{Recipe} Deconstructed Chicken Kabobs

Ok, are you ready to make the easiest & tastiest thing you’ve had in ages? Here ya go.

I started out planning to just make a quick chicken & veggie sautee (which really, is what this is). But once I had my veggies assembled, I realized they were the kind I like to use on kabobs (those little peppers came in a plastic package and are called “sweet peppers” and I’m loving them!).
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I started chopping and then remembered I had some sliced pineapple in the fridge, and that’s when I realized it was the perfect addition, because I REALLY like pineapple on kabobs. Then it all came together. Chicken + veggies + pineapple [sauteed] = way quicker and easier than skewering, marinating, and grilling kabobs = brilliant (did you follow that equation?).

Deconstructed Chicken Kabobs
Assemble your veggies and pineapple, slice/chop into bite sized pieces (tons of veggies per person)
Slice your chicken breasts into thin slices (1/4″ or so) (one chicken breast per person)
Saute the chicken slices in your fat of choice (I went with a combo of ghee and olive oil)
As the chicken starts to brown, throw in the veggies
Season everything with some salt and garlic powder
Add the chopped pineapple and let it heat through (give it a minute or two)
Once they are all cooked through, throw in a tablespoon or so of coconut aminos (or soy sauce) and let it sizzle and cook down a bit and coat everything.

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Enjoy your tasty, delicious, and Whole30 compliant meal that only took you 15 minutes from start to finish.

Please let me know if you try this, and what you think! I’d love to hear any feedback! Also, does this “recipe” even make sense? I’ve never actually written a recipe down before, so I’m not sure if what’s in my head is even translating into something that makes sense. Ha! Let me know 🙂

This post is part of Party Wave Wednesday at Holistic Squid, and The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter

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Hollis’ Birthday (Part II)

What a full weekend we had! Friday was Hollis’ birthday, which included her party with friends and our own little family celebration. Saturday was a combined Easter/birthday celebration with the grandparents. And then Sunday was of course, Easter. And, we had beautiful, warm and sunny weather for all of it, which was the biggest blessing!

Saturday we just enjoyed the afternoon outside soaking up the sunshine, having a little Easter egg hunt, and a birthday presents + dessert celebration.

Bubs and his eggs
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On the hunt
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Treats! Served exactly what we had at her party at the park the day before. Cook/prep once, serve twice. I’ll take it!
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After this photo she wouldn’t let me take any more of her blowing out the candles. And we were not allowed to sing Happy Birthday 🙂
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Four generations!
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While Hollis was opening her presents on the deck, Parks was happily sitting in the grass and playing with the eggs. Didn’t move from here for 20+ minutes:
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Then, the tricycle came out. Gramme and Papa Baker got her “Blue Bomber” and I kid you not – as soon as Parks laid eyes on that thing he was sprint crawling across the grass. He couldn’t get his hands on it fast enough. He walked along pushing it for several minutes, literally squealing with joy the whole time. Wish I had a video to share! It was absolutely hilarious.
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Hollis eventually got a turn on her birthday present 🙂
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We actually managed to get one family photo from the weekend, impressive!
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There is nothing more special than to see my sweet girl be loved on by so many people. She is blessed with two sets of the most incredible grandparents (also great-grandparents!). Many aunts and uncles and cousins. Tons of friends. On her birthday (on Friday) she received two Happy Birthday song videos, two Happy Birthday song voicemails (all of which were watched/listened to multiple times before bed 🙂 ) and four Happy Birthday song phone calls. Not to mention the gifts, cards, well wishes on Facebook, and more. She is so loved, and she felt every bit of it on those two days. Thank you to all the friends and family that made her day so special! Age three is off to a great start!

Hollis Turns Three (+ Whole30 Day 16}

Well, my sweet pea is three. And what a wonderful day we had together! Nothing like starting the morning out with a birthday present (fresh bedhead and all). (It was this bathtub toy that didn’t work very well. I got it off Hautelook so I need to see if it’s returnable or not. At least I didn’t pay full price!)
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Some paleo pumpkin pancakes topped with syrup, whipped cream, and mini chocolate chips was the perfect birthday breakfast for our girl. And let’s be honest, all she really cared about were the “chwocwate chwips”.
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When the weather forecast called for 60+ degree day, I knew a little party at the park with her friends was the perfect way for her to spend her afternoon! Lots of playing, yelling, and mostly enjoying the sunshine.
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Little brother and his baton (that he kept a death grip on for the first half hour we were there)
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A little picnic with snacks and treats! Including these little beauties: Food Babe’s Almond Butter Brownies layered with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. It was slightly torturous putting these together!
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Hollis LOVED her party at the park. It combined her favorite things: friends, playing outside, playing on “huge toys”, treats, her little brother, and the sunshine!
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Back home for the next round of the party….Daddy had her “big” present ready and waiting. She had to follow the string all around the house and yard.
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…which led her to her pink Strider bike! For whatever reason, she started whining and saying “Nooooo!” as soon as she saw it (?!?). She literally ran away from it and hid her head in my legs. Um…not the reaction we were going for? Within a few minutes she had settled down and put her helmet on. And was touching the bike! So that was progress. We’ll see how long it takes to make some progress on learning how to actually ride the bike.
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We had some of her favorites for dinner: hamburgers (homemade patties, no buns) and fries (sweet potato fries fried in tallow). Really, anything that she can dip in ketchup is a favorite for her! Then it was blowing out some candles and then she finally let us sing her “happy birthday”. Also, right before bedtime she said “I love my birthday, mommy. And I love all the presents you got me.” It really was the perfect day!

Three Things I Love About Hollis
1) I love her imagination. She is so into creative play right now. She is constantly busy in her kitchen, making food, cooking, and trying to feed me and little brother. She loves to play library – she wants me to be “the lady” and check her books out for her. She also loves playing with her babies, and she is the best mommy to them. She’ll turn all the lights off and say “shhh, my baby is sleeping!” (Where did she get that from?!?) 😉 She is always feeding, rocking, and cuddling her baby and telling me what her baby needs. I just love watching her imagination grow and blossom!
2) I love watching her as a big sister. She is sooo incredibly affectionate and caring with Parks. She is always looking out for him, and telling me what he needs. If he is fussy or upset she gives me ideas on what I could do to make him happy. She (sometimes) loves to share with him. She loves to make him laugh and giggle. And she loves to be excited for him when he learns new things. I just love watching the two of them together. And I love the feeling of responsibility and pride that you can see growing in her as a big sister!
3) I love how sweet and affectionate she is. Her main love language is definitely physical touch, and she is constantly hugging, snuggling, and wanting to be in close physical proximity to me. She needs her little love tank filled up throughout the day. If she’s starting to lose it or get really whiny or difficult, I know that a quick snuggle session helps her feel connected and fills her back up, and gets her back on track. She loves to brush and play with me hair, she loves to let me hug and kiss her (right now she’s into “wiping” the kisses off, but then quickly asks for more 🙂 ).
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(this was a pose she wanted to do):
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Happy Birthday to my little Sweet Pea, my Punkin, my Tootie, my Precious Girl….my love and my heart.

{Whole30} Day 15

I have officially completed two weeks of the Whole 30! In some ways it’s gone so fast and has seemed pretty easy. In other ways I cannot believe it’s only been two weeks…feels like forever since I’ve had butter :). I am feeling pretty good. I’ve definitely felt some energy surges, but honestly nothing quite as extreme as some of the testimonials I’ve read. Really wish I could a full night of sleep so that I could get a true feeling of what the difference is! Regarding sleep though, I am definitely noticing that I am sleeping more soundly and falling asleep quicker than normal. When one of the kids wakes up at night, it seems like it takes me forever to actually wake up, even though I’ve been hearing the cry for several minutes. I am noticing some changes in my skin, too. It’s certainly not perfect but the overall surface and appearance is smoother. And, it’s not dry at all! This time of year I ALWAYS have at least one little dry patch somewhere on my face, and also usually one on my arm. There are definitely none of those, not to mention my skin just feels soft and supple. Like if I were to forget to put lotion on at night, it wouldn’t really matter.

Going forward for the remaining two weeks I am excited about continuing to mix it up and try new recipes. I think one of the keys to Whole 30 is to keep a variety going in your meals. I don’t mind eating up leftovers, but it’s also good for me to always have 2-3 recipes in my head that I know I want to try. I am continually scanning the #whole30 hashtag on Instagram to get new ideas and inspiration. Breakfast is definitely the hardest, since it’s hard to come up with much variety! And I also just don’t have a lot of time in the morning, what with my two little hungry rascals that are hanging on my legs :).

Breakfast:
Speaking of a lack of variety, I basically recreated my dinner from last night. Couldn’t help it, that fried sweet potatoes + chicken sausage combo was so good! This time I added diced green pepper and spinach to the mix. And then threw a couple fried eggs on top. Avocado on the side, of course.
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Lunch:
More pot roast.

Snack:
I recently picked up some Green Tea Matcha powder, after reading this post. I gave it a try today in a little smoothie concoction that I came up with:

one cup coconut milk
one frozen banana
one spoonful of unsweetened cocoa powder
one spoonful of coconut oil
probably 1.5 tsp of green matcha powder
a couple ice cubes

It was SO good! I didn’t really taste the powder so I would probably add more next time. Loved it though!

Dinner:
More pot roast. Ummmm didn’t feel like cooking. The kids had already been fed and put to bed, and Bret was making a steak. So I just ate what I could find to get it over with!

{Whole30} Day 14

Breakfast:
As you can see, this was not an “ideal” breakfast. Not very heavy on the protein, nor heavy on the veggies. And, I definitely felt it! I was hungry less than two hours after eating. Compared to one of my better breakfasts which can last me 4+ hours. Lesson learned! I had leftover veggie fritatta, avocado, and a bowl of pineapple and blueberries.
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Lunch:
Leftover pot roast from last night.

Dinner:
Dinner needed to be quick and easy tonight! I filled a skillet with diced sweet potatoes and sliced chicken apple sausage. I wanted to get them good and crispy (I’m not a fan of soft sweet potatoes). A pan on sauteed green beans on the side (add a little coconut aminos + orange juice right at the end to give it a nice flavor kick!). This was actually REALLY good! Even Bret loved it (he usually hates the chicken sausage).
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