Sorry this post is pretty late. It has been a busy couple of days. I actually like blogging every other day about my Whole 30 experience, so I think this is how I am going to try to keep posting until the 30th. Well, I hope you are all having a lovely week and sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions! I know a lot of you probably went back to work for the first time today, which is soo rough. I was back last week, but due to the holiday and the snow storm, it wasn’t full force. Today however, everything was back to it’s normal crazy self, so I am pretty tired. Anyway, let’s see what I was up to these past 2 days.
Day 5: We slept in pretty late on Sunday since we had stayed up late playing Lego Avengers the night before. I made a quick breakfast of a fried egg on top of the leftover garlic spinach I had made a few days before. Our fridge was starting to look bare, so we took a trip to Trader Joe’s and stocked up on fruit, veggies, meat, and nuts. We also stopped at the new Sam’s Club and got a membership. (I am excited to see what organic options they will have, as I have only shopped at BJ’s Wholesale in the past.) Once we were home and had unpacked the groceries, I snacked on a tangerine and a handful of raw cashews. I was shocked to find out that I actually enjoy raw cashews! Usually I only eat roasted nuts with at least a little sea salt, but I actually like the raw cashews better than the roasted! Who knew? So I was pretty excited about this, seeing as raw is much healthier. After my snack I felt fueled enough to do some hula hooping, and I tried to keep my arms extended in different positions for some extra toning. I felt really great afterwards, and decided to make a favorite meal of mine for dinner: seared pork chops with apples and onions in a cream sauce.
I had made this dish once before and had used heavy cream and bourbon whiskey for the sauce. To make it Whole 30 approved, I stuck with just some coconut cream instead. The recipe will be at the end of this post so you can try it yourself. I was afraid it wasn’t going to taste as great as the last time, but oh my, I think it was even better! Absolutely delicious! I served up some leftover zucchini on the side, that I steamed and topped with some Adobo seasoning. It was a “great success” (said in Borat’s voice). In the evening I decided to really take a break from technology and start to read a book. Tom has been trying to get me to read this book for so long, but I honestly just preferred to watch Youtube videos or pin things on Pinterest, than read something. I finally decided to begin the book, as I am in the process of trying to improve myself, and the book is all about positive energy. Ever since entering grad school I have become somewhat of a “Negative Nancy”, and I hate it. I’m hoping this book will help me to find ways to get rid of unnecessary negativity in my life. We shall see! I’m only 30 pages in, so I will be sure to let you know how it goes. I have to let you know as well, I have begun to crave the most random things. Foods that I don’t even particularly like, like carrot cake! What?? I know, I’m crazy….
Day 6: Back to the grind. I had to fight with my sheets to get out of bed, because they love me so much they didn’t want me to leave. Unfortunately, I won, and got ready for the wonderful Monday ahead of me. I need to mention that I actually had a dream about getting ice cream last night. Yup, that’s right, I am pathetic, haha. I was being handed the mint chocolate chip sugar cone when someone said, “Hey, aren’t you doing Whole 30? You can’t have that!” I then agreed with them and said, “But I want something sweet!” Someone recommended some coconut ice cream option that was supposed to be Paleo-friendly, but I then started to interrogate about what sweeteners were used and ended up not getting anything at all. Yep, that is me, fighting with the dream people in my head that I came up with in the first place! I had to let you guys know though, because I thought it was hysterical. Anyways, I packed up my lunch and a little something extra for breakfast, since I can’t eat early in the morning. I actually had an amazing day at work, and I don’t know if it was because I started to read that book or because the day was packed with several of my “favorite” patients. Either way, I liked it. I ended up munching on 2 carrots for my breakfast around 9:30, and then had an early lunch. Lunch today was leftover Butternut Squash Shepherds Pie, a clementine, and a handful of mixed nuts and unsweetened raisins with sea salt. Scrumptious and it allowed me to power through until late afternoon. I snack on a banana and the rest of my mixed nuts later, and before I knew it, it was time to head home.
I was pleasantly surprised by a text from Tom saying, “Leave soon so we can go to the gym and walk on the treadmills.” I had brought the idea of actually using the gym in our apartment complex the other day, and he didn’t seem that receptive at the time, but I’m glad to see that he was! So I came home and we ate some leftover pork chops, and headed out to the gym. Unfortunately, when we got there, all the machines were taken, and it did not look like they would be freeing up anytime soon. We decided to skip it this evening, and agreed we would come at a later time tomorrow so that we can hopefully get some equipment. Once back to the apartment, we ended up getting distracted by planning a trip to NY to hang out with some friends in a couple of weekends! I cannot wait, even though Tom reminded me we aren’t going to be able to indulge in any alcoholic beverages. It will obviously still be tremendous amounts of fun, and it will be a true test of will power to say no to booze in a nightclub atmosphere. After we planned that, I ended up signing up for Bloglovin’, so you can now follow me there too! Now I am typing away at this post for you all, but I know you are anxious to see my recipe for those pork chops, so I will stop blabbing now. 🙂
Have a great week, and I’ll ttys.
Seared Pork Chops with Apples and Onions in a Cream Sauce
4-6 boneless center cut pork chops
3 yellow onions sliced into half circles
4 small apples, cut into 1/4-in slices (I used honeycrisp)
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup of coconut cream
a pinch of granulated garlic
sea salt and pepper to taste
Coconut oil to coat the pans
Begin by coating a large saucepan in coconut oil over medium-low heat, and toss in your onions and garlic. Cook these slowly until the onions begin to soften, and be sure to stir often so that the garlic doesn’t burn. Once the onions are very soft, add the apples and the spices, including salt and pepper. Stir to combine. While that mixture is cooking, melt some coconut oil in another pan over medium-high heat. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides, and carefully add the into the pan. You want the oil to be hot when you add them, because that will help you get a delicious golden sear on the outside, which really makes all the difference in this recipe. Cook the pork chops for about 5-7 minutes per side, depending on the size and thickness. While those are cooking, check your apple and onion mixture. Once the apples have softened you can add in the coconut cream. You do not want the apples to become mush, but you want them to be nice and tender. Once you add the cream, stir it all together and turn up the heat to medium to help thicken the sauce. When you are satisfied with your pork chops, add them to the apple and onions mixture, and let them sit in it for a few minutes so that the flavors combine. Serve it up with your favorite side dish and bon appétit!