (coming soon) Sloppy Joe’s  Sausage Gravy (coming soon)

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  • Homemade Ranch Dressing (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, Gf, Df)

    September 28, 2018raelaf

    Use this homemade ranch dressing for everything. Dressings, dips, spreads, pizza, anything and everything.    Why make homemade ranch dressing when the store bought version is so much easier? Well… for me, it mostly comes down to the oil. Store bought dressing tend to use cheap oils like soybean or canola. Stuff I don’t like consuming on a regular basis nor do I want my tiny human consuming.  You can find higher quality, Paleo ranch dressing in the store but you’d better be prepared to spend about 3 times as much for it. Personally, I’d rather spend my money on something other than expensive condiments.    And it really doesn’t get much simpler than a good ol’ basic ranch dressing recipe. Grab some mayo (you…

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  • Lettuce Wrapped Chipotle Burgers (Keto, GF)

    September 25, 2018raelaf

    Burger night is something I look forward to each week. Yes, we do burgers once a week because they are so easy to make! And its easy to spice up so they don’t get boring (another favorite is my animal style burger). This week we are having my lettuce wrapped chipotle burgers. Aptly named because they have a serious kick to them!   The burger itself is seasoned with chipotle peppers and bold spices. Feta or goat cheese is mixed into the burger itself so you get a spicy kick followed by creamy, tangy pockets of cheese. Then pepper jack is melted on top of the patty. Top it with tomatoes, onions, and a creamy ranch dressing then wrap it up in a lettuce bun. …

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  • Growing Up: Theo’s Favorite Things

    September 25, 2018raelaf

    I’ve got a new series coming atchya! Growing Up is my new little corner to share whatever I feel like for the week. Baby ramblings, parent mishaps, our favorite things, feeding babies, scuffles my dog gets into, etc.    First up is a list of Theo’s favorite things this year!    #1 Little People Animal Farm  Okay, so Matt wanted to get this for him and I thought he was too young for it. I was wrong. He loves this thing! And he actually just sits down and plays with it for hours (more like many many minutes). He will put all the animals in their stalls, open and close the doors, he throws them down the little barn chute. He even presses the button…

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  • Mini Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, DF, GF)

    September 18, 2018raelaf

    This mini bacon wrapped meatloaf recipe is my absolute favorite thing to make! They are just perfectly portioned, perfectly seasoned, and perfectly wrapped in bacon.    As a kid, I hated meatloaf. I dreaded it. I didn’t understand why we were eating a loaf of meat. I hated it just as much as split pea soup, tomatoes, and condiments on my burger. But I’ve grown up now and have grown to love all of those foods (Except the tomatoes. I’m still working on that one). I’ve found that once I started cooking meatloaf myself, I actually really love it.    I feel like everyone has their own special way of making meatloaf. Some people add a whole loaf of bread while others add hard boiled…

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  • September Whole30 Meal Plan Week 3

    September 16, 2018raelaf

    Welcome to week 3! The end of last week was kind of scary. The fridge was sooo empty. There’s was literally some carrots and celery left by the end of Friday. Thankfully, I finally renewed my Costco membership. Which means my fridge actually has food in it now. I have this love-hate relationship with Costco. Anyone else? First of all, it’s always crowded there. Especially on the weekends. And everything including the carts are huge. So I have to maneuver my huge cart through huge crowds. Then wait in a long line to check out. And by then the baby is freaking out so I have to hold him while loading my cart onto the check out counter. Then pack my car with giant items.…

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