Whole 30 – Day 22 and 23

Sorry for the boring food. The couch and a blanket were calling my name, so I kinda did the easy stuff and a bunch of repeats the last two days.

Meal 1

Menu

  • Sunny side up eggs, bacon, mashed sweet potato, avocado.
  • Egg salad and lettuce for the hubby who is traveling.
  • Beverages: Water kefir and kombucha (yay for home brewing of both!) and coffee

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Sorry about the photo. I only remembered to take it once I was half way through my meal.

Overall grade: B+
Hubs: Who doesn’t like egg salad?
M: Finished her plate.
G: Finished his plate. Asked for more bacon. I subbed strawberries for his avocado since he doesn’t like it.
S: Ate her bacon and mashed sweet potatoes. Didn’t care for the rest.
Me: Who doesn’t like bacon and eggs? Yum.

Lessons: Gotta get back to meal planning. I didn’t do it this past weekend because we were busy, then we all got sick, so it’s been all spur of the moment stuff.

Meal 2

Menu

  • Curry Chicken Salad — curry, mayonnaise, S&P, roasted chicken with magic mushroom powder, raisins, apples, cilantro, Macademia nuts
  • Avocado and lettuce
  • Beverages: Water kefir, 2F with raspberries! I need to take a picture… keep forgetting.

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Overall grade: B-
Hubs: N/A — Travelling. Having tuna salad for lunch.
M: Didn’t like the raisins so had a hard time working around them to eat her chicken salad. Finished her nuts though.
G: Grumpy and exhausted. Went to bed without lunch.
S: Finished 3/4 of her bowl! Surprising considering curry isn’t really a muted flavor.
Me: I love anything curry so this was a hit for me. It got a B- because of the kids’ reactions.

Lessons: Raisins and apples on the side.

Meal 3

Menu

  • Kalbi Ribs — Korean style short ribs (see recipe below)
  • Sauteed bok toy with fish sauce
  • Kimchi — store bought from WF, but I’m going to start making my own! Wish me luck!

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Kalbi Ribs
I adapted my recipe based on this one since the one in the link is not Whole30 compliant. Mine is!

Ingredients:
– About 1 lb of short ribs, cut crosswise
– 1 bosc or golden pear… I ended up throwing in half an apple too because I had it on hand and didn’t want to waste it
– Probably about 4 to 5 tbsp of coconut amino
– Juice of 1 lime (about 1 tbsp, maybe a little more)
– 3 pitted Medjool dates
– 2 tsp grated ginger — you can use ground too if you don’t have fresh
– 3 big cloves of garlic — remove the green sprout on the inside if you have old cloves
– A splash of sesame oil — probably about 1 tbsp
– 1 tbsp sesame seeds
– 1 pinch of red chili flakes (optional)
– A few dashes of fish sauce (probably about 2 tbsp worth)

Instructions:
Throw it all in the food processor and puree away! Pour this marinade into a bag with the meat for at least a few hours, preferably overnight. Heck, if you’re working ahead, marinate it as soon as you get it home from the store, freeze it, and then use it later!

To cook it, turn on your broiler and broil the ribs about 6-8 inches from the broiler until desired “browness”. I like a little bit of char on mine — so maybe 7-8 minutes on each side. Make sure to keep an eye though because you don’t want it to completely burn. Alternatively, throw them on the barbie! The smokiness is delicious!

NOTE: If you’re wondering why I didn’t give you specific measurements, it’s because a) I forgot to measure when I was cooking and b) because everyone’s tastebuds are different. When you’re baking, you need to be precise because the wrong amount of something could completely throw off your recipe but when you’re cooking, it all depends on your palate (or at least most of the time it does). Try adding what I listed above, then adjust it to how you like it!

Overall grade: A++
Hubs: Another one of my favorites. His exact words were “Dude… Dude!! I’m in heaven right now. Dude… *nom, nom, nom*…”
M: Was feeling nauseous so only had a banana for dinner.
G: Was feeling nauseous so only had a banana for dinner.
S: Enjoyed the ribs, didn’t really care for the bok choy.
Me: I’m thrilled that this worked out! Yay for tweaking recipes!

Lessons: Marinate it longer!

 

Meal 1

Menu

  • SSU eggs, avocados, bananas and clementines for the kids.

Rough morning so we all just had a quick breakfast and went for a walk to try to reset the day.

Sorry no photo.

Overall grade: I’m not going to grade this one. It was fine, but since it was missing some core components, I’m leaving it alone.

Meal 2

Menu

  • Left over chicken salad — option 1: In a bell pepper, option 2: spooned over a basic guacamole.

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Overall grade: B+
Hubs: Good chicken salad. Love the guac.
M: Still hates the raisins. Loved the bell pepper.
G: Was feeling nauseous, ate a few bites and went up to bed.
S: Ate off of my plate.
Me: You know I love this curry chicken salad. It’s just yum.

Lessons: More guac for dipping!

Meal 3

Menu

  • French chicken in a pot… Lebanese style!

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I make a fairly traditional French chicken in a pot. You sear off a whole chicken in a dutch oven, then add root vegetables, mushrooms, some herbs, stock and throw it in the oven for a few hours. It’s delicious.

This time, I had some leftover Lebanese 7-spice (recipe from the Well Fed cookbook) that I rubbed all over the chicken along with some S&P and EVOO. I threw in a quartered lemon, some carrots, potatoes, onions and some dried figs I had in the pantry, along with a jar of bone broth and put it in the pressure cooker for 25 minutes. Et voila. Topped with with some parsley and done.

Overall grade: A-
Hubs: He liked it. He wasn’t feeling great today so he only had a small serving, but thought it was a nice twist on something I cook fairly regularly.
M: Didn’t dig the figs but had seconds of everything else.
G: Didn’t dig the carrots or the potatoes, but had seconds of the rest.
S: Finished her plate!
Me: Happy with the results. 🙂 A- only because I feel like I could have added more to it… Fennel… parsnips… mushrooms…

Tidbits:

I have found a super cute way to store my hardboiled, and peeled eggs! I used to use this to store baby puree in the freezer. Look how well it works for eggs! The container comes with a lid too so it’s just perfect.

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Updates on the blog: I’m going to change the formatting on these W30 posts in the next few days. I think they’re a little cumbersome to read, and I’m going to work on streamlining it and posting recipes in a clearer manner.

Updates on the flu: The kids are feeling a little better today. Enough to be running around the living room for a bit. I’ve been making cold/flu bomb capsules with my YLEOs for the last two days and today I’ve only got a little itch in my throat left. I’m going to continue them to hopefully knock it out, but boy, considering the last time we all got the flu it took a full week to recover, I’d say the oils are doing their job. I’ve been oiling the kids too and they seem to be doing a bit better so I’m happy about that too. G-man, my little patient zero, is the one who is still struggling. He does okay for a little bit, then gets super exhausted and his barking cough is gone, but he’s still coughing a ton. 😦 Hopefully by the end of the weekend he’ll be on his way to recovery!

Also, I have to give a shout out to my awesome friends who have heard about our flu and have offered to go grocery shopping for us, or bring us soup, or like my crazy-generous, uber-sweet friend drops off flowers and fruit at our doorstep! I love you all!! ❤

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