Three Best Whole30 Recipes This Week
By: Rebecca Barnes
This year was the first time I actually made a commitment to myself to eat healthy and exercise and decided to start Whole30 on the first day of January 2019. In the past, I never stuck to new year’s resolutions, mostly because I was in my twenties and probably thought, “Well, there’s always next year.” Honestly, turning 30 in 2018 made me realize that this year is a great time to actually commit and make a difference in the way I eat and get fit. Basically, it’s true what everyone says, that your metabolism does slow down and its harder to eat whatever you want without exercising. If my husband John wasn’t also participating with me, I’m not sure I would be a week into the new year and still making my goals!
For upping my heart-rate every week, I joined a cross-fit type gym and had my first class last week and we are going again tonight. I also went horseback riding twice last week, instead of only once. Finding a sport you enjoy, for me is horseback riding, is the best type of exercise because I look forward to it and have fun each time. Combined with daily walking and stretching, I know that I will hit my fitness goals faster if I also changed my diet.
Since the first, we have been adhering to Whole30’s strict diet rules and this is my first time, ever, doing any kind of food lifestyle change. If you’re not familiar with the program started by Mellissa Hartwig Urban and Doug Hartwig, Whole30 eliminates all grains, legumes (beans, lentils, soy, chickpeas), corn, peanuts, sugar and dairy except eggs. You are allowed to eat unprocessed foods, such as meat, vegetables (except legumes), fruit and nuts (except peanuts). The first three days were the hardest, however if I had known that there were some really great meals in our future, it would have made them a lot easier!
If you are on a Whole30 or Keto lifestyle or you are wanting some healthy food options, know that there are some delicious meals in your future. The best meals we ate our first week are all super easy and simple to make. We got the ingredients at Publix and Trader Joe’s. The really incredible mahi mahi meal John made didn’t make the list this week, so I will be adding it to next week’s best Whole30 recipes and meals we ate. Let me know if you try any of the recipes below.
Dinner Recipe #1: Pan-Seared Jumbo Lemon Scallops and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
1 whole lemon
De-thaw scallops over night if frozen.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, while it’s heating up, wash and cut ends off of asparagus and cut in half.
Pour olive oil over them and season with sea salt. Put in the oven and set the timer for 15 minutes.
Dip the scallops in freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil. Place in skillet and cook for 4 minutes on each side.
Take-out asparagus and wrap with prosciutto and place back in the oven for 4 minutes.
Place the cooked scallops and asparagus on a plate and that’s it! Looks gourmet, doesn’t it? Forget you are even on Whole30 or change of lifestyle!
Breakfast Recipe #1: Poached Eggs with Diced Potatoes and Avacado
1 Russet potato
1/4 of Trader Joe’s pork belly
Heat a medium skillet to medium heat and a small skillet on low heat.
Pre-heat air fryer or oven to 360 degrees.
Put a pot of water on the burner and boil.
Dice a Russet potato on a cutting board and toss in a bowl with olive oil. Put in the air fryer or baking sheet and put in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes. Make sure you either shake the air fryer a few times throughout cooking or toss in the oven a few times while cooking.
Slice the pork belly and cook in the skillet until crispy (7 - 10 minutes).
Squeeze half a lemon into the small skillet and stir in one egg yolk slowly for 3 - 4 minutes to make a hollandaise type sauce (don’t overheat).
Crack two eggs in the boiling water and cook for about 3 minutes or desired doneness.
Place the cooked pork belly, poached eggs, finished potatoes and half of a sliced avocado on a plate.
Season sauce and avocado with sea salt and drizzle sauce over eggs. Don’t forget to mix the potatoes with the egg yolks! Enjoy!
Suggestion: Season avocado with Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning.
Lunch Recipe #1: Hamburger without the Bun and French Fries
Grass-fed ground beef
2 Russet Potatoes
Unprocessed guacamole and no sugar
Mustard that is Whole30 compliant (We used Trader Joe’s brand)
Pre-heat the oven and air fryer (if you have one) to 350 degrees.
Pre-heat a skillet over medium heat.
Form the grass-fed ground beef into hamburger patties and season with sea salt. Place them in the oven and cook for at least 15 minutes.
Wash, peel and slice Russet potatoes and toss in olive oil. Add them to air fryer or oven and cook for 15 minutes, shaking the air fryer a few times while cooking or toss in the oven during baking.
Rinse the mushrooms and add to the skillet and cook on each side for 3 - 4 minutes.
Dice tomato on a cutting board.
Place cooked hamburger, cooked french fries seasoned with sea salt, diced tomatoes, cooked mushrooms and enjoy with guacamole and mustard!