Well, I’m 5 days into this Whole30, and I’m actually feeling pretty good so far! For most people, the first part of a Whole30 can be ROUGH... turns out your body can get downright hostile when you suddenly stop feeding it sugar and other junk. Days 4 to 5 are a little phase that they call the “kill all the things” phase, because you literally want to punch everyone you encounter in the face. I definitely had this going on during rounds 2 and 3, but for whatever reason I didn’t at all during round 1 and haven’t so far this time.I’m sure my husband is praying it stays that way (nobody likes an angry elf). Luckily though, this phase is usually very short-lived if it does occur.
So I just wanted to share with y’all some of the things I’ve made this week for lunches and dinners, so you can see that we keep it really simple (which, in my opinion, is a Whole30 key to success... don’t be a hero). Since we eat Whole30 meals most of the time, even when we aren’t doing a round, these are meals that we make often already.
So the picture above is the lunch picture I posted earlier in the week, but I’m showing it again because this is how most of my lunches look. It’s just rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods (they are one of the only places I’ve found with a compliant rotisserie chicken. Most other stores use a non-compliant oil), steamed broccoli drizzled with EVOO and sprinkled with salt, and a diced avocado with “everything but the bagel” seasoning from Trader Joe’s ($1.99 for a bottle). If you haven’t had this seasoning from TJ’s yet, you really need to because it’s the bomb and I put it on everything. EVERYTHING. Do it now.
This next picture was a dinner where we just roasted some seasoned chicken thighs and delicata squash, and made a side salad with some veggies on top and a homemade vinaigrette dressing. Again, if you haven’t had delicata squash, you have to try it. They’re SO good, and only $.99 each at Trader Joe’s. Shout out to my girl, Hayley, for telling me about them (virtual fist bump). Changed my life.
And then the next night for dinner we had burgers on butter lettuce “buns” with all of our favorite compliant burgers toppings (avocado, red onions, grilled onions, and a burger sauce I make out of homemade compliant mayo and yellow mustard), the little bit of leftover delicata squash from the night before, and pan roasted brussel sprouts (my favorite). Not pictured are the two other big lettuce leaves that I sandwiched on top of the burger and kind of cocooned it so that all of the goodness stayed inside.
I always save my extra burger patty for lunch the next day, because I’ll use any excuse to eat a burger for as many meals as I can. I usually cut the burger into strips, and use the leftover butter lettuce leaves and burger toppings to make “burger cups”, and then I also had the leftover brussel sprouts and grilled onions, and more steamed broccoli.
So those are just a few of the things we made this week, and we also went to Whole Foods last night for dinner. They usually have at least a few dishes on their hot bar that are Paleo/Whole30 compliant, but they’re doing a promotion with a Paleo blogger during the month of January, and they have some of her dishes on there, as well, so I had several things to choose from and I was in Heaven! I meant to take a picture for you guys before I ate it, but I pretty much just dove right in before I could remember to take one. Sorry not sorry. The salad bar is also a decent option at Whole Foods (and many other places that have salad bars), but be prepared to bring your own dressing or just use olive oil and a vinegar.
I also wanted to share a page that I came across the other day from The Real Food Dieticians. They have a lot of awesome healthy Paleo and Whole30 recipes on their site, but the other day they posted a list of 30 Whole30 sheet pan dinners. I haven’t made any of these yet but I plan to in the coming weeks. I mean, who doesn’t want easier meal prep and less dishes to clean?! Here’s the link:
Happy Whole30ing, y’all!