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Whole30 Take Two, Days 9-15

Day 9, Monday Oct 6

Breakfast: CrockPot Pork Ragu

Lunch: Ground turkey, sautéed with onion and bell peppers, over lettuce

Snack: Caramelized Coconut Chips + handful raw walnuts

Dinner: Cuban Picadillo with sautéed cabbage

After work, I spent hours in the kitchen cleaning, chopping, and cooking veggies that I’d purchased the day before. While I’m out of the habit of doing so much prep at one time, I really do love eating most vegetables. It had been a long time since I made sautéed cabbage (I used a combo of green/red cabbage this time around), and I could eat an entire pan of roasted Brussels sprouts and okra by myself – a little olive oil, salt and pepper…yum! This is one reason why I knew restarting the Whole30 would be good for me.

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Day 10, Tuesday Oct 7

Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs + roasted okra and Brussels sprouts

Lunch: Cuban Picadillo with sautéed cabbage

Snack: Caramelized Coconut Chips

Dinner: CrockPot Red Cabbage and Apples + CrockPot Curried Chicken Wings
(These two recipes came from a cookbook called The Paleo Slow Cooker)

I was able to make two CrockPot recipes in one day because I can walk home from work on my lunch break. I cooked the red cabbage dish in the morning, cooled and put it in the fridge over lunch, broiled the chicken, and dumped the ingredients for the curried wings into the crock without bothering to wash it first.

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Day 11, Wednesday Oct 8

Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs + roasted okra and Brussels sprouts

Lunch: Cuban Picadillo with sautéed cabbage

Snack: Caramelized Coconut Chips (I’ve recently become addicted to these things!)

Dinner: Cuban Picadillo with CrockPot Red Cabbage and Apples

I had almost the same thing for lunch and dinner today because I had enough leftovers in the fridge that I didn’t need to make a new meal (my husband was out of town for work).

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Day 12, Thursday Oct 9

Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs + roasted okra and Brussels sprouts

Lunch: Shredded chicken with sautéed cabbage + Caramelized Coconut Chips

Snack: CrockPot Red Cabbage and Apples

Dinner: CrockPot Chicken with Mushrooms and Artichokes + sautéed cabbage
(This recipe also came from The Paleo Slow Cooker.)

Ugh. We didn’t enjoy this at all. Sometimes Paul will like something more than I do, but even he said I shouldn’t make this again. We both ate our dinner portions but definitely didn’t enjoy it. I made a few small changes to the original recipe but I do that all the time and still enjoy the dish – whatever I changed wasn’t significant enough to cause a dramatic change in flavor.

Changes: 1) Didn’t brown the chicken in advance; 2) Substituted coconut oil for the butter; 3) Used 1 cup chicken broth instead of combo of broth/white wine.

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Day 13, Friday Oct 10

Breakfast: Shredded chicken with sautéed cabbage

Lunch: Roasted okra and Brussels sprouts + 2 eggs (over easy)

Snack: Caramelized Coconut Chips + small handful raw walnuts

Dinner: Asian Meatballs + sautéed cabbage

These were VERY good. I’ve really been enjoying the meatballs I’ve been making lately. Paul ate his with rice noodles.

Changes I made to the recipe: 1) Used regular button mushrooms instead of shiitake; 2) Added diced red bell pepper instead of shallot; 3) Used ground turkey instead of ground beef.

Asian Meatballs with Sauteed Cabbage

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Day 14, Saturday Oct 11

Breakfast: Asian Meatballs, sautéed cabbage + 2 eggs (over easy)

Lunch: Taco-seasoned ground turkey + CrockPot Red Cabbage and Apples

Dinner: Salad with raw walnuts (no dressing), roast beef, two small red potatoes (whole, not mashed)

Paul and I attended a wedding and reception on Saturday night. Before I started this Whole30 a few weeks ago, I thought I might give myself a cheat night and have some wine. But when the day dawned, I realized I was feeling so good that I didn’t want it. I ordered club soda from the bar and had black coffee after dinner.

The night went just fine! The only time I missed alcohol was when I tried to get out on the dance floor — sober dancing at a wedding wasn’t really working for me.

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Day 15, Sunday Oct 12

Breakfast: Asian Meatballs, sautéed cabbage + 2 eggs (over easy)

Snack: Caramelized Coconut Chips, red grapes, handful of roasted/salted mixed nuts

(Note: I didn’t have any peanuts with the mixed nuts but I noticed after the fact that vegetable oil, and possibly peanut/soybean oil, was an ingredient. That’s what I get for not reading the label in advance!)

Lunch: Salad of taco-seasoned chicken, lettuce, red bell pepper, black olives, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, drizzled with olive oil

Dinner: Salad of taco-seasoned chicken, lettuce, red bell pepper, black olives, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

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  • Reply Sara K. October 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Congrats on week #2 behind you!!!

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