Easy Green Monster Sauce
I’ve started the January Whole30 a couple of days ago so over the weekend, I did a bunch of meal prep to get me through my first few days back to work after the holiday break. Have you ever done a Whole30? If you haven’t, the basic concept is to get back to eating whole foods. You ditch all sugars (yes, even natural ones like honey), alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods, and baked goods. Even baked goods with approved ingredients are off limits. It forces you to concentrate on eating foods in their natural forms, hence the WHOLE in Whole30. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have delicious meals, ready to go in 30 minutes and on a budget! Which is what I’m going to focus on bringing you this month! Whole30 recipes that are fast, cheap, and easy to create! Let’s start with this Whole30 Green Monster Sauce, shall we?
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I’ve found that creating meals that are pleasing to the eye is just as important as pleasing to the taste buds. Now, that doesn’t mean that a big bowl of food that’s all the same color isn’t tasty. I absolutely love pasta with roasted cauliflower and garlic and that’s all one color! Or one of our most favorite meals as babies and childhood was/is creamed cauliflower and rice (I know, sounds strange, doesn’t it? It’s actually delicious!). But having a variety of colors on your plate is not only good for your health but also for your digestive track. So, while on Whole30, try to create a well balanced plate with a variety of colors! You’ll get more vitamins and minerals in each meal if you do so!
For example, don’t just roast a chicken, mash some potatoes, and call it a day. Add in some healthy fats with a sliced avocado, steam some spinach, or roast some purple cauliflower to add variety to your dinner plate. Or combine all of that into a sauce and pour it all over that chicken! Introducing the completely Whole30, easy Whole30 Green Monster Sauce! This sauce lives up to its name, trust me! Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and viola, 3 minutes later you’ve got a delicious sauce that’s good on just about everything. I don’t recommend you put it on fruit. That might not be the best idea. 😉
Whole30 Green Monster Sauce
This green monster sauce can also be a tasty dressing for salads as well. Thin it out with a bit of water and pour it over a bed of lettuces or spinach with bacon! Use it as a marinade for chicken tenders or pour it over your steak! It’s super versatile. While it doesn’t freeze all that well, it will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. If you’re a single person, cut the recipe in half unless you’ve got guests to feed. I’m single and this recipe made too much for just me. I ended up taking it to work and giving it to people in my office to taste test! It’s so easy to make that you could, quite easily, make 1/2 a recipe once a week so it’s always fresh!
Look for many more budget-friendly Whole30 recipes this month. If you need more inspiration, try one of these great meals below!
Whole30 Green Monster Sauce
- 1 avocado
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 jalapeno seeds removed
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tsp, each salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup walnuts
In a food processor, combine all ingredients (except for the nuts) 1-2 minutes, or until smooth.
Add walnuts (or whatever nut you've decided to use) and blend till smooth and sauce-like.
Refrigerate after use for up to 5 days.
You can also use pecans, pistachios, or tahini instead of the walnuts, if desired. I just happened to have a bunch of walnuts on hand from Christmas baking but go "nuts"! *pun intended 😉