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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Feb 1 Meal Plan

Coming off my Whole30 eating, I'm working on a meal plan for my whole family.  For me this means it has to be gluten free, minimal processed foods, carb options that my kiddos like and I can pass on sometimes.  Filling, nutritious meals that everyone can eat and meet my eating goals.  I dislike cooking special for individual family members!  Here's my plan for breakfast and supper this week.  Lunch will be leftovers or eating out this week. 

Monday-
Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs & grapefruits
Supper:  Hamburgers with sauteed mushrooms, baked potatoes, roasted squash & broccoli

Tuesday-
Breakfast:  Chocolate Coffee Protein Breakfast Bowls
Supper:  Mini meatloaves, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit salad

Wednesday-
Breakfast:  Swirly Crustless Quiche
Supper:  Greek Chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, cooked spinach, berries

Thursday-
Breakfast:  Chicken Apple Sausages
Supper:  Steak fajita meat, Lime Cilantro Rice, corn, something desserty TBD

Friday-
Breakfast:  Practical Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes, bacon
Supper:  Leftovers

Monday- make  pudding for Tuesday breakfast
Tuesday- Marinate chicken for Wed supper
Wednesday- Thaw meat for breakfast & supper on Thurs
Thursday- Thaw bacon

Whole30 Thoughts

Well I'm starting a new week not eating Whole30.  What happened during my latest Whole30?  Well, it became a Whole25.  :)  Failure?  Well I suppose it is.  Whole30 rules would say it is.  Was it a waste of time?  Do I wish I never started?  Not at all!  I still had some benefits even if I didn't make it the whole 30 days.  The two big benefits are that I'm not craving sweets all the time and my blood sugars have regulated. I hope to do one again sometime soon, but for now I plan to go back to a 90% Paleo type diet.  I plan to really work on keeping sweets to a minimum. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Italian Dressing Mix Packets- Homemade

I was looking for a shredded Italian beef recipe to make for a party I'm having this weekend.  All of the ones I found called for Italian dressing mix packets.  I use very few mixes for these reasons.

1.  Quality & freshness of ingredients.  I buy most of my spices organic and in bulk.
2.  Additives.  These dressing mixes, in particular, all have sugar in them.
3.  Expense.  We go through A LOT of food.  When I can make something, as opposed to buying it pre-made, I do.

I used this copycat recipe, but omitted the sugar.  Without the sugar, 1 1/2 Tbsp equals a packet.  My plan is to use it in the beef, if I make it into dressing I will add a few drops of stevia for sweetness.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Italian Chicken Casserole

This recipe was just okay in our opinion.  It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't really yummy either.  Thinking about adding some chicken broth to the leftovers and calling it soup.  :)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Whole30- Week 3 Meal Plan

I'm all ready to begin day 15 of my Whole30.  One thing I've learned is how much I love having our meals planned.  I have not followed them exactly due to changes of plans or availability of ingredients.  That is okay.  It gives me an idea for grocery shopping and makes staying Whole30 compliant easy.

Everyday:  Coffee with collagen, maca & coconut oil, lots of water with lemon & lime

Monday-
Breakfast:  Green eggs (eggs blended with spinach & garlic)
Lunch:  Chicken tenderloins on greens with V&O
Supper:  Crock Pot ChiliRanch Dip & Veggies

Tuesday-
Breakfast:  Swirly Crustless Quiche
Lunch:  Leftover chili & veggies
Supper:  Garlic-Herb Chicken Thighs (Against All Grain Meals Made Simple pg 120), Salad

Wednesday-
Breakfast:  Swirly Crustless Quiche
Lunch:  Leftover chicken & veggies from supper
Supper: Chicken & Rice Casserole (Against All Grain Meals Made Simple pg 140)
            Italian Chicken Casserole

Thursday-
Breakfast:  Cinnamon Banana Chia Pudding
Lunch:  Leftover casserole
Supper:  Creamy Dill Salmon (Against All Grain Meals Made Simple pg 198), Green Beans Almondine (AAGMMS pg 212), baked sweet potatoes

Friday-
Breakfast:  Sweet potato hash
Lunch:  Leftover salmon on greens
Supper:  Beef Pot Roast with potatoes and carrots, green beans

Saturday-
Breakfast:  Veggie Omelets
Lunch:  Anything that needs to be eaten  :)
Supper:  Nut Encrusted Chicken breasts, fried potatoes & onions, broccoli

Sunday-  Wing it as it's a day of rest, worship and family.

 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Whole30 Week 2

I've completed my first week of Whole30.  I've dealt with a few headaches, but other than that have felt great.  Already craving sweets a lot less, yea!  Here's my plan for this week.

Day 1
Breakfast:  Grapefruit and turkey sausage patties. Omit the sugar, but use this recipe.
Lunch:  Chicken Salad lettuce wraps
Supper:  Beef Short Ribs, oven roasted red potatoes, Brussels sprouts
Snack ideas for the day:  Cashew butter, celery, banana, pistachios

Day 2
Breakfast:  Veggie Omelet
Lunch:  Salad with leftover beef, avocado, tomatoes, celery, olive oil, vinegar, salt & pepper
Supper:  Slow Cooker Chicken & Gravy, roasted carrots, green beans
Snack ideas for the day:  Blueberries, almonds, peppers

Day 3
Breakfast: Roasted Butternut Squash & Pear Porridge topped with roasted pumpkin seeds
Lunch:  Winter Squash & Beef Chili
Supper:  Mango & Avocado Salsa on Salmon, Roasted Veggies, Mixed Berries
Snack ideas for the day:  Pecans, apples, carrots

Day 4
Breakfast:  Guacamole Deviled Eggs, leftover porridge from yesterday
Lunch:  Salad with leftover salmon
Supper:  Grilled burgers, sauteed mushrooms, potatoes, broccoli
Snack ideas for the day:  Almond butter, celery, oranges

Day 5
Breakfast:  Banana Nut Porridge with organic raisins
Lunch:  Leftovers
Supper:  Pan fried chicken thighs, baked sweet potatoes, salad, applesauce with cinnamon
Snack ideas for the day:  Strawberries, cashews, carrots

Day 6
Breakfast:  Green eggs (scrambled eggs with spinach & garlic)
Lunch:  Roast Chicken Soup
Supper:  Fish Sticks, fried potatoes & onions, green beans

Day 7
Leftovers or just wing it as it's a day of worship and family






What to do:
Sunday- Prepare turkey sausage patties, wash grapefruit, make chicken salad, thaw beef short ribs for Monday & chicken for Tuesday.

Monday morning:  Put short ribs in crockpot, shred Brussels sprouts, scrub red potatoes. 

Tuesday- Cube squash, wash pear, thaw soup, thaw salmon.

Wednesday- Make guacamole deviled eggs.

Thursday- Soak nuts for porridge, thaw chicken thighs & applesauce.

Friday- Evaluate what needs to be eaten and prepare for the weekend.  Make sure to have a plan for week #3!



Saturday, January 2, 2016

Whole30 Week 1

Has anyone else allowed the holidays to be a time of unhealthy eating?  Well, I have!  January feels like a great time for a fresh start.  I decided to do another Whole30 to jump start a year of healthy eating.  My last one was so successful due to planning, so that's my plan for this one.  Here's my week of meal plans.  Monday is my planned start date.

Everyday:  Coffee with coconut oil & collagen powder, lots of water with lemon or lime, nuts & seeds for snacking.

Monday:
Breakfast: Swirly Crustless Quiche from Practical Paleo, grapefruit
Lunch:  Quick & Easy Salmon Salad on greens
Supper:  Spaghetti Squash Bolognese from Practical Paleo, green beans

Tuesday:
Breakfast:  Leftover Swirly Quiche & orange
Lunch:  Leftover Spaghetti Squash Bolognese & salad
Supper:  Roasted Chicken, broccoli, Sauteed Red Cabbage

Wednesday:
Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs & mixed berries
Lunch:  Chinese 5 spice lettuce wraps & pear
Supper:  Salmon Cakes, Asparagus with lemon & olive from Practical Paleo pg 338, carrots

Thursday: 
Breakfast:  Roasted Squash & Pear Porridge, Turkey sausage patties
Lunch:  Leftovers with salad
Supper:  Fried hamburger patties, baked sweet potatoes, kale chips

Friday:
Breakfast:  Leftover Squash porridge
Lunch:  Leftovers with salad
Supper:  Stir-Fry and cauli-rice, orange

Saturday:
Breakfast: Guacamole Deviled Eggs, grapefruit
Lunch:  Leftovers with salad
Supper:  Beef pot roast, garlic mashed cauliflower, green beans, applesauce with cinnamon

Sunday:  I plan to eat up leftovers or wing it as it's a day of church and family.

Prep plan:
Monday morning- prepare & bake quiche, make salmon salad while baking breakfast.  Wash & bake spaghetti squash after quiche is done.  Thaw chicken for tomorrow.  Evening- Prepare sauce and warm squash for dinner. 

Tuesday morning- chop veggies for salads & lettuce wraps, shred red cabbage, onion & apple.  Evening- bake chicken, prepare cabbage & broccoli.

Wednesday morning- Make breakfast.  Wash and trim lettuce leaves for lunch & asparagus for supper.  Make turkey sausage.  Evening- prepare supper.

Thursday morning- Make porridge & fry sausage patties.  Scrub sweet potatoes, wash & dry kale.  Evening- prepare supper.

Friday morning- chop veggies for salad and stir-fry. Evening- prepare supper, hard boil eggs, thaw beef roast.

Saturday morning- devil eggs, wash cauliflower, thaw applesauce.  Evening- prepare supper, evaluate food in fridge, plan week #2.