The Whole 30 Project – ending Week 1

So the “Killing all the Things” phase is real….. Truly, it’s just a lack of patience with everything and everybody. I thought I was going to skate and then the afternoon of Day 4 hit and I found myself seriously irritated by the sound of my ceiling fan! I mean, is it necessary for it to make any sound as it circulates the air??? Yep, it’s true. I guess it’s your body’s way of fighting back now that it’s realized that you are not joking with this detox thing. Days 1 & 2 brought migraines which have turned into just foggy brain. All to be expected and explained in the book (more details HERE).

 

On the lighter side, I am cooking more and enjoying the recipes. With the exception of eliminating categories, it’s not that far off from how I normally eat. I’ve just had to adjust the ingredients and become more aware of reading any label for added sugar. Valentine’s Day will be a little challenging, but I have already requested that we celebrate once this project is over(we normally don’t go out on THE DAY anyway to avoid crowds and overpricing) and suggested having mussels for dinner that night.

I finally tried Cauliflower Rice, I’ve been avoiding it for ages because I have failed with it before. This time I just bought it pre-riced and frozen, what a joy. This dish was made with coconut milk and will definitely be something I make over & over. I think my next attempt will be “fried rice”, stay tuned for that one!

Not being familiar with Canned Coconut Milk, I guess I should have read the can first. Apparently you are supposed to “shake well before opening”. Oops! How about “stir vigorously after opening”… It worked, I didn’t spill any and we moved on..

Pretty simple recipe: Saute 1/2 a chopped onion in some olive oil until translucent, add 1 bag of frozen cauliflower rice and saute until it thaws, stir in 1 cup of coconut milk, cover and let simmer for around 10-15 minutes or until the milk is absorbed. Done. I can’t tag the exact recipe, it’s not on the website. If you do a search tons of similar ones pop up, like this one for Coconut & Lime Cauliflower Rice . Find one with ingredients you like or play around with this one and make it your own! Eating healthy does not ever mean eating boring!!

My Roasted Chicken with Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Some other things I’ve made just to have on hand were Baked Sweet Potatoes (which will soon be an ingredient in Salmon Cakes)- these are really easy to heat up and eat when a Carb attack comes on, Egg Cups (recipe HERE) that I switch up the add ons based on what I have in the house, and Roasted Asparagus that are an easy side dish ( Oven at 400, cut the bottoms off & toss with olive oil, salt & pepper, place in a single layer in a sheet pan and cook(tossing once to promote even cooking) until your preferred doneness – I like the tops to be crispy).

For lunch one day I tossed a can of Tuna with some sliced tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper and served it in a halved avocado. It tasted as good as it looked!! Changing your lifestyle can be hard at first, but that doesn’t mean your food can’t be pretty or tasty. Eating well portioned, tasty food makes the changes much easier to accept!!

 

Until next time!!!

-C

 

 

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