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Lets talk cauliflower

Disclaimer: I am in no way a food blogger. What I am is a busy working wife and mom on a budget, eating clean and getting my family in on the fun.... ;)  I like to blog about my discoveries, adventures, and random thoughts. This is a discovery: 
My husband does not like veggies.  When I don't mix them in with the rest of our food for dinner, he conveniently skips putting that dish on his plate.  Except cauliflower.  This man could eat cauliflower daily.  And now he will.  Because I found out how to make it a snack that he can take to work.  This is how I roast cauliflower:

This is a really simple "recipe". If you can even call it that. And all I've done is adapted the best way that works for us. 
You need:  1 cauliflower head, broken into medium sized pieces  Salt to taste and any other seasoning you want.  2 tbs of olive oil  Aluminum foil Baking sheet

Preheat oven to 450 I put my cauliflower in a plastic bag with the olive oil and about a tsp of salt.  Shake it up, and pour onto a b…

Meal Prep Monday 11/25/13

My days are a haze of dishes laundry sweeping meal prep dog poop people poop making people foods and watching people eat cake and pizza. And Ice cream.  I never realized how much junk food I was surrounded by until very recently.  But it's cool. I have coconut butter, dates, coffee and Lara bars. Life is good. :)
Sun- chicken "fingers" and sweet potato fries with mixed veg.
M- Shrimp and (leftover) chicken and "fried riced cauliflower"
T- chicken tortilla-less soup
W- breakfast for dinner - self explanatory. Easy. Cheap. Favorite.
Th- thanksgiving !! At someone else's house ;)
Fri- taco night. I have renamed pizza night taco night. Because I can. Because I'm mom. This week will be ground turkey tacos because it's the cheapest if bought in  bulk.
Sat- leftovers

Breakfast: I made myself a frittata and  hubby has breakfast sandwiches I make him. He's super picky about healthy foods and if left to his own devices lives off bagel bites and chips. Which …

Whole30: Day 10: November 2013

Double digits. Yeah buddy.
;) That was a joke. I have no enthusiasm, energy, or even much of a brain today. Yesterday I was dizzy all day, today I'm just lacking energy. Mostly mental I think. My body feels great right now. I'm still having trouble getting hungry. But then when I start eating I'm suddenly wolfing it down because I had no idea I was hungry. I guess my body is adjusting. Especially with the difference of cravings vs. hunger. My meals have been boring. They're good most of the one I just don't have a lot of time or money to make them elaborate and I just go with the flow.  (I ate my berries and bananas before I could get a picture.) also, I forgot a fat. I realized when I felt unsatisfied a couple hours later. So I had some avacado :) I also had a Lara bar pre workout cuz I had breakfast too late and wasn't hungry for lunch and didnt want to put something heavy on my stomach pre workout. Then it was only a couple hours until dinner so I only had …

Winter is here

Well, in my world it is. Our schedule has officially shifted with the weather, and my gym time has shifted with it. No more 5am workouts.  Not sure how my body will react. It's good to change things up..... Right?.... That's what I'm sticking with. I'm adapting with a holiday mindset and lots of soup. I never thought I was a soup fan until I started making my own :)

On with the show:
Sunday: shrimp fried cauliflower rice (the rest of my family sometimes has regular rice when we have this. 

Monday: carnitas with veggie and guac for toppings. over a bed of spinach. the rest of the family had tomatoes, carnitas, cheese, and tortillas.


Tuesday: chicken tortilla-less soup( well, we were going to, but turns out I need to make some chicken broth, so we're having our usual chicken spinach bacon )

Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner. - Which will be whatever breakfast item they want, as long as they keep it well rounded. A bonus: they can help! 

Thursday: chicken. bacon. Alfredo

Whole30 Day2: November 13, 2013

Day2 musings: 
Being mindful about my eats is causing me to be mindful about other things as well.  Last night sucked. I was a crab apple.  I'm staying full much longer than I thought possible.  Which means maybe sweets="hunger"? I like coffee I think I'm going to have to give coffee up eventually.  This isn't easy, and I know it will get harder, but I'm focusing on the fact that food is not my everything and I'm capable of not eating junk. Sometimes I'm just saying "only 30 days" and sometimes I am saying "I want to always do this"  It's taking out the guesswork and constant battle. "I want a donut" instead of responding to that with should I get one or why I should or shouldn't it's just "no. I'm doing the whole 30. I'm dedicated." Advil does not have the ingredients listed on the bottle.  I miss bacon (I can't find one without maple in the ingredient list)



Eats:

I forgot to take a pic…

Almost Meal prep Monday.

Yesterday was a day off. A very Rare day off. Because even on weekends and holidays, it never seems relaxing around here.
But Yesterday... We had no plans. We did nothing except cooked a few things and cleaned up a bit, the girls got some crafts done...
It was nice.
But.
I am so happy to be back to reality today.
I miss my kids, but I like routine. I thrive on it, actually.

So basically today is the best day of the month for me. Sort of. My head is the clearest and most level headed today than it will be all month. My cycle takes a pretty big toll on my mental well being, and today is relieving to say the least.
A good day to eat clean, be positive, schedule, and meal plan:


I made this over the weekend. Once in a while this is what meal preps look like for me. And it never goes to any other stages. This week, however, it will evolve as finances, and inspiration hits. It will change the way it needs to for our schedule and needs. We have an extremely busy fall season around here…

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So. We have xm radio. I mostly have kept it for the kids to listen to this awesome positive kids radio show "kids place live". But xm online has a new thing (on their app as well) that is called on demand. It works The same way as it works on your tv:You can go back and listen to different shows that you missed throughout the week. "The Message" is a Christian radio station that I listen to often but I am generally more interested in harder music. Xm has a few stations like that but I like even my rock music as positive as possible. In comes a show the message has. Every Tuesday night at 11 I think they have a show called "the message amped" which is Christian hard rock! Swoon! A plus?? It's on on demand! I am not up at 10 or 11 at night and if I am it's against my will. I highly suggest checking out xm radio, kids place live, and the message amped if you like hard rock Christian music :)

Meal Prep Monday (On Wednesday?)

Northern Va is  really pretty in the fall.



Pretty cold, too, if you ask me..
I'm pretty sure that I was built for warm weather. But I figure the cold just gives me an excuse to warm up with burpees, squats, push ups, ect..

Cold weather also comes with lots of unhealthy foods. People push baked goods, candy, and sugar filled drinks onto you, trying to convice you that it's "good for the soul" or some crap like that.

No.


It's not.

I do, however, believe in moderation and I'm not some kind of sugar natzi, so I do allow my kids to have their Halloween candy. Halloween around here is really not that big of a deal. Don't tell me kids that, though, they don't know the difference. It's just one big party to them. They dress up and go to the church's trunks of treats every year. They play games, bounce in a bouncy house and get in a line to grab a small handful of candy out of four vehicles with their trunks decorated. 



Their candy haul is very smal…