Eating Good Food.


Last month, I attempted a "Whole 30" for 30 days.

Whole 30 is a "diet" where you eliminate grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and mainly, processed foods  (You can read more here). I chose to do this not to lose weight, but to focus on natural, whole foods. Before Andrew left, I pulled out all the stops in making him BIG, hearty, southern meals, and my body was feeling a little...sluggish. I thought a Whole 30 would be dreadful (lots of meal prep involved), but I really enjoyed it and plan to implement what I've learned...with the addition of treats every now and then. :)

 I also wanted to keep it affordable and not throw out a ton of money on "health food". I feel like focusing on real foods is SO much easier to do in the summer, especially if you have your own garden or access to the local farmers' market. Cooking from scratch saves so much money, and cuts down on additives and calories.

I will admit, my menu mainly consisted of my regular go-to salads and "hardly cooking" dinners like egg scrambles, sheet pan dinners, and snack boards (nuts, dried fruit, and "fancy" lunch meat), but I have also enjoyed some new recipes that have been on my "to try" list for some time. 

Here are some fun new recipes, with links included in the title (once again, excuse the terrible food photography!):

Pictured above - Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry 

Potato Salad with fresh herbs and grilled squash 

Surprisingly, red potatoes are included in a Whole 30 (unlike the paleo diet). I had friends over for dinner and served this warm with grilled pork tenderloin and spinach salad - light and delicious!



This blog really helped me by providing some quick, economical dinners that I loved like spaghetti squash with marinara, lettuce wraps, and tacos. 



Marinated Cucumbers and Tomatoes

(Just tomatoes and cukes marinated in Italian dressing of your choice)


Be sure to save some goodness for the baby who loves eating with her hands...


Avocado Tuna Salad with garden tomato


Ok, so MORE SALAD, but mixing it up with homemade dressings of choice...

The one pictured is basic balsamic vinaigrette. I also love apple cider and this avocado "ranch"



I just use a bunch of eggs, almond milk, and whatever veggies I have on hand, but here is a similar recipe! I love making this for dinner on Sunday evenings and then having enough for quick weekday breakfasts.



Do not expect them to taste like buttery spaghetti, but they are really delicious!


Not pictured- Egg Roll in a Bowl

The perfect dish for a Chinese craving! And makes so much!

AND this salmon which I am obsessed with! It's fool-proof!

I baked a plank of it on Sunday and ate it with some with roasted vegetables. I saved the rest for lunch salads. Yum!


Lastly, I ate a lot of smoothies for on-the-go breakfasts and for after-dinner ice cream cravings! I am going to do a separate post for those!


Cheers!

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