Whole30 Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes

In my first week of Whole30, I found this recipe for Jalapeño Popper Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes by Brittany of @SmithFamilyKitchen and tweaked it a bit to fit what I had in my kitchen. And let me tell you, it was delish and so quick and easy.

My plate looks like a complete mess but it was so good.

The final product.

My tweaks:

  1. I only used two chicken tenderloins since I was the only one eating it. I seasoned them with sea salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder to keep the flavor.
  2. I don’t have any compliant mayo so I subbed an avocado instead. I spritzed with lime so that way I could have leftovers tomorrow without the avocado being too brown. I had the leftovers the next day on cauliflower rice and lettuce.
  3. I also forgot to get a red onion at the store this week so I just used a white one.
  4. Added Trader Joe’s “Salsa Autentica” as a topping.
  5. I didn’t do this, but I would add more bacon next time. It brought out a good flavor and I love jalapeño poppers. Without the cheese I wanted more bacon!

See below for my step by step meal. I kept the seeds in so it would spice up the dish. I like spicy foods.


Whole30: Week One

If you follow my Instagram, you would see more real-time about how my Whole30 is going so far. And so far I WANT SUGAR. I cannot imagine how a recovering drug addict feels. This is so much less than that, but when I get in the car to drive five minutes down the road, my mind is going a mile a minute at what places I can stop at to fulfill this craving. I mean, it’s insane. Example of my brain:

*Driving down the road, passing restaurant after restaurant*
“Oh, there’s Chick-fil-a, I could go for some waffle fries. Or a milkshake. They still have peppermint milkshakes, I should have gone before I started this Whole30. Wait, there’s Dairy Queen, a simple cone would be good. It’s kind of cold actually, let’s go to Skyline. Oooh there’s Taco Bell, I could stop there for a taco. Maybe Dominos would do instead, a hot pizza sounds so bomb right now.”

Literally it’s hard for me to carry on a conversation because my mind is thinking of all the food I can’t have. Not to mention, Beau isn’t partaking in the Whole30 and there’s a ton of candy sitting around the house. Hopefully this next week will be better. PLEASE say it will get better.

Mid-December Update

Guys, my little nugget is almost 6 weeks old. The last six weeks have been… well. Life changing to say the least.

We’ve gotten our bearings a little, but not completely. I mean, how can you? How does anyone? The hardest part of having our sweet little newborn is the lack of sleep. Which everyone warns you about. But you don’t fully comprehend how little sleep you get until she’s here and waking you up. Day after day, week after week. Luckily she’s cute.

In other news, I’ve lost my baby weight, however my belly pooch lives on. Oh well. It seems that all my attempts to stay active and eat healthy have paid off. That was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life (my, how easy my life has been). But I’m anxious to get started again. The doc has cleared me for exercise, but I am taking it easy through the holidays. In January, I’ll be starting back slowly to exercise with walking to back to running. I’m hoping my back doesn’t give me trouble. I have also been planning on doing the January Whole30 challenge to get myself weaned off of sugar and back in the healthy mindset.

I’ve planned out several meals for the month, and will be hoping to meal prep for breakfast and lunches on the Saturday or Sunday before the week. It’s going to be tough with the baby but I’m hoping that it will actually make me have more energy on less sleep. Anyone else going to do a Whole30 in January?

Take it easy, have a merry Christmas & a happy new year!