This week’s tester’s are: the Hadley Family from Truckee, California. This great family consists of Jeff, Cortney, and their two beautiful children. They also happen to be neighbors to Paleo Nick, which they discovered one Sunday morning at church when they ran into him and his family. Ends up they only live a couple blocks away and Cortney has followed @paleonick on Instagram for a few months now.
When the family has any down time, you can find them outdoors discovering new adventures in Truckee or hanging out on the beach at Lake Tahoe. Cortney is a runner, loves to lift weights, ride bike, and swim.
“My husband started the Whole30 in the fall of 2016 as a way to get healthy and break bad eating habits and has lost over 60lbs in the process! I’ve always maintained a loose Paleo diet, but Jeff is full time on board now and our kids are happy to comply (the kids still get some grains and whole fat dairy). I was sick for several years with flu-like symptoms and could never get any relief from modern medicine. I finally saw a Natropathic doctor last spring and she discovered I’m severely allergic to ALL dairy. I immediately removed dairy from my diet and have felt amazing since. Paleo keeps us clean, healthy and happy,” Cortney shared.
Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:
Chain grocery store (Kroger): $220.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $178.00
Your final tally will depend on your geographic location and how much you rely on bulk purchases. As an example, you can get one quart of extra light olive oil at Kroger for $19.99 or you can get four quarts at Costco for $16.50. You follow? Meat and produce will also be less at the warehouse stores, but might mean you’re buying more than you’ll need for this plan.
Customize Your Plan and Shop It Up!
I have created a customizable grocery list in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. Even if you’re no good with Excel, I’ve set it up in a foolproof way that even “The Jo!” could handle. Just 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 double batch of the Deep Dish Breakfast Pizza just change the “1” to a “2” and it will increase the ingredients for this recipe. Make sense?
- Click back to the tab that says “Meal Plan 17.15 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 and two cooking sessions. I’ll explain these now, but make sure to scroll down to the notes on each meal below. They are listed beneath each picture.
In cooking session one:
- Prepare the Slow Cooker Carnitas, place it into the slow cooker, set the slow cooker on a foil-lined sheet pan, and leave it on your counter or in your garage to cook for 10-12 hours overnight.
- Prepare the Mac Nut Crusted Pork with Cucumber Avocado Salsa. Enjoy this as a meal or dinner tonight. Properly store any remaining portions in your refrigerator for up to five days.
- Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a day well done.
In cooking session two:
- Portion out the Carnitas and refrigerate for up to seven days or freeze for up to six months. This one freezes and reheats very well.
- Prepare the Deep Dish Breakfast Pizza. Enjoy a slice for breakfast and portion out the remaining slices for more meals this week. Store these in the freezer and pull one out each night for a quick breakfast the next morning.
- Prepare the Thai Turkey Meatballs with Cauliflower Rice. Portion out and store in the refrigerator for five to seven days or freeze for up to six months (they won’t last that long!). Enjoy a portion for lunch or dinner if you’d like.
- 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: “We loved the bright citrus flavor, and how easy this meal was to prep and complete. I prepped the pork before church and by dinner time, it was sweet, juicy and tender. The recipe was easy to follow, very simple and I loved how fresh this meal tasted. I served it with jalapeno cilantro slaw and corn tortillas for the kids,” Cortney shared.
This week’s tester prepped her meal in thirty-five minutes, allowed it to slow cook for nine hours, and made “about a million portions.”
Notes: “We loved all the veggies in this meal! I actually made it Sunday morning and we ate it for breakfast for the next three days. I was nervous to serve a dish with mushrooms and olives to my picky husband, but he enjoyed the flavor combinations. It was simple, delicious and full of flavor. We served ours with Tapatio (of course) and fruit salad. I’m glad I had a 12″ cast iron pan, I started with an 8″, but there’s no way it would have all fit in that pan!” Cortney proclaimed.
She spent ten minutes prepping her pizza, twenty-five minutes cooking it, and made twelve servings.
Notes: “These meatballs are a great twist to the classic. We loved the fresh flavors packed into a tender turkey ball and the amount of fresh veggies in the “rice” was a sneaky way to get the kids to eat their veggies. This meal was a great leftover to have and I served the “rice” again the next day with grilled shrimp,” Cortney noted.
“The rice came out a little spicy for the kids,” she said.
Cortney’s daughter did all the prep for this meal in forty-five minutes (there’s a large amount of prep involved for these tasty bites of goodness!). Cortney cooked the meatballs and rice in fifteen minutes and made eight meal portions for her Paleo bank account.
Notes: “This meal had a great clean flavor that impressed. It was satisfying and delicious! Easy prep, easy to cook and amazing combination of flavors…sweet, crunchy, creamy, salty,” Cortney explained. “We served this meal with the addition of roasted broccoli and cauliflower.
She ran out of the mac nut crust before she got all of her medallions dipped, so she used almonds to coat them instead.
The prep time on this meal was thirty minutes, another thirty minutes of cook time, and it yielded four portions.
Scroll down to check out the photos Cortney submitted for this meal plan:
A great big “THANK YOU” goes out to the Hadley family for participating in this week’s plan! And how cool it was to meet you last month in Truckee (I have only ever met a handful of my meal plan testers over the last few years). It’s so great to hear the story of how eating a Paleo driven lifestyle has changed so many issues in your lives for the better. Sharing this with your children will be a lasting example for the rest of their lives. Way to go Momma!!