Quick & Easy Whole30 Meal Ideas

See these two lovebirds? They’re my adorable parents…
Everybody say, “Awwwww“.LovebirdsThese two embarked on their first Whole30 today! And now it’s on the Internet Mom & Dad, so you have to stick to it. The people know! My mother asked about some quick & easy Whole30 Approved meal ideas. As I was typing I got to thinking that just maybe this would be of interest to some of you. So, in honor of Bob & Jen… Let’s do it:

Breakfast:
– Scrambled Eggs (3) + Sugar-Free Bacon (3) + Roasted Broccoli
– Breakfast Frittata with assorted veggiesCheery Breakfast– Roasted Hash: sweet potatoes, mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, and garlic; roasted in olive oil + Sausage – all chopped and tossed together in a bowl!
Coconut Milk & Chia Seed Pudding (without sweetener) + fresh berries
– Spinach Banana Smoothie: 3 cups spinach + 2 tbsp almond butter + 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk + banana (but eat something else with it!)Strawberry-Banana-Spinach Breakfast Sausage Patties over a bed of Kale + Roasted Sweet Potatoes
– Omelets filled with whatever vegetables you’d like! 🙂
– Egg Cups: Bacon + Egg + Veggies; all baked together in one cupcake pan in just 20 minutesEgg Cups

 Lunch/Dinner:
**I put this category together because I almost always make dinner for two and save the extra for lunch. 2-in-1 meals for the WIN! :)**
– Tilapia + fresh salsa + steamed veggies (TIP: Tilapia takes 5 minutes at 500-degrees in the oven AND you can steam veggies in the microwave.. no excuses)
– Beef Burger over Spinach + slices of Tomato & Onion + Sauteed MushroomsDelicioso– Spaghetti Squash + meatballs + tomato sauce (check the label for sugar)- Taco-seasoned Ground Beef over lettuce, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper… instant Taco Salad!
– Applegate Farms Prosciutto wrapped around Apple Slices + small side salad
– “Zoodles” (zuchinni noodles) tossed with olive oil, salt & pepper topped with Grilled Chicken and Diced TomatoesRoasted Veggies & Squash– Hard Boiled Eggs + fresh veggies + handful of almonds or cashews
– Shrimp Kebabs: bell pepper, squash, zucchini, and shrimp coated in olive oil & grilled + squeeze of lime
– Stir Fry: chicken + any veggies + coconut amines + hot sauce; cook in sauté pan and DONE
Lazy Man Plate: protein + veggies + fruit + nut/seed (no cooking required)Lazy Man's Lunch Lettuce Wraps: Romaine Lettuce Leaves + Ground Chicken + Cucumber + Tomato + Balsamic Vinaigrette (check labels)
– Soup in the Crockpot (or anything in the Crockpot, really); just set it and forget it! 😉
French Onion Soup


I hope this helps you in your Whole30 journey! This is by no means an exhausted list, but just an option for you to glance over when you’re short on time and in need of a “real food meal” that’s Whole30 Approved!

For more recipes for Whole30, check out my recipes page for more ideas & tips!

Fall Flavors: Produce of the Season

Welcome to Fall!
Okay, I’m a little late to the Welcome Wagon, but hurray, its HERE!

In other parts of the world, people are putting on scarves, boots, and sweaters. Florida still thinks its summer, as per usual. In protest, I wore a scarf today, but only made it to 11:30AM till the heat around my neck was causing my skin to melt. Well, at least I tried.Fall ProduceFall is probably my favorite season. This is mostly due to the food situation. Warm ciders and pies. Cozy coffee beverages. Sweet apple & cinnamon scents. Are ya picking up what I’m throwing down?

A new season means NEW PRODUCE! This list includes some incredibly tasty and fresh produce that you can add to your meals  or make them the star for some festive fall flair.Fall Fruits + Veggies from Suja

1. Apples
2. Beets
3. Broccoli
4. Brussel Sprouts
5. Cranberries
6. Figs
7. Pears
8. Pomegranates
9. Pumpkin
10. Squash
11. Spinach
12. Sweet Potatoes

Pumpkin Patch

This is just the short list– Some personal favorites of mine. If you would like a more extensive list, check out what else is in season here. Now head to the kitchen and make those pumpkin waffles, cranberry chutneys, roasted brussel sprouts and figgy puddings before the fall produce is gone! 🙂

Paleo-style, of course!
Paleo-style, of course!

 

Food Adventures: Artichoke + Beet + Starfruit

Artichoke. Check!
Chioggia Beet.
Check!
Starfruit. Double Check!?Funky Produce

Are these the kinds of things on your grocery list? Yeah, me neither. Alas, they somehow made their way into my basket. Something about these foods shouted, “ADVENTURE AWAITS! TRY US!” (What do you mean your food doesn’t talk?! :P) I went for it. I grabbed them and brought them home. My next thought: What in the world do I do with these things?

Artichokes can help lower cholesterol, aid in digestive health & liver function, and act as a cancer preventer. Artichoke BeautyI knew that they were “healthy”, but I always thought of them to be intimating to cook and eat. Turns out, it’s pretty darn simple. Here is a link that gives you a very basic method of how to cook and eat and artichoke. I wanted to do something a little “extra” so I roasted my artichoke with fresh garlic, sea salt, and pepper as recommended by @amazon_ashley. I’ll tell you what– it was easy and tasty! I can see myself buying artichoke when on sale and using it as an interactive snack during a Criminal Minds binge-watching fest an evening cuddled up with a quality read. 😉Roasted Garlic Artichoke

Chioggia Beets are gorgeous. Seriously, will you just look at the inside of this thing? Beet Chip BeforeTalk about not judging a book by its cover… Beautiful pink and white ribbons spiraling through this incredible root. Other variations include sunset orange and yellow rings! Wow! Every time I envision beets I think of the pickled ones in the jar, so picking up a beet without it in this glass container was quite and unusual move for me. I decided beet chips would be an EXCELLENT idea, so I gave this recipe a try from Minimalist Baker. They turned out okay, I think my oven was a little too hot, but I am definitely willing to try it again. I saved a few chunks of my beet to roast with some broccoli and that was amazing– Great flavor from such a beautiful root!Beet Chip After

Starfruit! Oh, how I have been missing out! The StarStarfruit has the texture similar to a grape (you know that slight “crunch”?) and similar flavor to a green apple or pear, depending on its stage of ripeness. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, this gem of a fruit can be eaten completely raw, including its somewhat waxy skin. I thought I would give it a try and I bought two– one for a raw snack and the other to be roasted alongside my roasted sweet apples. Both ways turned out to be awesome; the flavor profile became more rich after roasted. This fruit will be frequenting my shopping basket more often! Plus, it just makes me smile having stars scattered around my plate. 🙂Starlight BreakfastStarfruit Beauty


Have you tried any unique foods recently?
Be on the lookout for more “Food Adventure” posts about the new foods I’m giving a go!