After I sold my soul to the Whole30 devil, I found replacements for foods I had given up a long time ago. Ranch dressing was one of those things.
Around 2013 I started having an issue with dairy, so I cut it from my diet the best I could. This early dairy eradication actually helped me adapt more quickly the Whole30 lifestyle because it wasn’t a part of my daily diet.
During my second Whole30 I needed to find something that would satisfy my fast food cravings. Something that would taste like it was bad for me but was within my diet parameters. After trolling Pinterest, I figured ranch dressing would do the trick.
I am not from New Orleans and have no official connection to Mardi Gras, but I like to celebrate carnival season. I tell myself that it helps me get through NYC winters and gives me something to look forward to.
Normally I don’t eat king cake until closer to Fat Tuesday, but I may have a hurricane, or three, as the season ramps up to our annual Mardi Gras party. But, as I was inundated with king cake pictures on Instagram this morning, I remembered I am doing a post-holiday Whole30, and there will be no hurricanes until February.
Andy and I spent the day cleaning the apartment and taking down the Christmas decorations, and I could use a festive reward. But, I will have to stick with my noodle-less chicken soup, water, and this annoying SVU marathon that’s on tonight.
If you are celebrating Epiphany, or the start of carnival, have a drink for me!