Day 0

15 Oct

Today was what I will call Day 0.

I was super excited when I woke up this morning to begin my Whole30, so naturally I went straight from my bed to my kitchen and warmed up some of the egg cups I had prepped for breakfast for the week using Applegate Farms Smoked Turkey Breast and Vital Farms Pasture Raised Eggs. They were delicious, filling, and unbeknownst to me, completely non-compliant with Whole30.

For lunch, I sat down with my spaghetti squash with marinara and decided to browse the Whole30 website to see if there was any advice from others who have or are currently undergoing their Whole30.  While browsing, I saw a post referring to carrageenan, a vegetarian replacement for gelatin made out of seaweed, that is not allowed while on Whole30.  And also an ingredient in my Applegate Farms Smoked Turkey Breast.  First meal in and I had already bombed my Whole30.  Talk about putting a damper on my mood for the day.

Naturally, I did what anyone would do  – chalked it up as a loss and went to the gym to vent. After a session with my trainer that left my legs feeling like gelatin (NOT carrageenan!), I came home and made a delicious – and compliant! – dinner of Oven Roasted Free Range Chicken Breast with Zucchini Fettuccine and Grilled Artichoke Hearts.

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This recipe was easy even by just-left-the-gym-and-don’t-feel-like-standing-anymore standards:

2 boneless skinless Organic Free Range Chicken Breasts, trimmed and drizzled with EVOO, then seasoned with Mrs Dash’s Garlic and Herb blend.  Place the chicken on a foil lined pan (for easy clean-up) and place in a 350° pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until the juices run clear.

While the chicken is cooking, wash 2 medium zucchinis, trim the ends off and cut each zucchini in half. Take a vegetable peeler (my favorite brand is Titan, because there are 2 different kinds, one that peels, and one that juliennes!) and “peel” the zucchini to form the noodles.

Place the noodles in a large saucepan with 1/2 Tbsp of ghee or clarified butter and 1 Tbsp of EVOO over medium heat.  This is when I added ! package of grilled artichoke hearts I picked up at Whole Foods.  I seasoned the veggies with more Mrs Dash and a little sea salt.

Slice the chicken breast and serve alongside the pasta, for a delicious, quick meal.

This was enough for 2 servings.

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3 Responses to “Day 0”

  1. Megan October 15, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    I love how you cut the zucchini! I use the titan too and can not find the julienne one so I’m happy to see I can use the regular one too! Thanks!

    • lauraekron October 16, 2012 at 12:11 am #

      Thanks! I actually discovered the Titan at my bachelorette party (weird I know), but my bridesmaids planned a Paleo cooking demo for the dinner at a local spice shop, and the chef there used the julienne Titan for our main course! I immediately added it to my registry and I was so excited when I got it!

      • Megan October 16, 2012 at 8:25 am #

        I get my cooking genese from my dad and he always passes on the new gadgets he finds and the Titan was in the Christmas loot from last year!

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