Monthly Archives: April 2013

{Whole30} Day 23

Only seven days to go! In some ways I am so ready for it to be over. In other ways I don’t really mind and it’s easier than I expected it to be. There is so much to process through in what I’ve learned and what I’ll take away from this. I will for sure be keeping up a lot of these new habits. I love being so intentional about incorporating tons of veggies into each meal. I love being mindful of getting plenty of protein and fat in each meal. I’d say lunches and dinners haven’t been hard to make the switch, and I see many paleo style meals in our future, post-Whole30. I really love the practice of replacing the starch in your meal with more veggies.

Breakfast is the one meal that I sometimes crave something different. A BUTTER, a piece of toast, soaked oatmeal once in awhile, the occasional paleo pancake WITH some real maple syrup, BUTTER…those are things that might sneak their way back in once in awhile :). I also miss my sweeteners. I’ve said before, I don’t use refined sugar, ever. But I do enjoy some healthified paleo-style treats now and again. And coconut sugar in my coffee. And honey in my tea. Ahhhh, yes, I have learned new and important habits. But I also am not afraid of some of the ones I had pre-Whole30. I will strive for a healthy balance going forward!

Breakfast:
I’ve had this two days in a row: an egg scramble with chicken sausage, zucchini, and mushrooms, and those mini sweet peppers (my new obsession!). And then I decided to give this Sweet Beet Smoothie a try. Sounds gross, I know. It’s actually quite delicious! And the kids chugged it down. I was inspired to make it because I had a container of steamed beets in the fridge that needed using up. Then when I came across this recipe for the smoothie, I noticed that it called for cooked beets. Now, I can’t say that I would ever go through the trouble of cooking beets just for this smoothie (they’re really a bit troublesome to cook, what with the peeling and inevitable pink-stained hands). But because I already some cooked and in the fridge, I decided to give it a go. And it was so good yesterday (and I had enough beets left over) that I made it again today! Also, it should be noted that I’m not really a huge smoothie fan. I like the idea of them. But then when it comes time to drink it I usually get about half way through and lose interest. Something about the texture? But this one I had no trouble at all getting down.
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*recipe notes: I omitted the protein powder and the honey. I added about 5 ice cubes just because I like my smoothies really cold and somewhat slushie. And I added a handful of frozen kale just to see if I could get away with it – didn’t taste it at all!

Lunch:
My sweet mother in law took me and the kids out for a day downtown. We tried the Nordstrom Cafe for lunch. I was pleasantly surprised to immediately find something on the menu that needed very few changes to make it Whole30 compliant! I went with the Salad Nicoise with Herb and Garlic Salmon. It was so good! In case you’re not familiar (and since I forgot to take a photo), Salad Nicoise is a traditional French salad with hard boiled egg, green beans, capers, tomatoes, red onion, and potatoes. I believe it is traditionally topped with tuna, but I was happy to have mine with salmon. I of course omitted the potatoes, and used oil and vinegar for my dressing. Very very good and I’m excited to recreate it at home sometime.

Dinner:
This dinner was a total Hail Mary that turned out as a win. We were getting ready to leave the house this morning when I decided at the last minute that I really wanted to try and come up with something to slow cook while we were gone, since I knew we would have a late afternoon and I would be crunched for time to make dinner. I literally ran out to the freezer in the garage and scanned the shelves. I found a hunk of round steak, ran it inside, cut the plastic off, and plopped it in my dutch oven. Then I poured a jar of Trader Joe’s Organic Tomatillo Salsa on top and added a little water. I put the lid on and threw it in the oven (250) and said a little prayer. When we got home five hours later, the house smelled heavenly. I pulled it out and things were looking hopeful! I cut up the meat into smaller chunks so that they could all nestle into the sauce a bit more. I had a head of cauliflower that I really needed to use up, so I decided to try making some “rice”, which I thought could be a good accompaniment for some saucy chunky meat (just take your food processor to your cauliflower until it’s in tiny pieces, and then boil those for 5-10 min and strain. Rice!). Sauteed a sliced zucchini, and we were good to go! At the last minute I decided to throw some diced avocado on top of the meat+rice. Heaven. Seriously, it was so good. Full disclaimer, though: Bret wasn’t really a fan. He wasn’t a hater, but he wasn’t excited about it. So, I’m not sure if I’m the weirdo or if he’s the weirdo. Try it at your own risk!
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{Love it} Lately

Cannot believe how happy having these
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and these
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in my house make me feel!

Pretty excited about my first completed sewing project in years! Not to mention the first thing I’ve ever sewn for Hollis. And to top it all off, this came from a $1 thrifted vintage pillowcase from Goodwill.
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Loving…indoor laps on the trike
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$1.50 egg dying kit + $1 grocery store eggs that saved me after my grand plans for crafting my own “natural” colors fell through (Read: not enough time! And I went this route planning on not eating the eggs, so, no harm done!)
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sunshine + shorts + tanktops (+ little girls who pick out their own outfits 🙂 )
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tractor rides with papa
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Happy Wednesday!

{Whole30} Lately

I’ve missed posting my Whole30 meals for the last several days, due to the busyness of birthdays/Easter/life. So I figured I would just round up some of the photos that were sitting on my phone, and give a quick explanation where needed.

Eggs and chicken sausage for breakfast. Didn’t have any breakfast-y veggies so I went with some Lacto-fermented sauerkraut instead.
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The usual (eggs, sauteed veggies, avo, tomato)
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Pulled this freezer meal out on a busy day. Cranberry Ginger Pork Roast (from Mama & Baby Love’s freezer cooking e-book). I knew there was some sucanat in there, since the meal had been assembled pre-Whole30, but I was hopeful I might be able to separate it out? I lucked out and the tablespoon of sugar was a frozen clump in the corner of the bag, which I of course omitted from the meal. Score!
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Another steak and asparagus dinner
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Terrible photo of bbq chicken drumsticks and sauteed mandolin-cut veggies
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Had this for lunch the last two days in a row. I’m calling it Deconstructed Chicken Kabobs, aka bomb-diggity. I’m obsessed.
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{Recipe} Deconstructed Chicken Kabobs

Ok, are you ready to make the easiest & tastiest thing you’ve had in ages? Here ya go.

I started out planning to just make a quick chicken & veggie sautee (which really, is what this is). But once I had my veggies assembled, I realized they were the kind I like to use on kabobs (those little peppers came in a plastic package and are called “sweet peppers” and I’m loving them!).
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I started chopping and then remembered I had some sliced pineapple in the fridge, and that’s when I realized it was the perfect addition, because I REALLY like pineapple on kabobs. Then it all came together. Chicken + veggies + pineapple [sauteed] = way quicker and easier than skewering, marinating, and grilling kabobs = brilliant (did you follow that equation?).

Deconstructed Chicken Kabobs
Assemble your veggies and pineapple, slice/chop into bite sized pieces (tons of veggies per person)
Slice your chicken breasts into thin slices (1/4″ or so) (one chicken breast per person)
Saute the chicken slices in your fat of choice (I went with a combo of ghee and olive oil)
As the chicken starts to brown, throw in the veggies
Season everything with some salt and garlic powder
Add the chopped pineapple and let it heat through (give it a minute or two)
Once they are all cooked through, throw in a tablespoon or so of coconut aminos (or soy sauce) and let it sizzle and cook down a bit and coat everything.

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Enjoy your tasty, delicious, and Whole30 compliant meal that only took you 15 minutes from start to finish.

Please let me know if you try this, and what you think! I’d love to hear any feedback! Also, does this “recipe” even make sense? I’ve never actually written a recipe down before, so I’m not sure if what’s in my head is even translating into something that makes sense. Ha! Let me know 🙂

This post is part of Party Wave Wednesday at Holistic Squid, and The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter

Hollis’ Birthday (Part II)

What a full weekend we had! Friday was Hollis’ birthday, which included her party with friends and our own little family celebration. Saturday was a combined Easter/birthday celebration with the grandparents. And then Sunday was of course, Easter. And, we had beautiful, warm and sunny weather for all of it, which was the biggest blessing!

Saturday we just enjoyed the afternoon outside soaking up the sunshine, having a little Easter egg hunt, and a birthday presents + dessert celebration.

Bubs and his eggs
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On the hunt
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Treats! Served exactly what we had at her party at the park the day before. Cook/prep once, serve twice. I’ll take it!
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After this photo she wouldn’t let me take any more of her blowing out the candles. And we were not allowed to sing Happy Birthday 🙂
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Four generations!
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While Hollis was opening her presents on the deck, Parks was happily sitting in the grass and playing with the eggs. Didn’t move from here for 20+ minutes:
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Then, the tricycle came out. Gramme and Papa Baker got her “Blue Bomber” and I kid you not – as soon as Parks laid eyes on that thing he was sprint crawling across the grass. He couldn’t get his hands on it fast enough. He walked along pushing it for several minutes, literally squealing with joy the whole time. Wish I had a video to share! It was absolutely hilarious.
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Hollis eventually got a turn on her birthday present 🙂
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We actually managed to get one family photo from the weekend, impressive!
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There is nothing more special than to see my sweet girl be loved on by so many people. She is blessed with two sets of the most incredible grandparents (also great-grandparents!). Many aunts and uncles and cousins. Tons of friends. On her birthday (on Friday) she received two Happy Birthday song videos, two Happy Birthday song voicemails (all of which were watched/listened to multiple times before bed 🙂 ) and four Happy Birthday song phone calls. Not to mention the gifts, cards, well wishes on Facebook, and more. She is so loved, and she felt every bit of it on those two days. Thank you to all the friends and family that made her day so special! Age three is off to a great start!