Goodbye 27, Hello Whole30

Goodbye 27, Hello Whole30

It’s official. My birthday month is over. But Whole30 is not.

I’m one of those people. The people that celebrate their birthday all month long. And when I say I celebrated …

I spent a week in LA, writing and recording new music.
There was a quick trip to Disneyland.
I performed at Big Beat Dallas.
I spent a week in Nashville working on a few things and celebrating my birthday with my besties.
Finished up the celebrating with an amazing birthday dinner, prepared by my bestie who went to culinary school!

So, needless to say, I haven’t been 100% Whole30 compliant. Oops.

But, I can honestly say I’m not stressed about it. Whole30 truly changed my relationship with food and for the first time, I don’t feel like I’ve been cheating on a “diet”. As cliche as it sounds, Whole30 really is a lifestyle change so there’s no guilt about not “staying on plan”. Instead, I went grocery shopping today, picked up all my essentials and now I’m planning out my meals for the rest of the week!

One of the things that really helped me get through the initial phase of Whole30 is eating really good. No bland chicken breasts with flavorless steamed veggies because I’m eating real food that tastes amazing!

I’ve had several people tell me they want to try Whole30 but they’re scared. And I totally understand. So I pulled a couple of my Whole30 standards from some of  my favorite bloggers for y’all to try. Once you see how yummy Whole30 can be, you’ll have the confidence to do it!

Heroine Chicken

Heroine Chicken is one of my faves. The hardest part is waiting for the chicken to marinate, but it’s definitely worth the wait!

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no crumbs left marinated red onions

Marinated Red Onions

4 ingredients, a couple of hours and you have a topping that adds flavor to just about anything! Salad, burgers, fish, guac … SO yum!

Paleo Chicken Nuggets

When most people think of chicken nuggets, their first thought is McDonald’s Happy Meals. But these chicken nuggets are definitely NOT McDonald’s! These are grownup nuggets with grownup flavor!

i heart umami paleo chicken nuggets
defined dish italian wedding soup

Italian Wedding Soup

How do you make a good soup great? Italian meatballs! This is perfect when you want a meal that’s not too heavy but still has a little substance. Plus, the spices give it a really good flavor!

Creamy Dijon Chicken Skillet

Chicken can be tricky. Hard to season, easy to overcook … but this creamy dijon chicken is delish! And super simple to make!

defined dish creamy dijon chicken
defined dish whole30 classic meatloaf

Whole30 Classic Meatloaf

I usually think of meatloaf as a cold-weather meal, but sometimes I just get a craving. And when I do, this Defined Dish meatloaf fills the craving and keeps me Whole30 compliant!

Perfect Whole30 Italian Meatballs

Mmmm … meatballs! My mom makes amazing meatballs so this is a comfort food that brings back great memories for me. Serve these Italian Meatballs over zoodles and you’ve got the perfect Whole30 meal.

defined dish whole30 italian meatballs

Let me know which ones were your faves and if you find something you think I should try, leave a link in the comments!

xo,
Caroline

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