Whole30 Week 3 Go-Tos

Hey y’all! Its Foodie Tuesday, yay! I missed you last week…sorry. I don’t even remember why I missed posting last week, but it was Week 2, so maybe my brain just shut down? Who knows! Anyhoo, I’m back this week, with 3 of the recipes I’ve made so far that I liked and wanted to share with you. And when I say “recipes” they aren’t even really recipes….this week I’m really trying to stick to just more whole foods, and less recipe-type meals. In the first two weeks, I felt good, but didn’t lose any weight at all, and even though that’s not why I am doing the challenge, its a good indicator to me that I’m not really being “challenged”, so I’m sticking to basics a little more this week with just whole fruits and veggies, and some moderately prepared “meals”. I did make one little batch of “cookies” yesterday to try out a recipe that popped into my head, and they turned out ok, so I’ll share them with you today!

Have you considered doing the Whole30 challenge yet? Am I making it sound AMAZING?! I know, it doesn’t sound amazing. Its tough, but in a good way. I love challenging myself to think differently, and when I know that it is making me more healthy, and less dependent on food for comfort, its totally worth it. Give it a try!!

Without further ado, here are my three recipes for the day!

Roasted Cauliflower

This one is really simple and yummy and you can modify the flavor profile to suit your preferences. I like to add some hefty spice to the cauliflower since its pretty bland to begin with, but back it off, or add more to your preference.

I sliced the cauliflower into flattened pieces, placed them cut side down on a cookie sheet drizzled with olive oil, and then drizzled them with olive oil. Then I sprinkled them with paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cumin and a touch of cayenne pepper. I let them sit for about 30 mins or so to let the spices marinate a bit, and then baked it at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, flipping them over once to caramelize each side evenly.

I had mine with some compliant pork sausage, and the fam had theirs with some rice as well. Delicious and filling!!

Coconut Date “Cookies”

Ok, so disclaimer. These cookies can be a mouthful…if you haven’t worked with coconut flour before, it does tend to be grainy, dry and a little tough to make into baked goods. If you have almond flour on hand, I’d even suggest going halfsies with it to give a better texture — I only had coconut flour on hand so that is what I used, and I do like the flavor of it, just not the texture.

I used:
1 1/2 cups coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 mashed bananas
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped finely (check for pits!!)

Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl, including bananas and dates. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl and then combine with wet. Coconut flour is crumbly so to form cookies, I took a Tbsp full of dough, and then mashed it in my hands until it was incorporated into a ball, and then gently formed it into a disc shape. With these cookies, smaller is better so they can be eaten in one bite! Less crumbs!
Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 8-10 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.

Enjoy with a nice glass of unsweetened almond milk, or your morning (or afternoon!!) coffee!

Last but not least, GUACAMOLE! This is one of my favorite parts of Whole30, and I’m not even kidding. An excuse to buy avocados and make massive batches of guacamole is a win in my book. I make up a batch every few days and it becomes my condiment for the week. This morning, I used it with my eggs, sausage and spinach for brunch, and it was delicious. Add it to just about anything, or if you are allowing plantain or vegetable chips, scoop to your hearts content!

I Used: (again, vary amounts to your taste preference!)

2 ripe avocados
a bunch of cilantro (about 10ish stems)
1-2 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder
1/4 tsp salt and pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
sprinkle cayenne
2 diced tomatoes (I used Campari tomatoes which are small, so judge depending on your tomato size)

So simple! Mash the avocado, chop the cilantro and tomato, and add spices and mix! Then try not to eat it all in one sitting and you’re good to go!

Hope you enjoyed the little dash of Whole30 today — I’d love to hear about your favorites too — drop a comment with some of your go-tos 😊

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