Whole30 // The Final Countdown and Reintroduction

Woohoo, last four days! Well… sorta… they should really call it the Whole42, because after I complete my 30 days on Thursday I’m supposed to start a reintroduction process that will take another 12 days. Womp womp. Still, I’m excited to finish up my thirty days and get started on this little experiment. I’m convinced I have a stomach of steel so I’m not expecting to have any adverse reactions, but you never know.

Week Four Recap

So about that whole stomach of steel thing…I didn’t feel great last week. It wasn’t anything major I just felt a little queasy and didn’t have much of an appetite. I was promised tiger blood! Whatever is going on certainly didn’t stop me from asking the following questions… e.v.e.r.y.n.i.g.h.t. “Should we just order pizza and eat it in bed?” and “What should we drink tonight… white or red?” Ah, Whole30 jokes… I’m clearly losing it towards the end and Roberto can’t wait for me to get some new material.

Other than the whole not wanting to eat anything part, last week was uneventful. My biggest challenge was the soccer game on Friday. Roberto whipped up some shrimp with fresh tomatoes and bell pepper, but we were running late so I inhaled a RxBar as we ran to the stadium knowing there would be nothing inside I’d be able to eat. Then I watched as everyone else enjoyed their pretzels, nachos, chips and beer. Le sigh.

We had friends over on Saturday night and Roberto made bison burgers for the group. We had buns, cheese, and non-compliant condiments for the rest of the crew and I was the only party pooper who didn’t partake in the wine or whiskey. We’re attending the same friends’ engagement party this weekend so I’ll definitely be raising a glass to them! That means  I’ll be doing a Whole31 through Friday and reintroducing wine on Saturday. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Week Five Meal Plan

 BreakfastLunchDinner
Sunday 3/26Hard Boiled Egg and Apple with Almond Butter (Late Breakfast)Leftover Fishsticks
Monday 3/27K - Open Face Breakfast "Sandwich"
R - Spinach, Fried Egg, and Sausage and Potato Hash
K - Turkey Meatballs (1/4)
R - Leftover Shrimp
Steak and Mashed Potatoes (2/4)
Tuesday 3/28K - Open Face Breakfast "Sandwich"
R - Spinach, Fried Egg, and Sausage and Potato Hash
Slow Cooker Coconut Lime Chicken (2/4)Steak and Mashed Potatoes (4/4)
Wednesday 3/29K - Open Face Breakfast "Sandwich"
R - Spinach, Fried Egg, and Sausage and Potato Hash
Slow Cooker Coconut Lime Chicken (4/4)Ground Turkey Meatballs and Green Beans (3/4)
Thursday 3/30K - Open Face Breakfast "Sandwich"
R - Spinach, Fried Egg, and Sausage and Potato Hash
R - Ground Turkey Meatballs and Green Beans (4/4)
K - Cobb Salad
Blackened Tilapia Salad (2/4)
Friday 3/31 (No Meat)K - Open Face Breakfast "Sandwich"
R - Spinach, Fried Egg, and Potatoes
Blackened Tilapia Salad (4/4)Scallops and Brussels sprouts
Saturday 4/1 (Reintroduce Wine)TBDEngagement Party (Hoorah!)

The Breakfast Plan

I used to eat a homemade breakfast sandwich every day, and I’m trying to recreate it this week now that I’ve discovered my potato pancake “toast.” I essentially created mini frittatas like I made in weeks one and two. Instead of making one large one, I put the sauteed spinach, mushrooms, and egg whites into ramekins to create five little sandwich sized frittatas (basically flat round egg muffins). I’m planning to layer those on top of potato pancakes along with avocado and compliant turkey bacon. Yummm. The only thing missing from my old mix is the pepperjack cheese.

Steak and Mashed Potatoes

Nothing too fancy here, we just wanted to switch up our proteins. We hardly ever eat red meat so chicken, ground turkey and pork tenderloin are our go-tos, but we felt like we needed a change. We bought filet mignon and while it was a little pricier than what we’d normally spend we figured we’d more than made up for it with all the wine we aren’t buying. No meal prep needed on these since we’ll just give the fillets a quick sear in these pans.

Ground Turkey Meatballs

Roberto’s recipe was so delish last week that I requested it again this week… we have a Tomasso’s addiction.

Slow Cooker Lime Chicken over Cauliflower Rice

I loved the sound of the flavors in this recipe, but I wanted to make it even easier than it already was so I threw everything in the slow cooker (except the cilantro… you know I didn’t buy herbs). It smelled amazing and I can’t wait to try it this week.

Cobb Salad

We were just one meal short with the shrimp leftovers we had so I’m planning to do a quick and easy “Cobb Salad” and just throw some hard boiled eggs and turkey bacon over lettuce. Work wife has some Tessamae’s Ranch Dressing so I’ll have to see if I can steal some.

Blackened Tilapia

This is another pre-Whole30 recipe we love that we’re modifying. We’ll obviously skip the sour cream and the brown sugar, but it will be quick to mix up the other spices and grill the fish later in the week. Since tortillas are out we’ll have it over lettuce with salsa and I’ll be adding avocado (of course!).

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