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  1. I have almond butter. Now what?!

    I was about to say - I actually love almond butter with celery and carrots. I definitely need to try that sunshine sauce!
  2. Go-To Grocery Store Brands and Foods

    Whole Foods 365 organic marinara sauce is compliant, which is great if I don't have the chance to make real sauce. They also carry Brat Hans chicken sausage - the organic bratwurst is compliant, and I believe the organic chicken apple sausage is as well (not sure because there's some fruit juice in it). I haven't checked the non-organic varieties yet.
  3. We have cake events in my office once a month or so for birthdays, and when I was doing the Whole 30, I just said "no thanks" and the person serving cake quickly moved on. I just hung out and chatted and it was fine. That said, my office also had a vegan who could never eat the cake (except his own birthday month, when he brought it from his favorite bakery) and someone else with diabetes who usually skipped it. (I will not comment on my success in doing this when not on the Whole 30. )
  4. Favorite Compliant Slow Cooker Recipes?

    No, mine doesn't have a built in timer, so I was using a digital one plugged into the wall, but I somehow set the shut-off time wrong, which made it never turn on in the first place...which meant all that ground beef sitting at room temperature for like eight hours while I was at work. Big nope on eating that.
  5. Favorite Compliant Slow Cooker Recipes?

    This Butter Chicken: PS: Always double-check your slow cooker, peeps. I just lost like three days worth of food because I messed up the timer on mine.
  6. Kitchen gadgets

    I've made good use of my Paderno spiralizer (my lone complaint is that I can't quite get the suction to work, which is a pain) and my food processor (great for cauliflower rice, slicing sweet potatoes, pesto).
  7. Bread Crumb Alternative / Binding Agent

    Oh wow - that's a really good point and something I totally didn't think of. I was just trying to find another way to put more veggies into the meal!
  8. Bread Crumb Alternative / Binding Agent

    How about arrowroot starch? I made zucchini tortillas the other day (because I could not look at another bowl of cauliflower rice) and they called for a mix of arrowroot starch and coconut flour. Be careful with it, though - it's a fine line between firm and rubber.
  9. Almond Butter and Banana

    You can also make meatballs out of ground turkey or chicken if you want a change - yum!
  10. Snacks after donating blood?

    Wow, great timing. I did a platelet donation on Saturday, which fell on about day 6 of the Whole 30. I was much more nauseous and weak than I typically am after a platelet donation. The nurse actually gave me orange juice (no added sugar) because he was worried - at the end I was white as a sheet, and I felt like I was dragging myself over to the sitting area. I also noticed that I was extremely fatigued all day the following day, and I'm not sure if that was an aftereffect or just DST plus being at that point in the Whole 30. (Ironically, it was also one of the best donations I've ever made - I passed the iron test with flying colors and was done in a little over 90 minutes with no pauses.) Anyway, I took a compliant Larabar with me because I knew none of the options there would work, and I was right. I let the orange juice do its thing (which helped a lot - I perked up after about 15 minutes), and then ate the Larabar so that I could feel safe driving home (along with a bottle of water), where I whipped up a dinner of steak and steamed broccoli. Unfortunately, I didn't realize the Tums were not Whole 30 compliant (I haven't needed one since starting the program a week ago!) and did have some. Which is ironic because I think I mistook the early low sugar feeling for the calcium thing. I'm sure you could drink something like the Calm with Calcium beforehand and it would work.
  11. Trader Joes

    Love the Tuscan kale (already chopped, yay!), cauliflower rice (fresh or frozen), individual guacamole packets, salsa, coconut milk and cream. I've also found their chicken to be on the pricey side but high quality - I don't have to do as much trimming.
  12. Roasted cauliflower and broccoli

    I've done that with potatoes (works great with the little fingerling types), but never with vegetables.
  13. Aldi's Stores

    Aldi had grass-fed organic chuck roast on sale for $7.99 this week, and frozen sockeye salmon fillets for $9.49. And they always have great produce buys, including some organic items.
  14. My Start date 3/6/2017

    Also starting today! I have a friend also starting today, so I'll have some extra support.