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Monday, January 30, 2017

Whole 30 Supper on the Fly

Since I am doing this Whole 30 plan for the next little bit, I have done a ridiculous amount of prepping foods. If I have things ready to grab and go I am much less tempted to eat something that is not plan compliant, but the prep take a huge hunk of time and a lot of storage containers.  Fortunately one of the things I made recently was a couple of pounds of sausage. I had seasoned the ground pork and let it sit for 24 hours before cooking individual patties and freezing them individually.

On days like today out running errand after errand, plus doing a few things for Mom I wound  up back at home after 6 and the thoughts of starting a meal from scratch were so unappealing.  I knew I had sausage cooked and I initially thought of doing a breakfast meal, but that would have meant pancakes for them and sausage and eggs only for me. No way! Instead I punted big time and sautéed an onion, whole head of cabbage and a couple of carrots in matchstick bits in a little olive oil (And yes, I know I should be using just coconut or avocado oil but the coconut oil makes it taste funny and I used all the avocado oil making the mayonnaise.) I cut the sausage patties in quarters and added them to the top f the veggies, added about a cup and a half of chicken broth and let everything wilt and get really steamy hot.  Next I sliced 3 small apples and tossed them on top of the sausage until they were soft, then served it in huge soup bowls and topped it with a healthy topping of freshly ground pepper.  Believe it or not, it was really tasty (or I was really hungry, which I was) TheHub who is not doing Whole 30 really did like it also and even asked if we can have this again this winter. (What am I talking about? It was about 60 degrees today!) So a successful cheap supper with minimum prep and cooking time. And you might ask what the downside is? Well I used 3/4 of my sausage stash and I will have to wait until Friday to buy more ground pork because the butcher only grinds it once a week then, in addition to the regular cleaning, he steam sanitizes his equipment. I guess on Friday I will be making more sausage!



Sorry there is no picture. I was very hungry and
we ate it all.  Oh, Son2 ate with us tonight so we were not total pigs! And instead of the picture of  the bowl filled with stuff, enjoy the picture of a cabbage.  And yes I know this is lame!

10 comments:

  1. Not whole 30 but you reminded me I was planning to prep a bunch of breakfast sandwiches and need to get bulk sausage. So far so good for you.

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    1. It is working well so far and I have managed to stay on point with the exception of using olive oil for the saute.

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  2. It's a very nice looking cabbage!

    I feel like a domestic goddess when I manage to pull a meal together like this, with no time and no special shopping and make up a recipe and it all works.

    I think olive oil is perfectly ok.

    Good job, Anne

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    1. I get a little overwhelmed with the whole 30 rules and have decided I have to cut myself a little slack on things like the oil, but then I feel guilty for breaking the rules

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  3. I just read up on the Whole 30 plan because I wasn't sure what it was. It sounds like it removes most of the foods that can cause a problem for some people. After the first 30 days, do you slowly add some of them back in and watch to see how you feel? It reminds me of my mother who developed food allergies in her 50's. To see what she was allergic to, she cut out all food and started with just rice. (At that point in time, it was hard to test for food allergies.) Every few days or week she would add another food to see how she would react. The whole process took about a year before she was back to normal eating.

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  4. I think the ideal thing is to slowly add things back, but that is delusional on my part. I know me well enough to know that on day 31 I will have something chocolate and/or decadent. I will probably take a couple of days to have whatever I feel like I have missed most (We will be in NYC then and Levain cookies scream at me) and then start a modified paleo diet. I think I will add brown rice to it a couple of times a week, but other than that just do paleo.

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  5. I swear I have had to low carb diet most of my life and I hate it, but I am short and stocky so I bulk up quickly and I love to eat and I love to eat crap.I don't know if I could do this diet,

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    1. The first 3 weeks are very hard and then there is just a tad left. I don't like it but I love sweets and carbs so I do better with an all or nothing diet. Only problem is I fall victim to self indulgence!

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  6. Sounds like you are doing well with keeping to the new diet and that is a very nice picture of a cabbage! :) By the way, I am very impressed by you making your own sausage!

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    1. making sausage is a snap as long as you don't put it in casings. You will notice I made sausage patties!

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