Sunday, 6 April 2014

Update on Paleo changes and meal plan

Last week, when I announced that I would be trying to change our lifestyle to be more Paleo friendly, I was nervous. I love cooking, and I love free reign in the kitchen. I thought that by cutting out so many foods, I would be stuck, unable to come up with new things to cook. I'm really pleased to say, that so far, that has been far from the case. 

I still have several new ideas that I want to try out, and can't wait to discover what new recipes I can come up with! That being said, I've 'cheated', but it's my husband's fault! He bought chocolate cake and also a chocolate croissant. He made me eat it! Okay, he didn't really make me eat it, but self control is a concept that is lost on me. If it's in the house, I'll eat it. 


Other than that, I did have oatmeal once, black beans with dinner, and a sandwich on whole wheat bread, so ... overall, not too bad, I suppose. I know that cutting out gluten will be okay, but staples in our home like lentils or beans, that's really going to be tough, and I'm not going to even try to do it. One to two meals a week (dinners), are going to contain some non paleo ingredients, which will probably be beans, lentils, or maybe brown rice.


I realised yesterday after going grocery shopping (of course), that this upcoming weekend, we will be going to Germany! This will be the first time for me even though we only live a few hours away from the border. Anyhow, here is our short Paleo meal plan (except for one dessert, and that doesn't count, right?) 





Breakfasts

  • Toddler approved smoothies consisting of spinach, banana, almond milk, chia seeds, and whatever else we feel like adding. See: 

The Toddler really does love his smoothies. This is a major victory for me - so much spinach went into his tummy! I kind of feel like doing a little dance. 
  • Egg muffins
  • Paleo pancakes (super tasty recipe coming soon!) 
  • Hard boiled eggs and fruit salad (with Greek yogurt and chia seeds for the Toddler) 


Lunch

  • Paleo tuna cakes (seriously good!) 
  • Salads
  • Leftovers 
  • Carrot and squash fries with salmon 


Dinner



Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles [Vegan/Gluten Free]

  • Stoofpotjes - a Dutch inspired recipe that is basically a stew that is cooked in mini little pots that go in the oven. I'll post a recipe soon - they're also very tasty. With a side salad
  • Roasted veg (beets, squash , cauliflower) with meatballs that I may serve with a side of something, maybe lentils, maybe a salad
  • Paleo stir fry with shrimp served on my newest favourite thing - cauliflower rice (from last week's menu) 

Dessert

  • Lemon sesame bars (not paleo, but still pretty healthy) 
  • Some kind of paleo chia seed pudding (if I get around to it) 
Today, I'm linking up with Laura at Mommy Run Fast and Org JunkieFor more meals and meal planning ideas, check out my meal plan page, or visit my healthy recipes page. 


Thank you for reading, 
Yuliya