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Whole30 Day 27: Paleo Chips (Including a New Recipe for Crispy Mushroom Chips!)

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Doing some party planning? Don’t be caught unprepared, gang; you don’t want to find yourself elbow-deep in buckets of sickly-sweet buffalo wings and face-planting into gigantic bowls of Cheetos.

Instead, with just a bit of time and a handful of real, whole ingredients, you can make a delicious assortment of—

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Whole 30 Day 26: Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew

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It’s Day 26, and I bet you’re as sick of cooking as I am. I understand how you feel; I’ve been cooking — AND BLOGGING! — every night for over three weeks, and quite frankly, I’m ready to keel over. Sadly, kvetching ain’t gonna put food in our bellies. But who says we can’t throw together a dead-simple meal and spend the rest of the day sprawled out on the couch? (Err…I mean, sprawled out on the grass like Mark Sisson. Outside. Synthesizing vitamin D. Barefoot. In the freezing cold.)

Let’s make Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew!

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The secret to this easy meal is to just dump a bunch of umami-laden ingredients into your slow cooker, including marinara sauce out of a jar. Sandra Lee calls this “semi-homemade” cooking in an attempt to make it sound respectable, but let’s call a spade a spade: This is a cheater’s recipe. But who cares? It’s Whole30-compliant, requires minimal prep time, and explodes with flavor.

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Whole30 Day 24: My Sister’s Phenomenal Green Chicken

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I love my sister, she’s the best / She’s cooler than any other girl that I have ever met. -Juliana Hatfield

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I grew up sharing a teeny-tiny bedroom with my big sister Fiona. With two-and-a-half years separating us, we had little in common other than our cramped living quarters and our high-pitched voices. I bugged her to play “library” and “shoe store”; she preferred to hunker down with a Stephen King novel. I wanted to watch “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not”; Fiona insisted on changing the channel to catch reruns of ALF. I wrote scathingly mean things about her in my journal; she read all my secrets and left me gloating, accusatory notes IN MY OWN DIARY that made me cry.

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Not surprisingly, we fought like cats and dogs. Actually, worse: Like sisters.

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Whole30 Day 23: Packed Lunch Ideas

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My friend Jackie (the founder/creator of Lunchbots) has a saying: “The healthiest lunch is the one you pack for yourself.” And she’s absolutely right: By making your own food, you can be sure of every single ingredient you stick in your lunchbox.

This is particularly important when you’re on a Whole30. There’s nothing worse than being three-plus weeks into your month of super-clean eats — only to discover that the plate of chicken and vegetables that you ate at the company cafeteria was marinated in sugar and dusted with flour. 

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