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Whole30 Halloween Stuffed Bell Peppers

When I launched in to Whole30 back in July, I did it alone. My family has dealt with enough of my yo-yo diets, I decided to keep this one to myself. If it worked, maybe they would want to join me next time. If it didn’t they were none the wiser. Perfect plan, right? Well… it worked. It worked so well in fact that when I mentioned that I wanted to do it again – Mike jumped on board. There aren’t even words for how happy that made me.

After that round (his first, my second) we made an agreement to stay as close to whole30 as possible going forward. We all four agreed as a family to stick to Whole30 at least 90% – not stressing over if we eat out or go to a dinner party or whatever. It has been wonderful. I have had so much fun learning new Whole30 Recipes and getting creative with what I serve. With Halloween just around the corner I had an idea of a “treat” everyone would enjoy.

whole30 stuffed bell pepper recipe

Mike had said before that he used to love when his Mom made stuffed bell peppers. I had never had them before, so I thought I would give it a go – adding a bit of a kid friendly spin. When the family came to the dinner table they all loved their little individual “jack-o-lanterns” and gobbled up every bite. It wasn’t until after they finished that I told them they were 100% Whole30 Compliant. How’s that for a “trick!?”

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#Whole30 Side Dish – Carrot and Cauliflower Herb Mash #Whole30Holiday

Since beginning Whole30 back in July, my entire life has changed. Yep, I realize how totally cliche that sounds and I am perfectly ok with it – because it is true. My Whole30 Experience was incredible, and since then I have maintained the lifestyle about 90% – splurging on my last two press trips but staying compliant at home. However with the holidays coming up, I know it is going to be easier and easier to let myself slide if I do not have a plan. So I began this week testing out some “Whole30 Holiday” type food so that when the big day comes, I know I will be serving my family something super tasty – and super healthy.

This week I tried out a Carrot and Cauliflower Mash that was absolutely amazing. The recipe was not only delicious – it was quick and easy to make. The recipe said it served four, but all four of us were wishing for more. It had a sweet and savory taste at the same time – pairing perfectly with chicken, but will also be amazing alongside ham or turkey.

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Shrimp Vegetti Alfredo #Whole30

A few weeks ago a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she “may never eat pasta again” after discovering the Vegetti. The Vegetti is a hand held vegetable spiralizer that lets you turn vegetables like squash, zucchini, and carrots into thin cut spiral “noodles.” Oh, and it is less than 20 bucks!! I was a bit skeptical, but thought I would give it a shot. It has become one of my all time favorite kitchen gadgets.

vegetti spiralizer

Since starting Whole30 I have missed pasta so bad. Like really bad. Like had to talk myself out of cheating at least 3 times a week bad. So I was stoked to try the vegetti and see if I could have “pasta” again. I opted to go for alfredo (go big or go home, right?) using a Paleo Alfredo recipe made from cauliflower. In a word…. ahmayzing.

vegetti shrimp alfredo

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How To Make #Whole30 Mayo Recipe + Video

When I began Whole30 back in July, my friend Jen said “you make whole30 mayo – its divine.”

Mayo?

Divine?

For serious?

This lady is nuts.

But whatever, I went to Target and picked up a new food processor and headed home… only to create the biggest mess of my life. I followed the instructions (I thought) but what I created was a bitter salad dressing type concoction only a little thicker than milk. I put it in the fridge and it solidified some, but there was no way anyone was eating it. We tossed it out and I just vowed to not eat mayo….

Yeah, right.

Two days later I pulled the food processor down again – determined to succeed. And I finally did. Since then I have been making Whole30 mayo like crazy – taking 16 jars to a local ladies networking meetup where everyone just loved it. (*waving to all of my SBL sisters*) I was asked for the “secret” and since I too had a couple “mayo fails” myself I decided to video the whole process so you can see it. YES it is a long video… making mayo is time consuming. But you will seen even in the video there is just this *moment* where it changes from a liquid to a solid… into pure mayo heaven.

I have to take back calling Jen nuts – because this stuff truly is divine. Between regular Whole30 Mayo and the Whole30 Baconnaise, I survived my first round and am three days in to my second round. I absolutely LOVE Whole30. Total game changer for me. Anyway, here it is – step by step – how to make Whole30 Mayo! Enjoy!

whole30 mayo tutorial

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#Whole30 Approved Baconnaise

Since I began Whole30 – which has now become WholeLife – I have ventured in to learning how to cook new things. This is saying a lot for a gal who pretty much hates to cook. But it turns out that I am actually pretty good at it, and I have created some pretty amazing meals… so much so that Mike has agreed to do Whole30 in September – stating that the stuff I cooked that was Whole30 approved was “actually pretty good.” Talk about a huge win.

One of the things I made that everyone has loved is Whole30 Compliant Mayo. Because I have pretty much survived on chicken salad, tuna salad and egg salad, making my own mayo was a must from early on. Since then I have been venturing in to flavored mayo to give things a bit of variety. By far my favorite concoction so far – is Baconnaise.

whole30 baconnaise

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