SweetieBsMom

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  1. SweetieBsMom

    Brining

    When I use this brine, I usually brine overnight. I've done it with chicken (breasts/chicken thighs) and pork (chops). I use kosher salt when I do brine.
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    Is there a wrong time to do this?

    Cinemagirl, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am coming from a somewhat similar situation. I have done 2 successful Whole30s. I was on my third when my husband was diagnosed with metastic rectal cancer that had spread to both lungs. Currently he's fighting the good fight. I'm his only caregiver while working full time and caring for our 11yo son, who has autism. Stress is my middle name. I have continued doing my W30, the weekly cook ups are a life saver for me right now. I am looking at it as this is something that is in my control when it feels like everything else is spinning out of control. Treatment days are a challenge as we have to go to Boston and it's an all day event. I pack a cooler in my "cancer bag" (which is a huge LL Bean tote that I carry everything in). I keep food that day simple. I try to eat before leaving for the hospital and try to have dinner ready to go when I get home, though there have been times where I don't eat and just go to bed. My advice, don't beat yourself up. Do the best you can in the situation you are in. Keep eating foods that promote health, make you feel optimal. You need your strength to be a caregiver. And the better you eat, the better you will feel. {{{Hugs}}} Michelle
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    I'm in shock... where did the time go?

    I agree with the weekly cook-up. Even if I didn't stay Paleo/Whole30, learning to do this is gold. I'm currently doing a W30, meaning I'll do my cook-up today: Well Fed chili, bacon & egg cups, cut up veggies for the week, cook a pork loin, etc. That way at dinner it's a quick reheat or quick drop in the pan. It's not easy but you get in to a rhythm. Some weeks are easier than others. Now my husband is not doing W30/Paleo, we usually don't have dinner together because he works third shift. But when he's home, I cook his dinner and reheat/cook my own. Not ideal but it is what it is. But having my dinner 80-90% there on any given night....GOLD.
  4. My husband absolutely REFUSED to eat his baked chicken thighs without breadcrumbs! So I made his then I made mine. For mine, I brined the thighs using the brine in Well Fed, brushed them with olive oil and seasoned them. Guess which chicken he ate.....mine! Said he'd prefer it this way going forward. I brine all my chicken using the recipe now. Makes it super moist. It's awesome for chicken breasts, you can't dry them out when cooking!
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    mayo what can I use it for ?

    I make a batch ever week. I use some for tuna or chicken salad. The rest I use to make a ranch dressing for salads.
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    boredom at work?!

    Office worker here too. I take a walk. I can't wait for the weather to turn a little warmer so I can get outside (granted we're getting a snowstorm tonight ). When it's cold or raining, I do laps around the floor or go down the to cafe for a cup of tea with a co-worker. When it's nice out, I do a lap or two around my building. Takes the edge off.
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    Can I have bean threads?

    Nope http://whole9life.com/2012/09/the-legume-manifesto/
  8. I second buying Well Fed and Well Fed 2. The biggest time saver I took from those books is do the weekly cook-up. I will also double recipes so I can freeze them. The chocolate chili is a favorite that I will double and freeze. That way if I'm running low towards the end of the week on food, I can grab a chili out of the freezer. I love chopped spinach in mine and topped with tomatoes, there's your veggies. I'll cook up a fritatta with lots of veggies. That's easy to grab and go and can be eaten cold. Weekly, I make a sweet potato hash that has onions and peppers, when I chop the sweet potatoes, I keep some in a container and if I'm going to have a steak/chicken, I'll roast them in the oven as a side dish. The hash goes long way for a quick side with eggs during the week for breakfast or dinner. I've even thrown the chili on fried eggs....YUMMY! I make up some tuna with homemade mayo....which is my "go-to" on Fridays during lent. I just had spaghetti squash for the first time last night.....we're going to be great friends. I had it last night and will have the left overs tonight with pan seared scallops. Another favorite is cauliflower rice. I love making stuffed peppers with it, again, I'll double the recipe and freeze them. I want to make a mock-pork fried rice using cauliflower rice, I just haven't gotten around to it. I did my first W30 last May while working 80 hours a week while caring for my husband who was battling cancer. I live by: Fail to plan and plan to fail. Planning saved my sanity.
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    Cauliflower rice skeptic...

    I'm with you. I was skeptical because I've heard time and time again that cauliflower mashed is "just like mashed potatoes, you'd never know the difference". Uh, no it is not and I did know the difference. But I love the cauli-rice.
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    Well Fed or Well Fed 2?

    I have both and I liked Well Fed better. I don't think Well Fed 2 is more advanced, just more recipes.
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    Need recipes for shredded chicken!

    JohannaE just shared this recipe in the Egg Muffins/Meat Muffins thred. Uses shredded chicken and looks yummy! http://www.notesfromamessykitchen.com/2014/02/03/buffalo-chicken-egg-white-muffins-whole30/
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    Well Fed's chocolate chili

    This is a staple during my W30. When I make it, I double the recipe and freeze half of it. For veggies, I tear up baby spinach and throw it in when I reheat it. I'll also put in diced tomatoes sometimes. YUMMY!
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    Vacuum sealer

    I have a FoodSaver (it stands upright on my counter - as all the advice I've received says keep it on our counter or you won't use it). I bought it at BJs (which is like a Costco). I love it. I use it primarily to freeze meat after Costco runs. I do feel like it's worth the cost.
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    How do you take Greak Lakes Gelatin?

    I take in the morning and at night an I mix it in my tea. Can't taste it at all....