So, What’s for Dinner?

Whole30 Day 6.

This is the first day so far this week that I am scratching my head and asking myself, “What’s for dinner?” Yes, usually Thursday is Leftover Night in our house, but since Doc has been out of town I pulled a single mom survival tip and made Tuesday Leftover Night instead. Which means I am out of leftovers.

OK, that’s not entirely true. I’m just out of leftovers that the kids will eat.

Here in Whole30 land, a lot depends on having compliant food at the ready. I have been meaning to write about how we prepared for this program, and here is my best tip if you’re contemplating it:

Start making Whole30 meals the week before, and freeze the leftovers.

I know I have a busy afternoon of freelancing/housework/keeping Pete alive/keeping Bitsy asleep, followed by a 5:30 play practice pick up (remember Sally?) that everyone has to tag along to, and that means I will get home at almost 6 o’clock with three hungry kiddos and no time to make dinner. So tonight we will reheat some frozen homemade sausage patties, slice some apples, toss a couple of carrots in oil to roast, and call it a meal.

Here are the things I made during our “Mini10” days leading up to our Whole30:

  1. Three-quarters lb of clarified butter
  2. A roasted chicken, leading to
  3. About 6 quarts of chicken bone broth
  4. Beef stew (We ate half and froze half.)
  5. Homemade sausage patties (from the original Whole30 book, using 1 lb each ground pork and beef. We froze half, which will save me tonight. Sally loved these.)
  6. A dozen hard-boiled eggs

I also stocked up on:

  1. Nuts! Trader Joe’s (who doesn’t pay me to say this but who totally should) carries Marcona Almonds with Rosemary–which are delicious–and with Truffle Oil, which are disgusting, but both the big and little expressions of XY chromosomes in my household happen to like them. I also got raw almonds, dry roasted macadamia nuts, and “50% Less Salt” mixed nuts. And cashews. WARNING: Watch out for the cashews! After reading the labels of all these other compliant nuts, I didn’t bother to read the back of the 50% Less Salt Roasted Cashews and only discovered at home that they have rice bran oil in them, a Whole30 no-no. Trader Joe’s does have compliant raw cashews and compliant organic dry roasted cashews instead.
  2. Coconut milk
  3. Almond butter
  4. Herbal teas: chamomile, “Well Rested,” and ginger
  5. Carrots and parsnips
  6. Russet potatoes and sweet potatoes
  7. Bell peppers and sweet onions
  8. Acorn and butternut squashes

Notice there are a lot of naturally sweet vegetables on that list. There has to be! How can you expect to kick your sugar habit to the curb without alienating all your loved ones if you don’t replace it with natural, healthy sweetness? I’m cooking a lot of sweet onions and peppers, happily eating roasted sweet potatoes or parsnip mash. There’s a fair amount of greens in my meals, too: spinach in that egg bake I’ve been working through each morning and generally a huge bowl of “power greens” at lunch. But I highlight the sweet veggies because I honestly think they are the reason I feel so good so far.

Yes, even though it’s Day 6, I feel pretty good. I don’t need a nap* as the Whole30 book suggests at this phase, and I didn’t experience the “angry, kill-all-the-things” phase on Days 4 and 5.

*Any more than usual.

In fact, it occurs to me that it’s time for the 3 p.m. slump right about now, and I’m not slumping. When I reflect on the fact that I haven’t eaten grains in almost a week, I feel a little surprised. This just isn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

Does that mean my impending Whole30 doom is right around the corner? Am I in denial or something? We shall see.

Have you ever done a Whole30? What was your experience at this stage?



2 thoughts on “So, What’s for Dinner?

  1. We are considering doing the Whole30 as well after I brought it up to my husband. Can you possibly share the sausage patty recipe? My daughter loves the regular full fat variety and I would love to have a healthier version!

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  2. So sorry for the delay– we’ve been crazy busy! I used the recipe in the book for Banger Sausages, then I found another on Since these aren’t my recipes, I won’t post them, but hopefully they will be easy for you to find!


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