Whole 30 Meal Plan Week 1

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I mentioned in a previous post that I started the September Whole 30 a few days earlier than I originally planned but since I started early and made the decision  kind of spur of the moment, I hadn’t done a proper meal plan for the week.  I now have properly meal planned and thought I would share it in case you needed some inspiration on meal planning or trying some new recipes.

I recently saw somewhere some great advice on meal planning.  When planning out your meals look at just 1 or 2 sources for inspiration.  For example, look at Pinterest and Instagram or look at 1 or 2 cookbooks and plan from there.  Don’t try to look everywhere for meal ideas all at once.  It will be way to overwhelming.  I personally love meal planning.  I always plan out our meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snack ideas) for an entire week and I make my grocery list based off of my meal plan.  This helps me to stay on track to cook meals at home and also not buy willy nilly when I am at the grocery store.  I love meal planning so much I will probably do a post at some point all about meal planning how to (or at least how I do it).  I know I am a nerd for getting excited about meal planning!  It make my little obsessive compulsive heart happy!

So here you are, my week of Whole 30 meals (and I will throw in some of the nonWhole 30 items I will be making for the littles).

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

  • Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Pie
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  • Hamburger Soup
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  • Homemade spaghetti sauce (my momma’s recipe!) and zucchini noodles
  • Chicken fajitas made with homemade taco seasoning and fresh guacamole.  I will eat mine over spinach, the littles will have tortillas.
  • Grilled hamburgers, homemade fries, watermelon, raw veggies
  • Sandwiches/lettuce wraps
  • Hodgepodge night – this is what we lovingly call it when I don’t cook and we just eat things we have on hand.  Might be leftovers.  Might be sandwiches.  Might be hardboiled eggs.  Might be a smoothie.  You never know.  I always plan on having a sandwich/lettuce wrap night and a hodgepodge night to take the stress off of me from having to cook every night and it is also a great way to get food in our bellies on busy nights and use up what we have in the fridge all at the same time.  That’s an all around win for this momma!

Snacks

  • Coconut Cashew Bites
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  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Raw nuts
  • Whole 30 compliant LARABARS – We LOVE LARABARS.  The kids love them and it is a “treat” I feel good about them having.
  • Smoothies – I have already said my reason for allowing myself to have smoothies while on a Whole 30.
  • Hardboiled eggs

Non-Whole 30 items for the Littles

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cups – these are delicious for breakfast or an after school treat.
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  • Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes – my go-to pancake recipe.  Scout (my oldest) knows how to make these which is even better!
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  • No-Bake Energy Bites:  1 cup (dry) oatmeal 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup ground flaxseed 1/3 cup honey 1 tsp. vanilla.  These are great packed in lunch boxes or an after school treat.

I also meal plan what the littles eat for breakfast and lunch when I make my plan for the week, but this post is mainly about a Whole 30 meal plan, so I just mentioned a few of the recipes I plan on making for them over the next week.

Meal Prep

I don’t do a lot of meal prep on the weekends.  I know a lot of people recommend it and that it can be a  great way to set yourself up to eat healthy during the busy week, but I just can’t get into it.  For one, I try to reserve weekends for family time, or time to catch up on things around the house.  Two, apparently long prepping sessions makes me crabby – according to my beloved oldest child.  I was just talking about meal prep with my friend last night and my oldest overheard me on the phone.  When I was telling my friend why I am not a big weekend meal prepper, he lovingly piped up that it makes me crabby.  Nice to know.  I have done long meal prep sessions before, and I do  have to agree with my Scout.

So, I just prep a few things over the weekend.  I usually wash and cut up veggies.  Make snack bags for the kids to easily grab in the morning to pack in their bags for snack time.  If we make pancakes I make extra to freeze.  This weekend I will be doing a little more prep and doing these following things:

  • Make green smoothie bags to put in the freezer.  Will just have to add the liquid to them and blend.
  • Make The Best Whole Chicken in a Crockpot.  We will use the chicken for the Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe and the Chicken Salad with Bacon and Scallions.
  • Shred cauliflower for the fried rice recipe.
  • Make zucchini noodles to use for spaghetti night and for the Shrimp Scampi Zoodle recipe.
  • Make the coconut cashew bites.
  • Make protein balls.
  • Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cups.
  • Make extra pancakes to freeze for easy breakfasts on school mornings.

It sounds like a lot of prep, but I am sure I won’t be doing it all at once.  Well, I know I won’t.  Remember, I apparently get crabby?!?!  Gotta love kids!

So there you have it!  This is my meal plan for the next week.  Are you planning some delicious meals?

 

 

 

 

 

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