Whole #FoodieFriday | Spicy Shrimp Paleo Pasta

You may remember when I completed the Whole30 program last fall. I came back from Olivia’s wedding and was feeling gross after a weekend of overindulgence.

You may not know what prompted me to choose that specific program though. Earlier in the summer, I was diagnosed with vitiligo and had been reading about various ways to treat autoimmune diseases through diet. Much of what I read pointed back to a paleo-like diet, and Whole30 seemed like a great way to jump start this lifestyle, so decided to give it a try. (It’s important to remember that this is not meant to be a “diet” in the typical sense of the word, but a true lifestyle shift.)

Since finishing the program, I kept up with most of the guidelines within my own cooking, but allowed myself to have wine and sweet treats and wine and occasionally other off-plan foods, like cheese and … wine. Needless to say, I took it a little too far and have been missing the Whole30 benefits – more energy, improved mood, no inflammation – so decided to start a second round this past Monday. I’m putting together meal plans for the next couple weeks and will be sure to share them here!

Today’s recipe is an easy shrimp “pasta” that can be made with items from your pantry and freezer as well as a couple fresh produce items. But first, the spiralizer. If you don’t own one, get it now! It will seriously up your cooking game. I use the Paderno Tri-Blade, but they recently came out with a version that has four blades. There are many other options out there like the Müeller 4-Blade Spiralizer or the Kitchen Supreme Spiralizer, which I have not used but reviews are pretty good!

Paderno Tri-Blade

Now that that’s settled, here’s what you need for the Spicy Shrimp Paleo Pasta. Continue reading

Whole30 Caprese Salad

If you’re like me then you love a good caprese salad, especially in the summer. It’s easy (read: no cooking). It’s fresh. And it’s healthy! Since finishing the Whole30 though, I rarely eat cheese*.

What’s a caprese salad without mozzarella? That was my mentality until one day I had several tomatoes that were nearing their end and a giant tub of basil. Dave was grilling and I didn’t feel like cooking, but we needed a side. Enter the whole30fied caprese! Continue reading

#FoodieFriday “Christmas Cold” Remedy

cold remedy

‘Tis the Season! And I’m not talking about the holly jolly holidays … every year around Christmas and the New Year, I come down with a nasty head cold.

Well, this year the “Christmas cold” came early. I spent the weekend in my PJs alternating between the bed and couch while self-medicating and liberally applying “breathe” essential oil from my mom. To be honest, I didn’t mind too much because it gave me a perfectly good excuse to be a bum!

If you, like me, come down with that post-nasal drip during these wintry months, I have the perfect remedy. Although technically not a food, this is one recipe you won’t want to miss the next time you feel a tickle in your throat. A take on your usual hot toddy, this concoction will clear your sinuses, soothe your throat and help you sleep. Continue reading