Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Spam

It's Sunday and the weather here has a terminal case of swamp ass.  I went out to do a few errands and came back sweating like a Romanian wrestler!  The only difference between a Georgia summer and  a New England winter is having to shovel snow.  It's equally as long, equally as unpleasant and by mid-season I feel like I'm under house arrest.  But I still don't want to shovel snow, so there is that.

It's day 12 of The Whole 30 and I FEEL GREAT.  My leg feels better than it has in months.  If you are struggling with low energy or aches and pain of unknown origin or an injury that just won't heal, please give your health and body 30 days.  You will not regret it.  If you need any information, meal planning advice or encouragement please do not hesitate to contact me!

Let's get to a little food porn, all meals are Whole 30 approved and I enjoyed making and eating every one of them.  

This is pilau rice I made to go with butternut squash and chicken coconut curry.  It's made from shredded cauliflower.  I've never tried to make a rice dish subbing cauliflower for grain before and it was a hit.  Texture and taste was spot on, even Rob loved it.  He gets major points for being so supportive of me and eating whatever Whole30 dish I cook for supper (and enjoying it.)

Butternut squash and chicken coconut curry with pilau "rice."  This was outrageously good.  I didn't even covet Rob's naan bread.  I did covet his glass of red wine though.

Soft boiled eggs over pork, sweet potato, celery and onion breakfast hash.

This was a lunch of tuna salad, baby peppers and romaine lettuce.  Trader Joe's jalapeno hot sauce is sugar free and so hot and flavorful.  I've been putting it on everything.  The Whole 30 has made me even more vigilant about reading labels.  There is sugar in almost EVERYTHING.

Speaking of sugar, here's my sweet baby napping in the herb garden.

Roast fresh bone-in, skin-on breast of turkey with Trader Joe's fresh salsa, the most outrageous homemade guac ever on a bed of greens, peppers and baby cukes.  

Crabmeat mixed with leftover guac in romaine boats for lunch.

Surf and turf salad with some olives on the side.  I sauteed the shrimp in clarified pastured butter and was in seafood heaven.

My favorite simple roast chicken with green beans and mushroom "amandine." The hot, fresh drumsticks are the best.

Sole meunière, recipe from The Nourished KitchenI breaded the fish in ground almonds and cooked it in clarified butter. This is the dish from the scene in Julie and Julia when Meryl Streep's Julia first arrives in France, tastes it and whisper-groans, "BUTTER."  And it is very buttery and nutty and lemony and succulent.  It was a date night at home dinner that I served with a simple green salad.  A good time was had by all!

A paleo version of my Fast Food Burger Salad, mean no cheese and hot sauce in place of ketchup in the dressing.  The tomatoes where not from the farmer's market and were not delicious.  Boo!

This morning's breakfast.  It has been impossible to source humanely raised uncured bacon without sugar in it.  But Whole Foods came to the rescue with these delicious chicken and apple sausages.  The spice mixture was so tasty, like a mixture of cayenne and cinnamon.  Fried eggs and strawberries round out the plate.  I have been trying to eat vegetables with every meal but the berries were lost at the back of fridge and if we didn't eat them asap they'd end up in the bin.  

Pork, peaches and jalapenos are simmering in the crock pot for tonight.  That will go with a spicy slaw and homemade BBQ sauce which I whipped up this morning.  As I said, it's tough to find condiments with no sugar.  I bought some fresh pomegranate juice and reduced it down to add a touch of sweetness to the sauce.  

I hope your Sunday is going just how you want it.  SYL!  


  1. Unbelievable. I covet your time and creativity in the kitchen. I'm getting better, truly, but maybe it's a result of chasing 4 kids; I dont know but I really respect and admire the time you spend planning and cooking.

  2. The fact that you're still sane and upright after chasing 4 kids is amazing! I haven't been picking up any shifts due to the leg issue and that has given me time to cook.

    The main thing for me is having a general idea what to eat and have the ingredients in the kitchen when mealtimes arrive.

  3. Glad that the whole 30 is going so well for you! I keep meaning to try the cauliflower rice, but then I just buy broccoli instead LOL

  4. Thanks for sharing all these creative meal ideas Andra! I have the whole 30 coming in the mail today so I'm curious to see what this is all about. Do you think you might ever post the recipes? Thanks for sharing all the good ideas!

  5. Reesie, let me know what recipes you want and I'll put them in a post. Some of the recipes in this post were linked and some were no recipe meals.

    I hope you enjoy reading The Whole 30 book, please let me know what you think about it.

  6. Gosh, this would just let me quit on following diet food lists and just chase for these! They're all delicious! I guess immersing myself much with world medicine and these foods would fit me as I think this blog fits me well. I love to eat but hate exercise! haha!

  7. Thanks for sharing. I would love the recipe for the first meal you posted, The chicken & butternut squash curry with "rice" and the homemade guac. Thank again for sharing

  8. I was looking for one you put up awhile ago. I made it and everyone loved it. Can't recall the name, but it was a casserole with greens and sliced of french bread (I think) and an egg/cheese mix on top. So good! Can you direct me to it?

  9. Cammie, was it Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding?

  10. It looks close, but I think it was called a egg stratta something. Greens stayed on the bottom then bread slices with eggs mix poured over. I can just about see your pic of it! how funny. Oh well. Maybe I can just go off the bread pudding and layer it.

  11. I FOUND IT!

  12. Yes!!! Thats it, thank you!!!!

  13. would love your recipe for the pork and peaches! trying to find more ways to use my slow cooker.. thanks!

  14. Jessika, pork and peaches is so easy. Just make spice rub and rub it on a 2-4 lb pork butt (also known as pork shoulder or Boston butt.) Put it in the crock pot with some thinly sliced onions, diced jalepenos and some sliced peaches. Cook on low for 8 hours. I served it with my homemade BBQ Sauce.