Are you a fan of “The Paleo View” Podcast on iTunes? If you’re not, you should be. Stacy Toth from The Paleo Parents and Sarah Ballantyne of The Paleo Mom host it every week and talk Paleo gossip, science, Q&A, and FUN. It is informative, funny, and soothing. OH. MY. GOSH is it soothing. Stacy has the most soothing voice on the face of the planet. The woman was made for radio (or web) shows. Seriously. Aside from being a beautiful person inside and out, I know exactly why Matt is married to her. I’d marry her voice if I could. I’ve been a panelist on their Breastfeeding “show” and wish we could have talked all night long. If you have any questions regarding breastfeeding and the Paleo lifestyle, listen to that podcast fo’sho’.
In any event, I’m mentioning this because Stacy gave me a little shout out this week for planning Paleo meals on a budget. I’m always star-struck when Stacy or Matt give me a shout out, because they’re like The God and Goddess of Amazing Transformations With Paleo and I love and respect them both, so hearing Stacy croon, “Summer from Dirty Floor Diaries Dot Com” was like eating an entire gallon of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, without the super sick feeling afterwards.
I love that in this uncomfortable financial position that my family is in, I am able to provide other families in uncomfortable financial positions some grocery bill relief, a healthy lifestyle, and the hope that despite being unable to afford high-quality meats, we can still make positive life changes with the goal of our ultimate health in mind. I. LOVE. THAT.
I feel terrible that I didn’t get a meal plan up last week, even after someone asked for one and I promised to deliver.
After getting the flu which turned into a raging sinus infection, being sick for over 2 weeks, and only taking like 3/4 of a shower, my motivation has gone completely out the window. Hearing Stacy mention this place and my affordable family meal plans lit a fire under my enormous ass, and I’m ready to get this show back on the road.
So I scoured the weekly ads for our local grocery stores, and the ONLY thing on sale is chicken breast. While it’s very versatile, it can get extremely old to eat chicken every, single day for a week, especially when you’re eating eggs for breakfast. Which brings me to my next question: What came first, the caveman or the caveman diet?
This meal plan will be a great plan for those of us who span the nations because the same things that are NOT on sale in my region, might be on sale in your region. Your grocery bill might be even cheaper than mine!
Wouldn’t that be cool?
For those of you looking for breakfast ideas, I have one of my favorites on the list this week. It is the only breakfast listed, but eggs cooked with leftover veggies and/or meat will be my picks every other day of the week.
Also, I’m trying to get away from explaining every dish to you, so if you have any questions, please feel free to email me and ask. I am usually relatively quick at getting back to emails, unless of course, I’m dying of the manflu or trying to ignore life in which case, you should keep prodding me.
I hope you eat well this week!
Paleo Meal Planning – Nothing’s On Sale!
Apple Bumpkin Bake
This sweet, delicious Paleo Breakfast Bake can be made one evening, sliced into pieces, stored, and saved for a quick breakfast each morning. It makes about 12 servings, so for the babies and me that’s about 4 days. I drizzle some Grade B Pure Maple Syrup on it for the babes but I just eat it as it is. My mouth is watering right now. Literally.
I’m going to be completely honest, sometimes I completely skip lunch in lieu of a handful of nuts, or a few strips of bacon. Other times I eat leftovers. Unless you have a family of 6, or some extremely hungry family members, I guarantee you that you will have leftovers this week. Let’s really focus on our budgets this week and eat what we make. Goal for the week: NO FOOD THROWN AWAY!
Roasted Mustard Fish with Spaghetti Squash
The fish recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook. Serve this with Spaghetti Squash, cooked however you have time to cook it. I LOVE this recipe with all of my heart, but it does have dairy in it. Spaghetti Squash is equally good roasted then drizzled with olive oil with a few sprinkles of salt and pepper. Sprinkle some 12yr aged Balsamic on it? Divine. Roast your squash the night before and simply reheat while the fish is cooking for an extremely quick dinner.
Adobo Chicken with Seasoned Yellow “Rice”
This homemade Paleo Adobo Chicken recipe is SO FREAKING GOOD. The rice is amazing and you won’t even realize you’re eating Cauliflower Rice because it is so well seasoned.
Puerto Rican Plantain Lasagna (Pastelon)
I haven’t tried this Paleo Lasagna yet, but with The Paleo Mom, you just can’t go wrong. I feel like I’m kind of on a tropical kick this week, are you feeling that too? I’m excited to try a new way to make lasagna that doesn’t involve squash since The Workaholic doesn’t eat it. Tell me how you like this if you eat it before I do! PS: I don’t think it needs an extra side item, what do you think?
Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs & Roasted Broccoli
More chicken thighs. Chicken thighs = delicious, juicy, cheap meat. You will become OBSESSED with this Paleo chicken recipe. OBSESSED. I’m not gonna lie, when The Workaholic isn’t home, I don’t grill these, I bake them with the Maple Mustard deliciousness on top of them. You’ll thank me.
To roast broccoli, preheat oven to 350*, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, then roast for 25 – 30 minutes until broccoli is fork-tender but crunchy.
Paleo Mango Coconut Chipotle Chicken – (Slow Cooker Recipe) with Sauteed Cabbage
A stupid easy and crazy good Paleo Slow Cooker recipe. I have to reduce the amount of Chipotle in it because of my kids, but if you’re kidless, GO FOR IT. The recipe only calls for 1lb of chicken but because we have such a big, starving family, I added another pound to the shopping list, which means that I also added an additional can of coconut milk to the list as well. You can never have too much coconut milk.
For the cabbage, cut cabbage in half, then chop into ribbons. The cabbage can be as big or as small as you want it. We like 1/2″ wide ribbons that are about 3″ long. Heat 2T coconut or olive oil in a wok or skillet then add cabbage. Saute until wilted and soft, then add salt and pepper to taste. It will take about 20 minutes of sauteeing, with occasional stirring. If you’re feeling refined, first chop an onion and saute in the oil, then add cabbage once onion has begun to become transparent.
BLTA Chicken Breast Sandwiches, Sweet Potato Fries, & Cauliflower Salad
I haven’t made these delicious Paleo BLTA Sandwiches since before we left Savannah, which was in June of 2012. Not quite a year, but WAY too long because they’re delicious. They take under 30 minutes to whip up, and really offer a fun alternative to a burger or BLT sandwich made with bread.
Make the Cauliflower salad first and have it chilling before you eat your “sandwich”. Cook the sweet potato fries according to this delicious recipe from Nom Nom Paleo, and you’ll be on your way for a great dinner, or heck, lunch for that matter!
IF you need a salty snack or a sweet treat, these are my favorites right now. I don’t recommend these if you’re trying to lose weight. Stick to raw veggies and fruit if you are working Paleo for weight loss. If you’re new to the lifestyle and need something to help ease you in, these are great. These items are not included on the shopping list, so please remember to add them if you plan to make them.
Slim Palate’s Brownie Bites (I Substitute the vanilla for 1-1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract for a thin mint cookie eat-alike)