What’s for dinner? This week’s Paleo menu plan (2/18)

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on February 18, 2013

Menu Plan by Melody of This Beautiful Frugal Life

We are a family of four, including two toddler boys who eat their body weight in food every day.  We eat a Paleo-ish diet, with the majority of our meals and snacks made with whole foods.  We don’t eat pasta, beans or grains of any kind and very little dairy.  We are super busy during the week, with trips to the gym most afternoons, so are constantly on the lookout for meals that can be prepared ahead of time or thrown in the crock pot.

Meal planning is very important for our family, as the last minute options we used to rely on (grilled cheese, PB&J, frozen pizza) aren’t in the cards anymore.  I try to do as much prep as possible early in the week, making up a big batch of homemade salsa, some kind of protein (shredded chicken, hard boiled eggs or ground beef), easy breakfast options for my husband before work and post-workout snacks.  This also saves us from those last minute choices that aren’t as healthy as we’d like them to be.

While my kids are fantastic eaters and do love most vegetables, I still take every chance I get to sneak some in.  I know there is a big debate about whether to sneak vegetables or let your kids acquire a taste for them naturally.  I say do both!  I like to make a big batch of cauliflower puree and add it in to scrambled eggs or throw it in some breakfast muffins.

Here’s what’s for dinner at my house this week:

Monday Madagascar Chicken, Lime Cilantro Cauliflower “Rice”

Tuesday Ham and Vegetable Frittata Muffins

Wednesday Sweet Potato and Kale Chicken Patties, Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms

Thursday Simple Roast Chicken, Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

Friday – Leftovers

Saturday Meatza with peppers, mushrooms, and olives

Sunday French Toast Breakfast Scramble

Snacks this week: Rustic Roasted Tomato and Garlic Salsa, Homemade Larabars, Coffee with Homemade Chocolate Almond Coffee Creamer

For my husband’s lunch, I usually pack him leftovers or a big salad with tons of veggies and a hard boiled egg or two, topped with homemade salsa and mashed avocado.

Find more great recipes on Frugal Living NW! Find more frugal homemaking posts here. Find past menu plans here.

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Sasha | Global Table Adventure February 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Thank you for trying our Madagascar Chicken. It’s an honor to be included in your menu … in such great company, too :)

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Phyllis February 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Yay! Happy to see a Paleo related post! It has made a world of difference for us ever since we made the switch. Lost 16 lbs the first two months and sleep so much better now! Hope others find the right balance of healthy eating for them. It is definitely different for everyone.

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Abby February 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

We’re having oven-fried chimichangas tonight. They’re a family favorite!

http://motheronamission.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/oven-fried-chimichangas/

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Andrea Standin February 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Great plan. I’m curious about the paleo diet but right now I’m just aiming for as clean as I can get.

A great way to encourage the use of other veggies is to experiment. The other day I made mashed potatoes with half mashed cauliflower and half mashed potatoes. It was fantastic, creamy, and less starchy!

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HeyCupcake February 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

What a nice surprise to log on to FLNW and find this! We just started eating along the guidelines for the Paleo diet. I just had my aha moment on nutrition ;) thanks for putting this together, Melody!

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