Whole30 – Day 6

This morning was a doozy and not because of anything related to the plan. Well, sort of. First we woke up to the sink being halfway full with dirty water from the dishwasher that didn’t drain due to an apparent clog. Then, the shrimp we bought for this morning’s kebabs was bad. The hubs spilled his coffee and with all the craziness, breakfast didn’t end up getting on the table until 9. All that along with some grumpy munchkins and it definitely had me wishing I had some sweet, warm coffee. My sugar dragon is not giving up so easily. Luckily, the day turned around after breakfast. My handy hubby was able to clear the clog, everyone got new beverages and we were able to improvise with the kebab. By the end of breakfast, everyone was feeling good.

Note: Today’s meals are “clear out your fridge” meals, but yes! Still compliant and still pretty tasty.

Meal 1

Menu

  • Grilled pineapples, tomatoes, and green bell peppers (that were supposed to be with shrimp), marinated in leftover chimichurri sauce from earlier in the week. There were also grilled jalapeños for the grown-ups.
  • Leftover home style potatoes, pan-fried to give additional crisp.
  • Sunny-side-up eggs with some Frank’s Red Hot. I think I may have put Cholula on mine.
  • Kids topped it off with half a banana each.
  • Beverages: Coffee, tea and lemon water.

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Overall grade: B-
Hubs: “What happened to the shrimp?” — Found the potatoes much better with the additional crisp and the jalapeños were even a little too hot for him.
M: Finished her plate. Stole my potatoes and proceeded to dip them in my hot sauce and eat them. Um, my almost-4 year old digs Cholula. That’s pretty awesome.
G: Tried the bell pepper but didn’t like it and wasn’t a huge fan of the tomatoes but otherwise finished his plate. And even stole some of my eggs!
S: Ate potatoes. Yum.
Me: I was happy with it. I wish there had been shrimp, but otherwise, I was a happy camper, short of finishing my breakfast at quarter to 10.

Lessons: Don’t throw a bunch of carrot peelings down the drain. Shrimp from our local grocery store is probably only a safe bet after a day. Not two.

Meal 2:

Menu

  • Coconut chicken nuggets. I took to calling them “Coconuggets”. The idea came to me because the Nom Nom Paleo book has a chicken nugget recipe but I didn’t have the right ingredients so I improvised by “breading” chicken breast with coconut flour, egg and coconut flakes, then baking it at 375. Turned out pretty tasty.
  • Salad with bibb lettuce, grapes and avocados. Homemade balsamic dressing.
  • Homemade ketchup from Holistically Engineered.

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Overall grade: B+
Hubs: Thought I should have pan-fried the nuggets instead of baking them for additional crisp. Enjoyed the rest.
M: Finished her plate and asked for seconds.
G: Finished his plate and asked for seconds (including the avocados!).
S: Tried and like the nuggets.
Me: At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the sweetness from the coconut flakes, but after eating a full nugget, I was enamored and felt it might even be something I could do with a whole chicken breast and serve with a mango or pineapple chutney. Yum.

Lessons: When preparing a menu, be sure to write down ALL the ingredients you need for the week. Purchase missing ingredients. Duh.

Meal 3:

Menu

  • Leftover coconuggets — pan-fried in ghee for additional crisp
  • Avocado
  • Sunny-side-up eggs
  • Blackberries

Note: Kids had bananas as a snack after nap. M asked about bunnies today.
My response: “Well, bunnies fall into the category of crackers. Do you remember why we’re not eating crackers?
M: “Because it’s like bread? And it’s not very good for our bodies?”
Me: “Yup.”
M: “Ok. What are we doing later?”
That’s my girl. 🙂

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Overall grade: C
Hubs: N/A — On the road.
M: Finished her plate. Still isn’t completely enthralled with avocados but she at one slice. Good enough for me. Finished up her meal with handful of grapes instead of blackberries.
G: Same goes for G-man. Doesn’t really enjoy avocados but will eat them with a little cajoling. At his blackberries and had a handful of grapes.
Me: Good meal but kind of meh on the excitement scale so it gets a C for “Average”. 

Lessons: Leftover potatoes are delicious. Pan-fried coconuggets are even better than baked ones.

Okay, I’m off to bed because blogging at midnight is obviously me not going to bed on time. ‘Night folks!

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