Chicken Alfredo on top of Spaghetti Squash
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Chicken Alfredo on top of Spaghetti Squash

Chicken Alfredo on top of Spaghetti Squash

Lately I have been trying to start networking with fellow bloggers and have been finding some new meal ideas in the process.  This is one was inspired by a recipe shared by instagramer @mypaleoishlife.  It looked absolutely delicious and I loved the idea by using spaghetti squash along with chicken alfredo!  I just used a simple alfredo sauce instead of his Better than Alfredo Cauliflower Cashew sauce.  Last night I finally had a chance to try it and it turned out great!

Chicken Alfredo on top of Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients

Chicken

1 lb of Chicken Tenderloins
1 tbsp of Olive Oil
Spices to Taste: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Rosemary, Parsley, Oregano, Salt & Pepper

Alfredo Sauce

2 cups of Heavy Cream
1/2 cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup of Shredded Italian Cheese Mix
1/2 tsp of Parsley
1/2 tsp of Oregano
1/4 tsp of Garlic Powder

Spaghetti Squash

1 medium Spaghetti Squash

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Poke holes in spaghetti squash and place in oven for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.  Once spaghetti squash can be cut easily pull out and let cool off.  While the spaghetti squash is baking, place 1 tbsp of olive oil in large skillet and set to medium heat.  Place raw chicken tenderloins in large skillet.  Sprinkle on spices to taste and turn chicken until cooked through.  I like to add a little bit of water while I cook the chicken so it doesn’t dry out.  Place cooked chicken onto plate and save the large skillet for later.

Chicken Tenderloins

Pour heavy cream into sauce pan.  Stir in Parmesan cheese and Italian cheese.  Add spices to taste.  I kept it on a low to medium heat for a couple minutes and constantly stirred until sauce thickened.  Once sauce has thickened remove from heat.

Alfredo Sauce

Now that the spaghetti squash has cooled off, cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.  Scoop the squash meat and place in the large skillet.  Stir until the squash meat has been coated with the leftover spices and juices.  You can place the spaghetti squash on a plate or in a bowl and top with the alfredo sauce and chicken.  Yum!

Now that the rain has finally subsided in our area, we have finally been able to start getting back to a normal routine.  It had been over a week since we’ve been able to take a walk so we finally got a chance to do that this weekend.  We even got to take a trip to see my friend’s farm critters, which my son absolutely loves!  As for Baby Girl, she is still doing great!  Only about two and a half more weeks to go!  I can’t wait!  I can’t wait to meet her; I can’t wait to have my body back . . . hahaha!  My wonderful sister-in-law took my maternity pictures for me last week.  They turned out so good!  I’m so excited that I want to show you a sneak peek!

Maternity Pictures

Maternity Pictures

Aren’t they adorable?!?  After I deliver Baby Girl, I would like to share with you some of the ways that I helped this delivery naturally.  When I had my son, his heart rate was in distress during most of my labor so I wasn’t able to do a lot other than lay on the bed since he had a scalp monitor placed on him.  But since my pregnancy with Baby Girl has been a lot less stressful I have been so much more healthy and feel like this delivery will go by much smoother.  Some things that I am doing to help prepare my body for labor is to take walks (as long as we don’t have any more rain), sit and bounce on an exercise ball, and eat a handful of dates every day.  Blogger Evelyn Ojeda quoted a study from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology stating that eating six dates daily during the last four weeks of pregnancy “significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labor, and produced a more favorable, but non-significant, delivery outcome. ” You can read more about it on her webpage here, it is all quite interesting.  I also plan on getting a pedicure the week I’m due to help start contractions.  For all you moms out there, what other ways did you try to naturally induce labor?

How to Make Shredded Taco Meat
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How to Make Shredded Taco Meat

How to Make Shredded Taco Meat in the Crockpot

How to Make Shredded Taco Meat

This has been a nice relaxing week for us.  Usually we are going non-stop to doctor appointments or viewing houses (we are currently looking for a new house to live in).  But this week we decided to take a break from looking at houses and I did not have any baby appointments either.  Of course, all it has done for this past week is rain, so we’ve been cooped up in the house and I think everyone is going stir-crazy!  Even our dog!  We’ve had to turn around my son’s crib again so he can’t get out because he kept trying to play with his toys during naptime.  He’d been doing really well for a while but I think since we haven’t been able to go out on our walks like usual or get out of the house it’s been difficult for him to go straight to sleep.

But thankfully I think we are finally over the worst of our colds.  My son had developed a really bad cough over the past couple of weeks and last week it sounded so bad that I went ahead and took him to the doctor.  Fortunately he didn’t have an infection and his lungs sounded clear.  The doctor prescribed him some allergy medicine to help clear up his congestion and drainage which we thought was causing his cough (very similar to what I was dealing with).  So in addition to the allergy medicine, I also pulled out my steam vaporizer to put in his room during the night.  I have been avoiding it because our house has such a bad moisture problem I was afraid that it couldn’t handle extra steam.  But my son’s cough was so bad he was up all night and keeping me up all night as well.  We both needed our rest.  This particular steam vaporizer I really like because it has a little pool on top where you can place extra liquid like camphor or essential oils.  So I also added water, 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of lemon to the steam vaporizer to help my son’s breathing at night.  And it worked amazingly!!!  We have finally been able to sleep through the night.  And after about a week I have been able to quit using the steam vaporizer as well so I don’t have to worry about the condition of his room being warped by the steam.  Sweet victory was finally mine!

Since we have been recovering from such a busy schedule and finally starting to feel better, I wanted a meal that was cheap and easy to make.  When I was still working, I threw this dish together one day out of desperation.  It turned out so well that it has become a regular staple in my house.  My husband absolutely loves it because the chicken turns out tender . . . and let’s face it, it’s Mexican.  So here’s my recipe for shredded taco meat:

How to Make Shredded Taco Meat

Ingredients

2-3 lbs of Raw Chicken Breast
1 cup of Water
1 Tbsp of Chili Powder
2 Tsp of Cumin
1 Tsp of Salt
1 Tsp of Pepper
1 Tsp of Garlic Powder
1 Tsp of Onion Powder
1 Tsp of Cayenne Powder (optional)

Directions

Place the raw chicken breasts in the crockpot.  Pour 1 cup of water on top of the chicken.  Sprinkle seasonings on chicken and stir in water.  Set crockpot on low for 5 hours or until chicken pulls apart easily.

Raw Chicken in Crockpot

Once chicken is tender, pour out as much excess water as you can.

Cooked Chicken for Taco Meat

Using two forks pull apart the chicken until completely shredded.

Chicken After Being Shredded

When I first made this dish I was pleasantly surprised at how tender the chicken was and how tasteful it was with the seasonings.  The seasoning is enough to taste but not punch-you-in-the-face overpowering.  I personally haven’t been using the cayenne powder since Baby Girl won’t let me eat anything super spicy and so that my son can eat it too.  I love this dish because it is so easy to prepare, you can have it cooking while you are working or out running errands.  And you can use it for just about anything!  You can use it for tacos and burritos.  Since I am gluten free, I like to add it to a bowl of rice and add cheese, salsa or ranch dressing.  This is also easy to add to my son’s meals.

Shredded Taco Dish

This has quickly become a favorite in my house and I hope you like it too!  Are there any other ways that you can think of to use this meat?  Let me know what you think!

Stuffed Pepper Casserole
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Stuffed Pepper Casserole

How to Make Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

So much has been going on in the past couple of weeks.  The end of March was my last day at work.  My cousin who watches my son is returning home after I have Baby Girl, so we decided since I get paid about the same amount of money as it would cost to put two kids in daycare that I could stay home.  And I would much rather stay home and raise my own children.  So this time between now and when I deliver will give me time to rest and stay healthy during the last two months of this pregnancy and to help my son adjust to a new home-life routine.  And as for how Baby Girl is doing . . . we got to see her again last week!

Baby Girl at 33 Weeks

She is doing so well!  Unlike her brother, she is constantly moving and kicking.  During this last ultrasound she would keep putting her hand in her mouth and at one point tried to fit both in!  The doctors were estimating her weight at 4 lbs and 10 oz, which is only one pound away from my son when he was born at 39 weeks!  I’m so happy at her progress, we really want a healthy baby weighing at least 6 lbs or more this time around!

At the end of March we also had the baby shower and were given a lot of food to take home.  I tried to make the most of it for as long as possible so I didn’t need to make a lot of new meals for a while.  Since then I was looking for a new meal to try and this one popped up on my pinterest feed.  It looked really good and I decided to give it a try!  I was looking for something simple and tasty and this turned out very well.

Recipe for Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Ingredients

1 lb of Ground Turkey
2 Peppers chopped
1 Onion chopped
2 Garlic Cloves minced
2 cups of rice cooked
1 jar (24 oz) pasta sauce
2 cups of shredded Italian cheese blend

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown ground turkey and saute the peppers, onion and garlic cloves in a large skillet.  Add rice and pasta sauce to the skillet and mix together.  Sprinkle in about a cup of shredded cheese and mix together.  Pour everything into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.  Sprinkle the rest of the shredded cheese on top of mixture.  Place in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

I thought that I would like some sort of bread to go with the casserole so I decided to try the Gluten Free Bisquick Biscuit mix.  You can find the recipe on the Gluten Free Bisquick box.  I didn’t particularly like these biscuits with the casserole myself.  Stand alone with butter (and even some honey, yum!) they seemed alright.  But I still would like to tweak the recipe to improve the flavor a little bit.  It seemed rather bland and had that Bisquick taste to it.  But it was something that I had wanted to try for a while.  I like using the Bisquick mix for my pancakes and pizza dough now.  The pizza dough is especially easier than any of the other gluten free recipes I’ve used in the past.

As for the casserole, the flavor was very good and I will certainly make this again.  Of course, my husband was disappointed that it wasn’t Mexican flavored.  He likes to make our stuffed peppers with Mexican seasoning.  I personally wanted to try something different, and Baby Girl doesn’t seem to like Mexican food nearly as much!  But I’m sure this would make a great Mexican casserole whenever I feel up to it . . . even if it won’t happen until after she arrives!

 

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How to Make Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

How to Make Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This week my family has been struggling with sore throats, coughs and my toddler has been teething.  No fun at all.  I’ve been busting out the essential oils and teas trying to knock this thing out as naturally as possible.  Here is a link to my facebook page discussion of At-Home Remedies.  Earlier this week, when I had a day off I thought that everyone would really enjoy and benefit from my crockpot loaded baked potato soup.  This is another really good recipe to add some immune boosting ingredients like garlic and Bone Broth if you have any saved.  Unfortunately I didn’t have any bone broth leftover and I didn’t really have any time or energy to make it this time around.  Sometimes I get tired of loaded baked potato soup (this is one of my husband’s absolute favorite meals) but I think a lot of that has to do with when I was pregnant with my son I had to limit my sodium intake to help with the swelling and this soup does NOT taste good without salt!  I love adding garnishes to the dish, it brings out so much more flavor and interest to the dish.  And I was right.  It really hit the spot.  It was so comforting to all the sickies in my house.  And my son was even willing to eat it mixed with his rice.  Another mom-win for me!

Ingredients

2 1/2 lbs of Russet potatoes
1 small yellow onion
5 cloves of garlic
4 cups of bone broth (or chicken stock)
8 oz of cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Garnishes: crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped chives

Directions

Chop potatoes, onion, and garlic.  Add to crockpot along with seasoning and bone broth.

Potato Soup2

Cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 10 hours.
Stir in Cream cheese and allow to melt.
Scoop some soup into the blender, puree and add back into soup until desired texture.  (My husband likes to still have some potato chunks in the soup so I don’t completely puree the soup).  This last time around my son was down for a nap when the soup was ready to be pureed so I had it sitting for a couple hours on the “Keep Warm” setting which softened the potatoes even more and made it super easy and super quick to puree.

Potato Soup3

Here is the loaded baked potato soup finished.

Potato Soup4

Top with your choice of garnishes and serve.  Our personal favorites are bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped chives.  Yum!

Potato Soup5

It tasted so good and was a very comforting meal since we weren’t feeling well.  This is one of my husband’s all-time favorite meals and he would literally eat this everyday if I made it everyday.  I can never go wrong whenever I decide to make it!  There are so many different ways to make potato soup.  I hope you like this recipe!

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My Goal is to Change My Health

My goal is to change my health.

I have told people many times that I’m gluten free and eat a gluten free diet.  Almost every person responds by saying that they have thought about doing it themselves, but just didn’t think that they could go through with it.  And I always answer, “You have to have the right motivation.”  If you don’t, you will not keep the diet.  My motivation has been an allergic reaction to gluten, not life-threatening, mind you.  But enough to make me feel like crap for a week or two.

That was in the past.  I now have a new motivation.  Yes, I can hear you now, “What can be worse than a gluten free lifestyle?”  Hahaha.  You would ask that wouldn’t you?  That is what this blog is all about.  My health (or lack thereof) and my journey to naturally heal my body.  I want to take you with me as I experiment with a lifestyle and diet change.  I have already seen huge results by changing to a gluten free diet.  Now I want to venture even closer to the paleo diet–meaning strictly meats, veggies and fruits, no sugar, no processed foods–and I want to limit my dairy intake as well.  I also want to try some natural supplements, like ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar), Molasses, Coconut Oil and Kefir.  Every week I will document my health for you and also share a new recipe.  I have found it very hard to find a collection of recipes that are gluten free/paleo that are easy and contain simple ingredients (who has the money to buy every single gluten free flour anyway?).  Please feel free to comment and share your experiences as well.  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Me and my son
Me and my son