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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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Whole30 Day 22: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

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“It was a beautiful Belgian day. The smell of waffles and Brussels sprouts filled the summer air…” - Dr. Evil

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As the name suggests, Brussels sprouts hail from Belgium, where these tender buds were cultivated as far back as the 13th century. But sadly, they’re nowhere near as popular as Belgian waffles. A lot of folks just aren’t keen on the mildly bitter bite of these miniature cabbages.

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Obviously, they haven’t tried Brussels sprouts that have been roasted with bacon and drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. The pork and vinegar mellow the bittersweetness of the Brussels sprouts; on a chilly winter night, this hearty dish makes the perfect side.

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Whole30 Day 20: Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs

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It’s Sunday – the perfect time to play around in the kitchen. Like many of you, I try to gather inspiration for dishes throughout the week, taking note of my restaurant meals and bookmarking recipes that pique my interest. Then, at week’s end, I stock up on seasonal, fresh ingredients at the local farmer’s market, and enlist the assistance of little helpers in the kitchen.

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Rather than having to race against the clock to get dinner on the table, I’m able to spend some extra time trying new kitchen techniques and flavor combinations.

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That’s how I first came to make Korean short ribs in the slow cooker. A cookbook recipe for Korean-style spareribs had caught my eye, and I was determined to make a Paleo-friendly version of this meaty, Asian-spiced dish.

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And though I was prepared to spend hours in the kitchen making a pot of fork-tender short ribs, it turned out that this dish required very little in the way of prep. Quick-broiling the ribs before tossing ‘em in the slow cookers helps to deepen the flavor profile — yay, Maillard reaction! — but that’s about as involved as it gets. This is a recipe that really lets your slow cooker show off its talents.

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Make this recipe as a reward to yourself: You’re two-thirds of the way through your January Whole30! Stay strong — only ten days to go, right? What’s been the most challenging part so far, and what’s helped you push through the obstacles?


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013)!

Whole30 Day 19: Prosciutto Wrapped Frittata Muffins

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“Frittata” can mean different things to different people, but they all share the same basic template: Fresh eggs beaten with savory ingredients, and then slowly cooked. From there, though, variation abounds. The classic Italian version may be the best known, but take a quick survey around the world, and you’ll find frittata-like recipes in kitchens everywhere from Thailand and Vietnam to Iran and Spain.

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This humble dish is comfort food at its simplest — and quickest. With farm fresh eggs and a handful of leftovers, you don’t even need to take a trip to the market to fashion a wonderfully complete and satisfying meal.

I’m a frittata fanatic — it makes easy work of breakfast, lunch, or dinner — but there are times when I find myself in need of grab-and-go food. 

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The solution? Prosciutto-Wrapped Mini Frittata Muffins

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Whole30 Day 18: Spicy Cauliflower

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Who doesn’t love cauliflower?

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Okay — I know there are a good number of folks out there who can’t stand cauliflower, but unless you’re allergic or steering clear of goitrogens, you should give it another shot. I agree with the writer who proclaimed that “A life without cauliflower is no life at all.”

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Mediterranean in origin, this brassica is in the same family species of plant as broccoli and cabbage, and is just as versatile. Wanna see?

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Whole30 Day 17: Spicy Pineapple Salsa

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I’m exhausted.

My week of graveyard shifts ended yesterday morning, and after a quick nap, I was back on mommy duty. But instead of settling back into our normal routine, we had to scramble to get our bags packed for Hawaii — something we always leave for the last possible minute. I know: First world problems.

Bright and early this morning, we met up with Sidney, Jory, and Little M at the airport, boarded a flight to Kauai, and…

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…hit the local Costco as soon as we landed. Supplies are of critical importance, folks.

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We lugged everything back to the house, and spent the rest of the afternoon splashing in the pool and soaking in the hot tub until the exhausted kiddos (and their parents) were ready to pass out.

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Having slept just a handful of hours over the past 48 hours, I’m genuinely bushed. So for Day 17, let’s stick with a quick, no-cook recipe that evokes tropical paradise: Spicy Pineapple Salsa.

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The fiery kick of jalapeño perfectly complements the sweetness of the fresh island pineapple. Spend just ten minutes in the kitchen, and you’ll have a bright, crisp salsa that lends sweet, tangy, spicy bursts of flavor to everything.

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Try it. On everything.


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013)!