Hi, my name is Kyla. Nice to meet you. Dan and I have been MIA from this site because it became too time-consuming, but as of Monday 8/29 I decided to try out the Whole30 and figured what better way to share my experiences with you than right here on our food blog.
I will make this plain and simple- directing you to the websites we used to create our meals, or if we got it out of a cookbook, I’ll write put the recipe here for you all to see.
As of right now, I am on day three and the Whole30 really isn’t much different than how we cook, BUT it has got me thinking of added sugars and processed carbs. One example was that this week we made fajitas, and at the grocery store Dan grabbed a pre-made fajita dry mix and when we got home and looked at the ingredient list, it had sugar right there on the list. So- I looked up how to make my own and used that instead.
For us, everyone always assumes we eat healthy 24/7, but on Thursdays and Sundays we indulge. We like to go on a date night on Thursdays and then on Sundays, after we have been in the kitchen all day prepping for the week, the last thing we want to do is cook dinner, so we grab something. So, really Thursday and Sunday will be my true test. I plan to still go out, but not go for the french fries or pasta dishes.
To preface, Dan is not doing the Whole30. So if you are in a household where you think it may be impossible to do this because you need the support from your significant other and think you both need to do the same thing, I have realized- you don’t. So, here we go- Week 1 meals…
Sweet Potato Ground Beef Hash + Hard Boiled Egg
For this meal, we have no particular recipe, but in 1 pot we cooked (in this order) 1 chopped white onion, 3 chopped bell peppers, 3lbs ground beef, 3lbs diced sweet potato and then every morning, after I warm it up in the microwave, I add one hard boiled egg.
Dan adds one bagel and drinks coconut water with this after his morning protein drink (protein + almond milk).
Rosemary Pork Chops + Fingerling Potatoes
We found this recipe in our “Newlywed” cookbook (now you know why we have been busy) where all you do it take your pork chops, brush on some pure olive oil, season with salt and pepper and then take rosemary twigs, lay them on the grill and put the pork on top of it. Grilling each side for 6 minutes on medium. While that is going we boiled some fingerling potatoes with salt, pepper and rosemary.
We are both eating this with no add-ons.
Recipe from A Healthy Life For Me, but I eliminated the mushrooms and vegetable broth.
Dan is having these with flour tortillas.
Jerk Chicken & Mango Salsa
Recipe from A Saucy Kitchen. Let me take a minute to explain to you how freaking good this is. The mango-avocado salsa is awesome. Just the perfect amount of sweet-to-spicy ratio. I made the chicken on the grill Monday, and then each night I make the salsa fresh. We made enough to have this M/T/W.
Dan is adding white rice to this meal.
As far as snacks go, I will most likely create a whole new post just with snacks. My friend Jesse and I are making one snack a week and splitting it so that we can try new things. I hope this helps you and shows you how easy it is to stick to the Whole30 plan by yourself. Guten Appetit.