21DSD Category

Tandoori Chicken Tacos

In the freezer aisle of my local New Seasons, there is a Tandoori Chicken Burrito that I crave like nobody’s business. Not too long ago, after a particularly rough week, I actually cried because I wanted one so badly. Side note: if that’s not food addiction, I don’t know what is. The problem with this […]

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Homemade Whole30 Mayo

Russians consume more mayonnaise than any other population in the world, so I guess it’s not that much of a surprise that it is probably my favorite condiment of all time. Unfortunately, the store-bought mayonnaise options are pretty lacking in quality, taste, price or any combination of the three. You can go the super processed […]

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Curry for One (Whole30)

As you may already know, I live with my boyfriend Nick, and while he is an absolutely wonderful human, there are few who can stand to eat curry as often as I crave it. This has led to a lot of “protein two ways” dinners, but this dish in particular, featuring my Thai red curry […]

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The Perfect Steamed Egg

You guys know I love eggs. I mean, it’s literally in my name. I’ve got a lot of egg recipes here, but my Perfect Boiled Eggs are probably what I refer back to most – I use them in so many recipes (like my Top Secret Deviled Eggs)! I’m pleased to report, I now have […]

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No-Grill Roasted Peppers

I love roasted peppers. I particularly love spicy roasted peppers like Anaheim or jalapeño and when it gets warm, I want them on everything. A great quickie accompaniment to just about any meal, these no-grill no-gas oven-roasted peppers are so easy and you can make them no matter what your grilling setup or pepper preference may be! […]

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Master Class: Whole30 Pickled Onions

I recently decided it was time to add some more tricks to my kitchen tool belt. I am always researching, reading, and learning something new, but I wanted to share some of that with you guys as I go “back to basics” and learn how to do a few things I’ve never done before. Starting […]

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Heritage: Lena’s Chicken Shkvarky (Crackling Spread)

I seriously could not think of a better debut recipe for my new blog series which I first talked a little bit about this in an Instagram post a few weeks ago. Heritage:Upgraded will feature Whole30/21DSD-compliant and Paleo recreations of the Russian, Ukrainian, Ashkenazi, and Jewish-American cuisine of my heritage and my childhood. Some of […]

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Five Minute Friday: Classic Baked Garlic

I tend to make baked garlic a lot more often in the colder months, but I’ve been craving it lately and thought it would make a perfect little Five Minute Friday since that is quite literally all you need to make it happen. Admittedly, the garlic does cook for a while, but the prep is […]

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Meal Prep: Big Batch Veggies

This is quite a simple and straightforward recipe, if you can even call it that, but it’s a weekly meal prep essential for me! I wanted to get this one up, but moving forward, all of my meal prep recipes will go up on Mondays. I like to use frozen vegetables for most of this, […]

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Perfect Pecan Butter

A little while ago, I ordered some creamy pecan butter from a Whole30 Approved brand and practically inhaled the jar in the span of a week. I don’t eat peanuts anymore (because they make me feel icky) and almond butter just does not do it for me, but this… this was practically witchcraft. Unfortunately, the […]

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Friends’ Favorite Foods: Andrea’s Massaman Curry

Despite it being mid-March, we’re still at times in the throes of winter so it seemed like a perfect day for my next Whole30-fied dish. My friend Andrea’s favorite, Massaman curry, is a fairly mild Thai curry with Muslim roots and is typically made with chicken or lamb. Let’s just clear the air and acknowledge […]

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Spicy Tomato Magic

I first tasted this perfection when my friend Dave brought some over for a game night a while back. It was an original creation of his and I could not get enough. Unfortunately, when I asked for the recipe, there was added sweetener. So naturally I stole the idea and made my own, Whole30 compliant […]

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