Happy almost weekend! This week’s favorites are some of the recipes I’ve been cooking up on the Whole30. With food this good it hardly feels like a ‘diet’ or a reset. The food is that good! I won’t lie, I would really like a huge chunk of chocolate.
Racing this past weekend at the Hot Chocolate 15k was no easy feat, they were literally handing out chocolate chips, M&M’s and marshmallows at the aid stations. I grabbed my finishers medal and headed out, I didn’t want to be tempted by the huge mug of hot chocolate, fondue and other treats they give to participants at the finish line. If you haven’t done a Hot Chocolate race, I would definitely recommend it, check in and packet pickup were seamless and the race was really well organized.
I branched out of my comfort zone this week and tried a few new things mixed in with some old favorites. Click through to check them out!
- The Real Food Dietitians Avocado Chicken Waldorf Salad: This salad was creamy, sweet, crunchy and tangy. Did I mention its mayo free?! Fresh herbs really make a difference in this recipe. I made it twice, once with this Green Goddess dressing from Trader Joes, great if you’re in a hurry and #whole30approved and again exactly as the recipe is written. I know I’ll be making this on repeat long after my Whole30 is over.
- Run Fast Eat Slow’s Wild Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes: If you’re following my week 2 meal plan, this should have been the No Fuss Salmon Cakes from The Whole30. Fun fact, these recipes are nearly identical. I always swap in canned salmon from RFES, because its more budget friendly and easy. I also typically use canned sweet potato or pumpkin puree. This time I used butternut squash. The recipe is basically foolproof and can be switched up any number of ways. I do recommend making it as is at least once, because the fresh salmon really is amazing.
- Whole30 Fast & Easy Ancho Chile Clementine Salmon & Sweet Potato Fries: This recipe was so simple and the spice on the salmon was perfect. I do recommend buying the freshest and best quality salmon you can afford as flavor really counts here. The sweet potato fries were the perfect addition, subtle spice, good crunch and great flavor. Add a side salad, and you have a perfect meal. The leftovers were fantastic the next day, I didn’t even bother heating it up, it was that good! You’ll have to buy or borrow the book for this recipe.
- The Whole30 Thai Cucumber Cups: I’ve made this recipe several times over the years, and it’s always a favorite. I typically spiralize the cucumbers to save time, or put the turkey mixture in a collard green wrap or over greens. This is another dish where fresh herbs really stand out. You can sub ground chicken or pork if you like, I’ve tried both with great results. Another book only recipe, see if your local library has a copy you can check out for free.
- My Clean Kitchen’s Cinnamon Banana Chia Seed Pudding: A Whole30 breakfast that isn’t eggs!!! This was a nice change from all of the savory egg filled breakfasts I’ve been having. While it wasn’t super filling, I would definitely make it again as a pre or post workout meal.
What have you been cooking this week? Send your favorite recipes my way, I’m always looking to try new things. I’ll be posting another full week of meals and a shopping list later this weekend. Would you be interested in some budget saving tips for grocery shopping and meal prep? Let me know in the comments!