I got a little behind on my posting schedule for these Whole30 Meals. My intentions were to post one per week, but I got so excited about some of the other posts I was working on that I pushed this one back a little. And then a friend of mine told me she was starting her first Whole30 in November so I thought I should get my act together and help her (and everyone else) out a little.
I feel like I am on a constant hunt for new recipes and meal ideas. Right now I’m really into slow cooker and freezer meals. I don’t actually have enough room in my freezer for a bulk freezer meal stash but I do have some favorite go-to freezer meals: pretty much any soup can be frozen (Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup is a fave W30 soup), Sweet Potato Cottage Pie, Sneaky Veggie Mix is great because it adds almost undetectable veggies to sauces and soups, and Spicy Mango Chicken Coconut Curry. And Danielle Walker of Against All Grain just did a great post on Make-Ahead Paleo Freezer Meals, not all of them are Whole30 approved, but it’s a good spring board.
With the cooler weather moving in and our lives becoming more and more hectic (hello, t-ball, swimming, weekly field trips, and homeschooling co-op), I have been trying to use my slow cooker as much as I can. My favorite meals so far have been, Classically Irish (mostly) Paleo Beef Stew (just leave out the wine), BBQ chicken (with my Whole30 BBQ Sauce), meat sauce with spaghetti squash, pumpkin chili, and chicken tortilla-less soup.
Pinterest is a great place to find new recipes. I have a few paleo and Whole30 boards that I pin to and you can follow along! Some of the recipes that I pin need a little tweaking to make them Whole30 compliant so just be aware.
- Pinned it, Made it! (kitchen) – this might be my favorite board on my Pinterest. This is where I make notes on all the recipes I have made. I like to write the date that I made it, the substations I used, and what I thought of the recipe. I also like to include whether or not my family liked the meal and if I intend to make it again. These notes are so helpful! I think everyone should have a Pinned it, Made it! board.
A quick note about photo quality: Since I got my DSLR camera I have tried really hard to include high quality photos in all my posts. This post is different. All of these photos were taken with my phone. Some of the lighting is bad and some of the photos are a bit fuzzy. I’m sorry for that.
Whole30 Meals Week Three
Breakfast – Energy Bars (recipe in Real Life Paleo, by The Paleo Parents: Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry), raspberries, carrot, Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffin (recipe from Diane Sanfilippo) – muffins are not W30 legal, they don’t help with breaking habits but since this isn’t my first W30 I’m not being that strict
Lunch – BBQ chicken, and roasted Brussels sprouts with beets and bacon
Dinner – Pumpkin chili with guacamole, a peach and a La Croix
Breakfast – Roasted Brussels sprouts with beets and bacon, fried plantains
Lunch – Taco salad
Dinner – Chicken tortilla-less soup
Breakfast – Roasted Brussels sprouts with beets and bacon, and an apple
Lunch – A few pumpkin fat-bombs (leave out the sweetener) and some honeydew (I wasn’t very hungry)
Dinner – Chicken tortilla-less soup
Breakfast – Sausage, sweet potato fries, grapefruit
Dinner – Grilled Eggplant Stacked with Indian-Spiced Beef (I ended up roasting the eggplant because we don’t have a grill and then I just cut it up and stirred it all together. This was one of my favorite meals!)
Breakfast – Home fries, crispy sautéed kale, papaya
Lunch – Salad
Breakfast – Carrot Pumpkin Spice Muffin (recipe from Diane Sanfilippo) – again, muffins are not W30 legal, they don’t help with breaking habits but since this isn’t my first W30 I’m not being that strict
Lunch – Pumpkin chili, homemade applesauce
Dinner – Bacon-wrapped chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts with beets and bacon, mashed potatoes (use olive oil and some chicken stock), apple slices
Lunch – Butternut squash coconut curry soup, crudités
Dinner – Taco bowl: Chipotle Lime and Cilantro Cauliflower “Rice”, taco meat, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, olive oil and lime juice