Week 3 – Day 15 – Monday, April 20, 2015
It is amazing to me that I have gone 2 weeks without soda, chocolate, or wine. Not necessarily in that order. 🙂 I have been able to handle the soda as I have developed a true liking for La Croix flavored sparkling water. My favorite is orange, but I’m partial to the berry flavor, too. I usually have it with meals and sometimes just because. I have even put it in a wine glass to enjoy on the deck….just my little relaxing method. I think I’m getting enough natural sweet that I’m not missing out on chocolate that much.
One of my very favorite things so far is the recipe for the failed “faux” pancake. I’m going to have to rename this treat. One this blog it will hereby now be called……”Coco Banana Surprise.” I realize you are not supposed to try to recreate things you can’t have. So sue me. I get really tired of just eggs for breakfast. I’ll say it again…It tastes like a crumbled up banana muffin! I add legal coconut to the mixture, too. I really like the texture and flavor of the added coconut. Put fruit over it and I’m in heaven. It is insanely easy to make, but I was thinking. I wonder if it would hold together putting it in muffin tins and baking, and maybe add some cut up strawberries, or some blueberries? I’m going to try that. I’ll let you know how that works out. Why? Because I want to pretend I’m eating a muffin? Noooooo…because I really like the taste and I really could eat these every morning. I don’t like eating just a banana. And, if I have a batch of them, I can pop them in the freezer and easily warm them up in the morning.
So, remember the awesome roast chicken Danny made in the crockpot yesterday? See Week 2 – Day 14. The directions for this recipe said to put the bones back in, add some water, and continue cooking for 12 hours on low for your own homemade chicken broth. That we did! This morning, we transferred this great looking broth into a ziplock bag, labeled it, and put it in the freezer for the next time we need 1 quart of chicken broth.
Of course, I have to show off one of the handy, dandy kitchen gadgets I purchased in anticipation of making up freezer meals. It is a ziplock bag holder….no mess, no fuss. Best of all it works!
Breakfast: Yep, had that fried egg in ghee and a serving of “Coco Banana Surprise.” I topped this off with fresh raspberries. I also had a glass of water with a healthy splash of 100% orange juice. I have decided I just have to have my morning OJ. It is not enough to even register on any kind of scale, it just helps me to think I’m drinking my normal glass of juice. I know……I’m strange.
I couldn’t wait. I decided to try out my Coco Banana Surprise Bites. I quadrupled the recipe. 4 bananas, 4 eggs, 4 pinches of baking soda. I spooned the mixture into mini muffin pans then baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I also added bits of fresh raspberries to some. This batch made 48 bites. They were a little moist but did come out of the pan in one piece. They are really, really good. They also look nicer on a plate than the scrambled ones. “Nailed it!”
Lunch: While my Coco Banana Bites were baking, I mixed up another batch of my now famous chicken salad. This time I had apples to add. I used leftover roast chicken from last night’s dinner. Awesome. Just call me Susie Homemaker. And yes…..we had a few “Bites” with our meal. We probably should have had more veggies, but we were full from the celery, lettuce, and tomatoes that were in the salad. I did forget to top the creation with almond slivers. Darn. The absolute best part? As I write this, Stevie Homemaker is washing the dishes.
Dinner: Oh, my….dinner. We were wondering what we were going to have. Yes, it is time to get some groceries in. I decided to defrost some Henry Family Farms Pork Steaks in my microwave. (I had to give a shout-out to my friend Amber. We just ordered a 1/2 beef with Travis and Daphney from their farm, too.) Then I searched for a recipe for a Whole30 glaze. Found one! Umm…for pork chops, not pork steak. Missouri is known for its pork steaks, but hard to find other places. Blackberry Glazed Grilled Pork Chops. I didn’t have blackberries but I did have a bag of frozen blueberries. Yum! Will have to try it with blackberries next time. What a great meal in a very short amount of time. Left over baked potato from Saturday night and green beans. That’s what’s for dinner
Week 3 – Day 16 – Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Today is Danny’s birthday. We are heading into St. Louis after lunch for dinner and a trip to the casino.
Breakfast: I had legal bacon and 2 fried eggs with my glass of watered down OJ. Danny had leftover homemade sausage, 2 eggs, and fruit.
Lunch: We had the rest of the chicken salad from yesterday. I can’t get enough of that. It was really good made with the roasted crockpot chicken from Sunday. Danny also had the rest of the blueberry glazed porksteak from last night.
A couple of friends posted a really neat sunflower wreath on my facebook page. I thought I should make one since we planted a sunfower house. There were no directions on the picture on facebook so I started doing some research. I posted my findings on my blog, and Wow! There were a lot of likes and comments. I also posted it to pinterest and lots of people pinned the link from there. It was fun getting new followers. Naturally, we had to make a stop at JoAnn’s Fabrics. I found materials that I think will work. We will see.
Dinner: I did some Google searching on our way into the city, looking for paleo type restaurants. We
found one in Kirkwood called The Hot Pot. It was really good. We’d go back here. I had a spicy beef with zoodles (yes, they had zoodles) and lots of veggies and a really good sauce. Danny had shrimp and a ton of veggies along with a sweet potato. He had a chili sauce on his.
Then it was off to the boat.
Week 3 – Day 17 – Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Breakfast: We were still at the Casino hotel, so we got a Western Omelet minus all the things we can’t have. : ) I also had orange juice. It was very filling.
Lunch: Another great tuna salad. I used canned tuna (American Tuna in water) from Whole Foods.
Dinner: Tonight was a simple night of Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato in a lettuce wrap. With fruit.
Snack: Nuts and fruit
Week 3 – Day 18 – Thursday, April 23, 2015
Breakfast: Regular fried eggs in ghee and OJ – I fix an almost full glass of water and add just a bit of OJ and I’m happy. Danny had fruit.
Dinner: Went to Travis and Daphney’s. Danny took Lucy to T-ball practice while Travis was out of town. Danny grilled shish-ka-bobs and fingerling potatoes. We also had sweet potatoes. Danny was having so much fun with the kids outside that the shish-ka-bobs were a little overdone. Some burned to a crisp. What wasn’t burned beyond recognition was really good, though. : )
Week 3 – Day 19 – Friday, April 24, 2015
Breakfast: Once again – Regular fried eggs in ghee and OJ – I fix a glass of water and add just a bit of OJ and I’m happy. Danny had fruit.
Lunch: Chicken salad and fruit – busy day today
Dinner: Danny grilled – steak, chicken, asparagus, and sweet potatoes. We also had fresh mango. Excellent meal. We packed up and went to Eureka for the weekend. We took the leftovers with us along with supplies to make a pizza flavored dish for lunch on Saturday.
Week 3 – Day 20 – Saturday, April 25, 2015
Breakfast: Travis cooked breakfast! Yea! Eggs and legal chicken sausage.
Lunch: Lucy and I made “Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie”. I didn’t get a picture of the casserole, but it turned out pretty good. Even those not on Whole30 liked it. I will make this again. We also had left over chicken and steak. We had carrots and watermelon as sides.
I didn’t have Italian Sausage, so I found a recipe for Whole30 Italian Sausage. I also didn’t have pizza sauce with no sugar, so Lucy and I made a Whole30 version.
Here are the recipes:
I have a subscription to http://plantoeat.com I love this site as a meal planner and to store recipes. Many of the Whole30 recipes I find can easily be inserted to My Recipe File with just a click of a button. It is also easy to download a pdf file. Here’s my blog post on Plan to Eat.
Italian Sausage: Whole30_Italian Sausage
Pizza Sauce: Whole30_Pizza Sauce
Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie: Whole30_Almost 5 Ingredients
Dinner: Travis grilled pork steak, chicken, and mangos. It’s great to be somewhere else and we can still eat Whole30.
Week 3 – Day 21 – Sunday, April 26, 2015
Breakfast: Travis cooked again. He was our breakfast chef for the weekend. We had made to order eggs and fruit Whole30 style.
Lunch: Home again…..I made another tuna salad. I’m getting really good at this. Love that American Tuna in water. I also added some “Accent” seasoning. I served it on baby spinach leaves. We also had extra grapes and sliced peppers.
Dinner: I made the Whole30 almond chicken recipe again. Love this and very easy. We also had a frozen marinated eggplant and zucchini side, but neither of us were very fond of it. We also had watermelon “steak”.