February is here! For those of you in cold places, maybe the end is in sight for you? Here in LA, we’re hoping the rain slows down and the mudslides stop so that traffic can let up again.

February is a good month for a lot of reasons – lots of birthdays, a three-day weekend, it’s short, Groundhog’s day…you get the idea. As we get our fill of the winter veggies that are on their way out, we thought what better way to celebrate February than with one of our fave pairings, Brussels sprouts and bacon? Thanks to Siån for another awesome and adorable calendar!

Psst…here are some tablet versions too.


Like I mentioned in my last Whole30 update, I have been eating Chia Seed Pudding for breakfast. It’s a good distraction from too many eggs, and it is quite filling. I’d imagine it’d be a tad better with some sugar (vanilla, etc.) but I kept it simple just in case I was tempted to break my Whole30.

My friend Caitlin (hey girl!) recommended this to me after I was telling her about my Whole30 – and boy was she on the money! This is such an easy breakfast and a departure from what I would normally think of as “breakfast” which is silly because I definitely went though an Overnight Oats phase which is very similar.

I like to top mine with a banana and some dried cherries for breakfast; I add coconut (unsweetened) as well because I like a little crunch. Feel free to add some nuts in there too – I bet this would be awesome with cashews.

I will say, this can get boring if you don’t mix up your toppings, so remember that when you’re trying it – and if you’re not doing a Whole30 you feel free to add some honey, or some maple syrup, or vanilla…whatever you feel like. Recipe below, and feel free to edit as you see fit – add in other spices as your heart desires (I am dying to try cardamom!)

Type: Breakfast, Paleo
Author: Jennie
Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Time: 3-9 Hours
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cup milk/"milk" of choice
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • shredded coconut
  • dried fruit
  • banana, optional

Directions

  1. Mix together milk (I use coconut), chia seeds, and cinnamon in a jar or container with lid.

  2. Place in fridge overnight, or at least 3 hours.

  3. Serve cold topped with coconut, dried fruit, and/or banana.

Hey y’all! I’m heading into 2017 slowly and deliberately, and I feel renewed by the sense of kinship I’ve seen around the country this past weekend. As I move into planning out what I want to bring to you this year, I’m hoping you might help me figure out what YOU want. Take this quick survey below and help me guide my posts + recipes to help you cook more, better, or with more joy!

I’m headed up to Big Bear this weekend to hang out with some nature and revive my soul in with the trees – I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next week!


Damn doing this Whole30 in January, you guys. July seems like a much better month – berries everywhere, the grill’s out and ready for all the steak…maybe I’ll have to do another (starting July 5, of course.) Anyways, despite the fact that it’s January and cold(er) in LA, I did want to get you guys a salad recipe.

I love salads because they’re easy and feel fancy even when they’re not. When Jeff’s traveling, I reach for a big salad with goat cheese, chicken, a couple of veggies, some lemon-sumac dressing, and sun dried tomatoes! It was hard for me to figure out how to make a salad without cheese (first world problems) but I persevered and here’s this salad that doesn’t even feel like anything’s missing.

First off all, this salad has tuna. If you don’t like tuna, you probably should do some soul searching and try it again. BUT if you still don’t like it, use chicken, or tofu, or steak, or just leave it out and this salad will still be good (but not as good, tuna is delicious, you guys.) We also have olives here. If you don’t like those, then I don’t know what to tell you because this becomes an entirely different salad. BUT I LOVE OLIVES. Ahem.

I used pistachios here, because I love those too (basically this is a salad of foods I love but don’t eat enough of!) but you could use cashews too, if you feel like it. Then beets – I get the ones that are precooked at TJs, or just roast some up and put them on this salad warm (YUM.) I use kale as the base of this one, because I like the heartiness of it – the lemon juice breaks it down a little so it’s not TOO strong. If you’re wary of kale, throw it in with the lemon juice for 5-10 minutes before you add the rest of the ingredients.

Type: Main Course, Paleo, Salad
Author: Jennie
Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 can olives, cut in half
  • 4-6 beets, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, shelled
  • 1 bag/bunch kale
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • olive oil

Directions

  1. Open tuna and drain. Separate it with a fork.

  2. Chop olives and beets.

  3. Shell pistachios if needed.

  4. In a bowl, toss kale, lemon juice, and a gulg (about 1-2 tsp) olive oil.

  5. Add pistachios, beets, olives, and tuna. Toss well, serve.

It’s Day 22! I can’t believe it. So close. There’s one weekend left to get through (one when my friends are heading OOT, so it might be hard!) and then a couple more weekdays, and then we’re done. I’m still not feeling “tiger blood” but I am pushing through in spite of it all. Because, I mean, we’ve come this far, right?

The past week was a challenge (made a cake! Made frosting! Didn’t eat either!) but also brought a few recipes I’m digging and because it’s been chilly, I’ve been having all the tea and trying to keep hydrated.

Shout out to my book club – accidental or not, there was not lots of wine-flaunting happening and we all had tea, so I didn’t feel like I was missing out. It’s been an easy month in the social arena, and for that, I am lucky.

Last week was hard (specifically Friday) because I was feeling hopeless and tired, so I made some sweet potato fries & ate them with garlic dip because it was the closest thing to comfort food I could get to, and it really did the trick. On Saturday, we were at the Women’s March and I did not plan enough snacks OR drink enough water (because I was worried about bathroom options) but I did have a Larabar and some dried mango and was generally OK.

Here’s what I’ve been eating this week:

Breakfast

Week 3 Chia Seed & Coconut Milk Pudding – This was great and so easy. I topped it with freeze dried blueberries and banana and coconut, and it made each morning feel fancy. I will say I was hungry earlier than the other weeks, but I compensated with a bigger lunch and we were all good.

Lunch

Leftover city this week.

Dinner

Week 3We made this Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken because I finally found sun dried tomatoes that we could eat, and boy oh boy was it good. I served with mashed potatoes and spinach, and it was perfect. I also made shrimp with Chinese five spice, and then fried up some cauliflower rice, with a couple of eggs scrambled in, green onions, and topped with coconut aminos, crispy Brussels sprouts, and hot sauce. We also tried this Red Curry Beef Stew, and had a Teriyaki Chicken (sans honey) with sugar snap peas (and mashed potatoes again, I was feeling weak, you guys) – thanks to Ellen & Aaron who had us over for this one, because they’ve been in Whole30 world and know what it’s like.

I’ve got a lot planned for this week, so I can’t wait to share with you at the end to let you know what was good!

Eating Out

We went to a local restaurant that has a Paleo Plate (again, thanks Ellen for telling me!) that I got and was perfect – I got it with shrimp (man, am I loving eating more seafood this month!). That was the only time I ate this whole trip and I was proud to be able to cook all week (or eat leftovers) despite some evening plans.

This last week might be the most challenging yet – we’re going out of town with friends this weekend and I anticipate the want to drink, eat chips and nachos and whatever else is put in front of me, but everyone knows what’s up, so I plan on staying strong – wish me luck!