I've been doing the Whole30 for 7 days now and overall I feel fine. I've surprised myself that I've actually been able to not have a glass of wine or bake cakes for a whole week!
Like many others following this way of eating, I have started to look at ingredients lists more closely, which has meant that I am having to cook most of my meals from scratch. I don't mind this, but I found a slow cooker curry recipe that needed curry paste. I do normally make my own and store it in the freezer, but I hadn't, so I checked those available in my local Sainsburys. Each one had a very long list of ingredients, the most surprising was lactic acid! It wasn't in all, but it was enough to make me buy fresh tomatoes to make my own paste - which I haven't done yet!
I did make a great chicken curry from Once a month mom. This was really popular with DH and DD1, so definitely one for the freezer. I also made cauliflower rice for the first time ever. Yes it has taken me this long to try it. I thought it was nice, and DD1 thought it was better than rice. The other kids wouldn't touch it, and DH wasn't amused. He said it was ok as a verggie side but he needed real rice. Luckily he settle for a couple of roti.
I tried flank steak fajitas from Mama Baby Love. The taste was ok, but I think I put too much tomato in and chopped the peppers up too much. Since this is a freezer recipe, I wonder if the flank steak benefits from being 'marinaded' in the freezer. Plus I thought I was rushed, so cooked it on high, which I don't think benefits this cut of meat.
The other think I've been making alot of, is homemade larabars. I can't get the real thing here in UK, but we do have Nakd bars. My homemade bars have been too delicious, especially Blueberry Muffin recipe from Eva Bakes. I've also tried pecan pie and today I tried banana bread. This was really yummy, although I did use store bought banana chips but the ingredients said only banana. I also think I should have ground the nuts more too.
The nice thing I'm finding about following this eating plan, is that I feel so much better, and I think my family is too, although slowly. The downside I've noticed is I am going to bed earlier as I am more tired - probably due to not drinking as much tea and coffee in the afternoons, which means I not getting as much knitting done :(
I have a list of pojects that only need a little finishing and an even longer list of projects I want to cast on.