Saturday, January 31, 2015

Whole Family Whole30 Wk4

We're nearing the end of our first 30 days of the Whole 30 plan. We've made some allowances and adjustments this week for the children. Their bodies seem to be craving more food than before, so we've had to replenish our snack foods of bananas, apples and pears more than usual. My husband and I did treat ourselves to some Coconut Milk Ice Cream and store bought kefir/kombucha soda. Overall it's been a really great plan and we hope to make it a regular eating strategy. I think the only times we'll go off plan is when it comes to visiting others or being away from home during meal time. All week we were sick with a cold/cough that never wanted to let go. However, we stuck to our good foods, stayed positive by supporting each other, and lost more weight.

Things we talked about with the kids this week was what they missed most. We hoped we could find new recipes to accommodate for what we felt was getting left out or being craved. Most common was quick foods such as PB&J sandwiches, Breakfast Cereal, Cow's Milk and Cheese.
*We learned that cheese can be addicting for a good, scientific reason!
*We decided the kids could try cow's milk again if they really didn't enjoy Almond Milk.
*We found a recipe for Cinnamon Apple Cereal that was compliant to Whole30.
*Our Costco finally stocked Almond Butter at a price we could afford to use regularily.


Our Whole Family Whole30 Meal Plan (here) gave me good ideas for our fourth week. I found most of the recipes using Pinterest and my own recipes. Yet, finally at a point where I'm making my own versions or creating without looking at the recipe. [Print Week 4 Menu Here]

Wk4 Day22
B: Scrambled Eggs w Pineapple and Grapes
Eggs w Grapes-Pineapple

L: Turkey Zucchini Meatballs (leftovers) w Potato Fries
Turkey Poppers w Potato Fries Turkey Nuggets and Fries
Snack: Grapes and Blueberry Pomegranate Water Kefir

S: Pomegranate Habanero Shredded Beef (pinterest) with Green Beans

Hubby's Take-Out
Hubbys Takeout Eggs w Grapes-Pineapple

Wk4 Day23
B: Bacon Butternut Squash Hash
Bacon Butternut Squash Apple Hash
L: Tuna Cucumber Salad

Snack: Dried Apple Slices

S: Coconut Lime Crusted Chicken (recipe) w Cilantro Cauli-Rice
Coconut Lime Crusted Chicken w Cilantro Caulirice
*Made the breading w Coconut Flour, and do not recommend it. It was VERY dry and powdery. The rice was the same kind of texture and color making it a very bland choice. Add some greens and use almond flour.

Wk4 Day24
B: Bell Pepper Flowers w Eggs
Flower Power Fried Eggs
L: Strawberry Spinach Chicken Salad w Pomegranate Vinagrette
*Vinagrette: Pom Juice, Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, Rosemary, Onion and S&P blended
Strawberry Chicken Salad w Pom Vinagrette
Snack: Dried Apple Slices

S: Pomegranate Pork Chops (leftovers) w Green Beans

Wk4 Day25
B: Cinnamon Apple Crunch Cereal
Cinnamon Apple Crunch for cold cereal Cinnamon Apple Crunch for cold cereal
L: Chicken Salad over lettuce w Berries and Clementines
*Cold Chicken, Celery, Apple, Grn Onion, Slivered Almonds, Mayo, Dijon Mustard
Chicken Apple Salad w fruit Chicken Apple Salad
Snack: Celery w Almond Butter

S: Venison Bologna w Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes

Wk4 Day26
B: Blueberry Mango Chia Popscicles (w a hint of cloves)
Blueberry Mango Chia Popsicles w clove
L: Deli Meat Sandwiches (Chicken or Beef) w Sweet Peppers and Carrot Sticks

Deli Rotisseri Chicken Wraps w Bell Peppers n Carrots
Snack: Jicama and Carrots w Guac

S: Slowcooker Chicken Vegetable Soup

*Chicken, Broth, Carrots, Celery, Onion, Bean Sprouts, Seasoning 
Chicken Soup w bean sprouts
Hubby's Take-Out

Hubbys Takeout Deli Wraps w Carrot sticks
Wk4 Day27
B: Scrambled Eggs w Broccoli and Sausage

L: Taco Salad or Sweet Potato Chip Nachos (w beef premade Day15)
Taco Salad Taco w Caulirice and Sw Potato Chips
Snack: Mixed Berries w Coconut Whipped Cream
Paleo Angelfood Cake w Berries and Coconut Whip Cream
S: Chicken Drummies and Sweet Potato Fries

Wk4 Day28
B: Baked Cinnamon Pears

L: Bratwurst and Veggie Chips

Snack: Salami and Pickles

S: Basil Tomato Sauce and Ground Beef w Zucchini Noodles "zoodles"

Some other ideas you might try
Grilled New York Strip and Sweet Potato Salad with Chili Lime Dressing (pinterest)
Paleo Chicken Tenders (recipe, omit honey) with Julienne Veggie StirFry (pinterest or this Rainbow Slaw)
Slow cooker Chicken Fajitas (served in lettuce) (pinterest)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Whole Family Whole30 Wk3

This week was a tough one. I think there is a point when you just want your typical, quick foods like cereal, yogurt, chicken nuggets, PB&J sandwiches and such because you know they exist - even if not in your cupboards. Yet, we were able to resist knowing that it wouldn't make us feel good later. Again, unpreparedness has been the wedge between me and my kitchen success. Trying to resume life not focused on the food and food prep and doing dishes… we found ourselves in panic mode wondering what to do since the meat wasn't thawed, we didn't have an ingredient, the kids ate the ingredients when I wasn't looking, or the main chefs were ill.

All that aside, the food was delicious - every bit of it! My kids and husband started helping more in the kitchen, actually making the meals! We discovered new favorites and everyone is eating more off their plate. Our Whole Family Whole30 Meal Plan (here) gave me good ideas for our third week. I found most of the recipes using Pinterest and my own recipes.

Wk3 Day 15
B: Baked Pears and Cranberries w Whipped Orange Coconut Cream (recipe)
  w Bacon Strips
Baked Cran-Pear w Orange Coconut Cream Baked Cran-Pear w Orange Coconut Cream
Baby Food: *Pureed Pear-Cranberry Bake w bacon bits
Baked Cran-Pear w Orange Coconut Cream Baby Puree
L: Bell Pepper Crust Sandwiches w Sweet Potato Chips

Snack: Key Lime Pie (recipe)
Paleo Key Lime Pie
S: Zoodles or Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs (pinterest)
*Used beef for MBs & premade Day27 taco meat.
Spaghetti Squash - MBs - Tomato Sauce
Hubby's Take-Out
Burger w Veggies and Guac, Clementine, Sweet Potato Chips and Larabar. Kefir Lemonade
Hubby TakeOut Day15

Wk3 Day 16
B: Scrambled Eggs w Sausage and Broccoli
w Apple or Orange Slices
Broccoli Scrambled Eggs w Turkey Sausage
L: Pan-Fried Cod Fish (recipe) (or fish tacos) w Coleslaw
*Used remaining fish fillets from Wk1
Coconut Cod w Balsamic Vingrt Coleslaw
*Baby Food: Fish and Sautéed Carrots
Baby Coconut Cod w Saute Carrots
*Coleslaw: Balsamic Vinaigrette w Red Cabbage, Red Onion, Carrots and Broccoli
Balsamic Vinagrette Coleslaw wRed Cabbage-Onion-Carrot-Broccoli
Snack: Apricot Coconut Bites (recipe)

S: Very Veggie Meatloaf (recipe) and Potatoes w sauerkraut and homemade ketchup
*Premade/Frozen Wk1
Very Veggie Meatloaf w Potatoes n Kraut
Hubby's Take-Out
Hubbys Takeout Broccoli Scrambled Eggs w Turkey Sausage Hubbys Takeout Coconut Cod w Balsamic Vingrt Coleslaw

Wk3 Day 17
B: Avocado Lime Devilled Eggs (recipe) w Apple Slices
Avocado Devilled Eggs w Fruit - Dragonflies Avocado Devilled Eggs w Fruit
L: Gyro Italian Salad
Gyro Italian Salad
Snack: Ham and Pickles
S: Pork Tenderloin and Broccoli w Baked Pumpkin Apples
Pork Tend-Broccoli-PumpkinAppleCranb
Hubby's Take-Out
Hubbys takeout Avocado Devilled Eggs w Fruit Hubbys Takeout Pork Tend-Broccoli-PumpkinAppleCranb

Wk3 Day 18
B: Bacon Brussel Sprouts (hearts and faces)
Bacon Brussel Sprouts breakfast - heart Bacon Brussel Sprouts - smile
L: Turkey Zucchini Poppers w [Coconut Cream] Fruit Salad (recipe)
*used canned fruit in 100% juice
Turkey Zucchini Nuggets w Guac and Fruit
Snack: Almond Butter and Banana Slice Mini Sandwiches
S: Leftovers
Hubby's Take-Out
Hubbys Takeout Bacon Brussels

Wk3 Day 19
B: Blueberry-Mango Chia Pudding
L: Venison Bologna w Creamy Cucumber Salad
Venison Bologna w Creamy Cucumber Salad
Snack: Kombucha and Larabar
S: BBQ Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups w Green Beans and Pickles

Wk3 Day 20
B: Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed w Almonds
Bacon Wrapped Dates w Almonds
L: Grilled Kabobs (beef, onion, sw pepper)
w sweet potato fries or broccoli
Beef Kabobs on Grill
Snack: Frozen Bananas
S: Grilled Chicken w Pineapple Salsa w Chef Salad

Wk3 Day 21
B: Fried Cinn Apple Bacon & Pineapple w Sweet Potato chips

L: Orange Chicken w Bean Sprouts and Broccoli
Orange Chicken Stirfry
Snack: Choc Berry Date Bites
*Food Processor: Freeze Dried Berries, Carob Powder, unswt Coconut Flakes, Cashews, Almond Butter, Coconut Oil, Dates. (Pinterest has many ideas for Date Bites/Bars!)
Choc Berry Date Bites w Coconut Cashew Carob
S: Pomegranate Ginger Pork Chops (recipe) w green beans
Hubbys Takeout Pom Ginger Chops w Green Beans


*Always look over your grocery list and cross off items you still have in your fridge, pantry and freezer. Especially if you buy in bulk, or froze double batches of a meal from the previous week! Below are all the groceries you’ll need if starting all over.



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