4th of July Weekend Eats

Summer is my very favorite season for many reasons. I am a sun-lover, a beach fanatic, and an outdoor runner. I love the heat and hate the snow. I live for wearing tank tops and jean shorts. Summer just makes me so happy.

Summer also brings the best produce. To celebrate the season, I participate in a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) farm share. For 20 weeks, I receive locally grown fruits and vegetables. I never know what I am going to get, so it’s exciting and challenging (in a good way) to incorporate them into my cooking.

This past weekend, I spent a few days at my parents’ house in Maine. I’m not on a round of Whole30 now but my Food Freedom means I eat mostly Whole30 — with the additional of occasional foods that feel “worth it” to me.

Here are some of the delicious summer eats I enjoyed over the weekend. I hope these inspire your summer menus!

Love Caprese Salad but staying away from cheese? I made a Whole30 version and it did not
disappoint. I layered tomato with basil and drizzled a compliant Fig Balsamic Vinegar on the plate. It was savory and sweet – and tasted like summer on a plate.

I thought about having a glass of white wine on the 4th but decided I didn’t really need it/didn’t want to deal with any consequences the next morning. So, I made my own mocktail with Polar Seltzer and Vita Coco pressed coconut water. (This kind is not compliant as it has a tiny bit of sugar listed in the ingredients but Vita Coco does make other varieties of coconut water that are.) It was SO good. This is a great mocktail idea for a refreshing compliant special occasion drink, or when you really need to cool off/re-hydrate.

My dad fired up the grill to make burgers and compliant Applegate hotdogs and along with the meat, we grilled packets of vegetables, some from my CSA. We did potatoes, beets, garlic scapes and my mom roasted up some butternut squash and cauliflower. I ate these veggies the second night with some swordfish my mom grilled with EVOO, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Veggie packets on the grill make food prep super easy and mess-free!

I try to use EVERYTHING in my farm share so I made some homemade pesto starring beet greens from the CSA and basil my mom had at the house. I added salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, olive oil, and walnuts. It came out awesome. I forgot to add the farm share garlic I brought and it was still so tasty. No measurements here to share – just mix everything in a food processor to taste. Pesto is such a versatile added fat – you can use it on everything from eggs to veggies to meat.

I got my hands on some of the new Trader Joe’s No-Sugar Dry Rubbed Uncured Bacon and
brought it to Maine to make this weekend. It was $4.99 (I think?) – which is less than I pay for compliant bacon at Whole Foods. My daughter and I loved it! I have heard some mixed reviews but I thought it was delicious. (P.S. I bake my bacon on a cookie sheet in the oven at 400 for about 15-20 minutes.)

I have been trying to up my consumption of greens so a basic summer tip I love to share is to build your plates with a bed of greens. I used mixed greens and kale from my CSA as the first layer of pretty much every meal I ate this weekend. No extra prep + lots of extra nutrients = a win in my book.

So, there you have it – Some eats in my summer food freedom. There was no crazy meal prep involved and I enjoyed delicious seasonal produce with every meal.

Looking for some more summer meal inspiration? Check out these posts from our blog:

How to Use Bone Broth in Your Whole30 Cooking

Bone broth, a food with ancient roots, has made a comeback. It’s known to help improve gut and joint health, boost immunity, and heal wounds. Bone broth is especially popular in Whole30 circles as a stand-alone drink or as an ingredient in a recipe.

Husband and wife Ryan and Katherine Harvey are right in the mix of things with their Whole30 Approved company Bare Bones Broth, selling several varieties of bone broth along with collagen peptides both online and in several markets across the country. Read more about their story here!

Bare Bones Broth has big news: On May 8, the company will launch their classic beef and classic chicken bone broths in Whole Foods Markets nationwide!

To celebrate, we’re highlighting some favorite recipes from our Facebook group and other blogs that incorporate bone broth. We hope you enjoy these delicious and nutrient-rich dishes!

Whole30 Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Cleansing Carrot Autumn Squash Soup (omit the maple syrup)

Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes

Stuffed Delicata Squash

Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla-Less Soup

Chocolate Chili

Bone Broth Pumpkin Spice Latte (Omit the agave/honey)

Whole30 Bone Broth Sausage & Vegetable Soup

Creamy Sausage & Potato Casserole

Paleo Whole30 Zuppa Toscana

Want to grab some Bare Bones Broth online? Use code “JUJUSWHOLE30” for 15% off your order at www.barebonesbroth.com

Everyday Whole February Whole30 Discounts

Looking to save a little money this month? Or just need to stock up on some of your favorite products? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a round-up of some our group’s current deals and discounts. Some of these links are affiliate links – Thank you for your support!

1. Ayoba-Yo – Use code WHOLE30FB10 for 10% off South African dried meat and a new delicious spice blend.

2. Bare Bones Broth – Use the code “JUJUSWHOLE30” to save 15% on your order of bone broth and collagen peptides.

3. Chomps – Get 15% off your order + free shipping when you shop. Use code WHOLE30. Good through August 2019.

4. Cooked – Get 10% off your first order of ready-made Whole30 Approved meals when you use the code WHOLE30FB.

5. Cucina Antica – Get 25% off your purchase of Whole30 Approved tomato sauce with code EverydayWhole. Good through February 20.

6. Gather Superfoods – Use the code “WHOLE30” for 30% off your ghee order.

7. Georgia Grinders — Use code “WHOLE30” for 20% off your nut butter order. Good for the month of February.

8. Naked Bacon – Use code EVERYDAYWHOLE for 10% off your order of heritage breed raised Whole30 Approved bacon and sausage links, made in small batches.

9. nutpods— Use code “JUJUSWHOLE30” to save 15% off your first order. One coupon use per customer.

10. Paleo Powder – Use code “everydaywhole” for 15% off your order of Whole30 Approved seasoning blends.

11. Tiny Little Chef – Use code WHOLE30 for 20% off your order of handmade seasoning blends.

12. The New Primal – Use code “whole30facebook” for 25% off your order of sauces, marinades, and beef thins!

13. Thrive Market – Use the link for 25% off your first order when you activate your trial membership. You will also be directed to a list of our favorite Whole30 compliant products!

14. True Fare – Use code MYWHOLE30FB for 10% off your order of chef-prepared frozen Whole30 meals.

15. Wild Zora Foods – Use code WHOLE30FB for 20% off your order of meat and veggie bars.

17. WholeMade Kitchen – Boston’s North Shore only! Get 10% off your order of homemade Whole30 Approved meals with code EDW10 at checkout. Good through March 31. Order online!