Whole 30: 20 Pounds Down

April 30th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Jason's Posts | Nutrition - (0 Comments)

Try it Thursday: One Pan Mexican Quinoa

April 24th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Recipes - (1 Comments)

-Hands down- my favorite recipe I have ever shared in the last two years. If that is not convincing you to make this for dinner, let me add that this beautiful and healthy dish is complete in 20 minutes, 2 of which require any work.

One Pan Mexican Quinoa


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapenos, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro.
  • Serve immediately.

Recipe and Photo Credit

Besides eating healthier, one of the greatest benefits of the Whole 30 challenge is trying new recipes.  Today I thought I would share a few of my family’s favorites.

Cracklin’ Chicken is a recipe I found at nom nom paleo. This chicken recipe is not only delicious; it keeps well in the fridge.  Time Saving Tip: I typically cook up extra chicken for future meals. You can find the recipe here: Cracklin’ Chicken.  (When I make the recipe, I do substitute the thigh meat for boneless, skinless chicken breasts as this is what my family prefers.)

Homemade Mayo:  My daughter, who is a lover of ranch dressing, joined me on the Whole 30 challenge. I was unable to find any ranch dressing that was Whole 30 approved, so I searched the web.  Many of the recipes I found called for mayo. (Again, it is hard to find mayo that is Whole 30 approved.) So…I did what any good mom does and tried to make homemade mayo.  My first attempt was a flop, but my second attempt was a success—and I have made several more batches–all delicious! Here is a link to the recipe I used: homemade mayo.  Next Thursday I will be doing a vlog demonstration on how easy it is to make your own mayo, so make sure you come back and check it out.

Ranch Dressing: After trying several different recipes for ranch dressing, the recipe that gets the thumbs up from my daughter is

Tasty Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix

  • ½ cup dried parsley
  • 3 TBSP garlic powder
  • 3 TBSP onion powder
  • 1 TBSP dried dill
  • 1 TBSP sea salt
  • ½ TBSP black pepper
  • ½ TBSP cayenne pepper


Place all of the spices into a food processor. Pulse until you have small pieces but not powder.  I then put mixture into a small glass jar with a lid.

To make dip or dressing:

Mix 1 to 1 ½ cups of mayonnaise with 1 TBSP spice mix.  (As I wanted to use it as a dressing, I also added ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk.)

**Tasty Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix  is also great to use as a seasoning for your chicken.

Have you tried any new recipes lately or do you have a family favorite? If so, leave a comment with the title of the recipe here or on our FB page for a chance to win a Be Well South Dakota Fit Pack.


Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/berlinerkueche/7704289984