Beef, Sweet Potato, & Apple Breakfast Hash

Meal prep is not exactly the name of my game.  The weekdays fly by for us, but the weekends fly even faster.  So the thought of sacrificing a huge amount of time on even one of those days of freedom & downtime is just not something I'm typically interested in.  And THAT is why I love dishes like this.

If you listen to me ramble on Instagram stories, then you've probably heard me say this a time or two already:  make your weekend brunch count!

Whole30 Marinated Chicken Thighs

This tried & true recipe has been updated from October 2014 now three years later.  And while I still go back to this post as a guide for perfectly roasted chicken thighs, the magic is all in the marinade.  Try it on any protein for a slightly sweet yet mostly savory glaze.  Perfect for chicken, shrimp, and pork chops!

Life is so busy, you guys!  From family plans to long work days to errands & holidays & chores...  So much fun, and always something to look forward to-  but so busy!

Anyways, as much as I love cooking~ I don't always have time to get fancy with dinner.  That's when I call on one of my simple, effortless, go-to dinners: like my simple roasted chicken thighs.  An easy main dish that pairs with any sides.

The marinade is what makes this protein delicious, yet still simple with ingredients we always seem to have on hand.

The perfect dinner (to me) means minimal effort, even less cleanup, and leftovers for the following day.  Baked chicken thighs fulfill each of those requirements, and also manage to taste delicious!

Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole | PALEO, Whole30

You all know by now that comfort food is the name of my game.  I have always been a "good eater" and have gotten so much joy out of food.  

But when my metabolism basically hit the breaks in high school, I realized that as much as I loved to indulge, I had to get control of my over-eating.  At first, for me, this meant denying myself of all things delicious and cutting my calories to an extreme deficit (plus over-exercising, and just overall obsessing about anything I put in my mouth).  

Baked Apple Cinnamon N'Oatmeal

All through my childhood I seemed to go through a series of phases, and I guess I still do in some ways.  Then it was mainly with my food- and especially when it came to breakfast.

There was a frozen waffle phase (maybe a few of those phases, actually- with different flavors), a crispy potatoes with cheese phase, a toasted English muffin with PB&J phase (then awhile of just plain butter).  I guess you could say I liked my carbs!

Oven Baked BBQ Ribs | PALEO, Whole30

I've always felt like ribs are one of those things that should be left to the pros.  Grilling pros.  Like the chefs at Famous Dave's, Food Network stars, and my dad.  But I decided to take a meat I was afraid of, and prepare it in a way that takes the guess work out of it and doesn't leave your hair smelling like charcoal or grill smoke.  (Also I don't have a grill, so...)  These ribs slow BAKE in the oven, and they're the best I've ever had!