As of this morning, I’m down 12 lbs so far. But, I usually spend Saturday mornings in bed, being super lazy and sloth-like. It’s the only day of the week I have time to do that, and it is glorious; no demands, no appointments, no obligations. Just me and my bed. Hubby always gets up early, which makes me grumble at him every Saturday morning around 7am.
Breakfast at 2pm? Sure! Why not? I can’t even begin to tell you how much we love the Pederson’s Whole30-approved bacon. We are trying to limit ourselves, because it is quite salty, but damn is it good! Bacon bliss.
Saturdays and Sundays are food prep days. We decided to avoid Whole Foods this weekend and shop instead at Fresh Thyme. We came out of Fresh Thyme paying 2/3 what we would normally pay at Whole Foods! Not to mention, in our locale, Fresh Thyme has a better selection! Bye bye, Whole Paycheck! I’ll still use your bags, though. They’re pretty convenient.
Don’t Skip Meals!
Hubby and I got busy during the day and missed “lunch,” (a meal between breakfast and dinner, which today would have occurred around 5pm) so we were beyond hungry while prepping food. This presents a challenge for portion control. We ended up grabbing a few Rx bars in lieu of lunch, but that’s not a habit I want to get into; using bars as meal replacements. They’re never as satisfying as you want them to be and they’re fairly Calorie-dense!
Tonight, I tried my hand at cooking ahi tuna steaks and yellowtail. I really wanted to try both to see if it was worth purchasing again. By the way – Holy crap! Sashimi grade fish is expensive AF!
Anyhow, I found a recipe, made it my own, fired up one steak of each and split it with hubby. We wound up eating about 8 oz of fish each – too much; 4oz would have been PLENTY. Our eyes may have been more ravenous than our bodies, because it didn’t look excessive on our plates, but we could barely finish it. We should probably use the smaller plates.
Upon logging our Calories into MyFitnessPal, we discovered dinner was 800+ Calories! No wonder we were ready to burst! Nonetheless, the ahi turned out awesome! Soooo delicious and so simple! We will be having that again for sure! The yellowtail was good, but we both liked the ahi better.
Just in case you want to replicate tonight’s masterpiece:
Ahi Recipe – Serves 2
- 1 Ahi Tuna Steak, divided
- 2 TBSP Ghee
- 2 TBSP Olive Oil
- 1 TSP Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 TSP Sea Salt
- 2 TBSP Peppercorns
- Season fish with salt and cayenne pepper
- Heat ghee, olive oil, and peppercorns in a skillet until peppercorns pop
- Gently add fish:
- 1 min per side for rare
- 1.5 min per side for medium-rare
- 2 min per side for medium
- 2.5 & 2 min per side for medium well
- 3 min per side for obliterated – you know what? Don’t even bother buying this beautiful and very expensive fish if you don’t like any pink in the middle
Squeeze lemon juice on top to taste. Hubby made cauliflower mash and blasted broccoli as our veggies for the night. It was all very good, and filling.
Healthy Eats Side Effect
I love broccoli. Why doesn’t it love me? Why do I always have incessant broccoli burps for hours after eating broccoli? So gross. It’s like a nasty mouth fart. Not awesome.
More Meal Prep Creativity
Meal prepping continued with a “What do we need to cook up?” concoction that I’ll just call Cabbage Chicken Soup. Hubby also took a few of the chicken breasts and made more chicken and Whole30 gravy; it’s the closest thing to comfort food that we have been able to make while on Whole30.
I’m really not sure how the soup is going to taste, but we certainly have plenty of veggies in that Instant Pot! The veggies in the fridge were all starting to turn at once, sooooo…. soup!
All of Instant Pot’s 10 quarts’ capacity was required in the making of this mystery soup; celery, carrots, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, garlic, green beans, and chicken. The aroma is divine. I’m just not sure about having added the chicken. Regardless, I’m sure hubby will eat it. He eats everything I make. He just told me, “98% of the time, it’s really good!” I’m pretty sure the other two percent consists of a rice mishap and a waffle fiasco, each circa 2015.
Instant Pot Love
I know I’ve said it before, but I LOOOOOVE my Instant Pot! Nom Nom Paleo (where I discovered Instant Pot) has awesome recipes, and I only need to modify some (like the meatballs) slightly for Whole30.
Here’s the mystery soup, in progress:
I came in a little light on Calories at 1474, due to missing lunch and trying to make up for it with an Rx Bar. However, I’m full as hell right now from dinner. No need for even more Calories:
- B: Eggs w/added egg whites, bacon, kale-spinach-green apple smoothie
- L: Rx Bar
- D: Ahi Tuna Steak, Yellowtail, Broccoli, Cauliflower Mash (way too much food, in retrospect)
- S: None today
These broccoli burps are revolting. WTF. Hubby may want to sleep in the other room tonight. Blech.