Good evening lovely people! Lena here from @lenaskitchenblog doing my last post & singing off. .
It's been the best week hanging out with you, sharing my love for cooking, creating recipes that I hope inspired lots of you and taught you some things in the kitchen. I would be honored and happy to have you come hang out with me on @lenaskitchenblog so I can continue to teach you, share with you & hopefully help you change your life too. Thank you so much for all the love, messages (if you want to chat or have a question for me directly please send them to my account so I can answer you). I appreciate every single one of you for taking the time to leave comments & feedback on my recipes. I am excited to create more, share more & be more for you. If you're ever in Portland, OR, send me a message and I would live to meet up. If you are starting your @whole30 journey in September 1st, come join me! I'm doing it too so I can be there to support you. Let's keep in touch. I'm signing off. Peace & Love to you all! ❤️Lena ❤️#lenaskitchenblog#whole30#iamwhole30#whole30recipes#septemberwhole30
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Link to recipe:http://www.dietitiandebbie.com/2014/06/14/almond-strawberry-shortcake/
Almond Strawberry Shortcake from @dietitiandebbie
Lena from @lenaskitchenblog sharing my last recipe with you lovely people tonight. Bittersweet ending to such an inspiring week with you all. I figured I started with lunch, I'll end with my favorite breakfast. Sweet potato toasts. These are so easy to make, easy to do your own thing with. So it won't be a recipe per say since I've given you a recipe for sweet potato toasts already, click through a few posts back.
My goal this week was to inspire you all to be creative with your food. These are some basic ingredients that you can transform into something special in no time. I'm not going to say I am the best at prepping ahead of time, but I love to have some basic things in my fridge and pantry including my favorites sauces I've share depth you this week. I can wait to share more with you on my feed on @lenaskitchenblog and show you how I start a @whole30. I will be doing my 5th round next month so join me for #SeptemberWhole30 , a perfect way to restart, re- energize and live a better life for yourself since nobody else can do it for you.
SWEET POTATO TOASTS with EGGS, BACON, SPINACH & SHISHITO PEPPERS - 1 sweet potato, sliced into 1/4" toasted 3-4 times in a toaster or toaster oven until cooked.
- 2 eggs, pan fried with sea salt & sumac or smoked paprika
- tomatoes on the vine
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach, sautéed for a few minutes with avocado oil & sea salt
- 4 bacon pieces, cooked until crispy
- handful of shishito peppers, sautéed in avocado oil on high heat until blistered, fish with sea salt
- pickled onions (recipe on post for SUMMER SALAD)
Assemble toasted by adding sautéed spinach, top with eggs and pickled onions. Top other toasts with bacon & shishito peppers. Enjoy, be creative with your toppings and tag #lenaskitchenblog when making my recipes. Thank you for all the support and love. It's been amazing. #whole30#whole30recipes#iamwhole30#sweetpotatotoast
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With grueling work schedule the next month, meal prepping is crucial to ensure that I eat well rounded meals to fuel my body with proper nutrients. Late afternoon spent meal prepping, but I am finally ready for this week. What I am having:
🔹Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with sugar free chorizo, kale, and spinach. Served with a side of sweet potato fritter, salsa, and strawberries
🔹Lunch: Chicken sausage, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, and pearl onions smothered in my lettuce wrap sauce plus a half of a sweet potato topped with a dab of coconut oil
a very spontaneous sunday mini-meal prep! 🌿🌸✨I whipped this up in less than an hour without any recipes because it's all super simple guys. When you get comfortable with looking at food as protein, fat and carbs (not calories or always trying to cut things out and eat less!) and have your pantry/fridge stocked with staples like go-to spices & fats (like ghee, coconut oil and olive oil) you can get a few proteins and veggies a week from the store and pull tasty things like this together real quick. This is how I look at things...take a protein or veg and cook it in a healthy fat and top it with sea salt or 1 or 2 spices. Bake, sautéed, steam, roast- whatevs you like! That's it. Obviously this was just for me and will only last a few days, but I would simply double up portions or add another protein option + big batch of veggies if I had more people I was cooking for or wanted it to last much longer ❤️ --> a ton of washed greens (I also have kale in the fridge) + sautéed plantains + grain-free "breaded" chicken breast + 3 baked salmon filets + sautéed yellow squash 🌴🍠✌🏼
My 5 yo 👧🏼, Baylor, had a play date today with her friend (since the infant room at daycare), Max. Or as she refers to him, her boyfriend + one true love. So technically this was really a first date. Though anyone who knows this Zach + Kelly-esque duo knows they kissed when they were 3 and they're totally on the path to 👰🏼🤵🏼. #
Bay made a common first date mistake and over consumed. Only instead of 🍸 or rich desserts, it was all the junk food. Like all of it - she basically took down the line up from The Very Hungry 🐛 . Lessss just say she was out of commission the rest of the evening. And my downstairs bathroom is freshly disinfected and scrubbed. So there's that. 🤷🏻♀️
Tomorrow morning's gonna be a doozy, but hopefully my week will start out like this. An omelet with @vitalfarms eggs along with 🍓, 🍑 (@cleanfoodcleanplate check me out with my newfound peach skills - thank you!) and these figs which I "borrowed" from my next door neighbor's tree (with permission, I'm too old to trespass) + a little nut butter drizzle.
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Good morning! Lena here from @lenaskitchenblog serving up a delicious and super easy sweet potato nests with eggs for a healthy @whole30 breakfast option cooked in a @lodgecastiron biscuit pan.
SWEET POTATO NESTS
1 large sweet potato
olive oil for seasoning pan
6-7 fresh eggs
salt to taste
fresh cilantro for garnish
1. Heat oven to 400F.
2. Spray olive oil into the biscuit pan. Peel and grate sweet potato into each section. With your finger make wells in each section for the egg to fit in.
3. Crack the eggs into the sweet potato wells. Sprinkle with salt.
4. Spray some olive oil on top so the potatoes don't burn.
5. These took about 10 minutes to cook. If you want the egg to be more runny, cook the sweet potato for about 8-10 minutes first and then crack in the egg and cook for about 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro after these come out of the oven. Use a spoon and spoon each out onto a plate and enjoy. Sprinkle with hot sauce and more salt if desired. #lenaskitchenblog#whole30#whole30recipes#whole30breakfast#castironcooking
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#Whole30 Day 20 Complete! Breakfast and lunch today consisted of eggs/fruit/almond butters since I was traveling, so I decided to spoil myself for dinner! Cajun Salmon over spicy zuchinni noodles. This literally took less than 10 minutes. :)
1.) Use your spiralizer to make one zuchinni into "zoodles".
2.) Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium high heat.
3.) Sprinkle salt and Cajun seasoning over your salmon filet. Cook 2 minutes on each side until blackened, then remove from pan.
4.) Add 1 more tbsp olive oil to the pan, then add your diced red bell pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
5.) Add in the zoodles and cook for another 2 minutes until softened.
6.) Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir until combined.
7.) Serve salmon over your zoodles and enjoy!
Struggling to find a healthy snack while eating clean? Make kale chips. Even if you don't like kale, I dare you to try them!! What's the worst that could happen? 🤔 Step by step instructions for the perfect kale chips are in my stories 💚
Plus, making them yourself is SO much cheaper then buying them premade. And tastier in my opinion 😋
This bowl will likely get demolished from stress eating during Game of Thrones tonight. WHO IS GOING TO DIE?!? srsly.
Salmon Sunday comin in 🔥 I finally tried cooking salmon on a skillet instead of baking it and it came out soo dang perfect 🙌🏼 Paired with roasted veggies and I think I found my new favorite easy dinnah 🤤
The past few days have been amazing. Thank you to everyone for all the congratulations and kind words. We are feeling so loved 🤗😄 After eating and drinking all the things this weekend, I'm ready for lots veggies in my life. Whipped up this easy dinner of some sautéed @veggienoodleco sweet potato spirals and chicken + lots of veggies and a hatch chili dressing (recipe below)! One pan dinners for the win after a crazy weekend #ad ⠀
for the hatch chili dressing: 1/2 cup soaked and rinsed cashews + 3 roasted hatch chilis (I used 1 hot and 2 mild) + 1/2 cup water + juice of 1 lime + handful of cilantro + 1/4 tsp garlic powder + pinch of red pepper flakes + salt & pepper - blend it all in your @vitamix and enjoy!⠀
It’s not often that I throw something together and I feel like a chef. 🎉 But tonight, I was a master chef 👩🏼🍳. Y’all! You have to try this combo 😍 butternut squash, buffalo shredded chicken and a fried crispy egg. Holy taste buds. Everything tasted ❗️SO GOOD❗️ together! I promise, the buffalo chicken recipe will be on the blog on Wednesday! ||#Secondheartpaleo#callmechefmegan
Did you have a great weekend?! Ours surely flew by! Looking forward to starting up a new wellness accountability group tomorrow as I need to step my workout game up 🤣.. Anyhow- tonight's dinner was a yummy treat. Totally a new fan of @cookingclassy as I found this great sweet potato and lentil dish served over some basmati rice ( woah it's been awhile 😳🍚). Hope you all have a fantastic start to your week. 🌻
I didn't want to go grocery shopping so I had to scrounge up something. My go to is always salmon patties with sweet potatoes. Unfortunately, I ran out of parchment paper and had to use foil, which, as you can see, didn't exactly work out...😒. I also roasted up a cabbage steak with EVOO and some simple spices. The tastiest part=burnt pieces.
chicken salad 😍 romaine, tomatoes, red onion, cukes, black olives, sliced almonds, and marinated roasted chicken! i made my own ranch from my whole30 mayo 😍 it was so good i want to put it on everything! 🤤
Crushin' so hard on you right now... 🍓🍐🍎🍋@1915organic...
#ProductReview : these are kinda my current obsession. So refreshing. So revitalizing. So good. And not crazy sweet. So it's kinda perfect basically.
Digging in to these Greek Chicken Meatballs and Greek Salad for dinner last night. Thanks to my clients who ordered this dish...now I get to enjoy the leftovers!
As promised! #Whole30 Sweet Potato Beef Chili is up on the blog! Judging by the love I got from the @cookinglight share, I'd say you guys are ready for fall. This hearty, comforting chili is loaded with fiber, nutrients, and one serving packs your entire daily recommended value of protein! Plus, it's such a cozy fall meal that's just perfect for a chilly night. Or should I say chili night 😜🤷🏻♀️#whole30life#whole30dinner#paleorecipes#paleoeats#chili#yummy 😋
It's time for a GIVEAWAY! Y'all know how much I love Whole30. I did my first round in 2015 and I credit it for sending me down the path of healthy eating and FINALLY avoiding processed foods. 🙌🏻 (This from the woman who once enjoyed a six pack of diet soft drinks A DAY and many many bags of cheetohs.) I've done five rounds of @Whole30 since my first. It has TRANSFORMED the way my family looks at food and what we even call food. It's such an awesome way to reset when I feel myself slipping into unhealthy eating habits or just getting lazy about food. I love it! .........................................................................
Today I'm teaming up with two other food bloggers who I adore and who love to share real food recipes too. We're giving away ALL FOUR WHOLE30 BOOKS. You heard that right. The winner gets all four books seen in this photo! This is perfect for anyone who has been thinking of trying Whole30 or doing a second or third round! But hey, maybe you already have one or two of these books. That's cool. Win all four and share the love by giving away one or two to a friend! ...............................................................
WANT TO ENTER? Here's how it works! 🍍
1. Like this photo.
2. Tag a friend (or two or three or fifty) who you'd like to join you in a round of Whole30! Each tag must be in a separate comment and each tag/comment counts as an EXTRA ENTRY! The more friends you tag the more entries you have!
3. Follow @thewholecook, @healthylittlepeach, & @happilythehicks.
4. That's it! One winner will be selected at random to receive all four books. Giveaway closed to new entries Tuesday night at 11:59 PM CST. Winner will be announced on the morning of Wednesday 8/23.
Note: Whole30 and Instagram are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. Participants must be at least 18 years old and reside in the United States or Canada.
GOOD LUCK!! XOXO
This spoke to me so much! I'm a bit of a cookie monster. I LOVE cookies! I love cookie dough. I love baking cookies. I love the smell of cookies. I love the chewy outside and gooey inside. I love eating cookies! I love them cold, hot, same day, or week old! Cookies, Cookies, Cookies! Which is why I don't bake them very often. 🤣
I'm not posting food pics today because I'm just eating leftovers. 😝 We eat a lot of leftovers. But after everything yesterday, I almost went and bought soft serve ice cream for the hubs and me. He suggested it because by the time bed time came around, I needed something fun and he was trying to be sweet. But we didn't get it!
Lena from @lenaskitchenblog here sharing a recipe for Baba Ganoush, which is a Middle Eastern eggplant dip made with eggplant (of course!), tahini, garlic & lemon juice! Perfect @whole30 dip to prep for the week today after grabbing some gorgeous eggplants at the farmers market or store.
makes approximately 6 servings
2 medium or little eggplants (about 2 pounds)
1/4 cup tahini, Whole30 compliant
1/4 cup lemon juice
2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 teaspoon olive oil, optional
1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position & turn broiler on (high heat).
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
3. Place eggplants onto the baking sheet & prick in several places using a fork. This helps steam escape while the eggplants roast.
4. Broil eggplants 2 minutes on all sides. The skin will darken a little and begin to smell smoky, adding lots of flavor to the dip.
5. Turn broiler off, but do not remove eggplants from the oven.
6. Turn heat down to 375 F, & then roast eggplants until very soft; 20 to 30 minutes. Cool 10 to 15 minutes until easily handled.
7. Meanwhile, combine tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin & salt in a medium bowl. Set aside so the flavors meld.
8. Split the roasted eggplants, drain excess liquid, scrape out the flesh & add to the tahini mixture. (Discard excess liquid & skins).
9. Mash eggplant into tahini mixture with a fork until somewhat smooth with some texture remaining. Cool to room temperature then stir in parsley & drizzle the top with olive oil. Store in an airtight container & refrigerate up to 5 days.
10. Enjoy as a dip with fresh veggies or top some grilled chicken and my tomato & onion salad from a few posts back. #lenaskitchenblog#whole30#whole30recipes#babaganoush#iamwhole30
My banana pancakes 🥞(@whole30approved)! Basis is the two-ingredients pancakes made only with banana 🍌 + egg 🥚
I add cacao (almost 🍫) nibs and @madeinnature fruit fusion super-berries (see my story)
Not pictured is my husband adding honey 🍯 (not @whole30 approved) and me adding drizzled cashew butter and fresh blueberries and blackberries 🤤
After my post on how we're eating healthy for $59.97 this week, I got some requests for my meal plan. Not a single day of leftovers! 🙌🏻 i hate leftovers 🤢
How'd I do it? (Check out my live video 🎥 from earlier for an in depth look) ✔️See what I had in the freezer (we had a ton of meat, this helped cut the bill down significantly so I planned around what we had) ✔️Shop the sales at 2 stores, max (Jewel has whole pork look for 1.49/lb!) ✔️Make meals the whole family loves (don't be a short order cook!)👨🍳 ✔️be flexible with your produce. If grapes are on sale, the kids are getting grapes 🍇 ☺️ You CAN eat delicious food while losing weight and hitting your goals. No crazy diets, just great whole foods.
If you're looking to learn more, my next group is OPEN!! I saw recipes, meal plans, grocery lists, and so much MORE to make your life easier. You CAN do this!!! 👉🏻📲💌👭💕
Seeing all of the beautiful #bowlsbylee from @leefromamerica have been making me drool, so I attempted one of my own! Am I doing it?? I think I need to add a few more things in there 😉 hers are always gloriously overflowing with goodies.
All the greens, covered in a homemade lemon-tahini-rosemary dressing, topped with chicken, figs, tomato, dried cherries, and sunflower seeds. 😋
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Once you’re sensitized to the negative effects of unhealthy choices, it gets easier to turn down what used to seem impossible to resist. — Mark Sisson
Big, beautiful, messy, and sprawling. That's how I like my Sunday breakfasts 💚
This breakfast hash was a great way to use up my CSA veggies: kale, peppers, zucchini, sweet potato, jalapeno, and sausage. Seriously so flavorful and filling! Just threw it all in a cast iron skillet with come coconut oil and spices 👍
Plus, check out my man's @wild_friends drizzle on those pancakes in the background! I think I'm rubbing off on him 😉 it's our first time trying the chocolate coconut peanut butter and it is to die for.