Monday, March 30, 2015

Day 22: Two Chicken Salads Too Many

Today was tricky. It was my husband's birthday so we tried to do celebratory things but I still haven't made it to the grocery store so I ate poorly, though technically within W30 limits. We spent the day at the Science Museum, which was great, and I brought snacks but not enough so we ended up buying lunch there. Eating at home is so much easier and cheaper. (Sigh.)

I was so hungry for breakfast at 8 a.m. I almost forgot to take a picture for us. My usual scramble with less fixings. Frozen spinach, tomatoes, salsa, sauerkraut, Sunny Paris seasoning, 2 eggs, all cooked in ghee.


Mid-morning I had a banana and some plantain chips. Lunch was at 12:40 p.m. It was a tiny, sorry excuse for a salad with chicken and a hard-boiled egg. No dressing and no vegetables other than lettuce and a few mealy diced tomatoes. Oh well. It was food from a museum that caters to children. I should have been more prepared.


I had a little leftover chicken pozole when I got home at 4:00 p.m. and then we had proper dinner at 5:45: Agra Culture salad with chicken, avocado, radishes, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and sweet potato wedges. Local D'Lish started selling deli items from Agra Culture a couple months ago. The family and I have been eating the expired sandwiches and soups that the other staff don't take home and I think they're pretty good.


Tomorrow I need to kick off another "Back on Track" streak. It will not involve making more chicken. I really don't like chicken that much (except for this revelation). This week's going to be a porky one. Here is my tentative plan:

Breakfasts as usual.

Day 23, Tuesday: PWO chia bites or an apple with sun butter. Lunch will be salad greens, baked sweet potato topped with chicken pozole. For dinner, cabbage fried in ghee with poppyseeds (this is a recipe from Amy Thielen's cookbook, which I've currently got checked out from the library) and some Ina Garten prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloins with Kim Boyce's butternut squash-apple compote. Sort of. I'm getting inspiration from cookbooks that I haven't spent time with in a while. That's been an unexpected benefit of Whole30ing.

Day 24, Wednesday: PWO chia bites or apple with sun butter. Loaded salad for lunch with chicken and avocado. Dinner will include leftover pork tenderloin, cabbage, and potato rosti.

Day 25, Thursday: Salad with leftover meat or tuna burgers for lunch. Ambitious goal at the moment is a variation on these curried scallops, spiced potatoes with mint, and something I call "butternut saag" that I've made three times and have been meaning to put on this blog for ages but just haven't yet. It's Chef Edith at her best though, so I'll try to make it happen for reals this week!

Day 26 is Good Friday. The Whole30 folks frown on fasting. I have my priorities nonetheless and Jesus trumps Paleo. Catholic fasting allows for at most one small meal plus two small snacks which combined do not constitute a whole meal. I am thinking eggs for breakfast, some almonds and a fruit in the afternoon, and a tuna cake in the evening.

Day 27, Saturday: For lunch, carrot-ginger soup and a big salad. That morning I will finally be making Nom Nom Paleo's Kalua Pig in my slow cooker, so that will feed my family on Saturday night (with plantain tortillas, magic green sauce, and date cole slaw), and hopefully get me through the rest of my Whole30!

Day 28, Easter Sunday. I am not sure what I will be eating on this day. It might be a big salad or veggie soup and other makeshift food alongside the sides that happen to be W30 compliant at our Easter gathering.

I still have to think a little more about Days 29 and 30 (and beyond). Other than having carrot-ginger soup and Kalua pork on hand - and making chicken livers! - I'm not sure how I'll be wrapping things up. I might just ride it out being resourceful or I might go out with a culinary bang. Either way, you'll be the first to know. And now I really must go grocery shopping.


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