Whole30 Week 2 Recap

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Week 2 of Whole30 is over and I am pretty sure Sam lost at least 10 pounds by now. You are not allowed to step on the scale at all while on this diet, so I am not certain, but people at work have been telling him he looks different, and I’ve noticed the changes too! Meanwhile I am here eating watermelon, and I can’t stop!

This week was definitely easier than the last, at least for me. I think the biggest part of it was me going to Costco last Monday to do some grocery shopping. Costco always makes me feel better, and I made sure to stock up on meat to last us for the next 2 weeks if not more.

I mentioned that I will share a few things that I bought for Whole30. So here goes: eggs, chicken, beef, bacon, salmon, bananas, watermelon, carrots, dates, avocados, peaches, broccoli, snap peas and a whole lot of nuts! I can’t emphasize how incredible it is to have this membership, and how much easier it is to get all my shopping done in one place.

For this week’s post I also asked my friend Kate to share her experience with Whole30, she was the one who got us all eating right after all 😉

My name is Kate and I began Whole30 on July 6. I am almost half way through with my first 30 days and I feel amazing! I work 40 hours a week and am a busy mom so planning and meal prep has been critical for me. 

I love the meals and how I’ve been feeling while on this program. It really feels like a lifestyle change. Plus now I have enough energy to workout again!!! 

I am not the best in the kitchen, but I have found the recipes to be really delicious and pretty easy. While making Clarified Butter I did start a small fire and burn my arm. So for now I will be buying my Clarified Butter (ghee) from Trader Joes! 

My favorite recipe so far has been one that I made with my Mom (she is also on Whole30). We made Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles. We plan on making it again for an upcoming family dinner. 

A few of my favorite things this week: 

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Also the app TwoGrand (soon to be YouFood) has kept me accountable! I love checking off my daily goals and sharing my food photos. 

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Now to share some of my favorite recipes with you!

Saturday night I made this Chicken Apple Orange Spinach Salad for dinner, and Sam said that it has probably been his favorite so far.

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2 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces

2 tbsp olive oil

1 apple diced or sliced (whatever you prefer)

1 orange peeled and diced

1 cup spinach (or more if you like spinach)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Turmeric to taste (it will make the chicken yellow, so Sam calls this Yellow Chicken Salad)

1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in the pan, add chicken and spices and cook until done.

2. Meanwhile prepare your spinach and your fruit and mix in a bowl.

3. Add chicken, mix well and serve.

Beef and Turkey Meatballs was another meal I cooked up for us. I’ve been craving meatballs way before we started Whole30, so getting to finally making them is a huge accomplishment.

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1 lb ground beef

1/2 lb ground turkey

2 eggs

Rosemary and Parsley to taste ( I grow those two in my very very small garden, seriously it’s two pots, but I was really excited to use them in this recipe!)

3 tbsp flex seed (now this has a weird taste, and if you’ve never had it I suggest you skip out on it, or start with 1 tbsp).

1 medium onion diced

Salt, pepper and garlic to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Mix all ingredients in the food processor.

3. Scoop onto a foil or parchment lined pan with a spoon (I use an ice cream scoop!)

4. Bake for 10 minutes, flip and bake for 10 more.

Makes about 32 meatballs.

For the sauce:

1 can Organic Tomato Paste (I use the Costco brand)

1 Roma tomato diced

3 small peppers diced

Italian seasoning to taste

Mix all the ingredients in a small sauce pan, heat for about 5 minutes.

And finally, I want to share this Cashew Date Craisin Bites recipe. I got the idea from Lee of Fit Foodie Finds.

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25-30 dates

1 cup cashews

1 cup craisins

Pulse all the ingredients in the food processor until well mixed, then shape into bars, or roll into bite-size balls. These can be dangerous though, because they are pretty much all I want to eat now.

Well I hope you liked this week’s update, I can’t wait to share more!

Whole30 Week 1 Recap

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Last week we started Whole30. I’ve never heard of this diet until my friend Kate mentioned it during the 4th of July parade. I was immediately intrigued and decided to jump on the bandwagon. We were originally shooting for August, but last Sunday she texted me and said that we should start on Monday. So we did.

Sam and I have toyed with the idea of going paleo in the past, but something stopped us. Whole30 seemed less strict to me, and it allows potatoes!

My first step was to go to Whole30.com, print out the shopping list, throw all of our cheese in the freezer, and tell Sam what we were going to do for the next month. My next step was to go on Pinterest and look up the recipes. We started two boards that you can check out here and here. Pinterest can be an incredibly helpful tool, but make sure you read the recipe carefully, because it may not be whole30, even if it says it is.

I am off to Costco this morning to do some quick shopping before work, and I will share some shopping tips in the next week’s recap, but I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite recipes from last week.

Tuna Craisins Salad

1 can tuna in water

1/3 cup craisins

1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix well and enjoy!

Baked Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Radishes

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts halved
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup radishes halved
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8 ounces spinach
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Add to pan and brown on both sides; about 5 minutes on each side.
  5. Remove from pan and set in the baking dish, leaving oil in pan.
  6. Add brussels sprouts, onions, carrots, radishes and garlic to the pan.
  7. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally,.
  8. Add chopped garlic and spinach; continue to cook for 1 minute.
  9. Remove from heat, set on top of chicken in the baking dish, add broth.
  10. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

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Enjoy!

Add Some Spice to Your Holidays #TargetWedding + Giveaway

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After having been married for over 3 years, Sam has finally started cooking for me. Before, the most advanced meal he’s cooked was mac ‘n’ cheese, or scrambled eggs. But this fall something happened and he makes me dinner at least once a week. I am sharing this because my husband is an amazing cook, but the fact that it took him all these years to realize that still makes me pretty sad. So I want to help you avoid this situation and encourage you to cook together as a couple.

Of course our cooking experiments are not experiments, we have a recipe book called “How To Boil Water”. I am sure that you may have guessed from the title that Sam and I are no chefs. But it works wonders for us. We love trying out the new recipes, and there is something nostalgic about using a recipe book versus the now popular cooking apps.

So far Sam has made me delicious chicken with olives and dates, salmon, baked pasta, and quinoa! I can’t wait to see what he makes me this week.

Target Wedding Registry has a lot of great products that will not only give you ideas for wedding gifts, but Christmas gifts as well. Check out the my Christmas Wish List board on Pinterest!

I’ve been dreaming of a kitchen renovation, and once I am done with college, I think we’ll definitely make it happen. So I’ve been eyeing items and thinking of my color palette. Threshold Bistro Ceramic 16-Piece Dinnerware Set

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Calphalon Stainless Steel Cookware (on my personal Christmas wish list)

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Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is something that I own, and absolutely love. I used it to mix pancakes yesterday! It’s that handy!

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From a tranquil dinner for two to a decked out Thanksgiving spread, a Target registry sets you up wiht all the tools and ingredients for epic kitchen feats and delicious feasts all season long.

And finally the Giveaway! I know that Black Friday is over, but Cyber Monday is on it’s way! That’s why I am hosting this really short 2 day flash Giveaway, and you can win $25 to Target! I don’t know about you, but I think $25 could buy a nice gift for someone 😉

So all you need to do for the giveaway is fill out this short form below and in comment section tell me what kind of posts would you like to see on my blog more often! Good luck and I will announce the winner on Monday!

 

And stay tuned for a fun series of Holiday Posts I will be doing in collaboration with other bloggers. There will be recipes, giveaways and Twitter chats 🙂

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Sunday Chore Day: DIY Scented Linen Spray and other small things in life

Since yesterday was super busy for us, super busy meaning I went nuts baking wise, and made beer bread:

And Russian Semolina Cake aka Mannik:

The DIY spree continued into today, and started with laundry, and later making this scented linen spray:

DIY Scented Linen Spray

It’s easy, it’s ECO and PET friendly, it’s cheap – what can be better?

Plus I finally got my hands on the clothes that needed to be fixed, so the buttons got re-sewn, holes got fixed, and I can finally wear the clothes in public without being embarrassed of myself! I still have a couple things waiting to be altered, but watching South Park and eating cheese sticks with my husband sounds a lot more appealing now 🙂

xo,

Z