So we’ve made it to day 17 on the Whole30, the thirty day eating plan that cuts sugar, alcohol, grains, dairy and legumes (I wrote an earlier post about it here). The Whole30 rules are strict, you consume anything that’s not on their list, you’re supposed to start back at day 1. I would say that I’ve been about 99% ‘on the money’ but may have had a couple things slip through – mostly unintentional. Hubby has not been able to give up milk in his coffee, so that’s been his cheat for the last two and a half weeks!
But we’ve had a great number of delicious meals that have made the most of excellent proteins, loads of veg, fruit, nuts and seeds, healthy good fats and eggs. It hasn’t been easy – and we’ve a way to go – but it’s been great and we are both feeling full of energy and vitality, and managing to hit the work day hard!
During all of this we’ve had our house and roof completely repainted, my toddler has started school four days a week, I’ve been expressing milk like a machine for my 5 month old who is with my lovely nanny during the day, and I’ve returned to work after 4 and a half months on maternity leave.
There’s a reason why being organised makes for #momwins. Here are my favourite Whole30 meals that are SUPER easy to replicate:
1. Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Bacon & Veg
Ok this is basically skinless chicken breasts stuffed with peppadews (or anything that may work, compliant-pesto etc) and wrapped in streaky bacon (this is my 99% oops examples, as most bacon in our supermarkets have some trace of sugar, but really – mom. convenience. nuff said). Bake for 20 mins at 180 degress with 5 mins grill to get the tops crispy!
Serve with sauteed green veg – get a nice char on them for the flavour and make sure to fry them with lots of garlic – and cauliflower rice. This is the easiest carb substitute there is: simply food process / nutribullet your cauliflower then pop into a closed saucepan with lots of olive oil on medium heat and let cook / steam for about 5 minutes stirring every so often.
2. Lightly Fried Fish with Spuds & Greens
Also an easy one for mid-week. Fresh hake fillets lightly fried in olive oil with lemon juice, black pepper, salt and garlic. Served with potato wedges (either sweet or regular – both are fine on Whole30), salad and exotic mushrooms. THE FLAVOUR! So delicious. My secret add? Homemade mayonaise. The bomb.
The how: two egg yolks in the bottom of a jar, add 1 and a half cups of oil, a dollop of mustard (also another 99% oops example – most mustards have a tiny bit of sugar in them), 2 table spoons of white vinegar and some lemon juice. Take your stick blender all the way down to the yolks and start pulsing. You’ll see the emulsification start to happen, just keep working slowly and your mayo will form in about 30 seconds.
3. Coconut Chicken Curry with Sweet Potato Mash
Chuck chicken pieces into an oven pan, drizzle with olive oil, black pepper and salt and dress with any sorts of veg: peppers, marrows, onions etc, then mix a tin of coconut milk with some curry paste (check the label for hidden ingredients) and drizzle all over. Bake at 180 degrees for 50 minutes and 5 minutes under the grill to extra crisp the chicken skin.
Serve with sweet potato mash – an easy one to do.
4. Tuna Mayonaise & Green Apple Salad
This is an easy lunch option: tin of tuna (in salt water) mixed with your homemade mayo (see above) and mixed with chopped lettuce, chopped Golden Delicious apple, cucumber and baby tomato. Add seeds and nuts on top and serve with a side of fruit!
5. Banana & Spinach Smoothie
There comes a time in your Whole30 when you cannot look at eggs anymore for breakfast. Like literally. So, bring on the super boost breakfast smoothie: 2 x banana, handful of spinach, any other fruit you may have in your fruit bowl, a dab or two of almond butter, some crushed nuts (if you have – I had walnut meal), dates also add some sweetness, a bit of water or coconut milk and lots of ice. GO. Enjoy in car on way to work!
And those have been my go-to meals over the past two and a half weeks. I’ve also been enjoying my coffee black (don’t taste the bitterness anymore), and lara balls as my snack-go-to! Here’s to getting to day 30.