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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Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

 

No reason to buy salad dressing with a million different ingredients you can’t pronounce when you can make your own.  This is an easy, delicious dressing to accompany any salad of your choice.  It would especially pare well with a Southwestern or Taco Salad.

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Shrimp and Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry

Shrimp and Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry  www.eatmovelivelove.com

 

Gingery, sweet, and tangy!  If you enjoy these flavours, you are definitely going to enjoy this delicious stir fry.  This vegetable dense dish is quick and easy to whip together making it perfect to create on a weeknight.  You will spend more time chopping up vegetables than cooking.  This dish is Whole30 compliant and will leave your stomach satisfied.  My 11 year old son absolutely loved it!  I used a vegetable spiralizer to create the zucchini noodles.  Below is a link to the one I own.  I highly recommend purchasing one if you don’t own one.  If you don’t own one, you can still create this dish.  Just julienne the zucchini into pasta like strips.

Shrimp and Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry    www.eatmovelivelove.com

Spiralizer –  http://amzn.com/B0007Y9WHQ

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Whole30 Challenge: Week 1 Menu

Whole 30 Challenge: Week 1 Menu  www.eatmovelivelove.com

The holiday season has come and gone.  It’s time to get eating habits back on track again!  Starting February 2nd (the day after the Super Bowl) I challenge you to join me in completing the Whole30.

What is the Whole30?  30 days of real food.  No sugar.  No grains.  No alcohol.  No dairy.  No Legumes.  Just real, whole foods.  Eating this way for 30 days is a great way to build healthy eating habits and allow our bodies to run the way they are supposed to.  At the end of the 30 days, we will slowly reintroduce some of the “no-no” foods mentioned above which will allow you to know what your body can and cannot digest. Continue Reading

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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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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