Whole30 Tabouli

I’m back!  It’s been way too long but between having a baby, starting a new job, and keeping up with my 12 year old’s schedule, its been a little busy.  Life has been great though and I have no complaints!
I will admit.  My eating got off track a bit.  Then I kinda fell back into some old eating habits again and started consuming more sugar that I care to admit.  I started another round of Whole30 again and today is officially Day 12!  Woohooo!  It’s been a very successful Whole30 so far…especially since my husband chose not to participate with me.  This is my first Whole30 alone.  I also caught a nasty stomach bug last week which was an interesting twist.  Instead of the typical gluten free toast or crackers and 7 up, it was plain baked sweet potato and La Croix.  I learned a great lesson through that experience!  At any rate, I am feeling better and I am excited to share this new recipe I came up with earlier in the week.
Tabouli is a delicious, Mediterranean dish that is traditionally used with bulgar wheat, couscous, or sometimes quinoa.  I love this dish because its incredibly refreshing and packed full with flavor due to the large amounts of fresh herbs and lemon juice used.  The tomatoes and cucumbers at as sponges absorbing these flavors, too!  So it came to me that I could used cauliflower rice instead of a grain.  With this thought in mind, I had to test it out.  I’m so glad that I did because it has instantly become on of my favorite Whole30 dishes.  All week long (when I wasn’t sick that is) I took some tabouli for lunch along with some chicken in a separate container.  I would heat up the chicken and then add it to the tabouli in a bowl.  This has become my new favorite lunch.  I can definitely see me making this as a side dish to share at a BBQ this summer.

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Baked Garlic Dijon Salmon

Baked Garlic Dijon Salmon

 

Today when I checked my gmail account, I had a glorious email from Whole Foods notifying me that they had Coho Salmon on sale today only.  At that moment, I knew exactly what we would be having for dinner.  I sent the hubs out to our local Whole Foods to grab the goods.  I told him to see if they could remove the skin for us to make cooking easier (tip for those of you buying the seafood counter).  Not only did they remove the skin, but they offered to remove all the pin bones.  My husband watched the gentleman behind the counter meticulously remove each of the bones, one by one with a smile on his face.  Let me tell you…this made the whole cooking process a breeze!  High level of customer service is not something you find in every grocery store however, this is where Whole Foods really shines above the rest.  Makes my heart grow even founder for my favorite grocery store!

This delicious salmon is topped and baked with a garlicky dijon sauce that is going to knock your socks off!  This recipe in not only ridiculously easy to make but it is jam packed with flavor and is Whole30 compliant.  My husband raved about it over and over as we were eating this evening.

Pair with steamed veggies or zucchini noodles and get your omega-3’s on with this delicious salmon tonight!

 

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Coconut Curry with Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Vegan options)

Coconut Curry with Cauliflower Rice

 

 

Weeknights are busy for my family.  Trying to fit in time to cook something quick, easy, and healthy can be a challenge.  This recipe has become a weekly staple in my home since developing it.  Not only is it easy, delicious, and healthy but it is also cheap to make!

This vegetable dense meal is dairy/grain free, Paleo, and has options to make it Whole30 approved!  And if meat is not your thing, I have also included options in the recipe to make it vegan.

If grains are not an issue for you, feel free to serve it over brown rice or aromatic Basmati or Jasmine rice.  You can also enjoy it as a stew if you wish.

This dish serves 4-6 which means I have leftovers for lunch!  It’s even better the next day!

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Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad

It’s avocado season and I am noticing some great deals in the grocery stores.  Time to stock up on my all time favorite!  If you are wanting to make something different than guacamole with those delicious avocados, here it the perfect solution!

My father is from Cuba and came to America right before the revolution when he was 8 years old so Cuban cuisine is an obvious favorite within the household.   In Cuba, Ensalada de Aquacate (Avocado Salad) is staple side dish to many meals.  This is my take on the traditional side dish.   It is super simple to throw together in a hurry and incredibly refreshing on a hot summer day.  This dish is Paleo, Whole30 friendly, and loaded with the healthy fats that our bodies need.

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Shrimp and Asparagus Scampi

Shrimp.  Garlic.  Asparagus.  Lemon.

 These are a few of my favorite things!  Combine these ingredients into one dish and I am in foodie heaven.

 I now present to you, Shrimp and Asparagus Scampi!

Shrimp and Asparagus Scampi

Shrimp and Asparagus Scampi

This dish is the perfect union of savory and tangy.  The garlicky lemon sauce pairs perfectly with the buttery shrimp.  It is easy enough to make on a week night but also decadent enough to make for any special occasion.  This recipe is Paleo and Whole30 approved which makes it that much tastier.  No need to feel guilty after enjoying this version!

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Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

I am absolutely obsessed with the Curry Chicken Salad from Whole Foods.  The price tag?  Not so much!  So I decided to take matters into my own hands and try to replicate my beloved Curry Chicken Salad.   I am absolutely thrilled with the results!  Not only does it taste like the Whole Food’s version but it’s also Whole30 compliant!  There is no sugar added to this chicken salad (unlike the Whole Foods version).

This chicken salad is easy to make and perfect to have on hand for lunches throughout the school/work week.  You can put it on toast, make it into a sandwich,  or turn it into a wrap!  I made boats out of romaine lettuce for my wraps and for my husband’s I used a whole grain tortilla.

I should warn you though…..it’s extremely addictive so it might not last very long in your refrigerator!

Curry Chicken Salad

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