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#26. Dinner Party

Cross off another item – #26 to host a dinner party! It wasn’t a “proper” dinner party – I don’t a big enough table in my apartment for everyone to sit, but it was homemade food and wonderful friends, which is all you need.

The hardest part about hosting dinner? Having all the food cooked and hot at the same time. Luckily, we have so many ways to cook things nowadays that it is a little easier. I made the cake early so it was done. Next you have to use the crock pot (obviously – do you know me?) – I started the roast. Then the sides I made simultaneously closer to dinner time, using the stove and oven.

Now, I consider myself a decent cook and baker. But it seems lately I have more and more kitchen blunders. It’s never anything major – only once has it completely ruined the dish (pumpkin pie on the floor). This time it was burned bacon (apartment filled with smoke, smoke detector beeping, throwing windows open and fans on, the whole nine yards), roast not completely cooking in the time it was supposed to, and cake (the entire thing) sliding off the plate. Luckily I was able to salvage about 5 pieces of bacon to crumble into the side dish, I finished off the roast in the oven while we waited for a couple more people to arrive, and only a small chunk of cake came off and I had extra frosting to mostly repair it! Guess I need to pay better attention and maybe not try new recipes when I cook for others.

Dinner party was great – I’d love to make it a fairly regular thing since I love cooking for people and just spending time with people I love. I’ll post the recipes this week too since they were delicious.

Dinner Party Menu

Appetizer: cheese! stilton w/ blueberries & apple smoked gouda; flat bread crackers

Entreé: pot roast

Sides: roasted brussel sprouts; garlic mashed potatoes

Dessert: flourless chocolate cake w/ strawberry frosting

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Whole 30 Wrap Up

My last week of the Whole30 was pretty uneventful – just chugging along at this point. Apart from my cheat, my breakfasts and lunches were pretty much the same as in week 3 (slight variation on the taco chicken to cilantro lime chicken). Told ‘ya I was keeping it simple! I did have a couple new dinners:

marinara sauce w/ ground turkey + zoodles. this was good and easy – I’ll definitely keep this recipe on hand.

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slow cooker chicken & butternut squash + sweet potato. this was delicious and I’ll post the recipe this week!

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And my final overview. I am ending my Whole30 a couple days early, but with good reason. Unfortunately I have not had such a positive experience with it as most people. Unfortunately, my digestive system has been off-kilter the entire time. I wanted to give my body time to adjust but it only did literally in the past 2 days. Although I figured out the Whole30 may not have been completely at fault for this, it is true that many veggies are more difficult to digest and I think the increased intake was just too much.

As I’ve said, I did feel mentally better simply eating better, but the other downside was that it was difficult to have the energy to do my typical workouts. I know it’s possible, since other people do it, I just don’t have the time or money or commitment to continue to keep dramatically changing my diet. I obviously don’t want to go back to eating a bunch of crap. The plan is this: limit my dairy, grains, sweets [as in never buying any myself, only indulging for special occasions]. And honestly, my typical diet is not that bad (apart from my long binge between Thanksgiving and New Years).

I don’t regret doing the Whole30, but if you’re considering it and know you have a sensitive stomach, consider it very carefully. It may help or it may hurt. I hope it helps! If you’ve been following my Whole30 journey – thanks! I do still post pretty regularly on my blog apart from these posts, so hang around and I hope you continue to follow!


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Whole 30 – Week 3

I think I’m finally getting the hang of this. I think I just wasn’t eating enough for my metabolism and/or workout habits, and I think the biggest downfall was breakfast. So I simplified it and have way more energy this week. I also simplified all my meals (save one dinner as I had shrimp that needed to be used) by using the crock pot so the week was way less overwhelming. I’m not going to lie, though – we cooked dinner at a local transitional shelter and baking cookies was the WORST. Definitely the biggest temptation so far.

Here’s the breakdown from Week 3 – 9 more days to go!

Breakfasts: Hard boiled egg(s) + 2 sausage patties + strawberries + blueberries + banana. The number of eggs (1 or 2) and whether I had a banana or not depended on my workout for that day. Strenuous workout = more food. 🙂 I did some scrambled eggs on the weekend but basically kept everything the same!

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Lunches: taco chicken + lettuce + bell peppers + shredded carrots + avacado + salsa. I tried to use romaine as a taco shell the first day, but that proved to be way too messy – especially since I usually eat and work at the same time. So the rest of the week was “taco” salad. And it made enough to get me through the weekend also!

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Dinner: sticky shrimp + steamed broccoli/cauliflower + sweet potatoes. I haven’t had time to post the shrimp recipe (maybe later) but it’s linked to where I found it. It was definitely not an ‘easy’ one but I had shrimp I had to use – and it was VERY good. I also had fun cutting the sweet potatoes using my  still new-ish spiralizer.

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Dinner: “creamy” chicken & tomato soup. A yummy crock pot recipe. Makes so much I’ll probably use it for lunches next week. One night I stirred in some mixed greens. One night I ladled it onto some zoodles. Yum.

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Dinner: cilantro lime chicken + zoodles + sweet potatoes. Another great crock pot meal (I’ll post the recipe this week)! Normally would go on rice, so I just sautéed some zoodles with some chili powder. And the sweet potatoes totally didn’t fit but I needed something with carbs since I was doing a 5K the next morning. Random-looking but all delicious!

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There were of course little snacks of Lara bars or nuts when needed. I did find a very delicious roasted almond recipe that I will post soon. Heading into the home stretch!