Whole30 is a fantastic program. Until there is something to celebrate.
Holidays. Birthdays. Weddings. Babies. Good days.
In my world, celebrating anything is about the food. What are we going to eat?
September had three things we had to combat: Labor Day and Brad’s mom’s birthday and our anniversary.
Since Ladonna’s birthday fell during the middle of the week, I promised her a big fancy family dinner.
So I spent the week preparing the menu and getting everything together so I could make her a birthday celebration.
What was on the menu?
Herb Roasted Chicken from the Farm at Barefoot Bend
Balsamic Dijon Roasted Root Vegetables
Sautéed Zephyr Squash
Paleo Apple Crumble
It was a dinner of firsts.
First time to roast a whole chicken. First time to make a Paleo dessert that was Whole30 approved. First time to make homemade chicken stock.
But the best part was we are well. We celebrated a special lady’s birthday. We were 100 percent Whole30 compliant, even if some of the items were considered a Paleo treat (or as the Whole30 creator calls it sex with your pants on foods).
We ranted and raved about how good a truly free range farm chicken tastes. It was a delightful experience I was happy to create and center around good food.
What are your favorite ways to celebrate something when you are trying to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle?