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Whole 30 – A Realistic Meal Plan – Week 4

I forgot to post this when I actually finished but I did the entire Whole 30! By the end of it I felt really good, lost 8 pounds, and changed my relationship with food. I was SO tired of cooking that I honestly didn’t eat as much just because the thought of cooking yet another meal was enough to keep me from eating. I will definitely keep a lot of these habits moving forward though. Following the whole 30 shopping guidelines and meal plans at home for the most part but being able to eat out occasionally would be sustainable for a long time. Overall, I would recommend this plan, definitely one of the best cleanses or detoxes that I have done over the years!

Day 22:
Breakfast – Pork Hash and blueberries
Lunch – Red Curry with Chicken (leftover)
Dinner – Tarragon Cream Chicken with sautéed broccolini

Day 23:
Breakfast – Apple with Almond Butter
Lunch – Tarragon Cream Chicken (leftover)
Dinner – Chili over a baked yukon gold potato

Day 24:
Breakfast –Pork Hash
Lunch – Italian Chicken Stew (made night before)
Dinner – Chili over a baked yukon gold potato

Day 25:
Breakfast – Pork Hash
Lunch –Italian Chicken Stew (leftover)
Dinner – Steak with Roasted Purple Potatoes and sautéed broccolini

Day 26:
Breakfast – BLAT “Benedict”… without the egg
Lunch – Italian Chicken Stew (leftover)
Dinner – Ate out – side salad with grilled chicken, no dressing

Day 27:
Breakfast – BLAT “Benedict”… without the egg
Lunch – Apple with Almond Butter
Dinner – Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Roasted Broccolini

Day 28:
Breakfast – Banana
Lunch – Ate out at a Paleo Bistro
Dinner – Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Purple Potatoes

Day 29:
Breakfast – Pork Hash with mushrooms
Lunch – Apple with Almond Butter
Dinner – Pot Roast Stew

Day 30:
Breakfast – Pork Hash with mushrooms
Lunch – Pot Roast Stew
Dinner – Steak with Roasted Purple Potatoes and sautéed broccolini

Whole 30 – A Realistic Meal Plan – Week 3

Cold-pressed black coffee may be my new favorite thing on earth…which means my taste buds are seriously changing doing this program! Also, I would say that while I don’t have crazy “tiger blood” energy, I DO have energy that last all day. After work I run errands, cook, do chores around the house, work on our Spain to-do list, and never notice my energy draining during the day, even when I’m ready go to bed. The hardest thing about the Whole30 is just cooking every single meal. That is the only real struggle that I’ve had – the only convenience I can find is if I planned ahead and worked for it. I’m 22 days in now though, there’s no turning back from here!!

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Day 15:
Breakfast – Pork Hash with Mushrooms
Lunch – Green Curry with Chicken (leftover)
Dinner – Italian Chicken Stew

Day 16:
Breakfast – Smoked Salmon with sliced tomatoes and blueberries (Gil had 2 boiled eggs)
Lunch – Italian Chicken Stew (leftover) and a nectarine
Dinner – Pot Roast

Day 17:
Breakfast –Smoked Salmon with sliced tomatoes and blueberries (Gil had 2 boiled eggs)
Lunch – Pot Roast Stew (leftover)
Dinner – Naked Chile Rellenos (omit cheese from original recipe) with tomato and avocado

Day 18:
Breakfast – Pork Hash with Mushrooms
Lunch – Pot Roast Stew (leftover)
Dinner – Tarragon Cream Chicken

Day 19:
Breakfast – Pork Hash with Mushrooms
Lunch – Tarragon Cream Chicken (leftover)
Dinner – Naked Chile Rellenos (omit cheese from recipe) (leftover) with tomato and avocado

Day 20:
Breakfast – Apple with Almond Butter
Lunch – side salad with shredded chicken, no dressing (out at an Italian restaurant)
Dinner – prime rib with roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus (family dinner at a Steakhouse)

Day 21:
Breakfast – Apple with Almond Butter
Lunch – Peach & almonds (we were moving so I went by a grocery store for lunch)
Dinner –Red Curry with Chicken

Paleo Pot Roast

Pot Roast reminds me of Sunday lunches after church with my family when I was growing up in Texas, serious comfort food. It still one of my favorite meals, this is serious comfort food!! I have adapted this recipe by borrowing ideas from quite a few sources and combining them all to make a gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, Whole30 compliant, etc. version of this traditional dish, and it’s still really delicious! Ina Garten’s Company Pot Roast is my primary source of inspiration for this, her technique is really great for thickening the sauce even without the flour, butter, and wine that she uses.

This recipe takes some time, but you won’t need to be in the kitchen the entire time. You’ll need about an hour for chopping, searing, and stirring during the afternoon and then it needs to cook for 2.5 hours after that. You’ll then need about 15 minutes to finish the sauce and serve. So if you want to serve dinner at 7, get started around 3:15.

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Ingredients:
3-4 lb. grass-fed chuck roast, tied
2 yellow onions, chopped

1 leek, chopped (white and light green parts)
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups small yellow potatoes, halved or quartered depending on size
4 cups organic beef broth
28 oz plum tomatoes in pureé
sea salt & freshly cracked pepper
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit and begin chopping all of your veggies, I chopped mine a few hours ahead to speed up cooking time.

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Pat the beef dry with a paper towel. Season the roast all over with salt and pepper. In a large, oven-safe Dutch oven pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the roast and sear for 4 to 5 minutes on each side as well as the ends, until nicely browned all over. Remove the roast from the pan.

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Add about 2 more tablespoons olive oil to the Dutch oven. Add the carrots, onions, mushrooms, leeks, garlic, more salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all of the veggies are tender but not brown, like the picture below.

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Add the beef broth and deglaze the pan (scrape all of the brown bits off of the bottom) then bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add the potatoes and then put the roast back into the pot, try to make sure the liquid is covering almost all of the roast and veggies. Bring to a boil once again, cover, and place the covered pot in the oven for 2 1/2 hours, until the meat is fork tender.

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Remove the roast to a cutting board. Skim off as much fat as possible from the sauce. This is really important part: transfer quite a bit of the sauce and vegetables to a blender (enough to fill up a fairly large blender) or a food processor fitted with the steel blade and pureé until smooth. Pour the pureé back into the pot, place on the stovetop over low heat, and return the sauce to a simmer. Taste for seasonings and let the sauce continue to simmer. Meanwhile, remove the strings from the roast, and slice the meat. Serve warm with the sauce spooned over it. The sauce is so good that my husband was literally drinking the extra sauce off of his plate!

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For leftovers, I cut the rest of the meat into bite size pieces and add them back into the sauce and serve it as a stew, seriously tasty! Hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!