Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Whole30: Week 2

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Hi gang!

As a reminder, I started the Whole30 Program on January 2. Some co-workers are doing, it too, which is awesome. Today marks Day 10 of the 30 day program and so far, so good! I'm feeling great and my clothes don't feel as tight as they did over the holidays. Always a happy feeling!

I'm using my Sunday posts to share some of the recipes I'm trying in case anyone out there is looking for some good ones. I'll highlight my favorites on my Wednesday posts.

Sound good? Cool.
Let's get started.

By the way, I say "we" a lot. My husband, Andrew, is eating all of this, too!

So far, here's what we have had or plan to make for the upcoming week:

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  1. This chicken is SO good. I doubled the recipe so we could have a ton of leftovers and I'm so happy that I did! This Mustard Balsamic Baked Chicken is incredibly delicious. The sauce is so tasty and makes a great salad dressing, actually! This is going to be a regular recipe for sure!
  2. This is supposed to be a side dish and not to satisfy a sweet craving...buuuuut I will probably eat it as a side dish immediately after I eat something savory for dinner (*wink*). Caramelized Apples and Cinnamon sounds decadent, but according to the blogger who wrote this recipe it is Whole30 approved! I can't wait to try it!
  3. This is cooking in our crock pot as I write this and I am stoked for it to finish! We are excited to try something so fancy, but no matter how awesome this Crock Pot Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze probably is, we will not have this too often. I found out the hard way just how expensive beef tenderloin is, even on sale! Wow! But we're justifying it as a trial for a potential dinner party or holiday dish. Plus, this will satisfy a few meals so at least we know we're getting leftovers out of it. I did omit the sugar for the sauce and substituted coconut flour for the flour. Also, I used a bacon without sugar or added sugar (it's the Mariano's Roundy's brand).
  4. Growing up, my Grandpa made us Pig In A Blanket whenever we'd visit, which if you've never had it is basically ground beef wrapped in cabbage in a tomato sauce. It's awesome and makes me think of him whenever I have it. When I saw this Paleo Cabbage Roll Skillet Dinner recipe I knew I needed to give it a whirl. Plus, it will make easy work lunches! I plan to make it tonight as I prepare for the week!
  5. [Not pictured] Andrew makes an incredible bolognese sauce and he made it for us last night! Instead of noodles, though, I used my new spiralizer and made zucchini noodles. I was pleasantly surprised with how good and easy zoodles are! 
Did those recipes just make you hungry? Who knew eating healthy didn't have to be boring? OK fine, I guess I knew that, but I was just too lazy to explore paleo/whole30 options. I've been loading my Healthy Foods Pinterest Board with even more recipes that I know I'll try long after the 30 days are done! I really do think that I can keep this up, especially for breakfast and lunches on work days, which is encouraging!

However, it isn't all sunshine and rainbows. I caved this week and had some sparkling water and a diet pop. I think it's funny how, out of everything I've gone "cold turkey" on (coffee, lattes, dairy, carbs, etc.) pop is the hardest for me! I'm sure there is some science behind this addiction. I may try to give it up for Lent, too, because I can see it truly being a sacrifice. How silly, right?

How is your Whole30 going so far? Do you have recipes that I should try? Are you addicted to pop or fizzy drinks, too?
Please share!

Have a good one!

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