October 27, 2012

Whole30 Meals: Improvement


My first post of meal pictures was, well, full of eggs. Eggs and boring meals. Boring salads. Okay, I enjoyed the food. It wasn't that bad. Until now.

Do you remember when I said I cooked up some ground beef for the week? Half of it was used to make a bolognese sauce and I heated up the other half with some homemade taco seasoning to make this deconstructed taco. Topped with jicama chips because I like crunchy tacos. By the way, this was only the second time I've purchased that weird root vegetable called jicama. I like it. I like it a lot.

I found this recipe courtesy of The Clothes Make the Girl. I have to get to her book, but for now, I will just stalk her site for paleo recipe ideas. I found this site about midway though my Whole30. Not soon enough. Just look at that eggplant stack. I made it slightly different with only one layer and used my bolognese sauce. I have an idea though. Must buy another eggplant soon. Standby for that.

By far, my favorite meal lately. In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm obsessed with turmeric. But I have a love for all Indian spices. Tandoori chicken, Indian saag (made with mustard and turnip greens), and these cumin roasted carrots. I have never liked cooked carrots. These are addicting. I want to make them all the time.

Remember that bacon I bought? My last of the bacon during my Whole30 was for this. Lettuce, tomato, bacon, avocado, topped with a runny egg. Normally, I would enjoy my BLT with toasted bread slathered in mayo. Slathered, I tell you. I plan to make homemade mayo soon, but right now I'm mourning the loss of perfectly good eggs and olive oil from my first attempt.

Pan fried salmon with an avocado remoulade. See, who needs mayonnaise? The salmon is accompanied by some roasted brussel sprouts and those cumin roasted carrots again. Now you want to make those carrots, don't you?

Sometimes, you just want something simple. Leftover chicken wings baked with just salt and pepper. There was probably turmeric involved too. I don't remember but knowing me, it was there. Salad of baby spinach with farmers market tomatoes and some other chopped veggies on the side.

Indian saag, cucumber, tomato, boiled egg, bone broth
Tandoori chicken, avocado, raw veggies
Curried cauliflower soup, grilled chicken, cucumbers
Curry roasted cauliflower, grilled chicken, carrots and celery
Those last pictures are some other meals I've eaten in the last few weeks of my Whole30. In case you didn't notice, I spared you the hundreds of egg pictures this time. I still eat eggs for breakfast, but let's be honest - we've all seen eggs and we don't need to see another egg picture. (Unless of course, it involves a runny yolk. Because that is beautiful.) If you are interested in recipes that weren't included for any of the above, let me know in the comments. I will put them at the top of my list to share.

Now, look at these pictures compared to my first few weeks of my Whole30. What a difference! Ready to join me yet? :)

Coming up: Just two more Whole30 posts planned. One involving why I am doing this program. Or why I decided to do it. And why I'm going for 45 days. The second will be my results post once I complete the full Whole45 (today is day 34).

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