Leave it to me to make it to DAY 29 OF WHOLE30 and not have a lunch plan. Get it together, Mahoney.
I honestly think one of the most important factors in being successful during Whole30 is planning. If you have a plan (and sometimes several back-up plans), there’s no reason to fail.
The Whole30 Bible even preps you on this–what to snack on if you’re stuck at the airport, what to say when mom is trying to shove pizza down your throat, and how you should plan on feeling every single day.
And I feel like I’ve set myself up for success over the last 28 days:
- I kept a running menu and grocery list in Google Docs at all times–with links to recipes, of course.
- I always bought extras of the staples (fruits, cauliflower rice, almonds, etc.).
- I kept my desk drawer stocked with Lara Bars, just in case.
- I had a never ending supply of LaCroix in basically every flavor.
Until I got to day 29 and almost failed–ALMOST being the key word.
Luckily, I had enough leftover ingredients and enough coconut aminos (God Bless) on hand to throw this bad boy together. And let me tell you, for being an afterthought, this stir fry is pretty dang tasty.
Stupid Easy Stir Fry
Makes: 4 Servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 15-20 minutes
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1/2 cup 100% orange juice
- A squirt or two of fish sauce
- 1 TBSP coconut oil, divided–or olive oil
- 1 lb of chicken, cubed
- 1 TBSP coconut flour–or almond meal
- Vegetables–I used sliced yellow onion, broccoli and snow peas
- 1 pkg cauliflower rice, thawed and drained
- Sesame seeds–for garnish
- Green onion–for garnish
- Combine the garlic powder, black pepper, coconut aminos, orange juice and fish sauce together in a medium bowl.
- Heat 1/2 TBSP of the oil over medium-high heat in a frying pan or wok. Once oil is hot, add the chicken and cook until no longer pink.
- Add the sauce and bring to a boil. Let boil for about 3 minutes and reduce heat. Add the coconut flour and stir until combined.
- In another frying pan, add the riced cauliflower with the remaining oil and cook over medium heat.
- Add your vegetables to your chicken mixture and cook for a few minutes (3-5) or until vegetable start to become tender.
- Once fully cooked, serve chicken and vegetables over cauliflower rice. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.
Like I said, this was a last minute meal made in pseudo panic. Once both pans cooled, I transferred the stir fry to Tupperware, layering the “rice” first and then the chicken and veggie mixture. Cover in the microwave with a damp paper towel and click reheat. Done. Literally zero thinking involved.
I honestly was not expecting anything great from this meal (and therefore packed a few extra snacks for my workday), but it was actually delicious. Color me shocked.
This general idea can be enhanced pretty easily depending on what veggies you have on hand and what sauces you prefer. Want a southwest bowl instead? Trade out stir fry sauce for salsa and swap in some tomatoes, bell pepper and avocado. Or maybe some Brussels sprouts, artichoke hearts, bacon and olives for a more Mediterranean vibe. Whatever you decide, this method is great when a refrigerator dump is necessary.
One more day until wine, people. One. More. Day.