Monday, November 3, 2014

Paleo Chicken Lettuce Wraps Whole30 Day 14, 15 , 16, 17 and 18

Day 14

This was an in and out day, one of those where you are in and out of the car more than being any one place very long. Arrived home for the day just in time to get dressed to celebrate our anniversary.  Rather than worrying about doing something on the actual date, we tend to just pick a convenient night.  Thank you to Flemming's for cooking my food so I could enjoy a nice night out, while remaining true to the Whole30 plan.  If you are celebrating let me recommend Flemming's Steak House to you.  We had reservations, and, after being wished a Happy Anniversary by all 3 of the young women at the hostess stand we were led to our table.  It was set for 2 with a lovely card signed by the staff, and every single staff member who came by our table mentioned the anniversary.  When we were leaving they brought us a box of truffles to take home.  Their attention to detail was far from what I thought a chain restaurant would ever attain.  Kudo's to them!

Breakfast      leftover fried rice
                     scrambled egg

Lunch          turkey slices
                    1/2 Lara bar ( carrot cake)

Dinner         seared ahi tuna
                    broiled steak
                    grilled asparagus
                    1/2 baked potato
                    mineral water

Day 15

Today was another day with no rhyme or reason.  I had no car until just before lunch time ( not so minor repairs) and then had a series of errands.  Plus it is Halloween!  That meant no walking by the treat bowl and snagging any.  Get thee behind me Hershey Bar.

Breakfast     leftover steak, asparagus and sauteed mushrooms
                    1 orange

Lunch         turkey slices
                   apple juice
                   cucumber slices
                   handful cashews

Dinner        paleo chili
                   tossed salad w/ oil and vinegar
                   club soda

Later          1 Lara bar (And yes, I  technically violated the rules and had it instead of candy)
                   coffee with 1 tablespoon almond milk ( But come on people it was Halloween and all I        
                   really wanted was a Hershey bar)

Day 16

Yikes this was a day I dreaded.  We had tickets to a fundraiser that included dinner.  I had absolutely no control over what would be served.  When we arrived at our table I found a salad at each place.  It did have crumbled feta on it but I could get it off 'cause I have mad fork skills. I was happily surprised when the servers brought out plates with grilled chicken slices over rice, sauteed vegetables, pita wedges and tzazaki sauce.  I ignored the rice, bread, and sauce and devoured the rest.  There might have been some incidental food crossover, but if there was it was microscopic.

Oh yeah, and now I am on the downhill side of the 30 day challenge!

Breakfast   tossed salad, oil and vinegar
                  3 slices turkey

Lunch       3 slices ham
                 tossed salad (dry)

Snack       apple

Dinner     3 slices grilled chicken
                dry salad
                sauteed vegetables (looked like squash, onion and mushrooms)
                coffee and unsweetened tea

Day 17

Sunday was the beginning of CST, so we got an extra hour of sleep.  Instead of hopping up and making breakfast like I should have, I stayed in the bed and read.  When I finally got up it was time to get ready for church, so I skipped breakfast.  The rest of the day was just going from one place to another, with a short stop for lunch out. I have not been cooking much and now things are getting boring.  Gotta up my food game!

Breakfast      none

Lunch         Chipotle's carnitas salad with salsa and guacamole

Dinner       chili stuffed sweet potato

Later        handful dried mulberries
                coffee with 1 tablespoon almond milk
                2 paleo sausage patties ( I was still hungry)

Day 18

Breakfast  1 teaspoon coconut oil
                 onions, tomatoes, peppers, and 1 slice crumbled bacon scrambled with 1 egg

Lunch       apple with 1 tablespoon almond butter
                 cucumber slices
                 dry tossed salad

Dinner      paleo chicken lettuce wraps

I found a recipe for chicken lettuce wraps at one lovely life and used it mainly as a guide for making lettuce wraps with what I had on hand.  As badly as I need to go to the store I just did not feel like going today.  I had 2 cooked chicken breasts and 2 summer squash I needed to use so I came up with an entirely different , yet tasty alternate recipe.  The following is my recipe but click on the link for the original one.

                                                  Paleo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 small onion cut into strips
1 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and minced finely
2  medium yellow summer squash cut in matchstick slices
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 container bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded and chopped into very small pieces
1 cup cooked spaghetti squash
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup coconut aminos
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
6 lettuce leaves

In a skillet heat the oil to a med hi heat.  Add the onion and cook until soft, stirring continually.  Toss in the ginger and cook until it wilts.  Add the summer squash and then the garlic cooking until everything is wilted.  Add the bean sprouts and the chicken  and heat through, stirring the entire time.  Add the spaghetti squash, salt and pepper and the coconut aminos.  Bring to a high heat and stir in the chopped cilantro.  Serve in lettuce leaves and wrap tightly.  Enjoy but have a lot of napkins.  Eating this is delicious but messy.


  1. Our anniversary is around Thanksgiving, so it's always hard to celebrate it on THE day. So we do it whenever it's convenient also.

    1. We have even been known to wait and celebrate our anniversary in the spring or summer. It really just depends on what we want to do. I guess you could say neither TheHub or I are terribly sentimental.

  2. Happy Anniversary!!! And bahahahaha on the mad fork skills!

  3. You are amazing Anne...just read what this plan is, and you have totally stuck to it from what I can see. Cudos!

  4. I have been very faithful to the allowed paleo foods, but geeze you know me and know I am about as far from amazing as anyone can be. Thanks to you I am wearing make up daily now. Will send pictures later!

  5. Anne, wow your blog posts are full of great ideas with the lettuce wraps and what not...thanks for the tip on looking up Paleo stuff i am going to do that. This week will be a little challenging I can't go shopping due to financial issues but I have lots of ideas now...thanks.

  6. Good luck to you MJ. Change is always hard, but after the initial change it gets easier. Hope you find a lot of ideas out there. I have found several muffin recipes that look pretty good, but have not tried any. is a pretty good site, but there are a lot more. I have just explored this one more than the rest.