Gluten Free

Easy Crispy Breakfast Potatoes

I’m cheers-ing my coffee to you, friend. How does some good ‘ol fashioned breakfast sound for you?

You know, the kind that has you drooling a bit. The soft scrambled eggs or the drippy yolk if you’re feeling wild. The freshly brewed coffee that fills the air. And, am I the only one that can be brought straight out of bed no matter the hour by the smell of bacon alone? Okay cool, glad I’m not alone. :)

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But today, we’re talking potatoes. And, it’s up to you. You can call these hash browns, homefries or crispy potatoes but whatever you call them, they’re good. Like, you don’t really need to put ketchup or hot sauce all over them kind of good – but you totally can if you want to.

I’m a breakfast potato girl. I love the eggs, and I love the breakfast meats. But slide me a plate of warm, crispy & perfectly seasoned potatoes and you’ve got my heart. That’s where we’re going today. Straight to the potatoes.

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And while we’re at it, no one said you ONLY have to have these for breakfast. Break the boundaries! Pair these up with a soup or a salad for lunch. Or how about swapping out the fries next to your burger and inserting these things?

Yep. I’m about it.

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This recipe is:

  • Easy
  • Flavorful
  • Versatile

Did I mention easy?

So let’s start crisping already, okay?


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Easy Crispy Breakfast Potatoes

(serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (or grapeseed oil)
  • salt & pepper to taste

(optional: red pepper flakes, seasoning salt)

Instructions:

  1. Chop potatoes into 1 inch cubes (you don’t want them so thick that they don’t cook all the way through)
  2. Heat oil in a medium sized skillet on medium-low heat (test that the oil is hot enough by sprinkling in water. If it sizzles, it’s ready!)
  3. Add in potatoes, season & stir.
  4. At this point, leave them be for a solid 4-5 minutes.
  5. Check and see if 2 or 3 cubes are crispy on one side. If not, don’t stir yet.
  6. By 5-6 minutes they should start to get crispy so, stir!
  7. Keep up this process (leaving them be, checking for crisp level, stirring) until crispy on all sides.
  8. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for meal prep!
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There you have it, breakfast/lunch/dinner fiends. Don’t forget, I’m checkin’ for ya. If you make any of my recipes tag me on Instagram @lodownliving.

With gratitude,

Lo

Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice

There's nothing like a Friday night, a good movie & some takeout. After a long week of cooking, I've always made Friday my night to grab takeout and give myself a vacation from the kitchen.

It's a bit harder to do while on Whole30 because there are very few restaurants that have compliant Whole30 food. So I took the liberty of making a takeout favorite, fried rice, and mixing it into a Whole30 compliant meal.

It's full of flavor and can all be made in 1 pot. Let's get to it, you'll never miss your usual chinese takeout with this meal!


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Whole30 Pork Fried Cauliflower Rice

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 12oz bag of frozen or fresh cauliflower rice
  • 1c. shredded carrots
  • 1tsp diced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2-3 Small-medium sized pork chops 
  • 1tbsp ghee
  • Optional: mushrooms and 1 egg

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Melt the ghee & add in onion, garlic & ginger. Sauté until soft.
  • Add in carrots and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove onion, garlic, ginger & carrots from pan.
  • Dice up pork chops into 1inch pieces
  • In the same pan, (add more ghee if needed) add pork chop pieces and fry until fully cooked.
  • Add onion, garlic, ginger & carrots back in and add in the cauliflower rice.
  • Toss for 2-3 minutes just until the cauliflower rice is soft and no longer frozen.
  • Right before serving add in coconut aminos & toasted sesame oil
  • Serve & enjoy!

Over to you! How's your Whole30 going so far? Leave a comment with your favorite Whole30 meal so far.

And, as always, if you make one of my recipes please tag @lodownliving or #lodownliving so I can see 'em!

With gratitude,

Lo

Easy Butternut Squash Soup

If you're following along with me on Instagram then you know I recently started the Whole30. If you're not completely familiar with the program you can read more about it here.

One of the hardest parts of the Whole30, outside of the sugar withdraws, is figuring out what the heck to eat for every meal of the day. There are a lot of resources out there but, if you're anything like me, you never know if someone else's meals are going to be to your liking.

So, while I do have a handful that I can trust no matter what, I usually like to take what I already know about cooking and just use Whole30 compliant ingredients. Cue this butternut squash soup.

I saw the original recipe on the Pinch of Yum website and knew that I needed to create this for super simple lunches throughout the week. There were only a few ingredients, it sounded delicious and Lindsay, the blogger behind POY, is one of the few food bloggers that I completely trust.

So here we go!


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Easy Whole30 Butternut Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 12oz bag of cubed butternut squash
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 1/4 compliant almond milk ( I use Trader Joe's unsweetened original almond milk)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: red pepper flakes

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Dice garlic & onion and sauté until soft
  • Add in butternut squash & toss for 1-2 minutes
  • Transfer to a blender & add in almond milk
  • Blend until smooth!

**store in sealed container for 1 week or freeze and use later!


Keep coming back or follow me on Instagram to see the Whole30 meals I create this month!

With gratitude,

Lo

Honey Cinnamon Oven Roasted Cashews

I'm just coming off of a week of vacation and I'm feeling refreshed. I rarely take vacations where I sit at home, maybe never leave my pjs & binge watch tv. To be fair, I did workout a few times & took a really long walk around town so I wasn't completely worthless. But, my goal for that week was to relax and I did just that.

It was lovely. I hope if you're starting to feel a little burned out or just that you need a bit of a break that you take it. It's important for our physical and mental health. So tell your boss I recommended it!

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The other thing I was able to do this week was cook a little bit more. Sounds weird, right? I cook so often for Albert and I and also for the blog, why did I want to cook more on vacation? Well, this vacation was really a break between jobs. And I start my new gig this week. Normally, I'm juggling cooking/writing/blogging for the blog alongside my day job. There seriously aren't enough hours in a day, people!

So when I truly had an entire 24 hours to myself or rather, 168 hours to myself for the week, I knew I wanted to cook up a few things for the blog. There are so many recipes floating around in my head that I just haven't had the time to get to.

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I'm lucky enough to get dinner on the table for him & I, let alone a beautifully photographed recipe to share with all of you. Don't get me wrong, blogging is totally my jam. It lights me up in ways I never was possible. But, if I'm going to do something, I want to do it right. So I don't just want to throw up a blog for the sake of saying I did so.

I want it to be something delicious and valuable for all of you. So, sometimes that means the blog takes a slight backseat until I'm able to give it 100% and perfect that recipe.

With starting my new job I began thinking about my snack drawer. You know, the drawer that is a life saver when a meeting runs too long or your boss asks you to finish something up at the 11th hour? Yeah, that drawer. I'm sure you're very familiar with it. Well, regardless if I have long meetings or not, I'm a snacker. And I'm not a fan of going too long between meals without eating.

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It doesn't have to be much. It can be a piece a fruit, beef jerky or these honey cinnamon cashews.

GUYS. These cashews are the real deal. Like...all the way real. So real that you'll wonder why you hadn't tried them sooner. This is a recipe I've been telling everyone around me. I have 1 sister completely hooked and a few friends too!

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These need to be part of your weekly food prep. They just need to be, okay? No ifs, and's or but's about it!

They're:

crunchy

salty

sweet

cinnamon-y

Need I say more? Let's get after these.

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Honey Cinnamon Oven Roasted Cashews

Ingredients:

  • 1lb unsalted roasted cashews
  • 2-3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tbsp olive oil

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  • Lay cashews out in a single layer on a baking sheet
  • Drizzle olive oil over cashews and toss until fully coated
  • Pour honey over cashews & toss again
  • Sprinkle cinnamon over top and toss one last time
  • Place cashews in oven for 45 minutes
  • Every 15 minutes toss to make sure they roast evenly
  • Remove from oven & let cool
  • Store in a sealed container for 1-2 weeks
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Did you make this recipe? Tag @lauras.eats and use the hashtag #lauraseats so I can see it.

That would be so cool!

xx,

Laura

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Growing up we had certain nights for different foods. Tuesdays and Fridays were always seafood focused. Which, I never did because I'm still coming around to eating fish. Sundays were always a big home cooked meal. Maybe a whole roasted chicken, a big pasta or even steak if we got fancy with it.

Even now, I ask my Mom "what's for dinner?" And she'll say, it's Saturday. Which means, it's burger night. Or I can go home unannounced on a Sunday and pretty much know that there will be fresh bread & end with dessert after dinner.

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It's weird how some of those things growing up still stick with me even though I'm away from home. Sometimes, when we didn't want burgers or we had already had them a different day of the week, we'd substitute them out for sloppy joes or tacos.

Who loves sloppy joes? Do you put cheese on yours? If you're not concerned about dairy, PUH-LEASE put cheese on that sloppy joe & thank me later. It wasn't until I was in college did I realize that not everyone put cheese on a sloppy joe. That's crazy! Do it.

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Also, I was always so excited for tacos. I never get sick of tacos. Ever. Breakfast tacos, lunch tacos, dinner tacos, dessert tacos. I've never met a taco that I didn't like. Believe it or not, this is one of the very few ways I'll eat fish. Fish tacos are delish!

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A few weeks ago I was heading to my parent's house to hang out and eat dinner. Of course, it was taco night! Sweet enough, my Mom asked if I had any candida related requests. I called her right away and had her read me the ingredients of the salsa, taco sauce & the packaged taco seasoning we always bought.

Salsa was clear! But the sauce & seasoning were not. But my mom said, "I bet we can make our own." And I'm always up for a challenge. I mean, how hard could it be?! But we wanted it to taste exactly like the packaged stuff we had been used to for years.

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After a few taste tests, we are here! No matter if you're whipping up quesadillas, tacos, or nachos, this seasoning will go perfectly with your choice of meat. I prefer my tacos & stuff with beef but chicken, seafood or even tofu I'm sure would be amazing.

Make it per meal or double the batch and seal it in a jar for anytime you need it.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ingredients:

  • 1tbsp chili powder
  • 1tbsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp. salt & pepper
  • 1/2tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Instructions:

  • Mix together
  • Store in sealed container for 2-3 weeks

Made a Laura's Eats recipe? Tag @lauras.eats using the hashtag #lauraseats!

xx, Laura

My Favorite Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Groceries At Trader Joe's

I absolutely love to go grocery shopping. I've been going to the grocery store ever since I was a little girl going with my Mom. Growing up, my Mom had to have someone tag along because she was buying groceries for a family of six. There was no way she could remember everything, pack it all in the car, unpack it & store it away all on her own. Plus it taught us discipline and we got to see firsthand what all it took to provide food for a family.

Plus, when you went to the store you usually got little treats. Slices of cheese or meat from the deli, all the samples on Sample Day at the store, or even a candy bar or juice on the way out. Or hell, sometimes you were there so long that you actually went to get lunch before you even got home to cook something up. Looking back, grocery shopping (while I didn't always love it as a child) was the bee's knees.

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We usually went shopping on a Saturday which, why in the hell would we choose a Saturday of all days, but we did. And of course, it was like the old tv show, Super Market Sweep where you're running & dodging to grab all the items you need. We also always had a grocery list. One side was things we were out of and must not forget and the other side was our weekly meal plans. I truly did learn all I know from a young age, it's amazing. And we'd go up & down each and every aisle until pushing the cart was an arm workout in and of itself.

Sometimes these bi-weekly trips were annoying, especially as a teenager when all I wanted to do was sleep in. But, most of all, I think this is when my love for grocery shopping began. The idea that I could truly make anything I wanted. Everything I needed was right here and I could create it and feed the ones around me that I loved.

And once you bring Trader Joe's into the situation, my love goes to another level. I love this grocery store. The food is mostly healthy, the produce is always fresh and the workers are so friendly. I've literally gotten recipe ideas from cashiers before. And, I think they're starting to know me by name but, oh well.

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Trader Joe's has been my saving grace through every Whole30 I've done & especially now that I'm living a gluten-free & dairy-free lifestyle. So, I thought I'd round up my favorites for you. Whether you shop at Trader Joe's or not, these items will give you a good idea of some things to look for. Not all are pictured and remember, some items vary by store & region.


Pantry/Refrigerator Items

1| Almond Milk or Coconut Milk (refrigerated)

Perfect for smoothies, cereal or splashing in your coffee.

2| Almond Butter

Because, duh.

3| Tomato Paste

I sometimes use tomato paste in my spaghetti sauce and I like this version (pictured) because it has a screw on cap so you don't waste it when the recipe calls for 1/4tsp. (eye roll)

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4| Canned Coconut Milk Or Cream

These are great pantry staples to always have on hand. Whether you're making smoothies, ice cream, or anything else, these should be in your cart.

5| Marinara Sauce

This is the only marinara sauce I buy these days. It's Whole30 approved and obviously gluten & dairy free. It doesn't have a ton of flavor so make sure you add your favorites to it.

Other pantry/refrigerator items to check for:

  • Almond Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Salsa Verde
  • Ghee
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Lara bars (if you're not avoiding high-glycemic fruit)
  • Manuka honey (if you're not avoiding sugar of all types)

Fruit

Due to direction from my doctor, I'm currently avoiding high-glycemic fruit to help heal my gut. Thankfully, Trader Joe's keeps fresh, in season fruit which is so helpful. I'm also not listing vegetables because let's be honest, get them all. Except starchy ones like potatoes, butternut squash, etc.

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1| Cherries (I'm obsessed. Sorry, not sorry)

2| Strawberries

3| Kiwi

4| Blueberries

5| Green Apples

6| Raspberries

7| Blackberries


Protein

I really enjoy and trust Trader Joe's meat selection. They have many options for organic, free range meats and I'm all about that. They have a variety of seafood, chicken, pork, beef, etc. Whether you want chicken tenders or a filet mignon, they'll have it for you at a good price.

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1| Chicken Wings

Don't wait for game day, Grab these chicken wings, toss them in your favorite seasoning or sauce and bake them up. I love them!

2| Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage

This stuff rocks my world. I love grilling these up for lunches or they're good for a quick weeknight meal, too!

3| Ground Beef

I really like their ground beef. They have different meat to fat ratios depending on your preference, which I like. I usually go for a 90/10 ratio.

4| Organic Hot Dogs

These hot dogs are Whole30 approved so I've been eating the for awhile. They're perfect to take to cookouts or just for an easy weekend lunch when you want to spend more time hanging than cooking.


What are your favorite finds at Trader Joe's? Share them below so I can grab them on my next trip!

xx Laura