Whole30 Splurges Update

tessemaesauceAs mentioned in my recent Whole30 Round Two: Half Way Point, I had invested in a few additional splurges to help me with my food prep repertoire. Earlier this week, Matty’s BBQ Sauce, Lemon Chesapeake Marinade, and Italian Salad Dressing arrived from Tessemae. I immediately made some Whole30 friendly Chicken Fingers (recipe compliments of my awesome cousin’s TGIPaleo website; look under SPECIAL DIETS via horizontal menu bar and scroll down to choose Whole30) and used Matty’s BBQ sauce as a dip. Delicious with a capital D! I have missed BBQ sauce a bit; between making my own homemade sunshine sauce and mayonnaise, I tessemaecardget a little lazy and this hit the spot. I have already used the Italian Dressing which is great and look forward to the Lemon Chesapeake dressing for my Whole30 crab cakes. By the way, I loved the handwritten postcard that came with my stuff picturing the Tessemae crew on the front. Made me smile as they look like a fun group!

freezerPaleoMy BIG SPLURGE arrived Wednesday at the perfect time! Completely spent after a hard workout, as I pulled into my driveway, I see the delivery from Premade Paleo sitting at my front door!! Opening the box revealed a styrofoam cooler packed with ice and my 10-day supply of frozen breakfasts, lunches, and dinners which I quickly transferred to my freezer because I was just so excited to start eating! By the way, what you see in the picture above shows only my breakfast and lunch meals. The dinner meals are located in the other pull-out shelf above not pictured.

premadepaleoMy first meal? Cocoa-spiced pork loin with cauliflower and mushrooms. Fabulous!  For breakfast this morning, I thoroughly enjoyed the well-seasoned, flavorful Turkey Skillet dish.  Since I knew today’s work schedule would press me for time, I packed the Chicken Roja with Vegetables in Chimichurri Sauce for lunch. Easy to briskettprepare at work and very, very good. Finally, this evening I had the Braised Coffee Brisket with Sautéed Swiss Chard and Parsnips for dinner (pictured to the left).  While I was skeptical about how pre-packaged food like this would taste, after four damn good meals, I am very satisfied with my PreMade Paleo investment as it has been money well spent. Bon Appetite and continued luck to all of you on your own Whole30 Journey!

Whole30 Round Two: Half Way Point

Dont-Quit-Half-Way-Through-560x374Today is Day 15 of my Whole30 Round Two and I feel great; second time around has been much easier although this past Thursday (Day 12) was challenging. I came home from a productive day at work, an awesome workout with my fabulous trainer, was prepping my dinner per usual when I suddenly started thinking a little too much about a few social events coming up; BBQ on Saturday night, Cards vs Cubs game on Sunday, possible road trip for a surprise party, upcoming reception for Jehan traveling all the way to St. Louis from Sri Lanka, another party here, a party there.

mindWhile chopping some vegetables, the voice in my head was justifying how much easier it would be to simply go buy a bag of tortilla chips and make my own version of loaded nachos (my biggest vice). As I shook that thought out of my head, my mind quickly shifted to mentally cataloging what non-Whole30 compliant things are residing in my pantry or fridge (peanuts, chocolate chips, vodka, wine). What can I cram in my mouth so this whole thing can just be over? It was the strangest mental game that my mind was challenging me to; I eventually realized I was simply tired and cranky. Once I ate my dinner and had my tea, I was fine and very, very, very glad that I did not sabotage this journey.

chompsSo, plugging along very well and decided to splurge on a couple of items to make things easier. For example, the recently purchased Whole30 approved 100% grass-fed beef snack sticks from Chomps save me in a pinch as a pre-workout meal and are so good. I always have liked jerky but most products are filled with  premadepaleoprocessed crap and sugar. The arrival of some Whole30 approved salad dressings and sauces from Tessemae should come any day now.  Can I make my own salad dressing? Of course. Am I occasionally short on time or lazy? YES. I am looking most forward to having some BBQ sauce that isn’t filled with sugar, sugar, sugar. Oh yeah, and the BIG SPLURGE? Ordered ten pre-made paleo meals from PremadePaleo, all Whole30 approved, for when I am tired, crabby, cranky, lazy, or whatever.

sheppieBy the way, I still make a lot of my own food and here are a few of my top favorites from Whole30 Round Two! From the cookbook Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan, Shepard’s Pie is to die for and down-right delicious (the picture is what I made and what I quickly ate!). Instead of mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower is used.  Seriously, I can’t tell the difference. I make my own sweet potato chips and use the chips instead of a fork to eat some ground meat that has been topped off with home-made guacamole. Jicama “Potato” Salad is unbelievable. I skip the slow-cooking step and simply fry up the chopped jicama in coconut oil mainly because I am impatient and I prefer the crunch. Delicious!