Let me start off saying that taking pictures of beef is not easy. It isn’t easy for seasoned photographers let alone for someone like me of limited talents. But here it is! It was simply delicious and putting a label of Paleo or Whole30 on it seems limiting. I will make this over and over again…on or off the Whole30. It’s only a few ingredients and came together in about 15 minutes.
Day 1 – 5: Snapshot of my meals the first week on Whole30: (I tried to include all the links I could but you can go to Pinterest Whole30 and find the recipes there).
- Sweet Potato Hash: Cooked cubed sweet potato that may include spinach, ground chicken, broccoli and eggs. Just depends on what I have on hand. Melt some coconut oil and throw it all in a skillet. Big, filling breakfast that holds me way past the lunch hour.
- UPDATE: Monkey Salad is not Whole30 approved. I heard from a moderator on the board after posting my love for it. It does not require a restart (thank heavens) but it is not compliant. Learning! Monkey Salad: Banana, almond butter and coconut chips. I can not tell you enough how good this is! There are several variations – I like the almond butter version but I keep it to a heaping teaspoon. Stuff is fat-en-ing!
- Chicken Avocado Burgers: I grilled up a half dozen and threw them in the freezer last week. I eat them most everyday with sliced tomato a handful of steamed broccoli or green beans (leftover from the night before) homemade mayo and fresh fruit. I am making more burgers today….can’t live without ’em.
- Any kind of salad made with leftovers from the night before, drizzled with a simple vinaigrette of olive oil, dijon and lemon juice. Avocado for fat and maybe some crunchy almonds on top. Fresh fruit.
- Chicken. We love chicken around here..what can I say. Blackened, almond flour crusted, you name it. Standard dinner is some kind of baked chicken breasts or thighs, steamed veggies a sweet potato or white potato. A big tablespoon of homemade mayo because that stuff is fantastic and I am happy girl!
- The Macadamia Nut Chicken lasted two meals as did the Salisbury steak. If you are going to cook, cook big. You will have leftovers for lunch and/or dinner tomorrow.
The Whole30 isn’t big on snacks. They prefer you eat larger meals to avoid the snack cravings. I try but sometimes I am just hungry and if I am hungry, I am going to eat. I have never been big on suffering. But, it needs to be protein, veggie and maybe a bit of fruit. A mini meal – not just a quick banana or fruit serving. My ‘go to gotta have a snack’ options:
- Applegate Turkey lunch meat wrapped around a few slices of avocado and some apple. I bought the Applegate lunch meat at Safeway – not even Whole Foods! It was a bit pricey but nice to have around in a pinch.
- Apple slices and almond butter (but not if I’ve already had almond butter for breakfast…I am trying to lose a few pounds along the way).
- Leftover chicken slices, dab of mayo and some cold leftover veggies. Strawberries, blueberries or melon.
We have been eating like kings. I am full and satisfied all the time. But alas, the weekend is upon us and there is a Seahawks playoff game on Saturday night…ugh! I usually get a good wine buzz going by halftime…. but I am committed to this plan and going in with sparkling water! Making a crock pot of chili and will enjoy the game! Go Hawks!
Matinee movie on Saturday: Bring some almonds and smuggle in my fave Starbucks Ice Tea.
Sunday we are going to a local restaurant for lunch that has killer Shrimp Louies – perfect Whole30 restaurant meal. Will bring my own dressing and boom – weekend done and I’ll be looking at Day 7!
Health update: Wish I had some better news here. My body feels terrific but the nerve in my leg/foot is still screwed up as ever. See my story here. But it’s only been 5 days so I am holding out hope! It has been inflamed and painful for five months….I am pretty sure it needs more than five days to start healing. I have no expectations that Whole30 is a miracle cure, but I do hope it will reduce the swelling, even slightly and help reduce this constant pain. Please oh please Whole30 gods…do your thing!
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- 1 pound ground beef - I used 85/15 - organic and grass fed if you can find it
- 1 egg
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- Salt and pepper
- 1 thinly sliced yellow onion
- 1½ cups sliced crimini mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste (about ⅔ of a 3 oz can)
- 1 cup beef broth - I used Imagine Low Sodium
- Salt and pepper
- Add beef, egg, garlic, salt and pepper together in bowl and combine well.
- Shape into 4 patties.
- Heat non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
- Add beef patties to skillet.
- Cook 3-4 minutes per side until a nice crust forms.
- Remove patties from pan and set aside.(they will not be fully cooked but will continue to cook in sauce)
- Add onions and mushrooms to skillet - sauté for about 5 minutes
- Add tomato paste and beef broth to onion mushroom mixture
- Stir until nice thick sauce forms
- Season with salt and pepper
- Add patties back to pan, cover and cook in sauce until cooked through. About 10 minutes.
- If sauce is to thin - uncover skillet until reduced to desired consistency