Friday, January 27, 2017

Day 24 of the Whole 30 and thinking about my garden :-)

So close to my 30 days being up on the Whole 30!!!!
It truly hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. Eating so much healthier, can't wait to weigh myself to see the total weight lost. All of us are excited about that part, lol.

I prep the egg scrambles sometimes the night before if Jerry is leaving for work even earlier than normal. That way he can just heat them up when he's ready at work. This one I cooked onions and portabella mushrooms in a little olive oil, added the eggs seasoned with salt then when they were about cooked threw in some spinach leaves and cooked till wilted. So delicious and filling.

Used my inspiralizer to make zoodles out of two sweet potatoes. It works really well, although be sure the suction cups are secure before you start or it does slide a bit. You can find it on Amazon. (link below) Very easy to change the blade by turning a knob! So you can create different types of zoodles using different vegetables.


   I also purchased this book Inspiralize everything to get some new recipe ideas too. I'm really                                               enjoying it, it has some great recipes in it, clean and healthy!

I made this delicious chicken hash from the first Whole 30 book (page 228). Serves 2. I put the sweet potatoes that I inspiralized into this dish. :-) Very good!!! I doubled it to feed my family and had a little leftover for lunches the next day.

2 Tablespoons cooking fat
1 pound boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch dice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 sweet potato, peeled and grated
1 Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup apple cider
2 generous handfuls of arugula or spinach (I used spinach)
Splash of apple cider vinegar

In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat, be sure oil covers all of pan. When hot add chicken, don't crowd the pieces then season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned. Turn chicken to brown the other side and add walnuts, toast them about 2-3 minutes, shake the pan so walnuts get toasted and don't burn. Add sweet potato, apple, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often until chicken gets fully cooked.

Add the apple cider and mix all the ingredients together. Add arugula or spinach and cook gently stirring until leaves are wilted. Drizzle with apple cider vinegar and serve immediately. ENJOY! :-)

Our cat Mirabelle was enjoying it from afar, lol. She always comes up and begs at dinner time, I've never seen a cat do that before.

One of the first things on my mind when I saw this yard was where I was going to be able to put in a nice garden.  This area of land is right off the back side of our garage accessible through garage or by our back door where we have the dogs fenced in yard. The thing I like about the house is when you come in from the garage you walk into a large laundry room with a big sink etc. It's perfect area for gardening items and we also have a hose right by the dog's gate too. So watering everything will be easy! We'd also love to get chickens back in this new home... we miss the eggs and the entertainment they bring ;-) If you are new to my blog check out the previous posts listed above under chickens and Jerry's projects. He built an amazing chicken coop for our chickens we raised at our last home.

Hayley took these panoramic shots for me with her phone as I didn't have mine with me the other day.

I think it will be the perfect little area and I'm so excited to start planning it all out! That's Jerry's shed and behind it is our pond. The electric company recently came out and fixed our poles that were leaning. Also gave us a new LED dawn to dusk light. We had to pay to have electric run to the shed for him so he can work on projects. He still has a lot of sorting and organizing to do in there. The buildings in the distance belong to 2 different neighbors, along with the old truck on the hill.

It's not as slanted as it looks, I think the panoramic picture changes the perception. It slants down off the driveway but then it levels out. I will be sure to do some gardening posts as we get started. So many things I want to do this year to the yard, etc. So many options with this house and yard, I just love it here. :-)

OK this really distorted it, but you can see the steps where you walk down just off the garage, the dog pen area, the crawl space and where the hose is located. :-)

I really miss my gardens back in Ohio... but we will make this place our own and the hard work will pay off! I just know it will!

                                                         Enjoy your Friday evening!!!

        "Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just plant a garden."  Robert Brault


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NanaDiana said...

That will be a great spot for a garden, Jill. It is always fun to have something to plan for and see come to fruition.
Good for you for sticking to your Whole 30. I almost wish I had gone back on the full 'initial' plan. I did step two this time and it is not as restrictive but I also think I don't get the results I did with the regular Whole 30 plan. One of my big things is that eggs do not like me. lol Not sure if I have an allergy to them or what- but they upset my stomach and make me feel yucky. I don't have that reaction when they are in something but scrambled eggs, or poached, whatever just cause me problems.
I will be anxious to hear how you did at the end of the 30 days. Hang on-you are almost there. xo Diana

McVal said...

OOH! Robb got a spiral veggie slicer for his birthday, but I think he's only used it once, if at all... We need to dig it out and do more with it. That looks delish!

Dianna said...

Hello Jill,

I enjoyed your excitement about your new home and looking forward to planting a garden. I spent some time looking around your blog this evening and I gather that you have recently moved. I saw the chicken coop that your husband built for your chickens at your previous home. Very nice...and your chickens were beautiful! I know you miss them.

It was fun to get a little view of your family life...I always enjoy seeing families who enjoy being together.

Thank you for sharing about your Whole 30 journey. Will you do it again? I will be interested in hearing how you did weight wise. It seems that I am on the scale every day, but I know that is not the most sensible way to do it. So, thinking of going 30 days without weighing really would be hard for me.

Have a great weekend!

Linda said...

I am excited for you about your garden plans! Louis Dean would love one but he needs to clean up the mess in the back yard first! Someday he may have one here at the ranch where our camper is!
I'll be looking forward to your garden posts!

mamasmercantile said...

Looking forward to seeing over time how your garden and projects develop over the coming months. Well done for sticking to the healthier lifestyle.

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Awesome job on Whole 30. I'm excited to read about your gardenn plans. We can't have a garden where we are at the moment but we did plant tomatoes in a flower bed. They were wonderful last year.