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The Chic Bag Chick

I love Jesus, am married to a firefighter, am a nurse, learning to cook (while dealing with a gluten allergy), sew, and keep house, love to crochet, and am a planner fanatic, as well as run several small businesses. This is my life…a little bit of everything, which you'll find here on this blog!

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Whole30 day 1!

Well, today we started our Whole30, but yesterday was so busy, that I woke up this morning with the “oh crap!” feeling…because I hadn’t had a chance to prepare breakfast ahead of time, or even go grocery shopping! 😳 lol thankfully, we already had sweet potatoes and eggs, so I whipped up some breakfast. I have to admit, it was nice to sit and have a quick breakfast together! We have never done that, due to varying work schedules and of course, health problems that make me exhausted. But this was nice.

Day 1 breakfast: sweet potatoes fried in coconut oil, and eggs fried in olive oil (didn’t work well lol, but I didn’t have ghee).

Then, I loaded up my meal planner and grocery list (I’ll be doing a blog post soon on my recent “conversion” to the Happy Planner,  and why it makes my life so much more organized! 😁), and headed to the one and only, Costco. 😜


I had to hit Walmart for green onions and cilantro, but was able to get most everything at Costco. We are already stocked on beef and chicken, so this is pretty much all fresh produce, and it made me extremely happy! I already felt healthier. 😂


For lunch, I was going to need to hurry and make my own taco seasoning, since our pre-made, store-bought mix has sugar in it. 😖

Taco seasoning:

1/2 cup chili powder

2 Tbsp garlic powder

1/4 cup onion powder

1 Tbsp pepper

1 Tbsp smoked paprika

1 Tbsp salt

2 Tbsp cumin powder

1/4 cup dried chopped onion

Mix together! I found that it takes about 2 Tbsp per pound of ground beef, depending on your taste. I added only a tiny bit of water to my ground beef to mix this in. It was so delicious, I think we will keep making our own! There is plenty left, so I stored in a Rubbermaid, since we have several taco-themed items on the menu. 


Day 1 lunch: Lettuce Wrap Tacos

Lettuce leaves (we like this artisan romaine at Costco-it’s perfect for wraps!)

Diced tomatoes or salsa (I hadn’t made homemade, sugar free salsa yet)

Browned ground beef with the homemade taco seasoning from above 

It was amazingly delish! 


After lunch, I sat down to check out what I needed to do next, according to my meal plan for the week. I’m a huge believer in prepping food ahead of time, although I’m still working on how to most efficiently execute that idea lol.


I started dinner while also prepping some breakfast items.

I put 2 sweet potatoes in my Instant Pot on a trivet with 1 cup of water, placed the lid on and turned the valve to seal, and set to cook on manual for 23 minutes.


I had cooked up some sugar free bacon, and saved the bacon grease…so I chopped up some red potatoes, and threw those in to cook. *licks lips*


I put the salmon in a bit later, I cut into fillets, and layered on a trivet in my second IP with 1 cup of water. Looking back, I would’ve cut that large piece in half, even though it was thin. And I also would’ve layered foil, because when it was finished, the fillets suck together pretty good. 🙈 

Anyway, I sprinted a bit of Italian seasoning, and set that on manual for 6 minutes.


Next, I worked on making Mini Breakfast Egg Bakes to have on hand for the mornings. 

Ingredients:

Cooked and crumbled bacon, desired amount

Approx. 4 cups spinach, chopped or torn into smaller pieces

Approx. 2 cups chopped mushrooms

Approx. 25 eggs, beaten (makes 24 servings)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. After preparing all ingredients, start by placing spinach, mushrooms, and bacon into muffin tins. I try and make sure not too much is sticking out. This picture just shows the various layers I did while filling the cups.


2. Pour beaten egg over ingredients in muffin tins. Don’t fill too full! (I seasoned my egg with a bit of Montreal steak seasoning)


3. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. 

When we took ours our, for some reason, some of the egg puffed up super high!  😂 I tried to get a pic, but they were already settling down, and eventually went back to normal size.


I stuck them in a Rubbermaid with foil layers, and then we can grab a couple out of the fridge on busy mornings and reheat in the microwave. Yum!


When the potatoes finished, I put them in a container for quick breakfasts or snacks. So delicious!!


Ok, back to dinner! The potatoes and salmon finished about the same time. Naturally release the salmon, don’t do a quick release ok the IP.

I removed the sweet potatoes and placed on our plates, emptied the IP, poured a cup of water in, and then put the steamer basket in with some broccoli, and set on “steam” with a time of “0.” When it finishes, use a quick release for the steam. This cooks it so incredibly quick, I love it!


Day 1 supper: “Baked” (IP) Sweet Potatoes with coconut oil and cinnamon, IP Salmon, and Steamed Broccoli


Overall, even in the rush, today was a success! 

Now on to tomorrow! 😁

Mission: Healthy lifestyle

Well, here I sit, at almost the heaviest I’ve ever been. *sigh*

How did I get here? A combination of various medical issues, including PCOS, Hashimoto’s, a wheat allergy, narcolepsy, and 11 miscarriages. My body hates me so badly. Ugh. I feel sluggish, and walk around with a foggy brain most of the time. People throw these kind of symptoms around to describe a hangover, or staying up til 3am and having to be up for work again by 6, but these symptoms are no joke to me. They bog me down, prevent me from getting hardly anything done, and they can throw in a bad day with no warning, leaving me unable to do much other than sleep and hit the bathroom. It’s torturous. 

We’ve cleaned up our eating considerably over the years…when we got married almost 4 years ago, we lived off convenience foods. It was horrendous. Almost 2 years ago, we discovered that a large portion of my mysterious health problems was being caused by a serious wheat allergy. It’s rough! So we’ve eliminated wheat in every tiny form, and rarely eat out due to cross-contamination risks, and also budget. 

But it’s still not enough! AGH!

So, we are embarking on the Whole30 journey, and I intend to blog my way through! So if you’re interested in doing it yourself, you’ll be able to see firsthand how I feel, look, and what I eat! =D

Bring it on!!

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