Cooking With A Friend

We spend A LOT of time in the kitchen on Whole30 and it can get a bit lonely in there. Make a menu, grab a friend, and bring the fun back in the kitchen.

I invited over my friend Christy, who’s doing her first Whole30 round, and we set out to meal prep for the day while our spouses went fishing. We had the whole day ahead of us to cook.

Two hours later, my husband walks in the door soaking wet from his chest down. Guess what was in his pocket? His new phone. There’s so much to say about this but I’ll skip it and go straight to the recipes. If you’re married or have a significant other, you know what I’m thinking!

We came up with a few dishes to make and improvised the rest. Dividing up the shopping took the longest but, in the end, I think we did okay. Best of all, we had fun!

Here’s what we made:

Paleo Gluten Free Eats’ Creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing – I love this sauce. It goes on everything.

Eat The Gains’ Creamy Lemon Garlic sauce-we doubled up on this recipe and I think I may have messed this one up a bit. We weren’t crazy about this one but, again, I don’t think we followed the recipe exactly as it was written.

Christy’s Super Amazing Nut Butter – this is one that Christy made up. She roasted some pecans and walnuts and then tossed them in the vitamix with some coconut oil and salt. She lugged her vitamix over for these sauces-I need to get myself one of those. The nut butter was out of this world!

Primal Gourmet’s Whole30 Greek Burgers

We wanted to have something yummy to freeze for an emergency meal and these fit the bill. Easy and quick to make and ready to take out of the freezer on a day we don’t want to cook!

Farmstead Chic’s Whole30 Plantain Rice

Move over cauliflower rice! Plantain rice is here to stay. This is so easy to make and very hearty. I’m going to make this when I want but don’t have time to make tostones.

Farmstead Chic’s Whole30 Breakfast Casserole

It’s as tasty as it is pretty. This is perfect for breakfast when you’re getting sick of eggs. I made mine go a little further by mixing it with two eggs in the morning.

One Lovely Life’s Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

The butter chicken is divine! You can adjust the heat to your liking. With little ones at home, I tend to make it mild.

We had chicken thighs and ground meat leftover so we dumped some umani seasoning from Trader Joe’s on the chicken thighs and put some onions, parsley, and other stuff in the meatballs. Other stuff meaning I can remember but they turned out really good!

If you get together with your friend or friends and cook, let us know. Send pictures and recipe!

Coach Juju’s January Faves

Happy Day #9 of the January Whole30! It’s been exciting to see how many people are taking on this challenge to improve their lives, their relationship with food, and their all-around well-being!

I am a few days ahead of the “official” January Whole30 – today is my Day #11 and I am feeling GREAT! Bring on the Tiger Blood!

This month, as I am doing my own Whole30, I wanted to share some of my current favorite products. These are my tried and true standbys that I rely on ALL of the time! I hope these help you as you navigate your round!

  • Fourth & Heart Himalayan Pink Salt Ghee: This is my ride-or-die added fat on Whole30. Sometimes I use it in the pan to cook and other times, I add a nice dollop to my food. It’s salty, buttery, and makes everything taste better! I usually grab it on Amazon but recently I got a GREAT deal on it on Thrive Market and I stocked up!
  • The New Primal Cilantro Lime Meat Sticks: True confession time: These meat sticks have become my #1 favorite on-the-go protein. They are SO smoky (they remind me of salami) and delicious. The New Primal recently converted all of their meat sticks to become Whole30 Approved – and this is the best news to kick off 2020. You can grab yours at www.thenewprimal.com and use code “WHOLE30FACEBOOK” to save 25% off your order!
  • Chosen Foods Avocado Oil: Avocado oil is my go-to cooking oil for pretty much everything I make – for both me and my daughter. I go through it quickly so I try to get the big bottles from Costco (when my friends go to Costco and buy them for me!) when I can. If not, I can find this at Target or Trader Joe’s, or on Amazon.
  • Georgia Grinders Cashew and Pecan Butter: This Whole30 Approved nut butter – made with a family recipe – blows any other nut butter out of the water. It’s so good that it’s almost TOO good – be sure to portion out some to use as your added fat so you don’t accidentally eat the whole jar! I will often add a spoonful to fruit on my plate as an added fat or use in a recipe – like this one from Whole Kitchen Sink. Use code “JUJURULES” at www.georgiagrinders.com for free shipping on orders $30+.
  • nutpods: I am a coffee queen and I start my day with two cups of coffee with nutpods. They make me so happy. And yes, I go to bed at night dreaming of my morning coffee! You can grab yours at www.nutpods.com with code “JUJUSWHOLE30” to save 15% off your first order! COFFEE IS LIFE!
  • Paleo Powder Coating Mix: One of my favorite recent easy meals is chicken tenders made in my Air Fryer with Paleo Powder coating mix. I dip the chicken in egg and then roll in the coating mix. Then, I put it in my Air Fryer, spray with some extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or so on each side. I dip in compliant ranch or ketchup and enjoy! These are great to reheat during the week as well or chop up to use on a salad. You can snag the coating mixes for 20% off with code “EVERYDAYWHOLE” at http://bit.ly/2J2NlJ1.
  • Tessemae’s Buffalo Ranch Dressing: I received this dressing as part of a gift pack sent to all Whole30 Coaches for the January Whole30. I was skeptical because I thought I didn’t like Tessemae’s products. Boy, was I wrong! I quickly started putting this on EVERYTHING I ate and used it to make this buffalo ranch chicken casserole. It is so good that I ordered a bunch more from Thrive Market to make sure I was well stocked for my January round! Through January 31, you use grab 20% off Tessemae’s products with code “W30COACH” at www.tessemaes.com
  • Polar Seltzer: Polar is a local favorite here in the Boston area and I can’t get enough. I especially love the seasonal winter flavors and the junior cans. If you can find Polar in your area, it’s a winner in my book and the perfect way to wash down your Whole30 meals!
  • Special deliveries – Misfits Market and Cooked: To keep your Whole30 fresh and interesting, it’s fun to receive some special deliveries. Every other week, I get a box of organic produce from Misfits Market. I don’t know in advance what I will receive but it’s a neat challenge to cook it all. If you want to give it a try, code “COOKWME-TY6OGJ” will give you a discount (usually between 25-50% off) on your first box at www.misfitsmarket.com. And if you need a break from cooking, Whole30 Approved partner Cooked will save the day! I’ve been working with them to create some new Whole30 Approved meals that you can just heat and eat. You can save 15% off your first order with code “EVERYDAYWHOLE” at www.eatcooked.us. Enjoy the time away from the kitchen!

Whole30 Holiday Wish List

With Hanukkah and Christmas just a few weeks away, we are all in list making and shopping mode. The holidays are a great time to share Whole30 with others (or treat yourself!) by gifting helpful kitchen accessories, cookbooks, and favorite Whole30 products.

I’ve put together a list of my top 10 holiday ideas for someone on Whole30/thinking about it – or even just someone who’s passionate about cooking and healthy living. And remember, these are perfect things to buy for YOURSELF — You are worth it!

Immersion Blender: This is a Whole30 kitchen game-changer for making homemade mayo, dump ranch, sauces, and soups. I have a Cuisinart immersion blender that’s a few years old but I love this one which has a chopper/grinder attachment. It’s easy to clean and much easier to use than dragging out the food processor.

Slow Cooked Paleo: Bailey from Whole Kitchen Sink is a Whole30 rockstar and her new cookbook does not disappoint! This is a great gift for someone (or you!) who is looking to kick the new year off with some healthy, easy meal ideas! Click here to get it.

Mixing Bowls: I use my mixing bowls for SO many recipes. It’s helpful to have a nice set to make your life easier and I like this one from OXO.

The New Primal Whole30 Approved Starter Kit: This kit from one of my very favorite Whole30 brands, The New Primal, has the sauces you need to kick off a delicious round of Whole30. Grab it for a friend or get it for yourself as a way to restock your pantry. Use code WHOLE30FACEBOOK for 25% off your order, which brings the price down to around $20!

Thrive Market Membership: We’ve posted a lot about Thrive Market in the big group — for good reason. It’s an awesome CONVENIENT online marketplace with super prices on Whole30 pantry staples, home and beauty products, meat and fish, and more! Use this link to activate a free trial and save 25% off your first order. A membership runs around $60 a year and is a great way to give someone easy access to lots of healthy products. www.thrivemarket.com/everydaywhole

Whole30 Water Bottle: Rep the brand that’s helped you change your life with this awesome stainless steel water bottle. I have it and I love it. Perfect to bring to the gym or keep on your desk at work to ensure you are keeping hydrated!

Coffee mugs and Holiday nutpods: I love this set of stoneware coffee mugs from Target! Add in some peppermint mocha nutpods (Use code JUJUSWHOLE30 at www.nutpods.com to save 25%) and you have a perfect DIY gift set.

Glass Meal Prep Storage Containers: Earlier this year, I decided it was time to get rid of most of my plastic food containers. I replaced them with two sets of these glass meal prep storage containers from Amazon – and I have been super happy so far! These are great for the home cook in your life!

Naked Bacon Bundle: Instead of sending your loved ones cakes or cookies, send them bacon and sausage! Whole30 Approved Naked Bacon has some great bundles that include their delicious compliant bacon and sausage. Use code EVERYDAYWHOLE for 10% off your order when you shop this link.

Avocado Pajamas: Here’s something you didn’t even know you needed! These avocado PJs are cute and comfy – I’ve seen several people rave about them on Instagram. Now you can be reminded of the important of added fat – even in your sleep!

What’s on your holiday wish list? Let us know!