Whole 30 Meal Plan — Week 5 (THE LAST WEEK!)

Whole 30 Week Five Meal Plan

Woo hoo! It’s the final week and all I can think of is “just get food on the table until it’s over.” My creativity is gone with the wind, and I don’t mean Gone With The Wind Fabulous. While that may sound sort of boring, I actually think it’s an indicator of success. By the time I get to the end of the Whole 30 I’m basically eating because I have a need to nourish, not to feed any cravings or particular emotions. SCORE!

Monday

Breakfast: will be the same all week. I made Italian Brunch Bake and roasted up some brussels sprouts. Breakfast in boxes all week long!
Lunch: Rogan Josh (straight out of Well Fed. HOLY CRAP this is a simple, but flavorful dish.)
Dinner: A variation on Nom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Kalua Pig (smoked paprika instead of bacon. Oh bacon, how I miss thee!)

Tuesday

Lunch: Taco Salad, because OBVIOUSLY.
Dinner: Turkey Satay Burgers + Broccoli Slaw +Green Goddess Cauliflower Rice (h/t for pointing me in that direction Tara!)

Wednesday

Lunch: Roasted Shrimp (riff on this recipe) + Green Beans (the microwavable Trader Joe’s kind
Dinner: Ground Beef with Baharat (Paleo-ified) over Spaghetti Squash

Thursday

Lunch: Chicken Salad with Avocados + Sliced Cucumber
Dinner: Burgers TBD + Roasted Broccoli + Sweet Potato Fries

No idea what to do with the burgers Thursday night, so riddle me this…what is your FAVORITE way to make/dress/serve a burger?

Happy Last week of Whole 30 you all! Thanks for keeping me (mostly) inspired in the kitchen! ha!

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Whole 30 Meal Plan – Week Four

Whole 30 Week Four Meal Plan

So! I’m a few days late, but I promise I’ve still been meal planning. This is the last FULL WEEK of the Whole 30. Can you even believe that? Just yesterday we were talking about Make Ahead Meals and now we are less than 10 days from finishing. My mind is BLOWN! It’s going by pretty fast I think, and a stocked fridge and a menu plan full of ideas just keeps me chugging along.

My strategy this week is to rely on leftovers. I’m making a few larger meals for dinner and then serving them up for lunch the next day. I’m also still relying on some convenience food (Trader Joe’s Turkey Burgers and Microwave Green Beans mostly) but hey…ya gotta do what ya gotta do!

Monday

Breakfast: will be the same all week. I made an egg casserole with Chorizo + Kale + Onions and roasted up some butternut squash. Breakfast in boxes all week long!
Lunch: Leftovers (we did some fridge clean out)
Dinner: Rogan Josh (straight out of Well Fed. HOLY CRAP this is a simple, but flavorful dish.)

Tuesday

Lunch: Leftover Rogan Josh
Dinner: Paleo Minestrone Soup

Wednesday

Lunch: Leftover Minestrone
Dinner: Kielbasa Steamer with Stir Fry Sauce (Less recipe more method: Chop up Cauliflower, Carrots and Broccoli and steam with Kielbasa over the top. Serve up with Ghee and Stir Fry Sauce. Plain. Simple. Delicious.)

Thursday

Lunch: Trader Joe’s Turkey Burgers and Green Beans. Sounds kinda simple and boring but I am LOVING this meal right now.
Dinner: Turkey Curry Shepherd’s Pie

Friday

Lunch: Leftover Shepherd’s Pie
Dinner: Pork Chops — TBD — if you have a suggestion I’d love to hear it. Also, roasted brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Saturday

We are going to be gone at another all day event on Saturday — CrossFit competition season is beginning and we really enjoy spectating. Last week this is what we packed up to take with us:
Heading out to an all day event. #whole30 on the road!

Sunday

I’ll post a new menu on Sunday! THE LAST MENU. Yesssssssssssssss!

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So how many of you are still going strong?

Have a great week everyone!

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Whole 30 Meal Plan – Week Three (Plus New Homework!)

This will be lunch! Thanks @cookingcaveman

Twelve days in and I have already lost my desire to be creative in the kitchen. This time around I have a lot more going on in my work life, so this week I have to put kitchen creativity low on my priority list. I still want to make delicious, compliant meals but I think there will be little pomp and circumstance surrounding them.

This week I’m not trying any new recipes and I actually picked up some convenience food at Costco and Trader Joe’s yesterday, including: chicken sausages, pre packed microwave in bag green beans, pre-chopped kale, and frozen turkey burgers. All will be yummy yet will require very little brain power. Plus, I’m calling in the big convenience guns and doing breakfast for dinner one night.

Whole 30 Week Three Meal Plan

Sunday meals are going to be slapdash. Garrett isn’t around so I’m sort of slapping together leftovers and doing food prep today. Nothing exciting, but definitely sustaining.

Monday

Breakfast: will be the same all week. Beef + Spinach Egg Casserole. The recipe will be on the blog this week!
Lunch: Cinnamon Beef Stew This is a total repeat and I don’t even care. It’s awesome, I made a batch this morning and it will work for lunch for two days. Score!
Dinner: Paleo Krabby Patties with homemade tartar sauce, salad and roasted golden beets.

Tuesday

Lunch:Cinnamon Beef Stew
Dinner:
Breakfast for dinner

Wednesday

Lunch: Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers I really enjoyed these last week so I made another batch for lunches this week.
Dinner: Trader Joe’s Turkey Burgers with Zucchini + Sweet Potato Fries

Thursday

Lunch: Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers
Dinner: Paleo Chicken Piccata + Salad +Steamed Green Beans with ghee

Friday

Lunch: Chicken Sausage over Spaghetti Squash topped with roasted kale. (This is my new fave comfort food. Sounds plain, tastes delicious.)
Dinner: Taco Salad. Convenience or not, I must have my taco salad. :)

Saturday

We are going to be gone at an all day event on Saturday so I have not planned this day at all. I’ll probably figure it out as we go. Have any suggestions for portable food that is compliant? Let me know!

Sunday

I’ll post a new menu on Sunday!

So Hey — Let’s Talk About Homework

I want to see your grocery haul, folks! Where do you go? What do you buy? What are your time savers in the kitchen? What convenience foods are helping you get through this? Show me, show me, show me! And tag your photos with #hwisc for next week’s roundup.

Have a great week everyone!

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What’s For Dinner?

We’re having WINE for dinner!

Ok, not really. But we are spending this coming weekend in Sonoma for my cousin Jim’s wedding, so our menu is somewhat short and sweet.

Monday
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Andouille with Vegetables
Dinner: Grilled Ginger Lime Shrimp + Cauliflower Rice + Salad

Tuesday
Lunch: Taco Salad (Nope, we can’t go a week without it.)
Dinner: Indian Spiced Beef Bowls with Spaghetti Squash + Salted Radishes

Wednesday
Lunch: Italian Antipasto Salad (recipe soon. It’s delish!)
Dinner: Grilled Fiesta Chicken Thighs + Broccoli + Salad

Thursday
Lunch: Flank Steak Salad with Blue Cheese
Dinner: Breakfast for dinner! (Or Mustgo!)

…and then we’re off! Long weekend in wine-country here we come!

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What’s cooking in your neck of the woods?

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What’s For Dinner?

This is a short work week for me and we are taking a long weekend in Tahoe for Fittest of the Sierras. This means I’m mostly trying to just get stuff on the table this week in anticipation of getting out of town. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s way more fun to plan vacation menus than it is to plan everyday menus!

That said, here’s what we’re chowing on:

Monday

Lunch:Grilled Chicken Salads — we have a lot of prepped grilled chicken and I don’t feel like eating it for dinner tonight. :)
Dinner: Grilled Herb Shrimp + A Basket of Grilled Veggies I want to have this side dish basically every night this summer, I swear. So pretty!
Rainbow Side Dish, about to get grilled.

Tuesday

Lunch: Taco Salad because it’s easy and because we just got in a new shipment of Carmen’s Habitual Habanero Dressing, so it’s all Garrett wants to eat.
Dinner: Chicken Thighs. Preparation as yet to be determined. + Cauliflower Rice + Steamed Broccoli

Wednesday

Lunch: Grilled Chicken Sausage + Salad
Dinner: Burgers + Avocado Broccoli Slaw + Salad

Thursday

Leftovers. Eat whatever would just sit in the house all weekend!

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This weekend isn’t even over and I’m already ready for next weekend! What’s cookin’ in your neck of the woods, folks? Any links to new fun recipes you’ve been loving? Leave ‘em in the comments.

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What’s For Dinner?

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So it’s been hot as balls over here this weekend, and apparently on Monday it’s going to rain and be in the 60s. Whatever, Mother Nature. I’m going to take advantage and roast vegetables! :) Then when it gets hot again it will be back to grilling and eating salads because the oven does not go on in this house when it is over 90 degrees.

Here’s what else we are chowing on:

Monday
Lunch: Citrus Carnitas Salad with Blackberry + Roasted Pepper Vinaigrette
Dinner: Blue Cheese Bison Burgers (I use this as the base)+ Roasted Broccoli + Sweet Potato Fries

Tuesday
Lunch: Greek Salads with Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette
Dinner: Southwest Turkey Sliders with Spicy Avocado Slaw and Sauteed Squash

Wednesday
Lunch: Cobb Salads with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Dinner: Grilled Shrimp (something spicy) + Grilled asparagus and salad

Thursday
Lunch: Taco Salad
Dinner: Indian Spiced Turkey Curry over Sauteed Greens

Friday
Lunch: Chipotle for lunch!
Dinner: Cajun Bison Sausages with Peppers + Onions and Salad

Saturday
Lunch: Brunch!
Dinner: WILD CARD — Leftovers//Mustgo//Go Out//Figure it out on the fly

Sunday
Shop!

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What’s For Dinner?

It’s grocery day again! Time to stock up on goods for this week’s sweet eats. I’m trying to get as much as I can get done early today because I think I’m getting sick. BOO. Also, we have guests stopping by at noon. Convenient, right? :) Cross your fingers for me would ya, I don’t waaaaaanna get sick!

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I’ve run myself a little ragged over the past few days and combined with EVERYONE at my job having the hacking cough plague and NOT STAYING HOME, I think I’m racing the clock of good health and time is not looking to be on my side. Operation: Afternoon Nap is definitely happening today. But not until the groceries are procured, food is prepped and guests are fed. So let’s get this party started.

Time to chat about what we’re eating:

Monday
Lunch: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salads
Dinner: Asian Beef + Cauliflower Rice Bowls (at Garrett’s request. It’s partly because he loves this dish and partly because I think he kind of misses AndreAnna)

Tuesday
Lunch: Indian Spiced Sliders (using this spice mixture) + Sliced Cucumbers + Salad
Dinner: Grilled Tuscan Chicken with Lemon + Rosemary + Broccoli + Swiss Chard

Wednesday
Lunch: Garlic + Mozzarella Chicken Sausages + Sauteed Squash with Peppers
Dinner: Chicken in Pepperoni Marinara + Caprese Salad

Thursday
Lunch: Taco Salad
Dinner: Grilled Fiesta Chicken + Roasted Cauliflower with Salsa Verde

Friday
Lunch: Grilled Chipotle Chicken Salads
Dinner: Mexican Meatza + Pizza Zucchini

Saturday
Lunch: Brunch + Shopping. Woooooooooooooooooooot!
Dinner: Leftovers/Must Go!

Sunday
Shop!

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What’s cooking in your neck of the woods, friends?

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What’s For Dinner?

Getting back to better habits...

So I made some better grocery decisions this week. I didn’t buy any meat from disreputable sources, and in fact I picked up some awesome (and delicious — I know because I sampled!) chicken sausages from the Carmichael Farmer’s Market this morning. I got two different flavors so we’ll be enjoying those for lunch this week which will be excellent because I am already feeling the pressure — this. week. is. FULL!

Hopefully I will at least be well fueled, which will help me be able to kick ass and take names! Here’s what we’re munching on:

Monday
Lunch: Leftover Garlic Pepper Pork Loin from Sunday’s Dinner + Steamed Broccoli
Dinner: Cinnamon Chipotle Sliders + Sauteed Rainbow Chard

Tuesday
Lunch: Taco Salad
Dinner: Grilled Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs + Salad

Wednesday
Lunch: Mediterranean Chicken Sausage + Caprese Salad
Dinner: Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream + Sauteed Carrots with Cumin + Orange Zest

Thursday
Lunch: Chive Chicken Sausages + Sliced Red Peppers + Strawberries
Dinner: Southwestern Turkey Burgers + Brussels Sprout Slaw

Friday
Lunch: Leftover Turkey Burgers Veggie Must Go
Dinner: Pepperoni Pizza with Cauliflower Crust + Salad

Saturday

Bridal Shower — this day is going to be a Free for All!

Sunday
Shop!

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Well it appears this week will be the first hot one in the books for my little town.
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Followed by many more, I’m sure, so instead of complaining I’m going to use this as an excuse to get some sun on my legs and enjoy some simple warm weather pleasures:

*drinking lots of water spiked with lemon juice (which is my new favorite thing EVER — juice a whole lemon into 36 oz of water, refrigerate and enjooooooooooy the refreshment)
*wearing skirts and dresse
*grilling in the backyard
*squeezing in some ultra-sweaty wods in the early evening
*and perhaps staying up a little bit too late since nothing beats a hot summer night (in the spring!)

Breakfast this week is made to order green smoothies (for her…since Garrett hates them) or chicken apple sausage, baby carrots and hard boiled eggs (for him, already prepacked in the fridge, ready to go!)

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Shall we talk about the rest of the menu?

Monday
Lunch: Salad topped with my favorite Citrus Carnitas (I bought a new mango vinaigrette at Whole Foods that I might try with this. It could be awesome, or awful.)
Dinner: Joe’s Special and Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

Tuesday
Lunch: Grilled Honey Chipotle Chicken + Cucumber/Tomato/Feta Salads
Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner! Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs + Ham

Wednesday
Lunch: Chicken Chorizo with Steamed Garlic Broccoli + Caprese Salad
Dinner: Cobb Salads (OHMYGOD I LOVE COBB SALADS!)

Thursday
Lunch: Taco Salad (you didn’t think a week would go by without it, did you?)
Dinner: Mid week BBQ! Grilled Chicken Sausages + Veggie Skewers (Zucs, Summer Squash + Peppers)

Friday
Lunch: Grilled Blackened Mahi Mahi + Salad + Veggie Leftovers
Dinner: Spicy Turkey Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries + Salad

Saturday
Lunch: Wild Card — we may go on a picnic.
Dinner: Grilled Italian Pub Burgers stuffed with spinach + Caprese Salad + sauteed zucchini

Sunday
Shop!

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It’s a green smoothie kind of week around here for breakfast. The weather is supposed to be in the high 70s/low 80s all week so for the rest of the meal planning, I am pretty committed to cool refreshment, grilling and enjoying of eating green things outdoors.

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Just a quick note, I’m linking to a lot of “inspired by” recipes. I’m adapting most of them to make them Paleo (leaving out croutons, substituting sweet potatoes for regular potatoes, etc) but I just wanted to clarify that. I actually find a lot of Paleo cooking inspiration from completely un-Paleo cookbooks. My current favorite: Tyler Florence Family Meal. I’ve been flipping through it all week with excitement! Don’t let non-paleo recipes bum you out — let them inspire your cooking.

Ok, random sidebar over. Let’s talk about what’s going on the table:

Monday
Lunch: Taco Salad, obviously.
Dinner: Grilled Flank Steak + Steamed Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts Salad

Tuesday
Lunch: Grilled Flank Steak Salad
Dinner: Spicy Grilled Turkey Burgers with Snappy Crunchy Coleslaw (mayo free!) and Sliced Cucumbers with Lemon Pepper

Wednesday
Lunch: Chicken Chorizo with Sauteed Zucchini
Dinner: Grilled Chicken BLT Salads with Avocado

Thursday
Lunch: Greek Salads
Dinner: Curried Ground Turkey with Sweet Potatoes served over Sauteed Rainbow Chard

Friday
Lunch: Chipotle Salads
Dinner: Grilled Honey Chipotle Chicken + Veggie Must Go

Saturday
Lunch: Brunch!
Dinner: Wild Card.

Sunday:
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