Whole30 Halloween Stuffed Bell Peppers

When I launched in to Whole30 back in July, I did it alone. My family has dealt with enough of my yo-yo diets, I decided to keep this one to myself. If it worked, maybe they would want to join me next time. If it didn’t they were none the wiser. Perfect plan, right? Well… it worked. It worked so well in fact that when I mentioned that I wanted to do it again – Mike jumped on board. There aren’t even words for how happy that made me.

After that round (his first, my second) we made an agreement to stay as close to whole30 as possible going forward. We all four agreed as a family to stick to Whole30 at least 90% – not stressing over if we eat out or go to a dinner party or whatever. It has been wonderful. I have had so much fun learning new Whole30 Recipes and getting creative with what I serve. With Halloween just around the corner I had an idea of a “treat” everyone would enjoy.

whole30 stuffed bell pepper recipe

Mike had said before that he used to love when his Mom made stuffed bell peppers. I had never had them before, so I thought I would give it a go – adding a bit of a kid friendly spin. When the family came to the dinner table they all loved their little individual “jack-o-lanterns” and gobbled up every bite. It wasn’t until after they finished that I told them they were 100% Whole30 Compliant. How’s that for a “trick!?”

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#Whole30 Side Dish – Carrot and Cauliflower Herb Mash #Whole30Holiday

Since beginning Whole30 back in July, my entire life has changed. Yep, I realize how totally cliche that sounds and I am perfectly ok with it – because it is true. My Whole30 Experience was incredible, and since then I have maintained the lifestyle about 90% – splurging on my last two press trips but staying compliant at home. However with the holidays coming up, I know it is going to be easier and easier to let myself slide if I do not have a plan. So I began this week testing out some “Whole30 Holiday” type food so that when the big day comes, I know I will be serving my family something super tasty – and super healthy.

This week I tried out a Carrot and Cauliflower Mash that was absolutely amazing. The recipe was not only delicious – it was quick and easy to make. The recipe said it served four, but all four of us were wishing for more. It had a sweet and savory taste at the same time – pairing perfectly with chicken, but will also be amazing alongside ham or turkey.

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Shrimp Vegetti Alfredo #Whole30

A few weeks ago a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she “may never eat pasta again” after discovering the Vegetti. The Vegetti is a hand held vegetable spiralizer that lets you turn vegetables like squash, zucchini, and carrots into thin cut spiral “noodles.” Oh, and it is less than 20 bucks!! I was a bit skeptical, but thought I would give it a shot. It has become one of my all time favorite kitchen gadgets.

vegetti spiralizer

Since starting Whole30 I have missed pasta so bad. Like really bad. Like had to talk myself out of cheating at least 3 times a week bad. So I was stoked to try the vegetti and see if I could have “pasta” again. I opted to go for alfredo (go big or go home, right?) using a Paleo Alfredo recipe made from cauliflower. In a word…. ahmayzing.

vegetti shrimp alfredo

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So This Just Happened…


Somebody hold me.



Sami Says – Volume 4

sami lynsey 2014It’s been a while since I have had a Sami Says post on here, but it isn’t because she hasn’t given us plenty of content to laugh about. I remember my parents saying that my brain “detached” when I was a teenager because I said things that just made them shake their head. Apparently the apple does not fall far from the tree. Since going back to school though it seems these “moments” have happened more and more. Here are a few favorites from this week.


It’s The End Of The World As We Know It….

Me: Have you ever spray painted anything before?

Sami: Yes – we did that box project thing.. what was that called?

Me: Diorama?

Sami: No, that sounds like the end of the world. Wait, no, that is “dilemma.”

Me: Yes, dear, the end of the world will be quite a “dilemma.”

A Buggy Situation

Sami: I have to read a book for school but it sounds stupid.

Me: Sadly most of them are. What book is it?

Sami: Lord of the Ants or something.

Me: Umm… You mean Lord of the Flies?

Sami: Yeah I knew it was some kind of bug lord.

Not So Focused…

Dad: I have some of the kids convinced that Werther’s work like Adderal, they can focus better with a Werther’s candy doing homework.

Sami: So its like a GAZEBO!!

Dad: A Gazebo?

Sami: Yeah, you know – when someone takes a pill that they think is going to help them get better, but really its just sugar.

Dad:…. Placebo?

Sami: … oh… right…. I was close.

Their brains do reconnect eventually… right?


See the other Sami Says posts here, here and here.