Whole30 Meals Photo Diary: Week 2

Well, two weeks down…two more to go!

I feel like I learned a lot in my first week of Whole30

and I think this second week was pretty darn successful, if I do say so myself. I felt more confident after getting week one under the belt, I tried some new recipes and this lifestyle began to feel more like second nature. Some more Non-Scale Victories (NSVs) include:

  • Sugar cravings…..GONE!
  • Energy is still through the roof!
  • I went to the gym for the first time in over 2 months!
  • My face, tummy and legs are slimming!

So, let’s get right to it.

Here are all the meals I consumed on my Week 2 of my Whole30 journey:

—MONDAY—

Breakfast:

Avocado Baked Egg

Bacon

Sautéed Zucchini & Bell Peppers

Orange Slices

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Before Baking

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I really recommend trying this Avocado Baked Egg recipe if you like those two items. I never had avocados warm like this and it was surprisingly delicious!

Lunch:

Coconut Lime Chicken Bowl

Mashed Potatoes

Cucumber Slices

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Yum, Yum, Yum! This tasted like Thai takeout. I was so happy to have this meal. I kept telling my husband how good it was.

Dinner:

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Salad w/ Tessamae’s Ranch

Crinkle-cut Butternut Squash

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—TUESDAY—

Breakfast:

Leftover Chicken Cacciatore

Half an Avocado

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Lunch:

Leftover Coconut Lime Chicken Bowl

Mashed Potatoes

Cucumber Slices

Tahini

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Dinner:

Bacon-wrapped Chicken Thighs

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Half an Avocado

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These little Bacon-wrapped Chicken Thighs were the bomb.com (Am I dating myself with the bomb?). I think these would be very tasty with guacamole dip too!

—WEDNESDAY—

Pre-Morning Workout Fuel:

Half Banana Sliced

Blueberries

Almond Butter

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Remember when I mentioned one of my NSVs was going to the gym? Well, this is what I ate about 35 mins before I arrived. Just enough fuel to power me through my cardio!

Breakfast:

Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Sautéed Red Bell Peppers

Crinkle-cut Butternut Squash

Half an Avocado

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You can’t go wrong with Aidell’s Chicken-Apple Sausage! These are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Lunch:

Spinach Salad

Strawberries

Chicken Thighs

Avocado

Tessamae’s Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette

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This was my first time trying Tessamae’s Balsamic dressing. I thought it was okay. It had a stronger vinegar taste than I’m used to, but I’d use it again.

Dinner:

Mexican-Style Carnitas (Pork)

Sautéed Onion and Yellow Bell Peppers

Avocado w/ Lime & Salt

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I bought a pre-cooked package of Carnitas from Trader Joe’s. Just Heat & Eat! So easy.

—THURSDAY—

Breakfast:

Mexican-style Carnitas

Egg Over-Easy

Sautéed Red Onions & Orange Bell Peppers

Avocado

Salsa Verde

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Lunch:

Mexican-Style Carnitas w/ Salsa Verde & Cilantro

Crinkle-cut Butternut Squash

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Avocado

Orange Slices

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Dinner:

Cracklin’ Chicken

Salad w/ Tessamae’s Ranch & Tomatoes

Steamed Broccoli

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Okay, If you haven’t heard of Cracklin’ Chicken, I’m doing you a BIG favor! This is a MUST-try recipe from Nom Nom Paleo’s blog. The skin is crispy and the meat is juicy. I could eat this all the time. Tip: Make sure to have a splatter guard for your skillet because they don’t call it Cracklin’ Chicken for no reason.

—FRIDAY—

Breakfast:

Aidell’s Chicken Apple Sausage

Sautéed Orange Bell Peppers & Onion

Strawberry- Banana Bowl w/ Cashew Butter

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Lunch:

Angus Burger Salad topped w/ Pickle, Tomato & Mustard

Red Potato Wedges

Avocado

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This was one of those creative meals I put together. It turned out pretty good! It’s basically a burger with no bun. And those potato wedges were crisp and flavorful. I wish I’d made my own ketchup for this. I feel like that was missing for me (and perhaps a lil’ mayo, too).

Dinner (at a restaurant!!):

Chipotle’s Salad Bowl w/

Pork Carnitas

Salsa

Guacamole

Sautéed Peppers & Onions (I brought my own)

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Say What? A meal I didn’t have to cook? Well, sort of. I prepared my own peppers and onions since Chipotle’s are non-compliant due to the oil they use. This was a happy time for me because I hadn’t been out to eat in a long time (for me at least) and I didn’t have to spend much time in the kitchen. I will admit, it was a bit strange bringing my own veggies in a container, but it was worth it. I also brought my own sparkling raspberry water. I recommend making at least one meal of your Whole30 one that you go out to eat!

—SATURDAY—

Breakfast:

Eggs & Bacon

Skillet Potatoes & Onions

Half an Avocado

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It was such a bright and sunny morning, I thought you’d like to see a little view of our neighborhood lake out our window. Picture Perfect!

Lunch:

Leftover Chipotle Carnitas Bowl

Skillet Potatoes & Onions

Avocado

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This meal looks a little messy, but it was tasty. I took the leftover meat and veggies from my Chipotle to make this one come together.

Dinner:

Flat-Iron Steak

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Roasted Carrots

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YUMMMM! I loved this meal! My family and I especially loved the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and so flavorful. So easy to make!

—SUNDAY—

Breakfast (On-The-Go):

Coffee w/ Unsweetened Organic Almond Milk

Lara Bar, Cashew Cookie

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Peep my colorful striped socks!

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It may say “cookie”, but it doesn’t taste like one. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s fairly tasty. For me this is not something to give me a “junk food fix”, which is a no-no on Whole30. I knew I didn’t even have a smidgen of time to cook, so this bar gave me energy to get through to lunch.

Lunch (On-The-Go):

2 Bacon Slices

Grapes & “Cutie” Mandarin Orange

Guacamole

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This lunch was on-the-go as well. My husband cooked up some extra bacon with his breakfast, so I grabbed a couple and was on the road again! And I used the bacon to scoop the guacamole. It did the trick, but doesn’t follow the recommended template. I’m missing veggies, but still Whole30 compliant and I can live with that!

Dinner:

Leftover Flat Iron Steak

Roasted Carrots

Prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus

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So, what do you think? How did I do?

There’s always room for improvement and there is no such thing as a “Perfect” Whole30. I feel very empowered by making these healthy choices and sticking to only consuming Whole30 approved food.

On to week 3…

with a smile and eagerness to complete the full 30 days with no cheating.

I can do this! And you can too!

Thanks for joining me along this journey,

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23 Comments

  1. Thanks for the photo diary! All of those meals look scrumptious!! I’ve heard of whole 30, but never tried it for myself. What site did you use to find recipes? Or did you just create them based on the guidelines for the diet?

    • happilyeverhauser@gmail.com

      Thanks Sharae! I used Pinterest to get some recipes, but most of them meals, I just followed the guidelines as best as possible and made sure anything I ate was Whole30 approved.

  2. Oh my gosh you have inspired me to get back on the W30 train. I was on like day 20 of my 4th or 5th round when my husband got transferred, so we were commuting for six hours looking for places to live and moving… it just became impossible (I did make it through an entire 3 days away from home, though… with SO MUCH prep and coolers and making hotel staff bring me a mini fridge hahaha). Now that we’re settled into our new place, it would be the perfect time to get back on track. WOW bacon – wrapped chicken thighs yummm. And just like plain salads with Tessemae’s… Whole 30 really makes you realize that easy, whole foods can taste so great. Have you done one before? I’m going to go stalk your other blog posts now haha. You’re halfway! That’s amazing!!! (:

    • happilyeverhauser@gmail.com

      Wow! You’re a Whole30 pro! I’m impressed that you could keep it up for that long away from home and on the go! It’s quite the commitment, as you know and since I stay home full time with my daughter, that is what made this more successful for me. This is my very first round of Whole30 and I did my best to try to keep it simple, but also have some variety. I’ll be posting Week 3 & 4 very soon since my last day is April 4th!

  3. Genova- WOW!! This is amazing!! I cannot believe you took pictures of and prepared all of these meals- way to go, girl!! I am such a picky eater and so many of these looked really good to me! I’ve bookmarked this post so I can come back to it for food inspiration through out the week! Thanks for posting this! I loved it!

    • happilyeverhauser@gmail.com

      Truth be told, it’s wayyy more time than I normally did before Whole30, but it’s been so worth the time. I think of it as investing in myself!

  4. This is super impressive! Not only did you cook three times a day, but the meals look beautiful! We try to eat low-carb so I am excited to try some of the recipes. The egg in avocado is very clever!

  5. These food are making me hungry. I love how they make the avocado. I need to give this a try. I love trying different food . Thank you for sharing all these delicious food.

    • happilyeverhauser@gmail.com

      Thanks for checking them out! I’m on my last day today and it’s been a life-changing journey.

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