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Whole30 Day 22. I’m so delighted at how many of you are still with me. If I haven’t heard from you personally please let me know how you’re doing. I love making my own food, just as much as I love making other people's. This week I’ve been switching it up by cooking from @melissa_hartwig ’s new @Whole30 cookbook, Fast and Easy. Here’s a quick, easy and delicious one that I’m crazy about: Sizzling Pork Greek Salad. Check the stories tonight for a step-by-step of this dish and be sure to check back tomorrow – I have something special planned with a short term giveaway from my heart to yours!
Whole30 Day 18. I don’t know if you saw that ridiculously delicious pork shoulder from last week. But here’s an amazing way to use the leftovers. Shredded potatoes, onions, and leftover pork, made super crispy--it’s a breakfast hash, and as a girl who likes a goey egg on top of almost anything, well, this is a perfect way to kick off the weekend. It’s a dish with no breaks so I decide in advance what a portion is and stick to it, and neighbors come from near and far because you can smell the deliciousness out the door! What’s your favorite breakfast when you’re not rushed and you have the time to spoil yourself? Check the stories this weekend for details about the final four @ballarini_usa pans. We’ve given away 16 and have four left to go! Bonus round details on the stories so keep an eye out because they will be happening at random today and tomorrow !
Sound on 🛎 Friday Night. @Whole30 Day 17. One of the biggest challenges for Whole30-ers is the weekend. When it might be really nice to have a glass of wine, how do you stay on your Whole30 and not get into feeling deprived and giving in to temptation? One of my favorites is a Mocktail. I have discovered that seltzer water, a beautiful ice cube, a wedge of lemon (Meyer’s if you can get it) and a few pomegranate seeds really leaves me feeling satisfied. I’d love to know your strategies for the weekend or in a social setting with a group. Remember a rather powerful thing to learn is “no, thank you.” Because a no to someone else is a yes to you.
Whole30 day 16. Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups! Oh boy, is this delicious? Ground Chicken marinated in lime, sautéed in dark sesame oil with shiitake mushrooms, spicy peppers, and green onions, served with mint and basil. I love serving it with the wonderful dipping sauce which I happily adopted from my friend @iheartumami.ny Be sure to check the stories in a little bit for some step-by-steps on how to make this magnificent dish happen! Recipe is on the blog: search ‘lettuce cups’. If you happened to see the Stories, we’ve announced winners for 16 folks for the @ballarini_usa Como Pan and the good news is that I’ve saved 4 for a last chance giveaway! Be sure to watch the stories soon for details and get your unsung hero’s, whoever you are, ready to roll.
Day 15 Whole30. What day are you on and what are you making and eating that you’re excited about? Salmon Burgers. Utterly delicious and completely @Whole30…although you don’t need to be doing Whole30 to enjoy delicious food. When you start with fresh salmon from @dirkfish and combine it with onions, peppers, celery and chives, then toss with an egg and delicately sprinkle with almond meal, a star is born! And if you haven’t had my Tarragon Tartar sauce, you are going to want to get right on that. Today is the last day for the @ballarini_usa contest, so if you haven’t entered, do so! Winners announced tomorrow! Step-by-step stories for this dish on the blog.
@Whole30 Day 13. And this is what a refrigerator clean-out looks like! I pulled all of my vegetables that were on the other side of perfect and gave my @ballarini_usa pan a workout (By the way, we are giving away 16 of their Como 12-inch Fry Pans on Instagram this week.) I sautéed everything separately, removing and setting aside in between, starting with the onions, then garlic, then the cauliflower, and finally the rainbow chard greens with stems on. Then I fried the eggs and assembled. I love this @ballarini_usa pan, because it’s ideal for everyday cooking and perfect for a dish like this.  Enter by clicking the link in profile--then win in bonus rounds ONLY when you watch the Stories! Tag your besties so that you can all go home with that fabulous pan. Follow @nocrumbsleft and @ballarini_usa then click the link in profile to enter and check the stories for more bonus rounds!
Day 10 @Whole30. I’m loving the comments from the Whole30-ers and interacting with the community…so much fun! If you want in, enter on the blog. Whole30 Vietnamese inspired chicken cabbage and fresh herb salad, with plenty of julienned carrots, lime, and fresh chopped herbs. When you take the sugar out of a dressing to make it Whole30 or Paleo compliant, it can come together in a different way and lose its balance. Here we’ve taken a Shumai dipping sauce from @iheartumami.ny and used it as a dressing to take the salad in a new direction. Made a large salad, but kept it in the refrigerator in individual bags, removing and tossing in dressing as needed. I’m on a roll with the mint, basil and cilantro, and loving the combo in everything! To make it vegan or raw leave out the chicken and add chopped nuts. GIVEAWAY ??? We are giving away 16 @ballarini_usa Como 12-inch Fry Pans on Instagram this week. You first enter through the regular contest on the blog, then additionally you can win through bonus rounds only announced on the Instagram Stories. Be sure to tag a foodie friend or more, so that you and 15 friends can go home with that fabulous pan! Follow @nocrumbsleft and @ballarini_usa then click the link in profile to enter and check the stories for news on the bonus round. And watch for a new one later tonight ???
Day 9 Whole30 and going strong. Thanks to the more than 5000 of you who are joining me virtually! If you want in, enter on the blog. Smoky Cauliflower Soup, which is just perfect for a day like today. I start by creating a spice blend including smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and some other favorites. Toss with olive oil and spices, roast in a hot oven for 40 minutes, and throw in garlic at the end for a few minutes to caramelize. It’s as easy as blending this with one of my @Whole30 magic elixirs: Homemade Chicken Stock. Reserve some florettes to add on top, then garnish with a squeeze of lemon. GIVEAWAY ???@ballarini_usa is as excited about healthful eating as I am, and to celebrate this month we are giving away 16 Como 12-inch Fry Pans on Instagram this week. You first enter through the regular contest on the blog, then additionally you can win through bonus rounds only announced on the Instagram Stories. Be sure to tag a foodie friend or more, so that you and 15 friends can go home with that fabulous pan! Follow @nocrumbsleft and @ballarini_usa then click the link in profile to enter and check the stories for news on the bonus round.
Day 7 @Whole30 and I’m so excited to have 5000 of us doing it as a group! It's not too late to join so click the link in profile to add yourself in. Here’s a favorite @Whole30 lunch to go. Chicken Paprika Burgers on a bed of arugula with blanched green beans, cauliflower rice and my Marinated Onions, and what’s not to love? Check the stories later for the step-by-steps of how we got here, and please share below your favorite easy lunch to go.
Whole30 Day 5! This Mediterranean Salad is totally delicious and happens to be @Whole30. As a lifelong passionate foodie, I delight in entertaining, and there is no better party item to gather around than a lovely, luscious salad. Remember, your salad is only as good as your ingredients, so start with super fresh lettuces, spectacular marinated protein, my Marinated Onions, and add a lovely surprise like these sweet potato crisps. Don’t forget to fill in with items like olives, avocado and other bits of loveliness. This salad is special enough for a party or Sunday supper. Niçoise eating, with a twist, and most of it is do-ahead! If you haven’t joined the Whole30 group, it’s not too late - we are 5,000 strong! Click the link in profile to join us!