I hate meal planning. Like HATE it, and yet my top posts to this day, are all meal planning posts. I guess I’m not the only one who hates it, right? It seems like the rest of you hate it too and you’re looking for someone else to do it for you.
I’ve found that meal plans from other websites never get it quite right, or aren’t for people with kids. Or they’re full of super complicated meals, and I just can’t, y’all. I just can’t. I need easy but delicious, and I also need the recipe to be easy enough to double.
Why do I need recipes to be double-able?
Because we are a family of five and I live on leftovers for lunch, so I need to have enough to feed the whole family while leaving enough for me to mow on for a couple days.
So that’s what I’m giving you here.
Each recipe in this meal plan can be made as-is, but is easy to double if you want to make enough for leftovers. Just assume that I’ve doubled each recipe, unless otherwise noted.
This week, I’m cooking out of Real Life Paleo and the Whole 30 Cookbook. If you don’t already own those, make sure you add them to your list. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, they’ll be at your door the day after tomorrow, or shoot – you can buy them on Kindle and have them literally RIGHTNOW, so it’s never too late to order.
This meal plan is for five days worth of meals. You should have enough for leftovers for another night or two, and it also leaves one night open for eating out.
This isn’t fancy, y’all. I can’t do fancy anymore, I’ve moved on to effective, but I’ve given you a pretty good guide of what you’ll need for the week in this PRINTABLE five day healthy meal plan. Don’t forget to shop your pantry first! Make sure you write down how much of each item you need next to the ingredient.
OH! I’ve also not told you which nights you need to each which items. I think this will work best for both of us if you just decide which nights to each which thing.
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BUSY NIGHT MEALS:
Kung Pao Chicken from Real Life Paleo
- This requires a marinade period, so make sure you make it ahead the night before or the morning you plan to make it. Once it’s marinated, it takes less than 30 minutes to pull together. Serve with plain cauliflower rice, quinoa, or wild rice.
Slow Cooked Moroccan Spiced Shredded Beef with Moroccan Cauliflower Rice from Whole 30 Cookbook
- Since this is a slow cooker recipe, you can start it in the morning and let it go ALL day long without thinking about it. The Cauliflower rice takes about 15 minutes to prepare, even for me and I tend to be a little slow in the kitchen.
Dressed to Impress Meals (over 30 minutes to make)
One-Pan Herb Crusted Roasted Salmon with Roasted Broccoli Steaks (W30)
- For those nights you really don’t feel like doing a whole lot of dishes, but you want something that tastes amazing
Panang Beef Curry (RLP)
- We like to eat this over zucchini noodles, but you can also eat it over cauliflower rice.
Pork Posole with Tostones (W30)
- Another slow cooker recipe, but this one requires a little work on the back end, unless you prep the poblanos and tostones ahead of time, in which this one could be moved to the “under 30” category.
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Don’t forget to print out your printable shopping list!
I’m popping in to talk to you guys a little bit about nutrition. Not Low Carb nutrition, but just nutrition in general, and perhaps a lot about WHY so many of us struggle with making long-term, lasting changes where nutrition is concerned.
Why have SO many of us here been unable to stick to any one thing for any period of time? Why do we hop on and off like we’re riding roller coasters? Are you a self sabotager? Do you eat emotionally and you can’t control it? Do you have a hard time saying no to people? Are you more focused on immediate pleasure than long term pleasure?
I’m a member of the on again off again train and I hate it. It’s a viscous cycle I’m all too familiar with and don’t want to be familiar with. I want to be long-term successful, but it has taken THERAPY to change the way I think about food to help get me there. Obviously I’m still in the thick of it, but I wanted to share how things have changed for me where food is concerned.
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