Why I Have to Jump Off the Whole 30

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So I found out that this healthy diet may not be the healthiest for me.  I’m not usually one to share my personal medical history (aside from my battle with migraines), but since I invited all of you to join me on the Whole 30 and now I’m dropping out, I thought I’d tell you why.   [Read more...]

Menu for Second Half of Whole 30

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How is your Whole 30 going?  At the beginning of the month I published a menu for the first 15 days.  This is what my family has been eating from.  Our dinners have been great!  I struggle a bit with lunch and snacks, but dinner is good.

I hope this list of meals and sides will help you finish out the month if you’ve been doing Whole 30 too.  Some of the recipes are new ideas that I plan to try.  If they work out, I’ll be sharing the recipes on the blog.  If not, I’ll spare you!

16.  Pineapple Chili, salad

17. Dijon Tarragon Tilapia, broccoli, baked sweet potatoes (either leave out the dijon or find one with acceptable ingredients)

18.  Italian Chicken and Tomatoes in the Slow Cooker, green beans, spaghetti squash

19.  Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker, acorn squash, salad

20.  Pork Chops Topped with Green Pepper, Pineapple and Onion, butternut squash skillet (recipe coming soon!), broccoli

21.  Rosemary and thyme round steak with parsnips, carrots; cauliflower

22.  Hamburger Veggie Soup, salad

23.  Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore, spaghetti squash, salad

24.  Virus Killing Soup

25.  Tilapia with Veggies Baked in Foil, broccoli, butternut squash skillet

26.  Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker, baked sweet potatoes, broccoli (this is a repeat from the first half of the month, but we love it!)

27.  African Pulled Beef, acorn squash, skillet greens

28.  Beef Stew

29.  Lemon and parsley roasted chicken, butternut squash skillet, broccoli

30.  Hamburgers with Onions in a Skillet, Sweet Potato Fries, cucumber and tomato salad

Hamburgers and Onions in a Skillet – Simple Paleo/Whole 30 Meal

Hamburgers in the skillet

 

I hate to tell you this, but I was a bad blogger with this recipe.  I completely forgot to take a photo of the finished dish.  We were all so hungry and ready to dive into dinner that it didn’t even cross my mind until we finished eating.

The other thing about this “recipe” is that you really don’t need a recipe at all.  You’ve probably made it yourself.  But, sometimes we forget about the simple ideas, so I’m sharing it with you anyway.

Generally, I’m not really a fan of hamburgers cooked in a skillet.  I prefer them on the grill or even the indoor, George Foreman grill.  But my original thought with this was to cook them in the skillet and then make a mustard-butter sauce from the pan drippings.

I didn’t end up following that plan entirely though.  The dijon mustard has several ingredients that aren’t allowed on the Whole 30, so I didn’t use it.  Instead, I cooked the hamburgers in a bit of olive oil and ghee (clarified butter).  The onions were added when the burgers were nearly done.

One thing that really made these extra good was the good quality beef I bought.  I usually just buy ground beef from Walmart.  But the flavor in this beef from Whole Foods was a huge step up.  For a dish like this one where the beef is the main star, it makes good sense to buy a little better quality.  Laura’s Lean Beef is also a good brand to buy and it’s available in most grocery stores.  (This isn’t a sponsored post, just sharing what I’ve found.)

The kids ate their hamburgers on buns, while Jim and I had ours on a plate with the onions.  Sweet Potato Fries and tomato and cucumber salad rounded out the meal.  It was all delicious!

Keep reading for the recipe.    [Read more...]

Menu for first half of Whole 30

Happy New Year!

Are you joining me for the Whole 30?   Yesterday I posted 31 Family Recipes that will work for Whole 30.  Today, I’ve got a meal plan for the first 15 days.

Next week, I’ll share some lunch ideas and my breakfast (along with a giveaway!).

I promise it’s not going to be all Whole 30 all the time on the blog.  I’ve got another new series that I’ll be sharing tomorrow. We’re going to spend the month focusing on meaningful meals.  More on that later.

And, of course we still have Slow Cooker Soup Fridays.  And more recipes will be coming your way, although I admit to not doing a lot of recipe creation over the holidays, so I need to get busy with that!

Whole 30 menu for first half of month

whole 30 menu first half

Most of these recipes are already on my blog.  Those that aren’t linked are either simple ideas or recipes that I’ll be creating.  Hopefully, they’ll turn out well and I’ll be sharing them with you soon.

1.  Chicken with Summer Vegetables in the Slow Cooker

2.  Beef Shwarma with cucumbers and baked sweet potatoes

3.  Italian Sausage with peppers and onions over baked acorn squash.

4.  Garlic Chicken with More Garlic in the Slow Cooker, cauliflower, salad

5.  Garlic Lime Tilapia, broccoli and baked sweet potato

6.  Hamburgers in skillet with mustard sauce, sweet potato fries, tomato and cucumber salad

7.  Dijon Pork Chops and Apples in the Slow Cooker, butternut squash skillet

8.  Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker, baked sweet potatoes, broccoli

9.  Slow Cooker Meatballs (made with almond meal), spaghetti squash, salad

10.  Slow cooker garlic and rosemary chicken with acorn squash, broccoli or skillet greens

11.  Asian Salmon (subbing beef broth for soy sauce), Roasted Broccoli and Red Peppers, baked sweet potatoes

12.  Zesty Crockpot Chicken, cauliflower, butternut squash skillet

13.  Pan fried chicken topped with tomato and basil, skillet greens, roasted parsnips

14.  Italian Seasoned Salt Pork Roast, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli

15.  Lemon Chicken on a Bed of Sauerkraut in the Slow Cooker, roasted carrots, broccoli or greens.

31 Family Recipes for Whole 30

31 Family Recipes Whole 30

Before I start listing recipes, I feel the need for a few disclaimers.  First, I’m no expert on the Whole 30 or on a paleo diet.  In fact, I don’t know what the real difference is between paleo and Whole 30, only that one is stricter than the other and only lasts 30 days.

Second, from what I can tell, these recipes are “allowed” on the Whole 30 plan as long as you use the modifications stated with the recipes.  But again, I’m not an expert at all.  I’ve read through the book, It Starts with Food and that’s where my info comes from.  However, it’s a lot of info to digest, so I may be mistaken about a few things.  Feel free to educate me kindly if I’ve gotten something wrong.

And finally, my plan is to do my best during my Whole 30 (starting Jan. 2).  If somehow, soy sneaks in, or dairy disguises itself and I miss that ingredient on a product, or I forget myself and grab something I shouldn’t have, I am not going to worry about it.  I have no intentions of cheating.  But I do have the intention of being kind to myself and realizing that making big changes like this in the midst of busy family life is a challenge.  It’s okay for it not to be perfect.

Be sure to read labels when you’re shopping.  Soy sneaks into everything! I even found it in a tea I wanted to buy.

And a note on the meats: The Whole30 book suggests you buy grain fed, free range, high quality meats. I’ll probably be using a mix of meats that I buy in the grocery and some better quality.  I’m not feeling like I need to do perfect on this point.

Pineapple Chili

Pineapple Chili

No adaptation needed.

African Pulled Beef

No pita or yogurt sauce with this one, but you can easily have those available for your family.  Serve it with baked sweet potatoes.

Beef Stew

Substitute parsnips instead of white potatoes.  I think tapioca is okay for Whole 30. For me, it’s close enough. I don’t plan on downing a bunch of tapioca as a thickener, but it works so well in this stew that I’ll probably still use it.  It’s such a small amount (1/4 cup maybe) for the whole batch of stew. (update: The instant tapioca has soy lecithin in it.  I’m still going to eat this dish though. I’m not planning to have beef stew more than once or twice the whole month. You may feel differently about having that soy though.)

Chicken Veggie Soup

This is a recipe I created in preparation for Whole 30.  I’ll add more meat next time I make it though.

Chicken with Summer Vegetables in the Slow Cooker

Leave out the wine in this wine and you’re good to go.

Beef Shwarma in the Slow Cooker, Chicken Shwarma, Chicken Gyros

Again, no pita or yogurt sauce. Serve it with cucumbers, baked sweet potatoes and other veggies.

Chicken Salad

You can either make your own mayo or search for one without soy in it.  I think there are some good ones available if you’re willing to do the label reading.

Garlic Chicken with More Garlic in the Slow Cooker

This is such a flavorful recipe.  Serve it with squash or sweet potatoes or other veggies.

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Gazpacho

You’ll have to leave out the sugar in this.  Try a bit of apple juice instead.  And serve it with roasted chicken.

Chicken Curry in the Slow Cooker

I love this recipe!  Just skip serving it over rice.  It’s really good with baked sweet potatoes.

Garlic Lime Tilapia

Use clarified butter and you’re good to go for this one!

Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples in the Slow Cooker

Leave out the honey.  Use a little unsweetened apple sauce or apple juice instead, or just skip the honey/substitute altogether.

Asian Salmon (on the grill or in the oven)

You’ll have to substitute good quality beef broth for the soy sauce in this.

Dijon Tarragon Tilapia

Use clarified butter.

Tony’s Tilapia

Use clarified butter and read the labels on the seasoning to double check.

Tilapia with Veggies Baked in Foil

Read the labels on the lemon pepper or your seasoning of choice.

Whole Chicken in the Crockpot

Use this for the meat and the broth.

Italian Chicken and Tomatoes in the Slow Cooker

Leave out the cheese.

Zesty Crockpot Chicken

Serve it with something other than couscous.  Try lots of veggies and a salad.

Italian Seasoned Salt Pork Roast and Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken

Skip the wine. If you use the slow cooker, you won’t need it anyway.  If you use the oven for the pork, try a bit of water or apple juice.

Crockpot Lemon Chicken baked on a bed of Sauerkraut

Lemon Chicken Baked on a Bed of Sauerkraut in the Slow Cooker

This one if just fine to fix! No adjustments needed.

Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Another recipe that’s good as written.

Pork Chops Topped with Onion, Green Pepper and Pineapple

No adjustments needed.

Salsa Verde Steak in the Slow Cooker

Have all the fixings for your family, but have yours on a plate or in a lettuce wrap.  Serve with lots of guacamole (keep the chips at the other end of the table!).

skillet chicken, peppers and tomatoes

Skillet Chicken, Peppers and Tomatoes

No alterations needed.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Leave out the wine.  Serve it with pasta for the family and spaghetti squash for you.

Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker

Another good one to make meat and broth.

Virus Killing Soup

Watch the labels on the broth or use your own.  Leave out the wine.

Whole 30 Menu for First 15 Days

I’ve put together a dinner menu with main dishes and sides for the first 15 days of Whole 30.  You can find it here.

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My January Eating Challenge – Whole 30

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I know we’re in the midst of the Christmas season when Elf food groups reign supreme – candy, candy canes, candy corn and maple syrup.  Oh yes, and fudge, cookies, hot cocoa, pie…  But I want to talk about January stuff now – healthy food, resolutions, changes for the better.

I have never been known as a health food nut.  I fall into the camp of “everything in moderation”.  Except ice cream, which should be eaten as often as possible.

But starting January 2, I’m going to be doing a Whole 30.  Jim is going to do it with me.  And my sister is going to do it too.  I’d love for you to join us!  But first, let’s talk over a few things.

What is Whole 30?

Whole9’s original program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food. Since 2009, thousands of people have used our program as a jump-start to changing the way they eat for the rest of their lives.

The best way to understand the philosophy, science and more importantly  what you can and can’t eat, is to read the book It Starts with Food.  I bought this book the Sunday after Thanksgiving and read through it during that next week.  I think that trying to do the Whole 30 program without reading the book first would be very hard.

Basically, the Whole 30 plan eliminates all sugars, grains, dairy, beans and legumes for 30 days.  It’s designed to reset your nutrition and help you know what foods may be causing various symptoms.  Truly, the program is a bit longer than 30 days, because there are several days at the end of it where you strategically reintroduce foods back into your diet.

Why I’m doing the Whole 30.

Migraines.  I’m sick of them.  Although my headaches aren’t as intense in pain as they were several years ago, they are coming much more frequently.  I’m to the point where I’m actually willing to give up some well loved foods in an effort to see if it will end the migraines.

There are a lot of other health conditions that people have found improvement with after doing Whole 30.  You can check out some of the testimonials from people who’ve done the program here.

One reason that I’m not doing Whole 30 – weight loss.  I don’t care if I lose any weight or not.  It’s not a goal for me for doing this plan.  It wouldn’t hurt me to lose some, but I’m happy with the size I am.

What does this mean for Eat at Home?

First, it means that I’ll be sharing some of my prep work with you.  I tackle any new project by reading about it and prepping.  That’s exactly what I’ve been doing with this.  During December you’ll find posts on:

  • A list of Whole 30 compliant recipes that can be found on Eat at Home.
  • 30 day menu plan that I’ll be following for dinners (and hopefully lunches and snacks too).
  • Some foods I’ve purchased that I don’t normally buy, but that will be helpful during this 30 day challenge.

However, I want this plan to fit into our normal family routine.  I have four kids, none of whom will be doing the Whole 30.  I’m not inclined to cook two dinners every night.  My kids still want to eat cookies and bread and sugary treats sometimes.

I intend to make this a fit for all of us.  I’ve already gone over my recipes to find Whole 30 compliant ones.  And there are plenty!  I’ve also made a list of new recipes to try that will fit in the guidelines.  I’ll be sharing those recipes as we go along.

You’ll likely see some “regular” people recipes too during January.  Like I said, not everyone in my house will be doing Whole 30 and I also have recipe writers that aren’t planning to join us.  I don’t have any intentions of turning this into a health food/paleo blog.

Want to Join us?

I’d love to have you join us for our Whole 30 starting January 2.  Leave a comment if you think you might come along for the ride.  And be sure to subscribe to the email list so you get the list of Whole 30 compliant recipes and other tips and resources I’ll be sharing.

 
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