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Slow Roasted Orange Pork Roast with Root Vegetables

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This recipe is similar to my Sweet Apple Roasted Pork Tenderloin and tastes just as good! The ingredients are slightly different.

Here are the ingredients:

1.5 pound pork picnic roast

Sweet potato (I used a sweet white)

Carrots

1 tsp dried garlic

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp all spice (next time, I’ll omit this or only use a 1/4 tsp, I didn’t really care for it)

1 tsp sage

S&P

Olive Oil

2/3 cup no sugar/preservatives added, 100% orange juice or more, depending on how quickly it evaporates

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees
  • Place pork roast in a stoneware baking dish
  • Create a paste out of the spices and oil and rub it all over the pork
  • Place chopped sweet potato and carrots all around pork and sprinkle with salt
  • Pour about a 1/3 cup of orange juice all around the pork and vegetables
  • Place in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, then reduce temperature to 250 degrees and continue cooking for about 2 hours or until fully cooked.
  • You will need to baste the pork and veggies with orange juice every once in awhile, maybe every 30 minutes or so.

This was so good! The allspice was a little overpowering for my taste, so next time I may reduce the amount or just omit it altogether. I served mine with lightly steamed and salted green beans. Perfect!

Whole30 Eats!

I get asked all the time what kinds of things I eat while on the whole30. Because usually after telling someone all the things you CAN’T eat on the whole30, they look at you with their jaw dropped on the floor and ask well, what CAN you eat?

So here are some things I enjoy while on the whole30.

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Spicy Italian Sausage with fresh tomatoes, green beans and caramelized onions

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This was actually my husbands dinner and no, he didn’t eat that entire porkchop! Porkchop seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and sage with fresh tomatoes and green beans and caramelized onions.

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Kale salad with broccoli slaw, cranberries, sunflower seeds, chicken, cashews and a spicy mayo dressing

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Chicken apple sausage with carrots, snow peas and cashews

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Husband’s lunch – chicken, bratwurst, cantaloupe, cucumbers and an apricot

For breakfast, I usually have fried or scrambled eggs with some kind of sausage or sometimes bacon. And I’ll usually eat a piece of fruit with it – banana or apple. I try to take pictures of my breakfasts but I can never get eggs to turn out looking good on camera.

When I go to work, I take lots of veggies, some nuts and a piece of fruit and protein for lunch/snacks and occasionally throw a larabar in with it. Olives also make a great snack and are a good way to get your healthy fats! I also like to make a big container of guacamole (recipe at the bottom) and dip my veggies or top my meats with it.

As long as you include tons of fresh, colorful veggies and healthy fats with every meal and limit your fruits to 2-3 times per day, you will be successful!

Easy Guacamole:

3 medium ripe avocados

S&P

Garlic powder or fresh garlic (2 cloves)

Pico de gallo (or fresh tomato)

I just add the seasonings to taste and add lots of pico de gallo and the juice from the pico. It tastes so good! I could eat it with a spoon!

August Whole30!

There is an official Whole30 starting August 1st and I am, of course, doing it! It will end right before my birthday (Sept 3rd) and I’m looking forward to wearing a super cute shirt I wore 2 years ago on my birthday when I got engaged! I haven’t been able to wear that shirt since then, it’s always been a little snug so that is my goal and I know I’ll do it! I would encourage you all to give it a try. Nothing bad can come from it, I promise!

Instead of me sharing all the info with you, I think it’s better if you just head on over and read the official blog, that way I don’t accidentally misinform anyone of anything.

Get Ready, Get Set, August Whole30

They also offer a lot of awesome resources, they have a forum page where you can go and ask questions and they will actually give you the right answers, their moderators are awesome and usually respond pretty quickly to anything you ask! They also have a whole30 food shopping list so that you know exactly what to buy and what not to buy. They pretty much set you up for success! I’ll admit that’s it’s not easy, the first few days/week is super hard, but if you can make it past that, then you will start to feel pretty amazing!

Whole30 Update and I Need Help!

I was supposed to start my third whole30 the beginning of May, well that didn’t happen! I’ve started and stopped and restarted twice since then. I just couldn’t get into it and I wasn’t feeling motivated. I think I’ve finally become motivated, I started again on the 13th and have been going strong since then! BUT, I’m not doing good on my food choices, I’ve been eating mostly meat and eggs and not much veggies or fruits. I am just getting sick of eating so many veggies! Asparagus, peppers, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, chard, collards… None of it sounds good to me, so help me out and send me some yummy recipes! I usually just roast the veggies or eat them raw so that’s probably my problem. I do occasionally make a smoothie and put a lot of greens into it and that helps sometimes but smoothies are not really encouraged on the whole30, they prefer for you to “eat” your nutrients rather than “drink” them.

Whole30 for a Third Time!

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I’m getting ready to start my 3rd whole30 on May 1st. I’ve had so much success with these the past two times that doing it a third time is a no brainer! It will help me to reach my weight goal and my goal of optimal health. And I just feel a hundred times better when I’m eating whole, unprocessed foods. Life is busy, especially when running your own business! (If you live in SW Washington/Portland OR area, check us out – PC Rescue Wiz). So, we need to be at the top of our game and eating whole, natural and unprocessed foods helps us do that.

Lately, a lot of my friends and family and blogging friends have started their first (or second) Whole30 and are a week or few weeks in and seeing amazing results. What I love about the Whole30 is that it’s not a gimmick, it doesn’t contain or promote any diet supplements, drinks or pills. All you need to do is eat tons of fresh veggies, fruits, some nuts, seeds and protein! It’s so simple to do and it’s free. All you pay for is your groceries which you already need to buy anyways.

If anyone is interested in trying it out or just wants more info, their website is a great resource. They have forums, blogs and tons of tips. I have gone on there quite a bit for info and have always found what I was looking for. They also provide you with a shopping list of all the foods approved on the Whole30.

Whole30 Pico De Gallo! (Recipe)

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I medium sized tomato, finely chopped

1/4 medium onion, finely chopped

2 T finely chopped seedless cucumber

2 T fresh cilantro

1-2 garlic cloves

Pinch red pepper flakes

S&P to taste

Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime

Combine everything together and chill in the fridge for a few hours before eating!

Whole30 Day 13 – Beef Fajitas (Recipe)

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This was so good! The meat was really tender and I love the way the peppers and onions flavor the meat.

1 pound sliced steak

1 medium green pepper, thinly sliced

1 medium red pepper, thinly sliced

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

About 1 T of my dry rub mix

S&P to taste (I suggest adding this when everything is almost done cooking because the dry rub mix does contain some S&P)

Brown the meat in a hot pan and add the dry rub mix, then add onions and peppers and a splash of broth or water. Cook everything together until veggies are tender. I like to crank the heat at the very end to get a little extra flavor on the meat/veggie mixture but keep on eye on it and don’t let it burn! This is the beef version of the chicken fajitas I made in my last whole30!

Whole30 Day 6 – BBQ Chicken

Almost one week in and I’m down 5 pounds! I know you’re not supposed to weigh yourself on the whole30 but I was feeling so good and my clothes are much more loose that I just couldn’t stand it, I had to see where I was at! Super exciting!

Working out has been a lot of fun, because I have way more endurance now, I’m able to do a lot more and go for longer and I don’t get pooped as quickly. I’ve also been able to increase the weight on all my strength training exercises which is awesome!

In my last post, I made BBQ ribs with the whole30 approved paleo BBQ sauce by Tessemaes and we loved it so much that I made it crock pot BBQ chicken with it for dinner last night. That sauce is amazing! There are dates in the sauce and when it cooks, it caramelizes and it becomes sweet and spicy. It doesn’t taste at all like traditional BBQ sauce, it tastes better!

I put two frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot and covered them with the BBQ sauce and a little bit of chicken broth and cooked on high for about 3 hours, the last 30 mins or so, I took the lid off and let the sauce thicken up. It was so good!

Whole30 Day 5 – BBQ Ribs

Everything is going good still. I finally found the Larabar I’ve been searching for, COCONUT CREAM PIE! I’ve seen it online and looked everywhere and finally found it at Whole Foods. It was as good as I hoped, definitely going to go back and stock up!

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While at Whole Foods, I also picked up some Paleo BBQ sauce (also Whole30 approved) made by Tessemaes.

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And with it, I made Whole30 approved BBQ Ribs! They were so good, this BBQ sauce is amazing!

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I also picked up some Sunflower Seed Butter, I was looking for Almond Butter but they were all at least $6 and all had sugar added! I was pleasantly surprised by the Sun Butter though, it tastes similar to Peanut Butter, just not as thick. It’s so good and the only ingredients are sunflower seeds and salt! I had some on a banana with raisins, it was delicious!

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