HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y'ALL! I am starting 2019 very similarly to how I started 2018...with my church's 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. Like last year, I am using the Whole30 diet as my fast (I will finish my 30 days even after the prayer program wraps up) and also cutting out secular music, television shows and movies for the 21 days. During this time, I also attend 6 AM prayer services during the week and really just try o start the year strong by putting Christ and His voice and plans front and center. It's not easy. It's not "normal". It's not convenient. Sleepiness, chocolate cravings and mimosa brunch FOMO are all super real. But, y'all, it's so good. It's so so good. I am working on a post about my "resolutions" and focuses for this year, but I'll tell you now...total health is a top priority.
I was really convicted at the end of 2018 about what I take in. I cannot expect to look my best if I feed my body fake foods that don't nourish it. I cannot expect my work to be as strong as it can be if I don't study my craft and intentionally fine-tune my skills. I cannot expect the way I speak about others and myself or the language I use to be sweet and pleasing if everything I listen to is vulgar and filled with gossip. We, like everything else, can only produce with what we ingest.
So, as much I love a glass of wine and catching up on all the shady moments between Nene and Kandi and as hype as I get going to work listening to Migos, I know it doesn't hurt to silence all of the noise for a month.
I am so excited, hopeful and expectant about what God has for this time of intentionally holines. Please send me a message if there's anyway I can pray for you during my morning services or just any time.
ALSO, a new round of Whole30 means new recipes to share. Y'all, I am still so in love with making clean meals and then LOVING them. It's the best feeling.
For week one, I tried a couple of new recipes and re-made some I already know and love!
Here they are!
Whole30 Bulletproof Coffee from The Kitcheneer
So, I did my first round of Whole30 in July 2017. Months before I started, I began drinking my coffee black because I knew cutting creamer out would be really hard for me. I can drink my coffee black. In fact, I like it that way and drink it like that sometimes off the program. However, I do keep creamer in my fridge. I also recently tried the power coffee recipe in Ayesha Curry's cookbook that blends butter and vitamins with black coffee...creating a rich, creamy coffee that keeps you energized without the chemicals used to make traditional coffee creamers. I really liked it, so I was so excited to try this compliant coffee. Blending black coffee with ghee, coconut cream and a dash of cinnamon gives you this rich, creamy latte-like coffee. It makes you feel like you're indulging, which is the BEST.
Creamy Sausage + Potato Whole30 Casserole from Whole Kitchen Sink
Pretty? Not really. Rich, creamy, filling and tasty? YES YES AND YASSSS. I use a medium Italian sausage and it's just perfect with the shredded hash browns and cream sauce. I literally crave this dish and make it when I'm not doing Whole30. I eat it for breakfast because I get tired of eggs easily, but it can be for any meal.
Whole30 Chipotle Chicken Skillet by Whole Kitchen Sink
This is my second time making this dish. I use ground turkey and two green peppers instead of just one. Also, if you love spicy (like I do), be generous with that chipotle chili powder. Top it with avocados, compliant ranch sauce or jalapenos. I put a big scoop of compliant guacamole on mine!
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Sweet Potatoes by Paleo Running Momma
This recipe is really similar to the slow cooker white chicken chili I shared a few months ago. This recipe, unlike that one, calls for sweet potatoes- Japanese or white sweet potatoes, actually. I was so happy to find Japanese yams at Whole Foods. This recipe is tasty. It's important to note that the sweet potatoes are super sweet. If you like that flavor, you'll love this!
Italian Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats by Eat the Gains
This is such an easy recipe if you're trying to be both full and impressed with yourself. Stuffing anything makes me feel fancy. These reheat super well, and I love how they taste.
I plan to share the recipes I make each week for this round of Whole30. Pretty please let me know if you try any of these babies! Wishing you all the happiest start to 2019. We're just a week in. It's NEVER too late to put you first, make better choice and re-invent how you love yourself. You are worth it, babe.
With Love & Glitter,