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{ Recipe | Pork Thai Lettuce Wraps }

While doing the Whole 30, I realized how little I like/need bread.

Not just because bread makes me gassier than a hot air balloon, or because I can gorge myself on it and still be hungry, but because it doesn’t satisfy me.

Pretty much  my entire life, I have been a bread-a-holic. Not healthy, sprouted grain breads either. I’m talking white, sourdough baguettes dipped in balsamic and olive oil… eat your heart out style bread.

Bread doesn’t do me any favors, and I enjoy toasted garlic chips as much as the next person, but my body doesn’t appreciate my sentiments.

When I started the Whole 30, I *thought* bread would be the hardest for me to give up.

I will happily admit I was wrong!

I loved finding alternatives for my bread-diction. One favorite was lettuce as a bun/shell/what have you! It gave a little bit of crunch, provided a pretty stable shell, and was just delicious!

I’m not talking Iceberg lettuce, but leafy, romaine or green lettuce. Deliciousness in a bite.

So here’s a recipe that I adapted from a Paleo E-meals recipe.



{ Pork Thai Lettuce Wraps }
A delicious alternative to a tortilla shell!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  2. 1⁄2 small onion, minced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 12 oz ground pork (we used grass fed, pasture raised from ONF- so delicious)
  5. 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or sub soy sauce)
  6. 1⁄2 tablespoon organic tomato paste (sub Thai chili paste)
  7. 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  9. 1 head romaine lettuce
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic; cook 4 minutes or until browned.
  3. Stir in pork, coconut aminos and tomato paste with chili powder mixed in.
  4. Cook 8 minutes or until pork is browned, stirring to crumble.
  5. Stir in basil.
  6. Separate lettuce leaves, and fill leaves evenly with pork mixture.
  1. Serve with avocado sauce on top, and diced tomatoes!
Adapted from Emeals- Paleo
Adapted from Emeals- Paleo
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It’s pretty much a party in the mouth after the first bite, so enjoy!


Leave a comment on your favorite ways to use lettuce as a wrapper for your food! Tacos? Burgers? You name it!

Whole 30- Recap

Things around here are crazy.

By crazy, I mean like we’re photographing a wedding today, 5 sessions tomorrow and at least 2 sessions each day after until almost September. Right now we’re working with the Humane Society of the Ozarks to help put together their annual “Tails of Love” book. It’s an absolutely wonderful publication, and all proceeds go directly to the HSO in order to help rescue and give care for more animals in the following year!!


Simba (1 of 2)


They do amazing work, and you should hop on over to their page and look into buying a page, and then contact me to have your photo taken for the book as part of the page!

So all of that goes to say that I am still making my way through eating whole foods for the entire month. I’m feeling fantastic.

The prep work, planning (post coming soon about how I meal plan- regardless of the Whole30 or not), and execution take a lot more effort than opening a box of pasta, and pasta sauce, but it’s WORTH it. My energy is so high right now (thank goodness, because otherwise I’d be crashing HARD right now with the stress). I am not weighing myself, but my clothes fit much more loosely and my face has thinned out a bunch. Also, my endurance at the gym has been incredible.


I’ve been keeping up with the GPP workouts daily for the last two weeks, and I ran a mile today (plus 30-50 reps of various other exercises) and was breathing hard after, but not “about-to-pass-out” hard like I would have been two weeks ago!!!!

I’m still modifying some of the workouts, but I was able to do 50 walking lunges today, and didn’t have extreme noodle legs as bad as last time!!

So, health-wise, I am starting to feel like a routine is forming and we are back on the right track after a couple of years of not-so-good habits.

Stress wise, I still need to learn to manage stress a little better. Work has been SO steady (HUGE praise, thank you friends!!!), but time to do work has become less during the summer. Connor is starting Mother’s Day Out in September though, which means I will have actual work hours to WORK, which is also a huge PRAISE! So thanks friends for being understanding and patient during this transition period.


That’s all for now! Working on a few new recipes that have become a favorite around here!


Toodles. 🙂





Whole 30: Day 2-4 Complete!

We were gone over the weekend, and blogging via iPad just isn’t exciting.

Here’s a recap on the weekend and what I ate to stay on track with the Whole 30!


Friday: (Day 2)

Breakfast: I seriously cannot remember, but it’s written down in my journal and will look soon!

Lunch: Leftover pork stir fry (AMAZING)

Dinner: Almond crusted chicken, banana and almonds (in the car)


Saturday: (Day 3)

Breakfast: Sausage patties and pepper/onion omelet topped with avocado sauce

Lunch: Boiled shrimp, homemade cocktail sauce, guacamole and cucumbers, and assorted melon

Dinner: Almond crusted pork chop, guacamole, assorted fruit, and cucumbers. 


Sunday: (Day 4)

Breakfast: Banana and almonds (lame I know.. I was in a hurry!)

Lunch: Sweet potato hash, mushrooms sauteed, eggs, avocado sauce, grass fed sausage, and salsa

Dinner: Pineapple Chicken Skewers with sweet potato with ghee. 
I obviously have iphone photos (sorry still no REAL photos yet…) to share, but I’ll insert them in tomorrow.

Right now, it’s bedtime. 5:00AM workout tomorrow, and there are burpees in my near future. (ouch!)


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