Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ribeye Lettuce Wraps with Sweet Pepper Guacamole (Whole30)

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This is definitely my favorite Whole30 recipe. I used the blackening season I normally use, which I love, and then decided to serve the steak on lettuce instead of in a tortilla. Since I used ribeye, the meat is really moist and flavorful. Adding sweet peppers to the guacamole gives the topping a little twist and a yummy crunch. I'm definitely planning on making this again soon, even when not on our diet. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 1.5-2 lbs. ribeye steak
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Romaine lettuce, for serving
  • Fresh salsa, for serving
For Sweet Pepper Guacamole:
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 2 small sweet peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
For the ribeye: Mix salt, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and stir to combine. Rub mixture on both sides of ribeye steak.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add ribeye and cook for 3 minutes to sear. Flip and cook an additional 3 minutes.

Transfer to oven and cook for 10 minutes, depending on desired doneness. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice into strips.

For the guacamole: Cut the avocados in half and scoop out the insides. Place in a mixing bowl. Mash the avocados with a fork, leaving them slightly lumpy.

Add onion, tomato, peppers and cilantro to the avocado and stir to combine. Add salt and lime juice. Taste and adjust accordingly.

To serve: Top lettuce leaves with steak, guacamole and fresh salsa. Enjoy!

Source: SK Original

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Garlic Paprika Smashed Parmesan Potatoes (Whole30)

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Forget potato salad this summer. Who needs those extra calories by adding loads of mayonnaise to an already carb-filled side? Smashed potatoes are soft with a crispy exterior, and are drizzled with olive oil, spices and Parmesan cheese for a burst of flavor. You'll thank me. Enjoy!

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Ingredients
  • 12 oz. baby yellow potatoes
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated (omit if doing Whole30)
Put the potatoes in a large saucepan and fill with water. Make sure the water rises at least 1-inch over the potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 30 minutes.

Alternatively, you can make a small slit in the top of each potato and microwave for about 7 minutes per pound, or until the potatoes are tender. This might take less time depending on the size of your potatoes.

Set your broiler to medium.

When they potatoes are done, place on paper towels to dry them off. Once dry, transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet. Use a paper towel or paper plate to carefully mash them to 1/4-inch thick.

Mix the oil, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, pepper, salt and Parmesan cheese together. Drizzle a small amount of oil mixture over top of each smashed potato.

Set the potatoes under the broiler for 5-8 minutes or until they become crispy. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Enjoy immediately.

Source: SK Original

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

S'mores Sushi

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Okay let's take a little break from all the diet-friendly recipes and get back to the good stuff! :)

No campfire? No problem! Bring your favorite fire-side snack to the comfort of your living room with little hassle. Combining Rice Krispie Treats with the flavors of everyones favorite campfire treat will make any summer night better. You really can't go wrong with anything that involves marshmallow fluff, chocolate and graham crackers. And it's much less messy for the kiddos. You'll seriously make their (and your) summer with these. Enjoy!

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Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 10 oz. mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 2 cups marshmallow fluff
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted, plus more for serving (or can use chocolate syrup for serving)
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and grease with cooking spray. In a pot over low heat, melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir until melty. Turn off heat and immediately stir in cereal. Stir until completely coated.

Press mixture onto prepared pan and pat into a thin even rectangle. Spread fluff in a single layer and sprinkle with graham crackers, pressing in to make sure they stick. Pour melted chocolate over graham crackers and use a spatula to smooth into an even layer.

Slice sushi in half lengthwise, then roll up halves, starting from the long side.

Refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

Slice into sushi rolls and serve with melted chocolate or chocolate syrup.

Source: Delish

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes (Whole30)

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When you're told you can't have sweets, you crave sweets. Isn't that just how it works? So when I was desperately wanting something sweet on the third day of my Whole30 diet, I resorted to these 2-ingredient "pancakes." They don't have flour, sugar or any of the normal stuff that pancakes are made with. But they have a banana (so they have flavor). And they have eggs (so they rise a little). And the natural sugar from the banana gave them the sweetness I so very much craved. My kids loved these as well, so I call that a win. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large banana
  • 2 eggs
  • Strawberries, sliced, for serving
  • Blueberries, for serving
  • Raspberries, for serving
  • Blackberries, for serving

Mash banana in a small bowl. Add eggs and stir well to combine.

Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray.

Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop spoonfuls of the banana mixture onto the pan in a circle shape. Cook for about 3 minutes per side or until set and beginning to brown. Flip and cook the other side for an additional 2-3 minutes. Repeat with remaining banana mixture. Top with fruit and enjoy!

Source: SK Original

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce (Whole30)

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Here's another Whole30 recipe for you! It's basically the same as my go-to spaghetti squash recipe, but I added meat to the sauce and eliminated cheese. I would have used fresh tomatoes, but I didn't have enough on hand so I resorted to canned tomatoes. Either would be equally as yummy! This was really hearty and filling and we all enjoyed it!

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Ingredients
  • 2 large spaghetti squash
  • 1.25 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 (29 oz.) can low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. basil leaves
  • Dash of red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.

Cut the squash in half. Remove all the seeds and pulp with a spoon and place cut side down on the baking sheet.

Place squash in the oven. Cook for 50 minutes.


Meanwhile, brown beef in a large pan. Once browned, drain but leave a very little fat at the bottom of the pan. Keep beef aside. 

Add the garlic to the pan with the beef drippings. Saute for 10 seconds, then add the tomato paste and cook for an additional 30 seconds. 

Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and basil leaves. Cook until starts to simmer, and then add beef back into the pan. Stir to combine. 

Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. 

Once squash is done, flip each half over and use a fork to scoop up the stringy pulp.

Top each squash half with a few spoonfuls of sauce. Serve immediately.

Source: SK Original