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The Whole30- No, we haven’t quit

January 8, 2015

No blogging does not equal quitting. We had a cold/fever thing running around, and with my mom’s visit there was just more to attend to (and less- she was a huge help!).

Eating this way is not for the faint of heart, although it may point out how we are just a tiny little bit spoiled in the variety of foods we usually enjoy. We really have no lack of variety, and I think even though we are “limited” in one sense, we are being forced to enjoy foods we typically just don’t have room for… like ants on a log. My kids said their celery with sunbutter and raisins was “really good after you haven’t had the real stuff for a while.” Real stuff being peanut butter and pretzels. In “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” you can read more about how our culture has altered the meaning of real. Good book.

I’ve planned a dessert for each Sunday this month, and our first attempt was a real winner. We had Fried Apples with Bacon and Pecans, from the Well Fed cookbook (which, if you’re keeping track, we are basically cooking our way through this month). Best investment EVER. The link above has a sampler from the book…it’s not only a tasty cookbook, but very practical when it comes to food prep. But the dessert- I even served it to some guests on Tuesday and I think it went over well- no one knew/cared it was Paleo.

On to the meals:

Sunday we had roast beef, carrots, potatoes, and salad for lunch.

Sunday evening snacks were trickier because we were with extended family and my kids had to Just Say No to all kind of things. There were lovely platters of veggies and fruit though, and we made sausage balls and had some leftover roast beef thrown in the mix.

Monday we had Mexican Chicken soup, which was just my old recipe sans the masa to thicken it, or the beans (or the beer). Oh, and we also didn’t have sour cream or cheese on top. But this isn’t supposed to be about what we didn’t eat. We barely missed it! Okay, that’s a lie, but it was good. I also fudged a bit and made almond flour crackers because one of my kids was begging for some crunch. Not technically Whole30, but all the ingredients are fine, so I’m good with it.

Tuesday breakfast we made Meat and Spinach muffins, which were a huge hit. I served them with leftover sweet potato hash browns,which only the baby loves. You win some, you lose some.

Lunch was lettuce “burritos” with chicken, ranch dressing, avocado, and coleslaw mix for crunch. The adults thought it was a treat, and the kids tolerated it. They really are good sports!

Dinner was leftovers, and that was a nice break from the kitchen. (!!)

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Wednesday- Dinner was pork carnitas (one of our all-time favorite meals, also from Well Fed), which we usually serve over rice, but I tried “cauli-rice” for the first time and it really was just as good. (Too bad fresh cauliflower is $3.99 a head.) But we will keep that in our back pockets as a good substitute when rice would really complete a meal.  I served it with a little coleslaw mix, cilantro, and lime wedges. It takes several hours to make, but most of that is just simmering on the stove in copious amounts of lemon/lime juice. Ahhh, so good.

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I recommend an adorable helper for this recipe

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Tonight we are having burgers (sans buns) with toppings like homemade mayo, lettuce, tomato, & onions, roasted potatoes, and salad. My kids are good salad eaters, so thankfully that  doesn’t seem super weird to them.

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I’m out of time, but soon I want to share our huge parental failure earlier this week. Just to keep it real.

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