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Easy Menu Plan and Goals

Another week of gorgeous weather! We played at the park, went on walks, and enjoyed every minute of it. The cold will be returning this week. Saturday, we had an impromptu visit from my husband’s parents and nephew. They came the afternoon and evening and the kids enjoyed playing and we visited and ate some yummy Italian food from a local restaurant.

Easy and healthy menu plan and goals! What our family of 4 is eating and what I'm going to attempt to get done.

I’m hoping this week will involve my 20 month old sleeping better. I think he’s started working on his molars and nights have been brutal. They have to come in eventually, right?

Easy and healthy menu plan and goals! What our family of 4 is eating and what I'm going to attempt to get done.

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Italian with Shaun’s parents
  • Leftovers
  • Salads

Suppers:

  • Chinese with Shaun’s parents
  • Fajitas on homemade tortillas x 2
  • BLT Salad
  • Pizza
  • Guacamole and chips and veggies for the other 3 of us when Shaun’s gone one night.

Goals:

  • Read The Help
  • Continue with week for of the BeFit YouTube workout
  • Start cleaning the office. . . Blech. That’s going to take serious motivation.
  • Memorize 2 Bible verses
  • Write a guest post

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Easy Menu Plan and Goals

I think we might be finally crawling out of the Christmas busyness and hopefully settling into a bit of a routine. That is until new craziness hits, but hopefully that won’t be for a little while. I just checked the last one of these mini updates/menu plan/goals that I posted was from December 8. It’s been a while.

My favorite part of the Christmas holiday was actually the week after Christmas. I seemed that life slowed down enough to actually enjoy things. We spent a quiet New Year’s Eve home, I was able to hang out with some good childhood friends one afternoon, and another day had a movie night with another friend. It was nice to finish December with some calmness and relaxing.

We are now halfway through January with the grand intention of going through our house and organizing and throwing away. I’ve actually made decent progress but we have yet to hit the worst room in the house – my husband’s “office”/guest room/craft show storage. It will then get interesting.

I did a quick shopping trip yesterday and restocked up on produce but other than that I’m trying to use a lot of what we have in the house and make an easy menu plan around that.

Easy menu plan for our family of 4 and my goals for the week!

Breakfasts:

  • Leftover cinnamon rolls from small groups x 3
  • Sweet potato hash browns and scrambled eggs x 2
  • Broccoli egg bake
  • Oatmeal
  • Or something like that anyway. Breakfasts are easy in our house and scrambled eggs are a simple default.

Lunches:

Suppers:

Goals:

  • Continue with the BeFit Youtube exercise level 1
  • Thank you cards!
  • Budget meeting
  • Spend time in the Bible each day
  • Actually post this week
  • Get back into going through a blogging series

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Top Recipes of 2014

These are the most viewed recipes of 2014 on From this Kitchen Table!!! These need to go onto the menu plan. These are some great ones.

I have a post today that will make your stomach, menu plan, and Pinterest boards (follow mine here) happy! These are the most viewed recipes from 2014, and there are some good ones including my favorite breakfast dish, a go to 20 minute meal (can’t go wrong with butter, cheese, and cream), my easy way of making yogurt, and the broccoli pasta we are actually having for dinner tonight!

Have you made any of these? If you blog, what were your most viewed recipes?

Best Recipes of 2014:

10. Homemade Frozen Pizza

Homemade Frozen Pizza | Easy and tasty. No need to buy it from the store anymore.

9. Garlic Breadsticks

Garlic Breadsticks that are easy and delicious!

8. Broccoli Pasta

Broccoli Pasta coated with garlic and red pepper infused olive oil. Super simple and tons of flavor. Great as a side or main dish.

7. Homemade Yogurt (Slow Cooker Method)

Thick and Easy Homemade Yogurt (with or without a slow cooker) We LOVE this!

6. Baked Egg Rolls

Egg Rolls

5. Indian Layer Dip

Fabulous Indian Layer Dip. I couldn't stop eating this. Take a hummus base and give it an Indian twist and you have perfection.

4. Hamburger Noodle Casserole

Hamburger Noodle Casserole. Freezes great and is kid friendly.

3. Chicken Spaghetti (cream soup and Velveeta free)

Chicken Spaghetti without Velveeta or cream of chicken soup! Yay! We love this and the leftovers are awesome.

2. Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

This sweet potato breakfast casserole is amazing and can even be made the night before! The leftovers taste amazing as well and it's #paleo and #whole30 approved. SO GOOD!

1. The Best Alfredo Sauce

The best alfredo sauce. So creamy, flavorful, and super easy! We love this recipe.

Thanks for reading, pinning, and cooking these recipes the last year!

Do you have a favorite recipe you’ve made the last year?

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Tips for a Successful Whole30

The beginning of the year so many people tend to think about food, diets, and health. A great way to give your year a jump start, no matter your long term eating plan, is a Whole30.

A Whole30 is a great way to help heal your body and ditch cravings. It's not easy, but it's worth it! Here are some tips for a successful Whole30!

After months (maybe even years) of thinking about it, we completed our first Whole30 in October. What exactly is a Whole30? It’s a 30 day nutritional program a couple started over 5 years ago. It will change your cravings, habits, help heal your body, and give you a good restart. They have a great post of the many benefits here.

The rules (foods you can and can’t eat) can seem a little daunting. Knowing I was going to have to avoid so many foods that were a standard part of our mostly real food diet stopped me from committing for a long time. There are no sweeteners allowed of any kind (not even honey), no grains (quinoa, oats, rice etc), no legumes or peanut butter, no dairy, no carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites, and you also aren’t allowed to create plan ingredient approved “baked goods”. (It’s sort-of like a paleo plan but more strict.)

Ummmm, that’s a lot of nos! Where do you start and how do you ensure that you’ll finish out the 30 days strong?

I have 12 tips for a successful Whole30 to help you out!

1. Plan, Plan, Plan

Menu plan for all three meals and snacks. Plan for at least a week at a time or even for the whole 30 days. Food on this plan can take some more time to prepare, don’t leave it to the last minute or you’ll find yourself stressed or grabbing foods that aren’t on plan. Having a written menu help keep that from happening. Use Pinterest to keep track of recipes you’d like to try and find some great resources. I have a list of Whole30 Soup Recipes and Whole30 Breakfast Recipes to get you started.

Yum! Great list of soups that are ALL Whole30 approved. Need to check this out for my menu plan this week!

2. Mentally Prepare for a Hard Start

Don’t expect it to be a bed of roses! You will struggle and possible feel miserable the early days. I found myself thinking about food (I couldn’t eat) continuously! Be prepared for this and be prepared to stick it out. You can do it. Maybe plan your Whole30 to start when life won’t be too crazy or stressful.

3. Mentally Prepare to be Over it at the End

By the time 30 days are over you’ll probably be ready to just quit and think, “surely 27 days is good enough”. Knowing this will happen will allow yourself to combat it. Perhaps give yourself a reward if you stick out the 30 days.

4. Have the Entire Family Do It

Let me tell you, it would have been torture if everyone else in my house was eating cheese, grains, and chocolate and I had to watch. The temptation to take a bite would be huge. I didn’t cheat, but it was a family project. I’m not sure the results would have been the same otherwise.

5. Do it With a Friend

My sister and her husband did a Whole30 the same time we did. It was amazing! Having another person responsible for the majority of the cooking to talk to, was great. We could brainstorm together and take meals from each other’s menus, and, of course, keep each other accountable.

6. Repeat Meals

Please, don’t feel like you need to come up with 30 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. If you find a meal you love – especially one the kids love – make it every week. Or even more often.

20 Whole30 breakfast ideas and recipes! Great resource for healthy breakfasts - the hardest for me to come up with recipes for. (My FAVORTIE breakfast casserole is on this list)

7. Do Lot of Kitchen Prep at One Time

You’ll be using many fruits, vegetables, and meats during this month. Instead of spending hours in the kitchen each day preparing these items, take some time on the weekends to wash, peel, chop all the food you can for the next several days. Bonus, you only have to do those dishes once.

8. Plan for Leftovers to Save Time in the Kitchen

One of the big deterents of the Whole30 is the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen. Make extra one night so you can have leftovers on a busy day or use them for lunches.

9. Try New Things

If you don’t venture beyond scrambled eggs for breakfast and carrots and broccoli for your veggies, it will be a long 30 days. Get out of your rut. Trying cooking some veggies you don’t love in a new way and pick out some new produce you’ve never tried.

10. Save Up to Increase Your Grocery Budget

Set aside a little extra money before your Whole30 begins! We keep our grocery budget low and we definitely spent more during this challenge. Probably double what we normally spend. Only buying produce, meats, dried fruit, and nuts can get a little pricey. Watch for meats to get marked down and start stocking up in the months prior as well.

10 super easy ways to drastically lower your grocery budget! I've saved thousands of dollars doing these over the years. GREAT ideas!

11. Get Rid of Temptation

Had there been a bag of my favorite candy staring me in the face every time I opened up the cabinet or cheese in the refrigerator it would have been a really long month and I’d have been much more incline to just cheat a bite of something here or there. Bury them in the deepest part of your pantry, pass ingredients on to a friend, or toss them – do what it takes so they won’t be taunting you.

12. There’s NO Perfect Time

Our lives are busy. There’s always things going on. If you try to wait for the perfect 30 days where you have nothing going on that will take you out of your home, you’ll never do. That’s a big part of the reason it took me soooo long to commit. Find a time that works best – probably avoiding major holidays and birthdays of your family members – and put it on the calendar.

Lastly, don’t let fear keep you from getting started! Take the plunge and set aside 30 days for recharging your body, breaking cravings, and possibly losing a few inches and pounds and becoming a healthier you. You’ve got this, especially with these tips for a successful Whole30!

A Whole30 is a great way to help heal your body and ditch cravings. It's not easy, but it's worth it! Here are some tips for a successful Whole30!

Have you done a Whole30? What tips do you have?

Haven’t done a Whole30, are you thinking about it?

I’ve joined up with 40 other bloggers to share ways to make 2015 the best year ever! A Whole30 is a great way to jump start your health, but read below to see many of fabulous ideas.

A Whole30 is a great way to help heal your body and ditch cravings. It's not easy, but it's worth it! Here are some tips for a successful Whole30!

1. How to Set and Keep Goals to Make This the Best Year Ever | Jen @ Girl in Garage

2. 15 Ways to Stay Organised at Work During 2015 | Elizabeth Harrin @ A Girl’s Guide to Project Management

3. How Personal Style Will Help You Achieve Goals Faster in 2015 | Cherene Francis @ Aura Image Consulting

4. Completing Those Unfinished Projects in the NEW YEAR | Angela Lerew @ Unexpected Elegance

5. 42 Ways to Practice Perfectly & Become an Expert at Almost Anything | Amy Garro @ 13 Spools

6. Easy Exercises to do on a Cruise Ship | Amanda Woods @ Adventures All Around

7. 10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier This Year | Dawn @ Reveal Natural Health

8. 31 Days to a More Fabulous You | Julie Bonner @ Mom Fabulous

9. How to Make This the Best Gardening Year Ever | Kendra Spencer @ a Sonoma Garden

10. 5 Ways to Make this Your Best Monarch Season…Ever! | Tony Gomez @ Monarch Butterfly Garden

11. 12 Scriptures for Goals and Guidance | Julie @ Loving Christ Ministries

12. How to Build a Starter Emergency Fund in 30 Days or Less | Jackie Beck @ The Debt Myth

13. Family Verse of the Week Challenge for 2015 | Jamie Yonash @ Life is Sweeter By

Design

14. Hot Work at Home Jobs for 2015 | Holly Hanna @ The Work at Home Woman

15.  A Year of Intention | Hilary Bernstein @ Accidentally Green

16. 2015: Our Best Year Yet | Ashley @ Leaving the Rut

17. Create a Better Life Story | Bronwen Warner @ Tummy Time and Beyond

18. Get Ready to Get MDfit | Tom and Anne @ Eat & Be Fit

19. 5 Free Ways to Learn Something New This Year | Sarah Fuller @ Earning and Saving with Sarah Fuller

20. Healthy Leek Soup | Mirlandra @ Mirlandra’s Kitchen

21. Health Resolutions: Baby Steps to a New You | Ellen Christian @ Confessions of an

Overworked Mom

22. 5 Ways Busy Moms Can Get Motivated to Work Out | Diane Nassy @ philZENdia

23. Be Prepared for the New Year | Jennifer Dunham Starr @ The Memory Journalists

24. 3 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2015 | Joe Goodwill @Average Joe Cyclist

25. New Year’s Resolution: Cook More Often! | Kim Pawell @ Something New for Dinner

26. I Should What? 28 Ways to be Happier | Karen Young @ Hey Sigmund

27. 9 Ways to Get Healthier In The New Year | Amy Maus @ Home and Farm Sense

28. In 2015 Resolve to Take Control of Your Money | Kristia @ Family Balance Sheet

29. Eucharisteo: A Year of Thanksgiving | Lani Padilla @ Simply Fresh Vintage

30. No More Tears at IEP Meetings: Make This Your Best Year Ever! | Lisa Lightner @ A Day In Our Shoes

31. Learn to Save Money on Groceries | Melissa Buckles @ Everyday Savvy

32. How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution – For Real This Time! | Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies

33. 52 Weeks to a Better You: Week 1 – Go to Bed Early | Mindi Cherry @ Moms Need to Know

34. Food Street: How a Community Has Joined Forces to Start a Street Farm | Sam Walker @ Bubble ‘N Squeak

35. Organizing Coupons with the Binder Method | Sara Steigerwald @ Sisters Shopping on a Shoe String

36. How to Make This Year the Happiest Yet | Shambray @ Shambray.com

37. A New Year, A New You | Sharon Rowe @ How to Get Organized at Home

38. 5 Ways to Get Paid for Losing Weight This Year | Anna @ Real Ways to Earn Money at Home

39. Tips for Successful Whole30 | Deanna Michaels @ From This Kitchen Table

40. 75 Ways to Be Healthier in 2015 | Maryea Flaherty @ Happy Healthy Mama

41. How to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever! | Jennifer @ My Boys & Their Toys

Bonus links:

Fashion Resolutions:

How to Add Style to Any Outfit | Ellen Christian @ The Socialite’s Closet

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Menu Plan and Goals

The whirlwind time of year is here! Our third craft show of the year was Saturday and was the best one! It definitely helped make a long day more worth it. We had a prime location and some new products that sold really well. The craft shows really have been a lot of fun, but they are tiring, especially juggling the kids during the day. They did quite well though, until the very end. Sunday afternoon was spent picking up the house and grocery shopping, both or which desperately needed to happen.

Menu plan and goals for our family of 4! This week, leftovers are rocking it!

I had no intentions of making sugar cookies this year, but when my daughter said she want to make “sock cookies like on Curious George’s Christmas” I decided to go for it. She helped mix up half a batch of dough and learned how to roll and cut out the cookies. The decorating she did all on her own and I attempted to keep brother from destroying everything. :-)

This week and next are going to be busy ones once again. I think things will maybe slow down the actual week of Christmas. (But I probably shouldn’t say that too loudly or that won’t even happen.) I talked about this some on my Facebook page last week. Why does everything have to happen in the month of December? Can’t we have fall parties or New Year’s parties instead of Christmas ones? I, for one, would find those much more enjoyable! This time of year ends up being so busy that there isn’t time to slow down and truly enjoy it.

Menu plan and goals for our family of 4! This week, leftovers are rocking it!

Homemade vanilla ice cream with Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce! It turned out yummy. The sauce recipe will be getting posted soon.

Breakfasts:

  • Eggs
  • Smoothies
  • Pancakes from freezer
  • Granola

Lunches:

  • Baked Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes with carrots and pineapple
  • Pancakes from freezer
  • Or leftovers

Suppers:

  • Small Groups – Italian theme – brought bread sticks and dessert
  • Tomato Soup/Ladies’ Bible Study
  • Leftovers x 2 (or more) Our small group leaders sent us home with noodles, sauce, and bread that will make at least two meals!
  • Snack supper

Goals:

  • Etsy shop. . . Yep, didn’t happen again last week.
  • Get ready for a mini trip
  • Write two more posts (life was crazy last week and only 1 happened)
  • Put away craft show items
  • 18 month check up (he’s not a baby anymore)
  • Sleep. I’m at that point of exhaustion where I feel like I’m practically sleep walking. I can’t control whether the kids sleep through the night, but I can’t control what time I go to sleep at. Getting to bed earlier often means leaving more things undone on my list than I would like. Even a couple nights in bed early would help, I think! But my list of things that   have to get done is too long so we’ll see. . .What’s on your menu this week? Any Christmas events going on?

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Homemade Stovetop Popcorn

Mmm. The perfect snack. Leave the yucky microwaved stuff behind. With coconut oil, this is the BEST! New movie night tradition.

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Making your own stovetop popcorn is easy. Not only, that it’s super tasty and this recipe is the bomb. My kids (and husband) love movie nights that involve a giant bowl of this stuff.. CCoconut oil is the secret ingredient, skip the canola or vegetable oil and go straight to the good stuff. I buy my   coconut oil in 54 ounce tubs, but if you will only be using it for popcorn it’s still worth buying a small container! (Check out Amazon and Vitacost for a good selection. If you sign up using my Vitacost referral link, you’ll get $10 off.)

You might wonder, why not just pull out the microwave stuff. It’s a staple in so many homes. Easy and good movie night snack, right? Hold that thought. The synthetic butter flavoring is diacytel and may cause lung problems and most of the bags are lined with perfluorooctanoic acid, a carcinogen.

Don’t worry! There’s another option. Homemade is the way to go.

If you are looking to simplify homemade popcorn even more, check out a   Whirley-Pop Popper. This is the gadget we normally use, and it’s even easier. Today, though, I put my kernels in a good old pot and shook it around the old fashioned way to show you it can be done. :-) The bonus of using a heavy bottomed pot is that you get a little extra arm workout.

I’d say, if popcorn is something you just make once a month or a couple times a year, go with the pot method. If you make it weekly (or more – I’m telling you, it’s that good and easy. I love a snack I can give my kids in minutes.), investing in a  Whirley-Pop Popper is something you might want to do – and it’s not even that expensive.

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Homemade Stovetop Popcorn
Serves: 9 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels
  • 2-4 tablespoons butter
  • sea salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Put 2 tablespoons in the bottom of a pot with a lid and add 3 popcorn kernels. Put the lid on and turn heat to medium (if you are using a thick bottom pot, turn it up a touch more.)
  2. Let pan sit on stove until the 3 kernels pop. Remove lid and add ½ cup of kernels. Replace lid. In the beginning shake pan every 20 or so seconds. As the corn begins popping, shake every 10 seconds.
  3. When the popping has stopped, pour popcorn into a bowl.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter. drizzle half of if over the popcorn and sprinkle with a little salt. Toss. Drizzle with the remaining butter. Toss. Add more butter and salt to taste.

Mmm. The perfect snack. Leave the yucky microwaved stuff behind. With coconut oil, this is the BEST! New movie night tradition.

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Healthy and Easy Menu Plan and Goals

This time of year is always busy. Add to that getting ready for our second craft show this coming weekend and things are hopping. My dining room table is once again covered with product (finishing up the final project) and my computer has been taken over with designing signs for the table. Next up is a mock set-up of the table to make sure everything goes smoothly on Friday. I’m curious to see how this show goes, being close to Christmas.

Easy and Healthy Menu Plan and Goals for our family of 4. It's a crazy week around here and I'm pulling out my 2 favorites - soup and leftovers!

Making a snow angel was the first thing she wanted to do!

We had our first snow of the year yesterday! It wasn’t much but my daughter loved it. She went a little crazy when she spotted it coming down as we got in the car for church. My son, on the other hand, started off excited and quickly grew tired when he had to get bundled up. I guess looking like a marshmallow isn’t much fun.

Easy and Healthy Menu Plan and Goals for our family of 4. It's a crazy week around here and I'm pulling out my 2 favorites - soup and leftovers!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse (sweetened with maple syrup and stevia).
A friend came over for a movie and we had this for dessert

The menu and goals this week are pretty simple as we get ready for the show. Nothing gourmet happening in our house. :-)

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Blueberry Pancakes
  • Lunch at church
  • Salads, sweet potatoes,

Suppers:

  • Homemade Ham and Cheese Pockets x2 (easy road trip food)
  • Snack supper (small groups were cancelled)
  • Mexican Soup x 3 (told you it was easy around here this week)

Goals:

  • Finish Oatmeal Bath Tea Bags
  • Trial set up of the craft show display
  • Make a few sample gift baskets
  • Bible study
  • Do pilates 3 times

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Oat Flour Pumpkin Muffins with Cranberries and Chocolate Chips

Delicious and healthy oat flour pumpkin muffins with cranberries and chocolate chips! So good and wheat free and refined sugar free. Great way to start your morning.

I love all things pumpkin. Well, except for pumpkin pie. But everything else, bring it on!

I have a Pinterest board all things pumpkin that I occasionally like to drool over. There are even some healthy recipes on it. For the most part, though, when pumpkin recipes come along they are loaded with sugar and not exactly health food. Those are good for desserts or a special occasion breakfast, but day to day, I hate to admit it, they probably shouldn’t be a part of my diet. (So sad.)

In an effort to get pumpkin into my day (and have a make ahead meal for breakfast) I put together these yummy oat flour pumpkin muffins with cranberries and chocolate chips.

That’s right, there’s no wheat in them at all and they have unrefined sweeteners (and not too much of it). I suppose, if you really wanted to, you could leave out the chocolate chips (or cranberries if you are my daughter. She thinks she doesn’t like them. Good thing my boy will eat them for her.) and they’ll be even healthier. Do so at your own risk. The chocolate is a yummy addition.

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Cranberry Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup cranberries, cut in half
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 for a dark coated pan)
  2. Combine oat flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices in a small bowls
  3. In another bowl combine pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, oil, honey, coconut sugar, and milk. Mix well until smooth.
  4. Gently stir oat mixture into the wet ingredients.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips and cranberries.
  6. Put batter into 12 greased muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes.
Notes
- I make my own oat flour using old fashioned rolled oats and blend them in the blender until a powder.
- If you omit the chocolate chips, increase sweeteners.
- I cut the amount of both sweeteners in half when making for our family!
- Can use 2½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice instead of the spices.

 

Delicious and healthy oat flour pumpkin muffins with cranberries and chocolate chips! So good and wheat free and refined sugar free. Great way to start your morning.
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Whole30 Soup Recipes

I love soups. They are easy and reheat great (in fact, a lot of times the leftovers are even better). Soups were one of my staples when we tackled our first Whole30. Especially for those crazy weeks. I know I can get a couple of suppers and even a lunch or two out of one pot.

Yum! Great list of soups that are ALL Whole30 approved. Need to check this out for my menu plan this week!

I tend to make soups without using a recipe, but I did some digging around on the internet and found a bunch of recipes that are Whole30 approved and look tasty and fairly simple.

Whether you are in the middle of a Whole30, trying to eat real food, or just trying to feed your family you’ll find recipes in this list of Whole30 soup recipes that will make the tummies in your house happy (especially as this cooler fall weather is arriving).

For more Whole30 meal suggestions, be sure to check out my list of 20 Whole30 Breakfast Ideas!

Whole30 Soup Recipes



What are your favorite soup recipes? Any that are Whole30 Approved? I still have some more posts coming up with Whole30 meal ideas and tips for if you ever decide to take on the challenge. Also don’t forget to check out the list of 20 yummy and healthy recipes ideas:

20 Whole30 breakfast ideas and recipes! Great resource for healthy breakfasts - the hardest for me to come up with recipes for. (My FAVORTIE breakfast casserole is on this list)

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Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash

Super yummy and easy Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash! My FAVORITE spaghetti squash recipe - must make while it's squash season. (Can be vegetarian too!!!)

Last month, during our Whole30 I cooked spaghetti squash for my first time. We’ve since made it on several different occasions with the recipes having varying levels of success.

Let me tell you, this recipe for Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash is my favorite! Black beans, cumin, paprika. So many tasty flavors combined together and when you add melted cheese it’s only going to get better. Even my 17 months old who never eats ate this up!

This dish can easily be vegetarian or have chicken added in (or add the meat to just half of it). Either way, it’s good! (My husband would tell you with meat is always better.)

You also have the option of using the spaghetti squash shell as your serving dish or putting it in a baking dish. One less dish to do is always nice. :-)

Super yummy and easy Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash! My FAVORITE spaghetti squash recipe - must make while it's squash season. (Can be vegetarian too!!!)

If you are like me and are looking for a good first recipe to introduce spaghetti squash to your family or if you are a spaghetti squash veteran and wanting to try something new, this recipe needs to be on your menu. Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash is going to be my new standby during squash season.

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Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1½ cups black beans
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken - optional
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Oil
Instructions
Spaghetti Squash
  1. Carefully cut spaghetti squash in half. Scrape out the seeds and stringy insides. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt. Place cut side down on a pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool until you can handle it. Turn squash over and use a fork to scrape across the squash short ways to make the spaghetti.
Everything Else
  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Drizzle with olive oil or coconut oil.
  2. Add onions and jalapeno and saute a few minutes. Add garlic, bell pepper, salt, cumin, paprika, and chili powder. Saute around 5 more minutes.
  3. Add corn and black beans (and chicken if using) and saute until heated through.
  4. Add spaghetti squash strands to skillet and carefully stir and toss everything together. Adjust salt and seasonings if needed.
  5. Transfer mixture into both halves of the squash or into an 8x11 glass baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


 

Super yummy and easy Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash! My FAVORITE spaghetti squash recipe - must make while it's squash season. (Can be vegetarian too!!!)

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