Hope you are all having a great week! Mine is going well so far. Tom has caught a pretty nasty cold, so I am trying to make sure I don’t catch it myself. The last thing I want is to relive my awful sinus infection experience I had over Christmas. To help our immune systems we have been trying to load up on vegetables. I can’t believe there are only 2 days left in my Whole30 experience. Time has really flown by this month, and although I am looking forward to my final weigh-in, I am feeling great which is most important. This weekend, I actually came up with a couple of tasty new recipes, so let’s check them out.
Day 26: Sunday I woke up pretty early, so I caught up on some Youtube beauty videos and relaxed. We were going to lunch with my parents at the same place we ate Friday night. I knew I was going to eat a decent amount, so I had just a clementine for breakfast. I did a little blogging the rest of that morning and then we were off to lunch. It was absolutely freezing, and we had to park farther away, so I decided to have a cup of chili to start. The best part was that the menu bragged about how they don’t put any beans in there chili! Perfect for me. It was pretty good and the spice really warmed me up. For lunch, they have a really big burger bar menu. I ended up getting a grilled chicken breast with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, and pulled pork, and for my side I had some of those delicious sweet potato tots. I made a really good choice because it was all delicious. After lunch we had to go grocery shopping.
I had planned out a menu for the week before we went shopping, so we got everything we needed for chicken “fajitas” and some broccoli fritters. We also got ingredients to make portobella mushroom “pizzas”. We got home and decided it was time to play more of that Toy Story game I mentioned in my last post. We played that for about and hour and then Tom left to get some gas for his car. I took the opportunity to prepare dinner, because I knew I wasn’t going to feel like cooking later.
I seasoned a couple of chicken breasts with adobo, pepper, salt, cumin, and onion powder and baked them at 375 for about 20 minutes, or until they were just cooked through. While those were cooking, I sliced up 2 green bell peppers, 3 yellow onions, and 4 cloves of garlic. Once the chicken was done, I chopped it up and tossed it in with the veggies so that the flavors melded. I added a little more cumin and garlic powder to finish it off. We didn’t end up eating any until later, but it was nice to have something ready to go. For dessert, I had a cashew cookie Larabar, which is my favorite one from the brand. Then it was off to bed to get some rest before the work week ahead.
Day 27: This Monday I was up early and ready to go. I find that I have been having a lot more energy in the mornings the past few days, and I even wake up at around 5:00am and feel like I could be up for the day. It’s nice on work days, because it is easier to get up, but on the weekends it can be annoying. My co-worker was sick today, so I was thankful for the extra energy. I didn’t get to eat any breakfast before I left, but when I got into work I ate one of those ginormous pears Tom had picked up last week.
The day was pretty busy, as the schedule was packed and we had a bunch of walk-ins. Thankfully there was a little bit of time to have some lunch. I had brought some of my fajita chicken, nuts and raisins, and a Larabar. Even though it was really busy, I was able to leave a little earlier than usual because the last patient came early (yay!). When I got home, I felt pretty energized, so I decided to take a crack at making some broccoli fritters.I had never made any before, but I wanted to try to make something different. They ended up being amazing. Tom started to feel really sick this night, but even he had 2 of the fritters. The recipe for them will be at the end of this post. They were relatively easy to make too! After dinner I had a little bit of almond butter with some almond milk, and I went straight to bed. It wasn’t even 9:30pm, but I passed right out! It was really nice to go to bed that early for once.
So that is what I was up to the past 2 days. I am feeling good and I love it. My work pants are fitting looser, and I have much more energy than before. It all makes me really happy that I decided to go forward with this Whole30. Well it’s off to bed for me now. Talk to you guys later.
2 heads of broccoli, cleaned and cut into small pieces
4 cloves of garlic, halved
1/3 cup of almond meal
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Steam the garlic and broccoli until it is tender but not completely cooked through. Using a food processor, pulse the broccoli and garlic until it is a riced consistency. Add the seasonings, egg, and almond meal, and pulse until combined. The mixture should be able to hold shape if molded into a patty. I ended up making 6 3-inch patties from the mixture, but depending on the size you want, you could get more out of it. Next, heat up some coconut oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Carefully place the patties into the oil and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from the oil and that is it! The outside will be nice and crunchy, and the inside will be soft and delicious. Enjoy!