Category Archives: Whole30

All posts that followed 30 days of eating without sugar, soy, alcohol, grains, dairy.

How To: Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic Glaze

roasted veggies with balsamicI don’t care if you are on Whole 30, Paleo, Weight Watchers, Clean Eating, Real Food, Beachbody, or whatever diet of your choice… If you are eating, you are probably allowed to have vegetables! You have probably had veggies for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and might be getting sick of the same old thing. So try these. These are freaking delicious. They will change your life…if your life is currently eating veggies around the clock!

This is the easiest recipe. I am almost embarrassed to post about it, but I figured that sometimes the easiest of things are also the ones that we never think to do.

I am working on the blog today from home and decided to roast some left-over raw vegetables that are sitting in my veggie-drawer waiting to die. If I don’t use them, they will get sad, and brown at the edges, and I will feel guilty and mad at myself for not planning better. So there you go. It always comes down to me. And guilt. This is how I thought to do this.

Thank you guilt.roasted vegetables with balsamic glaze

Roasting veggies, brings out the natural sweetness in them, so if you have been avoiding sugar, these will taste especially sweet to you. Even the cabbage. My G-d. I won’t eat cabbage any other way again, maybe…It is that good. The balsamic glaze adds another layer of sweetness, and also a sauce that is allowed for most diets- it’s just vinegar. That is it. So here you are, and you can thank me later, for making vegetables enjoyable again.

How To: Roasted Vegetables & Balsamic Glaze


  • Vegetables of Choice, cut into 1 inch pieces or 1 inch thickness.
  • Oil of choice
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • For the Glaze
  • Balsamic Vineagar


Preheat your oven to 425*

Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick, or line it with parchment paper.

Cut your veggies to uniform size of 1 inch chunks or thickness.

Lay them in an even layer on your pan.

Sprinkle with oil, and mix a bit with your hands to make sure they are all a little covered with oil.

Salt and pepper them to taste.

Roast for 30 minutes on a middle-rack. Using tongs or spatula, flip them around a little or turn them over if they are too brown.

Roast an additional 30 minutes.

Test to see if they are tender.If not, roast for another few minutes, but they shouldn't fall apart!

You are done! Now make the glaze, as the veggies cool.


Bring 1/2 cup balsamic vineagar to a simmer. Continue to simmer until it is reduced by half. Drizzle over the veggies. If you have any left over, it keeps in the fridge.


*I keep my vegetables separated by type in the pan. That way if some are done earlier than others (maybe carrots) then I remove them, and keep roasting the ones who need a little more time. **Use a guide for times of roasting veggies like the one on this post (the bottom of this post).

My recipe is for a 425*oven. These times below are for a 450* oven…My house will fall down, if I roast anything at this temp, so I use a lower temp and roast longer. But if you are not afraid, and are in a hurry, use these times:

roasted vegetables chart

The balsamic glaze isn’t a must- actually I barely ever make it…but it adds a zing, and a real extra sweetness, and special added touch to otherwise plain veggies. Try it. It’s easy and it’s delicious.

roasted vegetables with balsamic glaze

Your welcome for this simple recipe. You can enjoy them hot from the oven, or cold on a salad. On a bowl of rice, or on their own with a little sprinkle of lemon or dare I say…butter. Go ahead. Live a little. These are veggies, at their best my friends. Enjoy.

Linked with Foodie Friday, Pin Junkie, Tasty Tuesday, Katherine’s Corner,
Full Plate Thursday, Gator MommyFuntastic Friday

Day 31: End of Whole 30

whole 30 day 31

Day 31

I am officially done-skees with the Whole 30 my friends! The Whole 30 tribe warned me that I wouldn’t know how to start eating again on Day 31, but guess what?! I remembered! Wonders NEVER cease! I celebrated early last night with a Hershey candy from my trip, that I never got to enjoy and was waiting for me in the freezer.  Thank you little “Nugget” for being so patient and waiting until I could eat you…it was worth the wait, thanks very much!


I have to say, I am hesitant to go crazy eating chocolate and drinking wine though, since I worked so hard to get off sugar and lots of other extra foods that weren’t really helping me nutritionally very much.  I think the best thing that I came away with was doing 30 full days of breaking my habits and keeping a food journal. I had to really see and be accountable for what I was eating and plus it was going to be online for all of you to see!

Meal Planning was key for success too, as you have to plan 3 meals a day in a Whole 30 way…not just grab and go as usual:

Whole 30, Week 1
Whole 30, Week 2
Whole 30, Week 3
Whole 30, Week 4
Whole 30, Week 5

My Whole 30 takeaways in bullets are as follows:

  • Sugar is in most processed foods.
  • Soy is in tons of processed foods.
  • Corn is in lots of these too.
  • I still don’t know why beans are not allowed on this diet.
  • I actually like smoothies in the morning.
  • There are actually a lot of things that surprised me about this 30 days that I didn’t expect.
  • I didn’t miss dairy really at all.  Like- at all.
  • I missed ezekial bread but not other bread or grains really other than the convenience of making my recipes that I was used to making…now harder on Whole 30, to figure out.
  • 30 days is a super long time.
  • Not eating or drinking traditional food stuff, makes other people really uncomfortable if they don’t eat that way- or if they are having drinks and I don’t…Since I am an admitted people-pleaser by nature, this was hard for me and I felt bad making them feel weird.  I know…I am crazy.
  • My digestion really got changed- in a less than ideal way- something I didn’t expect and didn’t improve until day 25.

This is the end of it…or is it the beginning? I am sitting at my table, in my shorts, which I usually can’t button that little inside button, and I usually just do the farthest outside one, so I can at the very least wear them…and usually my belly sort of pooches over the sides this way and I almost get a stomach ache, but I still wear them, because they are my favorites and I need to wear shorts because it is finally hot out….whew!

But today is different.  I could button that inside button.  Not loose, but not so tight that I have a cliff hanging over the top- I can wear these shorts.  To think I almost donated them this year!  That alone sort of reaffirmed part of the Whole 30 for me.  While I didn’t do any before and after pictures for you (#1 too embarrassing, and #2 not good for the psyche), I do like the way my arms seem more toned, my belly and hips seem trimmed down, and the way my pants fit.

I didn’t like my energy levels at all though and if I could tweak this plan to  include some beans, and some whole grains, I think I would do better energy-wise.  [Basically eating the way I normally do except less dairy, and less eating the leftovers off my kids plates and indulging in dessert or a glass of wine every night]- This made me so aware that I just need to reign it in! The Whole 30 was a really good re-set in that way.

Today I  started my day with my protein smoothie- nothing crazy, but I am sick of eggs. Whole 30 has pretty much taken the love of eggs right away for a little bit (not too long, since I love them usually).  I made some homemade granola and I think I may have a salad with chicken for lunch…still sounds a bit like the Whole 30, and a bit like me.  Day 31.  I am loving the possibilities after feeling restricted for so long.

What would be the first thing you’d eat after 30 days of restricting your eating?

Would you ever do a Whole 30?

Lemme know in the comments! Have a great Thursday~ I am linked up with Running with SD MomSharp Endurance & Carlee McDot  as well as Running with Spoons~so check them out too!

Menu Plan Monday: Final Week, Whole 30

final week whole 30 meal plan

So only HALF of this week is Whole 30, because guess what, my friends?!

You guessed it! Whole 30 ends this week! I am back to enjoying a protein smoothie starting on Wednesday, and if I can be completely honest (and I never thought that I’d say this…) I can’t wait! Who knew, that I would miss my protein shakes in the morning?

I guess when you eliminate a food group, and focus on another, you are bound to miss it, and I am done with eggs every day.  Yes.  For a while atleast, I would like to cut down on this one particular food. I am craving my protein shake right at this moment and cannot wait for that one re-introduction to my meals. That and maybe some toast. I will see how that does for me, because I am enjoying the fruits of the 30 day labor of Whole 30: a flatter stomach.  Not totally flat, as the uninflated tire of a twin-mom, will never go away without surgery (gross, I know)! But the little pooch is much improved for the time-being.

I don’t know if it is because of the decrease in sugar alone, or of no bread and bread products with gluten, no soy, or a combination of all of this- so I might just try to reintroduce a few types of food at a time.  Smoothies are the start- non-soy vegan protein and fruit with cashew milk.  If I start to bloat up- this may get cycled out and unfortunately I will have to change this up too.

For now, I have planned a Whole 30 week, up to three days, and then after that it is a regular meal plan for me, just fleshed out for three meals a day.

1 Hardboiled egg, kale salad, berries Veggie scramble, berries Fruit with almond butter on it Smoothie Smoothie Smoothie Eggs, roasted potatoes, nitrate free bacon
2 Red pepper, cauli soup, apple with almond butter Salmon cakes on salad, grapefruit Salmon cakes on a salad, apple with almond butter Salad with hardboiled egg, avocado, beets, chicken Leftover meatballs, salad Tuna with veggie sticks, avocado, nuts Chicken on salad
3 Greek chicken, crock pot, salad, Double Peppered Pork Chops, baked sweet potato, broccoli Hamburger, Dogs on the grill, roasted potatoes, salad Meatballs with sauce, ratatouie and salad Tacos, fruit salad, veggie sticks Chicken legs, veggie sticks, salad, fruit salad Grilled steak with chimichurri sauce, roasted veggies

I hope you have a great week ahead, and if you want lot of other great menu planning ideas I am linked up with Mommy Run Fast and Fitness, Health and Happiness and OrgJunkie.