Sunday, March 1, 2015

#672 - Grandma's chicken salad with sweet potato buns (whole 30)

Since I've been doing Whole 30 for this past month, I've found that some of my favorites, like my grandma's chicken salad is Whole 30.

Here's her recipe:

chicken (shred it)
dill weed
celery salt (optional)
black pepper
mayo (make yourself if you want it to be whole 30)

mix about ingredients together (however much you like) and serve on top of a sweet potato bun (basically a thick slice of sweet potato covered in olive oil and baked for approximately 20-30 mins in the oven at 350-400 degrees.)

Here's my grandma's recipe.

#671 - Sweet Potato Hash (savory) Whole 30

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into a fine ¼" dice
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into a fine ¼" dice
  • 2 - 3 cups frozen/fresh kale
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (more if you like it spicy)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • fried or over-easy eggs
  1. Heat 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in the finely diced sweet potatoes, onions, cumin, paprika, chili powder, and season with salt pepper. Add in red bell pepper. 
  2. Cook mixture, stirring occasionally, until sweet potatoes are cooked through and tender, about 15-18 minutes.
  3. If using frozen kale, heat it according to package directions, then wrap kale in a couple paper towels and wring out any excess moisture. If using fresh kale, remove ribs and stems and roughly chop leaves.
  4. Add kale into the skillet approximately during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Taste the hash and season with additional salt or pepper if needed.
  5. As the hash is finishing up cooking, make eggs how you like.
  6. Divide the hash among four plates, topping each with an egg. Sprinkle the egg with some freshly ground pepper, and enjoy immediately!
Modified slightly from this recipe found here:

Saturday, January 3, 2015

#670 - Charity

 As I was finishing up reading the Book of Mormon for 2014, (first time I've accomplished this goal in over 10 years) I came across these verses on charity and I knew that charity needed to be my big goal of 2015.
44 If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.
 45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
 46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
 47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

I added the bold, italicized and yellow highlighting.  It's that last verse that I just love.  Because really, in this life, nothing matters more than how you help people.  You can have oodles of money or an amazing home or the best education, but really in the end when you die, all that matters is if you have helped people and made others (and yourself) better.

I think this also really struck me because I had just watched "It's a Wonderful Life".  Makes you think about how you matter to others when you might not see it in this small picture we call life.

Anyway, that's my big goal this year:   


Charity to my family.
Charity to my church family.
Charity to my neighbors.
Charity to my friends.
Charity to strangers.

Charity, the pure love of Christ.

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