10 Things We Learned The First Week of Whole30

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I had read about Whole30 a while ago from Once a Month Cooking.  Last month I stumbled upon on it again, did some research on it and sorta told my husband about it, and then announced at dinner we as a family were going to do Whole30 for 30 days starting August 2.  (August 1st was my birthday.) We as a family had one week to get ready . So here are 10 things we have learned about our family just the first week of Whole30.

1.  I had to cooked 3 meals a day for 7 days.  The kids LOVE this.  Most days breakfast was just cereal or Nutella on toast.  And lunch was a frozen meal or a can meal.  Yes I went all out.  But on Whole30, I have to actually cook.  And plan, which worked mostly ok.

2. With all that cooking came a LOAD of dirty dishes!  I felt overwhelmed with the dishes this week.  Just when I think we are finally getting caught up -I cook again!!

3.  We got new white dishes.  I bought white square dishes at Target.  Mainly cause they were a little bit deeper,and held salads well.  But we soon realized our food looks great on white!

4. We have shopped ALOT this week!  We needed to get our meat.  We did that mostly at Costco.  We are not a 100% organic or grass feed-but close enough.  This is a huge transition and it is not easy.  I have been to the store 4 other times for other items-mostly veggies and fruits.

5. Our kids are on board for the most part. The biggest thing for them at first was no sugar and wheat.  The second day there was cake at church and   two of my three kids did well with no cake.  Isaiah was sad and mad he could not have no cake.  But he didn’t eat one.  They drink water and eat what we give them.  Isaiah has cheated….but we kinda expected that!

6.  Eggs are our friend! You eat a lot of eggs.  Good thing my kids LOVED eggs already!  Boiled eggs are a great on the go food.  It seems we have been through 9 dozen eggs the first week!!!

7. Fruit Salad-Yummy Yummy! Robby grew up with the Wiggles and we have been eating a LOT of fruit!  Well not too much-but more than normal and I bought a far share of fruit.  But now the kids like to make fruit salad-cause they like being involved in the cooking process!  Which is a little hard for me cause I like to sometimes be alone in the kitchen.

8.  We are eating at the dinning room table! – For a long time we ate at the kitchen table. Then only kids and the adults in the living room.  Then I don’t know what happened when Whole30 started.   We starting this week eating at the dinning room table.  And the one day we were not, the kids were disappointed-so we did.

9.  We are not eating out and no Starbucks! This is big for our family.  Cause remember #1, one of the reasons why I didn’t cook all the time was cause we also ate out a lot!  And I drank Starbucks a LOT.  I am good with coffee black!

10.  I am feeling better. First week was a rocky road.  It was hard.  Some days I felt like crap.  I felt much better by day 7. I am seeing a difference in the kids and my husband! So we will pushed through the next three weeks and decided where we are going from there!

We can do this!!

Here are some of the dishes I cooked for my family!

Whole30 for family of 5

First Shopping Trip of Many for Whole30

whole30 for family of 5

Roasted sweet potato, bacon, sweet onion and spinach -For breakfast

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Simple Breakfast

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Kid’s Favorite Lunch-Taco Salad

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Our Anniversary Dinner -Coconut crusted fish, mango and pineapple and grilled squash

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Cherry’s while they were on sale!!!

 

 

 

 


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Stocking up on Pickle Pops (or Cups)

First day back in our school schedule. Also in a lets eats what is in the house and stock and freeze the freezer. So the kids asked for pickles, and FINALLY the big pickle jar is empty of pickles and we made pickle pops (or cups)!! My little kids love these!

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15 Bean Ham Soup

It is cold outside. And we are trying to eat simpler, not out as much, and a little cheaper.

So last week I bought a ham on sale. Yesterday we cooked it and everyone just ate from it. No formal dinner, just ham to eat off the stove. Now I don’t eat ham. Why I do if there is no sodium nitrates, but it is harder to find these hams. So I do love ham when I can eat it!

My family enjoys it though, so I got one. And on the stove was a beautiful ham bone staring at me. With lots of meat on it. Split pea soup first came to mind. But I had no split peas, but I had a bag of 15 beans.

So into the crockpot went
Bag of 15 beans(I did not use season packet)
Ham bone
1 onion cut
2 cans fire roasted dice tomatoes
6 cups water
Salt
Garlic (I used powered) eye it

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2 Weeks of Dinner Menu’s

When you are homeschooling, and running around with ball games and appointments and just life everything goes smoother when you are organized.  I know this.  I have learned from this.  I don’t always follow this.

But I got two weeks of meals organized!  Wahoo!  I have a zillion sources I pull from, made my first list.  Then I went shopping at Costco (mainly cause I wanted sausage and I can eat it from there) changed a few things up.  I love look at others list so here is mine.

  • Saturday-Italian Sausage w/ peppers and onions
  • Sunday-Chicken Pot pie (Costco)
  • Monday-Enchiladas (in freezer)
  • Tuesday-Cheeseburger pie
  • Wednesday-Crock pot Curried Chicken and Rice
  • Thursday-Stuff Shells
  • Friday Alaska Salmon
  • Saturday-Homemade pizza
  • Sunday-Eat out (we will go down to eating out every other Sunday to save money)
  • Monday- Quesadillas
  • Tuesday-Chicken Spaghetti (from my new Pioneer women cook book)
  • Wednesday-Crock pot Chicken tortilla soup
  • Thursday-Turkey Burgers (Jeremy and I have a special way!)
  • Friday-Fish Taco’s
  • Saturday-Chicken Wraps

I have some ideas for breakfast’s and lunches I am still working on.  I have another month before I need to have summer menu’s in place!


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Ever heard of Pickle Pops?

I have to admit till last Monday evening while working up at our kids ball park concession stand, I had never heard of pickle pops.  But kids kept ordering them.  Simply it is frozen pickle juice.  Who knew?  Pickle juice, the kids loved it!  I went home and researched it.  All I found where The Pickle Pops!  They were seen on the Food Network show Unwrapped.

So today, we had to try it.  I let Isaiah try it.  At the ball park they freeze them in little cups, like Isaiah is holding below.  The jury in-yummy!  We need to make some!

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Family Fun at Mulligan’s Restaurant

It seems that when we go to visit my family in Florida, eating at Mulligan‘s has become a tradition.  It sits at the corner of  Jensen Beach Blvd and Indian River Drive overlooking the Indian River.

The atmosphere is fun and airy, and speaks “come on in and have a good time” when you walk by.  It fits into the “artsy” feel of down town Jensen.  With a whimsical decor of beach and island you really feel like you are on vacation, even if you lived here.

What I also like about it, is most times we are walking in with somewhere between 4-8 kids.  And makes me, as a mom, feel comfortable bringing my kids there.  They even have a kid’s night on Thursdays with Balloons, Face painting, Kids Eat Free with purchase of adult entrée & beverage. Now who can beat that?

My view on food is to eat food from where you are visiting.  So if you are near fresh seafood, get seafood!  I go the fish and fries, (yes maybe not the healthiest thing on the menu-but sooo good!)

 


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Baby Food Cake-it does exist!

I was talking to some ladies the other day and some one mentioned cake made with baby food.  I had never heard of it and either did any of the other ladies!  And here I found it just roaming through a new blog I found.  Head on over to the Marathon Mom blog and see how to make this yummy sounding cake!

 

Baby Food Cake.


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Packing Lunches

 

This year I haven’t been very good at packing lunches. There was just too much for me to think about at the beginning of the year with three going to school (I had two other foster boys) Because my boys got free lunches it just seemed easier to have AnnieQ buy her lunch. Then for a while she and JJ were asking for me to pack their lunches. Oh it comes and goes really. Now since the boys moved home before Christmas, this year, AnnieQ has been asking more and more for me to pack it. I know it just takes some planning and I can do it. And since all she does is grab the grab and go lunch at school, it seems just easier. I had bought these Ziplock containers a while ago that looked like bento ones I had seen before. I though these would be great! And they sat, and sat, and sat. Finally I cam across a Pinterest post about a container looking similar and was inspired!
I found the sight for Easy Lunchboxes.  It has great Lunch box ideas!
So here is how I did it! First AnnieQ doesn’t really eat bread, they pick it off and eat the inside. So I don’t bother with bread.
One compartment there are raisins, banana chips, and there is a little starburst for her as a special treat!:)
Then strawberries, of course strawberries!:)  Apple sauce, crackers, cheese, and turkey (wrapped in wax paper)

Now this is in my fridge ready to go in the morning!


Plenty of room in her little lunch box.  I will add a milk in the morning with a ice pack and she will be ready to go!

Just need a plan and stick with it!

 


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Beef Broccoli Alfredo

We are working hard to stay on track for keeping to dinner plans. The nice thing about out monthly menu is I lamented it so I can change things as needed.

Since we eat out for birthdays I moved Mondays dinner to Tuesday. Cut out Tuesday plan and changed Wed shrimp to chicken. But we ate chicken last night so I found hiding in the freezer boneless beef round steaks I bought  BOGO free.
My noodles where free, Alfredo sauce bygo free $3.60. Broccoli $2 so this dinner about $8 for 8 servings! (ok the meat disappeared quickly.)


We pounded the meat to make it tender.

I put the frozen broccoli in the strainer-pour noodles over water thaws them.


– fried up steak with a little salt and garlic powder


Cut it into strips


Mix it all together-cook a  little bit longer to make sure all is hot.


And yum! The only thing the kids said was more meat!


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Taco soup…crockpot style

I saw a video the other day from crockpot girls for a taco soup! It looked so yummy! So today while wondering what to make, well that came to mind! I made a few adjustments and have no idea the outcome but here is what I did!
I ground two pounds (I doubled the recipe) of beef and I added one pack of taco seasoning.



Four cans on beans, two pinto, one with chili sauce and one navy(I didn’t have the forth can of pinto. Recipe called for two cans pinto and two cans pinto with Ranch.). I didn’t see the pinto with Ranch so I adapted)


I added 3 cans diced tomatoes


Two cans drained corn


I used salsa (had to get this, it has frogs)

And the recipe said ranch package, but since I am allergic to MSG, I found this. It has Ranch and bacon, so we will see.


I’m going to cook all day-looks more like taco chili!


Will service with two kinds of chips, cheese and sour cream!

I’ll update tonight how yummy or not!:)

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