Are we there yet? We've made it through week 3, and all I can think about is somehow getting through the next 9 days. Just 9 days!!!
This week brought a unique set of challenges to our Whole30. One minute I was hating the Whole30 and the next minute I was loving it. I'm starting to feel better (although I'd hardly call it the Whole30 magic "they" talk about), and more importantly I'm starting to feel less tied down to unhealthy foods. It would still be nice to have some ice cream (and chocolate chip cookies!), but once I get a taste I think I'll be content to put in back on the shelf for awhile.
What We Ate This Week:Meat and Vegetable Chili
Sausage Skillet with Cauliflower Rice
Baked Chicken Breast with Steamed Broccoli and Salad
Sausage Hash with Eggs
Bun-less Burgers with Homemade Sweet Potato Chips
Sausage Breakfast Bake
Vegetable Chicken Chili
Sweet Potato Turkey Chili (minus black beans)
Curried Broccoli Soup
Beef Enchiladas wrapped with Cabbage
1. We definitely managed to eat more eggs this week...although it's safe to say that when this Whole30 is over I'm going to go back to my morning bowl of oatmeal. Way too many eggs. Our favorite egg recipe was this Sausage Breakfast Bake. We just used bell pepper, onion, and zucchini and skipped the marinara sauce. It was delicious! You don't even miss the cheese that's usually in breakfast casseroles.
2. This is an old favorite recipe I just whipped up one night: Italian sausage, one can of Italian diced tomatoes, and whatever vegetables you have on hand. I usually use onion, bell pepper, garlic, sweet peas, and green beans. I served it over cauliflower rice, which was surprisingly good! It's just a head of cauliflower grated on a cheese grater and lightly steamed in chicken broth. It's not as grainy as rice, but it helped fill out the meal and added another vegetable to our plates.
3. Another highlight of our week was spending a day out shopping and having lunch at Cracker Barrel. I ate spicy grilled fish, a baked sweet potato, and fresh apple slices. I did not eat the buttermilk biscuit that was staring me in the face through the entire meal. Overall, finding Whole30 approved foods wasn't hard. My food was great, but if I'm going to a restaurant, I want to eat my favorite foods, not something I could have fixed myself! I'd rather save money and stay home...at least until November!
4. My absolute favorite meal this week was Beef Enchiladas! Enchiladas are one of our favorite meals and these did not disappoint. The filling was simple and wrapped in cabbage leaves. The sauce, however, was phenomenal and ridiculously easy! I will never buy enchilada sauce again!!!
5. One of the biggest tangible benefits of a Whole30 is weight loss. Of course being pregnant and all, I'm not in much of a position to lose weight, but this week I noticed both pair of my maternity pants were getting too big. We went shopping Thursday with the main goal of getting me new (smaller!) maternity pants. I found one pair at Kohl's that fit well but were outside of my budget. I was feeling pretty discouraged until I found TWO pair of pants at The Salvation Army for only $4 each!!! They were the only two pair of maternity pants in the store and they both fit. Yeah, I might have cried in the dressing room. God is so good to provide what we need exactly when we need it!
Lowlights1. The only really bad meal this week was this Curried Broccoli Soup. I actually had high hopes for this while I was cooking it, but the overall effect was less than stellar. The last step of the directions say to add coconut milk. Don't do it! It will make your warm amazing broccoli soup just taste like coconut. Ick! I'll make this again, but I will be tweaking the recipe to add more apple, less curry, and NO COCONUT!
2. Boredom has set in this week. I'm just ready for a change. I know we only have 9 days left, but at this point I'm starting to wonder why exactly we are doing this. Soooo many times I've been tempted to just give up, but we made a commitment and we're going to stick to it. The worst was being out shopping this week and not getting to stop at Cold Stone for ice cream. We rarely get to go shopping and we get Cold Stone even less than that! Instead, we snacked on grapes and cashews...