I’ve made the somewhat insane decision to do a Whole30. For those of you who do not know, a Whole30 is a “nutritional reset” – 30 days of clean eating. During these 30 days, I will abstain from grains, alcohol, dairy, legumes, white potatoes, and added sugar. Not to mention the million additives and preservatives that are found in processed foods. In a nutshell: animal protein, vegetables, and good fats. Three meals a day, thirty days.
Preparation is key.
In preparation, I used Melissa’s two cookbooks: Well Fed and Well Fed 2. I put a meal plan together for the next week and came up with a grocery plan. One (very expensive) trip to the grocery store late, and I’m set (I hope!). Good news is, next week I won’t need to buy most of the spices, oils, nut flours that I bought this week. Should be cheaper.
I am trying a balance of foods I know I will like/love and experimenting with new foods, combinations, or methods to find new things I enjoy!
Morning Meal: Today, I was a bit thrown off my meal plan right off the bat because the grocery store I visited yesterday had ZERO zucchini’s in stock. I was planning to make Melissa’s Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup to try as a morning meal. With that plan dashed temporarily, I opted for a spinach, onion, and egg skillet scramble.
Midday Meal: Being fortunate to work at home several days a week, I was able to cook up a fresh meal for Meal 2. I diced some chicken breast and rubbed it with the spices from the Grilled Chicken recipe in Well Fed. Then I cooked them in some olive oil in a skillet. I paired that with some broccoli and snap peas steamed with paprika, garlic powder, and a dash of red pepper flakes. The combination was so delicious. I could absolutely eat the chicken every day this month (probably will!).
Evening Meal: For dinner, I went pretty simple. My main task for the evening was to cook up all of the chicken and pork chops I bought using the Grilled Chicken (WF) recipe I referenced earlier. By the time that was finished, it was late and everyone was hungry. I went with a Hot Plate mix from Well Fed: Red bell peppers, onions, and green beans in some red wine vinegar and fragrant spices. The result was not my favorite, but it was probably because the green beans weren’t cooked all the way through and the red wine vinegar isn’t my favorite flavor. The chicken was, of course, delicious. I wrapped up the meal with some whole almonds and a few raisins.
Feeling pretty motivated to keep going. I am looking forward to some variety in the next few days.