Thanks for joining me for the third week of Whole30-based menus. If this is your first Whole30, you’ve made it through the toughest part. And if Whole30 is your base diet, I hope you’ll enjoy this week’s recipes. Here’s hoping your pants are a little looser and your energy is on the upswing. This week we’ll rotate through main course meals of crockpot salsa chicken, jerk burgers with potato salad, shakshuka with kale and sausage, and pizza meatballs served with ginger garlic parsnip noodles. Enjoy!
The fact that I am writing this post while visiting family on the farm in central Wisconsin gives me another dose of reality. I have no cell service or WiFi. It’s a 20-mile jaunt to the grocery store. I can’t find a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods within 100 miles. This may be your reality too, and it would be a shame if you decided NOT to do Whole30 because you do not have access to a good grocery store. While Amazon can fill some of the gaps, some “speciality” items might blow your budget. So do your very best to stick to the Whole30 rules, but don’t sweat it if you aren’t perfect – you’ll still reap wonderful benefits.
This is my second week on the road, and I have most definitely NOT been able to eat Whole30 most days. I don’t have a lot of control over my schedule or food options so my eating program has taken a nosedive. But you know what, I can’t WAIT to get home, where I will cook up a storm of my favorite Whole30 recipes. I’m not worried about returning to the game, because it’s what my body now craves. Enough of my story. Let’s talk about this week’s menu.
A super easy recipe to make is Embarrassingly Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken, compliments of skinnytaste.com. While the recipe calls for chicken thighs, you can use any cut of meat you like. Personally, I prefer white meat so I substitute chicken breasts. And you can be creative with how you serve the salsa chicken. You can use it to top a salad of greens, but you could also create your own side dish. For example, I really like spiralized zucchini, which I stir fry in my stovetop wok, adding whatever seasonings to the mix. For this recipe, I might add Italian Seasoning mix, parsley, and small chunks of tomatoes. Make your salsa chicken sing by adding a favorite companion.
A plain old simple hamburger sometimes hits the spot. Skip the bun and ketchup, and opt for a very tasty Jerk Burger, accompanied with Classic Paleo Potato Salad. The jerk burger recipe comes from oliveyouwhole.com while the potato salad is the creation of Melissa Joulwan, author of the Well Fed series. As I mentioned above, I use Trader Joe’s mayo in the potato salad recipe. And if you find yourself short of some of the spices in the jerk burger recipe, don’t fret. You can improvise here too without hurting your burger.
Shakshuka with Kale and Sausage is a new menu item to me. This recipe comes from paleorunningmomma.com. The recipe includes six eggs and you might find that shakshuka leftovers make a great breakfast option too.
One of the things I miss most on Whole30 is pizza. So this week, it’s time to roll out Pizza Meatballs. Again, you can be creative with side companions. I’ve included a recipe for Ginger Garlic Parsnip Noodles. Both recipes come from meatified.com. You’ll need a spiralizer for the noodles, which is a great investment by the way. And if you can’t find parsnip, you can substitute other vegetables, even potatoes, if you like. If you aren’t a fan of ginger, I doubt the noodles would be harmed with its omission.
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.