DIY Omelet Bar


Guest Post by Ashlie Barnum

I’m Ashlie. A girlie girl with a flair and passion for plating up beautiful food. You can find me over on Instagram @platingpretty.

I’ve been married to my awesome husband for almost 13 years and we have 4 kids under the age of 12. Most days I consider myself an Uber driver as well as a personal chef! I don’t mind because cooking is my joy. It’s my desire to instill a love for a variety of colorful healthy foods in my kids which is why I encourage all four of them to get right there in the kitchen with me.

So, when we are on a Whole30 round all six of us eat the same meal, which sometimes means getting creative. This omelet bar is super versatile, kid friendly, and husband approved. It’s a great “clean out the fridge” meal too.

You can keep the ingredients simple or go wild with a plethora of delicious options – it’s your choice! If you happen to have any leftovers throw them in a scramble the next day or toss in a salad.

A way to get the kids involved is to let them (if old enough) chop veggies, lay out parchment paper, write names of each ingredient, and even add in their own toppings with the help of an adult. However you do it, make it a fun family activity!


Omelet Bar with Hand-Shredded Hash Browns and Fruit

INGREDIENTS:
Avocado oil or coconut oil for greasing pan
2 lightly scrambled eggs per person
Salt + Pepper
Pepper flakes (adjust to your heat preference)

TOPPINGS:
Chopped cooked compliant kielbasa
Crumbled up compliant bacon
Fresh chopped tomatoes
Chopped onions
Fresh chopped spinach
Chopped mushrooms
Green chiles

INSTRUCTIONS:
Heat oil in an 8-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in two eggs (seasoned with salt and pepper and pepper flakes) and use a spatula to lift the cooked eggs from the edge of the pan. Lift the pan from side to side to continue cooking the uncooked egg. When the eggs start setting add in your toppings to one half being careful not over fill. Continue to let cook just a bit longer then fold eggs in half. Finish to desired doneness and slide eggs out onto a plate.


Hash Browns

INGREDIENTS:
Reserved compliant bacon fat, avocado oil, or ghee for frying
1 small/medium potato per person (red, Idaho, russet, etc.)
Salt + Pepper
Pepper flakes

INSTRUCTIONS:
Use choice of fat/oil in a thin layer of a large skillet. Meanwhile use a grater to shred the potatoes. Add a layer of shredded potatoes to pan making sure not to overstuff otherwise your hash browns will be gummy. Fry potatoes up in batches. Serve alongside omelets and fresh fruit.

Enjoy!!

Ask the Coach – Your Whole30 Questions Answered!

By Judith 

Recently, I put a call out in the Facebook group for Whole30 questions I could answer in my new blog series,” Ask the Coach.” I was excited to receive quite a few! I chose two questions to answer in this first installment, and I will tackle more them in the coming weeks. 

Have a burning Whole30 question? Email me at judith@everydaywhole.com and you may see your question appear in a future blog post!

Jolynn P. asked: “I could use ideas for plated fats that are not avocados. Thanks!”

Thanks, Jolynn! I have to say that this has been one of the most popular questions over the years. For some reason, people seem to get tripped up by the idea of adding fat to every meal. It doesn’t have to be complicated – and there are tons of ways to add to fat (which helps you feel satisfied and satiated, as well as providing what your body needs to function well!) to your meals.

The Whole30 meal template lists some basic ideas for fat (along with suggested serving sizes, although I personally do not measure a thing in my life). 

They are: oils and cooking fats, ghee and nut butter, coconut, olives, nuts and seeds, avocado, and coconut milk. Most of these can be added right to your meal, regardless of what you are eating. For example, you can drizzle olive oil over meat and veggies, add a side of olives to your plate, sprinkle some unsweetened coconut on fruit, and enjoy a handful of nuts with your lunch. You can add coconut milk to your coffee! Easy peasy.

Note: Whole30 recommends you add fat to your plate BEYOND any cooking fat you use because a lot of that stays in the pan. For more on that question, check out this blog post.

Beyond that list, here are my favorite ways to add fat to your plate:

  • Compliant ranch dressing – I like Tessemae’s or I make my own using Whole Sisters’ Dump Ranch recipe. 
  • Homemade pesto – I use this basic recipe and sub in any greens I have on hand (arugula, spinach, fennel fronds, etc)
  • Homemade wing sauce – Heat ghee (I like this one from 4th & Heart) with compliant buffalo sauce (my favorite is Medium Buffalo from The New Primal, use code “whole30facebook” for 25% off your order!)
  • Compliant mayo – You can easily make your own (I like this recipe!) or buy one that’s premade (I like this one from Tessamae’s!) You can turn the mayo into spicy mayo, buffalo mayo, ranch mayo or any other variety of mayo that makes you happy!
  • Compliant oil-based salad dressing – You can make your own vinaigrette (like this balsamic one from Tastes Lovely) or get a pre-made dressing from The New Primal. You can also just use whatever oil and spices you have on hand to whip up a quick and easy dressing for greens or to drizzle on whatever you’re eating!
  • Any other oil- or nut-based sauce – Here are some great ideas from Eat The Gains!
  • Tahini – You can buy this premade (here’s one from Thrive Market!) or make your own
  • Guacamole – Tired of avocado as is? Mash up your own guacamole! Check out this recipe from The Real Food RDs – save the chips for your Food Freedom!
  • Lard, tallow, and other animal fats – These fats may be more obscure to you but they provide a lot of great benefits. Read more about them on the Whole30 website here.

I love this post from fellow Whole30 Certified Coach Bailey Fischer on common mistakes that people make during a Whole30. See #3 – Eating enough fat is key to success on Whole30. As I like to tell my clients, healthy fat doesn’t make you fat! Healthy fat is your BFF on Whole30, so eat up!

Julie P. came in hot with a question on cooking oils. She wondered: “How do you choose cooking oils based on taste and temperature?” For this one, I turned to fellow Whole30 Certified Coach Ana Desmond, for her expertise. (You can check out more of her amazing culinary creations on Instagram here!)

From Ana: 

I base my cooking oils on both taste and cooking temperature.  My favorite ones to use are Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Ghee, and Coconut Oil.  I always have these on hand, both in liquid form and spray! 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is almost always a safe bet when you aren’t too sure what to use.  It is light in flavor and can withstand medium temperatures.  You can also find olive oils that are both bold or milder in taste.  I like to use “Extra Light” Olive oil when making my homemade mayo.  And I love the Trader Joe’s Garlic Olive Oil to sauté or bake veggies.  

If you are going to roast, sear, or pan fry and temperatures are going to be high, reach for Avocado Oil. It has a high smoke point which is very important!  Smoke point is important for a few reasons.  When oil smokes it releases toxic fumes and free radicals which are very harmful to you, it will give your food a rancid flavor, and it will smoke up your kitchen! (My firefighter hubby doesn’t like that too much! LOL) 

My favorite brand of Avocado Oil is Chosen Foods. It is mild in flavor. It can be a little pricier than other oils, so I am always on the lookout for them at TJ Maxx! 

Ghee… ah ghee!  All about flavor here!  Gives you that buttery taste we all love AND has a high smoke point.  Sometimes I will combine both ghee and olive oil when sauteing, as the veggies really soak up the ghee!  My favorite is again from Trader Joe’s!

Coconut Oil!  I have a love affair with all things coconut!  However, it does smoke at a high temperature!  I use it when cooking on medium heat. I love it when making scrambled eggs, baking sweet potatoes and butternut squash!  And I love it for my hands, skin, hair, and nails! But back to cooking! Coconut Oil can have a “coconuty” flavor.  So, if that is not your thing, buy refined coconut oil as opposed to unrefined.  I love the Chosen Foods brand!

Christy’s No Fuss Stir Fry

recipe by Christy E-M, written by Jennifer Palermo

Having friends that can cook is awesome. Having friends that are doing a round of Whole30 at the same time you are is a hundred times more awesome. Having friends who drop off Whole30 food for you at supper when you had nothing planned and were going to cobble together supper with whatever you found in the fridge is all sorts of awesome.

This incredible stir fry was something that my friend Christy just threw together. Thankfully, she jotted down the recipe for me because it tasted out of this world!

Christy’s No Fuss Stir-Fry

Course Main Course
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 8 stalks boy choy
  • 8 leaves savoy cabbage
  • 1 small carrot
  • 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • coconut aminos to taste
  • coconut or avocado oil

Instructions

  • Prep your veggies by chopping the bok choy and savoy cabbage into 1″ pieces.
  • Grate your carrot
  • Slice your shiitake mushrooms.
  • Sauté and drain your ground pork and set aside.
  • In coconut or avocado oil, sauté your mushrooms, and add your greens.
  • Once done, add your carrots and spices in. After a minute, mix in your pork and dinner is done!

Notes

Enjoy and don’t forget your plated fat.