I’m going to try something new with this week’s meal plan. Last week leftovers were in abundance, we ate out for 1 lunch and 1 dinner and didn’t get to as many meals as I had planned for. Totally okay, but I thought I would try a new way of listing the meals. I am going to list a few meals for breakfast and dinner, with lunch always being leftovers of the previous dinners. This way, you still have all of the ingredients available and in-house for these meals, but it gives you more flexibility as to when you want to make them- without feeling bad that you didn’t make them on the day it was scheduled. Make sense? Here goes:
Week 3 Paleo Meal Plan:
A couple of these meals will be repeats, which is completely okay. If you love chorizo, as I do, make enough eggs for the next day as well. If you’re like my kids and can’t get enough of the pumpkin waffles, make a bigger batch and have sandwiches twice. I don’t think anyone will be anything but thankful for the great food coming from your kitchen!
Ham and Eggs with a side of avocado: This is exactly how it sounds. Dice up some ham, brown it for a couple minutes, throw in as many eggs as you need and scramble them all together. Season with salt and pepper and plate with avocado. Perfect!
Sausage and Eggs: Yep. Brown up some sausage (most stores have great breakfast chicken sausage) and then make your eggs as you like them. I would add again to add the avocado and start your day with some wonderful, good fat.
Apple Muffins: These are a great recipe from Everyday Paleo and we haven’t made them in a very long time. It’s always nice to have one super easy, make ahead breakfast meal for the week, especially on Sunday’s for us.
Chorizo and Eggs: My most favorite breakfast meal is chorizo and eggs. Good chorizo cannot be found at a regular grocery store as they add lots of fillers. Check out Whole Foods or your local meat guy for the good stuff. Brown the chorizo for a few minutes, then add the eggs right into the pan. Scramble together until everything is fully cooked. So good!!!
Pumpkin Waffle Almond Butter Banana Sandwiches: My kids loved these so much they are begging to have them again. At some point in this week I will gladly oblige. (I kind of really like them myself.)
Our lunches consist of lots of LEFTOVERS!!! Might not sound glamourous but with the deices food we make for dinner, lunch is just as delicious. It also makes it super easy while working, doing school, or just trying to keep the kitchen clean for a tiny bit of the day- to warm up leftovers! If we happen to not have leftovers available that day we always have salad of some sort available. That might be tuna salad, chicken salad, or a regular salad. Have a back up if needed… and enjoy those leftovers!
Here’s where the fun and creativity happens! I am listing a few meals to put where you want for the week and don’t forget about the weekend! We certainly don’t want to get to the weekend and not have anything ready and run off to a msg infested restaurant. Continue your plan even into the weekend and you’ll be prepared and ready for anything. Of course, if you make enough of these meals, they might last you way into the next week- what a great problem to have! All of the meats with these meals can be frozen up until the time you need them so don’t fret. Have the ingredients ready and know that you are more than prepared to feed your family healthy and delicious meals for the entire week.
Chicken Curry- This is a warm comfort-foodie meal that can be made in a massive batch, or a small one. Totally up to your needs. You can also choose which meat you want. For instance, I will be using shredded turkey instead of chicken because that’s what I have available and it tastes great. I would add that you really need to top your curry with a few slices of avocado, it makes it even better!
Crispy Chicken Legs- I will be following the recipe of spices from my chicken wing recipe but since chicken legs were on sale, chicken wings it is! Cook them on a slightly lifted baking rack (like a cookie cooling rack) on a cookie sheet. This way the heat can reach all around the chicken and make it crispy. Cook at 400 for about 35 minutes, rotating once during cooking. Side with a green veggie and a starchy veggie. We’ll most likely be going with butternut squash and asparagus.
Tin Can Chili- Jeremiah is working on a delicious and easy chili recipe for the crockpot with this one. Here’s what you need: 3 large cans of crushed tomatoes (with naturally derived citric acid), 1 regular sized can of tomato sauce, 1 cup of veggie broth, 5 medium cans of chicken (or boil and shred the equivalent yourself), 2 cans of chopped spinach (the equivalent fresh), 5 carrots, 2 onion, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, salt and pepper.
Sweet Beef Scramble- This one is super easy and super fast to make- and can be made in a huge batch if needed. My kids love the sweetness and I love that it has everything in one bowl and super healthy.
Pork Ribs- One of my favorite meals is one I don’t have to cook. Right?! That’s why we have the pork ribs. These can certainly be made in the oven but if you have a grill outside- go use it! My hubby takes over the domain out there and I am only responsible for the sides. Brandon seasons differently every time with a little bit of this and a little bit of that- and it always turns out great. If you need a spice recipe to follow try this one and work your way up to your own creativity. The sides are totally up to you here- I’ll probably be making sweet potato fries and a green veggie like steamed broccoli.
Spaghetti Casserole- This is a new one but a super easy one too. Here’s what you do: Make some homemade spaghetti sauce with a good meat or sausage. Cook a spaghetti squash by cutting in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil and place cut side down on a foil lines cookie sheet. Cook in a 425 degree oven for 25 minutes. Shred spaghetti squab with a fork and mix in with sauce. Toss the whole thing in a baking dish (if you’re good with cheese add some on top here) and stick it in the oven on 350 for 15 minutes. Spaghetti isn’t spaghetti without a side salad and that’s what we’ll be having!
Our week 3 is filled with a whole lot of scrumptious, healthy, easy meals that your whole family is sure to enjoy.
Now go shopping and be ready for the week!!!