Whole30 Week 4, I finished!

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Well hello there! It has been one long month let me just tell you, I finished my second Whoe30 challenge, I feel great and my allergies are finally back under control. I’m also sure I’d be sleeping if I didn’t have such noisy neighbors….it doesn’t matter what time of day it is they will rev up their vehicle that doesn’t have a muffler and its like surround sound in my house! I feel better now that I got that off my chest. I was looking forward to day all month not because I wouldn’t be so strict on my “diet” but because I was looking forward to a nice glass of wine. Which I am drinking as I type this up, (lucky me).  I hope everyone had a lovely week. For me it was mediocre which I haven’t been able to say in a while. I was still super busy working my butt off but I doubt that will ever change. So you see I deserved this glass of vino!

 

So for dinner/breakfast I had:

 

Greek Meatza, Plantain Chicken Club and Spaghetti and Smokey Meatballs.

 

Greek Meatza

Probably the best combination of flavors known to man. Though if I hadn’t been doing Whole30 I’d have added feta, I can’t get enough feta.

1 pound ground beef

2-3 tbls greek seasoning

4 tbls roasted garlic paleo mayo/guac

Toppings:

marinated artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, black olives and pepperoni.

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350F, add seasonings to meat and mix together.

Grab your favorite or least favorite up to you pie pan/dish and form a giant hamburger patty into it.

Bake for about 15 minutes, remove add toppings of choice and bake for another 6-8 minutes.

Try and wait for it to cool off before devouring.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

6 of Jessi’s smokey meatballs recipe to come

1 whole roasted and shredded spaghetti squash

3 tbls coconut oil

1 can of fire roasted tomatoes

1 pint of cherry tomatoes, I used orange ones

white pepper and salt to taste

1 small onion, diced;sauteed

1 tbls tomato paste

3 cloves minced garlic

Sauce directions:

Heat soup pan over medium high and saute the garlic and onions until soft.

Add the fire roasted and cherry tomatoes as well as the tomato paste. Stir and add salt/pepper to taste.

With a hand blender blend all the ingredients together and let simmer for about 30 minutes. *hint during this time you could be roasting your squash*

Once you’re happy with the flavor of the sauce add the meatballs then let them thaw out and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Once meatballs have thawed out serve the sauce on top of the squash or stir and combine.

In honor of my 30 birthday I did the Whole30 but lets face it you can do it just because it’s Monday!

Good Luck and have a blessed week!

I ate a lot of plantain chicken sandwiches because they’re just so easy to make and I am addicted, I mean there could be worse things to be addicted to!

I joked with my mom yesterday saying I was going to turn into a plantain chicken monster.

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Whole30 Week 3

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Done and Done! 3 weeks down and 1 week to go…or in my case less then 1 week to go since I really slacked at getting a blog post out by yesterday, sorry! It’s week 3 and I must admit I miss eating 100% Paleo and here are a few reason why: for one thing my allergies are finally under control again and I wake up refreshed…and it also doesn’t take much to notice that my clothes are starting to feel loose on me again :D. There are so many benefits to eating Paleo those are only a small small list of them. The whole point of a Whole30 is to remove everything that’s not natural, you’re removing all of the processed things you’re used to eating and then once it’s over you slowly add things back in. For me I know and have always known I can’t handle dairy but what I didn’t realize until going Paleo is that I can handle certain types of dairy better then others. For example I can handle grass fed butter and certain types of cheese. I wouldn’t dare drink an entire glass of dairy cow milk…I’d be in a huge mess of trouble with my stomach and my allergies. See I discovered if I have something with dairy in it then the next day my face is puffy and my allergies are out of control no matter how much medication I take. So dairy has to go…. :( which is sad because I love me some cheese and ice-cream! I’m sure I”ll have a slip up here and there and regret it the next day but for the past 3 weeks and going forward I’ll be able to lay off the allergy pills and be happy!

I had another hectic week which is no shock to anyone who knows me. I’ve been having dental issues that are about to finally be over and I can’t wait to no longer be in pain and only being able to chew on one side of my mouth. On top of that I’ve kept up my working over time at every chance I can, the awful thing is that my dental appointments are usually on the days I picked up a night shift. You know when I should at least be attempting to take a nap before working over night? Nope out of the question for me so I relied on quick and easy food preparations on the days I could call my own which has been only 1 day this week so far. In fact I”m working over time tonight as well…I guess you could say I’m a glutton for punishment or money, the jury is still out on that. On the unfortunate side I only have one recipe to provide for you this week, I’m sure you’re not going to be disappointed though.

 

I just discovered the most amazing thing this week at Trader Joes which is they now carry, ( in my store at least) cashew butter and it’s Paleo and Whole30 compliant! I also found some plantain chips (again with my addiction to them) that are Whole30 and Paleo, so I scooped them up as well and that was my breakfast while at work for a few days this week. I also finally found their sauerkraut which will be on the blog next week. So for this week when I went to the farmers market I picked up some unique cauliflower heads, I got purple and green, I was so excited to get home and use them.

 

 

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I’ve yet to use the green one but I made a pizza crust with the purple one using this recipe: Cauliflower Pizza Crust  to make it Whole30 just add nutritional yeast instead of cheese.

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I just thought how cool would it be to have a purple pizza?

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It was yummy.

I also picked up some gorgeous baby heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market and decided to make a tomato bacon fritatta.

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6 slices of cooked bacon, see my recipe here for baked bacon

8 eggs, whisked

1/3 cup coconut or almond milk

salt and pepper

1 quart of heirloom tomatoes, sliced in half

coconut oil to grease the baking dish

*optional but not whole30, some of your favorite cheese*

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Whisk all ingredients together and bake on 375 for about 45 minutes or until the middle doesn’t jiggle. Let cool slice and serve.

I chose to eat this for breakfast but this could easily be eaten for lunch or dinner too.

I wish everyone a blessed weekend.

:)

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Whole30 Week 2

Good morning and welcome to the conclusion of week 2. This week should have still be a small struggle but on the positive you should have started to notice you’re sleeping better and waking up refreshed. Though if you’re anything like me you still needed your morning cup of coffee. I need mine to get through my grueling 12 hour shifts and remain pleasant. I gotta say not having sweetener and cream in my coffee was tough at first but once I discovered Bullet Proof Coffee and got used to tasting the actual flavor of the coffee it made all the difference in the world. So I stated in my post last week I’m a shift worker. It took a while to get used to working 12 hour shifts and not having normal break times and/or schedule. My weeks usually look like this: 4 days on 3 days off and then they flip and I’m on 3 days and off 4 days;those are my favorite; and usually on both of those weeks I’m picking up extra shifts. So needless to say I’m a busy girl! Well this past week was my off 4 days and I worked overtime 2 of those days on an opposite night shift, boy does that throw off my sleep pattern. Anyway this last week felt like a week from hell…everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. For example when my roommate and I got locked out of the house when she came outside with me to help me take pictures for this weeks Whole30 recipes. Then my kitchen sink faucet broke while the water was on…and you’d think that you could just turn the water off under the sink..NOPE think again, my house was built in 1940, so plumbing not up to date! I had to turn the water off at the street while my roommate was sleeping because she works nights. SO needless to say it was a tragic time at 830 at night when I should have been getting ready for bed to get up at 430 the next day for work! I had to rig the sink so it didn’t run all night long and turned the water back on. My amazing mom came to the rescue the next day and bought me a faucet while I was at work and had my dad install it. There were a few other little things but those little things can throw you completely off your game! So after all of the drama of this week, I only have 2 Whole30 featured recipes to share, but they are amazing none the less.

Here is a quick run down of my week:

Breakfast: almond butter and apples; paleo cereal and bullet proof coffee.
Lunches/Dinners: grilled chicken and brussells sprouts; Dino Ribs *featured*; BLT salad; Chicken BLT *featured*; grilled chicken and plantain fries; and the most amazing Paleo shrimp scampi ( not pictured because it didn’t last long enough on the plate) I’ll have a recipe in the coming month for you all. As I said I had a pretty busy week and didn’t take to much time to cook.

 

I can promise you this coming week will have more recipes :)

I feel like I need a side note to describe BulletProof Coffee, if you live in the Paleo-verse like I do then I’m sure you’ve heard the name thrown around here and there but do you really know what it is? Well I suggest checking out the official creator here: BulletProof as far as I’m concerned I don’t think I’ll ever go back to normal coffee again. The basics are: coffee, grass fed butter, MCT or Coconut Oil and a blender, that’s all! There is no buttery taste just a coffee that looks like you added your favorite creamer. You could add your own flavor to it , completely up to you, you could also add sweetener but then it’s not Whole30.

Now for the good parts:

Paleo “Dino” Ribs

Paleo Dino Ribs

2 racks of beef ribs

apple wood smoked rub ( I used a gluten free  rub from Pampered Chef)

2 tbls of coconut oil

Paleo BBQ sauce, I used homemade but am still working out the recipe

Paleo Dino Ribs

Pre Heat oven to 250 degrees.

Coat the ribs in the coconut oil then liberally sprinkle the rub over the ribs top and  bottom and rub it in making sure every part is coated.

Grab a large baking sheet and double wrap your ribs in tin foil making sure you create a tight seal.

Cook low and slow for up to 4 hours, I checked mine at 3 1/2 hours and they were already falling off  the bones. So cooking time will depend on your oven.

At this point turn on the broiler to high and unwrap the ribs and place them under broiler for about 7 minutes to get that crunchy exterior.

Then remove from oven, let cool slightly and devour or coat in your favorite BBQ sauce and devour.

Paleo Dino Ribs

Salami Chicken Club

Chicken Salami Club

2 very green plantains

6 tbls coconut oil

2 small chicken breast or 1 large cut in half

salt and pepper

2 tbls roasted garlic mayo

2 garlic pickles

2 slices of tomato

2 slices of salami

2 pieces of butter lettuce

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Heat a grill to medium high heat and grill chicken 7 minutes each side then let rest.

Start out by heating up the coconut oil in a pan until smoking and hot.

While the oil is getting hot peel your plantains and cut in half.

Cook the plantains until golden brown on all sides. Remove and smash between to cutting boards, then fry them again.

To assemble:

Spread the garlic mayo on both sides of the “bread” , place the salami, tomato, chicken, lettuce and pickle down then top with other half of the plantain and enjoy.

Chicken Salami Club

The beef ribs make you feel like you’re back in the cavemen days eating whatever giant animal you just slayed and cooked over an open flame because the ribs are so large. Hence the name Dino ribs :) They really were fall off the bone tender. I prefer them over pork ribs honestly. As I have noted on several recent post I can’t get enough plantains in my life, I use these as a bread substitute all the time. The key is really getting them crispy enough to withstand whatever you put between them. They typically suck up the juices which makes them even better! I hope you all have an amazing weekend :)

Whole30 Week 2

Whole30 Week One Work-up!

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Well folks today is day number 7 which means you have now got one week under your belt, in my opinion;not that you asked but will be told anyway; week one is the hardest if you’ve never tried Paleo before. At this point your sugar monster is still rearing its ugly head but you’re able to tell it to shut up and stay quiet. Week 1 is always the hardest when you’re doing anything. Your body is going through all of these changes and you’re not sure if you want to stick to the changes or not. During this whole time period you and your body are trying to figure out why it thinks you’re slowly trying to kill it, or your body could be thanking you for all of the changes you’re making for the positive. My week one wasn’t to bad, there were a few times I was tempted to give up, for example when you know that there will be a Tex-mex themed retirement party at work….and there will also be cake. I was strong though extremely tempted, but but lo and behold I was Paleo super women and had pre-planned for this and packed my own lunch. My key to success is to always have snacks available. I also did a two week meal plan so that I knew what I’d be eating all day and by all day I mean all 12 hours I’d be at work.  Yes I said 12 hours, it’s very tough considering that I am a shift worker and don’t always get “regular” break times or “normal peoples” scheduling. So to counteract the hanger I make sure I have sufficient snacks to hold me over until I am able to eat a real meal. I try to snack on fruits, nuts and meat. How do you fight off the hunger monster?

I did a huge kitchen overhaul after making a two week Whole30 meal plan and cooking up most of the meals ahead of time and freezing some of them. My freezer meals will be on another post soon.

Week One: August 1st-August 7th, 2014

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As I previously said I work 12 hour shifts and those shifts entail me getting up at the crack of dawn…mainly around 0430 am and working until 1800 hours (6pm). I am not one to be hungry as soon as I wake up, I usually get hungry around 0700 hours. On my days off I by no means keep to that awful schedule.

Day 1: (off from work)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-Proof Iced Coffee and Paleo “cereal” which included: unsweetened coconut chips, cashews, blueberries, sliced banana and almond milk.

Snack:

Turkey and Salami lunch meat roll up with an unsweetened Iced Tazo Passion Tea (made at home but can be bought at Starbucks) I brought this alone while running errands so that I wouldn’t be tempted to be bad.

Lunch:

Bun-less Burgers with Roasted Garlic Paleo mayo and balsamic roasted brussells sprouts.

Dinner:

Kraut and Smashed Potatoes.

I wanted a little something sweet after dinner so I had a hand full of nuts and unsweetened coconut chips.

Day 2: ( 12 hour shift)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-Proff iced Coffee, and a half  of a Blueberry Lara bar ( I forgot my real breakfast at home, shame on me, thankfully I always keep a Lara Bar in my work bag), then on my first break I had Paleo “cereal”

Snacks:

Turkey/Salami roll up, hard boiled egg and a mixture of olives.

Lunch:

Jalapeno Chicken Wings

Dinner:

Dinner was leftovers because lets face it who wants to cook after a long 12 hour day when you still have 2 more 12 hour shifts to work?

So what I had for dinner was: 2 jalapeno burgers with spicy roasted garlic mayo ( I just added hot sauce to my garlic mayo), a piece of pot roast (leftovers from my mom)  and a small side salad.

Needless to say I was starving when I got home that day, since my day started off on the wrong foot.

Day 3: ( 12 hour shift)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-proof Iced Coffee and Apple Slices with Justin’s Brand Almond Butter then on my frist break I had Paleo “cereal”- blueberries, unsweetened coconut chips, banana, cashews and almond milk.

Snacks:

Turkey/Salami roll up, hard boiled egg and a mixture of olives.

Lunch:

Chorizo Beef Chili

Dinner:

Meatball salad

Again I took help from my pre-made freezer meals and lettuce I had in the fridge. The dressing I used was my roasted garlic mayo and hot sauce, I can’t get enough of it.

Day 4: ( 12 hour shift)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-Proof Iced Coffee and homemade chicken sausage patty, then scrambled eggs and homemade chicken sausage.

Snacks:

Turkey/Salami roll up, hard boiled egg and a mixture of olives.

Lunch:

Jalapeno Burgers and smashed potatoes.

Dinner:

Pesto Zoodles and Smokey Meatballs with Vanilla Balsamic Mashed Potatoes

Day 5: (off from work)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-Proof  coffee and banana slices, cashews and almond milk.

Lunch:

Grilled chicken and brussels sprouts.

Dinner:

Grilled chicken breast and a banana.  ( I picked up a night overtime shift and after running errands all day I didn’t have the drive to cook anything fancy.)

Day 6: (off from work)

 Breakfast:

Bullet-Proof Coffee and a banana.

Lunch:

Grilled chicken salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and banana peppers.

Dinner:

Grilled chicken breast tossed in hot sauce in a lettuce cup. Served on the side of you guessed it my Garlic Mayo.

Day 7: ( 12 hour shift)

 Breakfast:

Apple Slices and Paleo “cereal”

Snacks:

Salami roll up, and cherries.

Lunch:

Leftover grilled chicken lettuce cups.

Dinner:

Grilled chicken BLT with plantain “bread”.

As you can see I prefer to do a lot of quick and easy meals, I try to make it easier to cook when I get home at night and then have to almost turn around and go right back to bed to repeat my day all over again. On my nights off when I don’t have to work the next day that’s usually when I tear up my clean kitchen with lots of pots and plates and utensils all over the place.

My Whole30 Recipes:

Paleo “Cereal”:

 blueberries, strawberries, banana, cashews and almond milk.

Paleo Cereal

Homemade Chicken Breakfast Sausage:

1 pound ground chicken

¼ tsp tried thyme

½ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp fresh black pepper

1 tsp salt

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp olive oil

Optional and not Whole30- add 1 tbls maple syrup

Kraut and  Bratwurst:

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1 pound bratwurst

1 package of Farmhouse Culture raw organic Kraut

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Chorizo Chili:

1 pound of Columbian chorizo, broken up

1 pound of ground beef

2 cans of diced tomatoes

½ tbls tomato paste

1 large yellow or sweet onion; diced and sauteed

3 cloves garlic, diced

1-2 tbls chili seasoning

1 tbls smoked paprika

Saute the onions until translucent then add in the garlic and stir around until fragrant. Add the meat and cook until browned. Once the meat is browned you can add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low for as many hours as you want to. Or you could turn heat up to medium high and cook for about 20 minutes and serve.

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Shredded Chicken BLT:

1 large chicken breast; baked and shredded

a bunch of romaine lettuce

1 small tomato, diced

2 or 3 slices of bacon; cooked and chopped

2 or 3 tbls roasted garlic mayo

Optional, hot sauce

I layered my BLT’s I put the roasted garlic may on on the bottom, then chicken, tomato, bacon and lastly hot sauce.

shredded chicken BLT

Jalepeno Chicken Wings:

I took some help from a fellow Paleo Blogger for this day.

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chicken wings and smashed potatoes

Smashed Potatoes:

1 pound of fingerlings potatoes or small potatoes

salt

pepper

EVOO

Boil your potatoes until fork tender and turn your oven to 375 degrees. Layer a baking sheet with tin foil.

Remove and drain potatoes, then the back of a wooden spoon and gently press down on potatoes. After all are pressed drizlle EVOO and bake until crispy.

 smashed potatoes

Pesto Zoodles and Smokey Meatballs:

1 pound ground beeg

1 pound ground pork

1large zucchini

½ cup Paleo pesto

1 tsp each of: salt, smoke paprika, white pepper, liquid smoke, chipotle powder, garlic powder and onion powder.

½ small onion, diced

Mix all ingridients together. This recipe made 42 small ish meatballs.

Pre heat oven to 375 and back for about 20 minutes. I freeze these guys and take out what I need to cook with each time.

Zoodles:

Heat a small skillet on medium low and saute your zoodles in the pesto for about 5 minutes. Toss to coat.

Zoodles and Smokey Meatballs

Roasted Garlic Paleo Mayo:

1 egg

½ cup almond oil

Whole roasted garlic clove

½ tsp lemon juice

Blend the egg and lemon juice together until frothy and slowy add in the almond oil until a mayo type consistency starts to form. Stir in the roasted garlic cloves.

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As you can see above I am doing a personal whole30 challenge. If you know me then you know I eat Paleo (pay-lee-oh), well I may or may not have kinda falling off track. I did start working out a lot more to counter balance not eating as healthy I should be. At  least that’s the lie I told myself. Don’t get me wrong it’s ok to have cheat days…as long as they aren’t everyday! Now I haven’t gotten that bad but I was strick Paleo nor was I even moderately Paleo. So I kept telling myself you’ll start over tomorrow and would you know tomorrow came and I never started over? Well since I’ll be the big 30 next month I told myself I had to change now! This is my last  month in my twenties after all.  What does that have to do with food? It has a lot to do with food, I told my self I was going to go into  my 30′s being the healthiest I have ever been. I’m the only one who can change me. So in honor of myself turning 30, I figured I’d set up a Whole30 on here.

What does Whole30 mean?

This is taken from an insert from Whole30.com, the amazing people behind this wonderful program.

What is the Whole30®?

Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive ailments, seasonal allergies or fertility issues) that medication hasn’t helped? These symptoms may be directly related to the foods you eat – even the “healthy” stuff. So how do you know if (and how) these foods are affecting you?

Strip them from your diet completely. Cut out all the psychologically unhealthy, hormone-unbalancing, gut-disrupting, inflammatory food groups for a full 30 days. Let your body heal and recover from whatever effects those foods may be causing. Push the “reset” button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making. Learn once and for all how the foods you’ve been eating are actually affecting your day to day life, and your long term health. The most important reason to keep reading?

This will change your life.

We cannot possibly put enough emphasis on this simple fact—the next 30 days will change your life. It will change the way you think about food, it will change your tastes, it will change your habits and your cravings. It could, quite possibly, change the emotional relationship you have with food, and with your body. It has the potential to change the way you eat for the rest of your life. We know this because we did it, and tens of thousands of people have done it since, and it changed our lives (and their lives) in a very permanent fashion. (Need convincing? Just read some of our stunning testimonials.)

The Whole30 Program Rules

Yes: Eat real food.

Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed. Don’t worry… these guidelines are outlined in extensive detail in our free shopping list.

No: Avoid for 30 days.

More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.

  • Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.
  • Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)
  • Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on. Again, read your labels.
  • Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
  • Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)
  • Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
  • Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.

One last and final rule: You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements during your Whole30. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)

- See more at: http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/#sthash.RhhSq0Si.dpuf

As you can see there are a lot of HUGE changes to be made. I first discovered this program after purchasing their book when I first started the Paleo lifestyle and would you know they just came out with another book, Titled “It starts with food.” They recently revamped the Whole30 and have added white potatoes to the program. I can’t tell you how happy that made me! It however doesn’t mean I’m going to run out for french fries, that wouldn’t be Whole30. It  does however mean you can make  mashed potatoes and not feel guilty about it.

So lets get down to food:

Here is my meal plan for this week:

Breakfast:

sweet potato hash fritatta

banana, blueberries and unsweetened coconut chips in almond milk

banana, white peach, and coconut chips in almond milk

hard boiled egg, apple and almond butter

homemade chicken breakfast sausage

BulletProof Coffee

Lunch and Dinner:

bunless hamburgers with roasted garlic paleo mayo

kraut, sausage and smashed potatoes

jalapeno lime chicken wings with avocado mouse

shredded chicken BLT”s

shredded chicken BLT salad

and last but not least leftovers.

All the above recipes will be available at my Week 1 progress report.

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They say it only takes 21 days to break a habit….think of what you could do in 30?

Blue Burgers N Slaw

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 Blue Burgers N Slaw the name alone should make your mouth water!  I may or may not have a small obsession with green plantains…the jury is still out on the verdict. I have been slacking on getting y’all some recipes and I apologize for that, this past month has been crazy busy for me. All of that aside the one plus about working with a bunch of girls is that sometimes we can get competitive…and by that I mean in a good way.

There I was last week sitting in my cubicle minding my own business and along come one of the girls at work and she says to me: “so you don’t this yet but you’re joining in on a weight loss competition and you owe $5 on Friday.” So I immediately said YES I’d love to join this, it’s a small group of about 5 of us and we will be weighing and measuring. One of the girls I work with my amazing friend Amanda brought of a very good point that muscle weighs more then fat, ironically shes been teaching me how to lift weights. I gotta say I’m addicted to lifting…and my weights keep getting higher and I’m pushing harder, so needless to say I will be putting on weight even though I am loosing fat, hence why she suggested we measure as well to make this friendly competition far. What’s the point of all my rambling you ask? Or maybe you didn’t ask but by golly I’m telling you anyway, so sit tight!

By me joining in this weight loss competition at work I will be held accountable for what I eat which means I will be posting more recipes for you all! Also if you have an Instagram you can find my daily eats on there. I sometimes re-create others recipes and post them on there. I will also be holding myself more accountable at the gym and make sure that I am listening to my body and not my mind. It’s funny when Amanda first joined me on my lunch time I was all pumped to show her the gym life….little did I know I had another thing coming. See Amanda is ARMY and so she pushes herself really hard therefore she pushes me hard and wont let me stop, which I really need. She had created a work out routine for her and shared it with me…leg day is the worse, I can’t get out of bed the next day. Anyway I digress, after all you did come here to eat am I right?

Well summer is in full swing here in SUNNY HOT AS HECK STAY IN THE AC Florida. So naturally you all will be outside cooking on the grill. Well I am here to help you spice up your burger life and do it in a healthy way.

Blue Burgers N Slaw

What you’ll need:

For the Burgers:

1 pound of grass fed ground beef

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

salt n pepper

1 tsp paprika;smoked

1/2 small onion, diced

3 cloves garlic; minced

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

Optional: hot sauce for the burgers

Directions:

Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl and form your patties. For this recipe I made four BIG burgers. Heat up your grill either outside or inside grill until it’s super hot, I cooked these big boys for 6 minutes on the first side and 4 minutes on the other. I don’t like to see any pink so times will vary depending on your choice.

Blue Burgers N Slaw

For the “buns”

 4 VERY green plantains, 1 plantain makes one “bun” so keep that in mind when buying them-I can’t stress enough get the greenest ones you can find

4-5 tbls coconut oil

salt

4 plantains; cut in half and peeled

two cutting boards

Heat the coconut oil in a medium saute pan over medium high heat. Once oil is hot place your peeled plantains in and brown on all sides, set aside on a paper towel and take two cutting boards and mash your browned plantains one at a time. Make sure to keep them about 1/2 inch or so thick, then place them back in the hot oil and brown both sides, set aside on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil.

Blue Burgers N Slaw

Now lets get this amazing slaw!

Blue Cheese Slaw

1/2 head purple cabbage

1/2 head green cabbge

1/2 cup homemade paleo mayo

2 tbls Dijon mustard

1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles

2 tbls or 2 packets of stevia

2 tbls apple cider vinegar

In a large bowl whisk the dressing together, then shred your cabbage and mix it all together and set aside to marinate.

*optional* if you don’t have time to shred your own cabbage you can get help from the store and get a bag of “slaw” that’s already done for you and add this dressing.

Blue Burgers n Slaw

Now for the fun part eating it!

I decided to keep this burger very simple I used the slaw as the “fixings” for the burger. I took one “bun” and laid on the plate then topped it with a nice helping of Blue Slaw and then placed my burger patty on top, then placed a small amount of hot sauce on top and finished with the other “bun.” Obviously it’s your burger and you can eat it however you want but I suggest to follow the old saying “less is more” this is a very flavor packed burger.

Blue Burgers N Slaw

Golden Cauliflower Mash

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Golden Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients

1 head yellow cauliflower
1 Hass avocado
2 to 3 cloves garlic; minced
1 small to medium sweet onion;sliced
2-3 cups chicken broth; enough to cover the cauliflower
3 tbls coconut oil or choice of fat
2 tbls grass fed butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Large sauté pan
Colander
Food processor or blender

*optional*
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

I’m sure you’re asking what is an avocado doing in my mash? Well I decided to add this ingredient to give the mash a creaminess you’d usually get from adding a milk product. In a previous recipe I have added greek yogurt, you could add that too if you so choose. I promise you wont even know the avocado is in there, they’re sneaky like that. :)

Directions

Sauté onions in coconut oil until Caramelized, then add 2 cloves of garlic until fragrant, set aside. In same pan add cauliflower and cover with chicken broth, cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the cauliflower and place in food processor along with avocado,remaining clove of garlic, salt and pepper, and butter. (If using Parmesan cheese add to food processor now) blend until combined, may need to scrape down the sides to get it all mixed in.

Serve and enjoy.

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Salads in a Jar

Salads in a Jar!

Salads in a Jar!!

So I have finally fell victim to this amazing thing called Salad in a Jar! Why haven’t I ever tried this before? Honestly I was extremely sceptic over how well the lettuce would hold up. I did copious amounts of research and checked out all of the comment sections. This was super fun to make! There are so many types and variations and different salads that can be made.

For today I made 4 different variations:

Strawberry, feta and spinach Salad:

Strawberry Vinaigrette,Cooked Jasmine Rice ,Sliced Strawberries,Sunflower Seeds,Crumbled Feta and Baby Spinach

Mexican Salad:

Cooked Jasmine Rice,salsa, tomatoes, red onion, chicken and spinach

Greek Salad:

Blue cheese vinaigrette, sliced tomatoes, sunflower seeds, feta, chicken and romaine

And last but bit least

WhatJessiEats Salad

WhatJessiEats Special

May advice is to always place anything liquid at the bottom far far away from the lettuce.

Also my other advice is have fun and be creative!

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

 

 

Hello and Good morning all. I was a busy bee this weekend cooking up different items some that turned out and others that clearly need more work. So for today I have brought you this AMAZING meatloaf recipe. Growing up I hated meatloaf, I always refused to eat it, it was boring and lifeless. Well my  mind has been changed after coming up with this recipe! The kids will be begging you for seconds.

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground meat, I used organic ground beef but any type can be used

4 eggs ( 3 of them hard boiled) <~ this is the surprise!

2 small onions or 1 large one; diced

1 small or medium yam/sweet potato; peeled and diced

2-3 cloves of garlic; minced

4 tbls of grainy mustard

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp chipoltle

1 tsp paprika

1tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp garlic

1 tsp Trader Joes African smoked spice blend

roughly 3-4 tbls of coconut oil

3/4 cup almond meal/flour

bacon, I used about 7 pieces so it will depend on you on how much it takes to wrap this beast

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

Ah the gorgeous  bacon!

Start out by sauteing your onion until soft, add the diced sweet potato and cover for about 5 minutes or until soft. After the sweet potato has softened add the garlic and stir until fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. If you don’t already have your 3 hard boiled eggs go ahead and hard boil them while you’re putting the rest together.

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

I put everything except hard boiled eggs in a stand mixer and used the paddle attachment and mixed until combined.

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

At this point you can start to assemble. Start by lining a loaf pan with your bacon.

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

Now comes the fun part. Add half of the meat mixture into the loaf pan and spread out. Now add the hard boiled eggs.

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

Add the rest of the meat and fold over the bacon. After-all this is the bottom anyway so it doesn’t have to be pretty.

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

Meanwhile Preheat over to 350 and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and if your bacon is not crispy enough for you, CAREFULLY remove from load pan and flip over onto cooking sheet and place under broiler on high until bacon crisp up.

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

I served this with my Garlic Mashed Cauliflower and green beans on the side.

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

Have leftovers? Just heat some ghee or butter in a pan and cook both sides until they crisp up.

Surprise Paleo Meatloaf

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground meat, I used organic ground beef but any type can be used

4 eggs ( 3 of them hard boiled) <~ this is the surprise!

2 small onions or 1 large one; diced

1 small or medium yam/sweet potato; peeled and diced

2-3 cloves of garlic; minced

4 tbls of grainy mustard

roughly 3-4 tbls of coconut oil

3/4 cup almond meal/flour

bacon, I used about 7 pieces so it will depend on you on how much it takes to wrap this beast

Directions:

Start out by sauteing your onion until soft, add the diced sweet potato and cover for about 5 minutes or until soft. After the sweet potato has softened add the garlic and stir until fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. If you don’t already have your 3 hard boiled eggs go ahead and hard boil them while you’re putting the rest together.

I put everything except hard boiled eggs in a stand mixer and used the paddle attachment and mixed until combined.

At this point you can start to assemble. Start by lining a load pan with your bacon.

Now comes the fun part. Add half of the meat mixture into the loaf pan and spread out. Now add the hard boiled eggs.

Meanwhile Preheat over to 350 and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and if your bacon is not crispy enough for you, CAREFULLY remove from load pan and flip over onto cooking sheet and place under broiler on high until bacon crisp up.

Enjoy :)

Maple Breakfast Scotch Eggs

Maple Breakfast Scotch Eggs 

Ever feel like you never have time to cook up a decent breakfast between getting ready for work early in the morning and making sure you have enough coffee to make it through the day? I have solved all of your problems…for breakfast anyway. If you’re like me you’re looking for something healthy and satisfying. `This will not only save you time but it will also keep you satisfied. The best part about these is you can grab and eat them on the go.

Maple Breakfast Scotch Eggs

1 pound maple breakfast sausage

8 hard boiled eggs

sheet pan

parchment paper or tin foil

Take your pound of breakfast sausage and split it up into 8 small patties. Take 1 egg into your hand and grab one of the meat patties and start forming the meat around the egg. This takes time and a little patience, just keep forming a meatball type shape in your hands until the entire egg is covered and no white is visible. I promise you will have enough meat you just have to thin it out using your hands.

Pre heat oven to 375 and bake for 25 minutes.

Let cool for about 5 minutes and enjoy.

Maple Breakfast Scotch Eggs

I like to make these ahead of time and have them ready to grab and run out the door with my morning coffee.

These can be eaten any time of the day, especially if you’re looking for a quick snack to grab after the gym. These are protein packed and so delicious!