angekfire

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    angekfire got a reaction from Emily808 in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I am starting Wednesday and we have been buying stuff so we have things ready to go when we start (New spices, vinegars and oils that are compliant). It has been an expensive past couple of days, but the way we look at it, it is almost impossible for us to eat out when on the Whole30 (Or much more difficult to find something compliant, easier to just make it at home). This means that we will save money on eating out, which can then be put toward buying more fruits, veggies and meat, and in the end, I figure we will either break even or save money over when we were eating out a one or twice a week even.
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    angekfire got a reaction from CaGirl in What are your must have kitchen tools/gadgets?   
    I use my slow cooker all the time. I could likely use better knives, but a good cutting board (or more than 1; I have 3 and I still wish I had more) are handy. I like my carbon steel wok that I seasoned with coconut oil (seasoning that thing was a pain. The smoke made the apartment stink for a few hours after, but nothing sticks to that thing!). Wooden and silicone cooking utensils are also super handy.
    I could likely use a good quality food processor and/or blender though.
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    angekfire got a reaction from EmayPA in My new favorite sweet potato dish   
    I found that steaming the sweet potato prior to throwing them into the pan with oil helps make sure they are fully cooked, but still gives them the crispy crust that makes them delicious. I found if I just grated them and threw them in a pan with oil, they got a nice crust, but were still not entirely cooked on the inside which made the texture less pleasant.
     
    I just grate them, steam them for a few minutes, then throw them in the pan with oil & spices. 
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    angekfire got a reaction from puppypower in Pressure Cooker   
    I have this pressure cooker and love it. Lots of safety features. I've done turkey broth, chicken broth, beef broth, and vegetable broth. All of them have turned out pretty awesome and you know exactly what goes in. Looking for compliant broths in stores, I think I found 1 broth that was compliant and it was like $7 for 1 pack.
     
    I've also done chicken breast in it, which turned out incredibly juicy. I've done pork tenderloins that come out very tender and still slightly pink in the middle. I've done beef roasts in there that you can cut with your fork.
     
    I'd definitely highly recommend one.
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    angekfire got a reaction from Jenny2014 in Nifty tip! Storing/saving leftover canned coconut milk...   
     
    I actually have a hand-held zester, and I find it easier to freeze the ginger root whole, and then grate it as needed. It actually makes it easier to grate when frozen and you don't have to worry about it going bad. You can do the same with fresh galangal or tumeric.
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    angekfire got a reaction from Jenny2014 in Nifty tip! Storing/saving leftover canned coconut milk...   
     
    I actually have a hand-held zester, and I find it easier to freeze the ginger root whole, and then grate it as needed. It actually makes it easier to grate when frozen and you don't have to worry about it going bad. You can do the same with fresh galangal or tumeric.
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    angekfire got a reaction from Jenny2014 in Nifty tip! Storing/saving leftover canned coconut milk...   
     
    I actually have a hand-held zester, and I find it easier to freeze the ginger root whole, and then grate it as needed. It actually makes it easier to grate when frozen and you don't have to worry about it going bad. You can do the same with fresh galangal or tumeric.
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    angekfire got a reaction from Cristyb111 in Prepping and planning   
    I came up with an awesome asparagus dish a while back that was super simple and delicious. Works best with asparagus tips if they are available. I wouldn't recommend cooking in advance and saving them though.
     
    -1/2 a bundle of asparagus
    -2 minced garlic cloves
    -Squeeze about 1/4 of a lemon for juice directly into pan
    -cook in a pan at medium heat with olive oil for 5-7 minutes, or until they are tender.
    -Finish wish a light drizzle of compliant balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper to taste.
     
    For garnish, lightly toast some almond slivers in oil at low heat until slightly brown. I recommend hazelnut or coconut oil, but olive oil would work fine too.
     
    I recommend it as a side to fish. 
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    angekfire got a reaction from CraftyCarnivore in Texas De Brazil   
    There is a place in my city that is very similar (called Ekko de Brasil), and while we were on our first whole30 we called them to ask about their meats (as we had been before and loved it). They were very friendly and helpful. Broken down, here is what they said:
     
    -Chicken breast wrapped in bacon: The bacon has sugar, but they were willing to cook just chicken breast and omit the bacon as a special request.
    -Chicken Drumstick: Marinated in beer. Not compliant.
    -Parmesan Pork: Not compliant (cheese)
    -Sausage: Had sugar. Not compliant
    -Lamb: Marinated in wine. Not compliant.
    -Beef (striploin, ribeye, brazilian, prime rib, garlic beef): All compliant. Only seasoning used was salt.
     
    As for their buffet portion, they had olive oil and balsamic that was compliant as a salad dressing. Veggies & lettuce were also obviously compliant, but that was about all from the buffet potion that was good.
     
    So if Texas de Brasil is similar, it may be a viable option. You would have to call and ask in advance though.
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    angekfire got a reaction from Julie (Cave Eatee) in Where to get Coconut Aminos?   
    I found a bottle at Rainbow Foods (A local organic/health food store). Had to specifically as, as I didn't find it on my own, but sure enough it was right in the middle of the soy sauce section hidden in plain sight. I think it was $8-$9 for the bottle, which was cheaper than amazon I believe.
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    angekfire got a reaction from Wendi in MAYO!!!!!!   
    I don't think eating shoes is whole30 compliant
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    angekfire got a reaction from Wendi in MAYO!!!!!!   
    I don't think eating shoes is whole30 compliant
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    angekfire got a reaction from Wendi in MAYO!!!!!!   
    I don't think eating shoes is whole30 compliant
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    angekfire got a reaction from malie in What kinds of tea can I have?   
    With Celestial Seasonings you need to be diligent in checking labels. I had a few boxes in my cupboard before starting the Whole30 and found that all the flavours I had contained soy lecithin. I'm not sure about the bengal spice though but it was certainly a surprise to me to discover that.
    I found Lipton has a nice raspberry tea that is compliant, and most (not all) of the tetley teas I found are also compliant.
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    angekfire reacted to Tom Denham in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    I often dust fried plantains with salt and Chipotle chili powder, but cinnamon sounds good too.
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    angekfire got a reaction from moggle in Best 'freezer-to-plate' protein recipe   
    I use all of the above for a super meaty chili. Maybe even throw in some compliant meatballs.
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    angekfire got a reaction from christartist in Paleofying   
    I've done it 4 or 5 times. They always turn out well. Diced peppers make a good addition for sure. I've tried them with ground chicken, ground beef, ground pork, and sausage meat, and I think the ground pork on it's own was one of the least tasty ones personally. The sausage meat was the best, but also the fattiest, but that was before I was on the whole30, so it wasn't compliant.
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    angekfire got a reaction from christartist in Paleofying   
    Hey now, I make meatloaf in a muffin pan, and they are totally compliant! I know what you mean though
    Easy to grab one or 2, which are each about the size of a palm, so easy for protein portioning. They freeze well and you can easily be reheated in the microwave.
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    angekfire got a reaction from Javagal78 in How do I make avocados not so gross?   
    Make it into guacamole and plop it on top of basically anything.
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    angekfire got a reaction from deborah in Were you a kale/chard hater before Whole30?   
    I only gave chard and kale a try a week or 2 ago to see if it would be viable for me during the whole30. Tried them both raw, and wasn't a fan. However...
    Kale chips are awesome. lightly toss in olive oil and salt and bake for 13-15 minutes. Crispy and delicious. I don't think it is SWYPO because I view it as it's own entity, not really a replacement for anything.
    Chard I liked wilted in a pan with coconut oil.
    Both are good to wilt slightly then toss in some eggs with whatever else for an omelet or scramble. I find it mutes the flavour a lot if you still want to get in your veg and the nutrients without the strong taste.
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    angekfire got a reaction from Javagal78 in Oh Canada!   
    I buy the big bags of their nuts. They are all pretty well priced. They also have almond butter for a reasonable price.
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    angekfire got a reaction from moggle in Best 'freezer-to-plate' protein recipe   
    I use all of the above for a super meaty chili. Maybe even throw in some compliant meatballs.
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    angekfire got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in pineapple as an anti-inflammatory   
    I'd also imagine you could make a decent salad dressing with maybe light olive oil and some fresh pineapple juice. Good way to get some of the juice, but keeping it a low amount and still eating it with whole food.
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    angekfire got a reaction from Kimberly Pace Luttrell in Start May 1st -   
    I'm starting too. Looking forward to lunch, since my breakfast was kinda blah. Celery, eggs and peppers just don't do it for me...
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    angekfire got a reaction from bi0nicw0man in Family BBQ (with yummy salad recipe)   
    Dairy is going to be a tough point for me too, as I love cheese. My breakfast used to just be yogurt and nuts, and I needed milk in my coffee. The other tough point for me is going to be giving up gum, as I would pretty much be chewing it constantly.
    But it really is amazing how many things have added ingredients that seem totally unnecessary. I had made a big batch of taco seasoning a month or so ago, only to discover the other day that the chili powder I used had sugar and vegetable oil. Had also made up a batch of taco beef to freeze some for lunches or emergency protein, which I can't have either. I'm just glad I discovered these before starting the whole30. But so many additives in things I wouldn't expect. Added caramel colour in balsamic vinegar, added soy in herbal teas. Just glad I had thoroughly read all the labels of everything in my kitchen before starting.