I’m doing something pretty unusual and maybe this post is going to be my accountability one. After I had my first daughter, I was a unique case and by the time I left the hospital after 3 days, it didn’t even look like I had had a baby. Then I had my second and what happened the first time certainly didn’t happen again. Not into shakes or crazy workouts — because let’s be real, as a working mother with 2 kids, pets and a fixer-upper, it’s not that I don’t have the time, but I like to sleep during that time — I Googled “Whole30 diet.”

“This seems pretty easy,” I said to myself. Mind you, I’m a donut & coffee with cream and sugar order regularly from Dunkin’ Donuts. So I gave it a go. I’m on Day 4 and eating my words already. It’s not as easy as one would think but again, this post, accountability. Here I am.

I need to make meals that are quick, simple, and don’t take a lot of time. You try cooking with a 3 and 1 year old demanding snacks and Paw Patrol. I found this recipe through Greatist and put my own little spin on it for this post.

I made this on a Thursday night when the Eagles were playing and the crisp autumn air had finally graced our presence so I wanted something hearty to warm us all up but still feel like tailgate food (and distract me from ordering a pizza, drinking wine, and devouring the rest of my delicious raspberry ice cream in the freezer…drool!)

Introducing: Sausage & Shrimp.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– precooked sausage, chopped. I used chicken & apple
– peeled & deveiened shrimp
– 1/4 cup of chicken stock
– 1 diced onion
– 1 zucchini
– 1 diced green pepper
– 1 diced red pepper
– olive oil
– salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and chili powder (or Old Bay)
– minced garlic

I eyeballed the amounts all up considering that I wanted to have some leftovers, wanted it to look appealing on the gram, and also didn’t want to be hungry.

I coated my cast iron pan with some olive oil and tossed in the shrimp with the chili powder (or Old Bay). You’ll want to cook them for about 4 minutes and then set them aside.

Then put in a little more olive oil and toss in your peppers, garlic and onion for about 2 minutes. Add your sausage & zuch in for an additional 2 minutes, then put your shrimp back in as well as add the garlic.

Lastly, pour in the chicken stock and mix throughout. Top with salt, ground pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste. Then eat it up.

An Eagles win and this touchdown twenty minute dinner left our family happy & full before bed. If you’ve done Whole30 before, share your recipes with me in the comments! Guide me through these next 27 days!

Kaela