Our Meal Plan

I have mentioned that we are following a paleo diet these days. If you have no idea what that means, it basically means eating all the meat and veggies we want, with fruit, nuts and seeds, too. No sugar, no grains, no dairy. We have been eating this way strictly for the past six months and I was about 75% the year before that. We do have the occasional taste of dessert and we will eat whatever someone else prepares for us (unless it is dairy, I haven’t been able to handle eating it since going off for so long). You can read more about what paleo means here.

Some of the biggest questions we get is whether or not it is do-able. I think it is! I go by one of Thomas’ favorite sayings, “Prior proper planning prevents poor performance.” Try saying that five times fast. I spend about 30 minutes making our weekly meal plan and grocery list which makes it much easier. The hardest part is changing the kids eating. We are working on limiting their grains to breakfast and a small amount at lunch while trying to increase their protein intake. It has been a slow process, but they eat their dinners really well these days, and dessert has become a rare treat.

This is a glimpse into what we ate last week. Maybe it will help motivate you or give you some yummy new recipes to try. Thomas and I eat leftovers for lunch the next day (kids have fruit and tortilla wraps or soup), and we eat out about once every other week. One of my favorite things about eating this way is how many vegetables I eat. I also have much more energy, clearer skin, and a healthier digestive track, to name a few. Check the links for the recipes and some great paleo recipe blogs to browse.

Monday: Fun-burgers (or grilled beef patties topped with guacamole and bacon) served with steamed baby carrots and brussels sprouts-kale salad. The leftover salad was great as a snack later in the week.

Tuesday: Grilled chicken (that I grilled on Monday with the burgers) on a huge salad of spinach and “spring mix” lettuce with apples, dried cranberries, pecans, red onion and a tiny bit of goat cheese. No dressing. Kids had grilled chicken and leftover veggies.

Wednesday was an “off” day as I was hosting a baby shower and I just snacked on meatballs and bacon candy all night (then had leftover brussels sprout-kale salad later). Thomas and the kids went out.

Thursday: Salmon cakes with homemade chipotle mayo and butternut squash-kale goodness.

Friday: Mango Chicken Salad (used the chipotle mayo here, too). This has become one of Thomas and my favorite meals. The kids had grilled chicken and leftover veggies. Does anyone have kids that eat salad?

Saturday: Sausage-kale-spaghetti squash “pasta”. I love this recipe! I have never bought tarragon to use in this recipe, but it is good without it. I also used kale because, if you cannot tell by our mealplan, I have tons of it growing in the garden.

Sunday: oven roasted chicken breasts, baked sweet potatoes and asparagus (I love this one because it requires almost no hands-on time as everything just needs time in the oven.)

Breakfasts:
I made sausage-sweet potato and kale bake, adapting this great recipe that lasted us two mornings and a few snacks for me.

I also made this southwest scramble. Delicious! Again, I threw in about 4 large kale leaves, chopped up. Why not?

The other mornings were either sausage cooked with diced sweet potatoes served with eggs or bacon and eggs.

Snacks:
My new favorite is slices of ham or turkey rolled up with guacamole on the inside. Amazing!

Carrots and guacamole

Larabars

Fudge balls

Leftover butternut squash-kale goodness

Leftover breakfasts

Apples

Walnuts with a few dark chocolate chips

4 Responses to “Our Meal Plan”

  1. Megan says:

    All your meals are very pretty :). I really, really like grains and sugar, so I don’t think I’ll ever be going paleo. But Reed LOVES salad. He will just eat spinach leaves plain. He likes almost any raw veggies.

  2. Yum! Thanks for the ideas! My kids really do like salad. We eat salad at least once a day and sometimes twice. Levi usually has seconds on salad. Weird I tell you! : )

  3. Megan Walker says:

    Thanks for the ideas! What brand/kind of bacon and sausage do you eat?

  4. rachel says:

    Megan, we buy the Hormel nitrite/nitrate-free bacon. Sometimes I get the Applegate Farms if there is a coupon, but the Hormel is a lot cheaper. For sausage, the HEB brand is preservative-free and had no MSG or anything–just pork and spices. I get the “light” variety. I know it isn’t the most quality of meats, but our grocery budget is bursting at the seams already.