May’s Monthly menu plan is going to be broken into weeks. Because this week’s menu plan is geared toward following my Whole30 experiment, I need to account for all breakfasts and lunches and dinners…quite a change from my regular breakfast and lunch “winging it” routine. I have tried to rough it out on paper, but it is way too lengthy, and I just couldn’t bring a whole month of meals together-
So I will outline one full week of Whole30 including 3 meals everyday for 7 days. If you are going to do a Whole30 this will be a great resource for you going forward! For the next 30 days, I’ll be following a diet free of gluten, grain, dairy, sugar, soy, and alcohol – and for the next 7 this is the plan, 3 meals a day:
|1||Spinach omelet, side of fruit, avocado||Homemade chix sausage (W30) fried egg||Leftovers from last night, with pesto||Scrambled eggs, berries, side of spinach with ghee||Leftover salmon, butternut squash soup||Scrambled eggs with lots of veg., leftover pork and greens, side of applesauce||Leftover taco meat, fried egg, pan fried plantains|
|2||Protein Salad, w/nuts or avo., whole30 salad dressing, side of fruit||Protein salad in a hollowed pepper, sliced veg and apple with sunbutter||Mexican tuna (p. 238 from the book) in lettuce cups, leftover slaw, side of fruit||Leftover briscuit, squash, pesto, side of fruit||Greek salad, hard boiled egg, side of fruit||Salmon cakes (346 in W30 book) butternut squash soup, green beans and mush/peppers||Leftover salmon cakes, cold thai salad, sauce (320 book)|
|3||Steak with salad, spiced cauliflower (GCE)||Sauted chicken breasts, pesto drizzle, roasted potatoes, kale saute||Slow cooker beef brisket, butternut squash, garden salad||Oven baked salmon, broccoli, mushrooms, squash, pepper sauce(W30)||Grilled pork loin, with applesauce||Roasted sweet potato, stuffed with Ground Chicken taco spiced, avocado mayo drizzle||Chicken sausage, pepper, onion, kale frittata, drizzle avo mayo, fruit salad, cauli-mash|
Now, I also have made or made-available some make ahead, go-to foods to help me this week:
Precooked chicken breasts, boiled eggs, fruit, veggie sticks, ghee, unsweetened applesauce cups, canned beets, canned salmon and tuna.
The plan makes it clear that pre-workout and post-workout snacks are to be implemented as extra to the regular three meals of the day. The goal in the morning is to eat within 1 hour of waking…So when I workout first thing in the morning at the gym, I will need to eat a hardboiled egg and some nuts. If I am home, I can probably get away with no egg, and then breakfast right after I workout. I will have to see how my energy level is and then tweak this somehow- this part is a bit wonky as it isn’t so clear cut. For after a workout, if I am not having breakfast, a snack of canned beets or cooked sweet potato are some options they put out there as acceptable.
Then I made or need to make some recipe make-aheads:
Homemade chicken sausages, scrambled egg muffin cups, butternut squash soup, W30 pesto, W30 red-pepper sauce.
As you can see from the menu above, I noted where I got certain recipes. W30 denotes the Whole30 recipes from their book:
The blog, Good Cheap Eats, GCE, on the menu, is a treasure-trove of Whole30 recipes and good information on meal planning for this.
Another blog that has been a huge resource of inspiration for me is Adventuroo. She has a great Whole30 log, and links to great recipes that she used along her journey.
These three resources have pretty much saved me from thinking that I just couldn’t make 3 meals a day for 30 days according to a plan…I will be posting more about some great recipes that I am using, but for now, I am just going to focus on trying to stick to this!
As usual, I am linking to my ladies to give you some great meal-planning ideas this week, so please visit if you need some inspiration: