Whole30 Day 30 +slower cooker freezer meals

So I never did get around to writing about day 30.  We did manage to make it to the end and I forget what I had for breakfast and lunch that day. I’m sure breakfast was eggs and smoothie as always :).  Dinner was one of my favorites that night though.  I made tropical turkey meatloaf  and it was delicious.  The recipe is actually tropical chicken meatloaf, but I used ground turkey instead.  I do that alot with ground meat (just use whatever I have). I was a little worried that it was going to be too sweet, but the jalapeno pepper and the bell peppers really evened out the flavor and it was very good.  Zach ended up losing 20 pounds and I lost 8.  I am so proud of us for accomplishing the goal and I feel good about continuing to eat healthy.  We have definitely indulged over the past week (two birthday celebrations has not helped), but overall we have pretty much still stayed on plan.  My running is going great and i am consistently running 3 miles and working now on reducing my time.

I posted on facebook about making 20 slower cooker meals so I wanted to talk a little bit about that because I had lots of people interested in it.  I used this website for everything.  Recipes, instructions, shopping guide, etc.  She said she was able to assemble everything in an hour and 50 minutes, but I found it harder than that.  Part of it could be the fact that I have a 3 month old and I work from home so I was not able to just work for 2 hours straight.  What i do HIGHLY recommend if you want to do this is to buy the $5 plan she has for sale.  It was well worth the instructions on how to assemble it all and to do certain tasks in certain orders. It did save me a ton of time in the long run. I’m not going to share that because I feel $5 is pretty cheap for the service she offered and she asked that it not be shared between people.  She has another printable available for $1.50, but all it includes is the recipes and a grocery shopping list.  The $5 package is what includes the assembly instructions.  You also get links to watch her do the entire process in under 2 hours.  I didn’t watch that, but if you are a visual person than that is nice.  A few things to note:

  • Costco did not have sweet potatoes for sale so I had to buy those at Sprouts
  • Her price breakdown said the pork chops and the stew meet were going to be $15 but they were actually $20+.  I looked all around but couldn’t find any for the price she listed.
  • Her recipes only called for 10 of the 15 pounds of potatoes, but I ended up just cutting them all up.  We like potatoes and I know we will definitely eat them.  Plus, those potatoes will just go bad if I didn’t use them.
  • ^^Same is true for the onions.  I ended up cutting up 8 onions instead of 5.
  • Instead of the curry chicken I used the recipe for maple chicken.  Basically all I did was pour maple syrup in the bag instead of coconut milk and curry powder
  • Go sparingly on the carrots.  I did two heaping cup fulls for each recipe and I ran out on the last one.  Luckily, I had a small bag of carrots in the fridge that I could use.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.  All of the recipes look delicious, but I think my favorites are going to be the sausage, peppers, and onions and the chicken and sausage stew.

Tropical Turkey Meatloaf:

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All of my meals assembled and ready to freeze:

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Whole30 Day 29

Day 29 woot woot!! Yesterday was CUH-razy busy.  We were at home for just a couple of hours total between when we left for the morning and came back for the evening, but it was a fabulous day.  We had church so we got up early for that.  We teach in the college group and all the kids are starting to flood Denton again so we’re getting excited about that :).  We had our standard eggs and smoothies for breakfast.  After church we had leadership training for college group led by our fearless leader Austin. It was at 1:30 and there was no child care (which I didn’t realize until last minute) so our AMAZING friends Matt and Shannon stepped in and came to the house to watch Kai and I took Maddox with me to the meeting.  Anyways, we rushed home after church and ate a quick lunch (I’m losing my mind because I don’t even remember what we ate haha).  We have just been cleaning out the fridge so it’s really been a hodgepodge of things.  Our meeting went a little longer then expected, but our other AMAZING friends Susan and Ben had us over for dinner so I didn’t have to cook that day, yay!  We came home and chatted a bit with Matt and Shannon and then got ready to head over to Susan and Ben’s.  Susan made a very delicious dinner.  She fried chicken thighs and made a superb mushroom sauce to go with it.  She also roasted potatoes and made asparagus.  Kai loved all of it and gobbled it right up.  Yesterday just made me feel so blessed by the friends we have in our lives.  Life is so much better and easier with awesome friends.

As I sit here and write this I am at the end of day 30.  I really want to just finish it up today, but I want to keep my posts separate so you’ll have to wait with baited breath…..was I able to make it 30 days?

Whole30 Day 28

Today was our last big shopping day before whole 30 has ended. I will still continue to shop at Sprouts even after this is over. It has truly become my favorite grocery again. I don’t really know why I ever stopped going in the first place.

I was able to get up and run in the morning because Zach didn’t have to be up to the football office until 8.  I ran 2.5 miles and I definitely could have done 3 if I had enough time, but he was needing to head out the door so I had to stop.  For lunch we were just trying to clean out the fridge.  I had the last of the chicken thighs and a half of a baked potato and Zach had the last of the chicken sausages and the other half of the baked potato.  As soon as the kiddos got up from naps (Maddox slept 2.5 hours by the way, oh yeah!!) we headed out to go grocery shopping.  We went and looked at the new Ford Explorers because we are thinking about getting a new car so that made it pretty late by the time we actually got to Sprouts.  I didn’t really have anything thawed at home so we looked in their meat section and they had lemon garlic chicken kabobs.  I asked the guy what was in the marinade and he brought out this giant bottle of marinade and started reading off the ingredients very loudly.  He was about as happy as the cafeteria worker was when Josie Geller asked what was in the coleslaw on Never Been kissed (I was trying to find a clip of this scene, but I couldn’t find one). Once he read off everything that was in it we decided it was whole 30 approved so we brought it home and grilled it for dinner.  I will say that I was a little disappointed in the taste. It was actually pretty bland, but at least it didn’t require much work.  We sliced up some mango for a side and ate the last of the silky zucchini ginger soup as well.

Even though we are officially done with whole 30 on Monday my menu for the week still consisted of pretty much whole 30 foods.  Really the only difference for this week is that I have brown rice planned as a side for one night….living on the wild side haha.

Whole30 Day 27

I seriously can’t believe we are almost done. I still struggle with exactly what our life is going to look like after whole 30 is over. We are done on Monday and we went grocery shopping today and all my meals for next are whole 30 except for a side of brown rice one night.  I think we’re really going to just try to keep up with it at home (other than doing more grains for sides) and limit our eating out.

Last night was probably the worst night I have had as far as cravings.  It was a very long, tiring day and at the end I seriously just wanted some ice cream and a coke.  Instead I ate a chicken thigh and some apples and almond butter and it actually hit the spot pretty well.

For breakfast we got up and had eggs and smoothies.  For lunch we had left over hamburgers and portabello mushrooms.  I put a little mayonnaise mixed with the wholly guacamole and it was really good.  Zach had leftover fajitas, and we both had apples as well.  Tonight was the first football scrimmage and several of the coaches wives got together to meet for dinner at Fuzzy’s.  I decided to go and get a salad and brought my own salsa since most salsa’s have sugar in them.  I was pleased to find out when I asked that to cook their fajita grilled chicken they just put spices on it and grill it with steamed water.  The girl behind the counter was so helpful and pleasant about helping me figure out what I could eat.  Zach ended up just eating some chicken thighs and an apple when he got home.  I had put potatoes in the oven and they had been cooking over an hour but still weren’t done.

I’m not going to lie to yall, this last week has been rough and at this point and I am ready to be done with this journey.  I do feel great, but I am looking forward to being able to not have to cook every single night.  That has definitely been one of the hardest challenges of this journey.  I am so grateful for what I have learned and I know we will be so much better for it, but I am also excited for it to be over :).

Whole30 Day 26

Yesterday Kai decided to wake up around 6:30 am to ring in his birthday. In the last few months he has been sleeping in until about 8:30 or 9 but over the last few weeks he is getting up earlier and earlier causing me to be tireder and tireder. I know tireder is not a word by the way, but it’s what I want to use so I will use it :).  My gracious mother was here and she got up and sat with him and watched Jake and the Neverland Pirates while I slept in for another hour and a half. Thank you mom!  When I did get we finished off the last of the egg muffins for breakfast and I eventually got around to making smoothies not too long before it was time to eat lunch.  For lunch Zach went and got brisket from Bet The House BBQ.  It’s a new barbecue place that opened up a couple months ago and the owner works at Ryan with him.  He asked him what all he puts on the brisket and he said just some spices (no sugar), so he went and got 1.5 pounds of brisket and yall, we ate ALL of it.  It is so good, if you live in Denton you should definitely give it a try.  Dinner was also very good.  One of the best we have had, I think, since starting whole 30.  I thawed some ground beef and mixed garlic salt, pepper, and salt together and rubbed it in good.  I also put about 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos.  I used our patty press to make the hamburger patties and they turned out very well again!  We bought giant round portabello mushrooms to serve in place of the “bun” and I absolutely loved that.  I am a big mushroom person though.  If you’re not a mushroom person it might not be your thing.  I grilled them on the top of the part of the grill for about 10 minutes while the hamburgers were cooking and they turned out very nicely.  It was also nice because I had something to put my mayonnaise and mustard on.  I also grilled asparagus and made avocado fries. The avocado fries were so good, I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is doing whole 30 or even just eating paleo.  The picture below is what they looked like.  I actually dipped them in a little bit of mayonnaise (because that’s just how I roll), but they were also delicious all on their own.

avocado fries

Whole30 Day 25

I’m tired. Like soooo tired. Whole 30 is no joke with a 2 year old and a 2.5 month old. I love whole 30 and I do feel great, but sometimes I just desperately want to go through a drive thru and not cook dinner.

Yesterday was a great day though because my mom got to come up and stay the night :).  My mom is amazing yall.  I love my life and I am so thankful for the many blessings God has given me, and one of those is definitely my momma. This week has been rough because Maddox has just not been very happy and she came at just the right time.  Kai was so excited to see her too. He loved snuggling with her (such a precious picture below).

For breakfast we had egg muffins and smoothies again.  For lunch we had the last of the curry chicken and the sauce I talked about yesterday.  The sauce completely changed the chicken, I so wish we had used it when we had it for dinner. It was absolutely delicious.  For dinner I made chicken fajitas and we put it on salad.  I bought some wholly guacamole from Costco and it really made everything come together nicely.  For my chicken fajitas all I did was cut up 3 bell peppers and an onion and I sautéed them in coconut oil in my cast iron skillet.  I had pre-grilled the chicken the night before so all I did was throw it in the skillet with the bell peppers and onions when they were cooked to heat everything up together.  I also sautéed some frozen broccoli and roasted potatoes.  For the potatoes I used my mandolin slicer and then I used my roasting brush to brush them with avocado oil and sprinkled them with fajita seasoning and garlic.  I left them in the oven too long so most of them actually ended up coming out like potato chips, which nobody seemed to mind :).

My sweet birthday boy and Mimi:

Kai and Mimi

Whole30 Day 24

I can say that I am personally keeping Band-Aid in business here recently with Whole 30.  I do so much chopping with my knife that I have literally gone through a whole box of band aids in the last 3 weeks.  It makes me madder and madder every time I do it.  It’s like when you bite your cheek and you try so hard not to do it, but you end up doing it anyway…..that’s how I feel every time I slice my finger.

Anywho….for breakfast Kai and I had egg muffins again along with our shake.  For lunch we had the chicken thighs I roasted at the beginning of the week.  I can’t speak highly enough of how delicious chicken thighs are.  Especially the ones I just bought from Costco.  We bough the fresh bone in with skin on and they are so juicy!  I just sprinkle them pretty heavily with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and roast them on 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Such a simple, delicious meal.  They are also good for a quick snack or for breakfast if you want.  I also had some fruit and some leftover asparagus as well.  For dinner I made this chicken.  I have really enjoyed most of the recipes from this blog, but I wasn’t a big fan of this one for two reasons, one of them being my fault.  The first thing, I let it brine it too long and it was too salty for my taste.  Also, I have decided after I made this chicken and from when I made broccoli soup last week….I do not like Curry Powder.  It really is just too heavy a spice and I feel like it overtakes the taste of all the other spices. Zach hit it right on the head when he said it’s like making a suicide drink where you mix all the different sodas together.  If you accidently put root beer in there then the whole drink tastes like root beer.  So needless to say, I was a bit disappointed in the chicken.  If you like curry powder then you will most definitely like this chicken.  Now, the SAUCE though….wow!! The sauce was amazing.  I actually forgot about it for dinner so we didn’t eat it.  I did eat it today for lunch, but more on that tomorrow.  Definitely make the sauce and as Melissa says on her blog “Inhale and rejoice that you have a nose”.  I also made sweet potatoes and green beans.  I think Zach is getting a little tired of sweet potatoes :).  Picture below is us eating dinner outside on the picnic table Zach made. He is so talented!

kai and dinner