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  1. Great breakfast/brunch

    I have made this a few times on Whole30 - and it is staying as part of my repertoire. Great for a weekend breakfast/brunch... Source - GREEN EGGS AND HAM SHAKSHUKA WITH LEMON DILL PESTO Makes: 2 servings (can easily be doubled) INGREDIENTS Lemon dill pesto: - ½ cup parsley, packed - ⅓ cup neutral flavored oil - ¼ cup dill, packed - Juice from 1½ lemons - 1 large garlic clove, minced - A generous pinch of sea salt Green eggs and ham shakshuka: - 1 tablespoon olive oil - ½ medium onion, thinly sliced - ½ cup diced ham or farmer's sausage - 2 garlic cloves, minced - 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper - ¼ teaspoon ground cumin and sea salt - 5 cups finely minced kale, from about 10 stalks - 4 good-quality eggs - Olive oil, dill, Aleppo pepper, and black pepper, to garnish INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 2. Place all the ingredients for the Lemon Dill Pesto in your blender or food processor. Process on low until everything is finely minced, but not completely smooth. 3. Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a cast iron or ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, until translucent. Lower the heat to medium and continue to cook until the onion is very soft and starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Add the ham or sausage to the pan and cook through, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, Aleppo pepper, cumin, and sea salt and cook for 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant. Add the kale to the pan and let it wilt. Add the kale in batches if needed, letting some wilt before adding more. 4. Take the pan off the heat and make 4 wells in the kale. Crack the eggs into the wells and place the pan in your oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the white are just set. Note: you can cook the eggs on the stovetop by keeping the pan on medium heat and covering it for 3-4 minutes. The only difference is the eggs will turn cloudy this way. They will taste the same. 5. Serve the green shakshuka topped with the lemon dill pesto, and any or all of the optional toppings. MY NOTES 1. I sometimes add more veggies - mushrooms, asparagus, diced tomatoes in particular 2. I use less lemon juice in the pesto - starting with juice from half a lemon and then add more to taste 3. Found it hard to find ham without sugar, used sausage instead 4. Made my own sausage - beef, turkey or pork.
  2. Success for Women over age 50?

    Day 31 today - cannot believe this program! I have struggled with my weight for years, my emotional eating, my secret eating/grazing, years of little to no sleep and terrible fatigue which has held me back for so long. Then there were the swollen ankles and fingers. I thought at 55, this was what life was going to be for me. On the program I lost 13 pounds, and even though that's a huge accomplishment in itself - what is even better is how I feel, it is truly amazing!! It's like my head has come out of the fog - I am so focused now that work is no longer a chore and. Even talking to my sister in Australia, she commented on how well, and clear, and happy I sounded on the phone. One great support tool was Real Plans - putting together meal plans, adding in some of my own recipes, modifying others etc. really made a difference. It meant there was always the right kind of food in the fridge/pantry and quite honestly it saved me money because I was buying the right amount at the store. It was worth the money to sign up. I learned a lot about food - especially added sugar. I didn't realize how insidious sugar is in our lives - even chicken stock has it! I also bought a pressure cooker and make my own stock - it saves me money and have better stock than I could buy at the supermarket. My husband followed the food with me, but was unlikely to give up milk and sugar in his coffee and a beer at night :-) It does take some discipline (the first two weeks at the supermarket, I felt like I was running the gauntlet to get past some areas!), and planning took some time, but I am oh so glad I did this. I want to keep it going and just accept that there will be times when I have to eat foods that don't fit the program. Still struggling with sleep, hoping that will work out over time if I keep going. I am so grateful, thank you Melissa and the Whole30 team