- 1 tablespoon ghee
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup baby red potatoes, cut in half
- ½ red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- 1 zucchini, sliced into ½" rounds
- 1 cup green beans
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon mustard seed
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger powder
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- pinch of fennel seeds
- pinch of cloves
- pinch of cinnamon
- pinch of cayenne
- ½ pound salmon filet, fresh or frozen
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- salt and pepper
- basil, shredded
- If your salmon is frozen, soak in room temperature water for 30 ish minutes prior to cooking your curry!
- Chop and prep all of your veggies.
- Heat a medium pot over medium-low heat with 1 tablespoon ghee, yellow onion, ginger and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- After 5 minutes, add in potatoes, bell pepper, zucchini, green beans, coconut milk, lemon juice, and all spices. Stir, and simmer pot over medium to medium-low heat until the potatoes are soft. (About 15-20 minutes.)
- Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450.
- Coat your salmon with 1 teaspoon ghee, salt and pepper. Put it on a baking sheet in the oven for 8-12 minutes.
- Cut your salmon filet into two equal filets, and serve it over your curry. Top each bowl with basil.
- EAT UP.
This Whole30 thing is, like, a big deal on the internet. I know A LOT of people who are doing it right now, or are starting it soon. And honestly I get it. The core of the plan sounds amazing. For those of you who maybe haven’t heard of Whole30, it’s a 30 day “clean-eating” meal plan that focuses on real foods. So you’re back to the basics – protein, vegetables, fruits, and fats. NO sugar, legumes, dairy, soy, alcohol, grains, or processed additives. In essence, it’s trying to focus you back on the foods that your great great great grandparents would recognize as food. And that’s something I can get down with.
I spent a full afternoon sitting at my desk reading about Whole30 and considering doing it. I thought, I’ve been eating too much sugar and too many grains recently. This could be a great way to cut back on that. So I started to think about a meal plan, started to consider all of the things I would have to cut out. And something strange happened – I started to get excited. But not a WOO THIS PARTY IS AWESOME kind of excitement. It was something darker than that. It was an old kind of excitement. One that I thought I had parted with. It was the kind of excitement that said – you can lose some weight if you do this. That is a voice that I carried with me through the two most miserable years of my life. That same voice had me exercising twice a day, and feeling guilty for the oatmeal I ate in the morning. That voice lead me from weight watchers to calorie counting to veganism. That voice took away so much of my life.
Now I know that Whole30 is not technically a “diet.” There is no limit to how much you can eat. But I am a person who is now and probably always will be in a recovering relationship with food and my body. And I would venture to guess that there are quite a few more people like me out there in the world. (In fact, I’d dare to say it’s probably a majority of us humans.) I simply can not approach this clean-eating plan from a healthy mental state. Maybe I will be able to in the future, but for now it’s off the table. I’d guess that if some of you are really honest with yourself, you’d say the same thing.
I’m not saying that eating this way some or most of the time isn’t healthy. Because I fully endorse this kind of eating! Eat all the plants you can, man. But what I am saying is that health isn’t one dimensional. It isn’t solely about your body – it’s also about your mind. If you are mentally healthy enough to approach the Whole30 plan with the goal of just being a little healthier then HELL YES. DO IT. But if you are like me, and the idea of a clean eating plan gives you that twitch of twisted excitement that says “you aren’t good enough now, but you might be after you do this.” THEN THROW IT OUT THE WINDOW. Maybe you have one day of the week or one dinner of the week that you devote to Whole30-style meals instead. Or maybe your just cut yourself some slack and you continue to do the best you can day by day.
Health is a balancing act, and it looks different for every person. Some people can do the Whole30 plan with no chance of risking their mental health. Others can’t. As for me, I’m going to happily eat my Whole30 Approved Salmon and Potato Curry and then continue on with my life as is – knowing that I did something kind to my body. We all grow and change and journey in different ways. Celebrate your successes, and know that it’s okay if your path doesn’t look like others. (Just as it’s okay if your body doesn’t look like others.) YOU ARE VALID. You are already whole.