Twenty-nine days in, we have just one day left in our Whole30 program. Not once have we cheated, either one of us! I’m really kind of proud of that. My husband’s addiction to Monster Java Mean Beans is kicked, my craving for carbs has scaled way back. I really think this is a way that we could continue to eat.
Over the last 29 days, I have dreamed of food more often than ever before, I think in my whole life. One night, I ate three sandwiches in my dream. I don’t even remember what was on the sandwich, I just remember slathering it with mayonnaise and two pieces of white bread. I haven’t eaten plain white bread in years, but that night, that’s what I was eating. It seemed so real.
Last week, my dream had me having a vodka/sprite…I was half way through it before I remembered I wasn’t supposed to have any alcohol and I went and poured it out. It is weird to dream like that. In real life, no sandwiches and no alcohol were consumed.
One of my favorite parts has been the recipes that I have found and fixed. Pinterest is a God-Send for Whole30. So many recipes, most need tweaked just a little, but they have been delicious. I have yet to have a bad meal that I’ve fixed myself. Some of the restaurant meals have been a challenge, but that’s the choices we’ve made. Some of the restaurants just don’t get it.
So let’s talk great food…last night it was Herb and Citrus Roasted Chicken from The Comfort of Cooking – so good…I left out the sugar, used mandarin oranges and added sliced zucchini and yellow squash to the dish. It was great, used the leftover chicken in the eggs this morning.
Last week it was Dairy free Seafood Chowder from Meatified, again, so good. I added roasted salt pork, fresh clams and shrimp…put everything but the seafood and the coconut milk in the crockpot while we ran off to yoga. I cooked the clams separately and added the other ingredients to the pot while I finished the clams. Even my father-in-law, who loves clam chowder loved it. For more meatiness, add canned clams as well.
My fallback meal is pork tacos. Pulled pork is super easy, just add a pork roast to a crock pot, a can of green chiles, one of no-salt-added diced tomatoes and sprinkle heavily with cumin. Done. To make Whole30 compliant tacos, we dropped the taco shells and used cabbage leaves instead, dropped the cheese and crema. A little Pico de gallo, green onions, and fresh tomatoes, Delicious!
We still don’t know what or how we are adding back foods, I think it will be subtle, I think it will be meal dependent. I think it will be based on a restaurant we are in. The next few days should be interesting…still on the fence about Whole30? The food is easy, follow my Pinterest page for ideas.