Welcome to another week of Whole30 living! What is it that makes living a healthy lifestyle so challenging? Each time I run my 30-Day Sugar Challenge, I know that I’ll lose a few subscribers each day. It’s normal. There’s certain rhythm that comes about when trying to change any habit. We start out confident and positive. Then we deal with some nasty physical changes as we rid our bodies of junk food, sugar, and other toxins. The nastiness is replaced with feelings of better health, but also a sense of deprivation that is unsettling. And then we get bored with the challenge altogether and miss our old lifestyle. Yes, change is difficult! But if you focus on your habits, and consciously change the cues, routines, and rewards to better suit a healthier you, success will be yours. (For a great read on habit changing, pick up The Power of Habit).
So let’s see what’s on the menu for week 15. We have delicious spicy Italian pasta, butternut squash lasagna, Vietnamese lemongrass chicken, and brined and pan seared pork chops with citrus cauliflower rice. Its tastes from around the world this week!
The week starts with Spicy Italian Pasta from Meatified (actually, a guest post from Plaid & Paleo). This recipe has a lot of “zing,” thanks to the combination of spicy Italian sausage and fire-roasted tomatoes. And if you aren’t a fan of the sweet potato, try another veggie. Zucchini noodles would be great with this dish! Enjoy the pasta with a side salad of your own choosing.
A hearty Butternut Squash Lasagna, from Stupideasypaleo, makes a great dinner meal. Nothing beats the real thing, but this is nice filling dish. Just a word of caution – butternut squash can be hard to work with. I prefer shredded zucchini and spinach as the traditional “noodle” layer. Improvise as you like.
From the kitchens of nomnompaleo, we have Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken. The chicken has a great balance of textures and flavors. If finding fresh lemongrass is a challenge, you should be able to purchase dried lemongrass leaves to use in cooking. And for the fish sauce – it pays to buy the best (Red Boat).
Finally, we have Brined and Pan Seared Pork Chops (from Stupideasypaleo) accompanied by Citrus Cauliflower Rice (Meljoulwan). You’ll need to plan ahead for this recipe as chops need to sit for 6 to 12 hours. And if you aren’t sweet on cauliflower rice, you can serve with the vegetable of your choice. Enjoy!
And here’s your weekly reminder to make the Health 7 menu work for you! Swap out vegetables. Adapt the recipes to meet your needs. Don’t make something you know you’ll hate! You can always pull out favorites from previous menus and switch around your meals as you like. I want YOU to be successful as you prioritize your health, so make adjustments that will guarantee success! Have a healthy and happy week.
You can also try Barefoot Provisions and Thrive Market. Both deliver organic and non-GMO products right to your door, and offer a good selection of Whole30-compliant foods.