Mole Chicken recipe and cookbook review: The Whole Smiths Real Food Every Day

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Mole chicken. Did you just respond, “Yes, please!”? Mmmmm. Mole chicken is *usually* a really time consuming dish. It’s the kind of thing that makes most cooks just keep flipping through the book to something easier. This is about 1 1/2 hours start to finish, and an hour of that is the Instant Pot doing the work. This has great flavor and is comparatively very easy. Let’s do this!

The Whole Smiths Real Food Every Day. I love love love this book! Everything’s delicious, easy, and nutritious. Perfect! I’ll tell you all about the rest of the book after the recipe. Please note ~ I think the author must be using Diamond Crystal Kosher salt because the numbers are at the high end. I’m using plain old salt, so I cut the salt to 2/3 in everything which worked perfectly. Thought I’d share in case you use table salt, too.


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Kung Pao Lettuce Cups recipe and cookbook review: The Primal Gourmet Cookbook by Ronny Joseph Lvovski

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The Primal Gourmet Cookbook. He is not overpromising with that title! This is a fun new Whole30 book. He has a great range to suit your mood. There are easy, casual and loose recipes when you’d like to keep it simple and those that are more interesting and involved when you feel like it. The food is fresh, delicious, and nutritious. Perfect!

I’d love to share his recipe for Kung Pao Lettuce Cups with you! I’m making you concerned because it’s a health book? Don’t be! You won’t make them because they’re good for you. Make them because they’re awesome! He says this serves 4 as an appetizer. Double it and serve 4 for dinner. Or breakfast. You do you! A quick note on two ingredients you might not be familiar with: coconut aminos and arrowroot starch. Coconut aminos function like soy sauce and arrowroot starch functions like cornstarch.

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Spicy Shrimp Twice-Baked Potatoes recipe. Cooking Whole30.

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I blogged about the updated Whole30 Cookbook, Cooking Whole30, last week. I’m so in love with this book that I wanted to give you one more recipe to try!

Spicy Shrimp Twice-Baked Potatoes. All the yes! The coconut cream instead of the traditional dairy in the twice-baked potatoes made this even more decadent! The shrimp are wonderful! Both of my teenagers proclaimed this to be their favorite shrimp. I’m making the shrimp again with green vegetables. Hope you love it, too!

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Chiles Rellenos with Mexican Picadillo recipe and review: Cooking Whole30

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Do you want delicious food, high energy, great sleep, or to just feel great in general? Why pick just one?! Cooking Whole30. This is the new updated version of the Whole30 Cookbook. I have both, and this one has more cultural information behind the recipes and bonus recipes! I’ve got all of the Whole30 and Whole30-endorsed books with the exception of the slow cooker title, and they are all fabulous. Melissa Hartwig’s dishes are fantastic, and she has a lot of other contributors, which is really nice, because you can taste a bunch of people’s recipes and have a good idea of what works for you. This is filled with easy, healthy, delicious, make you feel oh-so terrific food. Food preppers strapped for time will be excited because there are a few of what I call “Mother recipes” in here. You make the base recipe and use that in a few different ways over the course of the week. Shortcuts without boredom. Ahhhhh. Totally recommend!

I’d love to share Jessica McMullen’s recipe for Chiles Rellenos with Mexican Picadillo with you. Mexican picadillo is a lot like Cuban picadillo, with potatoes and carrots instead of olives and raisins. To keep it Whole30, she uses cloud-like eggs as her coating. The result is souffle-like. It’s just wonderful. I hope you love it, too!

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Jen’s Roast Pineapple Sauce

It’s fall. For me, that’s kind of a big game of “will it roast”? Pineapple? Oh, heck yes! It’s like a dish and the world’s best home fragrance rolled into one. No candle necessary. Hope you love it, too!

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Jen’s Pumpkin Spice Pancakes – Grain Free!

I get so bummed out for a second when summer ends, then I start thinking about fire pits, leggings, sweaters, apple and pumpkin and I get so excited for fall! I was in the mood for pumpkin pancakes. This are grain-free, filled with tons of pumpkin, and taste like a total treat! The flavor and texture are perfection! Hope you love them!

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Jen’s Garlicky Shrimp Stir Fry

I was craving a garlicky stir fry tonight. I found a pound of shrimp in the freezer, and broccoli, carrots, peppers, and snap peas in the veggie drawer. Perfect! And it’s great for the 800 gram a day produce challenge! There’s 443 grams of produce on that plate. WooHoo! Hope you love it, too!

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Jen’s Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

It was a lovely cool day here in Ft. Worth, and it put me in a fall mood. I needed a pumpkin spice smoothie! I’m not calling it a pumpkin pie smoothie, because I don’t want a breakfast dessert, but this is filled with pumpkin, not just spice. It bangs out nearly a quarter of the daily produce goal, and it’s cheap and delicious, so I thought I’d share. Whole30 and Vegan. Hope you love it!

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Jen’s Garlicky Eggplant with Beef and Tomatoes

I went looking for a link to this blogpost yesterday, only to find I’d never blogged about it. Huh. It’s a family favorite. Super easy, delicious, and filled with all the make your body feel oh so good stuff. It has 447 grams of produce towards the 800 gram a day challenge. Hope you love it!

Jen’s Garlicky Eggplant with Beef and Tomatoes

Serves 4

2 Eggplants – Peel stripes and cube 
2-4 Tablespoons olive oil (go with your preference)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Toss.  Roast at 400 for about 20 minutes. Set aside.

1 lb Ground beef
Brown. Drain excess fat if needed.

1 red onion, diced
4 Cloves garlic, minced
Add and saute a few minutes.

Diced tomatoes, 28 oz can
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
½ tsp Black pepper
½ cup Fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Add. Place eggplant on top.

½ c beef broth
Add and simmer for 20 minutes.

Toss and garnish with little more parsley if you like. I ran out.


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Escali Primo P115C Precision Kitchen Food Scale

My favorite knife. It’s a 7″ full tang Santoku. I chose the Ikon handle design, which is wonderfully ergonomic. I have spent hours on a produce sculpture before and my hand was just as comfy at the end. It’s worth the pennies.

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Wusthof WU4176 Classic Ikon 7-Inch Santoku, Hollow Edge, Black

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WÜSTHOF CLASSIC IKON 8 Inch Chef’s Knife

My favorite cast iron skillet is a 12″ Lodge dual handle pan. Why, the long handles are too heavy to hold with a single hand when they’re loaded up. Since you’re using two hands anyway, you might as well get the ones that take up less space and stack so much better!

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Lodge 12″ dual handle cast-iron pan

Best sheet pan

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Same sheet pan with a cooling rack/roasting rack insert. Ooooo!

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I get asked about my spice wall all the time. The magnetic tins on the wall are great for any spices or salt-free blends. Salt corrodes the tins, so anything with salt is in a glass jar on the counter underneath.

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20 magnetic spice tins

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Jen’s Buffalo Wing Tofu with Veggies, Gorgonzola Dip, and Sweet Potato Fries

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I’m so excited! I won this darling hoodie for healthy recipe contributions for the month of August from my favorite active wear and crossfit programming company, Constantly Varied Gear. Silky soft, lighweight, warm, and cozy! I’m ready for leggings, hoodies, fire pit time, and warm mugs of deliciousness!

I post two or three meals a day on there. Certainly keeps me busy! Right now, we’re in the middle of an 800 gram per day produce challenge. I saw a few people worrying out loud about budgetary concerns with the 800 gram challenge. This should totally be for everybody. So, I thought I’d focus on really pocket friendly produce plates for a few days. Tofu, carrots, and celery are way cheaper than McDonald’s! 😀 Buffalo wing tofu and veggies with homemade gorgonzola dip and roasted sweet potatoes. Yummy as heck and there’s 574 grams of produce on that plate.

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