WHOLE30 | Loaded Potato Fries

Yep, you read that right. LOADED. POTATO. FRIES. And they are Whole30 approved. What? I’m starting with probably our favorite dinner meal we had while on Whole30, and man was it good. One of my good friends who has done the Whole30 experience a few times passed it along and I am so glad she did. This is a new staple in our house. 

Loaded Potato Fries

Back when III and I were dating we used to LOVE to go to Outback. That meal deal special where you could get a steak, salad, and side for $10 spoke to us. When we were feeling really adventurous we would also get the loaded fries as an appetizer. Man, were they good! But goodness gracious, did they make you feel terrible afterwards. 

These loaded potato fries are goodness gracious good too, but with no guilty consequences! So add this to your meal planning this week, and you can come back and thank me later!

To begin you will need to hop over to my recipe for Skinny Oven Fries. There you will find everything you need to know about making the potato fries which will be your base for this recipe. And FYI, you can slice them however you want, I did chip slices here because I wanted to try out my new mandolin, but skinny fries lead you to the same result! I find you can also use sweet potato fries and make these extra good for you since sweet potatoes are a super food and all.

After you get your fries going, follow the recipe below for your chili ground beef & toppings!

Whole30 Loaded Potato Fries

Whole30 Loaded Potato Fries
Serves 4
Loaded Chili Potato Fries with all your Whole30 favorites! You will feel like you are cheating this recipe is so good!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
for the fries
  1. 3-4 medium/large white or sweet potatoes
  2. 1/3 cup olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp chili powder
  4. 1tsp garlic salt
  5. 1/2 tsp pepper
for the ground beef
  1. 1 pound of organic grass fed ground beef
  2. 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes
  3. 1/2 tsp cumin
  4. 1 tsp chili powder
  5. 1/2 tsp paprika
  6. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  7. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  8. 1/2 salt
  9. 1/2 tsp pepper
for the toppings
  1. Whole30 ranch (link below)
  2. 4 slices of Whole30 compliant bacon (nitrate & sugar free!)
  3. 1 avocado
  1. 1. Prepare fries using the Skinny Fry recipe linked above
  2. 2. While the fries are baking, heat a large skillet over medium/high heat and add your cooking fat (bacon grease, ghee, or avocado oil). Then add the ground beef, tomatoes, and all your spices. Break clumps apart as your cook. Cook until brown and then remove from heat.
  3. 3. Prepare your toppings (if you aren't doing Whole30 feel free to add some cheese!)
  4. 4. Once the fries are finished prepare your plate starting with the fries, then chili meat, crumbled bacon, avocado and finally top with the ranch sauce.
  5. 5. Serve hot and enjoy!
Adapted from Paleo Running Momma
A Step In The Journey http://astepinthejourney.com/
Here is the Ranch dressing recipe I used while on Whole30 to drizzle on top! I hope you enjoy! 

Our Favorite Whole 30 Recipes

We did it. Whole30. CHECK! 

Favorite Whole30 Recipes

A few months ago I got the crazy idea that we should give Whole30 a go. All the cool kids are doing it. If you haven’t heard of Whole30 before you can read more about it here…but it basically it is eating WHOLE foods in an effort to cleanse your body of known irritants and processed food. I have been pregnant or nursing a baby for almost 5 years straight and after Poppy turned ONE I decided my body needed a reset. At some point ice cream EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. catches up to you. I managed to convince III to do it with me, and we determined the month of August was going to be our best shot. I mean, we had to finish before college football season, because watching Auburn while eating broccoli & grilled chicken every Saturday just wasn’t going to work! 

The first week was pretty tough (hello sugar detox) and meal planning/prepping takes a little more work…but it was soooo worth it! And if you know me, you know that means a lot. If you are new here I stay at home with our three young children and while we try to be pretty healthy overall, we definitely have our weaknesses (Coke…ice cream…Annie’s Mac N Cheese…nutella…convenience). So adding extra meal planning/prepping while wrestling three kiddos, four and under wasn’t easy, but it was totally manageable. 

To be honest, we weren’t looking for a complete life change, just an overall awareness of what we are putting in our bodies and how it may affect us. And we definitely learned we feel better when we stick to WHOLE foods. What happened? Well, I lost 7 pounds, III lost 12. We ate A LOT of eggs for breakfast. I learned sugar is in EVERYTHING. Our energy levels were up (after the first week, I never woke up tired), we felt lighter, nagging joint injuries didn’t bother us after working out, my belly hasn’t been this flat since high school and we just overall felt better! 

I think it changed our thoughts on food too. We went to a wedding this weekend and we both found ourselves ordering salads, loading up on meats and veggies and passing on the sugary drinks. We did of course have wedding cake though! My new kind of “full” is different than it used to be. Before “full” meant stuffed and kind of bloated feeling, probably from too much cheese and carbs. Now I have a new perspective on what it means to be full. I’m snacking less and just making better choices even if they require a little extra effort. 

Our kids did pretty well too trying some new recipes. They didn’t always eat Whole30 but dinner is always made for all, so they ate what we did and we moved to healthier WHOLE food snack options. Their only real complaint….when will we go back to Chick-fil-a! 

I want to share some of our favorite meals with you in case you are thinking about giving clean eating a go. This will be a work in progress as I post recipes and come back to link them here. A lot of things I found from other food bloggers who ventured into Whole30 before me, but some came from friends or me playing around with ingredients I knew were compliant. 


Breakfast Fried Rice

Breakfast Fried Rice

Apple Sausage & Sweet Potato Hash

Veggie and Hashbrown Casserole

Veggie and Sausage Casserole

Eggs, Avocado, Hashbrowns, and Bacon/Sausage


Lunch Salad Scoops

Egg Salad

Chicken Salad

Salad with veggies and usually some kind of meat



Zucchini Spaghetti

Loaded Chili Sweet Potato Fries

Taco Bowls

Simple Chicken Marinade and Veggies

Citrus Chicken Marinade and Veggies

Oven Roasted Steak and Veggies

Meatloaf and Mashed Red Potatoes

Smashed Potatoes

Zucchini Noodle Spaghetti

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Lettuce Wrapped Burgers

Stupid Easy Chicken Nuggets & Zucchini Fritters

Instant Pot Carnitas 

Pot Roast

Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice

Stuffed Peppers



Mayo – Although after the first batch I ended up buying the Chosen Foods brand at Costco

Dump Ranch

Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing

I think the biggest thing I learned from Whole30 is to pay attention to what I’m eating and how it is making me feel. To be more mindful. And that moderation is key. Because let’s face it…I’m going to eat ice cream again. So if you were to give up dairy, gluten, grains, sugar and legumes, what do you think you would miss the most????

Poppy’s FIRST Birthday


I still have a hard time believing she it ONE. Our baby girl is growing up (and so are her brother and sister for that matter!). Can we please slow down time. Similar to our other babes we had a small first birthday with just family to celebrate and love on our BIG girl! The them was simple, flower…poppies, of course and a simple color scheme. I think she felt pretty spoiled and didn’t mind one little bit getting all of the attention. We ate lunch, devoured cake and opened presents. You can tell from the pictures she was not shy about the cake. Little girl went all in. And she was not happy when we took it away! The cutest little strawberry maraca took home the award for the favorite present. There was no prying that thing out of her hand. We loved celebrating you sweet girl!


I made the cakes…strawberry on the inside and lightly frosted with cream cheese icing. I loved these tall candles and the flowers were fake and from Michaels. 

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The menu included chicken salad from Chicken Salad Chick, pimento cheese, mixed salad with poppyseed dressing, fruit and these amazing ham sliders. 






We did a little photo shoot in the front yard. Poppy participated as much as any one year old would. She mostly just wanted to play with the balloons. 





And the cake…well the passion is undeniable. ALL. IN.



And then there is this lady. My mama, Poppy’s Bebe. They share a birthday! And this birthday was a big one for them both. Poppy turned ONE and well let’s just say Bebe turned a big one that starts with a 6… And so it was a doubly joyful day to celebrate them both!!


Poppy, you are the sweetest, happiest, giggliest baby on the block. We love you to pieces! Happy Birthday!!

OREO Rice Krispie Treats


I’m not sure this is even a recipe worth posting, but oh my goodness these OREO Rice Krispie Treats were amazing and I had to share! Rice Krispie treats are a favorite around here. The kids love helping to make them and always enjoy adding our own spin to them. And with football season almost here, they are perfect to take to your favorite tailgate!

I think the kids favorite part this go around was crushing up the OREOs. 


I mean who wouldn’t love banging cookies with a rolling pin. Mom rarely gives you permission to hit things!!


After breaking up about 15-20 OREOs add them to your 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal and set aside. In a large sauce pan over medium heat melt down 3 tablespoons of butter and then add one 10oz. package of large marshmallows. Once they meltdown, add in the OREO and Rice Krispies and stir until well combined. Dump into a greased 9×13 dish. Allow to cool completely before cutting. Then ENJOY!


You can thank me later….I mean really any crushed cookies would put a fun spin on this classic treat!


I hope you all have a great Labor Day. Enjoy the sunshine and football!! WAR EAGLE! 

Teacher Appreciation

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It has been a wild, crazy, wonderful summer over here, and we are ALL just getting back in the swing of things. Chickadee started Pre-K yesterday and she was so excited to head back to meet her new teachers and friends. Sprout will begin 3K next week and Poppy will get some extended one on one time with mama. Bring on the snuggles. Since everyone is heading back to school I wanted to share a few Teacher Appreciation signs we used at our preschool last year as we shared the love with our amazing teachers. 

Working alongside another awesome mama we came up with 5 theme days to share appreciation to our teachers. We decorated their workroom and left them a yummy treat each morning in hopes to brighten their day, just like they brighten our children’s. We gave them a little sneak peak by leaving this note in their boxes along with a little “S’more” kit. 

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We also asked the teachers to fill our these new favorite things lists so all of their information would be up to date!

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So following our plan for the week, we started with muffins on Monday. Big muffins and mini muffins (thanks Costco) along with bananas and orange juice!

Muffin Appreciation

Tuesday brought a hot breakfast with both casseroles and cinnamon rolls, so of course our teachers were “On a roll!”

On a Roll

Wednesday, we encouraged our teachers to TREAT “Yo”self with small greek yogurts from Costco & granola. 

Treat Yoself

Thursday were donuts, because frankly, every celebration should include donuts!

Donut Know What

And, lastly we kicked off the weekend with some yummy popcorn and Coca-cola!

Poppin In to Say

It was a great week to celebrate our teachers. I know first hand how hard they work and how hard they love their students. As everyone starts back to school my wish for you is lots of learning, early bedtimes, and new friends!