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No Wifi, Never Say Never, Why I Am The Way I Am, & Spicy Coconut Shrimp

Ugh…it’s Friday. And my frustrations this week have been through the roof!  Which is why this post is so late this week.  First and least important, I didn’t have wifi for 3 days this week. I didn’t realize how much I relied on it until we didn’t have it. Not only for work, but the kids needed it for homework. So yeah…we got a hotspot, but that uses up so much data. And no….we don’t have unlimited data. And for some odd reason I couldn’t get on certain work websites on my phone. I was beyond frustrated. Oh….then there’s dealing with Comcast. Can you say frustrated even more?  I’m sure you know where I’m coming from. But all in all, I survived and my wifi is finally back up and running.

Now to the more important stuff….I had some mentally draining stuff go on this week.  Do you ever feel like you become too passionate about certain things?  Sometimes I do. It’s a downfall of mine, to be honest. I’m a very sensitive person…I’ll 100% admit that. And I feel that way because when someone knocks something without having all the appropriate information, it makes me very upset. Upset they won’t take the time to understand where I’m coming from. Sometimes I let that feeling eat me up and I hate it!  It literally consumes me.  But I have to sit back and remember. This is MY journey. No one else’s. Not everyone is going to believe in what I believe and that’s OK!  It doesn’t make them wrong. And it doesn’t make me wrong. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions. But one thing is for sure that I’ve learned throughout the years. Don’t knock something until you learn more about it and try it yourself. Because you never know.  Many times in my life I’ve said “I will never”.  And you know what?  Every time I say that I end up doing it.  I said “I will never live in New Hampshire”.  And look…I’ve been here 14 years and couldn’t picture myself anywhere else.  I also said “I will never do Crossfit”.  Now, Crossfit Free is my family…my second home.  After my first class 4 1/2 years ago, I haven’t looked back.  I also said “I will never give up bread and pasta”.  And now I’ve been paleo for 5 years and I don’t miss it.  So, take my advice….never say never.  Because you never know until you try.


So, I met my mom for lunch on Thursday. She just finished her 1st Whole30!  Yay! And we can discuss this more another day. Our discussions were….depressing.  And it made me realize why I am the way I am today. My whole family struggles with heart issues. Not only that, but we have a history of cancer in our family. I was listening as she spoke one by one about each family member and what they were stugglimg with. THIS IS WHY I EAT HEALTHY!  This is why I’m on this path. Sometimes yes, we can’t control what happens to us. But at least if something happens to me, I can say…at least I tried. At least I did my best to be healthiest I can be. When someone doesn’t take care of themselves and ends up sick, you question…why aren’t you changing your ways?  I just don’t get it. Some are willing. Some are not. My mom realized how much better she felt after this Whole30. And after talking to me about our family, she even said…”it makes me want to keep this healthy lifestyle even more.”  This is what the journey is all about. This is why we go trough the process of seeing how good our bodies can feel. Take the time to do it. Do it for you and do it for your families. I know for me, I want to stick around for my kids and family as long as possible. So, I will try my best. Again….Yes…things can happen that are out of our control.  Actually, some of those things have happened to me.  But I’ll always be able to say at least I tried.  And that puts my mind at peace.



Ok…on to the recipe!  So, I love love love easy recipes.  And I love coconut crusted anything…as you can see from one of my prior coconut crusted fish recipes.  If you haven’t made it yet, you should 😉  This recipe is super easy, as you get the goodness of the coconut without having to take the time to “bread” the shrimp.  I think you’ll really like it 🙂  Enjoy!


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Spicy Coconut Shrimp
Spicy Coconut Shrimp
Course Dinner
2 people
Course Dinner
2 people
Spicy Coconut Shrimp
  1. Melt the ghee in a medium sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the lemon zest, grated ginger, diced chilis, and garlic.
  3. Cook for about 5 minutes until the chilies are soft.
  4. Add the shredded coconut and stir, letting the coconut brown slightly.
  5. Add the shrimp and continue to cook until the shrimp is pink and cooked through...about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. To serve, top with some fresh squeezed lime juice.
  8. Enjoy!
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  • Stephanie Cahill

    Thats so great about your Mom doing a Whole30! I also said I will never live in NH 😉 Too funny. I look forward to trying this coconut shrimp. Dumb question but do you buy the shrimp fresh or frozen? And what size? I’ve only ever got it as a prepared tray app- cocktail sauce, etc.

  • The Clean Kitchen NH

    Hey Stephanie! So sorry I’m just seeing this now! I typically buy my shrimp frozen. Its usually easier to find it peeled and deveined when it’s frozen. But, you can do either. I stock up when i go to Trader Joes then I have it on hand. There’s nothing worse than buying shrimp then having to peel and devein it…LOL!

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