So I kind of cheated. And to be honest, I haven’t even started. I’ve read the rules, I know what I can and can’t eat, and I’m aware of how it’s all supposed to go. But I still cheated. Let me back up. I made a promise that this Saturday I would take the plunge and do The Whole 30. But being the overachiever and compulsive organizers that I am, I started early. Three days early by testing myself.
You see, I have this fear that during our 30 day experiment, that I’m going to prepare all of these lunches and then forget to bring mine to work. Which means that I’ll be stuck at work without any idea of what I can and can’t eat. I don’t want to feel like I have to break down and grab a quick sandwich just because I forgot my food.
So I tested myself and went to the grocery store on my break and made a promise to make a Whole 30 shopping trip. I walked back with pork chops, green peppers, and tomatoes. And I’m lucky enough that my office has a kitchen, because I can cook on my break. I just have to be quick.
So I used my dried garlic herbs threw the seasoned pork chops in a hot pan (no oil) and some diced peppers. Cooked that up, removed it from the pan, then threw in the sliced tomatoes. I ended up with this:
And I have to say, I think I did pretty well. And no, that’s not breading on those pork chops. It is dried garlic and dried herbs. Illusions my friends, illusions. And it was so good I can’t even explain it to you. I just have to say, there is hope that I can survive this. I just have to stay out of the instant rice aisle.
If you want a few cookbooks to get you started, these are great recipe go-tos: