This week our family faced temptations of Donut Sunday at church, free treats and pizza at work, being away from home during meal time, and last minute changes in the menu. We overcame them all with great success! By having our plan in front of us, great meal portions with satisfying foods, we were able to not be caught in a moment of desperate hunger. This week our children have been gracious, trying new foods and finding new likes. Their attitudes have been more pleasant and attentive. As a family we seemed to have more energy to start the new year with fun projects and a whole house cleaning. My husband and I have less fatigue = more energy, stayed healthy while encountering people in high flu season, feel well rested, can multi-task with no brain fog = better focus. All that is the real highlight, but in addition the two of us both lost 5-7 lbs each!
This is our first week on the Whole Family Whole30 Meal Plan (click for details & other weeks). Check the Meal Plan for links to the recipes and add them to your Pinterest board or recipe box! Look below for changes or add-ons we made marked with a (*) to accommodate for our family's size and tastes. A few pictures feature the child size portion, baby food version or leftovers for my husband's work meals.
*Grocery List and Menu PDF TO PRINT here!
B: Blueberry Coconut Chia Pudding
*We used chia, almond milk, coconut flakes, frozen blueberries and a little orange juice
L: Baked Chicken w/ Pineapple Salsa (or Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs)
*add a side of cauli-rice, whole green onion, greens, and/or dried apples
Snack: Tea & sliced apples
S: Lemon Pepper Cod / Tilapia
with Steamed Spinach and Summer Squash Sauté
B: Egg Muffins with Hot Cinnamon Apple Slices (recipe)
L: Strawberry Chicken Spinach Salad w Poppyseed Dressing
*Baked extra chicken with Hawaiian Chicken Day1. Cut up for salad. Toasted almonds in coconut oil.
Snack: Salami wrapped pickles
*You could add Ghee or leave plain
S: Taco Salad with (leftover) Pineapple Salsa
B: Hard Baked Eggs, Grapes & Banana, and Homemade Turkey Sausage (or Chicken Apple Sausage)
*Make ahead: Bake Eggs in Muffin pan 350* for 30min. Soak in cold water until chilled. Store dry in fridge.
L: Bell Pepper Crust Deli Sandwiches with Jicama, Cucumber and Guac
Snack: Pistachios, Raisins and Lime Water
S: Oven Roasted Turkey with Broccoli and Mashed Potatoes (or Cauli-rice)
B: Fried Cinnamon Bacon-Pineapple-Apple with Sweet Potato (chips)
*Baby had the bacon mix pureed then added some apple sauce.
L: Ham (or leftover turkey) Lettuce Wraps with Winter Fruit Salad
Snack: Veggies and Guac
S: Slowcooker Beef Roast with Bacon Brussel Sprouts
B: Eggs and Spaghetti Squash Hashbrowns w remaining fruit
*Drain your Sp Squash well, and DONT use a waffle iron - (what a mess).
Snack: Dried Bananas and Cashews
S: Very Veggie Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
B: Sliced Peaches with Sausage
Snack: Frozen Grapes (pin)
S: BBQ Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups w Green Beans and Dill Pickles
*We bought Kirkland Pulled Pork from Costco. A Great item to have on hand for a quick meal!
B: Scrambled Eggs w sweet peppers, avocado and bacon
w Sliced Apples
L: Tuna Cucumber Salad
*2 Cucumbers, 4 Lg Cans Tuna, 1 Bell Pepper, 1 bunch Radishes, 1/2 Onion, 2 Carrots, 1c Paleo Mayo-Tartar
Snack: Dried Apple Slices and nuts
S: Curry Chicken Stir Fry
w extra Broccoli (or Cauliflower-Rice)
*HINT: Freeze unused spinach, summer squash, grapes, diced peppers, and onions before they go bad. Dehydrate overripe bananas and other fruits. Bake sweet potatoes and zucchini into chips. Bulk meat can be premade and frozen into next week's quick meals such as meatloaf, meatballs, marinated chicken, etc.
For more tips, see this link!
*List includes items to make dressings and sauces.
SEEDS, NUTS & SEASONING
Apple Cider Vinegar
Coconut Flakes (unsweetened)
Fish Sauce (opt)
Garlic (fresh or minced, & powder)
Ghee (Clarified Butter)
Mustard, gluten free (Dijon)
Red Wine Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Seasoned Salt (opt)
Seasoning of choice for drumsticks
Taco Seasoning (recipe)
MEAT, FISH & PROTEIN
Bacon (Low Sodium Pork)
Deli Meat (Salami & Ham)
Eggs (aprx 2-3 eggs/person per meal)
Fish Cod and/or Tilapia
Ground Beef or Turkey
Oven Roasted Turkey
Sausage (pork to season, or chicken apple)
Almond or Coconut Milk (Whole30 compliant)
FRUIT & VEGGIES
Apples (fresh & dried)
Avocados (and/or Guac)
Bananas (fresh and opt dried)
Blueberries, fresh or frozen
Broccoli, fresh or frozen
Cranberries, fresh or frozen
Lettuce (Short or Long Romaine heads)
Orange (for juice)
Peaches, fresh or canned in juice
Potatoes (or more cauliflower)
Sprouts, onion or alfalfa (opt)
Summer Squash / Zucchini
Sweet Peppers (grn, red, yel, org)
Sweet Potatoes (for chips & fries)