Caitlin chose some great recipes, but was unable to complete the testing process for this week. Don’t let that stop you from using this plan to make some amazing meals and stock your Paleo Bank Account.
We’ve got 4 complete meals and 2 vegetable sides. The veggies sides are good to have on hand so you can grill or roast some meat and you’ve got carbs ready to pair it up with.
It’s hard to stay on track.
It requires consistent effort. It leads you to analyze your actions regularly and use discipline to stay the course. I am reminded of a sign in my son, Samson’s, 1st grade class that said “Do your best and keep going.”
That is really what it is all about, but often times we tell ourselves we are doing our best when we really aren’t. I’ve heard that used as an excuse recently and, while I don’t want to call people out, I’ve been forced to ask if a best effort was really put forth. Sure, we are going to mess up, but to tell ourselves we are doing our best when we really aren’t can become a slippery slope.
So, today, I want to encourage you, especially when it comes to diet, to stay on track and do your best. Don’t make excuses. We are going to eat 3 meals per day for the rest of our lives, regardless. So, get into these meal plans. Shop. Cook. Make a plan. Have a goal. And, stay the course.
There are times for Oreos and Banana Splits, but they are the exception and not the rule. Earn your ice cream, guys! And, do your best to…
“Keep It Paleo!”
Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:
Chain grocery store (Kroger): $211.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $165.00
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 want to make a half batch of the Thai Turkey Throwdown, change the “1” below the Thai Turkey Throwdown to a “.5” and it will half the listed ingredients for you.
- Click back to the tab that says “Meal Plan 15.38 Grocery List” and your quantities will be updated.
- Print out the grocery list from the first tab only.
- 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 Pork Chili El Nopal, 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 Thai Turkey Throwdown and enjoy a portion. Package up the leftovers and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 6 months.
- Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a day well done.
In cooking session two:
- Portion out the Pork Chili El Nopal. Refrigerate or freeze your portions. Clean out the your slow cooker and load it up with the Albondigas. Place in your garage, on a foil lined sheet pan, and cook overnight.
- Prepare the Paleo Green Monster. Once everything is finished, portion out this side dish and refrigerate or freeze.
- Prepare the Marjoram and Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash. Portion out and refrigerate for up to one week.
- Clean up the kitchen and polish up that sink!
In finishing session:
- Portion out the Albondigas and clean out your slow cooker. Properly store your meals in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Prepare the Lemon Pepper Chicken with Asparagus. Enjoy a portion and properly store any leftovers.
- 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 hearty, earthy recipe is a great slow cooker option to make anytime, but I think could be great to have ready for a Sunday afternoon of football. Some of the testers who have tried this recipe have had trouble locating the Nopal cactus. It can sometime be found fresh in the produce section or jarred in the canned food isle.
Notes: You really can’t go wrong with the massive sized recipe. I have made it at least 4-5x this year and will make it at least 2-3 more times. It’s a great option for stocking your Paleo Bank Account. The flavor combination is out of this world!! I always chose to use baby bella mushrooms for added flavor.
Notes: This recipe is chosen over and over by testers. The flavors are great and who doesn’t love a meatball!?! Be sure to pre-cook the squash before adding it to the slow cooker. I think it would be easy to throw the squash in the oven while you are cooking the Paleo Green Monster or Marjoram Butternut Squash on day 2. That way you will only need to brown the meatballs before you throw it all into the slow cooker.
Notes: This recipe is super quick and really tasty! The recipe calls for pulled chicken breast from a rotisserie chicken. You can also choose to use two roasted chicken breast if you already have those on hand. Either way, be ready for a huge punch of peppery goodness once this one hits your mouth.
Notes: Caitlin chose two great vegetable options for this weeks meal plan. This one can be tweaked to use vegetables of your choice if something is out of season or hard to find. Anyway you do it, it is a great side dish option to bump up those carbs on any high protein meal.
Notes: I can’t get enough of this recipe! It’s one of my favorites along with the Rosemary Garlic Roasted Sweet Potatoes. The thinner you slice the squash, the quicker it cooks. Try your best to keep all your pieces as uniform as possible. The hardest part of this recipe for me is the peeling and slicing of the squash. Marjoram can usually be found in the fresh herb section of your local grocery store. It can be eaten hot or cold and is another great side dish option. It is also a very kid friendly dish. My 1 year old shovels this in whenever we make it. Enjoy!