Y’all, we are so close to finishing Whole30 which also means I am so close to being 30. Over the past 25 days or so, I’ve learned to chop, dice, poach, marinate, stir fry… and other cooking terms I’m still learning… like a PRO. Most evenings around 5:00pm I look exactly like the lady in the picture above… except no bonnet and I don’t wear purple (as a rule). As you probably know by now, Blake takes on most of the cooking duties in our house mainly for safety and survival reasons, but now I’m fairly certain I could last more than a week without burning down the house while also preparing healthy food.
So thanks Whole30… you have sort of domesticated me (just don’t tell anyone)!
Here we are, so close to being “done” with Whole30 but here’s the thing… I think we’re going to keep doing it. I mean not 100% (I will add in beer and Blake will add in his beloved workout supplements) but for the most part we will continue to follow the guidelines. Namely, limit our added-sugar intake, limit processed carbs, limit soy (turns out coconut aminos are pretty tasty), limit artificial ingredients, limit cheese and dairy… just kidding, I’m totally adding back cheese and ice cream 🙂
Our meals: At the start of Whole30, I vowed to be adventurous and varied in meal options.. turns out, that’s expensive. We’ve really settled into a routine of a handful of staple meals and sides. In addition to what you see below, Blake adds extra protein and at least one extra carb-y vegetable a day. If I’m still hungry, I may add an extra fruit or a tablespoon of almond butter.
At the end of Whole30, I’ll share our basic shopping list that has sustained 95% of our meals.
Breakfast: Egg scramble with chicken sausage, spinach, mushrooms and 3 eggs
Lunch: Leftover dinner from Day 15 – chicken fajita bake, brussel spouts, grapefruit, guac
Dinner: Turkey burger with fried egg and guac, sweet potato, broccoli
Breakfast: Boiled eggs, grapefruit
Lunch: leftovers from Day 16
Dinner: Egg scramble (normally I wouldn’t do eggs twice a day, but my sister went into labor with baby #3 so I was on babysitting duty for her 2 and my 2 … eggs are easy.
Breakfast: Fried eggs and kiwi (my sister has the best fruit at her house)!
Lunch: Turkey taco meat with onions, broccoli, and sweet potato
Dinner: Again, this was a “wing it” meal since I was on kid duty – literally just grabbed a few things from our fridge on the way to my sisters house – so chicken sausage, mushrooms, onions, asparagus and a little balsamic all together in a pan…. turned out pretty delicious!
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, grapefruit
Lunch: Grilled chicken, brussel sprouts, sweet potato
Dinner: Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin, red potatoes, asparagus
Breakfast: Fried eggs, watermelon
Lunch: Sushi! Sashimi and Rainbow Naruto Roll (not-pictured but it involves only fish and cucumber)
Dinner: Left overs from Day 19 dinner
Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole, watermelon, black coffee (to be clear, I drink at least one cup of coffee per day for survival)
Lunch: Grilled chicken, broccoli, russet potato
Dinner: Burger, fried egg, brussel sprouts, baked sweet potato chunks
Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole, watermelon
Lunch: Left overs from Day 21 dinner
Dinner: Chicken, broccoli, mushroom stir fry (we used balsamic instead of soy sauce but since have gotten coconut aminos which tastes really similar to soy sauce), sweet potato
Breakfast: Breakfast Casserole, grapefruit
Lunch: Leftovers from dinner Day 22 plus a banana
Dinner: Pork chops, russet potatoes, broccoli
Breakfast: 3 boiled eggs, grapefruit
Lunch: Leftovers from dinner Day 23
Dinner: Flank steak, brussel sprouts
Breakfast: 3 boiled eggs, grapefruit
Lunch: Leftovers from dinner Day 24
Dinner:Turkey taco meat, russet potatoes, broccoli