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When You Struggle to Get Back Into Meal Planning

When You Struggle to Get Back Into Meal Planning

I’ve been struggling to get back into the swing of meal planning after a month full of adventure with the family. When we’re trying to form a habit, consistency is key, right? As it goes, life rarely stays consistent for me. Especially when I want it to! Forming a good habit will sometimes take a little fight. It’s a good fight, but we often have to push through our own tendencies to make a worthwhile change.

This is exactly where I am at the moment. I’m pushing against my own bad habits and fighting to make good decisions.

On second thought, I really don’t want to call my current habits “bad”… necessarily. I have done what I could in different seasons of life. Some months (or years) I have cooked quick and easy meals that perhaps weren’t the healthiest. Another time I was attempting to feed my family on a smaller budget. Or I went through a drive through more often than I should have. While in another phase, I planned and cooked with a focus on healthy eating. My household has seen the gamut.

We are all doing the best we can, and when we realize we could be doing something better it can bring on guilt or shame. Don’t get stuck in that! It’s counterproductive and doesn’t serve any real purpose. Unless you’re using those feelings to kick yourself into gear and make positive changes in your life.

So, if you’re here looking for meal plans and keep seeing this Whole30 stuff thinking, “What the heck? I’m just trying to feed my family, not raise Olympians!” then stick around, or at least don’t go too far. I wont always share Whole30-only menus.

My seasons change as often as the seasons outside. And I think that’s okay. We’re meant to strive for the best we can – when we can.

This is a judgement-free zone.

As I’m planning my week (and realizing that 2 vacations in 1 month was not also the best time to attempt a blog launch…) I’m reflecting on how best to balance my own diet. I am still working towards less reliance on sugar in my household.

After a couple of weeks of indulgence, I am back at this Whole30 thing. It works better for me than any other thing I’ve tried, so I’m still striving for my picture of Food Freedom.

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For now it looks like this.

Click Here to Print Whole30 Meal Plan 2

Copy of Meal Plan by Tessa Spears

A note about lunches:

Most lunches, especially for my husband, are leftovers. We usually end up with just enough left over from dinner for him to take to work the next day. This will vary greatly on your family and portion sizes. For me personally, keeping lunch easy is essential to avoid burnout.

I prefer to have batches of things that keep in the fridge in which I can take out and make fast. Prepping beforehand makes a big difference here. I’d make batches of lunches based on your family. You can always freeze extras for another week!

One more note:

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Now for the details and links:

Breakfast/Meal #1

Breakfast Casserole

I made this casserole the first time at the writing of my first post. It was a hit! It made enough for my husband and me to last most the week and kept beautifully in the refrigerator. There are many casseroles out there that are perfect for prepping ahead, so just pick your favorite, or give this one from PaleOMG a try!

Sweet Potato, Apple and Pancetta Hash

This was one of the first breakfasts I made on Whole30 that wasn’t eggs. I love eggs as much as the next egg-loving person but you will get tired of them on a Whole30 round. This fits the bill and tastes great! It also reheats well, making it another plus for meal prep. You could always sub out the pancetta with on-plan bacon, or even chicken would be a good fill in.

Breakfast Bowl

This is a favorite of ours, but if you are on a Whole30 round, stick with eggs and veggies. This doesn’t follow the template, having too much fruit and no vegetables.

Loaded Sweet Potato Fries

This is a more involved breakfast for a slow weekend morning. Best for Saturday if you are busy getting ready for church on Sunday morning. I haven’t made this yet, but it looks delicious! I keep adding it to my meal plan hoping that I’ll get to it. If you’re typically busy both weekend mornings, I would plan something a little more simple.

Lunch/Meal #2

Roasted Garlic Chicken Salad

I’ll be making a double batch of this, and probably wont get the roast garlic mayo made. This can be enjoyed in lettuce leaves, cabbage, in bell pepper or zucchini boats, on a bed of cauli rice. Get creative and mix it up each day so you don’t get bored. If you’re not on a round, I’m looking at these coconut wraps.

Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

My husband loves curry and I love coconut squash soup. This looks like the best of both worlds. If you’re doing Whole30 leave out the honey and candied nuts (don’t forget to adjust the heat accordingly for your tastes).

Sausage with veggies

Aidells Chicken and Apple sausage is on plan! It can be found at most grocery stores, including Walmart. A great lunch is sliced sausage with your choice of chopped veggies cooked up in your favorite oil or ghee. I like the combo of mushrooms, onions, and zucchini. I throw in some salt, pepper, & garlic powder and fry up in coconut oil. Add avocado or black olives and you’ve got a complete meal.

Dinner/Meal #3

Pressure Cooker Mexican Beef with Plantain Patties

This recipe is amazing in the Instant Pot! I have made it with a variety of cuts of meat (flank steak… omg) and it turns out perfect every time. If you’ve never heard of the Instant Pot, you must look into this miracle kitchen appliance pronto! Don’t let it intimidate you, as scary as it looks, it’s incredibly easy to use. I’ve found a lot of recipes can be easily adapted to work in the Instant Pot. I could write a whole post on it, and maybe someday I will. Believe it or not, this recipe from Nom Nom Paleo was the first thing I ever made in my Instant Pot and it was love at first bite.

Chicken Pesto Paleo Spaghetti Squash

This is a great make-ahead. Cook your spaghetti squash. <– In that Instant Pot we just talked about, perhaps? It was a game changer for my spaghetti squash game, if that’s even a game? Blend up your pesto, store in the refrigerator. And cook up some chicken. When you’re ready to prepare dinner, mix everything together and back for 10 minutes. Quick and easy… my kinda meal!

Egg Roll in a Bowl

I first made Egg Roll in a Bowl while doing Trim Healthy Mama. Another one of those quick & easy meals with tons of flavor that the whole family loves. This one is comes together easier if you use pre-packaged cole slaw mix in the place of the cabbage and carrots. I use ground pork without anything added. You can also use ground turkey or chicken. I’ve even used cut up chicken that I sauteed in some cooking oil. Versatility at it’s finest.

Whole30 Taco Salad

Fall was in the air last week, but this week summer has made a comeback. This fresh and filling taco salad seems to fit the feel of the outdoors. One thing of note: store-bought plantain chips are no longer compliant. If you want the added crunch then you’ll need to slice some green plantains and fry them up.

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

I’m finding myself over at Jay’s Baking Me Crazy printing recipes more and more each week! I think this is my hands down favorite Whole30 dinner. The epitome of comfort food. So good and so easy when you make the spaghetti squash and chicken ahead of time. Even better, while prepping for the Chicken Pesto above, just make double and use half for that dish and half here. Two birds – one stone? Yes, please. You can even chop up carrots and onions during this time and store them in the fridge until ready to use.

Chocolate Chili with plantains

I grew up in Texas. When we had chili, it was usually on hot dogs or buried under Fritos and cheese. And it was Wolf brand chili. That other chili, with beans and chunks of tomatoes, was a whole other kind of chili. Make sense? Not to me either, but it’s all I knew! So, when I wanted to make homemade chili for my fellow Texan husband, I was a little unsure about the recipes I found.

Then I made this Chocolate Chili from the talented, Mel Jouwlan, and it was a big hit! I’m not trying to compare it to canned stuff, because it doesn’t compare. This blows that out of the water. This is the real deal and satisfies our vision of what chili is. It’s perfect for busy nights that you’re around the house. Throw everything in the dutch oven and simmer for hours. Fry some plantains or potatoes for a hearty dinner. A side salad rounds it out nicely.

Stir Fry Chicken

I’ll be making the recipe from the Whole30 book. So good! There are many recipe on pinterest. Also, if you have the Well Fed Weeknights cookbook from Mel Joulwan, there are over a dozen different stir fry recipes to choose from! I haven’t made them all, but anything I make from this book has been a success.

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