Modified Monday: Noodles & Co “Penne” Rosa

Since there is no penne pasta in this recipe, I probably cannot call it “Penne Rosa.” But I don’t know what else to call it. So here we go. 

As you may know, on Mondays I like to share standard recipes I’ve modified to be Paleo and/or Whole 30 approved. This week is a pretty simple one, but I wanted to share it anyways to show you how easy it is to make small tweaks to your favorite recipes to make them healthier.

This recipe from Wholefully is a recreation of Noodles and Co’s Penne Rosa. It’s actually a really great start–I only made a few modifications. The most obvious one is swapping out the pasta since grains are a no-no on Paleo. The swaps I’ve made make this recipe both Paleo and Whole 30 compliant.

Paleo + Whole 30 "Penne" Rosa // Modified Monday // Whole Life Handbook // www.WholeLifeHandbook.com

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Paleo Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with “Buttercream” Frosting

Paleo baking can be a bit overwhelming at first–having to replace everything in your pantry with Paleo-friendly items such as almond flour, coconut flour, cassava flour, coconut sugar, maple sugar, etc. Luckily, Simple Mills has made things easy with their Paleo almond flour baking mixes. You can find these mixes on Thrive, at Whole Foods and even Target.

I recently used their Chocolate Muffin & Cake Mix to whip up some chocolate cupcakes for Cody on Valentine’s Day. I added in unsweetened shredded coconut for some extra flavor.

But what is a cupcake without frosting? While organic grassfed butter is typically considered “okay” on the Paleo diet, I did not have any on hand so needed to come up with an alternative to buttercream frosting–and I think this shortening, coconut cream and coconut sugar concoction does the trick!

Paleo Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes with "Buttercream" Frosting // Whole Life Handbook // www.WholeLifeHandbook.com

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20 Minutes of Movement

My company manages trade and professional nonprofit associations. We do everything for them: finances, membership, governance, strategic planning, websites, meeting planning, etc. This includes frequent travel, especially for each associations’ annual meeting. These trips are typically week-long and each day starts for us around 6:30 or 7:00am (meaning we are up, ready and running the show) and ends anywhere between 10:00pm-12:00am, depending on the days’ events.

This schedule doesn’t leave a ton of room to squeeze in a full workout, but I do like to get in at least 20 minutes of purposeful movement in my hotel room before I get ready for the day.

My colleague recently asked me to send her a few workouts like this that she can do while she is traveling this week, so I thought I would share them here.

Each of these body weight workouts should take about 15-20 minutes and requires no equipment whatsoever. I’ve linked some YouTube videos for each of the movements below in case you are unfamiliar.

20-Minute Hotel Room Workouts // Whole Life Handbook // www.WholeLifeHandbook.com

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Tangy Paleo and Whole30 BBQ Sauce

 

In the winter, we make some sort of roast in our house once per week. My favorite is a nice pork roast with BBQ sauce, served over a sweet potato and topped with coleslaw.


Have you ever tried to find BBQ sauce in the store without sugar in it? Nearly impossible (except for TesseMaes). Luckily, making your own sauce isn’t too difficult and much more cost-effective.

Since this sauce uses dates rather than honey, it is not only Paleo, but also Whole30 Compliant. You could also use a bit of unsweetened apple sauce in place of the dates.

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Modified Monday: Paleo/Whole 30 Chick-Fil-A Grilled Nuggets + Dipping Sauce

On Mondays, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite non-Paleo recipes that I’ve made a few tweaks to make them Paleo. This one, in particular, also happens to be Whole 30 approved.

On the surface, Chick-fil-A grilled nuggets seem like a safe choice, but one quick look at the ingredients list will prove you wrong: soybean oil, modified corn starch, sugar, cane molasses (sugar) and dextrose (more sugar)—all things you should avoid in general, but are definitely not allowed on Whole 30. Luckily, a quick Google search brought me to this homemade version from Girls Can Grill.

Paleo + Whole 30 Chick Fil A Nuggets and Dipping Sauce // Modified Monday // Whole Life Handbook // www.WholeLifeHandbook.com

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What I ate in… Ft Lauderdale, FL

I travel frequently for work, so I thought it would be fun to do some “What I ate in….” type posts. I think these types of posts will be helpful for two reasons: one, to give you some good food recommendations if you happen to be traveling to these cities and two, to show how easy it is to eat well and make some modifications while dining out or traveling.

Unfortunately, for this time around, I thought of the idea for the post after the fact, so I don’t have many pictures. Hopefully the descriptions do it justice – I ate very well there!

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Paleo (and Whole30) Costco Staples

We shop at Costco once a week and the items they carry constantly rotate, so I’m always finding new things (and spending too much money!). I’ll usually do the bulk of my grocery shopping at Whole Foods, HyVee or Trader Joe’s on the weekend and then make a stop at Costco during the week after the gym. It’s easily the most cost effective option (at least in our area) for staples like organic chicken and eggs.

In the future, I’ll do “What I bought at Costco” type posts with some of the new items I find. This list, for the most part, are the items I find in my cart regularly.

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Maple Mustard Brussels Sprout Salad

I went the first roughly 25 years of my life not eating what are now three of my favorite foods: Bacon, Brussels sprouts and potatoes. What?! My mom would try everything to try to get me to eat potatoes, but it was a no-go. I was never a huge fan of bacon and I don’t think I even saw a Brussels sprout until college. I can’t imagine my life without them, now!

This salad recipe uses two of these foods: bacon and Brussels sprouts. And kale. If we’re being fair, I don’t think I had Kale until my late twenties, either.photo_feb_12_17-06-50-14-pm

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Welcome to Whole Life Handbook!

Welcome to the Whole Life Handbook! Thanks so much for stopping by. My goal with this blog is to prove to you that making healthy meals at home does not have to be time consuming. 95% of what comes out of my kitchen is Paleo, but I do bend the rules a bit for special occasions or when dining out. I’ve also done and encourage others to do the Whole30, so I’ll be sure to note which recipes are compliant and how you can modify them if they are not.

Please feel free to leave comments, ask questions, or send me your favorite recipes that you’d like to see Paleo versions of!

Enjoy!