Actual “bread”… I’m going to try this on my kids.

Coconut Butter Sandwich Bread
via Loving Our Guts

5 pastured eggs
1/4 cup butter, Palm Shortening or Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil   butter bread
1 cup plus 2 tbsp Coconut Butter softened till pourable
1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
3/4 tsp baking soda

http://www.lovingourguts.com/coconut-butter-sandwich-bread/

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A different Summer Salad- Chicken & Brussels Sprouts

Chicken & Brussels Sprouts Salad
via Popular Paleo

1/2 pound of brussels sprouts (2-ish cups once sliced)   brussels sprout salad
1/2 Granny Smith apple
1/2 cup quartered green grapes
1/2 cup chopped almonds
2 chicken breasts, chopped
1/2 white onion, finely diced

Vinaigrette:
2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
1 TBSP quality brown mustard
1 TBSP avocado oil
1 TBSP honey
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
few grinds of black pepper

Paleo Crab cakes

I truly want to start including more seafood into our meals plans. We just don’t eat it enough and we should.  I’m definitely going to try this.  I can’t wait of crabbing season.

Paleo Crab Cakes with Lemon Vinaigrette    crabcakes

via Paleo Cupboard

Vinagrette:
1/2 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. prepared ground mustard
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. raw honey (melted)

Crab Cakes:
1 pound lump crab meat
1/3 cup chopped green onion
1/3 cup white onion, chopped small
1/2 cup red and yellow bell pepper, chopped small
2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 large egg, whisked
1/3 cup paleo mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp. prepared yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/3 cup almond flour (plus extra for dusting)
4 Tbsp. coconut oil or bacon fat (for cooking the crab cakes)

Salad:
6 cups baby arugula, rinsed and dried
1 lemon, quartered (for serving)

Grain Free Granola

I’ve been wanting some granola lately, but thought it was totally off limits until I found this gem here via The Primalist.

Here’s the ingredient list:

2 cups nuts (e.g. 1 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup pecans, and 1/2 cup slivered almonds)   Grain-Free-Granola-Gluten-Free-Paleo_thumb
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup coconut flakes/chips, unsweetened
1 cup dried fruit (e.g. 1/2 cup cranberries and 1/2 cup raisins)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg white, whisked until frothy

Day 27– this is just habit now…

I posted on my FB wall that in the past when I have “dieted”, I used to skip past Food Network and the Travel Channel.  The food they’d show or restaurants they’d feature would be PURE TORTURE.  The sight of  copious amounts of CHEESE, BREAD, and DESSERTS would cause me anxiety and in a few short moments I’d say “SCREW THIS DIET THING.  I’m gonna bake!”   That is a pure example of the yo-yo diet.  One moment yo-yo is up- hard core, lost a few pounds, and think I have a handle on it, and then BAM.. I see something that I’ve been deprived of, and CRASH.  Down goes yo-yo.

This Whole9/Whole 30 is so different!!  I haven’t been feeling deprived at all.  Getting past the habit of eating “ice cream” after dinner was the hardest challenge in the beginning.  But, after a week of chugging water water water til bedtime, I was good.  My meals have been very satisfying that the need for that extra something has diminished.  I am amazed.  The other day at work, a co-worker had some delicious (delicious looking- since I didn’t eat any) Filipino desserts.  Homemade!  If you know me in person, you’ll know that anything Filipino I’m going to want since I don’t get that food very often.  It’s easy to find here, but it’s expensive. (Damn Filipinos!)  This dessert looks like this and is called pitsi pitsi:

My cousin, Shirley often takes pics of the food she makes.Yes, this pic made me hungry back on Day 9 or so.

My cousin, Shirley often takes pics of the food she makes.Yes, this pic made me hungry back on Day 9 or so.

Anyways, I have my favorite lunch buddy who’s a tiny Filipino lady who is in bad-ass workout warrior shape, about 110 lbs and maybe 8% body fat.. well, she “was” also my eating buddy.  Her she is like “Judy, you want some??” Hahahaha!!  She always offers, but actually that’s our culture.  We always offer food- no matter what.  I just give her the death stare (and she’s been getting this often over the past 27 days) and she tells me “you’re so good.  You’re really sticking to you diet”.  I luv her.  She’s seen me go through the ups and downs of my weight over the last 2 years.  So, I don’t take offense to her offering because I know where it stems from.  The death stare is more for fun now, when in the past it was because I wanted to punch her in the face. LOL

Back to what I was originally talking about- Food Network and the Travel Channel-  I LOVE THESE NOW!  I watch the shows and in my head I think about ways that make them Whole 30-friendly.  I think about healthy substitutions to what they use in the recipes.  My creative juices are flowing and my Youtube Channel is in the works.  You’ll be getting to view my cooking “show” soon enough.

I’m off to work today- more Filipino temptations to conquer-I work with 60% Filipinos and we it’s kinda like a potluck every day in the lounge.  But, I’ve got this handled!  I politely say no and offer them my oranges and avocados.