Saturday, 5 July 2014

Paleo Meal Plan Week 2!

I hope you're having a lovely weekend! Ours has been hotttt and busy and emotional. Things on the house front keep going from super awesome fantastic yipeee! to absolutely terrible all within the same day. We decided to stay positive - if we won't have the key before my Hubby's mandatory two week summer vacation, we will be going on holiday! If we do have the key, we will happily be busy working on the house instead. We're all pretty anxious to get back on our own. 

Living with my in laws has been a bit challenging and one of the biggest struggles has been with food and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not to mention a paleo one, when there is so much temptation around. It's been about one week since I've started the Paleo Challenge that Giselle is hosting, and it's been going pretty well. I did have a cheat day already, but I'm not too upset by it as I've kept on track the remainder of the week. I've never been 100% paleo before, so this is definitely an interesting experiment for me. 

So far, I've learned that I am disorganised about my food. I veered off from my meal plan for convenience, but did still manage to stick to paleo. In general, I like to eat healthy, but I'm horrid at meal prep. Part of my problem is also that I like to develop and test new recipes all the time [or whenever inspiration strikes], so I frequently make something just spur of the moment that involves little planning. My meal plan is always a guide to at minimize food waste, and it works. 

Because of the challenge, I'm finding it quite difficult to keep up with my Hubby's work lunches, the Toddler's meals, making sure my in laws will like what we're eating, and also feeding myself. As a result, I admit that I skipped a few meals, which is not what this challenge is about, nor is that the example I want to set for my son. 

So! This week, I tried to plan out my meal plan a bit better. I planned 5 work meals for my Husband, and meals at home that I know require minimal effort on my part. I need to keep what we're eating varied enough that both Hubby and I will want the leftovers. Last week, I felt like we were constantly eating the same thing and definitely want to avoid that feeling this week. 


Here's what we'll hopefully be eating this week: 




Paleo Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo



Breakfasts



Avocado egg salad recipe by Welcome to Mommyhood


  • Sweet potato cabbage breakfast hash (enough to have leftovers for three days) 
  • Butternut squash, sausage, and carrot hash
  • Green smoothies 

Lunches



  • Avocado and shredded leftover chicken or egg salad  

Paleo Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo


Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad


  • I was watching cooking videos and came across a recipe for tomato, zucchini, and tuna pasta. It's not paleo, but I recently discovered that I can trick my toddler into thinking that zucchini noodles are legit pasta. Sooo, I'm going to be adapting this recipe to make it paleo. 
  • Cauliflower fried rice and rosemary pork
  • Paleo Green Goddess Salad by Giselle at My Healthy, Happy Home

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Dinners


  • Fish with a salad and quinoa for the non-paleo members of this home
  • Leek and beet salad with slow cooked beef (make leftovers!) 
  • Paleo leek and mushroom pasta with a fennel and cucumber salad 
  • Loaded meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans (leftovers!) 

Mashed sweet potatoes by Welcome to Mommyhood

  • Chicken sate with a salad and curried cauliflower 
  • Leftovers
  • Someone else cooks 

Looking at our lunches/dinners, I feel like I'm on a 'fake carb' kick. I'm going to trick myself into thinking I'm eating carbs.


Snacks/dessert



Healthy Popsicles by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo #vegan #healthypopsicles

  • Sweet potato or avocado pudding 

Hubby work meals


Hubby eats breakfast and lunch at work. Last week, he complained that it wasn't enough/that he wasn't feeling energised. This week, I will be giving him larger portions, more meat, and also three meals with non paleo ingredients (homemade spelt bread that I can also feel less guilty about giving my son). I hope that that will do the trick for him, but I also think he's having a hard time adjusting to the lack of carbs. 

  • Cabbage hash (without the sweet potato) with grilled chicken salad and quinoa and a mandarin
  • Carrot hash (without the squash), leftover pasta, slow cooker pork, and grapefruit
  • 1 sandwich on homemade spelt bread with salami, egg, lettuce, and sprouts, leftover beet salad and leftover beef, and nuts  
  • Cauliflower fried rice with slow cooker pork, egg salad, and a banana 
  • Leftover meatloaf and green beans, 1 spelt sandwich, and an orange

Today, I am linking up with Org Junkie, Laura at Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers

Thank you for stopping by!
Yuliya