Guys. Not sure if you feel like I do, but I’m a little worn out. I’ve been sleeping like a champ and following Whole30 to the letter, but I’m still walking around in a fog. Either my energy is sapped from breaking up sibling fights, or from the loss of sugar (and let’s be honest, a nightly glass or two of wine) that typically pumps through my veins. Your Whole30 meal plan for week 2 is pretty simple and straight forward. I wanted to give you easy dinner ideas in case you’re feeling sluggish (like yours truly). Tomorrow morning I’ll post a shopping list with everything you’ll need in this week’s meal plan. Let me know how your Whole30 experience is going, and keep up the good work!
Skinny Sloppy Joes with baked sweet potatoes and roasted lemon Brussels sprouts. I’ll roast the Brussels on a sheet pan at 425 degrees (tossed with some avocado oil and sea salt) and finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Baked spaghetti squash with Rao’s Marinara. The recipe I’ve linked here has mozzarella, which I’ll leave off my plate because of Whole30. I may toast some good crusty bread for my kiddos and we’ll have sautéed steamed spinach or broccoli on the side.
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas. This is a gem I’ve been making for years, and it’s a family favorite. Look for a 2.5 pound pork shoulder. Sear in hot avocado oil so it develops a bit of a crust. Make sure you sear the meat on all sides. Cut a white onion into thin half moons and add them to the slow cooker. Place the seared pork on top of the onions with a sprinkling of salt (about 2 teaspoons) and a bay leaf. You do not need any extra liquid or salsa, trust me. Cook on low for about 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. It should shred easily with a fork when it’s done (even if it looks a little pink inside, if it shreds easily it’s done). If you want to crisp up the carnitas, place them on a sheetpan in a single layer and broil for about 2-3 minutes. Serve over lettuce for a taco salad, or in a bowl with cauliflower rice, salsa, cilantro, jalapeños and guacamole.
We have a busy night at our house, so I need something that I can make early in the day and save for later. My family has been really patient with my Whole30 dinners, so I think I’ll make one of their favorites (since I won’t be eating dinner at home). Weeknight lasagna should keep the troops from rebelling. If you’re looking for Whole30 dinner ideas, check out the linked recipes from Fitness magazine.
Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa. My friend Chelsea sent me this one and said her whole family loves it (and she has three young kiddos). I plan to make my kale guacamole instead of the avocado salsa in the recipe here. If you’re worried about heat of the spice rub in the salmon, leave out the ancho chili powder or cut it in half. Serve with a big salad, tossed with Whole30 approved Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch.
My family loves beef stew. I’ll follow this recipe, but plan to add a large can of stewed tomatoes to the pot when I add the other vegetables.
Umami roast chicken from Nom Nom Paleo sounds fantastic. Serve with Whole30 mashed potatoes and roasted green beans. If you’re not sure about using coconut milk in the mashed potatoes, just thin them out with warm chicken stock, a little olive oil, salt and pepper.