Whole30 Meal Plan: Week 1!
Here we goooooo! It felt good to take a break from blogging and get some rest and quiet time. We celebrated the holidays in Sun Valley, Idaho, with extended family. It was bluebird days and cozy nights, with lots of carbs thrown in for good measure. It’s time to reboot for the coming year, and I’m excited to do what I think is my 5th round of Whole30. This time, I’m modifying the Whole30 meal plans slightly to work for me, but if this is your first go, I highly suggest you start here.
My modifications are the addition of legumes, such as chick peas and beans. I’ll stick to the no sugar, dairy, grains or pasta, but I might decide to have a Saturday night ranch water later on in the month. Who knows, I may not, but I’m loosening up the rules for myself. My motto for 2021 is “one day at a time” and being kind to myself and others. No judgement. Do what works for you!
We flew home from Boise today and I’m not sure what my pantry and refrigerator will hold! I’m excited to reboot my kitchen for 2021 in the coming weeks (sign up for my free Kitchen Reboot Masterclass!). It’s something I do in January and in August before the start of the school year. I’ve consulted on several kitchen planning projects with architects and home builders, and I can give you all my tips for a functional work space.
I love making a big batch of soup on the weekends and noshing on leftovers all week long. I love this chicken coconut curry soup — I can’t believe it was a year ago that I cooked this on Hallmark Home & Family. My oldest isn’t a fan of this soup (crazy!) so I’ll make my kids some steamed dumplings (store bought) and shishitos on the side.
Meatless Monday. A big batch of sheet pan ratatouille sounds perfect. If you’re doing Whole30, omit the garbanzos. If you’re not doing Whole30, toss with al dente whole grain pasta or serve over creamy polenta. I plan to have mine over sautéd cauliflower rice or mashed potatoes.
A family favorite are these Instant Pot chicken tinga tacos. Serve them in roasted and steamed poblanos or in a Siete grain-free or low carb tortilla. I’ll make a taco bowl with spinach greens, chicken tinga, some diced avocado, cilantro and pico de gallo.
Instant Pot? Slow cooker? That’s where my mind goes on Wednesdays. I like something that comes together quickly, or can be prepped early in the day. This healthy hamburger soup sounds delicious — you can use any leafy green (kale, chard or collard greens) and ground turkey instead of beef. My family may want something to nosh on while this finishes up, so I’ll make a quick batch of roasted tomatillo salsa and set it out with cut veggies and Siete tortilla chips.
Sheet pan night! By Thursday, I want a one-dish wonder. Planning on Arctic char with green beans and cherry tomatoes. You can also use salmon or halibut or almost any other fish. Or sub small broccoli florets, cauliflower or peppers! I have some frozen dairy-free pesto I may thaw as a sauce or leftover tomatillo salsa will also be tasty on the roasted fish. Red cabbage salad on the side.
My crew will be tired after a week of school and early mornings. We’ll have an early night (mom hopes). White cheddar and green chili quesadillas for my kids and a whole chicken in the slow cooker that we can nosh on all weekend long. Use leftovers to make paleo chicken salad with celery, cranberries and apples.