I am not thankful for my family

bc they are not thankful for me.

Okay that sounds a little bitter, but it is more like they are not thankful for the food that I eat. Everyone always tells me “I’m so proud of how healthy you are” but then when I bring any of my recipes over, its as if I cooked skunk meat. 

So once I realized I had not prepared any food or even entertained an idea of what food i could bring… I also realized I am not going to, nor am I going to feel bad about it, because no one else would appreciate it.

joker - eat mcdonalds ok eat clean freak out

With that said, I am trying to be more understanding of the fact that my mother compared my gluten free request to that of a vegan. BUT the mother she was discussing it over lunch with actually cooked a regular Thanksgiving meal and a vegan one for her son’s girlfriend. My mom refuses, so 1 point for the other Mom.

someecards - clean-eating-meme

I even created a Pinterest board filled with gluten free versions of Thanksgiving recipes. I tried to find food they like and its GF version that still looked delicious. My logic was they’d see GF could still taste good, despite their pre-conceived notions. How easy could I make it? I normally wouldn’t eat everything included in these recipes either, but I was willing to just take whatever I could get!

maury - lie detector gluten free

I don’t know anyone else in my family who will feel forced to eat things they TRULY wouldn’t normally eat, or who is going to show up dreading having to pick and choose certain things, or anyone else who will be worried about feeling sick for days after. I will get to fit in with the majority and feel like a fat ass though. How exciting!

Look at all this food i cant eat

 

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Pumpkin Season is Upon us *Oops* I mean, Fall….

Hip-hip-hooray for fall! Well actually, I think the only reason {besides football, go birds!} people get so excited is because of the return of pumpkin flavor everything. I mean really, where do they all come from in the blink of an eye?

Any smart retailer has hopped on this bandwagon, in hopes of drawing you in. There’s pumpkin flavored pancakes, coffee, cream cheese, ice cream, butter, donuts, cheesecake, muffins, scones, chocolate, creamer, vodka, beer, etc etc etc. But here comes Debbie Downer… rewind and review those items. None of them are healthy! So when you add a pumpkin flavor, it doesn’t make it a vegetable. Sorry Charlie.

All foods in moderation, but don’t pick up the pumpkin on the reg, save it as a treat to yourself. Or figure out other ways you can get the flavor without turning yourself into a pumpkin.

cinderella and prince pumpkin

A’la my Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake:

Protein Shake - Pumpkin Pie

 

Here are some of the best and the worst fast food chain items from Fitbie – shocker – the best ones don’t take away allll the fun. There’s still pie & fro yo, amongst other goodies,  in there.

If that doesn’t convince you, here are some of the ingredients that make up a beloved Pumpkin drink at your local green guy:

FB_SBPumpkinSpiceInGREEDients_3

 

Moral of the story? As in any case, you’re always better off making something from scratch.

pumpkin-spice-chart

PS- I’m 100% more of an apple gal myself. SO if you find yourself in my boat, this pumpkin crap is for the birds {not football talk this time}. But every year I try it again, thinking ‘hey, self, maybe your tastes have changed and you can fit in with the cool kids, even though you’re better off not eating the donuts and waffles anyways, and all the apple goodness is enough temptation without adding pumpkin to the mix’

…In any case, this shake was friggen tasty AND healthy. Win Win.

Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing

6 Ingredients + Meat = The simplest, tastiest homemade WINGS

(*minus time allotment for marinating*)

Meal Prep Week 26 005

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings

Ingredients
Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Sugar (Truvia/Stevia), Cilantro, (2) Limes
Instructions
1. In baking dish, squeeze juice of one lime and lightly sprinkle dish with seasonings (including sugar and cilantro)
2. Place meat in the mixture
3. Squeeze juice of second lime over top of meat and place whats left of the limes in the dish with the meat.
4. Sprinkle seasonings over top of meat. (1 pack wings, 1 pack drumsticks)
5. Allow meat to marinate for a couple of hours (aka go run some errands)
6. Preheat oven to 375 and bake for 22-25 minutes
7. Throw on grill for 5-10 minutes for crispiness.
8. Enjoy!
Meal Prep Week 26 006

Stick a fork in it!

Side Dish = Broccoli & Black Beans
1. Steam a head of broccoli
2. Open a can of black beans
3. Disperse across the number of servings needed
(1 of each was sufficient for 4 days for me, using 1/4 cup of beans for each day)
Meal Prep Week 26 007

2 days in a row of this and I’m not bored yet…

Throw It All in the Pot… Chicken Sausage & Kale Stew

Recipes_Chicken Sausage and Kale Stew

Ingredients*:

– Chicken Broth (approx. 15oz)

– Can of diced tomatoes (diced, no salt added)

– Package of chicken sausage

– 1 eggplant

– 1/2 package of baby bella mushrooms

– 1 jar roasted red peppers

– 1 bag of chopped kale

– 1T olive oil

*Can ALL be found at Trader Joe’s, my homeland ❤ . Also, the inspiration for this stemmed from a similar recipe using white beans. I like them but didn’t want to use beans and want to increase my veggie intake. That recipe may be easier (less ingredients) for you, if you’d like to see it, check it out on RealSimple.

Directions:

1. Heat oil in large saucepan/pot whatever you would make soup/meatballs in

2. Cook sausage until browned

3. Add in tomatoes, chicken broth, red peppers, mushrooms, and eggplant bring to boil then drop to simmer

4. Fold in kale, until all has cooked/wilted into stew

5. DONEzo!

This was one of my easiest, quickest meal preps. Who doesn’t love that?

Makes 5 servings… I got 5 lunches, you may get 1 meal for the family. Either way, Yum!