The Staples you need in your kitchen for Real Food Meals without breaking the bank

Every time I  share a real food recipe on Instagram or Facebook someone inevitably comments but Real Food is so time consuming and expensive. 

Hear me out, eating Real, Healthy Food doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. We are all busy. I'm a busy Mom and don't have time for overcomplicated recipes. I    need quick, easy meals that my family will actually eat. So, that's what you'll find in all of my recipes; a no fluff, lots of flavor, real food that is toddler and dad approved :)



Also, let's address the misconectipion that real food is expensive. You don't have to shop at Whole Foods to eat healthy, real food. You can whip up a healthy real food meal within minutes all while staying within your grocery budget. 

So, lets get down to the staples I recommend you have on hand in your kitchen to rock this Real Food journey. These are the staples that are on my Shipt order every week. These are interchangeable and will help you whip up a meal that's quick and delicious in no time. 


Pantry Staples:

Olive Oil: (I    like to buy the extra virgin Olive from Costco, since its such a steal). I    only cook with olive oil for the most part when cooking anything on the stove top. It's a good healthy fat and cooks so well when making meat!

Seasonings: I    like Flavor God Seasonings but also like any of the organic seasonings at the local grocery store.

Essential Oils: These are a great thing for me to have to flavor food especially when I  don't have fresh herbs and spices. You can get yours here

Chicken Bone Broth: I prefer this brand from Kettle and Fire but any organic not filled with added ingredients bone broth will also do. This is great to have on hand for soups, flavoring chicken and or just boosting your wellness as bone broth is a great immunity booster!

Sweet Potatoes: Excellent source of Carbohydrates and filled with lots of Vitamin A. These orange potatoes are known as sweet sugary potatoes in our house because my boys love them and it was a good way to get them to try them when we told them they were made with sugar :)

White Potatoes: Another great source of Carbohydrates yet real food are white potatoes. We love making Baked Potatoes, Potato Salad or Homemade French fries.

Frozen:

Vegetables: I'm always buying the steam fresh kind which can be microwaved or often times I'll just throw in a pot on the stove and warm until melted. Less than 5 minutes!

Chicken: I love Organic Chicken Thighs in my freezer to just have on hand as a backup in my house for any meal!



Refrigerator:

Bananas: (excellent source of potassium) I    make banana eggs with these, find recipes here. They make great snacks for kids and when all else fails...banana pancakes :)

Kale: (or any leafy green vegetable you prefer) Getting a leafy green into your diet everyday is essential. I    prefer Kale because its easy to add to salad, throw in a smoothie or add to my tomato sauce

Eggs: We eat a lot of eggs in our house. They are a great source of protein and all things considered pretty cheap. I  buy primal farms Eggs which are organic and free range. We love making Frittatas for breakfast or a snack, breakfast for dinner or having hard boiled eggs in the fridge for easy on the go eating.

Cheese: I  try and buy only goats cheese. We Love the goats cheese from Costco. Since we mostly don't eat dairy, goats milk cheese is a good alternative for us.

Lemons: Flavor your water, dump ranch, flavor the chicken? Lemons are a great thing to have around your house always. Plus isn't it good feng shui have 8 lemons in a bowl on your counter?

Avocado: One of Connor's first baby foods and forever a staple in our house. Avocado is great for so many things...helllo taco Tuesday?!?! Also, it's an excellent source of fat. It makes a great snack if you cut in half and sprinkle with salt, eating out of the half with a spoon

Sweet Peppers: I prefer to buy these at Costco because of the price and the size but these sweet peppers make their way in so many meals of ours. From salads, to chili to breakfast these are a great way to add additional veggies. My boys will also eat them as a snack with some dump ranch. 

Onions: I  love Spanish onions to cook with and red onions in my salad. Whatever you prefer be sure to add them to your list!

Garlic: We are a garlic loving family. The more garlic the better. This makes its way in all of my dishes. Plus its an immunity booster. I    buy fresh garlic that's already peeled and diced for me. Makes it easy to cook with!

Other Fruits: This one is a no brainer but had to include so you don't forget. Whatever your fav fruits are be sure to add them to your weekly staple grocery list! Fruits and veggies are essential to a healthy diet and staying full from one meal to the next!

So, that list wasn't too bad right?!? I    want you to feel from this blog that healthy eating is neither complicated nor expensive. There are many ways you can combine different foods to make them easy and delicious and nutritious! 

The more you practice, the more confident you’ll become and you’ll start to see just how easy and simple healthy eating can be even for us Busy Moms on the go!

Need help planning out your meal plan for the week?  I got you! Download my free meal planning guide here with a breakdown of why meal planning is so important plus my easy 1234 method that's so easy for us busy moms to make meal time easier!




XOXO,
Jess



The Best LUNCH I've had in awhile

The Best LUNCH I've had in awhile
My little Sis lives in Denver and has recently become the best cook. So, it's been fun when she comes to visit she plans a menu and gives me a grocery list and then she cooks! Today's lunch include Chorizo fries and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. 

Ingredients:
4 potatoes
2 lbs Ground Chorizo
Whole30 Dump Ranch
1 Red Bell Pepper Diced 
1 Yellow Bell Pepper Diced
1/2 Onion
1 packet or 12 oz of cheese (omit if doing Whole30)

Toppings:
Green Onions
White Onions
Sliced Tomato 

Peel and Slice the Fries and bake on parchment paper on 400 degrees for 40 minutes. At 20 minutes, flip each fry over to ensure thorough cooking. 

Fully Cook Chorizo on stovetop. In separate saucepan, saute with olive oil; red and yellow diced pepper with 1/2 diced onion until sautéed.  

Once fries are finished, top with Chorizo, yellow/red pepper and onion mix, cheese (omit if doing whole30), Raw Onion, green onion, diced tomatoes and Dump Ranch. Get to eating! YUM!

How we are gearing up for Winter





I can't believe that winter, and the holidays are on the mind already! I am not a last minute person by nature, but I am also not an insane planner. I feel like I fall happily in the middle, but with a vacation over Thanksgiving, I  need to get myself in gear a little sooner than years past.



We've really been leaning on our natural living products a lot this year for a lot of things, from helping us stay well during these uncertain times, back to school and now going into winter. I'm so thrilled that I can have natural products delivered right to our door. It makes going out in the snow for necessities no longer a problem and talk about convenience- I'm here for it! You can Read more about what I trust to fill my home with here.


This Winter I'm stocking up on Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D, Red Drink, Colloidal Silver, Essential Oils, Probiotics, Homeopathic Drops and More. 

Here are my Tips for Staying Well During the Holiday Season:
1. Limit Sugar Intake. Sugar has the ability to lower your immune system for 7 hours after consumption.

2. Move your body. Exercise regularly. 

3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep

4. Get outside. It's been proven being outside helps boost not only your mood but also immunity. 

5. Meditate. It's no secret the holidays can be stressful so adding meditation into your daily routine gives your mind and body a break from this stress. I  recommend you spend a minimum of 15 minutes each day meditating. 

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What are you Mama Wellness cabinet must haves for the holiday/winter season for your little ones? 

Mom Hack: Time and Money Saving Tip

Mom Hack: Time and Money Saving Tip

Hey Friends, wanted to share a little secret with you– I literally never and I mean NEVER go to the grocery store. Not only do I LOATHE making a list.  it’s also so hard to find time in our family’s busy schedule! It just wasn’t working for me anymore. 

Early Last year, I started looking around for more time and money saving options. End of Last Summer I started using Shipt Delivery Service weekly- I can always find my regular snacks and foods I want for the boys and love that it’s easy to add items to my cart by saving my previously ordered items in my account which SAVES ME SO MUCH TIME! I have LOVED this service weekly (sometimes even more frequently) and it helps me spend more time with my family and get back to what I actually ENJOY doing.
I HIGHLY recommend Shipt-  it truly has given me back so much time in my day!

Afternoon Low Carb Snack

Afternoon Low Carb Snack

The Best Afternoon Snack. Both Whole30 and Paleo approved!

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites:

1 head of cauliflower chopped
Arrowroot Powder
Garlic Salt
Olive Oil
Apple Juice
Ghee
Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

In a large bowl place the chopped cauliflower, pour olive oil so the cauliflower is coated and then 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder and 2 tablespoons of garlic salt and stir until mixed.

Place on a raised cookie sheet at 425 and cook for 40 minutes or until crispy. You will need to flip the cauliflower on the cookie sheet a few times while cooking in the oven.

When the cauliflower bites are almost done on the stove mix 1/2 cup ghee with 1/4 cup of Franks Red Hot Sauce and 1 TBSP of Apple juice. Cook until hot.

Then place cauliflower bites in a large bowl and pour Buffalo Sauce Mixture on top of bites and stir until mixed.

Then enjoy!

 
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