Guys, I sautéed plantains. Me. Seriously. I have never purchased fresh plantains before because, quite frankly, I have been intimidated by them. But part of the reason I chose to cook this recipe was the plantains.
Thankfully, the Whole 30 Cookbook takes all the fear out of it. The book is full of tips... like when it told me that the plantains will be ready to use when the peels are almost black. I would have never known that. And let's be real, I would have tossed them thinking that they had expired. I will tell you though, they can take a while to ripen. I bought them thinking they'd be like avocados or bananas (quick to turn bad after you leave the Publix parking lot), but these guys took almost a week!
I could not find Jamaican jerk seasoning that was Whole 30 approved, so I made my own (also a tip in the book). It was easy and delicious.
I added extra orange zest about halfway through the baking process. I liked it, but Stu and Reagan both wiped the orange off. Oh well.
My plantains were not perfect. I think I used too much coconut oil, plus I forgot to add the vinegar. Oops. I still thought they were super tasty. Reagan thought they tasted like slimy sweet bananas. Stu (apparently) will only eat fried plantains from his favorite Cuban restaurant. He would not even try it.
Holy smokes! We survived.
It was not always easy, but I can 100% say it was worth it.
Stu and I kicked off our weight-loss journey by going extreme. Whole 30 was the kick in the pants we needed. I can honestly say that if we hadn't gone through this, my mindset would not have changed enough for me to make major, life changing and permanent steps I need to.
We were asked by the authors of Cook by Colours to try the book out and let everyone know what we thought. The actual post is on our Parenting page. But since it's a cookbook, I thought it should appear here as well. At least in video form.
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What are you eating? What is the food like? -- We get asked that ALL the time.
I'll admit, before we started, I was afraid of the food too. I was not sure how I could possibly stomach eating sugar-free, dairy-free for an entire month. Would the food be good? Would it be edible? Would I cry every single day dreaming of Oreos?
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If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have suspected that we were interested in Whole30... my food board (Bits of Deliciousness) has exploded with Whole30 recipes.
Stu is actually the one who came to me with the idea. He and I have agreed that we need to "do something". Neither one is thrilled with the mirror, photos or our clothing. I'm not totally sure where the idea for Whole30 came to Stu. But he mentioned it to me, and I started researching it.
Whole30 is a major overhaul and change of lifestyle. Check out their site for details. I definitely suggest ordering the book.
Before we even began officially, I read through most of the 30-DAY Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM book. It's chock-full of excellent information. If you are considering, not sure, wondering what it's all about, or going to take the plunge yourself, read this first!
My next step was to prepare. Mentally. Emotionally. And literally. I needed to clean out the fridge. I needed to plan out our meals. I needed a game plan.
I typed up a "menu" plan for our week. I have already made changes to it, but it helps me to see what we are going to eat. And more importantly, it helps me know what I need to prepare (like that brisket, which needs to thaw then sit in the crockpot all day). Also, we are not having chicken tonight... we've eaten chicken for lunch for a few days. I'm fairly sure Stu would bash his head into the table if I served chicken AGAIN.
My weekly meal plan menu hangs on our fridge. It's a good reminder for me. And it has helps me stick to it.
I'll be back with updates. As I am writing this, we are only a few days in. By the time this post is published, we will be one official week down. Check back (or subscribe) for updates on our progress and journey.
I am a sucker for BBQ. It's Reagan's favorite condiment. Riley is not such a big fan. Stu enjoys good BBQ too.
I found this recipe in this magazine, although I did not follow it exactly:
I love surfing Pinterest.
I especially love finding new recipes to try.
Sometimes it works out. Sometimes, not so much.
This was one of those fails.
This recipe is compliments of my grandma, Lala. I don't know the origin of the recipe. I have no idea if she created it or stole (I mean, adapted) from someone else. All I know is that is was in the cookbook she made for some of us.
I love making these stuffed green peppers. They are super simple to make. You cook them in your microwave. They taste amazing. And *bonus* they heat up well for lunch the next day too.
For the full recipe, scroll to the bottom of this post.
I have decided to be healthier. Ugh.
This morning, I decided to make a smoothie. Nothing special. I threw some spinach in with some frozen blueberries. Then added a touch of skim milk. Finally, I threw in some greek blueberry yogurt to make it creamier.
Rea came in and wanted to make a smoothie of her own. So, we did. She wanted a banana and blueberry one. We added a bit of milk to her's also.
As part of our homeschool curriculum, I am teaching Rea to cook. She has taken a liking to creating things in the kitchen.
We picked up a kids' cookbook at Barnes and Noble the other day. She has read every page. And she has marked a number of things for us to try. Here is the first one:
Not A Chef
I like to cook, but I am no chef. I don't have the vision to create masterpieces from scratch. I am excellent at following recipes and tweaking them to fit my pantry or family. And I have a great collection of recipes to share.