Tuesday, March 31, 2015

12 Meals I ate on the Whole30 + Prakash's Butter Chicken Recipe

I had no idea what the food looked like when I was looking into doing the Whole 30 - Paleo program. My biggest fear was that it wouldn't be tasty or filling. I can happily report that the food is both delicious and packed full of flavour as well as filling. I love creating in the kitchen so it was important to me that going paleo didn't take that love for food and creating away from me. If anything I feel like I have kicked things up a notch now that so much of what we eat is completely from scratch.
Pineapple Salsa with Grilled Basa, (which is a white fish with a subtle flavour), and baked sweet potato chips, with a side of coconut aminos ( - which I talk about in the post that has our Whole 30 Results in it). Click here for a similar recipe.

OH MY GOSH!!!! This is the best caesar salad I have ever had! It was hard to wrap my mind around the fact I was losing weight while eating a caesar! I made the dressing from scratch, and added toasted pine nuts, bacon, and grilled chicken to the baby kale and spinach leaves. 

The Perfect Burger Recipe is from The Paleo Kitchen Cookbook, and you can find the recipe here. It calls for avocado mousse (which isn't hard to make), and parsnip fries! It blew us away. I can't wait to have this flavour packed burger in my mouth again! I made my own aioli too - welcome garlic!

Coconut prawns and mango salsa, with baked sweet potato chips. Coconut prawns are one of my favourite meals of all time, AND it just got better by using arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch.  If I needed to be convinced that my stomach does not react well to corn products this was the best example -
 Every time I've ever had these prawns in the past I've only been able to eat a few before I would become extremely full and bloated. I would feel so heavy the rest of the night and sit with regret from eating one too many coconut prawns. Using arrowroot powder made all the difference. My husband noticed he too didn't have that heavy, gross feeling, and was able to pack away way more prawns. Winner, winner, prawn dinner!

This was a very simple lunch. I made my own mayonnaise (which was completely dairy free), and mixed tuna, salt and pepper and celery together to make this Tuna Salad.

I wish I had a better photo of these Chicken Nachos. I substituted corn chips with baked potato chips, put on a layer of homemade guacamole and fresh salsa. I coated the chicken in a spice mix similar to this recipe here, and grilled it. This was packed full of flavour. I can guarantee I didn't feel like I was missing out or even remember I was doing the Whole 30 while eating this! The only thing missing was beer!

Oven roasted pork cutlets on a bed of apples, pears and rosemary

Oven grilled salmon steak, on a cauliflower puree (just like mashed potatoes), served with green beans and  toasted almonds that were drizzled in olive oil and lemon juice.

Chicken Schnitzel made with an almond mix instead of bread crumbs with a dipping sauce I made using coconut aminos and dijon mustard; then served with a cabbage and orange salad drizzled with a cumin  and fennel vinaigrette.

This is what I shall call my Lady Ga Ga  - Meat Dress Frittata. I cooked up a bunch of veggies the night before, like onions, tomatoes, capsicum (peppers) and baby spinach and then in the morning I whipped up some eggs and added all of it to this pie dish with a layer of porchetta on top to crisp up. Bam - breakfast that makes a statement!

Frank's Red Buffalo Hot Wings (recipe here
with Whole30 Ranch dip (recipe here - scroll down page until you see it).

Mumma's Chicken Soup (recipe here - but you need to follow Whole30 rules to keep it compliant)

My friend Prakash gave me his mum's recipe for Butter Chicken. It's the BEST!!!!
I made it Whole30 by substituting a few ingredients. I'll show you below how you can have it either way, just follow the asterisk (*) to know what to change. If you are doing Whole30 then please read the recipe before you start cooking so you make sure you have all of the ingredients.
Prakash's Butter Chicken

  • 1/3 cup (80 ml  greek *yoghurt  
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt 
  • 500 grams (1lb) of chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 20 whole almonds, toasted
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1Tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 green cardamon pods (or 1/2 tsp of ground cardamon)
  • 1/4 tsp of chili powder 
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted *butter 
  • 5 tablespoons of tomato paste (make sure it has no added sugars)
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock 
  • 1 tsp *honey 
  • 1/3 cup *thickened cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro (corriander) leaves
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

In a medium bowl stir together yoghurt and salt then fold in chicken and set aside in the fridge while preparing sauce. * To Make it Whole30 - skip this step all together.

Place the almonds, garlic, ginger, and spices in a food processor or blender until it looks like a paste.
In a large saucepan or pot melt the butter over medium heat *To make it Whole30 use ghee instead of butter. Add the almond spice mix and stir often for 3 minutes.
Sitr in tomato paste, stock and honey and bring to a boil. *To make it Whole 30 leave out the honey; however, honey is a regular paleo food and can be used outside of the Whole30 programme.

Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer the curry for 10 minutes. 
Increase the heat to medium and stir in the chicken. Keep on the heat until the chicken is completely cooked. Stir in the thickened cream, then turn off the heat and add the cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. *To make it Whole30 substitute the thickened cream for 1 cup of coconut cream.

Serve with Basmati Rice. *To make it Whole30 serve with cauliflower rice.

I recommend checking out Nom Nom Paleo blog and cookbook, as well as The Paleo Kitchen cookbook for more recipe ideas. Or there's always my Pinterest.


  1. Um ... Yum! That pineapple salsa looks divine and I am a massive fan of sweet potato chips. Everything you've made looks amazing. You guys must be on such a high knowing that you're eating well and creating healthy food that tastes good. When can you come around to my house and whip up a few things?

  2. Leanne Shea LangdownMarch 31, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    WOW! That all looks amazing. I'm coming back for more!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  3. I love butter chicken- must try this one! Looks wonderful!

  4. Oh wow - such yummy food! I have also been eating *paleo* and LOVING the food. I don't feel I am missing out at all. In fact - I have discovered so many new foods and ways of cooking and have heaps of new favourite recipes! :-)

  5. @Mumma McD wow! That's great to hear. Thanks! Let me know if you need any help :)

  6. Yeah, go Min! I made almond milk yesterday after discovering how easy it is, and then had all this left over pulp - looked on pinterest and was inspired to make my own chocolate chip banana muffins with the pulp. Amazing. My husband couldn't believe what he was tasting because they don't look the sexiest, but they are moist. I'd love to know what your favourites are!

  7. I would be so, so sad to say goodbye to this recipe. I'm so glad I don't have to. It's incredible. Took me about a year to get the recipe from him too. Enjoy! @HandbagMafia

  8. @Leanne Shea Langdown Thanks! Wish I could have you over for a proper chat and a meal :) You'd be a great dinner companion!

  9. @Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me As long as someone watches my toddler, and washed up I will cook! Oh yeah! If there was no such thing as dishes I would enjoy cooking so much more.

  10. The Vinyl EditionMarch 31, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Wow, I really applaud your efforts doing everything from scratch for every meal. The Caesar Salad looks great, if I had to pick just one. I love your photographs too.

  11. So much yum. My issue is I hate cooking. I want to eat better but keep having nothing left in the tank by dinner time. Am going to check out some of these recipes and see which are fast and easy (my main criteria on par with whether it tastes good lol).

  12. Oh wow yum!! All that yummy looking food on the Whole30 program. Doesn't seem like you've removed anything. Just proves when you put time and effort into real meals they do look and taste better than the pre-made, pre-packages foods that's probably filled with high levels of stuff that isn't natural.

  13. Yum, this food looks so great! I'm a bit dubious about paleo, but that's just me. Any approach that takes things back to basics/making things from scratch makes good sense though :)
    Dani @ sand has no home

  14. Natalie @ Our Parallel ConnectMarch 31, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Looks amazing. Do you feel good from doing it? Was it hard to follow? I am a lazy cook so I think I would struggle.

  15. Everything looks gourmet! Sadly I couldn't eat the seafood portion of it with my allergy ... still, I reckon there is nothing better than fresh food you make yourself!

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT x

  16. Wow-those pictures almost make me want to turn from "I'll eat anything to Paleo queen". Love butter chicken x

  17. You have eaten so well, you'd never know that you had any kind of food restrictions going on. Lots of inspiration in this post!

  18. All the meals look delicious. I think when you make the food delicious when following a program you actually don't feel deprived of anything I think.

  19. Wow all of your food looks delicious, especially that Caesar salad!

  20. Shannon @ Dash of TonicApril 4, 2015 at 5:53 AM

    These meals look awesome. We did Whole30 in January and got a lot of benefit out of it. How are ypu feeling? I'm starting again after Easter. I struggled a little bit with so much time in the kitchen though.

  21. This butter chick sounds sensational. I remember seeing it on Insta thinking I need that in my life and here it is. I can't wait to try this. Thank you x

  22. Wow!!! You know, I'm not a big fan of cauliflower but that oven grilled salmon with cauliflower purée made my mouth water! You've convinced me to give it another go!