W30 Round 2, Day 16: Rolling With It

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

WHAT I ATE
Breakfast
I just watched an InstaStories on poaching an egg and was reminded of how much I LOVE Eggs Benedict. Sadly I had none of the fixins that make it worth it but I do have an EXCELLENT plan for a twist on that recipe for another time… In the meantime the Crispy Fried Eggs train showed up and I boarded. I spied the baby potatoes I didn’t think I could make for a quick breakfast but STOP. Cassy Joy Garcia JUST posted a recipe for 10-Minute Breakfast Potatoes on her Fed & Fit blog and I was IN. And you know what? These were done in LESS than 10 minutes! I love that I have another shortcut to a delicious, nutritious breakfast. Rounded out the plate with half a banana and blueberries.

Crispy Fried Eggs + Crash Hot Potatoes + Banana & Blueberries

Snack
Another late breakfast means I wasn’t hungry for a snack. If only I could get up between 7am and 8am every morning instead of 6am! Let’s see what happens this week when I’m back to the regular school schedule…

Lunch
OH how grateful was I for that Whole Foods run this morning?? I just pulled a drumstick and thigh off their Simple Rotisserie Chicken and the protein part of the meal was done. I spooned up a bit of the Leftover Nom Nom Paleo-inspired Curried Cream of Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup and reheated that with the rest of the Cauliflower Mash and that was lunch. I had picked at the bird a bit while breaking it down so I ate the thigh but put the drumstick back. Super filling meal.

Whole Foods Simple Rotisserie Chicken (thigh & drumstick) + Leftover Cauliflower Mash + Leftover Curried Cream of Broccoli & Cauliflower Soup

Snack
I looked over at the 2 dark plantains I let ripen for a few days and OMG they were black. I didn’t want to waste them so I made the Maduras from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook and topped them with Jacobsen Salt Co. Vanilla Bean Salt from the set I bought in Portland when my husband and I were there last October. A little goes a long way and these maduras were 💣!!! Since I didn’t have any carb-dense veggies at lunch those really hit the spot.

Coconut oil + plantains + salt = TOO EASY!

Dinner
My family. God bless we love our pizza. Especially over a holiday weekend. But DAMN GUYS. Trying the new neighborhood pizza spot without me? Even though I stupidly suggested it? BRUTAL. I misjudged the timing on the delivery so I didn’t even have a protein ready to cook when the pizza got here. Which could have gone either way! It turned out to be a brilliant move because while they were killing the ‘za I was busy over at the stove prepping my meal and didn’t have to witness the mozzarella cheese stretching or the olive oil crust dipping. I don’t know if it was true or they were just trying to make me feel better but they said the pizza was just ok. Bless them. Did that make my sesame-crusted tuna steak, Brussels sprouts and butternut squash-apple soup taste any better? Kinda. This was really the first time I wanted to cheat. Because pizza is a family meal and a weekly ritual for us. Usually the kids want to get Domino’s (in NYC. The shame they bring on our family!) and I don’t mind passing on that. I am brainstorming a few ways I can partake in Pizza Night after January. We’ll have to see how Reintroduction goes so that I know where to make adjustments. Maybe I’ll feel fine with a gluten-free crust and light cheese. Or maybe I’ll need to experiment with sheep’s milk or goat milk cheeses. If it was once in awhile I might just have a slice and call it what it is. But if we’re doing this weekly then I need to make some adjustments. 

Sesame-Crusted Tuna Steak + Sautéed Brussels Sprouts + Freezer Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

WHAT I PREPPED
Very light food prep here at home. I broke down the rotisserie chicken. That was it! I have the No-Fuss Salmon Cakes for one meal and then the chicken I can add to things along the way (helloooo new batch of mayo). The majority of prep work was meal planning and grocery shopping. Here’s what’s on tap for this week:

Paleo Pad Thai + Roasted Broccoli (Mel Joulwan)
Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef + Cauli-Rice + Salad (Nom Nom Paleo
Bacon-Wrapped Smoky Chicken Thighs (Balanced Bites) + Crash Hot Potatoes + Salad

The entire family went to Whole Foods today so that I could a) do the bulk of the food shopping for the week and b) secure that damn Paleo/sugar-free/Whole30-compliant bacon! EYES ON THE PRIZE GUYS. If mama wins we ALL win. I also desperately wanted a few minutes to peruse the prepared counters and see what, if any, shortcuts I could take over the next 2 weeks. A big shout out to my husband for wrangling our kids while I got. it. done.

Bacon: secured. Prepared section: perused. Photographic evidence: always.

SCORE!!! You guys have no idea how many places I called and how many outlets I exhausted for this stuff. So of COURSE I bought many packages.
These all look ok from the labels but every single one of them says “Ask a team member for full ingredients” so do your research. I will. I looked closer at the Sicilian Cauliflower and there’s parm cheese. Maybe in February 👍🏼
Fascinating to see a recipe called out as “Paleo” in America’s Test Kitchen.

HOW I FEEL
I’m feeling like this way of eating is becoming routine. I don’t think about it nearly as often as I did 2 weeks ago. There’s more specific planning, but once those meals are made and I have a fridge AND freezer full of good choices? I’m golden. My digestion isn’t nearly as erratic as it was pre-Whole30. And I LOVE not feeling like I HAVE to have something sweet after every meal. That Sugar Dragon is somethin’, amiright?

I didn’t get the yoga workout in that I’d hoped for today so that kinda stunk. I ended the day with a scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides in my chamomile tea to get ready for a busy week. What about you?

I finally remembered to put the collage peptides in my tea.

 

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day everyone 😌

xoxo,
maggie



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