Saturday, November 1, 2014

Whole30: Days 21-27

Day 22

Meal 1: One of my favorites! Roasted sweet potatoes (tossed in olive oil, paprika, garlic & onion powders), homemade breakfast sausage, 2 fried eggs. 

I honestly can't remember what else I ate this day. I guess that is what happens when you wait a week to post! Haha

Day 23

Meal 1: Same as yesterday. This meal is so good.

Meal 2: Snacks/Finger foods at my parent's house to celebrate my dad's birthday. I did not follow Whole30 for this meal. I actually regretted it the next day. My stomach was very upset. 

Day 24

Meal 1: Are you surprised? The same thing as the previous days, except I used Yukon Gold potatoes because I ran out of sweet potatoes and added a third egg for extra yolk yumminess.

Meal 2: Tuna mixed with avocado and guacamole seasoning & Pan-Fried Plantains 

Meal 3: Beef brisket, pulled chicken and baked sweet potato from a local bbq place. So yummy!

Day 25

Meal 1: Omelet with avocado, mushroom, onions and spinach with a side of roasted root veggies at the delicious local restaurant called Sleepy Bee. As a side note, I didn't eat the toast! 

Meal 2: I got creative at lunch! Baked salmon and a side of sauteed shaved brussel sprouts with pork belly, dried bing cherries and toasted pecans in a balsamic reduction. AH-MAZING! I mean the brussel sprouts stunk while I was cooking them, but it tasted yummy. 

Meal 3: Baked salmon with a side of broccoli. I had already eaten the salmon. Oops!

Day 26

Meal 1: Sweet and Savory Blueberry Tortilla. Another of my favorites. No veggies (I know, I know), but I had just got off work and was going to sleep all day. I wanted something to curb the hunger and was quick to make.

Meal 2: Chipotle carnitas bowl - the rice I added was definitely not Whole30!

Meal 3: Baked salmon with mashed sweet potatoes. Trader Joe's sells the sweet potatoes in little pucks and you just warm them in the microwave. They are so yummy!

Meal 4/Snack: 2 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages. I was a little hungry, but I didn't want to eat another meal since I knew that I was going to breakfast with my sister in just a couple of hours.

Day 27

Meal 1: Harvest Hash with dressed green at First Watch. I actually wish that they had roasted their sweet potatoes. They tasted like they had been microwaved. They were slightly bland and mushy. 

Meal 2: Dinner at my parent's house after Trick-or-Treating. I had a big salad and nibbled on a little of a calzone. Once we got home I had 2 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages. 

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Whole30: Days 19 & 20

Day 19 

Meal 1: Sweet & Savory Blueberry Tortilla. It was so good that I had to make it again. It looks weird, but I promise that it is good! I left out the pepper this time. Made this on my way in from work. I was too hungry to go to bed without anything in my belly. 

Meal 2:Woke up hungry after sleeping all day, but it was too close to dinner for a full-fledged meal. Roast beef and a handful of almonds.

Meal 3: Salad with grilled chicken, capicola ham, pepperoni and salami. 

Day 20

Meal 1: 2 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages, almonds and baby carrots

Meal 2: Leftover kitchen sink soup. 

Meal 3: Um well, we sorta went to Skyline. I stayed within the guidelines and did a potato with chili on it. Those 3 ways and coneys looked good though!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Whole30: Day 17 & 18

Day 17

Meal 1: Sauerkraut with 2 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages

Meal 2: Tuna mixed with avocado, a couple tablespoons of homemade mayo & guacamole seasoning mix that I got at Findlay Market and fried plantains from Melissa Joulwan's blog The Clothes Make the Girl.  

Meal 3: Italian sausage with sauteed peppers and onions, Rao's marinara and zoodles. 

Day 18

Meal 1: Sweet & Savory Blueberry Tortilla from Stupid Easy Paleo. OMG this was AH-MAZING!! The picture totally looks gross. I think I cooked it a little too long. Also the tupperware is because I was saving the other half for the next day. Totally did not happen!

Meal 2: Kitchen Sink Soup. Made this one up on the fly. I was freezing and really wanted some soup to warm me up. I used leftover chicken stock that I had, added some potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, kale, oregano, thyme, black pepper, kosher salt and chicken. Delish!

Meal 3: My tuna-mayo-avo concoction

Meal 4: Leftover italian sausage, marinara and zoodles

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Whole30: Days 15 & 16

Day 15
Halfway there! I can't believe that the 30 days is half over. I have definitely had fun trying new things and like I said, will continue to eat Paleo/Whole30 as much as I can. I do want to incorporate some diary back in - really just mainly butter because it's easier to cook with then making ghee or clarified butter. It would definitely still be grass-fed though. Also the occasional latte from Starbucks would be nice. 

Meal 1: Ground pork with breakfast sausage seasoning (from this recipe here - minus the sage because I didn't have any), topped with 2 fried eggs and one plantain sliced, sauteed in clarified butter and sprinkled with cinnamon. 

Meal 2: Irish sausage from Kroeger & Sons at Findlay Market (ah-mazing place if you live in Cincinnati!) and left over Skillet Chicken Divan (the last of it - finally!).

Meal 3: Dinner at my uncle's house. It was unavoidable to stay on Whole30 for this meal without being rude. It would have been awkward to bring my own food. I know most Whole30-ers would say that I should have done that, but I did not want to be that person. So I ate roasted turkey, scalloped potatoes, corn casserole and broccoli-cauliflower salad. I might have also eaten some delicious deviled eggs and nuts as "appetizers". It is what it is. 

Day 16

Meal 1: Leftover sausage and plantains from yesterday.

Meal 2: Must not have been that awesome because I don't remember! My daughter was sick this day so I'm pretty sure that lunch was something whipped up quickly.

Meal 3: Grilled chicken wings with this sauce (minus the Worchestershire and clarified butter instead of regular butter), oven fries and homemade ranch dressing (recipe to come!).  

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly Menu: October 19-25

WEEK 3!! I can't believe next week is the last week of Whole30. I've made the decision that I am going to do a modified Whole30/Paleo diet. I say this because Paleo doesn't really include squash as an "allowed" food, but I think squash is delicious and I don't really see a reason to leave it out. I'm definitely going to keep eating Whole30/Paleo as much as I can.

On a side note, I went out to lunch with hubby and our daughter this weekend. I have to admit that I cheated and ate a small piece of bread. It just looked so good and I know that this restaurant has yummy rolls. Um, yeah it tasted like glue. No joke. It's crazy how your taste buds change in just a couple of weeks. I seriously took a little nibble and had no desire to continue eating it!

Grilled Buffalo Wings
Ranch Dressing
Italian Sausage with Zoodles
Kielbasa with Sauerkraut
Herbed Chicken Salad

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Whole30: Days 12-14

Day 12

Snack: Running out the door to take my daughter to school I ate 2 hard boiled eggs and a handful of almonds. I knew I was going to brunch with my sister so I didn't want to eat too much.

Meal 1: Market Hash (minus the cheese) from First Watch. I had brunch with my sister and cousin. It was delish! I obviously did not eat the english muffin on my plate. 

Meal 2: Leftover Skillet Chicken Divan

Meal 3: Orange Chicken with cauliflower rice -sooooo good! 

Day 13

Meal 1: I don't even remember! I'm sure it was eggs and some sort of veggie.

Meal 2: Oriental Chicken Salad - meh. needs a lot of work. I'm not sure I'm even going to post it until I rework it. The original recipe was either wrong or misleading.

Meal 3: Burger with guacamole, lettuce, tomato and pickles

Meal 4: Leftover Skillet Chicken Divan - eaten quickly at midnight or something. It was a long, long night at work.

Day 14 

Meal 1: 2 Hard boiled eggs, handful of macadamia nuts and some dried apricots. 

Meal 2: Omelet with local ham, mushrooms & onions and crunchy skillet potatoes

Meal 3: Antipasto Salad with capocolla ham, prosciutto, salami and grilled chicken.   

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Orange Chicken

Overall, this was very good. I would make a few changes though - swap out the thighs with breasts. Unless you are really into thighs. Simmer the sauce longer until it's thicker OR maybe lightly coat the chicken in coconut flour? Not sure about the last suggestion. I'm not on the up-and-up with flour substitutes. Hubby ate it over white rice and I ate mine over cauliflower rice. Our 2 1/2 year old took a bite, but declared it "too spicy". Hubby doesn't like spicy stuff at all and he didn't think it was spicy so...  

Orange Chicken
adapted from Health-Bent

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Servings: 2-3

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
juice of 2 oranges
zest of 1 orange
1 tsp fresh ginger
3 TBS coconut amino (like soy sauce, but different - if using soy sauce 1/2 the amount)

In a small saucepan, combine the orange juice, orange zest, ginger and coconut aminos. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce it down to medium-low to simmer. It may take 10-15 minutes to thicken the sauce. While the sauce it thickening, saute your chicken in a couple of tablespoons of your fat (ghee, clarified butter, olive oil, coconut oil). Once the sauce has thickened, add it to your chicken and cook together for a few minutes, just enough time for it to soak into the chicken. Serve over rice, cauli-rice or your other favorite veggie (broccoli would be yummy!). 


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Skillet Chicken Divan

This was very good! I do have some changes that I would make - add paleo mayo, reduce the curry, add more broccoli. The flax meal on top was a nice addition and give it a good crunch. My 2 1/2 year old took a bite and like the broccoli, but I think the chicken had too much curry on it.

Skillet Chicken Divan
adapted from Popular Paleo

Prep Time: 30 minutes (plus overnight soaking)
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4-6

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup raw cashews
cloves garlic
cup white or yellow onion, large dice
cup chicken stock
tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
1/4 cup flaxseed meal

The night before you plan to make this, soak your cashews in 1 1/2 cups of water. Before you use them, just drain the water off. 

Add the soaked cashews, chopped onion, garlic cloves, curry, salt and black pepper to a food processor. Pulse it a few times to break up the cashews. Turn the food processor "on" and use the small feed tube to continuously stream the chicken stock into the cashew mix. Let it run for another minute or two after the chicken stock has finished streaming into the bowl. Set your sauce to the side.

Heat a skillet on medium high heat with olive oil, ghee or clarified butter (I used clarified butter). Once hot, put your chicken in the pan and cook until golden brown. Toss the broccoli on top, cover the pan, reduce heat to medium and cook for 3-4 minutes. 

Uncover and add the cashew-curry sauce to the chicken and broccoli. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until sauce thickens. 

Before serving, sprinkle the pan with the flax meal. 


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Whole30: Day 10 & 11

Chugging right along! I definitely feel like it's getting easier. I don't feel as overwhelmed by the prep. I do find that it is helpful to have a big batch of something to eat throughout the week. Today I made an Oriental Chicken Salad that I will eat for the next week or so. Since I prepped late this week because of my work schedule, some of my meals will probably run into next week. 

Day 10

Meal 1: Um can I count meal 4 from day 9? I didn't eat much this day because of my schedule. I got home at 10:30 am and slept until 4. We had dinner around 6. I did have a snack of an apple and a handful of cashews because I was hungry and stuck at my parents house waiting on a delivery for my dad. 

Meal 2: Grilled grass-fed filet mignon, baked sweet potato topped with ghee and cinnamon, and sautéed green beans drizzled with olive oil. 

Day 11

Meal 1: Scrambled eggs, sweet potato leftover from the night before and bulletproof coffee (ghee and MCT oil blended with coffee). The coffee sounds gross, but so yummy. I prefer butter to the ghee (it's too nutty) so I'll make a batch of clarified butter this week in hopes that it will be better. 

Meal 2: Leftover grass-fed filet mignon on lettuce leaves topped with guacamole and a side of steamed broccoli drizzled with olive oil. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Whole30: Days 8 & 9

Day 8
Meal 1: sautéed zucchini and steamed broccoli drizzled with olive oil - this was a couple of hours after the sausages before I went to the football game. 

Snack: Blueberry Muffin Larabar - ate this at the football game

Meal 2: Mom's Beef Chili with avocado

Meal 3: 2 Mulay's brats

Day 9
Meal 1: Scrambled eggs and oven roasted potato wedges with onions

Meal 2: Tuna mixed with homemade mayo and avocado & large salad with lemony dressing

Meal 3: 2 Aidells chicken & apple sausages and the remainder of the salad from meal 2.  

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekly Menu: October 12-18

We are on to week 2! My first week of Whole30 was interesting. I noticed that I felt less stiff during this night when I got up to use the bathroom or first thing in the morning. I also have not taken any ibuprofen for my back since day 2! I don't know if this is placebo effect or what, but I think it's pretty crazy. Now the headaches have been pretty bad and I think that is mostly due to not eating enough carbs/starchy veggies. I also get the headaches when I haven't eaten in a while and have been too busy to eat. Can't wait for this week's meals!

Chinese Chicken Salad
Chili Garlic Sauce
Skillet Chicken Divan
Orange Chicken

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Whole30: Day 7

The end of week 1!! Learned a lot this week. Dairy has been the hardest thing to kick for now. I love a coffee in the morning. My wallet is thanking me though. I learned that I love, love, love roasted sweet potatoes. So delish!

Meal 1: Sweet potato hash with sautéed spinach and mushrooms, topped with 2 poached eggs. 

Meal 2: 2 Mulay's brats (I know, I know - totally lacking veggies, but I was late getting back from the grocery and needed to get some food in before laying down for a nap)

Meal 3: Salad with grilled grass-fed burger and creamy avocado dressing. 

Meal 4: 2 Aidells chicken & apple sausages

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Whole30: Days 3-6

So I've been busy with work and totally forgetting to take pictures of all my meals. So I'll recap them and post the pictures of the meals that I did take pics for. 

Day 3
I didn't get to eat much this day. I worked Monday night and then slept until 3:30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. 

Meal 1: 2 Simply Balanced Spinach & Garlic chicken sausages and a steamed broccoli drizzled with olive oil. 

Meal 2: large salad with lemony dressing

Day 4
I ended up working this day during day shift. What can I say? I like to mix things up a little. 

Meal 1: Scrambled eggs with avocado and boiled new potatoes drizzled with olive oil. This was kind of on the run. I ate the eggs at home, but the potatoes in the car. 

Meal 2: Curried Chicken Salad, baby carrots and a red pepper with guacamole as a dip. 

Meal 3: Chipotle! I got a salad with double carnitas, fresh tomato salsa (pico de gallo) and guacamole. 

Day 5

Meal 1: Scrambled eggs with avocado and sauteed green beans drizzled with olive oil. 

Meal 2: Zoodles (zucchini julienned to make "spaghetti"), Rao's Arrabbbiata sauce and Mulay's Mild Italian Sausage. I was craving some comfort food on a rainy day and this hit the spot! I steamed my zoodles in a Lekue steamer in the microwave. I used my peeler this time to julienne them, but I think the mandoline works a little better. 

Meal 3: Curried Chicken Salad and salad with lemony dressing

Meal 4: 2 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages and a peach. At this point in the night I didn't want to mess with my veggies. Plus I was full from the sausages and the peach. This was to tide me over until I got up on Friday.

Day 6

Meal 1: Pulled pork, steamed veggie mix with ghee 

Meal 2: Grilled grass-fed beef burger with lettuce "bun", tomatoes and guacamole & oven baked "fries". 

Overall I think there were some good days. Even with prep I realized that I should have bought more quick prepare food since I am on the go so much. I often don't have a lot of time to make food in the morning. Meals at work need to be easy too. I feel a little more prepared now. I think this week might be easier. I definitely loved having the chicken salad prepared and ready for me to throw in a container to take to work.