Paleo/Whole 30 Fish Taco Bowls

At first glance, this recipe may seem a bit complicated with the long ingredient list, but, if you look carefully, the bulk of it is spices. I encourage you to give it a shot – it’s SO yummy.

I would typically serve a dish like this over arugula, anyways, so I went ahead and added it into the cole slaw so it could get coated in the yummy cilantro-lime dressing.

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No-Recipe Meal Ideas

Maybe you just flat out have too much going on (or are even just too lazy, which is fine) to put a lot of effort in to a meal. Or maybe you are just starting to dabble in to a Paleo or whole food diet and don’t want to get too crazy yet. Or maybe you are a bad cook. This post is for you: No recipes to follow, no measuring, no running to the store last-minute for the ingredient you forgot – just creating flavorful food (that isn’t boring!) to properly fuel your body.

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Paleo + Whole 30 Chili

Normally I prefer to make any sort of chili, beef or stew in the crock pot–it’s just so easy to set it and come home to a ready-made meal at the end of the day. This chili, however, only takes about 10 minutes to chop and prep everything and then 15 minutes of active time at the stove (browning the meat, adding in the ingredients). You then can let it simmer while you clean up the kitchen…. or kick back with a glass of wine (La Croix if you’re on Whole 30)!

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Current Favorites


Happy Friday! It seems like winter is back here in Wisconsin. I have some fun events with girlfriends this weekend that I’m looking forward to, even if it will be 30 degrees (which would have felt balmy a month ago).

Before the weekend hits, I thought it would be fun to share some of the products I’m loving right now.

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Paleo/Whole 30 Broccoli Salad

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t spend a lot of time each week planning out lunches. Instead, I plan dinners that are large enough to have leftovers to make lunch out of the next day. On Sundays, though, I do like to make a big batch of something to supplement those leftovers at lunch. Lately, this broccoli salad has been on rotation (I double the recipe).

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Whole 30 Round 2 / Week 1

As some of you may know, I am currently in the midst of my second round of Whole 30. If you are unfamiliar with what Whole 30 is, the intent is for it to be used as an elimination diet–to strip certain food groups from your diet for an extended period of time and then strategically add them back in to have a better understanding of what certain foods do to your body.

These food groups are added sugar (of any kind – including honey, stevia and Paleo sugars like coconut sugar and maple sugar), alcohol, gluten and non-gluten grains (rice, quinoa, oats, etc), legumes (peanuts, beans, peas, chickpeas, etc), and dairy (ghee, or clarified butter, is an exception). On top of these food groups, you cut out additives like carrageenan, MSG and sulfites–really any processed foods.

Aside from being used as an elimination diet, the other goal of the Whole 30 is to change your relationship with food. You are not allowed to recreate desserts, breads, tortillas, etc with “approved” ingredients–because in your brain, a slice of cake is still a slice of cake whether it’s made with refined sugar and wheat flour or coconut sugar and almond flour. That isn’t to say that the Paleo version isn’t a healthier choice, but the program is about making good food choices for 30 days.

Lastly, you’re not allowed to step on the scale, take any body measurements or count any calories during the 30 days. Because, as you’ll notice, this diet isn’t about losing weight (though I promise you will). It’s about learning to listen to your body and see weight change without stepping on the scale and other non-scale victories (i.e. clearing up acne, getting thyroid disorders under control, learning that it’s the sugar you are putting in your coffee every morning causing your midday crash).

It may seem overwhelming and it does take a lot of planning to be successful (one slip-up means you go back to Day 1), but hopefully some of the resources I’m providing here at Whole Life Handbook will inspire you to do it and help get you through it! Here’s an overview of what I ate during the first week (including links to recipes!)

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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.

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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!

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