This week’s tester is: Jeanne Somers from Wausau, WI. Jeanne resides in a household with her husband/chef Anthony, her picky eating teenage daughter Sabrina, and her in-laws, Jean and Jim Winters. Jeanne works for a window company in Wausau. When she’s not working, she enjoys CrossFit, cooking, reading, family time and road trips.

Jeanne admits to being a CrossFit addict along with Anthony and Sabrina. They are members of CrossFit Bull Falls in Wisconsin. Jeanne and Anthony do daily WOD’s while Sabrina trains in Olympic lifting.

“I found Paleo Nick using a google search when I started to learn about paleo eating. The site and the recipes are full of information and the blogs by people are fun and interesting.  I am a diabetic of 27 years (lost my pancreas in an accident and have to take daily insulin shots to survive).  I found out about a year ago that my cholesterol was high and so was my blood pressure and the first thing the doctor did was put me on more medication.  This did not make me happy so I went in search of a way to get off the medication and found CrossFit which lead to Paleo eating.  I could tell you that I have lost a lot of weight but I think it is more important to say that I am on track to getting healthy and I take ½ the insulin I took when I started this journey.  (My last A1C was 7.2 – down from the 11.3 I started at).  I no longer take any cholesterol medication and while I need to take the blood pressure medication for my liver I only take ½ of what I was taking a year ago.  I am the healthiest I have ever been and am on track to continue to get healthy along with getting some muscles in the deal,” Jeanne shared. 

  

Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:

Chain grocery store (Kroger): $101.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $75.00

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:

  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 want to double batch of the Cottage Pie, just change the “1”  to a “2” and it will increase the ingredients for this recipe. Make sense?
  3. Click back to the tab that says “Meal Plan 17.43 Grocery List” and your quantities will be updated.
  4. Print out the grocery list from the first tab only.
  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 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:

  1. Prepare the Three Pepper Turkey Chili. Place the ingredients into the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker on a foil lines sheet pan and place it on the counter or in the garage to cook for the next 8-10 hour on high overnight.
  2. Prepare the Sausage and Eggplant Ragu. Enjoy this meal for dinner. Portion out any remaining food and refrigerate for 5-7 days or freeze for up to six months.
  3. Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a day well done.

In cooking session two:

  1. Portion out the Turkey Chili. Store the portions in the refrigerator for up to seven days or freeze for up to six months. Clean out the slow cooker.
  2. Prepare the Cottage Pie. Portion out and properly store in the refrigerator or freezer.
  3. Prepare the Greatest Paleo Pizza ingredients and dough. Enjoy this meal as a reward for all your hard work.
  4. 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!

Three Pepper Turkey Chili

Notes: “OK, so everyone has a version of chili that they go to and love so trying another recipe makes the family super judgmental…. And this chili not only passed the tastes great test – it got a please make it again.  It has a great flavor – not too spicy.  I used poblano and super chilis that I raised in my garden (with lots of love) and combined with the other ingredients it made a great tasting, not burn your mouth chili,” Jeanne noted.

She thought the zucchini was a nice touch, having never tried it in a chili before.

This recipe will fill your slow cooker to the brim. The size of peppers can vary, so you may end up with extras if you buy large produce. Be smart and place your Crockpot on a foil lined sheet pan while it cooks to avoid a giant mess if it boils over a bit.

Jeanne spent twenty minutes chopping veggies for this chili, eight hours slow cooking it, and yielded approximately twenty-four portions.

Sausage and Eggplant Ragout

Notes: “I was presently surprised with the eggplant. I have never cooked with it or eaten it before. It is easy to work with and added a nice element to the mix. It incorporated the flavors of the meal and tasted great. This meal was very tasty – great flavors that mixed well,” Jeanne proclaimed.

The tester served it over mashed cauliflower instead of the spaghetti squash and thought it turned out nicely.

Our PALEO GRIND Veggie Victory is an ingredient in this recipe, so grab a bottle today if you don’t already have one.

Jeanne spent about twenty minutes prepping her ragout, twenty-five minutes cooking it, and filled three single quart glass jars along with four additional portions. She spent about $26 on this meal.

Zoned Out Cottage Pie

Notes: “When I said pie for dinner my family was excited and guess what not at all disappointed when they tasted this goodie. It was an instant family favorite! Very tasty, very flavorful. Smelled wonderful cooking. Very filling – a small portion was plenty,” Jeanne exclaimed. “It has been added into out monthly line up.”

This recipe calls for PALEO GRIND Greek Freak or Italian seasoning.

It took Jeanne fifty minutes to prep this recipe, thirty minutes to cook it, and she made three pies. The cost of this meal was approximately $25.

Greatest Paleo Pizza

Notes: “Pizza not from Pizza Hut is a hard sell in my house.  This pizza was not what we expected but it did have good flavor and it was fun making the dough/crust,” the tester said.

My husband isn’t a shrimp fan, so we omitted that ingredient and topped it with Italian sausage, sweet red pepper and green chilis. We thought the dough was a bit too thin and crumbly, and it was on the dry side,” Jeanne noted.

She spent thirty minutes prepping the ingredients and dough, ten minutes cooking one large sized pizza. Total cost for this recipe was $20.

Scroll down to see how Jeanne’s recipes turned out for this weeks plan:

Three Pepper Turkey Chili
Sausage and Eggplant Ragu
Zoned Out Cottage Pie
Greatest Paleo Pizza

Thank you Jeanne for being an inspiration both in the kitchen and real life. Being the change when challenged with medical situations in your life is so impressive and hard to do for many. You are using your knowledge of fitness and fueling your body in a healthy way to avoid having to only use medications to curb your diabetes, all while shaping great looking muscles. Keep at it women! Maybe your mother-in-law will give Paleo more of a chance if you keep making these amazing meals.

Jeanne and her family

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