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Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

May 11, 2017
Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

If you are like literally everyone on the internet, you’ve probably seen the hilarious series of videos by movie star Chris Pratt, “What’s my snack?”. If you haven’t, go watch..We’ll wait.

The Hubs had been enamored with Chris Pratt of late because #lifegoals. He has been eagerly watching the “What’s my snack?” updates, and saw one that we just had to recreate. During this segment, Chris Pratt’s snack is cucumber egg rolls.

Ever since this episode, The Hubs has been itching to make his own cucumber rolls. Which means he’s been itching for me to make cucumberrolls…even though he claims to be the better cook (It’s okay. We’ll let him think that.).

Here’s how it went down:

The Hubs: I want to take those cucumber rolls for lunch on Friday but I don’t have time to make them *pouts* (He knows I’m a sucker for the pout.)

Me: Aww, that’s okay. I can make them for you.

The Hubs” *perks up* Really?? Can you?

Me: You know, you could have just asked me.

I’m pretty sure he just likes to break out the pout to see if it still works on me (Spoiler alert: It always does.)

So without further ado, here is our my recipe for Chris Pratt’s Cucumber Rolls:

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

Ingredients:

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Recipe:

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

  1. Slice your cucumber lengthwise into long flat pieces using a vegetable peeler or slicer. Set the slices on paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  2. Make your egg salad base. Chop up your eggs into little bits, or use one of this nifty slicers that we somehow don’t own. Mix in your mayo and dill weed to taste. Go light on the mayo here because the cucumbers have a lot of moisture and you don’t want things to get runny (ew). Also, I find that this Whole 30 mayo is suuuper salty if you use too much, so start light.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  3. Let’s get rolling! Lay 1 or 2 slices of cucumber on a flat surface like a cutting board. If you are using 2 slices, make sure they overlap and are similar in length. Spread your egg salad mixture along 2/3rds of the cucumber. Top with your alfalfa sprouts. I’m not a huge fan of alfalfa, so I didn’t use much, but feel free to use more if you’re into that kinda thing. Starting from the egg salad end, roll your cucumber slice up like a little piece of sushi. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  4. Serve to your very appreciative husband.

These cucumber rolls are best eaten immediately, but can last about a day in the fridge. After that they get a little too watery from the cucumber. The best part it, these cucumber rolls are Whole 30 approved!  They make a great snack or side dish to a Whole 30 meal. I think they’d be super fun to bring to a party if you need a Whole 30 option. Any other Chris Pratt fans out there? Did you have a favorite snack from his series (Don’t say Chris is your favorite snack! I know you’re thinking it. Don’t say it!)?

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Egg Rolls
Serves 3
Egg salad rolled in cucumber slices for an easy Whole 30 snack!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cucumber
  2. Alfalfa Sprouts
  3. 3-4 hard boiled eggs
  4. 2-3 tablespoons Whole 30 compliant mayo (we use Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayonnaise)
  5. Dill Weed to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice your cucumber lengthwise into long flat pieces using a vegetable peeler or slicer. Set the slices on paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.
  2. Make your egg salad base. Chop up your eggs into little bits, or use one of this nifty slicers that we somehow don't own. Mix in your mayo and dill weed to taste.
  3. Lay 1 or 2 slices of cucumber on a flat surface like a cutting board. If you are using 2 slices, make sure they overlap and are similar in length. Spread your egg salad mixture along 2/3rds of the cucumber. Top with alfalfa sprouts. Starting from the egg salad end, roll your cucumber slice up like a little piece of sushi. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Adapted from "What's My Snack"
Adapted from "What's My Snack"
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5 Things Saving My Whole 30 Right Now

May 9, 2017
5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

All right! Week 1 of Whole30 Round 2 is in the bag! I’m feeling pretty good. Still hungry all the time, but sleeping like a rock. I had my first super realistic food dream (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups…), and we’ve handled our first party of Whole 30 Round 2. Let’s just say, I’ve never seen The Hubs feed red velvet cake to a toddler so intently. He was living vicariously.

Even though I’m feeling good about Whole 30 Round 2, The Hubs and I are having one of those phases where there is not enough time in the world. It’s moving too fast. Somebody slow the clock down, please. We’re feeling a little rushed. Since I’ve been scrambling to get it together, here is a list of 5 things saving my Whole 30 right now:

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen saved my life on Day 1 of Whole 30 Round 2, when I realized that I did not plan an appropriate lunch. Luckily Snap Kitchen has a whole set of Whole 30 options to chose from. Imagine, Whole 30 compliant food that I didn’t have to cook! There are Snap Kitchen locations near both my office and my apartment. Score! It’s great to know that I can grab a quick, compliant lunch there. I can’t wait to try more of their options. Also, Their cauliflower is amazing!

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Canned Olives

Ya’ll know that a major Whole 30 struggle for me is that I am always. hungry. Like, all the time. One of the suggestions of the Whole 30 Forums for the constant hunger was to incorporate more fat into your meals. Nut butters work well for me, but another suggestion was olives. Olives can be tough because of some of the additive that they use. Using the handy dandy Whole 30 Additives Cheat Sheet, I was able to determine that Trader Joe’s canned black olives were Whole 30 compliant. So I bought a ton. They make my life so much easier.

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Kalua Pig

Okay. You have to try this slow cooker recipe. It’s so simple. The end result is both amazing and versatile. The recipe is by Nom Nom Paleo, and she has not steered me wrong during this Whole 30. We bought the pork shoulder on Friday night (we used 2 lbs instead of 5) and cooked it in the crock pot overnight. It called for Hawaiian red salt, but we just used Himalayan pink salt instead. It was in about 11 hours (the 5 lb one in the recipe cooks for 16 hours.). The next morning I shredded it and we’ve been using it all weekend. On potatoes. With tostones. In this delicious breakfast concoction. It’s a Whole 30 lifesaver recipe for sure!

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Topo Chico / Kombucha

I’ve decided to delve into the realm of Kombucha on Whole 30 Round 2. Kombucha is tricky in that it can have sugar in it, but it is usually added as part of the fermentation process and is not present in the finished drink. As long as no sugar is added after the fermentation, Kombucha is fair game for Whole 30. The first time on Whole 30 I was afraid to try Kombucha because I was afraid of picking the wrong brand that might have added sugar. Since it’s my second time on Whole 30, I’m more willing to experiment. After perusing the Whole 30 forums online, I decided to start with GT’s Trilogy Kombucha. I’ve been mixing it with Topo Chico (mineral water) because I’ve heard that it can have an, umm, moving effect if you drink too much. It’s my little special treat drink and yes, I drink it out of a wine glass. Don’t judge.

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Sweet Potato Hash

For breakfast. At HG Supply Co. Under bison burgers. With chorizo.  I am living for sweet potato hash. Whether it’s cubed, shredded or in hash browns, it’s the perfect vessel for just about anything I want to eat. Especially fried eggs. Mostly fried eggs… Last night, The Hubs and I experimented and came up with a recipe served on sweet potato hash that was seriously good. Like, it might need it’s own blog post. Because I love sweet potato hash.

Are you like The Hubs and I in feeling like life is moving way too fast? What do you do to slow things down? Is there anything saving your life right now? I’d love to hear about it!

 

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Whole 30 Week 4 – Sharing My Results

March 16, 2017
Whole 30 Week4: Sharing My Results

I’m going to wrap up my series about my first Whole 30 by talking about Whole 30 Week 4 and my results. Week 4 both the easiest and the hardest week of Whole 30. By week 4, you have a good idea of which recipes work and which are flops. You have a better rhythm and are used to the whole practice. It’s also the closest to the end, so there’s a sense of “almost there, almost there” throughout all of Whole 30 Week 4. Technically, you’re not really done after week 4, though. You still have to go through the reintroduction phase (which we sucked at).

Let’s go back and look at my goals for Whole 30 Week 1

The Goals:

-Better Sleep

-Better Skin

-Lose inches

Things did not always go as planned on Whole 30, but I think that we did quite well, given the circumstances. We did not overtly cheat at any time. There were a few times while eating out that The Hubs and I had to adopt a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy about whether the food had been cooked in the wrong oil or had any other mystery additives. I remember reading something by Melissa Hartwig saying that a completely perfect Whole 30 is pretty much impossible. I think we did the best that we could, which was pretty darn good.

Whole 30 Week 4: Sharing My Results

The Results:

-Better Sleep: Achieved. Both The Hubs and I were really able to dial in on our caffeine sensitivity during Whole 30. We learned that The Hubs performs best on decaf coffee. For me, it’s tea. We try to cut off the caffeine around 6:00 or 7:00 every night. I also think that removing sugar helped our sleep. I didn’t ever get the vivid food dreams that they talk about in the Whole 30 book, but I did sleep soundly.

-Better skin: check. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really notice this one until I came OFF Whole 30. Since then, I have since suffered from a string of breakouts. I tend to have pretty standard breakouts right before That Time of the Month, but my skin was definitely better on Whole 30. There was was one patch of dry scaly skin on my leg that I was hoping would disappear with Whole 30, but it still there, unfortunately. I’d still give this a pass.

-Lose Inches: Holy wow, yes! I didn’t think I had that much to lose, honestly. I knew I’d put on a little weight, but I stopped weighing myself in high school and never looked back so I didn’t have a gauge for how much. Before Whole 30, some belts were tighter and some of my high-waisted skirts weren’t so comfortable anymore. After Whole 30, they’re comfortable again. Are you guys ready for the hard numbers?

Whole 30 Week 4: Sharing My Results

Before Whole 30:

Waist: 28 inches

Chest: 34 inches

Butt: 38 inches

Thighs: 21.5 inches

Arms: 10 inches

After Whole 30:

Waist: 25 1/2 inches!

Chest: 33 inches

Butt: 36 1/2 inches

Thighs: 20 inches

Arms: 10 inches

Let me tell you, my waist had not been that small in a while. I’m pretty sure it’s back up to something around 26 inches now, which is fine by me. I didn’t think that my weight loss had been super evident, but The In Laws kept telling me to eat a cheeseburger by Whole 30 Week 4, so maybe it was more noticeable that I thought. That could just be The In Laws though… The Hubs also said that upon revisiting some earlier pictures of me that he could see the weight loss. I do feel better, but I honestly just didn’t want to have to buy new clothes.

Now that I’ve been off Whole 30 for a bit, I can see why people stay on it. Rules are easy. Navigating my own choices, sans Whole 30 guidelines is hard. There is a comfort to the black and white system of Whole 30 that makes it easy to make decisions. Off Whole 30, I have a greater tendency to go off track. For now, we are eating mostly Whole 30/Paleo,  having found that bread and milk generally don’t react well with us(Thank goodness Starbucks has started stocking Almond Milk!). We allow ourselves cheat meals on the weekends and when there’s a social function like an office party or a family birth day. We are planning to do another Whole 30 in May. I’m tempted to go back on it earlier just to clear my skin up, but it’s Easter season and the pink bunny peeps are out and I just can’t quit them yet.

Have you just finished a Whole 30? Tell me how you did! Thinking about trying it for yourself? Tell me what’s motivating you!

Whole 30 Week 4 Best Recipe:

Mel Joulwan’s Chocolate Chili. Serve over roasted sweet potatoes! Mmmm…

Whole 30 Week 4 Worst Recipe:

-Skirt Steak from the The Whole30 Cookbook. We are not adept at cooking beef!

Whole 30 Week 4 Tips:

-Trying to find your new favorite decaf coffee? Central Market lets you buy by weight, so you only have to get a tiny amount to taste. Don’t waste your money on a full half pound you won’t finish!

-Shop at Costco on a weeknight. You won’t face the temptation of all those samples, and it’s way less stressful. Our Costco staples on Whole 30 were: eggs, organic chicken, blueberries, chicken stock, Aidell’s chicken sausage, and Costco brand almond butter.

-Our favorite Whole 30 Breakfast is a baked sweet potato with cinnamon and nuts on top. We bake them the night before and just reheat in the morning.