Another week, another menu. We are trying to keep things new and exciting, but I feel like there are only so many ways to cooks a chicken. We are also sticking to ground beef and poultry because I feel like that is all I can handle as a recovering vegetarian. We are also changing some of our food choices—more here–but that is just cutting out eggs, seeds, nuts, tomatoes, peppers, and white potatoes. What’s a few more things I can’t eat? Well, here’s to another delicious week…
- Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
- Turkey Sausage (with some adaptations to the recipe since some of the spices are seeds)
- Veggie sticks
- BLT Salad–we finally found some bacon that doesn’t contain sugar!
- apple slices
- sliced veggies and fruits
- Thai Basil Chicken
- Vegetable Soup/Stew (we will through whatever vegetables we have in a pot with some chicken broth and spices)
- Meatloaf with a side of steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
Wow, I made it a week! That’s pretty unbelievable. There were some bad moments, particularly cravings on day 2 and 3, anger on day 6, and exhaustion spread throughout. But, starting this second week, I am feeling okay. What I have noticed is fewer “low blood sugar moments,” if that is a thing. I want sugar, sure, but I don’t feel like I need it. It is nice not to feel like that.
Last night was hard for both Andy and me because it was Saturday night. We don’t go out because the girls are in bed by 7:30, but we typically stay up late and have a beer or glass of wine (or 4) and eat a little late night snack. It’s fun and it is something to do just the two of us. Without the alcohol and food as motivation to stay awake, we probably would have went to bed at 8:00 like we did most of this week. Instead, we watched a new TV show, Agent Carter, and that kept us awake. We weren’t too focused on it because we were so tired. It will be interesting to see how this week unfolds since we are supposed to be gaining more energy!
This week, here is our food plan…because without a plan, we will fall flat on our faces:
- Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup with a big old side salad (I am worried about the lack of protein in this soup. We may change up the recipe or adapt our lunch menu after Monday if we are feeling hungry mid day.)
- Lara Bars (the gluten free versions have very few ingredients, all compliant)
- Veggie sticks
- Salmon with Mango and Avocado Salsa with green beans
- Chocolate Chili…this tastes a lot like Cincinnati chili, we may put it over zucchini noodles
- Sweet Potato with ghee topped with cut up broccoli, carrots, celery, peppers in a tomato based sauce with taco seasoning
We are menu planners. It helps organize our week so it is one less thing we have to think about. With full time jobs and two young kids, we don’t have time to run to the store for a missing ingredient. We don’t even have time for the ago old discussion: “What do you want for dinner?” “I don’t know. What do you feel like?”
If anyone has a busy life, I’m sure your meals are like ours. Breakfasts are easy and typically on the go. Lunches are at work or daycare, so they have to be made in advance. Dinners during the week need to be quick or already made. We typically make them on the weekends and double them up so we just reheat when we get home.
For the Whole 30, we aren’t going to change our planning or preparations, just our meals. We are using this grocery list as a guide…it is so helpful!
Here is what we are doing for Day 1-7:
- hard boiled eggs
- fruit like berries, bananas, apples, melon, and pomegranate
- BLT Salad with avocado and lemon as dressing
- Chicken Tortilla Soup without the tortillas and a side salad
- Cut up vegetables like carrots, peppers, celery, and broccoli
- Veggie Smoothie
Dinner (we double these so we can have leftovers for lunch or another dinner)
I am concerned with being hungry and with eating so much meat! We will see what happens.