I wanted to share a few more recipies that were big faves during the Whole30 that we just completed, and will probably join the rotation of meals we go back to because even when your not in the middle of a program like that, its always good to have a few fave meals which just happen to also be free of all those inflammatory and processed ingredients!
- Good Quality burgers
During (and after) the Whole30 I really came to believe that a bun is a nice extra to a good burger, but not necessary at all. These lamb burgers from the farmers market were DELISH (expensive but not compared to eating out at a good burger place)
My husband whipped up some home made tzatziki sauce to go with them which I HIGHLY reccomend if you are thinking of doing a Whole30. Learn how to make the compliant mayo (1 egg, 1 tsp vinegar, 1 tsp lemon juice, pinch of salt, 1 cup light taste olive oil, blended with a stick blender!) and then turn it into things like ranch dip (add dill, onion powder, garlic powder) or this Tzatziki (add shredded cucumber, dill, lemon juice, garlic, salt and chives or shallots or onions)
- Taco Salad
This was a HUGE hit, and yes it may be even better with cheese, sour cream or chips, but it wasn’t lacking at all to be without those things. I made taco meat with half and half ground beef and ground turkey, seasoned with home made taco spice (which tastes SO MUCH better than the pre made packages loaded with MSG) And put that on top of a bed of greens, chopped peppers, cucumbers, black olives, tomatoes, and topped it all off with guacamole and salsa (home made or Wholly Guacamole has compliant guac and some of their salsa, but read labels) My hasband loved it with the home made salsa which was more of a Pico de Gallo (I think? Chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, garlic and lime juice) This also worked really well as a packed lunch, although we did keep some parts separate to avoid wilting
- Sauteed Sweet Potato & Carrot
This was just such a delicious and decadent side dish, it totally wiped the thoughts of bread and pasta and rice from our minds. I chopped and sauteed carrots and sweet potatoes or yams (low and slow, that was the key!) in Ghee (clarified butter – butter with the dairy protein removed, also a MUST LEARN to make if you are thinking of doing a Whole30) and they are so soft and tender with a slight sweetness from the sweet potato, also can be used as hashbrowns in the morning. So, So yummy.
- Hard Boiled Eggs
These became such a staple during those 30 days, (see our egg carton stack for proof) But they really became a quick and easy snack that leaves you much more full and happy than munching on so many other sugar filled go to’s like a granola bar or cookie or whatever else is around. I would make a few (dozen?) each week and peel as many as I could stand and then they rather quickly disappeared as the men folk took them to breakfast and I ate them for lunch and snacks when the babies didn’t cooperate with giving me enough mid day time to cook.
Also… important variation, if you learned how to make the paleo mayo mentioned above – easy deviled eggs!!! (mustard is A-OK!) so good, try not to eat the whole dozen.
- Vietnamese Pho (style) Soup
My sister made this one, and although I will tweak the recipe a little when I make it again, it was a very good meal, made from home made bone broth from a roast chicken the night before, thin sliced pork tenderloin, ribbons of cabbage instead of vermicelli noodles, and bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, lime, and maybe a little hot sauce for those inclined that way.