I think you’ll notice a bit of a theme going on in this week’s menu. And I’m pretty excited that it fits in perfectly with this month’s What I Ate Wednesday‘s theme of Summer Staples. Thanks again to Jenn for hosting. Reading other posts and talking to other bloggers is really one of the highlights of my week.

Every Thursday, Jewel-Osco (one of the local grocery stores here in Chicago) posts their sale circular online. And this past week I was excited to see that summer squash and zucchini were on sale for $0.99 cents/lb. Excited because after a quick look at my budget, I noticed that I’ve already spent $200 on this month’s groceries…oops. I quickly went through my database of recipes (all Whole30 approved) and picked out as many as I could find that included either of these “summer staples” (See what I did there? eh? eh?).

First came Zucchini Pasta with Shrimp and an Avocado Cream Sauce. This one was alright. Like I mentioned in my last post, Jake and I have made spagetti squash pasta before and I think I prefer it. Although it was nice to have a creamy sauce that was non-dairy (just avocado, lemon juice, coconut milk and olive oil).  And it was nice thinking of all the veggies we were eating.

Second night’s dinner was much better. Made Crockpot Salsa Pork Chops. Really flavorful and super easy to make. Also sautéed up some kale in coconut oil. And since I had left over zucchini, tried my hand at an imitation latke (potato pancake). Sliced up zucchini, green onions, garlic and an egg to hold it all together. OK so maybe it’s just more of an omelet but it was pretty tasty. 

Third night’s dinner I’m not sure if I should call it a fail or a win. I bought two small summer squash and decided to try my hand at paleo “pizza.” Used the squash as the crust and then added tomato sauce, sausage, red pepper and cherry tomatoes. It’s a fail because it wasn’t really a pizza. The squash definitely did not hold up the weight of the sausage. It was a win because it was still delicious. The sweetness of the squash teamed up with the tomato sauce and sausage was awesome. Going to keep playing around with this and then post my results later. 

And finally last night’s dinner was a last minute decision after I came across the idea from PaleoOMG, Zucchini Wrapped Pesto Sausage. First off, I have to say that the pesto is delicious. Only needed basil, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. It’s tangy and a little bit spicy. Going to post instructions on how I put them together soon.

And one more experiment. Which again, not sure if it’s a fail or a win. After telling a friend that I was giving up dairy, she immediately sent over a fake ice cream recipe made from bananas. It’s literally just bananas. Problem is I hate bananas. As in just the smell of them will make my stomach turn and face go green. But I thought maybe if I mixed something else in with the bananas, like avocado for example, maybe I wouldn’t taste them. 

Gave it a shot, mixing in coconut milk as well. And it was very ice-creamy. The problem was it didn’t taste the best…Jake said it was alright. And we did eat it. But unfortunately my hypothesis that the bananas would be sweet enough was wrong. It really needs a sweetener. I’m going to keep playing with it and I’ll post my results later.

And finally I need a favor from you guys. After last week’s momentary setback learning experience, I’ve really tried to refocus on my health. Even though many of us have weight loss goals, myself included, I found that when we use the size of our pants or the number on the scale as a measure, it’s easy to lose track of our ultimate goal: to be healthy. So after some discussion with Jake, I think I might be changing my blog name soon. Cutting out carbs was cute and catchy at the beginning, but it doesn’t really go with how I eat. Even though I’m sticking to paleo, I’m not necessarily low carb.

Instead I want to focus on how eating food can help improve your health. I’ve been living with fibromyalgia, asthma and allergies for a while now. And instead of eating to lose weight, I’d really like my blog to focus on eating to help with these problems. Unfortunately I’m not always the most creative person. So if anyone has any ideas for new blog names, I would love to hear them. You can leave a comment here or just tweet me @cuttingoutcarbs. Thanks guys! And I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s WIAW.

4 thoughts on “WIAW: Zucchini and Summer Squash”

  1. That banana ice cream really looks like ice cream! I love that you used coconut milk in it. Great idea. I gave up dairy to because of allergies, so I totally understand!

    New blog names are tough eggs to crack… Paleo Princess. Paleo Perfection. One Tough (Paleo) Cookie. Lol. Obviously I’m bad at this too 🙂

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