Whole30: Week Three (Days 15 – 19)

Whole30: Week Three (Days fifteen – ninteen)

Well, wouldn’t you know that I had planned to blog while we were out of town these four days, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me.

My in-laws live in the country and as such, have satellite internet that wouldn’t even let you check your email, let alone post blogs. My phone service was faster 🙂 So I just pushed the blog aside and just focused on enjoying myself while I was there, and honestly, that’s what I needed to be doing any way. It’ll be easy to sum up this week because all our breakfasts and lunches were the same thing.

For breakfasts, we had these amazing Sausage Egg Muffins from PaleoOMG. It was my favorite meal each day! We made 12 muffins and I bagged them four to a ziploc bag and I could just pull out a bag, throw it on a plate and nuke ’em in the microwave for a minute and a half. Just long enough to slice an avocado and dump out some salsa to go along with it.  Et Voilà!

Stick a fork in it…my attempt at “food styling” HA!

As for lunches, we had our favorite grilled chicken salad with almonds and mandarin oranges every day. However, we bought another new brand of romaine hearts and they were extremely bitter. Which made it hard to eat, at least for me anyway.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Slivered Almonds and Mandarin Oranges

For dinners, I didn’t get a single picture. That time of night was just too hectic and I was either too famished to remember to take a picture before I ate or my camera would be dead, but here’s a breakdown.

Night One: Burgers on Romaine “Buns” w/ Carrot Fries  (Our Burgers consisted of a 1/3 lb patty, tomato, onion, mustard wrapped in romaine, but next time I’ll wrap it iceberg.)

Night Two: Perfect Pot Roast w/ Roasted Green Beans (Our chuck roast was disappointing, I’ve made this recipe before with stellar results but instead of it going in the oven, I transferred it to crock pot for 8 hours on low. It wasn’t terrible but not drool worthy as I remember. Plus the roast dissolved to almost nothing and when I thought I had enough to feed 6 people, I barely had enough for 2.)

Night Three: My favorite night…we went to In and Out Burger for the first time ever! Now I know what you’re thinking, what the heck is OK to eat at In and Out? Well don’t fear! You have a double-double, no cheese, no sauce, with mustard, grilled onions made PROTEIN STYLE! We had to pass on the fries as they are fried in vegetable oil, and OMG was that the hardest thing I had to do this entire time. They looked so fresh, hot, and crispy. It took every ounce of strength to not dump the whole pile into my mouth! I did some labor breathing techniques to help me cope, but I managed OK. It looked a little something like this:

Double-Double, No Cheese, No Sauce, with Mustard, Grilled Onions made Protein Style

Night Four: I made Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore that we’ve had before, and it was delicious as usual! For dessert we had some end of summer watermelon 🙂 It was so deliciously sweet! YUM! Plus it was far tastier while playing in the sprinkler.

Watermelon tastes better while playing in the sprinkler, don’t you think?

Now for all the fun stuff we did!

We played in the sprinkler a lot, but the highlight of our trip was going to Costco! I’ve never experienced Costco before, and that’s what it is…an experience. The closest one to us is an hour and a half away! But we are seriously considering getting a membership and making a once a month trek out there to stock up. The quantity and quality of organic goods is unmatched and worth the drive for us. We found our beloved Wild Planet tuna that we paid $5 a can for at home, for only $2.50 a can there! We got there at 7:00pm  and they closed at 8:30 pm and we still need another good hour or more before we would have finished the whole store! The whole ride back, I kept telling Nate, “I can’t get over how awesome Costco is!”. Nate made a funny remark saying that, “Costco is like the Target of warehouse stores!”. 😀

I also had our homeschool curriculum delivered while we were out there. The nerd in me did a happy dance to open a box full of shiny, new, untouched curriculum! Isn’t it beautiful?

Homeschool Curriculum…and yes, coffee is part of our schools supplies 🙂

We’re just starting out with Kindergarten this year for Pumpkin (5) and Princess (4). I feel as though they can work on the same stuff, but princess will likely want to do less right now given her attention span. For those interested, we are using Horizons K for math, Get Ready, Set, and Go for the Code for phonics, and A Reason for Handwriting K for, well, handwriting duh! We’ll be using God’s Little Explorers for bible and fun stuff 🙂 We never got to finish it last year between being super sick pregnant and moving housees, but all of these are just open and go type stuff and I’m excited to get started! We’ll also be doing lots and lots of reading and library trips!

Also on our week away we made a trip to the Tanger Outlet mall. Which we found nothing but these gaudy and very patriotic sunglasses, that somehow my daughter pulls off well ❤

PDolce and Gabbana got nothing on this girl’s style!

Pumpkin insisted on a picture too, so I obliged. He’s pretty cute if I do say so myself!

My favorite Goober ❤

We finally made it home late Thursday, and seeing as we had no food in the house we stopped at Chipotle for lunch and had carnitas on some salad with pico and guacamole. It was fabulous! However, it wasn’t as fabulous as this:

NY Strip Steak, Sweet Potato, and Green Beans

For dinner it was  NY strip steak, sweet potatoes, and roasted green beans. It was something I could pick up from the store and cook quickly and it was still cheaper than Chipotle 😛

Well, that was our week in a nutshell! Time to plan for our homestretch of Whole30! Still awaiting the Tiger Blood…

Peace, love, and chicken grease,

-C-

Advertisements

Whole30: Days Thirteen and Fourteen

Whole30: Day Thirteen + Fourteen

Life’s been busy trying to get ready to go out of town for four days with three kids while on Whole30! Apparently I’m glutton for punishment!  So I’m combining days thirteen and fourteen 🙂


 

Day Thirteen

Man, did I wake up with a headache this morning! I took two a couple ibuprofen and had this big cup for breakfast.

I like big cups and I cannot lie…

My head hurt so bad I couldn’t even stomach the thought of eating anything. Eventually, after the meds worked their magic, I heated up the last of my Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie just to have something on my stomach.

Since we were going to be out of town for the next several days, our Saturday was spent doing laundry, mowing the yard, cleaning the house, and grocery shopping. All that super fun stuff I love to do (not)! 😛

So today we tried to eat up all our leftovers and any extra produce so we didn’t have any waste. Lunch was leftover spaghetti, and  dare I say it was better on day two than the first time we had it? I love meals like that!

Leftover “Spaghetti”

We finished up cleaning the house and were famished, so we had a little snack before heading out to get groceries. These were all things just hanging out the fridge and needed to be eaten, but it was a good plate full of food!

Halved Cherry Tomatoes and Hard-Boiled Eggs

While grocery shopping, we tried a new store and it was frustrating when it came to meat in particular because all their chicken was full of chicken broth solution. Some upwards to 20%! I prefer the chicken that usually comes individually packaged without all the added broth because when you cook it, it stays the same size as when you put it in the pan! The other frozen family packs shrink up and you end up with just little chicken nuggets. BLEH!

For dinner it was Canned Tuna Ceviche, and holy moly was it AWESOME! I would call this more of a lunch dish, but we didn’t want to dirty up dishes because we were leaving in the morning. It’s essentially pico de gallo with canned tuna, topped with avocado. YUM!

Canned Tuna Ceviche — Crummy picture, but I was starving and I was ready to gobble this down!

Since dinner was so easy, I spent the rest of the night singing cooking in the kitchen and prepping stuff for our trip. This is how you get it done with a cranky baby!

Babywearing FTW!

I cranked out our salad dressing for the week and some AH-MAZING Egg Muffins from PaleOMG. I dropped the veggies and just used sausage, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. I also used 12 eggs so it would fill up my muffin tins and liners are ESSENTIAL. You’d never get them out otherwise. But this is a winner! I think they’d freeze easily if I wanted to make them in bulk too.


 

Day Fourteen

Today is the day we’re leaving for my in-laws for four days while our house is being worked on. So I was a little too busy to remember any pictures. But here’s what we ate:

Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs w/ Salsa

Lunch – I can’t remember…

Dinner – Burgers on Lettuce “Buns” w/ Carrot Fries

I really suck at making burgers, but they turned out all right. I also cooked dinner at my in-laws and I assumed there would be seasonings we could use there, but they use a lot of spice mixes and most of them contained stuff that we’re trying to avoid! You have to read every.single.label. while living this Whole30 lifetyle. It does get pretty tedious and time-consuming, and really frustrating at times but it’s worth it so far! We ended up just using plain ole salt and ground pepper for everything. The ground up pepper is a whole lot more spicy than I remember!

My carrot fries didn’t turn out as they usually do. I didn’t have access to extra virgin olive oil, or freshly ground pepper, and I bought a brand of carrots that I’m not used to and they were more plump baby carrots so they didn’t turn out quite right and needed waaaay longer than they usually do. It was enough to frustrate anyone, and I really just wanted to give in right then but somewhere I mustered up the determination to carry on.

I finished off my night with a Lara Bar treat to make me feel better 🙂

If you’re looking for days fifteen through nineteen, it’ll be labeled Week 3. I had zero wifi access for my laptop, well at least any that would run WordPress, so I will just be posting the highlights from our week out of town.

Keep Calm and Whole30 On!

-C-

Whole30: Day Twelve + Motherload of Snacks

Whole30: Day Twelve

You’ll never guess what I had for breakfast!

Still my favorite breakfast in the morning

Ok, maybe you will, but this is still my favorite Whole30 way to start my day. It’s easy on my stomach and keeps me full all morning long. Plus, it’s a no-brainer when it comes to cooking, which is important when dealing with thinking clearly before you’ve had your coffee. Just scrambled eggs and slice an avocado 🙂

So we’re gearing up to spend four days at my in-laws house while our landlord works on our house, so I spent part of the morning planning for how we can stay on track while we are gone. I figured the least amount of stuff that needs to be refrigerated the better, and stuff I can throw in her crock pot or is easily adaptable to being kid friendly would be best.

Here’s what I decided on:

Dinners

Burgers w/ Carrot Fries  (The kids can have theirs on a bun, while Nate and I have them on romaine)

Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pot Roast w/ Roasted Green Beans (I plan on putting this in the crock pot instead of the oven on low for 8 hours)

Skinnytaste.com Crock Pot Cacciatore w/ Sauteed Zucchini  (The kids devoured this last time and it’s easy to prep beforehand)

Breakfasts

PaleoOMG’s Breakfast-on-the-go’s Egg Muffins (I found compliant sausage I plan on using, and thought these would be easy to make ahead and keep in the fridge and heat up in the morning. The recipe makes enough for us three mornings worth)

The kid’s will likely have cereal, banana, and milk x3

Lunches

Grilled Chicken Salad w/ Mandarin Oranges, Slivered Almonds, and Apple Cider Vinaigrette x 3

Kid’s will have mac and cheese w/ fruit x 3

Snacks

Larabars

Bananas

Seasnacks

Epic Bars

I found the motherload of snacks at Drug Emporium. I scoured the whole store, and I picked up dozens of items thinking they would be OK, but I put back 95% of all them. They either had vegetable oils or sugar in almost everything! No wonder people oppose eating this way, it’s a lot of work! But here’s our stash of snacks.

Larabars, Epic Bars, Seasnax…Oh my!

We finally found chicken broth that’s just chicken broth! Imagine that! Well, the brand is called Imagine. So I guess so 😛

I plan on prepping or completely cooking as much as I can beforehand, so I won’t be dirtying up their kitchen three times a day.

Well, back to day twelve. Lunch was my leftover Shepherd’s Pie. Don’t worry, I picked the peas out!

Overall, I have felt really awesome. My sleep quality has improved remarkably, considering I still wake up a few times a night to nurse Sweet Pea. My dreams are as vivid as they were when I was pregnant! It’s really neat. My clothes are fitting more loosely. My energy levels have slowly improved. I feel clear headed and my mood feels stable. I’d say so far so good!

Dinner was FABULOUS. I truly mean that. It made me do a little happy dance! Just look at it!

“Spaghetti”

A massive, heaping plate of SPAGHETTI! It’s yet another Skinnytaste recipe. I’m just such a fan of Gina and all her recipes. She provides wonderful tasting recipes that are healthy and chock full of produce! I’ve made dozens of her recipes and the only ones I haven’t cared for are the desserts. Every single savory dish of hers has been a huge hit at our house! So please go check out her site and send her some love.

The kids loved this dinner too. I still made them regular ole noodles cause I’m not ready for the fight that comes with taking away their beloved pasta 😉

Well, that wraps up Day 12. This weekend will be a busy one. So much laundry, cleaning, packing, shopping, prepping food! Wish me luck!

Alright, alright, alright!

-C-

Whole 30: Day Eleven and My Near Failure

Whole 30: Day 11

I woke up feeling pretty much on top of the world. I felt energetic, happy, and meal one was easy because it was just heated up leftovers from my Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie the night before. My husband went on his merry way to work, and I got the big kids breakfast at a reasonable time. All was right in the world.

I grabbed my coffee and made my way to the “office” to eat my food and crank out my blog post yesterday. Here’s a picture. Just keepin’ real folks!

Meal One: Leftover Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie in the “office”. A.K.A. The dining room table.

I typed up my blog post, clicked share, and made my way to the shower while Sweet Pea was down for her morning nap. While in the shower, my husband messages me to let me know something was wrong with my recipe.

 

Why yes, I cried over peas. I cry over sappy commercials. I cry when I see a beautiful rainbow. I also cry when I’m pregnant and I eat a Schlotsky’s sandwich and it tastes like heaven on my tongue because… ‘mones.

However, It was an honest mistake. The only sneaky legumes I remembered were peanuts and edamame (which is technically soy? sheez! This food group stuff is tricky business!), I saw green and thought it was an OK thing. I thought I had just undone all the hard work we had put in these last 11 days, and in the moment it really felt that way. However, once I was over the initial crying phase, I realize it is about more than just “not eating” these certain food groups, it is about completely changing your relationship with food and people with healthy relationships with food don’t cry over the fact they “accidentally” ate some darn peas! I’m not about to let a 1/4 of cup of peas let me completely undo all the hard changes I’ve made. Believe me, if I wanted to “give in” it would be for a What-a-burger with cheese and mustard and not peas!

So I’m hanging the cat posters and putting on my big girl panties, cause I’m not giving in!

I think when we finish our 30 days, I wanna celebrate with a Paleo treat. Like some pancakes smothered in maple syrup, or some Paleo Krunch Granola. I’m not going to want to binge out on pizza or ice cream. So now I have something to look forward to, and  yet it is still good for me.

Speaking of good for me, lunch was great! I made my Tuna Salad recipe but I added an mashed avocado to give it that creamy texture to replace the missing mayo. I think next time I’ll put some on butter lettuce leaves and eat it as a wrap. I also threw dinner in the crock pot.

Tuna Salad with Mashed Avocado over Salad Greens, Diced Apples, and Slivered Almonds

 

I still felt a little depressed about my mess-up the rest of the day, and I had to process why I felt the way I did. So, I spent most of the afternoon snuggling my Sweet Pea while she napped. I mean, who wouldn’t want to snuggle this sweet girl!

I just love her!

Luckily dinner was easy peasy. It was a familiar recipe too, one I’ve made dozens of times and also another skinnytaste.com recipe! Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. We had it without ranch or blue cheese, but it was still delicious! If I had the time or energy I would have made some Paleo Ranch, but it was still good without. If you have any favorite recipes you liked prior to Whole30, I think it helps to try pick ones that are compliant or easily adaptable. It’s nice to have familiar tasting stuff once in awhile.

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps on Fancy Paper China

After dinner, I made a run to the library to see if they had a copy of the Whole30 book, It Starts with Food, but it was checked out. However, I picked up Robb Wolf’s book, The Paleo Solution  and Diane Sanfillipo’s, Practical Paleo. (All non-affiliate links) I’ll try and post reviews when I’m done reading them.

I’ll leave you with this cat poster to remind you to never give up if you just BELIEVE in yourself! 😛

believe

 

 

Everything is awesome,

-C-

Whole30: Day Ten + Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Recipe *UPDATE*

Whole30: Day Ten

***Update – 8/22/2014 — I apologize, but I wasn’t aware that peas are a no-go on Whole30 (They’re legumes!). I’m revising my recipe for Shepherd’s pie to have no peas. It’ll still taste delicious, I promise 🙂 We’re not considering this a fail, and are not “starting over”. Believe me, if I wanted to break the rules it would be over a What-a-burger with cheese, mustard, all the way and not some peas! It was an honest mistake. Forgive me! ***

We’re a third of the way there! Apparently, according to the Whole30 Timeline, day ten is when many people want to jump off the bandwagon. The newness wears off, the cravings are stronger, and you can’t really see an end in sight yet. I’m finding myself experiencing the exact opposite. I feel more excited about the process, my cravings for “off-limit” stuff is really subsiding, and twenty more days doesn’t seem very long to me. Your miles may vary though 🙂

After yesterday morning, and starting my day with sweets and no protein, I was determined to start my day off right. Also, I dreamed of fajitas and woke up starving. So I made my favorite meal one food, scrambled eggs with an equal salsa to egg ratio, along with half a sliced avocado. I also had a banana as I was still hungry after all that, but I didn’t snack all morning! I’m really hoping by the end of our thirty days, I can handle just three big meals and maybe a small snack between lunch and dinner.

Meal One: Scrambled Eggs, Salsa, and Half an Avocado

Today was coffee delivery day, and we didn’t have enough for a normal pot this morning, so I had to make us particularly weak coffee. Better weak coffee than no coffee as I always say! Luckily our bike guy came early today! The kids love seeing the bike taxi drive up and getting the bag, almost more than I do 🙂 Today’s bag was an El Salvador Santa Emilia medium roast bean. I about fainted when I inhaled it. It smelled of graham crackers. Mmm!

For lunch, I made a huge pan of my carrot fries in hopes I’d share them with my hubby but he was at lunch meeting with his Crossfit group for a weigh-in. Since he started about a month an half ago, he’s down 10 lbs! Hubby didn’t start it to lose weight, he started it get more active. I can tell such a difference in his whole demeanor. I’m so proud of him for sticking with it! He smiles more and seems more confident and that alone is worth it 🙂

Enough of the mushy crud, since he didn’t come home until late for lunch I polished off that tray all by myself. Better to binge on carrots than brownies right? I think I may have orange skin at the end of thirty days. I also made another grilled chicken salad. Today it was served halved grape tomatoes, almonds, and our favorite apple cider vinaigrette.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Grape Tomatoes, Almonds and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

The kids spent almost all day outside. My son, Pumpkin in particular, wanted to wait “patiently” (his words, not mine) on the mailman. I told him it would be a very long time, nearly two hours, and he said, “That’s fine! I can be patient!”, and he was. That kid is infatuated with all our public service people. Whether it’s trash truck guys, the mailman, or our coffee delivery guy, Pumpkin loves to talk to them and watch them work.

Since the big kids played well outside, and the baby napped a long time, I actually got some time alone to laminate. Sexy, right? 😛 But this is a homeschool mom’s dream! Coffee and making plastic-coated paper. Me-ow! If you know of a homeschool mom, buy her a laminator and see if she doesn’t crazy over it! Wasn’t it just yesterday I was drooling over Backstreet Boys? 😀

Laminating and Coffee. Every homeschool mom’s dream!

This afternoon, I felt a burst of energy. I’m not sure if it was just the alone time with the laminator coffee or the Whole-30 side effects, but it was welcome! I can’t stress enough how much better I feel eating this way. I feel so clear headed, less moody, and if this energy keeps up…I’m totally sold. Not to mention, I’m sleeping more soundly. Well, as soundly as you can with a co-sleeping, three-month old nursling.

Let me wrap today up with dinner. I really should have started cooking this in the morning and let it sit in the fridge and then heat it up before dinner because it was labor intensive. Not really hard, but time consuming. So here’s my Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie:

Whole30 Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Whole30: Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Serves: 6      Cook Time: 30 minutes     Prep Time: 30 minutes      Total Time: 60 minutes

This recipe was heavily adapted from Skinnytaste.com. Original recipe can be found here

Ingredients:

For the potatoes:

  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 TBSP Coconut Milk
  • 1 TBSP Ghee
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the filling:

  • 20 oz. 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 2 tbsp almond flour*
  • 1 cup chicken broth***
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika

Boil sweet potatoes and garlic in a pot of salted water until cooked. About 20 minutes.Drain and mash with coconut milk, ghee, and salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a large saute pan brown turkey; season with salt and pepper. When cooked, set aside on a plate. Add olive oil to the pan, then add the onion and sauté one minute. Add the celery, carrot, salt and pepper to taste; cook about 12 minutes, until celery is soft.

Add garlic and mushrooms; sauté another 3-4 minutes. Add almond flour, salt and pepper and mix well. Add frozen green beans, chicken broth or water, tomato paste, rosemary, cooked turkey, and mix well. Simmer on low about 5-10 minutes.

Dump mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with mashed sweet potatoes. Use a fork to scrape the top of the potatoes to make ridges; sprinkle with paprika. Bake 30 minutes or until potatoes turn golden. Remove from oven and let it cool 10 minutes before serving.

* – (although, I would likely use arrowroot in the future)

*** – (I thought I bought compliant broth, but it had honey. So I just used water. Apparently, the only compliant one is one you make yourself. Ain’t nobody got time for that!)

 

It was super delicious! I had seconds, and it would make a great meal one in the morning.

I’m still having a hard time cutting out the after dinner snacking. But at least it’s grapes right?

We finally finished season two of Once Upon a Time. I really need to express my dislike of “Belle’s” acting. I didn’t like her in Lost either. Maybe it’s the writing more than her acting abilities? Either way, I’m hoping season three is better. I’ll give it a few more episodes, but I’m really holding out for Anna and Kristoff in season four 😛 I may like Frozen as much as the kids!

Let it go,

-C-

 

Whole30: Day Nine and The Lunch Matrix

Whole30: Day 9

Today started off to a “bad” start. The husband was running late, Sweet Pea wanted to nurse, Pumpkin and Princess needed breakfast too. I simply didn’t have time to cook anything for myself. So after I took care of everyone else I threw some almond butter and raisins on a banana and called it done. While it was super delicious, I really needed the protein I was missing. I could feel my blood sugar dropping between breakfast and lunch time. It wasn’t as bad as it was pre-Whole30, but I was easily irritable. I’d definitely make this again, but as a treat.

Almond Butter Smothered Banana with Raisins

I can’t apologize enough for my crummy pictures. This picture was definitely pre-coffee.

Breakfast really set me up for failure this morning. It made me hungry for more “sweets”. I think I had some oranges and blueberries between breakfast and lunch but looking back, I should have just taken a minute to boil some eggs or something. I think after this week I want to keep some grilled chicken breasts and  boiled eggs in the fridge to snack on if I need it.

Speaking of grilled breasts. I did grill up five chicken breasts for dinner tonight and lunches throughout the week. Since it was cooler in the morning I went ahead and roasted my spaghetti squash for dinner tonight and for dinner Friday. You always need to be thinking ahead!

Lunch was great. I love a cold, crisp salad with warm chicken on top! Plus, mandarins and cucumbers made a great pairing. We also had some slivered almonds on top for good measure.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Mandarins, Cucumbers, and Slivered Almonds

I guess my pictures are progressively getting bettter. This was a definite post-coffee picture 😛

I guess today is as good as any to share my (*cue the Twilight Zone theme song*)… LUNCH MATRIX!

It’s really not that complicated, but it’s a way to help keep our salads interesting. It’s almost always the same greens, pick a few toppings (the fun stuff!), one or two proteins, and a dressing. Toss it and serve!

The “Lunch Matrix”

All you need is a fancy piece of legal pad paper (no other kind of paper will do!), a pen, and  some old fashioned handwriting skills and you too could have your very own Lunch Matrix! Just pick your favorite toppings, proteins, and dressings. I suggest having a mixture of sweet, salty and savory toppings. Also, think of textures, some stuff crunchy, some stuff more tender or juicy.

As mentioned earlier, breakfast sorta set me up for being entirely too snacky today. I ate way too many figs, mostly cause my daughter wanted to share with me 🙂 Yet, another Larabar. I’m not buying anymore of those this Whole30. They’re too much like a treat, which I’m trying to break myself of. I also had a banana. Sheez, that sounds like a lot! It is what it is I guess.

Dinner was great. It was Chicken Alfredo #Whole30Style! As long as I strained the sauce to rid it of the onions and basil, the kids slurped it down! I made regular noodles for them, while Nate and I used spaghetti squash. I think my noodles were a little too al dente. But I can just nuke them in the microwave a little more next time 🙂

Chicken Alfredo #Whole30Style

My sweet tooth was still bothering me and my stomach was growling after the kids went to bed. So I had a a bowl full of grapes again. I suppose that’s better than the bowls of cereal or PBJ I’m used to having? It’s progress it guess! At least I’m not succumbing to my cravings!

That was day nine in a nutshell! We bought homeschool curriculum for the kiddos, and we did a whole lot of nothing else 🙂

Would you all be interested in how I am adapting our meal plan to include our kiddos? Let me know below!

Happy Eating!

-C-

 

Whole30 Recipe: Coconut Chicken Tenders

I pulled this recipe from several other coconut chicken tender recipes floating around on the web. Make sure you get unsweetened coconut! Basically, I’m making regular tenders but replacing my panko with coconut. I think this would be equally good on some shrimp. Hopefully next time I make them, I’ll get a better picture 🙂

Coconut Chicken Tenders

 

Coconut Chicken Tenders

Serves: Cook Time: 15 minutesPrep Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (Cut into 1 inch strips)
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • Splash of Coconut Milk
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Cayenne
  • 1/4 cup of either coconut oil (if you like coconut flavor!) or olive oil (not the extra virgin)

Directions:

Combine almond flour, shredded coconut, and seasoning into a shallow dish. In another shallow dish mix eggs with a splash of coconut milk. Dip your tenders into the egg mixture, then coat in the flour/coconut mixture. Set aside on a plate. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat. Fry tenders in batches until cooked through. About 4-5 minutes on each side. Let cool on a wire rack.

If you’re not Whole30 and just doing paleo, serve this with some paleo ketchup or a honey mustard sauce. If you are Whole30, I’m not sure what you should dip it in. I’m still working on that. Suggestions are welcome!

Enjoy!

-C-