The meal plan tester for this week is: Kelly Seaton and her adorable family from Colorado. Kelly works full time at home with the three kiddos (5, 3, & 1) as a Director of Communications and Marketing for a website. Her husband husband works full time as a Superintendent in construction. They both work out at NorCo CrossFit in Loveland, Colorado.
“We did a Zone Challenge with our gym back in February which really helped us both stay on track and see improved performance. We have been trying to stay zoning since then!” says Kelly.”
“We’re a family always on the go and outside it seems. We recently traveled back to Northern California where I grew up for a week and finally took our landlocked kiddos to see the ocean. When we’re back home here in Colorado we’re avid hikers and our kids love it too! ”
Here are a few pics from the Seaton’s experience:
Thank you Kelly for taking the time to test this plan for us all to enjoy. Your feedback was great and your cute kids make up for the lack of pictures you had in the end. Being able to feed your kids all of these meals and using only organic meats is quite impressive in my book. You did and amazing job all around and I thank you for your input! I loved that you found other ways to use all of the grilled chicken you now have in your Paleo Bank Account.
I love the pics and the story. The Seaton’s have a busy life, but find value in eating clean and time to make it happen. This hits especially close to home because I live in Northern California and just visited Colorado, both beautiful places.
The truth is that eating clean ain’t easy. We can always find excuses to eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, a few baskets of chips and salsa, candy, chips, cookies, crackers, any other number of unhealthy foods starting with the letter ‘c’. Thank you to the Seaton family for being an example of people who lead a busy life, but who don’t make excuses. Keep up the good work, keep setting an example for your children, and, as always…
“Keep It Paleo!”
Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:
Chain grocery store (Kroger): $325.00*
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $280.00
*Kelly decided to buy all her meat organic, which raised the price of this weeks meal plan a bit. The Chili Lime “Pollo Asado” is a very large recipe which calls for 4 whole chickens. You can always half this recipe on the grocery list if you’d like. They also chose to substitute the bison for elk in the Chipotle Bison Chili recipe.
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:
- Open the document and click on the tab at the bottom that says “Menu item & Ingredient Brkdown”.
- 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.
- Click back to the tab that says “Meal Plan 15.9 Grocery List” and your quantities will be updated.
- Print out the grocery list.
- 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.
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:
- Prepare your Super Radical Slow Cooker Ribs & Sweets, 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.
- Prepare the Chili Lime Pollo Asado and allow to marinate for up to 24 hours. Place in the refrigerator to be grilled tomorrow.
- Prepare the Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fingers. If you are going to use the Massie Mayo as a garnish, prepare that while your chicken fingers are baking. Once they reach a temp of 165 in the oven, remove and enjoy a few of these babies. Portion out any leftovers and store in the refrigerator or freeze.
- Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a day well done.
In cooking session two:
- Portion out your Ribs & Sweets and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
- Prepare the Chipotle Bison Chili with Butternut Squash. Portion out this meal and refrigerate and/or freeze your portions.
- Make your Hickory Smoked Burgers and either get them smoking or grill with your chicken in the next step.
- Get your grill going and cook the Chili Lime Pollo Asado.
- Clean up the grill and the kitchen and polish up that sink!
In finishing session:
- Prepare the Sweet Chorizo Hash and Eggs with Guac and enjoy this tasty meal for breakfast.
- Sit back and take it all in. Your Paleo Bank Account is stocked and now you are a Culinary Ninja who is ready to tackle life with energy, clarity, and confidence. Be sure to tell your friends about PaleoNick.com!
Notes: This great slow cooker recipe is delicious! Kelly served the ribs and sweets along with the burgers for a post T-Ball game family party and her guests couldn’t stop talking about the amazing food she prepared. The Super Radical Rib Rub is in this recipe if you need to make a batch it is included on this weeks grocery list. If you already have some, be sure to change the 1 to 0 on the grocery list spreadsheet to omit the ingredients.
Notes: You really can’t go wrong with this tasty breakfast selection. Kelly said “I ended up making a double batch since we eat it for almost all meals around here. I portioned it out into 4 block meals into tupperware and then we bring it with us in the evenings after the gym to the archery range.”
Notes: This recipe calls for you to smoke the burgers, but a grill works just as well if you don’t have a smoker. Again, this recipe calls for Super Radical Rib Rub. You can purchase some here or make a batch at home as the recipe is included on this weeks grocery list. Be ready to have your socks blown off with these burgers!!
Notes: Kelly decided to use Elk in this recipe instead of the Bison. You can substitute any ground meat you would like to prepare this dish. She also used it as a hot dog garnish for one meal and said it was a great change up.
Notes: This recipe calls for 4 whole chickens. The recipe article gives you links on how to fabricate a whole chicken if you need help with that. Just click on the picture above and it will take you straight to the article. Kelly got creative and used some of the leftover chicken to make a cilantro lime chicken salad of sorts using Massie Mayo (recipe included in this weeks grocery list and recipe compilation). She stated that there is a LOT of chicken, so finding a few side dishes to go along with it is a great idea. I would suggest the Majoram and Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash or the Chipotle Jicama Slaw as great options.
Notes: You really can’t go wrong with these little bites of heaven! Kelly said her children devoured them and they were a great snack to pack and bring along to the gym or while out and about. She replaced the jalapenos with extra peppers for the kids. The Massie Mayo recipe is included in the grocery list and recipe compilation for you, but if you don’t plan to use it, be sure to change the 1 to 0 on the grocery list spreadsheet to omit the ingredients.