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Hi! I’m Valerie. I am a Charleston personal chef & recipe developer that bridges the gap between being healthy eating and busy lives by making the kitchen an approachable place with easy healthy recipes and kitchen tips. I also talk about life as a new mom running a small business.

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Whole30 Honey Mustard Dressing & Dip

This easy recipe for Whole30 honey mustard tastes JUST like honey mustard dressing or dip but contains no honey at all! Instead, it’s made with a date paste to naturally sweeten it up to use on chicken, veggies or as a salad dressing that’s compliant on a Whole30 reset. None Add the soaked dates to a high speed blender along with the avocado oil, mayo, Dijon mustard and coarse grain mustard. The best dates to use are medjool dates.

Keto Taco Pie (with Whole30 & Paleo Option)

It’s like a reverse taco that is packed with low carb ingredients and has a crispy crust that is similar to Bisquick or pie crust, but it’s not at all! Sauté ground beef in with the vegetables for 5-8 minutes or until beef is cooked through and no longer pink. 5️⃣ Place your ground beef mixture in a pie pan or 8×8 baking dish and press the mixture down until it’s flat. Pour the egg, cheese and almond flour crust on top using a spoon or rubber spatula to spread evenly over the ground beef mixture.

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers (Whole30, Low Carb)

While traditional stuffed peppers are made with beef and rice, these bell peppers are stuffed with a delicious shredded buffalo chicken that has a great spicy kick and coolness from the ranch seasoning. I like using green because they are inexpensive and can be found anywhere but feel free to use yellow, orange, red or a combination of all colors. • make your own shredded chicken easily, or you can use canned chicken breast or shred it from a store bought rotisserie chicken. You can use a packet of store bought ranch seasoning or make your own ranch seasoning to keep it Whole30. None To the bowl, add shredded chicken breast, mayo, ranch seasoning, garlic powder, salt and ground pepper.

Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes⁣ __⁣ We must be living in some strange times if one of my most popular recipes on the blog right now is one that usually does well at the end of the year.⁣ __⁣ Nonetheless, sweet potatoes are something I eat year round and I make this easy dish often that looks fancy but is really simple!⁣ __⁣ Check out the recipe using the link in my profile.

Ground Beef Breakfast Sausage⁣ __⁣ This week I experimented with using ground beef to make some homemade breakfast sausage and I loved it!⁣ __⁣ Making your own sausage allows you to control the ingredients and allows you to use whatever ground meat you enjoy.⁣ __⁣ This sausage is paleo, Whole30 and friendly with Keto ways of eating.⁣ __⁣ Check out this simple recipe linked in profile!

A dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife. Why? 🔪 ___ Cutting with a dull blade requires you to put more pressure on the knife increasing the chances it’ll slip or skip and could cause some painful kitchen warrior wounds. 🏥 ___ Sharpening your knives is an important maintenance task in a home kitchen and many don’t do it. And no that long metal stick in your knife block is actually not a sharpener! It’s a honing tool that realigns the edge AFTER its been sharpened. 💡 __ I cook A LOT and even more so now with restaurants being closed. I sent my most used knives off to knifeaid to get them professionally sharpened. They sent a box with prepaid shipping, I packed up knives safely and they got sent back good as new! __ If you want to improve your home chef game and keep things safe, check out Knife Aid and use THYMEANDJOY10 to get $10 off any sharpening package. 📦 *not sponsored* __ When was the last time you sharpened your knives?

𝗥𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗵 𝗖𝗮𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝗵⁣ __⁣ Stepping up the mashed cauliflower game a bit by adding some homemade ranch seasoning.⁣ __⁣ A ranch seasoning packet or my homemade mix can be used to make this fluffy side dish.⁣ __⁣ Perfect for Mothers Day!⁣ __⁣ Recipe Link In Profile

Today I went grocery shopping and was surprised to see so much still out of stock. I thought the panic buying was over! Then I realized that it’s because people are eating out SO MUCH LESS. __ On one hand I love that people are being resourceful, cooking at home and learning new things. On another, my heart aches for the restaurant and hospitality industry. __ We try to get a meal out and support local at least once a week. Any suggestions for the type of food for this week? __ Where have you been getting takeout? __ This shrimp Florentine over spaghetti squash was made by my mother in law who is staying with us for a while. Even she’s on the cook at home bandwagon!

𝟮𝟭 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁⁣ __⁣ It feels like a strange time to post this, but I’ve gotten a couple questions most days about my experience, so here goes!⁣ __⁣ My primary reason for doing this was NOT weight loss. It was to remineralize, heal and bring down inflammation postpartum.⁣ __⁣ This experiment has made me come so far in those goals and since I’ve done this I’ve been able to maintain the benefits (including the weight loss) by eating this way 70-80% of the time. This is still a long journey and the reset was beneficial even with all the emotional eating triggers that come up while were dealing with the world right now.⁣ __⁣ My full experience is in the blog post linked in my profile. I’m not a doctor, but let me know if you have any questions about my experience that I haven’t addressed.⁣ __⁣ I’ve also tagged the IG accounts of those I’ve followed that educated and inspired me along the way.⁣ __⁣ grassfedgirl⁣ ketogenicgirl⁣ carnivore.yogi ⁣ carnivore_bitch⁣ mariaemmerich⁣ carnivorecast⁣ carnivoremd⁣ lonestarketogirl⁣ shawnbaker1967⁣ mikhailapeterson⁣ ketocarnivoreashley⁣ nutritionwithjudy⁣ lauraespath⁣ kelly_hogan91

#whatsfordinner __ Again, #foodboardfriday is not the menu this week but I decided to take out the ole’ turkey fryer and make some Old Bay chicken wings. __ Swipe for details ➡️ __ Defrost chicken wings in fridge overnight. Pat them completely dry. Toss in Old Bay. Heat oil (we used peanut) to 350. Cook for 8 minutes. Remove and toss with a little more seasoning. Stuff yourself silly with wings. __ I made 10lbs and am going to crisp up the leftovers in the air fryer to make them good as new tomorrow. __ What are you cooking this weekend?

Before I had James, I planned to share SO much about my motherhood journey. Turns out, it’s a bad idea for me personally. __ Motherhood is SO personal. Everyone has a completely different baby and *most* people think they are right when it comes to what to do and how to raise a child. Those are 2 ingredients I don’t like cooking together. __ This uncharted territory for me has made me learn to lean into my own voice and reasoning when it comes to this intimate role. I’ll never know if what I’m doing is right or ok which is hard for this type A girl. __ And it’s surely kept me off of social media as much as I was before which leads to stunted growth, inconsistency and often an off-brand sense of direction. My business is hanging on by a thread most of the time. __ Sometimes pieces of your life need to take a backseat to things that matter more. I wouldn’t trade the last 7 months for any amount of followers or “influence”. Spending most of my time with this cheeky dude is on the front burner for now and I’ll never regret that looking back!

𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗲𝘀𝘆 𝗚𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗔𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗴𝘂𝘀⁣ __⁣ Thank goodness we're still allowed to use our grills outside!⁣ __⁣ This recipe for cheesy grilled asparagus is a perfect spring and summer side dish that adds a cheesy heartiness to asparagus and is easy to make!⁣ __⁣ Who is the grill master in your house? I'm finding it's more the ladies these days which is awesome!⁣ __⁣ Recipe Link In Profile

✨𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗔𝗪𝗔𝗬 ✨⁣ __⁣ I've seen Gua Sha stones making a resurgence in the skincare and self-care world, so I've decided to give it a shot and give one of you the chance to try it along with me!⁣ __⁣ Facial Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique that visibly rejuvenates the skin through light pulling + lifting massage motions using a smooth gemstone tool.⁣ __⁣ It works with the skin to support and optimize the body’s own reparative functions by promoting lymphatic drainage, calming the nervous system, relieving muscle tension + tightness, clearing congestion + buildup, and increasing the flow of oxygen and vital nutrients to the skin which is something we all need right now.⁣ __⁣ Winner will recieve one Gua Sha stone along with a bottle of Soothing Serum with CBD from primallypure. (an $86 value!)⁣ __⁣ To Enter:⁣ Follow primallypure and me thymeandjoy and leave a comment tagging anyone you know that would enjoy this gift. Tag one person per entry with unlimited entries.⁣ __⁣ Winner will be notified by DM one week from today. Winner can be outside of the US but will be receiving a bottle of non CBD oil. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram.⁣ __⁣ Good Luck!🍀 ⁣ __⁣ Link In Profile to shop for Primally Pure products with 15% off using code THYMEANDJOY

Lemon Crinkle Cookies 🍋⁣ __⁣ Over Christmas, my gluten free lemon crinkle cookies were such a hit so I decided to make lemon ones for spring and summer!⁣ __⁣ Honestly, I actually like these so much better than the chocolate ones which is saying a lot for me.⁣ __⁣ These pillowy soft but still chewy cookies will brighten up an otherwise strange Easter for 2020.⁣ __⁣ 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐈𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐞!

Foods That Don't Need Refrigeration⁣ __⁣ Shopping 1x every two weeks leads to a PACKED fridge. I started looking up foods that didn't need to be refrigerated and wanted to share some of them with you.⁣ __⁣ Keep in mind that some of these foods have different shelf lives and some will last longer because of being refrigerated to slow down ripening, so look them up individually for shelf life.⁣ __⁣ Peppers⁣ Tomatoes⁣ Berries⁣ Mushrooms⁣ Onions⁣ Pickles⁣ Butter⁣ Cucumbers⁣ Basil⁣ Soy Sauce⁣ Honey⁣ Eggs⁣ __⁣ What else have you found that doesn't need refrigeration?⁣ ⁣ #foodgasm #yum #eat #foodpic #foodpics #foodphotography #tasty #hungry #foodblogger #healthyfood #foods #cooking #eeeeeats #foodporn #pantrycooking #feedfeed #f52grams #cheflife #homecooking #homechef #personalchef #foodspotting #huffposttaste #homecooked #charleston #charlestonsc #lowcountry #holycity #holycityeats #chucktown

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