Which came first; the chicken or the egg? In this post, the chicken. The big, beautiful, whole roaster chicken to be exact. When preparing for a cleanse, I like to make a whole chicken (or two to have a lot of leftovers). Depending how many people you’re feeding, a whole roaster can get you 3 meals.

The first meal is obviously, you guessed it, roasted chicken. This is easily one of my favorite simple meals. Paired with sautéed spinach and cauliflower rice. My mom (hi mom) is the “oven stuffer roaster queen”. She gets her plastic gloves out and pulls the neck and bag out of the inside of that chicken and tosses it in a tin. Bake for the first 20 minutes on 400 (to kill all the bacteria) and then lower the temp to 350 for about another hour 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165. We’re old school still and I haven’t even opened my pressure cooker I’ve had for a year.

The second meal, and a fan favorite, is buffalo chicken dip. My husband loves it and nobody even knows it’s “paleo”. Serve with veggies or stuff in lettuce wraps or on a salad. (celery and cucumber are my favorite with this) or seite Foods grain free tortilla chips post cleanse. *this recipe can also be served cold for a quick meal. Definitely a crowd pleaser.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

1-1.5lb shredded chicken breast

1/2c Franks hot sauce

1/2c Sir Kensington mayonnaise

1tbsp primal kitchen ranch dressing

Mix all ingredients together and bake @350 for 25 minutes.

The third meal is curried chicken salad. You can always leave the curry powder out, but it gives it that special something.

Curried Chicken Salad

1-1.5lb shredded chicken breast

1/2c Sir Kensington mayonnaise

1tbsp curry powder (more depending on taste)

Chopped veggies (I’ve added cucumber, peppers, celery, and carrots depending what I had) just make sure to chop small

1/4c chopped pecans or sunflower seeds (or both!)

Mix all ingredients and serve on top of romaine or in a lettuce wrap.

Snow day! What’s the first thing you think about? Eating all day long, right? For those of you on cleanse or doing whole30 (or another diet), a snow day can be REALLY difficult. Stick with it though!

I cooked ALL DAY LONG. Paleo muffins, Italian Wedding soup, and chicken Parmesan (dairy free, Ofcourse). It was a great day.

Ingredients (note: I’m estimating on the measurements)

5 Chicken breasts

3/4c Anthony’s Goods tapioca flour (amazon)

1/3c Anthony’s Goods nutritional yeast

Salt/pepper to taste

Kerrygold grassfed butter

Extra virgin olive oil

1 jar Raos Arrabiata Sauce

Directions

Mix together tapioca, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper into a shallow dish (I use throw away tins for easy cleanup 👍🏻)

Slice chicken breasts lengthwise to make them thinner. Unless you buy chicken tenders. I used thick chicken breasts so slicing them was easier to cook.

Dredge chicken in the flour mixture and coat both sides.

Heat about 2tbsp butter and 1tbsp EVOO in a pan.

Cook chicken about 3 minutes (depending how thick) then flip and cook about 3 minutes on the other side.

While cooking the chicken, pour sauce in a pan and heat to a simmer.

When the chicken is finished, add to the sauce and let simmer.

I served with spaghetti squash and arugula salad. SO good. Husband approved!

If you’re like me, you don’t want to leave the house when it’s cold and windy. (Ie, today here in Delaware). Soups are my wintertime go to because they’re so comforting and hearty. I tend to use the same base for a lot of my soups too, but the nice thing is that it’s so versatile. Sauté whichever veggies you have with a little olive oil then throw in broth and meat. Voila! Like I always say, read labels. There are so many hidden ingredients in everything. Watch for sugar especially in chicken broth.

This soup includes

Carrots

Celery

Onion

Mushrooms

Cauliflower rice

Sauté all veggies with olive oil until soft.

Chicken (I had leftover already cooked from an oven roasted chicken)

Chicken broth

Salt, pepper and thyme to taste

After the veggies were done I threw in the chicken and broth and just warmed it through (about 15 min).

ENJOY! And let me know if you try it and switch up the veggies or meat, I’d love to hear from you.

***cleanse approved

3F69E1FC-6F7A-4CC9-9476-D7BE4B022200Happy New Year! I’m hoping everyone has had a great holiday and start to the new year. If one of your goals is to get healthy, I highly suggest a paleo cleanse. You can get all of the information you need at www.poshpaleo.com Then, come back here for some tips and recipes along the way.

  1. Prepare- when I say prepare I don’t just mean meals. Yes, being prepared with fresh food or prepped meals makes it much easier and basically fool proof but you have to be mentally prepared as well. Be confident in yourself that you can make it through the week. It’s 7 days….7. Plan a cleanse around events or things that may get in your way of success. Trust me, you can do it and with your mind ready you can conquer anything thrown your way. When I did my first cleanse I was ready to make a change in my life. I was comfortable with 7 days because it was so achievable. 21 or 30 days just seemed so long, but I surprisingly continued past 7 days and ended up losing 18 pounds over a 3 month period. I wasn’t deprived of anything because I wasn’t craving it. It was a perfect jumpstart into a new lifestyle that was attainable.
  2. Stay busy- for me, when I’m running errands or doing things around the house I don’t think about eating. Time flies quickly. Go for a walk or get lost in a book. If you have kids, that may not be the easiest thing to do, but kids love walks and playing outside too. 
  3. EAT- follow the guidelines of the cleanse and make sure you’re eating enough. If you take it upon yourself to cut back because you think you’re eating too many calories or just eating too much in general, you’re not. It’s not HOW MUCH you’re eating this week, it’s WHAT you’re eating. And don’t let anyone criticize your plate 🙄 my husband is notorious for saying I eat too much. (I Criticize him for eating too little and junk 🤷🏻‍♀️) Don’t let it get to you, your body needs fat to fuel you. Humans were meant to eat this way, not sugar laden carbs that only fill you for 10 minutes then make you feel like you got hit by a bus (that’s what it does to me, anyway)
  4. Hydrate- how many times have you thought you were hungry and had a drink and then you weren’t so hungry?  None? Maybe so, but it does work. Water is key, but if you’re used to a 3pm soda, have a tsp of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8oz of water. It gives it slight carbonation and may satisfy that fizzy void. It’s not a face cringing flavor with that ratio. Otherwise, unsweetened almond milk with nutmeg and cinnamon is a nice “nightcap”. 
  5. Don’t give up- just don’t. Keep going. This cleanse is extreme but it WORKS. Push through the wants and the sugar addiction because that’s what it is ; addiction to sugar. You’ll thank yourself that you did. You, and only you, control what you put in your mouth. (Again, if you have children, that statement is about 99% correct). Pay attention to your body and be mindful of what you’re feeling. Get past the tough times because there will be some. It’s worth it, I promise. 

We had a busy day here. A dental appointment, school, shopping for our Easter dinner tablescape and baking cookies. It was a great day with the cutest bunnies around.

It wasn’t my intention to bake, but when I found these super cute aprons at Macy’s and some bunny cookie cutters, I just couldn’t help myself. (Thanks mom for holding down the fort).

I found a great recipe to try from Feasting on Fruit Blog. I had all of the ingredients but cut the recipe in half because we need more cookies around here like a hole in the head. The original recipe is as follows. I think my favorite part about this recipe is that it doesn’t use eggs. Little fingers are SO quick and it’s really frowned upon to eat raw dough. My daughter was loving the uncooked dough as we were cutting the shapes out.

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract (I used but it’s optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all the cookie ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix to form a ball of dough. I used a spatula and it was easy to work with (I chilled for about 25 minutes because… kids. But it’s not necessary)

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Cover your work surface with a sheet of wax or parchment paper and lightly dust with almond flour.

Roll out the dough to approximately 1/4 inch thickness adding more flour on top as necessary so the rolling pin (or glass bottle if you don’t have one!) doesn’t stick.

Cut out the cookies into any shape you like

Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Collect the dough scraps. Re-roll and cut out as many cookies as you can fit.

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and cool completely before frosting.

 

I used a normal royal icing recipe I found on Pinterest. Hope you make these and enjoy!