Fat Tuesday, French Fish Chocolates and Chorizo + Okra Gumbo

DAY TWENTY-SIX

Today is Fat Tuesday –– Carnival, otherwise known as the day of indulgence before lent. As revellers throughout the world take to the streets in celebration, I refrained from my annual Fat Tuesday, prune-filled paczki and came up with a little spin on gumbo instead. Continue reading “Fat Tuesday, French Fish Chocolates and Chorizo + Okra Gumbo”

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Apple Pie Chia Pudding, Frisèe Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette, Low and Slow Baked Arctic Char With Roasted Fennel, Potatoes, Tomatoes and Black Olives: Whole30 Day Twenty-Five

DAY TWENTY FIVE
Feeling a bit better, than yesterday! Drank tea until dinner and was able to enjoy some fish. Speaking of fish… If you live in Toronto and want GOOD fish, Hooked on Queen East has warmed my heart lately. Such a friendly, cozy and aesthetically filled market with fresh seafood, local vittles and homemade concoctions. It’s a place one wants to go to again and again… like true love. Continue reading “Apple Pie Chia Pudding, Frisèe Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette, Low and Slow Baked Arctic Char With Roasted Fennel, Potatoes, Tomatoes and Black Olives: Whole30 Day Twenty-Five”

Merguez Sausage With Blistered Tomatoes and Garlic Smashed Potatoes For Brunch and A Sick Day: Whole30 Day Twenty-Four

DAY TWENTY-FOUR

Less than one week to go and we will have completed 30 days of Whole30!  I’m almost sad to see it go, but without my beans and lentils, I’ve turned to more meat as a protein source. I will be happy to have pulses back in my life! Continue reading “Merguez Sausage With Blistered Tomatoes and Garlic Smashed Potatoes For Brunch and A Sick Day: Whole30 Day Twenty-Four”

Broth With Pea Shoots + A Soft-Boiled Egg, Crack Slaw and Braised Lamb Shanks with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes + Blistered Tomatoes: Whole30 Day Twenty-Three

DAY TWENTY-THREE

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow seems to be Toronto’s MO right about now. Yup, snow for days! I woke up early, cranked the fireplace and enjoyed a little morning yoga sesh while plump snowflakes fluttered just outside the window. I brewed a pot of black coffee and sat in front of the fire and listened to Mogli (a new music addiction) it was a rejuvenating morning. After coffee we did our 20 minute workout and went to run at the indoor track across the street. Continue reading “Broth With Pea Shoots + A Soft-Boiled Egg, Crack Slaw and Braised Lamb Shanks with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes + Blistered Tomatoes: Whole30 Day Twenty-Three”

Grapefruit Chia Pudding and Carne Alla Pizzaiola: Whole30 Day Twenty-Two

DAY TWENTY-TWO

It’s the end of the week, and I’m plumb tired of cooking and prepping and thinking of things to make. I started out strong with breakfast, went downhill by skipping lunch and breaking a Whole30 rule of three meals a day and thankfully, E stepped in to help with dinner, so we ended on a high note. Sometimes you just have to do the best you can. Continue reading “Grapefruit Chia Pudding and Carne Alla Pizzaiola: Whole30 Day Twenty-Two”

Soup For Breakfast, A Fresh Herb Salad From The Gaza Kitchen and Korean Kimchi Chicken Burgers Atop Portobello Mushroom Caps: Whole30 Day Twenty-One

DAY TWENTY ONE

Wow, ten days left. Only ten days! It feels like this challenge has flown by, and I think we’ve found our groove.  Continue reading “Soup For Breakfast, A Fresh Herb Salad From The Gaza Kitchen and Korean Kimchi Chicken Burgers Atop Portobello Mushroom Caps: Whole30 Day Twenty-One”

Purple Sweet Potato Piña Colada Parfaits, Bolognese With Spaghetti Squash and Night + Market Thai For Dinner: Whole30 Day Twenty

DAY TWENTY:
We are going strong! Meal prep and cooking and planning are a definite commitment to this 30 day challenge and believe me, some days it is a challenge. I’m pretty certain if I were doing this alone, I would fail, most likely with some fresh-baked bread or a bottle of wine or Manchego cheese –– goes to show where my motivation is, right!? If you are thinking about doing a round of Whole30 try to buddy up, it helps, a lot. On with the food:

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Chaga Dust Chia Pudding (yes, it’s magical), Larabars and Potato Crusted Rock Hind With Roasted Chioggia Beets + Dijon Asparagus Spears: Whole30 Day Eighteen

DAY EIGHTEEN

Brrrrr it’s cold out there! We’ve been shovelling and shovelling and more snow is forecasted for the weekend.  To stay extra healthy, we are busting out the hot tea mid-afternoon (I love Stash teas!) and for breakfast I added a bit of Chaga mushroom dust (a potent immune booster and yes, it’s magical) to our chia pud, and of course we had coffee, ran and did the 20 minute workout routine. So far I’m feeling stronger in my workouts, I have super clear skin and I hate the term belly bloat, so I shall say, I’m feelin’ trim! Continue reading “Chaga Dust Chia Pudding (yes, it’s magical), Larabars and Potato Crusted Rock Hind With Roasted Chioggia Beets + Dijon Asparagus Spears: Whole30 Day Eighteen”

Blueberry Chia Pudding, Taco Party and Super Bowl Eats: Whole30 Day Seventeen

DAY SEVENTEEN

Snowy morning so we took our run at the indoor track across the street after our 20 minute workout, but first coffee and another chia pud… Continue reading “Blueberry Chia Pudding, Taco Party and Super Bowl Eats: Whole30 Day Seventeen”

Sweet Potato Chia Pud, Borsch on Repeat and Carnitas Salad: Whole30 Day Sixteen

DAY SIXTEEN

Snowy morning so we took our run at the indoor track across the street after our 20 minute workout, but first coffee and another chia pud… notice a little routine action here? Continue reading “Sweet Potato Chia Pud, Borsch on Repeat and Carnitas Salad: Whole30 Day Sixteen”

Eggs + Kale Fried in Schmaltz, Georgian Eggplant Rolls With Walnut Garlic Filling and Ukrainian Borsch: Whole30 Day Fifteen

DAY FIFTEEN

Three good things: coffee, workout and a run. It’s all about routine. Continue reading “Eggs + Kale Fried in Schmaltz, Georgian Eggplant Rolls With Walnut Garlic Filling and Ukrainian Borsch: Whole30 Day Fifteen”

Papaya Brekkie Boats, Recipes From The Gaza Kitchen and Rabbit Mulukhiyya: Whole30 Day Thirteen

DAY THIRTEEN

Coffee done. Workout done. And the soup pot is simmering away on the stove. The house already smells of allspice, cinnamon and rosemary with a hint of cardamom. Home-y smells that define comfort food. Continue reading “Papaya Brekkie Boats, Recipes From The Gaza Kitchen and Rabbit Mulukhiyya: Whole30 Day Thirteen”

Apple Cinnamon “Cereal”, Hard Boiled Eggs (with capers of course) and Grilled Lamb Chops, Baba Ganoush and Fattoush: Whole 30 Day Eleven

DAY ELEVEN
We both felt pretty weak today. Low energy, slow and sluggish. We decided that red meat may be calling… we made a quick trip to our fave Greek butcher Kostas Meat Market to pick up some fresh lamb chops to grill for dinner.  
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Brekkie On Repeat, Creamy Cauliflower Puree With Garlicky Greens + Roasted Beets, and Dan Dan UnNoodle Soup: Whole30 Day Ten

DAY TEN
Our a.m. workout is becoming a routine –– after coffee of course. We still haven’t had any CRAZY intense cravings; an occasional need for wine here and there, ahem during the State of the Union address. I even expected to be in complete agony over not being able to eat cheese or bread, or even chocolate, but so far so good. I know it will hit, it’s just a matter of when… dun dun dun.
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Sweet Potato Chia Pudding Parfaits, Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Shrimp N’ Cauliflower “Grits”: Whole30 Day Nine

DAY NINE
Coffee first. 20 minute morning workout and a run! Also, I’m REALLY excited about today’s breakfast.

BREAKFAST: Want to know the GREATEST thing since sliced bread? Sweet potatoes with almond butter. Sounds gross? Try it! Try it! This breakfast parfait will change your life… or at least your thoughts on sweet potatoes mixed with almond butter.
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