Prepping, Cooking, Reading, Stretching | Staying Healthy in Uncertain Times!

Hello everyone! What’s new?

Yep, it’s just a big mess, right now. I’m currently in California. The state has been Shelter-in-place for about a week. Most businesses are closed and more are closing, daily. It’s a ghost town out there, but I’m alive and kicking. I just made a big batch of chicken sausage, in fact. Tasty stuff… and perfect pucks for the freezer!

I’ve been receiving a lot of requests for large inexpensive recipes to cook for the stay-at-home families, as well stashing some goodies for their freezers. I thought perhaps I should reach out with some ideas.

I also had a long conversation with my brother about our current pickle. He made some interesting comments. His stance what that the best thing we can do with our time and our best defense is to be as healthy as possible. Those are some good thoughts, right there!

I personally have a tendency to stockpile foods and almost always have a freezer full of goodies. At this point, I’ve got enough food for near 6 weeks (though, this isn’t uncommon for me… it aids in preventing cheats… as I know I’ve always got something tasty in the freezer!) I’ve also been focused on exercising in the back yard and taking solo hikes with my dog. Not terrible ways to pass the time.

Many of us likely have some free time. So… let’s use that time wisely. Let’s end this fiasco in better shape than we entered it!

Brace yourself for this post. It’s a big one!

In this post…

  • Affordable Exercise Equipment and Ideas
  • Places to Order Bulk Ingredients
  • “Pay What You Can” Offer on my Books
  • Over 100 Inexpensive Recipes perfect for Batch Cooking

Affordable Exercise Equipment and Ideas

I keep reading stories about people feeling trapped and isolated. Staying busy and keeping active is a fantastic way to stave off the mental wonkadoodles. A lot of people forget that they can go outside. Maintain physical distance, don’t go anywhere crowded, but… take a hike! Head up to the mountains, go to a lake, find a local puddle and walk around it. Fresh air, some movement… good for the soul!

For those in cities, where it’s a bit tougher to get outside, at least stay active in the home. Giant rubber bands and inflatable balls will go A LONG way!

I’ve cobbled together a small amount of equipment and am personally keeping to a healthy routine. For a tiny investment you can grab some elastic bands and a big bouncy ball. With just these few little things (and their instruction booklets) you can stretch, increase mobility and even build some strength. They take up no space and are fun and easy to use, too!

Here are 3 fantastic tools you can use to keep your body strong and your sanity sane.


Resistance Bands


Resistance Bands


Exercise Ball

Even if you want to skip the equipment, there are cubic googolplex of fitness experts on the YouTubes.

Here’s a great video showcasing some low-impact body weight HIIT exercises. I’ve been trying to do it in 20 minutes for over a week! No question this has an impact.


20 Minute HIIT

Actually, I really credit this woman with putting out a very high-quality series of videos that all take place in one spot and she very VERY rarely uses any equipment. She’s likely got a solution for any trouble areas. Take a look and get busy!

Places to Order Bulk Ingredients

I just received this email from The Food Network. I don’t want to take any credit for it. I’m simply paying it forward. This is actually good information at any time. So… yeah. Bulk stuff!


Bulk Groceries

“Pay What You Can” Offer on my eBooks

As many of us are quarantined to our homes, I know many are going a bit stir crazy. Use the time to learn some new cooking skills. Get reading. Learn something, enhance and improve yourself.

My books are a fantastic way to make all of this happen!

On that note, I want to provide 100% affordable access to my books. I want to help as much as I possibly can. I’ve always held the attitude that no one should be deprived of information, even if much of it is hard earned. That really just boosts the quality of the info!

Over the years, I’ve sent many free books (a few of them were the actual real books) to people who approached me for information, without seeking anything free. They simply opined that money was a barrier. *Alacazam*… Free books! I would far prefer someone get the information they need than me slicing off my profit. I actually picked the idea up from San Francisco’s Exploratorium, where they have a suggested donation, but will never turn anyone away. Even as I kid, I always appreciated that logic. I’ve never forgotten it.

Until the Shelter-in-Place orders are lifted in all states, I am offering each of my eBooks for “Pay What You Can Afford”. Simply go to any of my sales pages and you’ll see the suggested retail price in the box. Just adjust the price to whatever price suits your comfort level.

Only have $5.00 for both books? No problem! Just erase the existing price and type 5.00 in the box.

Want to drop $100? Hey, who am I to stop you? Daddy’s got to eat, too!


Pay What You Can eBooks

REALLY feeling the squeeze? Just type 0.00 and the books will be yours, for free. No questions asked and no further requirements. In fact, if you have any questions, just shoot me an email or hit up my contact page and I’ll do my darndest to offer a quick informative response. I’m here to help!

Free Shipping on Paper Books

For those of you who just have to have the real thing, I’m offering free shipping on my real books. I don’t know how much longer my warehouse will stay open, so I can only offer this through the weekend. I really wish I could do more, but I print small runs and the books cost a pretty penny to print. The Combo is already has a solid discounted price and the other two books are also running sales. Free shipping on top is about as low as I can go. I hope it helps some of you get your hands on these delightful beasts!

On any sales page, pick the book you’d like and enter the appropriate discount code in the PROMO CODE box.

  • SHIPPINGFAKERY: The Fakery (Grain-Free/Sugar-Free Quick Breads)
  • SHIPPINGCARBAGE: Taking Out the Carbage (Full Dietary Approach + Over 200 varied recipes)
  • SHIPPINGCOMBO: Both Books


Free Shipping
Combo Platter

If I could clone myself, show up, do the shopping, cooking and cleaning for y’all, I’d most certainly do this but, alas, I cannot. “Pay What You Can” and Free Shipping is as good as I got. I do hope it’s enough!

Over 100 Inexpensive Recipes perfect for Batch Cooking

Before we get deep into the meat of this next section, I’d like to suggest two older posts full of ideas on freezer foods and freezer tips. These two posts are positively loaded with quality storage information, inspiration and freezer tips.

Because of the 80/20 rule (80% of the cost of a recipe is usually the meat), I’m building my list around affordable meats… with a few egg and vegetarian options, in an effort to round it all out. I truly hope this helps pass the time, build some health and feed the soul!

(Don’t forget to scroll down for over 100 recipes!)

Please be safe, make healthy decisions, and… I’ll see y’all on the flippity flip!

DJ

Eggs

Italian Egg Bake


Italian Egg Bake

Easy Egg Salad


Easy Egg Salad

Poorly Cooked Eggs


Poorly Cooked Eggs

Keto Egg Cups – 9 Ways


Keto Egg Cups – 9 Ways

Low-Carb Potato Salad


Low-Carb Potato Salad

Low Carb Egg Noodles


Low Carb Egg Noodles

Denver Egg Casserole


Denver Egg Casserole

Pepperoni Pizzattata


Pepperoni Pizzattata

Chicken Thighs

Buttery Crackle Chicken Thighs


Buttery Crackle Chicken Thighs

Keto Smothered Chicken Thighs


Keto Smothered Chicken Thighs

Easy Keto Dijon Chicken Thighs


Easy Keto Dijon Chicken Thighs

Loose and Spicy Hot Chicken Italian Sausage


Loose and Spicy Hot Chicken Italian Sausage

Low Carb Mozzarella Chicken Thighs


Low Carb Mozzarella Chicken Thighs

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Root Vegetables


Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Root Vegetables

One-Pan Crispy Chicken Legs & Brussels Sprouts


One-Pan Crispy Chicken Legs & Brussels Sprouts

Baked Buffalo Chicken Thighs


Baked Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Easy One Pan BBQ Chicken Thighs


Easy One Pan BBQ Chicken Thighs

Ultimate Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Thighs


Ultimate Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Thighs

Whole Chicken

Juicy Brined Whole Roasted Chicken


Juicy Brined Whole Roasted Chicken

Easy Roast Chicken Recipe


Easy Roast Chicken Recipe

Mayonnaise Roasted Whole Chicken


Mayonnaise Roasted Whole Chicken

Ridiculously Juicy Lemon Roast Chicken


Ridiculously Juicy Lemon Roast Chicken

Cajun Roast Chicken with Lemon-Chive Butter


Cajun Roast Chicken with Lemon-Chive Butter

Tender Crockpot Whole Chicken


Tender Crockpot Whole Chicken

Turkey

Cajun Brined Turkey-Two Ways


Cajun Brined Turkey-Two Ways

Spatchcocked Turkey + Herb Butter


whole30 spatchcocked turkey + turkey gravy

Bacon-Wrapped Spatchcocked Turkey in 80 Minutes


BACON-WRAPPED, SPATCHCOCKED TURKEY IN 80 MINUTES

Crockpot Turkey with Garlic Butter


Crockpot Turkey with Garlic Butter

Roasted Sage Buttery Keto Turkey Legs


Roasted Sage Buttery Keto Turkey Legs

20-Minute Turkey and Pepper Sauté


20-Minute Turkey and Pepper Sauté

Moist Air Fryer Turkey Breast


Moist Air Fryer Turkey Breast

Pork Loin

Cinnamon Pork Loin Roll with Carrots and Apples


Cinnamon Pork Loin Roll with Carrots and Apples

Roasted Boneless Pork Loin


Roasted Boneless Pork Loin

Sage Fried Pork Milanese with Artichoke Arugula Salad


Sage Fried Pork Milanese with Artichoke Arugula Salad

Crockpot Creamy Garlic Pork Loin


Crockpot Creamy Garlic Pork Loin

Pork Chop Italiano


Pork Chop Italiano

Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops


Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops

Super Pork!


Super Pork!

Keto Pork Chops


Keto Pork Chops

Easy Baked Pork Chops


Easy Baked Pork Chops

Pork Butt (Shoulder)

Instant Pot Pulled Pork


Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Carnitas


Instant Pot Carnitas

Pork Chili Verde


Pork Chili Verde

Slow-cooked keto pork roast with creamy gravy


Slow-cooked keto pork roast with creamy gravy

GG’s KETO Crockpot Aloha Pulled Pork


GG’s KETO Crockpot Aloha Pulled Pork

Pernil Dominicano | Roasted Pork Shoulder


Pernil Dominicano | Roasted Pork Shoulder

Spicy Pork Cowboy Chili


Spicy Pork Cowboy Chili

Pörkölt | Hungarian Pork Stew


Pörkölt | Hungarian Pork Stew

Keto Instant Pot Red Wine Pork Stew


Keto Instant Pot Red Wine Pork Stew

Instant Pot Pork Vindaloo


Instant Pot Pork Vindaloo

Ground Meats

Super Versatile Freezer Meatballs


Super Versatile Freezer Meatballs

Low-Carb Ground Turkey Chili


Low-Carb Ground Turkey Chili

Ground Beef Steak with Portobello, Asparagus and a Caper-Balsamic Cream Sauce


Ground Beef Steak with Portobello, Asparagus and a Caper-Balsamic Cream Sauce

Keto Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl


Keto Teriyaki Turkey Rice Bowl

Low-Carb Turkey Casserole with Mushrooms, Mozzarella, and Cauliflower Rice


Low-Carb Turkey Casserole with Mushrooms, Mozzarella, and Cauliflower Rice

Ground Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers


Ground Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

Low-Carb Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf


Low-Carb Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Meatloaf

Keto Ground Pork Meatballs Mustard & Cheddar


Keto Ground Pork Meatballs Mustard & Cheddar

Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl


Keto Egg Roll in a Bowl

Cauliflower and Ground Beef Hash


Cauliflower and Ground Beef Hash

Delightfully Different Pork Burgers


Delightfully Different Pork Burgers

Keto Italian Pork & Parmesan Meatballs


Keto Italian Pork & Parmesan Meatballs

French Onion Meatballs


French Onion Meatballs

Keto Cabbage Soup Recipe


Keto Cabbage Soup Recipe

Beef Chuck Roast

Beef Bourginon


Beef Bourginon

Slow Cooker Pot Roast


KETO LOW CARB POT ROAST SLOW COOKER RECIPE

Slow Cooker Chile Colorado


Slow Cooker Chile Colorado

South Western Pot Roast


SOUTHWESTERN POT ROAST

Low Carb Machaca | A Mexican Pot Roast to Write Home About


Low Carb Machaca | A Mexican Pot Roast to Write Home About

Keto Mississippi Roast


Keto Mississippi Roast

Cuban Pot Roast


Cuban Pot Roast

Instant Pot Keto Beef BBQ


Instant Pot Keto Beef BBQ

Keto Roast Beef and Gravy


Keto Roast Beef and Gravy

Keto Mexican Shredded Beef


Keto Mexican Shredded Beef

Chuck Eye Steak

No-Nonsense Chuck Eye Steak


No-Nonsense Chuck Eye Steak

Chuck Eye Steaks With Chili Herb Butter


Chuck Eye Steaks With Chili Herb Butter

Quick & Spicy Chuck Eye Steaks

Note: Use a sprinkle of your favorite sweetener in place of the scant sugar.


Quick & Spicy Chuck Eye Steaks

Foolproof Chuck Eye Steak with Smoky Chimichurri


Foolproof Chuck Eye Steak with Smoky Chimichurri

Flat Steaks

Keto Chimichurri Flank Steak


Keto Chimichurri Flank Steak

Chilled Soy-Lime Flank Steak Salad


Chilled Soy-Lime Flank Steak Salad

Flank steak with pepper sauce and cauliflower-broccoli gratin


Flank steak with pepper sauce and cauliflower-broccoli gratin

Seared Skirt Steak with Cilantro Paste


Seared Skirt Steak with Cilantro Paste

Uber Crack Slaw


Crudite Turkey

Bangin’ Coconut-Lime Skirt Steak


BANGIN’ COCONUT-LIME SKIRT STEAK

Grilled Hanger Steak With Raita


Grilled Hanger Steak With Raita

Beef Fajitas


Beef Fajitas

Beef Brisket

Brisket Chili


keto, low-carb, paleo, and whole30 brisket chili

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket


Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

Keto Chili Rubbed Brisket


CKeto Chili Rubbed Brisket

Keto Beef Brisket in the Instant Pot


Keto Beef Brisket in the Instant Pot

Smoked Keto Brisket


Smoked Keto Brisket

Vegetables

Keto Eggplant Parmesan


Keto Eggplant Parmesan

Mashed Cauliflower With Parmesan And Chives


Mashed Cauliflower With Parmesan And Chives

Glazed Carrots


Glazed Carrots

The Best 30-Minute Vegetable Soup Recipe Ever


The Best 30-Minute Vegetable Soup Recipe Ever

Crunchy and Nutty Cauliflower Salad


Crunchy and Nutty Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli Cheddar Soup


Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip


Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip

Zucchini Grilled Cheese


Zucchini Grilled Cheese

Keto Cereal


Keto Cereal

Zoodles!!!

Bacon is a vegetable, right?


Zoodles

Simple Buttery Brussels Sprouts


Simple Buttery Brussels Sprouts

Keto Spinach Artichoke Pizza


Keto Spinach Artichoke Pizza

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