Jerk Chicken Rice Bowls #WeekdaySupper


jerk chicken rice bowls for #weekdaysupper - have dinner ready in under 30 minutes!

It’s that time of year again. For parents, teachers, and wives of law students (haha) to get back into the swing of things. Summer was wonderful! We started off with a bang (two trips in May), house projects in June, socializing with friends, and soaking up the last bits of summer break in July/August (as well as the Food and Wine Conference, and another weekend trip with friends).

Jason and I hit a rough patch, as this was his first break from school in three years, but my busiest year blogging (and my blog time is weeknights/weekends since I have a full-time job). Sometimes though, you need these talks to move forward. And we did. We got into such a good groove in August, that I actually cried a bit when I realized Jason was going back to school this week. But we always make it through, and we always will. For he is my lobster!

jerk chicken rice bowls #weekdaysupper

 

It’s back to prepping meals on Sunday so we can both just grab and go, as I imagine most families are, as we all get back into a routine, right? [Read more…]

Peach Salsa


Peach Salsa...pretty much goes with everything! #whole30, Paleo, low carb, healthy

Truth be told, I never was a fan of fruit salsas. I thought they were weird, and why ruin a good thing (as in tomato salsa)?

But then I made a Pineapple Salsa for The Flair Exchange, and my life was forever changed. That sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? Life changing salsa…jeez, Nichole, calm yo’ self.

But really, fruit salsas in the summer are insanely good. And even though all things pumpkin are popping up, it’s still summer-time, you guys. And sadly for us Floridians, it is still s.u.m.m.e.r. for a few more months…so excuse me while I keep on making fruity salsas!

We had Jason’s family over this past weekend for lunch. My grill-master made Cilantro-Lime Chicken Wings (and smoked ribs, and a whole chicken. That man is obsessed. But then we have protein all week, and I don’t have to cook…so I’m good with his new found meat smoking obsession), and I wanted something sweet to go with them.

Cilantro-Lime Chicken Wings for #SundaySupper #GalloFamily

After attending the Food and Wine Conference this year, I was able to try a sweet Georgia Peach (and a Peach Smoothie, but that’s another recipe for another day), and thought a Peach Salsa full of cilantro would go so well with these wings!

Ga Peach Smoothie

So while Jason was outside sweating to death to get the wings just right, I was in the cool A/C making this salsa. My life is so hard…

Peach Salsa...pretty much goes with everything! #whole30, Paleo, low carb, healthy

These wings with Peach Salsa would be a perfect way to say good-bye to summer during Labor Day weekend! You can easily maintain the ripeness, by storing your fresh peaches in the refrigerator.

Peach Salsa

Ingredients

  • 3 fresh peaches, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds, and ribs removed, diced
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add to a bowl: peaches, onion, tomato, jalapeno, cilantro and combine. Add lime juice, and salt/pepper, mix well.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!
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Are you a fruit salsa fan, or a traditional salsa fan?

 

Thanks to the Georgia Peach Council for a case of fresh, ripe, sweet Georgia peaches. All opinions are mine. Now go make this salsa! Olé

Tropical Shrimp Stir-Fry

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Tropical Shrimp Stir Fry - Ditch the take-out, and make this lightened up stir-fry with a tropical twist (whole 30, paleo, low carb)!

Clearly I’m on a Chinese take-out kick. Yesterday was all about Chicken Zucchini Lo-Mein, and today we’re making shrimp!

I love finding ways to sneak in veggies to replace processed carbs – cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, etc. But when you’re a food blogger, you eat a lot of what blog, and you eat it often. Then, you have to re-live the dish as you edit the photos, and then write the post.

So you can imagine that as much as I enjoy these veggies (after many, many, mannnnny years of not liking them #sorrynotsorry) I’m currently just over zoodles, faux rice, and the like.

After making lo-mein (three times to get that sauce right, but I digress), I found myself on a Chinese take-out kick. But since I’m currently doing a Whole 30, I had to make something new in the kitchen. [Read more…]

Chicken Zoodle “Lo Mein” for #SundaySupper



Chicken Zoodle Lo Mein  for #SundaySupper- lightened up Chinese food with zucchini noodles

Today marks Day 19 of my Whole 30. I have ELEVEN days left. It really has flown by, once I decided to embrace it. I think my favorite thing during this challenge has been finding ways to make my fave dishes Whole 30 compliant. Once you stop thinking about the restrictions in this way of eating, things become way easier.

I love Chinese food, you guys. I have always been a fan of fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, and all the lo-meins. I’ve made a lightened up Crockpot Sesame Chicken, and cauli-rice, and so I thought I’d try my hand at a lo-mein made from zoodles today.

Chicken Zoodle Lo Mein  for #SundaySupper- lightened up Chinese food with zucchini noodles

Do these noodles o’ zucchini taste like legit lo mein from your favorite Chinese take-out? Nope. I’m sorry, I don’t want you to be fooled. But these zoodles are a pretty flavorful substitute anyway. The secret is the homemade sauce, and chicken thighs. [Read more…]