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Whole 30…. Actually Whole 13.5

We decided to do a whole 30.  Actually my husband decided to do a whole 30.  I decided I wouldn’t give up peanut butter or my half of a whole wheat English muffin before my work outs so I didn’t follow it.

But I had to cook and prep breakfasts, lunches and dinners as if I did.

So here is how it worked.

Hubs picked one lunch he thought he could stand to eat all week, and one breakfast casserole.  This way it was a Sunday night of prep work between making the casseroles and getting lunches mostly prepped except for some last minute chopping of avocados and eggs.


Here is a breakfast casserole.  On the first layer I cooked some ground Italian sausage, and chopped up a sweet potato.  Then I loaded the top with tomatoes, zucchini, onions and bell peppers.  Next I scrambled 12 eggs, added some almond milk, salt and pepper.  Then dumped the egg mix on top of the veggies and meat.

In the oven it went for 45 mins at 350 and…viola…


It was a delicious breakfast for 5 days!  I just sliced it up into 5 strips, put them in a Tupperware container…..easy peasy!!

So here is our disclaimer:

One- It was not a whole 30..  More like a whole 13.5.  Hubs dropped the weight he wanted and was ok with being “done”.

Two- I did not sacrifice on my budget for “sugar free or no sugar added” items.  Ok well I did once when I bought some coconut oil for a dessert after the first week.  But a tiny tub was $5.  Then I also bought some Aminos that was $6 which was literally 3 times the low sodium soy sauce.  So when it came to bacon for a salad I was making, that was $8/ pack, that is where I drew my line.  I bought regular sugar added bacon and didn’t care if my ground sausage had additives in it.  I have a family of 5… I have to budget accordingly.

Three- I ENJOYED the whole 30 dinners.  My kids like things plain and not mixed together.  So a lot of the meals really satisfied the kids’ taste buds.  However, instead of zoodles (which I grew to LOVE) and spaghetti squash (another new found LOVE) I would make them regular noodles.

In fact I Liked the Dinners so much so that for the last two weeks (which would have been the end of the whole 30) I have been planning a lot of whole 30 meals…or meals that are close to them.

Last night in fact we had an AMAZING butternut squash and carrot soup I found from the peas and crayons blog! It was so easy to make and SO delicious!  So much so that I spatula licked my magic bullet clean after blending the roasted veggies up!

Anyway,  even if your whole 30 turns into a whole 13.5 like mine did, maybe you’ll find some amazing recipes and new goodies like spaghetti squash that will turn into some favorite meals.






Skinny Taste!

Wow I am such a bum!  End of summer is here and we got so busy that I forgot to post last week.  Well we weren’t in town, but then I forgot on top of that!

This week is another busy one as we begin our formal home-school year next week!  I am getting everything ready curriculum wise and getting things ready for my kindergarten gal also.  We had to find her a desk that would go down our basement stairs, and get her all set up.

But alas, I have something I want to share with everyone!  Ready?


Gina has this wonderful website called, you guessed it,  Her recipes are light and simple!

You know what the best part about her recipes are?

  1. I don’t screw them up
  2. Easy…hence I don’t screw them up

My husband is not a fan of one my cooking, and two of the light meals I cook.  The recipes at are full of flavor that you are pretty much kidding yourself by thinking they are healthy!  We have yet to find one that has not been a winner!

This website has made my cooking nightmare go away.  When dinner is good, my hubby asks, is this from that skinny website again?  🙂

Check Gina’s website and try a meal!  You won’t go wrong!

Super Saver Breakfasts!

I am all about saving!  Saving money, saving time, saving hassle, and saving frustration.  With just a little prep and a little forethought I figured out how to make breakfast for 4 kids, for 16 days in less than 90 minutes!

Here’s how….
Preheat oven to 450  [everything cooks at 450]
I bought….

2 -4 packs of pilsbury biscuts ($5.70)
2 dozen eggs ($ 2.68)
4 boxes of jimmy dean fully cooked turkey sausage patties ($10.76)

3lbs of oscar mayer turkey bacon ($4.89)

A few things I had at home….
10 veggie chcolate muffins ($7.20)  (These come is a box of 14 at Costco for $9.99)

Some lunch meat (ham, about 10 thin slices),
some shredded cheddar cheese

and some sausage links.


Cook all biscuits for about 8 mins and let cool

Cook bacon in oven as well  5 to 7 mins and let cool

 Now for the eggs:
This is how I make quick eggs
Grab 2 muffin tins, & 2 dozen eggs
Spray with I can’t believe its not butter or Pam
Crack 1 egg per cup
Break yolk by mixing
Top with cheese and diced up ham

Cook about 8 to 10 mins and cool

Grab some ziplock baggies, and fill them up.
These are the combos I made
1 egg cup and 1 biscuit
2 biscuits 3 bacons
2 biscuits 3 sausage links
2 biscuits 2 sausage patties
1 veggie muffin and some meat.


I freeze these baggies.  In the morning, the kids take them out of the freezer, open the baggie and toss it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  The kids get 1 baggie each morning and can choose a piece of fruit to go with it.

I have 4 kids and all this made about 63 baggies which is about 16 days of breakfasts.
Quick, easy and cheap!  63 meals for $31.23 in less than 90 minutes!  Now that’s a Super Saver Breakfast!

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