Busy households need easy solutions. What could be easier than cooking once and making 4 (or more) great meals out of it?
As part of the 68 Day Challenge, a great “your best year starts here program” my husband and I are doing the Whole30. In a nutshell: meat, vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats for 30 days.
Slow Roasted Beef Brisket
- 1 beef brisket
- 1 small box portabella mushrooms, sliced
- 2 onions, sliced thick
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 tsp garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- cracked pepper
- salt (adjust this depending on the sodium content in your broth)
- heat oven to 325
- put all ingredients in a dutch oven
- cook until meat is fork tender – approximately 3 hours
- let stand for 30 minutes
- slice and serve
Meal 1 – dinner: serve with oven roasted potatoes and roasted root vegetables
Meal 2 – breakfast: substitute beef brisket for chicken in this great recipe Chicken Hash
Meal 3 – lunch: Make brisket tacos or quesadillas (this is the only non-compliant meal for the Whole30)
Meal 4 – dinner: open face brisket sandwich. Serve on Texas Toast with mashed potatoes (or left over oven roasted potatoes)
Meal 5 – lunch: pulled brisket with bbq sauce
Beware of labels!
Headlines this week all read “Americans Eat Way Too Much Sugar”. Hello! That’s not news. Some, OK, most is no brainer stuff like soda and snacks. Some is legitimately hidden in food that is made to appear like a healthy choice, We are trying to be good and are tricked by the label.
A typical can of soda may have almost 40 g of sugar in it, and who drinks a can anymore. You grab a Vitamin Water thinking you are making a better choice. There is still around
30 g of sugar. At snack time you choose a yogurt thinking this is the best choice and since you didn’t read the label you missed that your tiny little container of yogurt has 25 g of sugar in it.
My first Whole30 mistake was misreading a label on a jar of nut butter. With the attention span of a gnat
– squirrel –
I read the portion of the jar that said “Contains: Sunflower Seeds”. Perfect! One ingredient and no sugar. In the cart it goes.
When I got home and looked at the jar more closely what I read was not the ingredient list.
In the store I read what I wanted to see. I was hoping for no sugar and there wasn’t any. Unfortunately I was reading the warning for allergies and whatnot and not the ingredients.
If you want the soda, then buy the soda. But, if you want the healthy alternative you must read the label.
You cannot improve in one area of your life without it having a positive trickle effect into other areas.
Testing the waters before “go” day we omitted cream in our coffee about a week ago. This seemed a little more challenging than other sacrifices. No rich creamy coffee goodness. No grande non-fat latte frothing in the green cup.
To pull a quote from The Whole 30 by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig
Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard, Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black is. not. hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse…
Truthfully, it is a little hard. We create these morning rituals to start our day happy, invigorated, and fulfilled. Black coffee just isn’t as rich and delectable and yummy. There is a positive trickle effect to drinking it black …less coffee. 1-2 cups instead of 2-3 cups.
We can do this.
What is the 68 Day Challenge? Check it out on Facebook: 68 Day Challenge
Today was an adventure. Reading up on the Whole30 I wasn’t intimidated or discouraged at all about the plan. We eat pretty healthy now. Everyone in my family can cook and, except for mushrooms, we are pretty daring when it comes to food. The only piece that seemed to be a challenge is where to find the ingredients? There are no fancy grocery stores or health markets to find organic farm raised meats around here. Today we went searching for one. Since when is shopping not fun?
Stop 1, a large health food market. It looked promising from the outside.
Inside not so much. The produce was ok, but the meat choices were pretty much chuck roast, chicken and ground beef. That won’t do it for 30 days. Moving on.
Stop 2, Whole Foods. Here we hit pay day. The meat counter pretty much had all of the cuts an ordinary meat counter would have and it had this awesome rating and tagging system to figure everything out.
We were lucky. We only had to go to two stores to find an easy and reliable store. You may have to go to more but, don’t settle. Don’t go for less. Keep at it until you get exactly what you want. Wait for the best.
To successfully achieve a goal you should spend 80% of your time in planning to ensure that the 20% you spend executing can be done with excellence. Planning on successfully completing the Whole30 program I started my planning by reading the book It Starts With Food.
After reading this book, with an open mind, I believe that adjusting your diet for 30 days can make you feel better, sleep better, think better, and perform better. If you want to lose weight, that is an added benefit.
It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Dallas Hartwig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is absolutely fascinating.
To those who gave it very skeptical reviews, I ask . . .why did you buy this book in the first place? Did you not read the description first?
I will be gifting this book frequently.
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I’m doing the Whole30 as part of a great program sponsored by my employer The 68 Day Challenge. It’s open to the public. Check it out!
The top reason I have stayed with the same employer for over 20 years (dating myself) is that it is so great to work for a company with tremendous opportunity that encourages you to grow as a person. Several years ago they made it even more fun to do so with the 68 Day Challenge. Check it out here on Facebook: The 68 Day Challenge.
The challenge I am taking on this year – the Whole30 Program. 30 days of cleaner eating for better health. No grains, beans, dairy, added sugar, and alcohol for 30 days. What is attractive about this program?
First, anyone can do just about anything for only 30 days. Next, I love this philosophy that eating healthy is easy, it’s the psychology that gets in the way.
So, the challenge is 68 days and the program is only 30. No worries. This isn’t a program to jump right into. The first few steps that I am working on now:
- emptying my pantry of temptation
- reading It Starts with Food
- meal planning – for family members on the plan and those not on the plan
- schedule planning
This last one, schedule planning, has actually been the hardest part so far. Why make this program more difficult by trying to do it when there is extra temptation and will power busters? We’ve (I’m lucky that my husband agreed to go along on this journey) moved our start date from February 23rd (the day after my husbands birthday) to January 4th (let’s stop talking and get started) to January 8th (really, you have 2 business dinners this week).