Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halfway to Whole30

A friend of mine pointed out that we are at the halfway point of our Whole30 journey.  The changes we've made have been fairly substantial yet completely sustainable.  I am becoming a better cook every day and have loved trying new recipes and modifying old ones.

I can't say that I've gone without cravings or missing the ease of ordering a pizza.  Yet, it has been worth every minute that I've spent in my kitchen.  And let me tell you, that has been a lot of minutes!  The next step for me will be learning to cook in larger batches to create leftovers and freezable meals.  I've learned things like where to buy cheesecloth and cooking string, actually the butcher at my local grocery store gave me quite a bit of cooking string.  Thanks sir!

Here have been some of this past week's successes:

These were the biggest hit with my family!  Apparently we were all missing the combination of salty and crunchy.  They are from the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook.  The preparation and cooking time is a little lengthier than normal.  But they are a fun and tasty treat!

I've also learned that it is a great idea to shop my local Asian market.  I was able to find coconut milk that contains just coconut milk, no extras, for a great price!

These roasted pieces of butternut squash and carrots became Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (pictured below) from a recipe that I found Stupid Easy Paleo's website.

Mango has become a favorite fruit for my oldest daughter and me.  This was the best lunch I made all week.  It was the roasted butternut squash soup, chicken salad - which I made with chicken that I had cooked/shredded myself instead of canned - topped with avocado, and ripe, juicy mango!

Last night, I made the Mediterranean Roasted Chicken recipe (couldn't photograph it because my husband cut up too soon...but it was GORGEOUS!) also from Everyday Paleo's Family Cookbook.  THEN, I used what was left to make chicken broth.

People who know me well know that this is a little out of character for me.  Although I am a work from home mom, I've never been much of the stereotypical homemaker type.  I'm not crafty.  I don't sew.  Actually, I own a sewing machine but don't know how to use it.  I don't bake often.  Cleaning is one of my least favorite things to do.  However, cooking has now become something that I really enjoy.  I guess there is hope for me yet!

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