Whole30 Week 2 in Review

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In this edition of Whole 30 Week 2 Review, I want to highlight that I am halfway done with Whole30 Round 5!

I still maintain that this has been the easiest Whole30 I’ve ever done.  I feel incredible, and I’ve had zero stomach issues which is huge for me! Last week, I blogged about my experience with week 1, which you can view here.  I’m feeling inspired, and have zero food boredom which is so nice.

Without getting into too much detail, cutting out dairy has done wonders on my gut.  I’m not bent over with side aches or anything and I needed this reset to get me back on track.  When I enter the reintroduction stage, I will certainly be eating minimal dairy from here on out.  I’m so tired of feeling miserable and this round really sealed the deal for me.

What I’m Loving This Round

This round has really made me appreciate a whole bunch of resources and goodies. Here’s some items I’m loving lately:

  • Epic Bars – Venison, Sea Salt and Pepper: I love these bars in a pinch.  They are filling, tasty, and convenient!
  • Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil: I love this oil to normally support a healthy digestive system, but I’m finding this oil puts a pep in my step and I adore it!
  • Tin Star Foods Brown Butter Ghee: Once you try ghee you will never go back to regular butter.  I prefer mine to be grass fed and heavenly.  This Brown Butter has a slightly caramelized taste and it is my favorite thing in my paleo world.  Pair this with sweet potatoes and cinnamon and your world will be rocked.
  • Roasted Nuts: I’m currently swooning over raw almonds that I roasted in white truffle oil at 350 for 15 minutes with Adobe Seasoning.
  • Roasted Parsnip Croutons
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These things have helped me save time, and/or are just items I cannot get enough of!

Cookbooks I Love

I’m in love with cookbooks. I love to flip through the pages and meal plan and I actually enjoy reading recipes.  If there is good food photography, I’m a goner.  I own so, so many cookbooks but this Whole30 I’m primarily cooking out of the brand new Whole30 Cookbook.  Sometimes paleo cookbooks are comprised of hard to find ingredients or weird-to-me recipes.  When I search for cookbooks, I really try to preview them in advance and look for those that are full of recipes I would actually make.  I’m going to share my five most cooked out of cookbooks today which are full of practical recipes for Whole30.  I find cookbooks help prevent food boredom during the Whole 30.  My goal for this round is to cook solely from the Whole30 Cookbook unless I have ingredients I need to get rid of.  So, without further ado here are my five most cooked out of cookbooks:

  1. The Whole30 Cookbook: My favorite recipes include the Roasted Salmon Caesar Salad with Parsnip “Croutons” and Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup.
  2. The Frugal Paleo Cookbook: A household staple is the Teriyaki Stackers!
  3. Fed + Fit Cookbook: A newly discovered favorite is the Sausage & Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash, as well as the Fork Tender Balsamic Mustard Pork Chops. Yum!
  4. Practical Paleo: I made the Citrus & Herb Whole Roasted Chicken this week in anticipation for an ice storm.  So good!
  5. Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook: Crispy Smoked Paprika Radishes and her Buffalo Chicken Casserole are favorites.
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*Not all of these cookbooks are Whole30 compliant so YOU have to do due diligence and make the appropriate substitutions!*

I have about ten more cookbooks I could love and recommend, but I’ll have to do that in another post ;).

What I’m Cooking Next Week:

First, here’s what I’ve been eating this week: 
Next week’s menu includes:

  • Pesto Pepper Frittata with Squash
  • Scrambled Egg Breakfast Tacos
  • Bison Burgers with Shaved Brussels & Skillet Mushrooms & Greens
  • Asian Sesame Noodles
  • BBQ Chicken Salad
  • Turkey Curry Meatballs with Roasted Veggies and Lemongrass Cream Sauce
  • Shrimp, Snow Pea & Shiitake Stir Fry
  • Sparkling Blackberry Lime Tea

I also have a few freezer meals I’ll pull out as needed.  Freezer meals are so good to have on hand when you are in a crunch on time!

What are you planning on cooking this week for the third week of whole30?

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