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I have decided to embark on the Whole30 mission for January 2019. This will be a great feat for me since I am a lover of all things cheese and bread! Also, planning meals while still serving up items that are nutritious and appealing to my toddler will be difficult, but I feel up to the task! My daughter will not be participating in the Whole30 because it is vital that she continues to eat carbohydrates and dairy as she is a growing girl. She will however be offered what we are eating with the addition of rice, bread, cheese, and other yummy items that she enjoys! I will include two versions of each meal plan and grocery list – one that will include what I will add to make a complete meal for a toddler and one that is for two adults on the Whole30 plan.
What’s Your Why?
Before starting, it’s important to identify your WHY. This is what will get you through the tough days where you want to give up. For me, I feel like my body needs a reset and I want to step back and evaluate which items in my diet may be prohibiting me from feeling like the best version of myself! I feel sluggish often, even after getting plenty of sleep. After working out on a fairly regular basis and I haven’t seen results. Some of this is expected as a part of Mom life, but if it could be attributed to something in my diet, I’d like to know!
Setup for Success
Since the New Year was starting, I needed to pick up a new planner to help me meet my goals. After researching all the options out there, I decided on the Commit 30 Planner. It had exactly what I needed to help me stay focused and organized. The best part, was it was much cheaper than a lot of other planners out there! Here’s another great option from Amazon.
Select a day of the week for shopping and meal prep that works best for you! If you don’t enjoy cooking, prep ahead or plan more simple meals. Do a simple inventory of your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Make a list of what is Whole30 compliant and what isn’t. We tried to eat as much as the non-compliant food prior to starting. I also made a separate list of the items that weren’t Whole30 compliant, but I could use for meals for my daughter during the month.
Check out my Kitchen Essentials for some of my favorite items that keep me on track when I am meal prepping! I like to keep my kitchen minimal so all of the items I use are either multipurpose or used frequently.
We are also trying to stick to a monthly food budget of $400 for our family. We signed up to try Butcher Box for the month of January and see if we think it is worth it. They provide grass-fed beef, free range chicken, and pork that is all humanely raised and antibiotic free. It’s delivered straight to your door too, which is nice! Our first box cost $109 and it is $129 for every box after that. You can try them out by visiting my link here. Once you sign up, you can then share your link with friends and family and earn some credits for yourself!
Our first box contained:
- 2.84 lbs of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 2lbs Grass-Fed Ground Beef
- Two 10oz. Grass-fed Ribeye Steaks
- 2lbs Boneless Pork Loin Chop
- 10oz. Uncured Bacon
Recipes for my Whole30 Week One Meal Plan
Paleo Breakfast Casserole by Paleo Running Momma (10 Servings) – You could freeze half for a later date or make half with different veggies for more variety during the week.
Easy Apple Cinnamon Paleo Hot Cereal by Paleo Running Momma (4 servings)
Veggie Egg Scramble – Saute veggies of choice in a little cooking oil (I like spinach, bell peppers, and mushrooms!) Once veggies are almost cooked, lightly beat 2 eggs in a separate bowl and add to pan on medium heat. Scramble eggs until finished! Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder or other seasonings of choice. Top with salsa and/or avocado.
Sweet Little Breakfast Souffles by The Natural Nuturer
Easy Paleo Cobb Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette by Real Simple Good (4 servings) – I plan to prep all 4 and have the two extras for a day when I’m not in the mood for leftovers.
All of my other lunches planned will be leftovers. I have also stocked some canned tuna and hard boiled eggs on hand to make a quick light salad if I am not in the mood for leftovers!
Ground Beef Lettuce Tacos with Homemade Taco Seasoning by The Real Food Dietitians – You can also use Ground Turkey if you prefer. Just serve the cooked & seasoned meat in a broad leaf green like bibb or romaine. You can also add a can of diced tomatoes to your meat while cooking with the seasoning! Top with Whole30 Compliant toppings (avocado, salsa, olives, sauteed bell peppers & onions are some of my faves!)
Healthy Zuppa Toscana by Real Simple Good
Roasted Spaghetti Squash (you can also make zucchini noodles if you prefer! Or buy pre-spiralized veggie noodles at the store) served with ground beef and marinara. Look for a Whole30 compliant marinara or spaghetti sauce. I was unable to find one at Trader Joe’s so I made my own using this recipe for Marinara Sauce from gnom-gnom.
Cast Iron Skillet Ribeye – We signed up for Butcher Box this month and received two 10oz. Grass-Fed Ribeye Steaks. My husband has perfected cooking up a Ribeye in our Cast Iron Skillet by following Gordon Ramsey’s Perfect Steak instructions. I plan to serve with roasted carrots (honey roasted for our daughter) and mashed cauliflower.
Chicken Fajita Bake by Real Simple Good (this would go great with a Mexican Cauliflower Rice! I’ll add a link once I find a good recipe I like!)
Kid Options (Not Whole30 Compliant)
These will likely vary based on your kids ages and preferences, but these are a few of our go-to meals for my picky toddler! I always have some of her favorite fruit, bread for sandwiches, flour tortillas for quesadillas, steel cut oats, mac and cheese, and pasta on hand for her. Vegetables have been hit or miss with her lately so I try to rotate in some of her favorites (corn, peas, riced vegetables to add to pasta or mac and cheese) and then I introduce at least one new vegetable per week. Sometimes it’s a veggie she has tried, but a new preparation! These Honey Glazed Carrots from Livestrong were a recent favorite!
3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
Freezer Friendly Pumpkin Oatmeal (Can be made with any frozen fruit or additions! We like blueberry or apple cinnamon!) – Make a big batch and freeze in a muffin tin so you have easy to reheat oatmeal pucks to grab in the mornings!
I listed the Pantry Staple items that you will need for the Week 1 recipes on the Grocery List, but wanted to list them here as well! I had most of these on hand already.
Compliant cooking fats (you do not need all of these, but I would recommend at least ghee and avocado or olive oil):
- Avocado Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
Seasonings & Spices:
- Black Pepper
- Cayenne – Optional for Taco Seasoning
- Chili Powder
- Dried Oregano
- Garlic Powder
- Ground Ginger
- Italian Seasoning
- Onion Powder
Choose a day that works best for you! I usually prefer Sundays because my husband is home and can help with Avery, however sometimes we have plans on the weekends so it gets moved up to Friday or pushed back to Monday!
If you start with the Paleo Breakfast Casserole prep (which takes over an hour due to roasting the veggies), you can get the rest done while it bakes!
|Meal Plan Prep||Kid Friendly Prep|
|Paleo Breakfast Casserole (1hr 15 mins):|
Cut & crisp bacon
Roast sweet potatoes & brussels
Prep & Bake Casserole (or freeze for later)
|Can sub different veggies for the casserole if you like! Egg cups are another great make ahead item that your kids might prefer.|
|Easy Apple Cinnamon Paleo Hot Cereal (20 minutes) - This can be done while the casserole cooks!)|
*This doesn’t need to be made ahead of time, but I would like mine a little softer and to have more time in the mornings so I’m going to make it on the weekend.
Peel & dice apples
Boil & Simmer
|Steel Cut Oats with Apples & Cinnamon, freeze and store. I like to make a big batch that can be eaten for a few days or freeze in a muffin tin with silicone liners (so they pop out easily!) Then you store the oatmeal “pucks” until ready to reheat.|
|Easy Paleo Cobb Salad (40 minutes)|
Hard boil eggs - make a few extras for snacks during the week
Bake chicken - Put in after the Breakfast Casserole or make shredded chicken in the crock pot! Just add some chicken broth and cook on high until the chicken shreds easily.
|If you have time, you can also prep these items:|
|Homemade Taco Seasoning |
You can also cook and season the meat so it’s ready for dinner!
|Ground Beef/Turkey and Marinara Sauce - Can be stored in the fridge or freezer! |
If you didn’t find Whole30 compliant sauce in the jar, you might want to make yours ahead of time! (35 minutes)
My Free Printables
For those wanting the Kid-Friendly Version:
Whole30 Week 1 Meal Plan for Two without Kid-Friendly Modifications
Notes about grocery list:
- You will have 2 less pieces of bacon than what the recipes call for! You can either buy another package or buy 24 slices and have 2 less slices in one of the recipes.
- If you can’t find Whole30 compliant marinara or spaghetti sauce, make sure to add ingredients to your list to make your own!
My Whole 30 Pinterest Board: Tons of great articles, shopping lists, and recipes are stored here. I am always adding more too!