My Favorite Paleo & Whole30 Recipes

As many of you know from my previous post How doing the Whole30 Challenge changed the way I eat I am just loving all these new Paleo recipes I am finding. So here’s some of my favorite ones. Most are Whole30 friendly as well.

BREAKFAST

I have been eating eggs everyday since cereal, yogurt, granola, and toast are all out. Frankly you can get a little sick of this after awhile. Luckily I found an easy pancake recipe that was so yummy my husband and baby devoured and entire batch!

  • Paleo 3 ingredient Pancakes
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • (I added a dash of sea salt and felt they tasted better that way)
  • Blend all ingredients together and pour small amounts into a hot pan with coconut oil or ghee. Wait until they start to brown on the edges before flipping.

originally adapted from Recipe By Photo

Paleo 3 Ingredient Pancakes with fruit

Paleo 3 Ingredient Pancakes with fruit

LUNCH

For most lunches I make salads. I always grill up some chicken breast for the week so it’s on hand for salads or soups if needed. But the Apple Basil Burgers are by far my favorite lunch item. I can mix up the meat mixture ahead of time and have it in a Ziploc in the fridge ready to cook up one or two burgers at a time. That way they are hot and fresh!

  • Apple Basil Burgers
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • DIRECTIONS: I use my food processor to chop up the apple, red pepper and basil at once. Saves a ton of time. Combine all ingredients and form into patties. Either place in Ziploc for later or cook on a skillet at medium heat in coconut oil until cooked through. About 3-4 minutes on each side. Don’t overcook or they will dry out.

originally adapted from Cave Food Kitchen

Apple Basil Burgers

Apple Basil Burgers

DINNER

There have been SO MANY dinner recipes that were just out of this world. I am going to list a few below that have become staples in our menu rotation. Click on the name for the recipe.

Dijon Almond Encrusted Tilapia - This is so popular in my family it is requested every other week. I really enjoy pairing it with roasted root veggies and avocado salad with cilantro pesto dressing.

  • Avocado Salad with cilantro pesto dressing
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/4 cilantro
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • dash of sea salt
  • handful of basil (optional)
  • DIRECTIONS: Using your blender, food processor, or bullet blend all ingredients until it looks smooth. I sometimes add the salt afterwards a little at a time to ensure I don’t over salt. Toss with chopped avocado and serve.
Dijon Almond Encrusted Tilapia, roasted root vegetables and avocado salad

Dijon Almond Encrusted Tilapia, roasted root vegetables and avocado salad

Paleo Spaghetti Squash – this turned out so well I didn’t even miss the pasta, and that’s saying A LOT! I paired this with green beans.

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • cut in half lengthwise and scoop out all guts
  • on a baking sheet drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  • place them flesh side down and bake at 400 degrees for about 30-40 minutes or until tender.
  • using forks scrape out all the inside into pasta like noodles.
  • Top with your favorite sauce!
Paleo Spaghetti Squash and green beans

Paleo Spaghetti Squash and green beans

Grilled Chicken with Blueberry-Basil Salsa – there’s not much I can say except this is such an interesting (and impressive) recipe to serve. I didn’t use the jalapenos or scallions in the recipe and it turned out great.

Grilled chicken with blueberry basil salsa

Grilled chicken with blueberry basil salsa

DESSERT

Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you don’t still crave some sweetness. Here are my favorite go-to desserts.

Apple Banana Cookies – these are so tasty and have NO added sugar. They are definitely something I don’t feel bad about giving my kids anytime.

Apple Banana Cookies

Apple Banana Cookies

  • Date shake
  • 4-5 dates (remove pits)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 ice cubes
  • DIRECTIONS: blend all until smooth! Feel free to adjust the quantities to your taste.
Coconut date shake

Coconut date shake

  • Chocolate Mousse
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup raw honey or agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 salt
  • DIRECTIONS: blend all ingredients until smooth. I would add the salt to taste as sometimes it can be too salty. Enjoy with fresh berries!

Originally adapted from Stir It Up

Now I don’t have a photo of this one because honestly we ate it too quick!

I hope you will enjoy some of these recipes and please do share if you try them out and let me know what you thought or if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

How doing the Whole30 Challenge changed the way I eat

I have been on a pretty strict diet lately called the Whole 30. Now don’t misunderstand, this is not a weight loss diet but rather a re-setting of your body and how you eat. I won’t go into detail about what this diet includes (click the link above for more info) but the jist is I am supposed to eat whole foods, nothing processed. I cannot have dairy, grains, legumes, white potatoes, or added sugar of any kind. It sounded pretty limiting at first but I figured it was only 30 days and in the past few months I had become a little grossed out with the way we were eating. I swear I could smell the preservatives in the bread we were buying! Thus I said good bye to pasta and began my journey into the world of real whole foods.

The first week wasn’t bad and frankly neither was the second. It became tough when I started PMSing and CRAVING chocolate…for like 3 days. I finally broke my rule and found a paleo friendly chocolate mousse recipe where the only ingredient I wasn’t supposed to have was honey. It was DELICIOUS!

As I finish up my last week I thought I would share some of my thoughts on this challenge and how it’s changed the way I view food.

  • The thing I missed most was not the cupcakes or the pasta but my sugary coffee drinks. So many times I just wanted to get an Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte but alas if I wanted coffee it had to be drunk black. :(
  • I thought I would miss dairy more than I did. The only times I really wished I could add cheese was when I made a paleo pizza.
  • There was a big learning curve when it came to menu planning and grocery shopping. I think I visited five different stores that first week. I just kept running out of produce or realizing I needed more clarified butter and coconut oil. But once I got my system of menu planning down and had stocked my pantry and fridge with the essential spices and oils it became a lot easier to do my once a week shop.
  • By week 2 I was feeling so amazing I made the decision I never wanted to go back to our old habits. I realized how many Man-made things I was ingesting instead of God-made things. I purged our fridge of most all processed foods, especially those with hidden sugar ingredients. I even stopped taking my multi vitamins (filled with synthetic supplements) in favor of Juice Plus, daily pills with concentrated fruit and vegetable nutrients straight from the source.
  • One of my favorite parts of this way of eating is that I have TONS more energy. I don’t get those afternoon lows when I just pray my kids would nap so I could. I also notice I don’t go from full to STARVING in two seconds with no warning. When I get hungry it’s a slow progression and I can gauge when I will need to eat or what would make a healthy option instead of grabbing the chips just to make the hunger go away long enough to think of what to make for dinner.
  • With a bit of planning and prep I always had food on hand. Plus I found myself enjoying the creativity of figuring out what I could make from what’s in the fridge: leftover veggies, cooked chicken and half a carton of chicken stock…soup for lunch!
  • I did lose weight! I won’t go into how much, and I still have more to go, but overall I feel so much better

Now that my challenge is pretty much over we have decided to eat more Paleo moving forward. If I fill my body with nutritious whole foods 90% of the time then I won’t have to worry about that 10% when we’re at Disneyland and I just want a churro. :)

Have you changed your eating habits lately?

 

 

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