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We started the Whole30 yesterday!

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The whole family....those of us at home anyway. Of course, the boys, 15 and 3,  will be allowed some extras - like some fruit for snacks and I've agreed to let the 15-year-old have gluten-free pancakes on Saturdays... but those are about the only exceptions!

We are going beyond the 30 days as well.  In total, we will be doing 50 days, including the last 13 days that include adding a food item in every three days (one day each of having dairy, grains, wheat and legumes to observe any possible effects that they may have on us).

This week, I had the following menu made up ahead of time:

Monday: 

  •    Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs, Ham, Sweet Potato Hash, Healthy Fat of Choice
  •    Lunch - See Below
  •    Dinner  - Paleo Chocolate Chili, Mashed Cauliflower, Salad w/ dressing

Tuesday:

  •    Breakfast  - Frittata, Sautéed Kale, Healthy Fat of Choice
  •    Lunch - See Below
  •    Dinner -  Chicken & Veggie Slow Cooked Soup, Salad w/ dressing

Wednesday:

  • Breakfast  -  Scrambled Eggs,  Sautéed Kale,  Healthy Fat of Choice
  • Lunch  -  See Below
  • Dinner - Baked Cod w/ghee and herb dressing, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli, Salad w/dressing

Thursday:

  • Breakfast -  Sausage Hash with Fried Eggs, Healthy Fat of Choice
  • Lunch - See Below
  • Dinner - Tomato Soup, Warm Spinach Salad w/ bacon and mushrooms, berries

Friday:

  • Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs, Pork Sausage, Wilted Baby Spinach, Healthy Fat of Choice
  • Lunch - See Below
  • Dinner  -  Salmon Cakes over Bibb Lettuce & Sliced Tomatoes, Paleo Tartar Sauce, Baked Sweet Potatoes

Saturday:  

  • Breakfast - Frittata, Kale and Sweet Potato Hash, Healthy Fat of Choice
  • Lunch  -   See Below
  • Dinner  -  Vegetable Coconut Stew, Salad w/ dressing

Sunday:

  • Breakfast -  None for most of us....  We fast on Sundays before Liturgy.  I have not been able to do this well yet so I normally have some oatmeal but won't be doing that during the Whole30.   I found a recipe for a Primal Hot Cereal that is W compliant that I and my toddler will be having on Sunday mornings.
  • Lunch -  Paleo Wraps  (something portable that can be eaten in the car after church)
  • Dinner  - Whole Greek Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli & Cauliflower Mix

Lunches will be based on the following choices:

  • Leftovers (always using the need for a protein, vegetables and healthy fat)
  • Greens with tuna or chicken salad made with Paleo mayonnaise with tomatoes and a drizzle (thumb sized portion) of olive oil.
  • Salad with dressing and a serving of lunchmeat rolls (organic, no sugar)
  • Paleo Wrap, small amount of fruit, handful of nuts
  • Whatever other discoveries my son comes up with so long as it's approved by me first 😉

RECIPE:

I'll be making some dressings throughout the week which will serve as our healthy fat portion for our dinners.  Some of those use Paleo Mayonnaise as a base.  I finally got up enough nerve just last week to make it.  I used the recipe out of my Well Fed Cookbook by Melissa Joulwan.  It uses an egg, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/4 cup plus 1 cup LIGHT tasting olive oil (not evoo), 1/2 tsp dry mustard and 1/2 tsp salt and .....a lot of patience 😉

Actually, it seemed harder reading the recipe than it actually was and I was quite pleased with it.  It worked well in my Vitamix.

Here is what I did, but you can read more details and hints over at Melissa's blog  -  TheClothesMakeTheGirl.com .

1.  Let the lemon juice and egg sit at room temperature for about a half hour.  (Melissa said to break the egg and put it and the lemon juice in the blender and sit for a half hour but I kind of misread this and what I did worked so I'm sticking to it! LOL) Then put in blender and let sit about 15 more minutes (in case there was something to the sitting together in the blender part rather than just the importance of being at room temperature)

2.  Add the mustard, salt and 1/4 cup of the olive oil into the blender.  Blend on medium (the Vitamix is more powerful than a blender so I didn't go quite halfway... I kept it around a 4) until combined.

3.  Now is the BE PATIENT part...  Take the remaining 1 cup light olive oil and very very very slowly (the whole process should take 2-3 minutes) drizzle the oil into the blender while keeping on medium (4 on the Vitamix).   If you are using a blender, you'll hear a pitch change as it begins to emulsify.  I didn't hear this with the Vitamix, but my hearing isn't so good so I really don't know if it was me or the Vitamix.  Either way, the ingredients in the blender WILL  begin to resemble the consistency of traditional mayonnaise.  Just remember to drizzle....slowly!     Enjoy!

 

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Please bear with me here.... I'm going to try this out.  Joy of Dawn sent me a video and I found an eHOW article on putting links on here...  haven't read the article but watched the video... we'll give it a shot!

Well Fed  is my favorite cookbook right now ! 🙂

Melissa also published another cookbook.  It's titled Well Fed 2 and is on my Amazon wishlist!

YES!!!!!!  I think I did it!  🙂  Happy Dance.... and now to rush off for an appointment!  Hopefully now I can incorporate more links and things into my blog and make it a bit more educational and who knows, maybe a little more entertaining!  Thank you Joy of Dawn!

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So I've been browsing the dashboard area, trying to figure out this blog thing.  I came to a section called 'stats'... so I take a look.  It seems that one day I had 27 views, 18 visitors.   ??   So what does that mean?  I had 18 people look at my blog one day and out of those 19 they viewed 27 of my posts?  That's my best guess.  Let me know if anyone reads this and can tell me if I'm right or clear it up for me.

I'm still trying to figure out how to put links on here.  I read other blogs and they have highlighted words right within the text.  You click on the word and it takes you to another post or to a website that is about that topic or selling that product.  The other day I wrote about Well Fed, and excellent cookbook for people following the Paleo Diet.  I was trying to put a link in so that if you clicked on the words Well Fed it would take you to the Amazon link to read more about it and buy the book if one cared to do so.  Well, whatever I did was successful in getting the word to highlight but did not take one to the link.  It did, however, show up in my blogroll.  I didn't even know I could do that at the time.  The whole blogroll thing is a mystery to me too! LOL  And yet I have several things there.

I guess what I need is a WordPress Tutor...or a class.  I have a WordPress for Dummies book but I have so little time.  I tried looking up adding links in there but got confused!  (Go ahead, laugh... if I heard someone got confused reading a .....for Dummies book, I'd laugh too.)  But I had no idea how many topics under links there would be.  There are categories, thumbnails, relationships, permalinks, etc.  No where does it say :  Do this so your word will highlight and people can see where they can buy that book on Amazon.  Haha....

Oh, well.... I suppose I'm just too tired to read and think clearly tonight.

I'm still working on figuring out how to incorporate more writing time into the schedule.  I am working on making up monthly meal plans and trying to pick one day a week to cook meats, etc. ahead of time so that I have less  daily meal prep time.  This seems to be helping a little.  I have some extra things in the freezer.... already cooked chicken, 2 batches of spaghetti sauce and I already have the meat cooked and the veggies cut up for tomorrow's meal which should make tomorrow's prep time easy peasy....    I think if I can get a better handle on kitchen time, it will free up more time for me to work on writing and just take a big stress factor away from me.  Anyway...  the thoughts are up in my head...  I just need to form a better organized plan with all of them.

Well.... feeling drowsy...   more than usual... wondering if my splurge with pasta yesterday is a factor.  It was probably the first gluten or wheat I've had in awhile.  I'm not sure if it could be related to that or is just a coincendence...  hmmmmm...

Well Goodnight!  Let's see if I can really get upstairs and make it an early bedtime....  I always seem to get distracted when I try that little trick!

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I know that name sounds really weird... but it didn't taste like a bowl of chocolate. It tasted like chili--- epic chili according to my teenage son. So I thought I'd share. The recipe was out of Well Fed, my favorite Paleo cookbook so far. I only have two, of course, other than the ones I downloaded onto my kindle which were free. But I rarely use my kindle. Really, anymore I just put the free stuff on it which I may or may not ever get around to looking at.

So here's the recipe:

2 Tblsp. Coconut oil
2 onions
4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 lbs. ground beef
1 tsp. oregeno
2 tblsp. chili powder
2 tblsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tblsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. salt
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 can (14.5) oz. fire roasted tomatoes (I actually used 2 cans)
1 can (14.5) oz beef broth (I used homemade - not sure what beef broth that's not homemade would be considered paleo??)
1 cup water

Fry onions in oil till transluscent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, stir 30 seconds then add meat, crumbling and mixing to combine. Cook meat until no longer pink.

In seperate bowl, crush oregeno with palms to release flavor. Add chili powder, cumin, cocoa, allspice, and salt. Combine together and then add to pot, stirring well. Add tomato paste and stir till well combined.

Add tomatoes with juice, broth and water. Stir well. Bring to boil then reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for at least 2 hours! Simmering allows the flavors to blend and release.

Next time I am definitely making at least a double if not triple batch so I can freeze it.

This recipe was taken from WELL FED by Melissa Joulwan. She has just come out with a WELL FED 2 which I am putting on my Christmas list!

Now, if only I could figure out how to put a link on here for her.... as the rest of the cookbook is just as devine and anyone who wants to try out Paleo recipes really should get it! 🙂