Day SEVEN

One week.  DONE!  We made it!  It wasn’t as hard as the first time!  Whew.  And now for 23 more days…

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I don’t know why Napoleon Dynamite is becoming the mascot of my blog, buuuut he is.  It’s too late.

So yesterday, R and I went to In and Out Burger and had our lunch “protein style” so no bun.  And we brought our own condiments.

That was my first time at In and Out NOT getting a double double animal style, so I wasn’t even sure how to order.  Can I have a double double but no cheese protein style, and no sauce?  Still tasted good and was definitely improved by some of S’ homemade mayo.  And of course we made fry sauce.

Then for dinner R cooked pork chops, little potatoes, green beans and carrots.  It was all good, except we…completely forgot the carrots were in the oven so we burned them to a crisp.  We were like why does it still smell sweet, but burnt?  hahaha.

Oh here’s what my egg pancake looked like the other day.

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Today wasn’t a great day for eating.  We had eggs and bacon for breakfast and then R took leftovers to work, and I went to the dentist.  My mouth hurt and was numb afterwards, so I didn’t really eat lunch, I just kinda gummed a banana and ran some errands.

When I got home I started prepping for Thai Nutty Zoodles that I made before, but this time totally Whole 30.  I spiralized the zucchini, then laid it out with paper towels, trying to sop up some of the moisture so the zoodles wouldn’t end up so mushy and watery. Then I got to work making some homemade Sriracha.  The recipe calls for red jalepenos, but they were more expensive at the store so I just got a bunch of green.  Since I was cutting peppers with gloves and trying not to get any juice anywhere…I didn’t take any pictures of the process.  In addition to not wanting to touch anything, making green sriracha looks gross.  It’s not the nice brilliant red, it’s a gross kinda greenish brown bc I mixed the peppers with tomato paste.  Here’s where I got the recipe.  Nom nom of course.  This is my fan blog for her haha.  Anyway, I made the sriracha, and then I got to work making the nut sauce for my zoodles.  The changes I made to my recipe were almond butter instead of peanut butter, Whole 30 friendly soy sauce, dates instead of honey, and homemade non-appetizing-looking sriracha.  And yum!  Not quite the kick it usually has, but still good.

Oh and this time for more protein in it, I got a rotisserie chicken from Sprouts that was unseasoned, so Whole 30!  Tore that apart and threw it in my noodles, way more simple.  I will say with Whole 30, if there are any possible short cuts, take them.  It gets old having to cook every single protein or make every single sauce.  That’s why I’ve been going to Whole Foods/Trader Joes/Sprouts because they have the goods so I don’t have to make every thing.  Also they have bacon that’s Whole 30 which is really important to me.  The checkout lady at Sprouts noticed I was buying two packs of bacon and she was like Oh you like your bacon girl, just like my daughter.  And while this isn’t untrue, I’m also doing two recipes this week where I need a whole pack so…yeah I guess I can be bacon girl.  Coming up this week, pulled pork and more swoodles!  So, there ya go.

I also bought a spaghetti squash yesterday so we’re going to try that this week and be super trendy.  Because who hasn’t eaten that on a diet?

Good night and good luck internet.

Day Six

What happened to day five Alice?  Where’s day five???

WELL.  Here’s what I ate yesterday.

Breakfast:

I saved some sweet potato fries and warmed them back up in a little pan and then cracked two eggs on them, making a kinda pancake/frittata.  Then I fried up some prosciutto, put it on top of said pancake with guacamole and salsa and ate the shit out of it.  It was super hearty and tasty.  I didn’t really intend for it to end up being a savory pancake, but that’s pretty much the closest thing I can liken it to.  Tasty 🙂

Lunch:

leftover turkey burger with all the fixings and snap peas and an apple

THEN by some sort of miracle, I got off work early!  So I went to my book club at a reasonable time!  And book club ladies had cooked a delicious Whole 30 dinner!  All the exclamation points!

R’s sister, S is doing Whole 30 along with us, which is great because well it’s easier eating with people doing the same diet and she is a great cook so I can eat someone else’s cooking besides mine!  That was seriously the greatest thing about book club was we had this delicious dinner and I didn’t have to plan, cook, shop, clean, anything!  Just eat!

Dinner:

Curry Chicken, I will have to get the recipe.  I think it was curry paste, coconut milk, almond butter, annnnd I’m sure some other stuff, but it was awesome, we were all secretly trying to lick the sauce off the plate.

Green Beans and Eggplant in a pickled garlic sauce?  S went shopping at an Indian grocery and got all these interesting jars of different cooking pastes/sauces that were all Whole 30.  The jar just said Garlic Pickle, but it was like a spicy chile garlic sauce.  Yum.

And then we had fried plantain with cinnamon for dessert!  Which tasted kinda like cinnamon bread.

So that’s what happened Day 5.

Today! I fried up some bacon and a pepper/onion omelette from the leftover veggies from burger night.  The best thing about where we live is our neighbors chickens because we get hella eggs from them.  I think if I was doing Whole 30 and had to buy eggs from the store I would be getting like 4 dozen a week.

The not best thing about our neighbors chickens is Fluffy the rooster because despite being cute and fluffy, he’s a rooster.  But I guess I should cut him some slack because now it’s his year.  Happy year of the rooster!  Plz stop crowing so early in the morning.

Now R and I are going to go for a drive and spend some qt, so have a great Sunday internet!

DAY FOUR

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I made turkey burgers!  This afternoon, I was super craving summer food.  Soups and stews are maybe getting a little old for me, along with the “cold” weather.  So I made turkey burgers with sweet potato fries (again with the sweet potato fries, when will I get sick of them?) and bell peppers.

I used the non-orange flesh sweet potatoes this go round and they were great!  Less sugary sweet and more fry-like.  How many pictures should I post of me eating fries.  Am I terrible at Whole 30?  Haha oh well, I’m trying.

For turkey burgers I usually use this recipe.  But since it isn’t Whole 30, I just diced some onions, added a little lime juice, some of my ketchup and a tablespoon of coconut flour to try to bind it together.  This turned out ok, but I cooked it a little bit too long so it still dried out a bit.  The hardest thing about cooking turkey burgers is getting them to be moist enough but also stay together.  These stayed together well enough and fit the bill for my summer tastebuds.

Messier than a bun, but still tasty!  It’s funny when I’m at home, I’m really not having a hard time eating like this.  Of course when I’m at the store, smelling all the different treats, it’s harder to be like I don’t need bread.  I would say my top craving is cheese though.  It was part of why I decided to make a turkey burger instead of a regular because it doesn’t taste as great with cheese.

The bell peppers I just sautéed with olive oil, salt and garlic pepper and they tasted amazing.  I think they will go into my breakfast wrap tomorrow.

Now I must go to sleep.

 

DAY THREE and FOUR

sorry.  Sorry!  It’s really hard for me to want to do anything after work.  Meet up with friends?  Pass.  Cook dinner?  Pass.  Write a blog entry? Pass.  Drive thru Taco Bell?  Hell yes.

Except now we’re doing Whole 30, so no TB.

Yesterday was totally leftover day. I had swoodles and eggs for breakfast, almonds and grapes for second breakfast, bomb-ass chicken nuggets and broccoli for lunch, and beef stew for dinner.  I had thought that I would try to make cauliflower “fauxtatoes” after work to go with the beef stew, but I didn’t want to stand any more or make any kind of mess in the kitchen.  So I ate my beef stew and fell asleep on the couch watching TV until R got home.  Classic.

Today I’m going back to the store, which I feel like I do every day I’m off.  But since we haven’t gone out to eat at all, I guess that makes sense that we’re eating all the food we have!

This morning I made breakfast sammies again with prosciutto and guac.  They tasted great! and were much faster making them this time.  R and I were still hungry though, lazing around watching Stranger Things, so we reheated the last of the swoodles in the microwave and BOOM they still taste awesome reheated.

R took beef stew to work for lunch, and that is likely what I will have as well.  For dinner…?  I’m not sure yet.  On our VERY OFFICIAL CANNOT BE BROKEN food schedule for the week I wrote zoodles and pesto.  But today I’m not sure I really want the zoodles.  Honestly, I really want burgers and fries and to eat more of my ketchup.  And I could use leftover fries for the breakfast burrito I’m dreaming of making before work tomorrow.  And by burrito I just mean, I was going to make like an egg wrap and put some delicious meat, fries, guac and salsa in it.  YES?  I think so.  Zoodles can wait.  Until R is here bc he is the spiral master, and I am an amateur spiral-er.  Can one person totally overload on sweet potatoes?  Since I’ve been eating them almost every day since we tried Whole 30 the first time, I’m here to tell you…no.  I’m still super digging anything we have with sweet potatoes.

Speaking of sweet potatoes, Nom Nom Paleo has this dip that she has been loving on that I want to try, but currently am not feeling the motivation to make.  I do love to cook, and it’s been fine so far just having leftovers and not going out to eat.  But this is one of those things where right now, I wish I could just buy it in the store and not soak cashews and roast sweet potatoes to make it.  So maybe next week delicious sweet potato cashew dip!  I already made a dip this week and I’m set!

Off to the store I goooooo.

 

DAY TWO

aka Alice makes ketchup!  aka Alice’s desperate need for Whole 30 fry sauce.

Annnd here’s the recipe!

It is super hard to find Whole 30 compliant ketchup in stores, so I’ve been ordering it from Tessamae’s.  Our ketchup is almost used up and it takes about a week to  get it in the mail, so I decided to try to make my own while we’re waiting.  Annnnd it actually turned out pretty good.  Definitely not as sweet as regular ketchup, and thicker consistency-wise, but still pretty good.  Also this recipe was super easy, the only prep I had to do was cut up some dates.  Dates are also on the not photogenic list.

R wanted swoodles for breakfast this morning, so we baked some up and enjoyed them with fried eggs.  It was R’s first time using the new spiralizer!  And he is still better at spiralizing than me.

Just look at some of those perfect ringlets.  He was even able to spiralize the carrots, which I have not been successful at.  For this incarnation of swoodles, we used the heirloom colorful carrots from Trader Joe’s that are pretty, which is an important aspect of taste.  Tasty for my eyes!

So today we ate Sweet Potato Noodles and Eggs for brunch and S helped me make chicken nuggets for dinner!

Yum-O guys.  This time with the chicken nuggets I dredged it in coconut flour instead of almond flour, which I liked more.

Whew, end of day 2, and day 3 is going to be a big ole leftover day.  Time to go to bed, good night internet!

DAY ONE

Why are you yelling already??

Today was a successful first day!  It was a busy/somewhat stressful day at work, and someone had very sweetly baked a chocolate cake.  I really wanted to eat my feelings and just dive into said cake while I was alone in the break room.  BUT I DIDN’T!  Because yay being mindful of what I’m eating also, chocolate cake?  Not worth it.

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Mmmm my lunch looks so great compared to that cake!  I told myself while sullenly chomping on carrots and “hummus.”

Seriously though.  Not worth it in the slightest.

R made beef stew in the crockpot for meee.  Which was the greatest thing to come home to.  As we speak I am in bed, with my heating pad and my bowl of beef stew.

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ok, sorry this is short, my brain is too tired for food witticisms.  Tomorrow I think we’re making swoodles and chicken nuggets.

Get ready Rory

Hey internet!  I am back from Idaho, back from working several days in a row and ready to Whole 30!  Tomorrow is the big day.  Day 1.  So today I did a loop of different grocery stores to stock up and start prep for R and my second crack at Whole 30.  Two things I was excited to find: Primal Kitchen Mayo and Whole 30/Paleo friendly bacon at Whole Foods!  Also, nut pods, the Whole 30 approved creamer for coffee.

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Alllll the goodies.  I’m kinda nervous about this go round, maybe just because worrying is sort of my “thing,” but also because I don’t want to fail.  The hardest part about Whole 30 is the inconvenience.  You can’t find all the food in the same store, you can’t eat out as easily, every meal must be planned.  So please join me on this journey!  And bear with me.

R and I have the rest of the weeks meals planned out, or planned out as best we can.  Tomorrow I have to work, so I made my easy chicken salad for lunch, and have cauliflower hummus and carrots for a snack.  I’ll probably do eggs and sweet potato for breakfast to fill me up, and then I have a Lara bar as second breakfast, and I’ll pack some other Whole 30 approved snacks to keep me friendly and from craving.  Whole 30 discourages snacking, but it is hard to have a long commute, long hours at work, and plenty of candies/treats at my fingertips.  SO almonds and Lara bars it is!

Hummus is not very photogenic.  It tastes pretty good though, a perfectly acceptable replacement for the real deal.  It really tastes like cauliflower though.  Many Whole 30 recipes use cauliflower as a replacement, like as the mac in mac and cheese or as mashed potatoes or rice but to me it always ends up just tasting like cauliflower.  But out of the replacement foods, I think I may like the hummus the best.  We’re going to try the mashed fauxtatoes this week though, so we’ll see who will come out on top in the pantheon of cauliflower foods.

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I will try to write an entry for each day of Whole 30 so anyone out there doing it can get recipe ideas or inspiration to do Whole 30 🙂

So tomorrow.

 

good morning puppies

Annnnd of course my favorite way to wake up any Saturday morning, whiny puppies.  I can’t really blame them completely, I also fell asleep last night at 7.  I got off work early, and after driving the two hours in traffic to get home, I had leftover bbq and immediately went to sleep.  When R came home, it startled me awake from a deep sleep haha.

So the best way to do this blog is to start to tell more people about it, and write less in it, right?

I’m trying to think back on what I cooked this week.  I made more swoodles! And chicken nuggets and broccoli.  Which totally got eaten up!  And R made soup which turned out to be amazing, and also gone now.

 

And Thursday morning, R and I made delicious eggie sammies!  Totally whole 30, I can’t wait to make them again.

The recipe I used calls for homemade sausage, which I did not have on hand.  But you know what I did have? Prosciutto. Perfect, salty, fancy bacon.  So we did eggs, prosciutto, and guacamole.  I also did cheese because I’m not ready to quit it yet, but it tastes pretty great without too.  The egg patties take a little time, and I only have two biscuit cutters, so I don’t think this will be breakfast every day on Whole 30, but probably when I’m really craving and breakfast sandwich biscuit.  And I kinda wanted to show in the pictures some mistakes I make because I’m still learning how to cook.  It’s become a hobby, but I’m by no means an expert.  So when I spiralize things, they sometimes fall off the crank or my eggs are not perfectly shaped patties.  I’m not on Top Chef and they still taste good.  Is what I need to tell myself haha.

Thursday was my day off from work, and I was planning to do pork shoulder in the slow cooker and homemade coleslaw because I love pulled pork and coleslaw.  But Wednesday night after two hard days at work I was like the last thing I want to do is wake up early on my day off and prep meat.  So I looked for the best rated BBQ in my area, and decided to just make coleslaw and get some already cooked meat when I was in town.  Possibly my best idea because I got my haircut and picked up the bbq, and like 10 minutes after I got home, the power went out.  For 3 hours.  My slow cooked pork would’ve taken even longer to cook, and we would’ve been waiting hungrily, start to pick non-cooked pieces out in desperation for sustenance.  So it’s ok to take a break guys!  The power kicked back on right before dinner, I made the coleslaw, warmed up the meat and macaroni and cheese (always with the cheese…) and it worked out just fine.  I highly recommend Blue Rock BBQ to anyone in the area.  Their brisket especially was on POINT.

I’m going to be on vacation for the next week, so I probably won’t be posting a bunch of cooking photos.  But when we get back, it’s time for a Whole 30 reboot, so get ready for Whole 30 overload.  🙂

If all the raindrops were

candy bars and milkshakes oh what a rain that would be.  Barney anyone?  Just me?  Just me.

It has been raining so much lately!  Snowing elsewhere, but this is Cali, so rain.  And with that comes the want for soup.  And mudslides.  Not the good kind with Kahlua.

I made my favorite carrot soup recipe last night with cracklin’ chicken and kale.  Have you noticed I’ve been eating a lot of kale lately?  Me too.  Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of said meal because we had company and also I was being a grumpy brat to R so the camera stayed out of the kitchen.  The soup was great though!  Also I got over being a brat and we played Jenga!  It was big Jenga, so much more drama and I was the one to knock over the tower.

As an impulse for dessert, we made apple crisp because that was what I had in terms of ingredients, and we had a little vanilla ice cream left in the freezer.  So now we’re more ready for Whole 30 coming up because there’s no more ice cream in the house.  Or there wasn’t, until I went to the store today and bought some cookie dough ice cream celebrating R’s promotion.  Celebratory ice cream is totally Whole 30.  It says so on the website, so look it up guys.

TONIGHT I’m going to make some chicken nuggets and swoodles and broccoli.  The biggest challenge with this eating is meal planning.  And meal prep.  And eating leftovers. But I think I made a pretty good plan for this week before we go on vacay.  Tomorrow for breakfast I’ll have leftover swoodles and eggs, chicken salad for second breakfast and the last hamburger for lunch with leftover kale and broccoli.  I’m going to ask R to make ham soup in the slow cooker so we can be done with all the damn Christmas ham.  More soup!  I’m going to ask him to make more soup because I am sure he will finish the carrot soup tomorrow.  And it’s still so wet and miserable outside, the only solution is more soup.

I’ve been throwing together this really simple chicken salad lately for lunch and breakfast.    I use leftover chicken, grapes, celery, almond slivers, and mayo, and wrap it up with some butter lettuce and it is SO TASTY.  Reminds me of my days of getting Ukrop’s chicken salad and croissants.  Minus the croissants because butter lettuce is really not a replacement for pastry.  It’s just something easy to throw together for lunch or a breakfast with protein.

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This was my range of emotions at getting my biscuit cutters in the mail.  Now I can make egg patties and make this!  We are SO PREPARED to do a round of Whole 30.  I think I’m actually doing ok without eating bread, the main thing I’m going to miss is my dairy.  Cream and cheese man.  And I got tired of coconut milk being in every “creamy Whole 30” recipe.  Our first day of Whole 30 I made “mac and cheese” with cauliflower and a “cheese sauce” with coconut milk and squash.  Spoiler: it didn’t taste like mac and cheese.  Pinterest has a lot of recipes or ideas for Whole 30, but some of the people’s blogs I stumbled upon that were like I totally can fool the kids into eating this and they love it!  Are full of crap.  That’s why I love Nom Nom Paleo because her recipes are actually good and normal people would eat them.

Ok, time to prep my kitchen for the cooking that’s going down!  later internet!

leftovers

I suck at eating leftovers.  I’ve already alluded to this in the entry about scalloped potatoes.  And…we still have ham.  Lots of ham.  I should really be looking for some recipes with ham.  Ham casserole.  Ham enchiladas.  Whole 30 Ham disappearance.

Instead I’m thinking about making swoodles again for dinner with chicken and kale or something.

I’ll pull the curtain back for you guys on what’s in our fridge leftover wise. Ham, Christmas bacalhau and bacalhau for pasteis, butternut squash apple soup, hamburgers, and thai noodles.  So what did I have for lunch?  Hamburger.  What should I have for dinner?  Probably some other leftover.

I don’t know what my issue is.  I’ll eat leftovers at work for lunch, sometimes I’ll make leftovers into other meals and it’s delicious.  But, as R will attest, most of the time I won’t eat any leftovers.  In Whole 30, they suggest making a breakfast casserole with eggs and veggies and reheating slices of it every morning for breakfast.  I knew that that would never work for me because I don’t like reheated eggs.  So I set my alarm earlier in the morning so I could get up and cook eggs fresh in the morning, and take my time to eat them.  That was my breakfast fix.  How can I find a good leftover fix?  tumblr_mwyfa9d9ex1sq540vo1_500

Some of the fix would probably be to get creative, or to make something that can easily be incorporated into other dishes.  Like I have made use of pesto for days in a row before….  I think tonight for dinner I’m just going to do something easy like finish the soup and cook up some chicken or something.  The fix is probably, Alice…be less picky.  But I’m not at that point yet!

I’ll let you guys know how this turns out 🙂