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Part-Whole30, All Healthy Real Foods

My Whole30 whole foods challenge will end Tuesday, but I've stuck to it all month! Even while eating out. I feel phenomenal! I definitely think eliminating processed foods and potential problem foods has made a huge difference. I don't plan on staying on such a strict diet forever (though apparently many people do), but I'll never go back to my old eating habits. I plan to reintroduce favorites first (dairy, potatoes, alcohol), slowly and in moderation, and watch how it affects my body. Though this week's first reintroduction will be popcorn – and, yes, unhealthy theatre butter – since I plan to reward myself for sticking with it by taking the family out to see Maleficent.

Monday

B: Sweet Potato Hash w/Fried Eggs (Meant to try this week one & didn't. It looks good!)

L: Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

D: Turkey Taco Salad - With kale instead of spinach and, sadly, no plantains.

Bake sweet potato & save some ground turkey for Tues!


Tuesday

B: Avocado Egg Baskets, apple

L: Turkey and [Kale] Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

D: Chicken, sautéed veggies


Wednesday - Movie, shopping p.m.

B: Veggie scramble & eggs

L: Tuna/Avocado salad w/veggies

D: Eat out

Cook chicken!


Thursday - 2 Little League games, 6 & 7:30 pm


B: Avocado Chicken salad

L: Josh's choice

D: Mexican Pulled Chicken Stuffed Peppers (crock pot)


Friday - Game, 7 pm

B: Homemade Muesli w/almond milk

L: Salmon Salad Handrolls

D: Paleo Taco Soup


Saturday

B & L: Leftovers/scrounge/whatever

D: Lemon Garlic Crockpot Chicken


Weekend Prep

Make chicken broth

Homemade Salsa

Breakfast in a Jar

Homemade Paleo Chorizo (I've been missing chorizo & other delicious Mexican staples this past month!)

Plantain Chips

Sweet Apple Turkey Sausages

Possibly more to be added after I make next week's menu.

Whole30 Week 1

I'm going to try the Whole30 paleo-esque program as a food cleanse, with an effort to also journal and discover which foods affect me how. This is my first attempt at anything even remotely like this, and while I can't necessarily afford organic, pasture-fed, local meat (or even find organic veggies locally until my own garden kicks in), I'm going to follow as closely as possible while 'rebooting' the food funk I've gotten into. I'm planning the snacks that I'll take to work, although I'll probably throw in a couple of healthy “backup snacks” in case I find myself stuck super-hungry at work with hours to go. After work snacks will probably be leftovers, veggies, or fruit. Whatever my body feels it needs.

I plan to reevaluate after the work-week (I work Saturday this week) and see if I need to make any changes for my prep day next weekend.


Monday

B: Shredded chicken/avocado salad, Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup
Sn: Cashews
L: Steak salad with kalamata olives
D: Chocolate Chili

Tuesday

B: Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
Sn: Zucchini soup
L: Tuna & Avocado Wraps
D: Taj Mahal (Chicken) Curry

Wednesday

B: Boiled eggs, avocado, cabbage & carrot slaw
Sn: Roasted butternut squash & carrot
L: Baked salmon with Braised Green Beans w/Tomatoes & Onions
D: Asian Meatballs and veggie stirfry


Thursday LL Games @ 6 & 7:30

B: Baked Sweet Potatoes & sausage-pepper frittata (Easy Paleo Frittata recipe for reference)
Sn: Graze pkg (Non-affiliated plug - this is a FABULOUS way for me to get good, healthy work snacks, esp. since we don't have a lot of health food stores in my area. I love Graze! If you're interested, using my friendcode WNZVHFY6P will give you the 1st & 5th boxes free & give me $1 off my next box.)
L: Leftovers or salad
D: Vegetable-Cod Soup


Friday LL Game @ 7:30

B: Sweet Potato Hash w/Fried Egg
Sn: Nori Crisps
L: Deconstructed Gyro Salad (with beef instead of lamb)
D: Hearty Beef Stew

Saturday

B: Leftovers or quick egg dish
Sn: Graze pkg
L: Shrimp, Avocado, & Red Pepper Salad
D: Spaghetti (with sp squash instead of noodles)

Back in the Saddle...

Fri.

L: Boca chicken sandwich

D: Rice & Bean Stuffed Peppers


Sat.

B: Egg white tostada (#10) from WD weight loss meal plan

L: [Cod] Tostadas w/yogurt-lime sauce

D: Quinoa Shrimp Paella


Sun.

B: Breakfast burrito (#1)

L: Salmon Burger w/yogurt-dill sauce

D: Butternut squash soup

* Make: *

Spinach & quinoa salad


Mon.

B: Egg plate (#4)

L: Spinach & Quinoa Salad w/Feta & Dill

D: Chicken Escabeche w/Cilantro Black Beans


Tues. [off work]

B: Veggie-Feta scramble

L: Curried chickpea pita (#16)

D: Mediterranean Chicken Salad (#39)

* Set Down *
Strawberries, granola, flax seed

* Make *
Mexican couscous


Wed.

B: Nutty Berry Parfait (#8)

L: Mexican Couscous (#18)

D: Josh's choice


Thurs. (Dr. appt. p.m. - leave work @ lunch)

B: Whole-grain cereal crunch (#5)

L: chicken & hummus pita w/veggies

D: Eat out

First Week of July

I haven't been posting my meal plans lately, but here's next week :)

MONDAY
lunch: ham wrap with an apple
dinner: out for dinner

TUESDAY
lunch: Creamy Cucumber Bagel Sandwich
dinner: Sweet and Sour Balti Chicken, Spiced Cauliflower, and rice

WEDNESDAY
lunch: Curried Shrimp and Cauliflower and rice
dinner: BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich and tomato soup

THURSDAY
lunch: Chicken Sandwich and a corn or cherry tomato salad
dinner: Kefta and Zucchini Kebabs

FRIDAY
lunch: Zucchini Fritters
dinner: Crispy Eggplant Sandwiches with Roasted Garlic Ricotta Spread and french fries

SATURDAY
dinner: French Onion Burgers and french fries

SUNDAY
dinner: out

Meal Plan 6/9 – 6/15

I'm trying to get back in the habit of meal planning healthy meals. Haven't had a lot of energy to cook lately between some health issues I've been having plus a new job I started. Still wanting to try a bunch of recipes I never got to use.

Sun. 6/9

L: Sandwiches
D: Dad's choice

Mon. 6/10 - Kids volunteer at story time, a.m.

B: Mexi-Melt
L: Broccoli Quinoa Quesadillas
D: Poached Salmon Salad (using artisan lettuce instead of fresh parsley, since that's what I have)

Tues. 6/11 Volunteer at gym, early a.m.; Go to free clinic, p.m.

B: Kefir smoothie
L: Salad
D: Dad's choice

Wed. 6/12 Kids volunteer at story time, a.m.

B: Egg & Salmon Sandwich
L: Leftovers or scrounge
D: 2-Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Th. 6/13
B: Cranberry Muesli
L: French Country Chicken Soup

Fri. 6/14

B: Breakfast Mini-Pizzas
L: Leftover soup
D: Spaghetti

Sat. 6/15

B: Orange Smoothies
L: Fresh Caprese Quinoa Salad with salmon
D: Beef Stew

May 13 - May 19

MONDAY
lunch: out
dinner: Chicken Enchilada Pizza

TUESDAY
lunch: grilled cheddar, tomato, bacon, and avocado grilled cheese and tomato soup
dinner: Asian Brined Pork Chops and sugar snap peas

WEDNESDAY
lunch: fried rice
dinner: Coconut Crusted Chicken Strips and french fries

THURSDAY
lunch: Braised Coconut Spinach Chickpeas with Lemon over Sweet Potato
dinner: Taco Salad

FRIDAY
lunch: salami, pasta, and sugar snap peas
dinner: Beer-Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs and roasted potatoes and carrots

SATURDAY
dinner out for my graduation!

SUNDAY
dinner: Carbonnade Beef and Beer Stew

April 29 - May 5

I probably won't end up cooking every day next week as it's finals. But I am prepared to do so!

MONDAY
lunch: Curried Chicken Salad on Pita
dinner: Braised Short Ribs in Tomatillo Sauce

TUESDAY
lunch: leftover short ribs
dinner: Taco Salad

WEDNESDAY
lunch: Kielbasa and Corn Hash
dinner: Asian-Brined Pork Chops and steamed sugar snap peas

THURSDAY
lunch: sugar snap peas, basil, calamansi vinegar, & parmesan with hard boiled egg on top
dinner: Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro and french fries

FRIDAY
lunch: Shrimp Po Boy
dinner: Barbecue Meatballs and mashed potatoes

SATURDAY&SUNDAY
out of town

Menu: Fri. April 26 – Th. May 2

Attempting another mostly heart-healthy menu plan. I've been having a lot of heart & blood pressure issues, so if anyone knows any good recipes that are both delicious and relatively easy to fix, please share! Hubby has balked at some of my past choices and quick-fixed processed/high sodium stuff like hot dogs and manwich when I say, “Fine, I'm not cooking if nobody will eat it”, but I think after this last week full of health scares for me, he's at a place where he's quite ready to deal with healthier, perhaps even occasionally meatless, meals for a while. I've got to strike while the iron is hot!

Also, I'm trying to get back into the habit of eating breakfast, so yummy options there would be appreciated too! I'm supposed to cut back carbs (or at least have protein with it), so I don't want to just be eating cereals & bagels in the morning.

Fri. 4/26 – Writers Group, p.m.

B: Orange smoothie - using homemade kefir instead of yogurt
L: Salmon, quinoa, & salad
D: Daddy's Choice (I will eat out at my writers group)

Sat. 4/27 – My birthday! Check out holistic fair, a.m.

B: Cranberry bar & string cheese
L: Pack sandwiches & trail mix
D: Steaks, baked potatoes, salad

Sun. 4/28 - Big cook day!

B: Berry kefir smoothie
L: Spicy Seafood Stew ← I will eventually try this recipe!! I keep planning to and never following through.
D: Beef Stew


Mon. 4/29

B: Good Morning Shake
L: Leftovers
D: Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Tues. 4/30 - Volunteer, a.m.; Artist Date, afternoon

B: Diet shake & string cheese
L: Eat out
D: 2-Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Wed. May 1
B: Veggie Omelets
L: Black Bean & Coucous Salad
D: Marinated Chicken, mashed potatoes, salads

Th. May 2

B: Kefir smoothie – start crockpot!
L: Leftovers
D: Slow Cooker Moroccan Lentil Soup

April 8 - 14

MONDAY
lunch: at school
dinner: Fettuccine with Quick Ragu and Garlic Bread

TUESDAY
lunch: Turkey and Bacon Sandwich with potato chips
dinner: Slow Cooker Sesame Garlic Chicken and rice

WEDNESDAY
lunch: Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Cups and rice
dinner: Chana Chat

THURSDAY
lunch: Tuna, Chickpeas, and Broccoli Salad with Yogurt Dressing and grapes
dinner: Parmesan Crusted Baked Pork Chops and Roasted Cabbage Wedges

FRIDAY
lunch: leftovers
dinner: Shepherd's Pie Meatballs & Mashed Potatoes

SATURDAY
at a wedding

SUNDAY
dinner: Red Potato, Spinach, and Mushroom Hash with Poached Eggs

This week's meals!

Trying all-new recipes this week!  We're doing really well with low cal, high protein dinners that include lots of fresh veggies.  I love the Cooking Light website for tasty meal ideas!

SUNDAY:        Leftover spaghetti squash with meat sauce
MONDAY:        Orange chicken stir fry with baby bok choy, green onions, mushrooms, and brown rice
TUESDAY:      Panko-crusted cod with tomato-basil relish, soba noodle salad (subbed baby bok choy for peppers)
WEDNESDAY: Herbed Corn Muffins, BBQ Turkey Meatballs
THURSDAY:    Out
FRIDAY:           Chicken cutlets with mushroom tarragon sauce, salad
SATURDAY:   Mesquite chicken breasts with avocado-lime salsa