Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bring on the Bacon



Hi, I am Erica Ashley and I am addicted to Bacon.....

The crispy salty meat, the taste just lingering your mouth; always craving more! I have a problem! 



No joke, today I made 6 pieces of bacon for part of my Turkey Bacon lettuce wraps for lunch this week....I only have 1 piece left! I am embarrassed by the fact I ate 5 pieces of bacon today throughout the day but I. Just. Can't. Help. It! 

Bacon is the one of few craving that the Whole 30 has not taken away. Which is a good/bad thing depending on how you look at it. I mean I LOVE bacon, therefore I am happy. My heart, body, and hips hate that I still crave that delicious piece of meat! 

Why the talk about bacon? Well, we all crave FOOD! We love it! Its tasty, it makes us happy, we need it to survive, we may love to cook it, or go out to eat and have someone cook it for us, we use it to celebrate with, socialize with, cry with (hello, Ben and Jerrys!). The point is FOOD is part of our every day lives. 

We can look at it two ways: Embrace it, or look at it as this tortuous thing that keeps us overweight and unhappy. 

I use to view food as the enemy. The thing I just couldn't control. No matter how many diets I went on, no matter what I tried to cut out, no matter what I literally threw away because I couldn't control myself, I would find myself driving to the grocery store at 9pm 3 nights later because I just couldn't bare to be with out it. 

Food was my enemy. 



I would use it to treat myself, "Hey, I ran a mile, time for an ice cream cone!" or "I didn't eat one bad thing the past 3 days, french fries from McDonalds it is!" 

Anyone else do this??? If not I feel even more ashamed! 

The point is, it took me till last year, 26 year olds, to figure out FOOD wasn't the enemy. It was the way I looked at that was! 

Food is meant to be delicious, its meant to be taste, its meant to be enjoyable! Thats a FACT! However, it is also meant to bring nutrition to our bodies, to fuel us and energize us! 

My goal was to find that balance between the two. Figure out EXACTLY how I could enjoy food without over eating, without feeling guilty, without being sneaky as well as fuel my body appropriately. 

How did I do it? (well mostly do it because like I said, I still have a bacon problem!) I'll share those tips next week! 

Until then, anyone else struggling with this idea of food being an enemy?? Or was it just me!?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Baked Coconut Shrimp

This recipe is SO easy and delicious!!! I love shrimp and coconut and seafood and, well, I just love it! 



Ingredients:
Peeled Shrimp
1 egg and 1 egg white
1 cup corn starch 
2 cups coconut 

Process:
1) preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2) Place beaten eggs in a bowl, place the cornstarch on one plate and the coconut on a separate plate.
3) Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or use coconut oil to greese.
3) Dry shrimp then toss in eggs, then in cornstarch, then the coconut. Place on baking sheet.
4) Bake for 15 min and enjoy! 

I eat about 6-7 shrimp to stay in my calorie bracket :) 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Chicken Chimichanga 21 Day fix approved

I LOVE Mexican food! It's my favorite! The only problem is, it's not the healthiest meal! So I decided to make my own Chimichanga healthy and 21 day fix approved! 



Ingredients:
Whole Wheat tortilla 
Chicken (I grill or buy rotisserie and shred it) 
Black beans 
Tomato 
Onion 
Kale
Cheddar Cheese 
Coconut oil  

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 425
2) Take a whole wheat tortilla and fill with 1 red container of chicken (3/4 cup), 1/2 cup black beans, little onion and tomato, blue container or 1/4 cup cheddar cheese 
3) Roll the tortilla filled with the item above and lightly brush the top with coconut oil 
4) Bake for 10 min 


I baked some kale chips on the side! 

21 day Fix:
1 yellow
1.5 red
1 blue 
1/2 green 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Almond Joy

I LOVE this one!! Taste just like an almond joy candy bar minus all the bad things! 

This is actually GOOD for you! Full of vitamins, superfoods, antioxident and, probiotics! 

Thin Mint

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Stuffed Bell Peppers

This is one of my favorite meals! I love philly cheese steaks! The only issue is, well it's simply not good for you! 

May alternate is philly steak stuffed peppers! It's amazing!!! 



Ingredients: 
3 green peppers
1 large sweet onion 
1 flank steak 
2 TBS soy sauce 
1TBS ketchup 
Cheese (Provolone or Pepper Jack slices recfomended) 

1. Cut flank steak into strips and then cut the strips in half. Toss in the soy sauce and ketchup and let sit
2. Core the green peppers and slice in half
3. Slice up the onions and sauté them until brown in coconut oil. 
4. Toss in the steak and cook until steak is pink in the middle. 
5. Place half a slice of cheese in the pepper half, top with steak and onions, then top again with cheese.
6. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Recipe Wednesday

Since I was out of school all week last week I was able to get out of my apartment complex and venture over to C's for 4 days! It was a nice unplanned visit :)

I absolutely LOVE cooking and baking but I rarely have anyone to cook for so I love when C is in town or when I am at his house! This time around I wanted to make him a dish he talks about quite often, English Sunday Roast.

C is very well traveled and this is a meal he has brought to my attention quite often! I was excited to give it a shot! 


English Sunday Roast

1 Prime Rib**Much preferred but I substituted Tender Roast 
2 lbs of potatoes
1 lb carrots
1 Sweet Onion
5 Cloves of Garlic
Red Wine 
3 Tbs Flour
Salt
Ground ginger
Rosemary 

1. Preheat oven to 325. 
2. In a roasting pan, place 1 cup of water and some red wine (I would say about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of red wine). 
3. Next place sliced Onion and 5 cloves of garlic in the pan. Generously salt the meat and place on top of the onions and garlic. Cook for 30 Min.
4. After 30 Min take out the pan. Take the garlic and smash it all over the meat. Toss in Potatoes and Carrots. Cover potatoes, carrots, and meat with Rosemary and Olive Oil. Take 2 Tbs of Ginger and sprinkle over the meat.  
5. Cook for another 1.5 hours. Check the meat with a meat thermometer. The inside of the meat should be around 130 degrees. Once it reaches that temp, let it stand outside the oven for 30 min. 
6. Drain the juices into a sauce pan and add 1 cup of red wine. Bring to a boil and add in flour to thicken. Let the grave stand for 10 min before serving. Add more wine to thin the grave and flour to thicken it. Be careful of string in the flour so it does not get all chunky! 

The roast is drier than a normal roast, and thats the way it was in England. C said it was very similar to what he had and he really enjoyed the meal! I loved it too :)

Lol I forgot to take a photo of it so this is what it SHOULD look like haha, I cut into it and ate it way to fast to photograph :)


Let me know what you think! Plus, this meal is SUPER easy and doesn't require to much effort!