Zoodle Avofredo

To start, I will definitely be writing about how I am processing Roger's ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis. For right now, I am taking my time to ensure that when I write about it the result is overflow from my reality and not me forcing my reality so I can write about it. If Roger having autism is news to you, you can read about it in the beautiful post my beloved husband wrote here, or just click on previous post when you finish reading this one.

For this post I want to write about our Whole 30 journey thus far since we're on day 7. Last week I loaded up on fruits, veg, and good meat at Costco. I also rid our cupboard of A LOT and passed it on to a friend who isn't much into the Whole 30 idea. Photographic evidence below.

And so things started off. I won't log every meal, but there was lots of yummy stuff: kale sauteed with ghee (basically just really great clarified butter from grass fed cows) and lots of garlic. Salmon with ghee and lemon and onions and chives. Roasted Brussels sprouts. Amazing red curry & veg that I will hopefully blog about later.

Honestly, it hasn't been terribly hard. Yes, part of me would love to pop a few of Roger's potty training peanut butter M&Ms. But the food I'm eating is really good and now that I know the price my body pays when I feed it sugar I just don't want to go there. I'm surprised how I actually don't seem to miss grains at all. And dairy--anyone who knows me knows that milk is like, my thing. But I am just surprised at how very little I miss it. In fact, I only seem to really miss ice cream and I don't even really eat much ice cream. I think I just want sugar.

But when you eat good food it just isn't that hard to kick the sugar habit. Others said this about Whole 30, but holy wow--if you go for even a few days with no sugar then suddenly strawberries and cherries and the like are the sweetest treats around! Oh, the flavor.

So then, allow me to tell you about the Uh. May. ZING. dinner we had tonight. Like, so good that I didn't even miss real pasta. What? you say. Well indulge your eyes on this deliciousness.

This was AMAZING. I call it zoodle avofredo.

The zoodles are zucchini turned into angel hair-like pasta zoodles with a julienne peeler. I followed Nom Nom Paleo's instructions to a T. This is my julienne peeler and it's AMAZING. 

Seriously worth every penny. The sauce is an amazing Pinterest find. I used my Vitamix to blend olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, avocados, basil, and a touch of salt. That is IT. As you can see on the link you can easily use a food processor (plus you can get the quantity of each ingredient). Unless you totally hate it don't skip the basil because it not only adds a brightness in flavor but I think the color of the sauce would be super unappetizing without it. But maybe that's just me! The avocados gave a great creaminess that make a silky Alfredo-esque sauce and I promise that if I made it for you and you didn't know what it was you would never believe me that a: it has avocados and b: it doesn't have cream. You can't even handle me right now.

Now, the chicken was all me, so here's a quick little marinade for you.

Lemon Garlic Basil Marinade & Chicken
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into three long, similarly sized strips
2 lemons
4-5 cloves of garlic (choose your poison here--mince, grate, crush and rough chop, whatev)
1/2 cup basil, chopped
3 T high heat, paleo friendly oil; I used avocado oil*
salt & pepper
gallon sized Ziploc bag

1. liberally salt & pepper the chicken, then place in Ziploc bag
2. zest the lemons, then juice them, and add to bag
3. cut up the lemons and toss 'em on in!
4. add the rest of the ingredients, shake to mix, massage, etc.
5. let rest as long as you please in the fridge; I did 6 hours
6. To cook: shake off as much of the garlic & basil as you can, leave the lemons chunks
7. Grill it on up

*Don't use olive oil--it has a low smoke point. You can do your research on why low smoke point oils cooked at high temperatures are no good, but they're no good. Also, though, if you aren't familiar with Whole 30 and paleo movement, nothing with corn or soy. So no canola, no "vegetable" oil, etc.

So there you go. It was delicious. This dinner gets a 10 out of 10. So good, so good for you. Makes paleo feel like the best reward is the actual eating part, not the body healing part. The only caveat is that word on the street is that neither the zoodles nor the avofredo reheat well so do what won't leave leftovers. But for real, you can just go to town on this because the zucchini and avocado bases don't leave you feeling all gross like pasta and lots of heavy cream would.

Now, here's the best part. Our darling kiddos LOVED the zoodle avofredo. Now, enjoy a photo montage of happy eating and empty plates! For the record, picky vegetable eater Roger had seconds. That NEVER happens with veggies!

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