The most common question I get when I talk about the Whole 30 is “what do you eat?”. I usually say “Damn good food” and show them my blog. I have posted over 60 Whole 30 compliant recipe adaptions since I did my first Whole 30 in April. I have tons more in my draft pile for me to work on in the coming weeks. The thing that surprised me, as well as most people I talk about the Whole 30 to, is how much food you can eat when you eliminate so much.
This week I am posting my Whole 30 Thanksgiving recipes. When I started A Solitary Feast my goal was to show you that just because you are a small household you don’t have to give up Holiday food traditions. This year, I wanted to show you don’t have to give up your Holiday food traditions just because you are doing a Whole 30. When I could , I did straight up adaptions of traditional thanksging recipes like turkey, and mashed potatoes and gravy. When I couldn’t easily do straight up adaptions, I tried to find things that taste so good you won’t mind they aren’t exactly like a tradional holiday recipes, like the stuffing and cranbery sauce. I hope you will find these recipes useful whether you are doing around of Whole 30 or not.
By the way, my camera picked horrible time to be at the repair shop for routine maintenance. I clearly suck at planning these things. But I wanted you to have the recipes even though I don’t have pictures.
From The Complete Slow Cooking For Two cook book Pressure cooking technique by me
(2 ½ to 3- pound) turkey breast
3 garlic cloves, cut into slivers
2 TBS ghee, at room temperature
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried thyme
½ tsp dried sage leaves
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
2 onions, sliced
1 cup chicken stock
Poke several holes in the turkey breast with a sharp knife. Push the garlic slivers and parsley into the holes. Rub the tukey with the ghee and sprinkle it with the basil, thyme, sage, salt and pepper. Place the turkey on the trivet in the pressure cooker liner. Add one cup stock to the liner. Lock the lid and bring to high pressure. Cook 3 minutes per pound of turkey. Naturally release the pressure.
Thanksgiving is only 18 days away. Since I was planning on doing a Whole 30 in November, I planned a Whole 30 Thanksgiving feast. I still plan on posting those recipes this month even though I am not doing a Whole 30. For those of you not interested in Whole 30 Thanksgiving recipes, I am posting a round up of all the Thanksgiving recipes I have posted since the beginning of A Solitary Feast so you can plan your holiday meal. I hope you can find things to enjoy.
Sometimes it is hard being a friend,not because you don’t want to be but because you don’t know how to be. Sometimes your friend is going through something that is just tearing her apart. I Know there is nothing I can say or do to fix the situation or make it better for her and it makes me feel helpless and a failure as a friend. I know she doesn’t feel this way about me but it is how I feel about myself.
In my head, I know all I can do is be present when we are together, let her talk when she needs to talk, cry, if she needs to cry, ignore the whole sorry mess, when she needs to ignore it. It doesn’t feel like nearly enough.
I think that is why I was so grateful on Sunday when she asked if I could come spend the night and help her get her apartment together before our friend comes to town this weekend. Finally, I have some concrete way I can help. I can do something for her that makes a difference. The whole time she was working in the living room and I was working in the kitchen she kept telling me she was sorry she asked me to do this, she should be able to clean her apartment on her own. I tried to tell her I don’t mind we all have times we can use a hand.
At various times throughout my life I have had people who called themselves my friend for as long as I was happy, fun and willing to help them when they had difficulties. As soon as I wasn’t happy and fun and couldn’t help them with their problems they didn’t want to be around me. In my book, that isn’t a friend. A friend is someone who is there in good times and bad even when it is hard. I hope I am suceeding for her, even just a little bit.
In a medium bowl, combine the onion, turkey, salt, pepper, celery, rubbed sage, rosemary, thyme, and cranberries. Using your hands. gently combine the ingredients. Don’t squish the meat between your fingers. You don’t want tough, overworked turkey. When the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, shape the meat into a loaf. I use a 5′ x 3′ loaf pan to shape and cook my meatloaf. You could free form it and cook it in any pan that fits your pressure cooker. Lock the lid. Bring to high pressure and cook for 5 minutes. Natural release the pressure.
Apparently, meatballs are a thing. This week I have made 3 different kinds and two other bloggers that I follow have also made meatball dinners. Although we all made meatballs, we all varied cooking methods, type and flavor. What’s For Dinner Moms made slowcooker sweet and sour Meatballs. Kitchen Portfolio made taco meatballs with black bean spaghetti. I made wonton meatballs, from Nom Nom Paleo, turkey and cranberry meatballs and Thai green curry meat balls from the cookbook, Well Fed 2, baked in the oven.
I can’t speak for the other blogs yet but the three meatball recipes I made were beyond fantastic. I like to eat them on a salad or just cold out of the fridge for a snack. You could serve them with pasta with a sauce or in a soup of some kind. The only changes I made were to the Well Fed 2 recipes. I made the meatballs out of 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture instead of one tablespoon. I felt the meatballs were too small otherwise.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, combine warm water, cream of tartar and baking soda, mix well. In another bowl, combine the turkey, orange juice, garlic, cranberries, sage, orange zest, salt and pepper. Add the water mixture to the meat mixture. Using your hands mix well. Using 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture shape into 12 balls. Place the balls on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Cook 20 – 25 minutes, or until cooked through.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the warm water, cream of tartar and baking soda. Miix well. In another medium bowl, combine the ground beef, coconut milk, fish sauce, green curry paste, garlic, basil, salt, ginger, and pepper. Add the water mixture to the meat mixture. Using your hands, Mix well. Using 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture shape into 12 balls. Place the balls on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Cook 20 – 25 minutes, or until cooked through.