We’re nineteen weeks into 2015. Did you read that? Nineteen weeks! That’s essentially half of a pregnancy term. If you started baring a child on January 1st, that baby is half grown!

Today, I want to encourage you not to give up. So many times in life, we are faced with the decision to quit or try harder and, in my experience, most of the time, we are to choose the latter option. If you are in a nutrition funk, then use this week’s plan to get out of it. If you make Monday your goal to get back on track, then you have five days to set yourself up for success as we embark on the next 33 months of the year.

Whether you do this now, or not, the weeks will pass either way,
so eat healthy and make wise decisions, do it now, don’t delay!

This weeks tester is Cory King from Mississauga, Ontario Canada. Cory was one of our first testing volunteers completing 15.6 back in February.

Groceries for meal plan 15.19
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fingers on the BBQ
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Gooey Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Thank you once again Cory for choosing a great meal plan for this week! I have to give Cory a huge shout out for completing this meal plan while dealing with a sick toddler. It just goes to show that even when life throws us curve balls, we can still find the time to eat right. Keep up the good work Cory! You are a Rock Star!!

Last week, I finished the meal plan post with a picture of Jesse Kahle and I on Marsella Beach on our dirt bikes. I am currently in Nicaragua and I am having the time of my life. We have 29 people on this Culinary Adventure and if adventuring is our goal, we are doing it in fine fashion. Yesterda, Jonnie, Kaycee, Robert and I all rode motorcycles south of San Juan Del Sur and ended up in Ostional. There, we found a group of 8 guys pushing a Panga from way up on shore, out into the ocean so they could go fishing. We showed up just in time to help them out in the rudimentary, but effective effort of rolling the boat down a log and sliding it over boards. In the end, Angel invited us to go fishing with him, and while we couldn’t take him up on it, he wanted to make sure we knew that the offer stands. He sets his line every afternoon at 3:00PM and retrieves it every morning at 5:30AM. Stay tuned to see if time permits me to join him…

Oh yeah. And, don’t give up.

And, do your best to…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

(Helping Angel push the panga on the Paleo playa…)

  

Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:

Chain grocery store (Kroger’s): $ 191.00 CAN
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $163.00 CAN

The amount you will spend will depend on your geographic location and how much you rely on bulk purchases. As an example, you can get 1 quart of extra light olive oil at Kroger for $19.99 or you can get 4 quarts at Costco for $16.50. You follow? Meat and produce will also be less at the warehouse stores, but might require you purchase more than you’ll need for this plan.

Customize Your Plan and Shop It Up!

I have created a customize-able grocery list in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. Even if you’re not good with Excel, I’ve set it up in a foolproof way that even “The Jo!” could handle. Follow these instructions:

  1. Open the document and click on the tab at the bottom that says “Menu item & Ingredient Brkdown”.
  2. At the top, you’ll see the number “1” in bold just below each menu item. You can change this number to correspond with the number of portions that you’d like to make. Say you really like muffins and want 3 dozen, you’d change the “1” below Bacon Berry Muffins to a “3” and the grocery quantities will be updated.
  3. Click back to the tab that says “Meal Plan 15.19 Grocery List” and your quantities will be updated.
  4. Print out the grocery list.
  5. Compare what you need to what you have on hand and finalize your list. Then, head to the grocery store and make your purchases swiftly and efficiently.

Step-By-Step Instructions:

I want you to knock this out in one shopping session, two cooking sessions, and one short finishing session. I’ll explain these now, but want you to scroll down to read my notes on each meal below. They are listed under each picture.

In cooking session one:

  1. Prepare your Three Pepper Turkey Chili, place it in the slow cooker, set the slow cooker on a foil lined sheet pan, and place it in your garage to cook overnight.
  2. Prepare the Chicken Tortilla Soup. Package up any leftovers and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  3. Prep your ingredients for the Beef and Veggie Ragout and put them in the refrigerator for tomorrow.
  4. Clean up the kitchen.

In cooking session two: 

  1. Portion out your Three Pepper Turkey Chili and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  2. Prepare your Beef and Veggie Ragout. Portion out and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 6 months.
  3. Prepare and bake the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.
  4. Clean up the kitchen.

In finishing session:

  1. Prepare the Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fingers and enjoy.
  2. Prepare the Coconut Chip Ice Cream. Freeze the leftovers.
  3. Sit back and take it all in. You just made a beautiful deposit in the Paleo Bank Account and you should be proud of yourself. Be sure to tell your friends about PaleoNick.com!


Three Pepper Turkey Chili

Notes:  A great slow cooker recipe that is sure to please your pallet.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Notes: This is a new recipe to the weekly meal plans. While it does have non-paleo tortilla strips, you can always choose to omit them if you’d like, but where’s the fun in that?

Grass-Fed Beef and Veggie Ragout

Notes:  This recipe is also new to the weekly meal plans and one of the first paleo meals I learned how to cook while assisting Nick in some of his original Paleo Cooking Seminars. It is loaded with veggies and guaranteed to fill you up.

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fingers

Notes: Cory was super excited to make this recipe for this weeks meal plan! If you haven’t tried making these yet, get to it! They are SO GOOD!!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Notes: These muffins are great little snacks for anytime of the day. Just be sure you don’t eat to many in one sitting.

Paleo Coconut Chip Ice Cream

Notes: This recipe is a great treat! Cory didn’t have an ice cream maker, but still managed to make it using science and the ice method. It didn’t turn out quite as nice as pictured here, but still tasted okay.

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