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!

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Whole30 Recipe – Butternut Squash & Sausage One Dish Meal

squash sausage dishFor those of you who like butternut squash (very similar to sweet potatoes) and spicy pork sausage, this recipe is something you should give a try before the weather gets too warm not only because it is Whole30 friendly, but because it tastes so good.  I stole this recipe from my first cousin Camilla’s website TGIPaleo and I give her 100% credit for this awesome dish that she calls Sage Roasted Sausage, Butternut Squash, & Sweet Potatoes.  It takes longer to type that out than to prep the meal.  Below is a modified halfed-version of the TGIPaleo recipe Camilla created with one small change in spice only because I did not have it handy at the time I originally made it.  I actually had this for breakfast today; a stash is pre-made in my fridge from the weekend and it was so satisfying I wanted to share.

TGIPaleo Whole30 recipe post from January 23, 2013 (modified to yield 1/2 original recipe):

Ingredients: one (1) medium butternut squash; one (1) medium sweet potato; two (2) large chorizo/italian pork sausages; 1 TBS olive oil; 1 tsp Italian Seasoning (or Sage); 1 tsp salt; 1 tsp pepper; 1/4 tsp nutmeg.

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Wash butternut squash and sweet potato then cut into 1 inch cubes without taking off the skin.  Cut sausage into thumb-size pieces (I cut the casing off and just pull pieces of that size). Pour olive oil and all seasonings into roasting pan.  Add squash, potato and sausage.  Mix to coat well.  Cover and stick in the oven for about 40 minutes. Delicious.

bon-appetitSo, for all you non-cooks and quasi-Top Chefs who want to try something that is actually good for you and delicious, try this one out.  Make sure you read your labels if you want to be Whole30 compliant……no added sugars to the pork sausages (i.e. maple syrup, honey, cane sugar, etc) particularly if you are buying pre-packaged stuff.  There is hidden sugar all over the universe.