The first week was not easy; days two and three saw me as foggy and irritable, respectively. The weekend was a little easier (early bedtimes, early wake-up times), and I got to do a trip to Costco with my neighbor and Whole 30 buddy, Brianna. Buddy trips to Costco are wonderful; I got insanely huge bags of sweet potatoes and pears, and she got a 4-pack of pork roasts. Since the price for the pork matched the combined price for the produce, we split everything! Win!
I've been posting some recipes on my Instagram, and I thought I'd share them here on my blog so they're easy to find and come back to. I think I'll share some great staples:
- Several cloves garlic
- 2 or 3 pinches (or shakes) crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 bag, or several handfuls, fresh spinach
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Turn heat on medium, and cook until the garlic is fragrant (starting cold makes the garlic infuse the oil). Add the spinach, toss with the garlic, and cook until wilted. Add salt and pepper.
This is fantastic for salmon or tuna salads, a base for chipotle-lime salad dressing (2 Tbsp, plus the juice of one more lime), or as mayo on Jiberitos, a Chicago-Puerto-Rican sandwich on fried plantain slices. It's also a great dip for baked sweet potato fries or roasted butternut squash!
- 1 egg, room temperature (1 hour on the counter is good, 30 minutes in your pajama pants pocket is great!)
- 1/4 + 1 cup avocado oil
- 1 tsp each of: mustard powder, salt, rosemary, and dried ground chipotle
- zest and juice of one lime
With the processor still running, slowly drizzle in the remaining 1 cup oil.
Set the processor to low and pour in the lime juice.
Store in a glass jar in your fridge; it should last about a week, if it indeed lasts that long!
This is such an easy dish--I might double the recipe next time so we have more leftovers!
- 2 Tbsp cooking fat
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp each of cumin, coriander, chipotle, and oregano
- 2 Tbsp chili powder (I used the Centrella brand, which contains salt--if you're using one without, add salt to taste)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
There are more recipes on my Instagram, but either I didn't see them as "staples" or I need to try them again till they work out better, and I may add them later!
Are you doing a Whole 30? What kind of experience have you had so far? Do you have any requests for recipes you'd like to see?