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Dill Pickle Soup - My Favorite Whole30 Recipe

If you follow me on Instagram, you likely know that I am doing a round of Whole30. I did Whole30 last year and loved the results - I felt healthier and had more energy. Now that I am doing my second Whole30, I feel like an old pro when it comes to organizing/meal prep and having go-to delicious recipes that are Whole30 compliant. My favorite dinner recipe (by far!) is this Dill Pickle Soup. It is so flavorful, filling, and different from the usual Whole30 recipes (...anyone else get SO sick of eggs?!) This recipe is great because "non-dieters" will love it as well and it can easily be made Vegan and Paleo- just note my substitutions below.


 

Ingredients
*makes four servings

  • 3 cups chicken broth (*substitute vegetable broth to make it vegetarian/vegan)
  • 3 small white potatoes, peeled and quartered (*substitute sweet potato to make it Paleo)
  • 2 large carrots, chopped and cut into bite size chunks
  • 3-4 dill pickles, chopped and cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 cup of cauliflower, diced
  • 2 tbsps coconut oil
  • 3 tbsps tapioca flour 
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup of dill pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, pepper and cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small pot bring the cauliflower pieces to a boil. Cook for 4-5 minutes once boiling. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, combine broth, potatoes, carrots and coconut oil. Bring to a boil and cook until 8-10 minutes - until the potatoes are tender. 
  3. Add the chopped dill pickles and continue to boil. 
  4. While the soup is cooking, combine in a food processor (or blender if need be) the cauliflower, coconut oil, tapioca flour and water. Blend until creamy
  5. Slowly pour the creamy mixture into the soup; stirring constantly
  6. Add the pickle juice, salt, pepper and cayenne. Cook 5 more minutes and remove from heat. Serve immediately. Optional garnish with fresh dill and paprika.

Notes

  1. Since you are now allowed potatoes on Whole30, i gladly used potatoes for this recipe. You can however substitute with sweet potatoes, but it definitely changes the flavor profile!
  2. When making the "thickener" feel free to add more cauliflower or tapioca starch until you reach a consistency you are happy with. 
  3. Note: This recipe is a Whole30 / healthy take on the amazing Dill Pickle soup recipe by Noble Pig.

Day to Night Style

 
Work Day Look: Blazer // Royal Blue Top c/o // Belt // Skinny Pants // Similar Boots // Handbag

As any busy working woman knows, your clothes need to be versatile. The less time you need to spend changing for different events or activities in your day the better! For today’s post I wanted to show you 2 looks – a day and a night – that use the same staple pieces.

The royal blue top is the real showstopper of this day to night look. The bold blue color exudes confidence – making it a perfect piece for the office. Worn under a black blazer with a belt it makes a statement while being completely boardroom ready. Seeing as it is the middle of winter, I knew I wanted a work look that featured boots. My calf-height low-heeled boots are ones I love during the winter months. The mid-calf height is work appropriate, and your feet stay warm and dry.

To take the outfit into post-work dinner or drinks I swapped out the boots for sparkly high heels. This has the added bonus of showing off the fun detail on the pants that were hidden in the work look. To complete the nighttime look, I simply removed the blazer & belt, and added a statement necklace & clutch. The one shoulder cut to this shirt really makes an impression, as does the unique hem! 


Night Look: Royal Blue Top c/o // Skinny Pants // Clutch

The royal blue top is from Downtown Chic boutique. This is a female-owned boutique that specializes in carrying pieces that do exactly what this blue top does – takes you from your work day to a night out. While this is my personal favorite item from DTC, they have a number of great pieces, and I highly recommend checking them out! You can get 15% off your order from Downtown Chic with the code LLB15

 The other items I am wearing in this post are linked up in the widget below. As always, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about sizing, quality, etc. of any items I share here on LLB! Just leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you!

In other news, I am now 24-hours post-my Los Angeles trip and I am already having LA withdrawals haha. I had the most amazing few days, and can’t wait to head back there again soon. The good news is, I have now discovered how cheap round trip flights from Vancouver to Los Angeles are (under $300!!) and I have a fair bit of blog related work on the horizon in LA; so I am planning on getting back there every 2-3 months!

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 *thank you to Downtown Chic Boutique for sponsoring this post
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Top Posts of 2017


I know we are already 10 days into 2017, but I have had so much content that I've wanted to share with you all (my velour suit and my favorite Whole30 approved lunch recipe for example) that I am just now getting to share with you a round-up of the top posts from LegalLee Blonde last year. Did you catch all 5 of these posts?!

In other news- I am off to Los Angeles today and could not be more excited!! Follow along on instagram and twitter for updates on my trip... and to see which other fashion bloggers I am meeting up with while i am there! There are so many great women! Hints: one blogger has purple hair, one was my roomie at NYFW, and one shares a blog/instagram jointly with another blogger.... Any guesses who any of these women are?!

While you mull over those clues; let me get back to today's post! Below are the 5 most popular posts on LegalLee Blonde from 2017.

#5: How To Wear Over The Knee Boots to Work
 This post being one of the five most popular LegalLee Blonde posts of 2017 definitely surprised me! I had no idea so many of you liked OTK boots or, more specifically, style tip type of posts. I'll definitely be doing more of these this year. Be sure to click the title above to check out this post if you missed it! 


 The Mezzi handbags are definitely a cool item - they have phone chargers built in so you can charge your cell on the go. Brilliant right?! Sadly, they appear to no longer be making bags (or at least be on pause). I do LOVE this pale pink suit though and I'm glad that so many of you did as well! 

 It warms my heart that this post resonated with so many of you. While I adore fashion (clearly!) it means so much to me that I have this platform and you - my dedicated and amazing readers - who allow me to share more than just fashion; and who allow me to inspire you and motivate you in your lives and your careers. I am truly, truly grateful. If you missed this post and don't know what I mean by "an 'And' Person" check it out and let me know your thoughts! I hope I can inspire you! 

 I still wear this coat almost daily as my commuting to the office coat. I love how luxe it looks - but it was under $50!! I've updated this post with my top picks for coats that are available (and on sale) right now, so don't miss out on that! 

And the #1 most popular post on LegalLee Blonde in 2017 was...

#1: 2017 Work Appropriate Fashion Trends
  
I love that this post was the most popular post of 2017! I love it because it is great to see that so many young professional women are interested in using fashion as a way to express themselves, even when at the office. There is nothing wrong with following fashion trends and being on the lookout for those that can be styled in a work appropriate way.

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