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Whole21* - Day 6 & A'sha's Visit Continues!

1/06/2013 *Sara-Marie* 2 Comments

The picture to the left is so ME. I am truly at my happiest when I'm in the kitchen, my hands covered in spices that will soon make my meal so delicious, and wearing a "Wild Woman" apron. What could get better?

My sister took this picture last night as I was excitingly making dinner for both her and my friend A'sha who was spending the weekend with me. It was a REALLY good time, but I'll get into more detail about that a little later on. 

Whole21* Eats - Day 6
Meal 1: We slept in on Saturday morning so I decided to make a large brunch when we finally woke up. We were ravenous. I made sweet potato hash with sausage and topped with avocado and fresh cilantro - along with some fried eggs. It was so satiating.

Over breakfast, Mark and I shared with A'sha our new approach to eating and tried to explain some of the key learnings from the book "It Starts With Food". As a medical student, she was very intrigued but had a lot of questions. I encouraged her to read the book for herself. When A'sha's parents called to check in, A'sha started telling them about what we were discussing and they became interested too! Now they all want to try a Whole30! I love it. Spreading the good food word.

A'sha excited to start eating her brunch!

After talking all afternoon about nutrition, we decided to do some shopping! My sister works at the nearby outlets, so when we went to visit her, we made plans to all hang out for dinner.

I LOVE to cook for others and it brings me so much joy to see people enjoy my food creations, so I was very excited to put together a great dinner meal.

Meal 2: As you can tell from the picture above, I decided to season a whole chicken with my typical roasted chicken recipe. It's how my mother taught me how to make pollo al horno (chicken in the oven) with some additional tweaks I've made over the years of cooking on my own.

There's plenty of garlic, oregano, parsley and some Puerto Rican spices. This chicken is what Mark's family just lovingly calls "Sara's Chicken". I don't really measure anything when I make this chicken (or when I cook in general), so one day I'll have to try to really observe what I do so I can share this recipe with all of you!
What can I say, I'm a hands-on cook!
Upclose & personal, just before going into a 375 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes

The final plate
I paired the chicken with mashed cauliflower and my roasted butternut squash recipe. The girls really loved it and I was thrilled to see them practically lick their plates and go up for seconds. There's no better compliment than that. 

We spent the rest of the night sharing stories, laughing uncontrollably, and showing my sister some of my crazy dance moves. Not that she doesn't know - but I like to remind her that her big sister still got it!


*We are following the Whole30 program for only 21 days since 1) we've done it completely before and 2) we're just trying to clean up our habits before going on our anniversary trip on 1/20/13

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  1. That chicken looks delish. I'm def going to need the recipe. Craig cooks the same as you. His hands covered in gook and not a recipe or measuring utensil in sight.

    1. Thanks! I will share soon - I promise. Craig should start a blog too ;)