Thoughts from a 20-something stumbling through adulthood

Whole30, Day 5: My boyfriend ate cauliflower rice and didn’t hate it.

So, this happened:

College Lindsey would probably hate August 2017 Lindsey.

I am now one of those people who eats carrot chips and homemade guac while reading the Whole30 book. I am as concerned about this as you are. Look for an upcoming post, “How Not to Be a Jerk on Whole30.”

But that’s for another day. Today’s post is about how I made my boyfriend eat cauliflower rice and he actually liked it.

Demonstrating how one properly squeezes a lime.

Some background on Morgan: He is a meat-and-potatoes type of guy. (Both of which are allowed on Whole30, I know, but bear with me.) He cooks almost every night, and is one of those people who can whip together something delicious from whatever he has on hand.

That being said, those meals almost always include Whole30 no-nos like rice, bread, salad dressing, butter and alcohol (emphasis on that last one).

When I started Whole30, I was a little worried about being “that girl” who needs special foods and can’t eat McDonald’s. So I entered into this first cooking-for-Morgan foray with caution.

But of course, as always, he was great about it. Together, we made chili-lime shrimp and cauliflower rice, and let me tell you, it was a) easy, and b) delicious.

Chili-lime rice (from the Whole30 cookbook) and cauliflower rice

(A note about the cauliflower rice: I bought it frozen and pre-cut at Whole Foods, and I can say with confidence that I do not regret it. A lot of people shred their own cauliflower, but for me, $2.97 is worth the time/energy/sliced fingers that would result from trying to make my own.)

One of the most interesting challenges of Whole30 has been finding new ways to socialize with my people that don’t involve going out to eat/drink. But honestly, I’ve found that cooking together is just as fun – maybe even more fun – than going to a bar or restaurant.

And I haven’t even mentioned the best part about this day. I went to Costco (samples), Sonic (cheddar bites), and a craft fair (food trucks), and did not give in! I was scarfing almonds the whole time, but still, I didn’t give in.

Oh hot dogs, how I miss you.

This month (and every month), walking past someone handing you a FREE egg roll sample is obviously a huge win. To celebrate, I will eat more carrots.