Here’s a great low carb substitute for chicken enchiladas.
1 tsp. olive oil
2 c. cauliflower rice
½ c. diced green pepper
2 c. chicken, cooked and diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 4-oz. can of chilies
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. garlic
½ tsp. oregano
½ c. black olives, thinly sliced
2 c. cheddar cheese, grated, divided
- Add oil to pan and heat on medium-high.
- Add cauliflower and green peppers and sauté about 2 minutes.
- Add all other ingredients except the cheese. Stir to combine and cook 3-5 minutes.
- Stir in 1 c. cheese and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the rest of the cheese on top and turn the burner off. Cover and let cheese melt for about 2 minutes.
There was a time when I was intimidated by the spaghetti squash. I wasn’t sure how to prepare it, and it seemed like a long and complicated process. I can’t believe how wrong I was!
If you’re unfamiliar with spaghetti squash preparation, I’ll show you how easy it is in this recipe.
1 spaghetti squash
1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
3 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
12 oz. shrimp, raw and peeled
2 Tbsp. dried basil
1 Tbsp. butter
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut spaghetti squash in half the long way and scoop out the seeds. Rub both halves with 2 tsp. oil (about 1 tsp. per half).
- Place spaghetti squash halves cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes.
- Let cool and fork out the insides (will resemble spaghetti).
- Over medium-high heat, add the remaining 1 tsp. oil and garlic to a large pan. Sauté 1 minute.
- Add shrimp and sauté for about 5 minutes until pink. Add in the basil and stir for 1 minute to coat the shrimp.
- Add butter and squash. Mix and cook for 1-2 minutes.
I made it through Whole30! What an experience. I was pretty strict, and I was surprised to learn how much self-control I have.
The day after finishing my Whole30, I went through a Non-scale Victories checklist. I found:
- I was less anxious. This was the biggest win for me!
- I was more in control over what I ate.
- I maximized my food budget. I thought Whole30 eating was going to be expensive, but I figured out some ways to Save Money on Whole30 Groceries.
- I found some really good new recipes!
Here are my TOP FIVE FAVORITE WHOLE30 RECIPES:
- Breakfast Casserole — I made it without the sausage, and it was still great!
- Sautéed Apples –for a sweet and tangy treat.
- Chicken, Apple, Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Skillet
- Chicken Tikka Masala –ridiculously delicious!
- Ground Turkey & Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers
BONUS: These 6 DIY Freezer Chicken Marinades were super tasty and helpful! Check out my Whole30 Pinterest board for more recipes!
I’m so happy with these victories, and I also found that I lost 5 lbs.
Honestly, I probably won’t do this again. I didn’t feel very good (low energy, stomach aches, headaches, etc.) a lot of the time. However it was a neat experience, and I’m glad I did it!
Next comes the slow reintroduction of some of the foods I had not been eating. The idea is to introduce one new type of food at a time. I think I’ll start with the gluten-free grains first. Bring on the OATMEAL!