If you are new around here you may have missed my big news last week, the Whole30 is officially done! That’s 33 days (we added a few) of no sugar, sweeteners, gluten, legumes, dairy, msg’s, alcohol, and treats (even paleo). It was challenging, but that’s not what this WIAW post is about. I’ll have a full recap of our Whole30 month later this week… until then, here is what happened last weekend when the diet finally ended.
We had our last “Whole30” meal. Although we have decided to stick to a paleo lifestyle which means there will be several days where we are eating just as we did on the diet, this is the last one that we were restricted to the diet. We made Sundried Tomato and Rosemary Meatballs, with a side of Zoodles covered in tomato sauce and mushrooms. Usually people have spaghetti with a side of meatballs… we like to switch things up.
Let’s chat about pasta sauce for a moment, shall we? When you walk down the pasta aisle there are a ton of jars to choose from, when you read the ingredients you’ll find out all of them have sugar. We can’t have sugar. We end up buying straight tomato sauce… you know what tomato sauce without sugar tastes like? It’s not good. As of today I am 38 days without sugar and I don’t plan on changing that, so to make this sauce taste better I added chili flakes, basil, oregano, salt and pepper which definitely elevated the flavors. What herbs and spices do you add to your tomato sauce?
I have been looking forward to this breakfast for a month – Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes! Our first non-Whole30 breakfast, including honey!!, from my favorite cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen. The blueberries Ben picked up were the biggest darn things I had ever seen I didn’t want to put them in the pancakes and eat them for myself… but I put them in the pancakes and their juicy-ness spread all over the place. We had some delicious purple pancakes.
We didn’t have lunch. What I didn’t tell you is that I ended up eating my breakfast around 3pm, click here to find out why, so it was basically a really late brunch. And I caught Ben trying to sneak some corn chips… they haven’t made it on to our eat this list yet.
Our plan since midway through the diet was to reward ourselves with dinner at Grill’d for completing the challenge, and that’s exactly what we did!
Grill’d is a delicious burger place here in Australia made with grass fed meat and locally grown vegetables. We figured that if our bodies were going to take a non-paleo hit for the first time we might as well keep it as close to paleo as we could. We both ordered the Sunshine Burger which is a beef patty with pineapple, avocado, red onion, and bacon on a gluten-free bun; and shared an order of sweet potato fries.
After dinner we came home and baked a cake. Yes – true story. Pancakes, burgers, and cake all in the same day.
Oh, and we cracked open a bottle of wine with our paleo Chocolate Cayenne Cake.
If you read my Foodie Weekend recap on Monday you’ll know this cake tasted like – yuck! But the wine… I think it was the best tasting this I had all day!
We went to breakfast Sunday morning at The Paleo Café our favorite café, and perfect for people who eat paleo and those that don’t. We’ve never had a bad meal here! Ben and I both ordered the Banana Bread French Toast, but I got mine with coconut yogurt and strawberries, while he had bacon and maple syrup. Both tasted different – obviously – but they were so good! We had a few bites off of each others plates.
The Paleo Café also makes their own juices and smoothies. We split their sunshine juice special which was pineapple, orange, and mango juice – and debated who would get to finish the juice. I almost ordered on to-go it was that good!
In setting bad examples of how to eat, we skipped lunch; but we saw a movie at noon, then went to get Ben a haircut and grocery shop. While shopping we realized we needed to eat something. So we cracked into our bananas on the drive home.
The Great Kebab Debate
When we got home we started prepping kebabs for dinner. Since Ben and I are from different countries we pronounce things differently. Prior to moving to Australia I had never heard of a kebab (long a sound like apple) – a Mediterranean/Turkish dish like a gyro made with meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie and served in a pita or flatbread with tomato, lettuce, onion, and tabouli. For dinner Sunday Ben wanted to make shish kebabs (a makes an o sound like Bob), you know when you put meat, onions, peppers, etc. on a skewer and then put on the grill.
Here’s where the debate comes in. How do you pronounce kebab? I (an American) wrote in my pronunciation of the two above, but Ben (an Aussie) calls both of these dishes the same thing with the long A sound. Which is correct? I honestly have no idea. But every time we talk about kebabs and kebabs it starts a pronunciation debate. You should hear all the other words we debate about….
Back to what I ate.
We made kebabs – of the shish variety – and grilled in the backyard. In addition to the kebabs, I made Indian cauliflower rice (we saw an Indian movie so curry and spices we on my mind) to serve with the meal, and Ben served up pineapple cocktails.
I know, this is like sensory overload, but here are some other yummies from the week.
// Pork Steaks with rosemary, sage, apples, and pears / Berry smoothie (for me), Iced Coffee with banana, tahini, chocolate, and almond milk (for Ben) / Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork with Pineapple //
Phew. Now it’s definitely time for lunch.
What did you eat this week?