If you’re participating in our August Whole30 group, you should have already received an email with the following meal plans. If you’d like to participate in an upcoming Whole30 AIM Well group sign up here for the AIM Well general newsletter, but feel free to follow along with the meal plans below!
Week one is a doozie. Each time I participate in a Whole30, I sign-up for the refresh of the Whole30 Daily. The emails from the official program really help to keep me grounded and remind me of all the emotions, reactions, and thoughts that go through one’s head during the program. And week one support is crucial.
If you’re following along at home, you’ve probably made it through your first few temptations, turning down donuts at work, convincing your co-worker you’re not crazy, and a long day when you’ve just wanted to bury yourself in in some fajitas and ‘ritas. YOU MADE IT. That is no small feat. So celebrate your victory. And what better way to celebrate than to reward your body with more nutrient-dense, tasty food that elicits healthy psychological responses?! Week Two Meal Plans are here!
Mix and Match
By now you should be getting used to the idea that a protein + veggies + fat = a meal. And hopefully you’re getting comfortable mixing and matching elements to make yummy, unique meals. You’ll start to gravitate to some staple meals, and that’s great. A quick throw together meal is your best defense when those stressful, exhausted voices creep into your head saying “17 days is really great and you should just stop here and be proud of yourself!” That voice is right, but not about stopping. A full 30 day program is really the only way to get the most out of this journey and you KNOW you can do it.
And if you’re really wanting to make simple, no cooking required meals, check out Mel Joulwan’s Great Ingredients ideas, a handful of dishes you can throw together with just a few, well, great ingredients.
Branch out this week with some proteins you haven’t tried. Ground lamb is a meat I rarely reach for but always love when I make it. Salmon patties (burgers or cakes) is another dish I don’t initially think of but am always happy when it ends up on my plate. I’ve included them both in this week’s plan. They share a Mango Jicama Slaw which cuts down on your cook time. More time to get in that awesome sleep that is headed your way next week!
The Meal Plans
As I’ve mentioned in the Whole30 Prep post, I recommend shopping twice a week. Saturdays/Sundays and Wednesday/Thursdays. That way you are only having to think of what you need for a few days at a time. I find this easier to concentrate while I’m meal planning and at the store. Plus food stays its freshest.
I’m changing up the way I’m offering the meal plans, to not include an ingredient list. This will give you the opportunity to play with your recipes and mix and match what works for your family.
I’ve included an option for a daily breakfast, but I also regularly have dinner leftovers when I’m running short on time in the mornings.
Weekday: Avocado Sweet Potato Toast (add an egg or protein of your choice!)
YOU CAN ALSO PUT SWEET POTATOES IN THE TOASTER! I KNOW!! MIND BLOWN.
Weekends: Potato Boat Power Breakfast (when you’ve got a little extra time to make these puppies!)
Here are some other great Whole30 breakfast ideas.
Lunches + Dinner:
This week I’m combining Lunch and Dinner recipes so you can get used to mixing and matching leftovers to reduce cook time. I have 3 full new recipes and then some mix & match proteins and veggies. Experiment with mixing and matching cook ahead proteins with veggies and spice mixes. If you need more detailed info on this, Well Fed has a great system for this.
New Full Recipes:
Lamb Tacos with Jicama Slaw – Ditch the Paleo tortillas and try lettuce or bell pepper halves for the “container”, I’m using the jicama slaw from the burgers as the topping, if you want to use the salsa, you’ll have to include the ingredients for that.
Stuffed Avocado Shrimp Mango with Jalepeno aioli (serve with Cauliflower rice)
Mix and Match:
A Whole Chicken (I do mine in the InstantPot)
Ground Beef (I get 1-2 lbs)
Salmon filets (I use a stove top cast iron skillet, a few minutes on each side is perfect)
Roasted Sweet Potatoes (cubed, coconut oil, salt & pepper, 425 for 30-35 min)
Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts (I sub ghee for oil, and ditch the cheese)
Salmon Spice Mix (but i use it on lots of stuff)
And in case you missed it….
Nom Nom Paleo’s Pressure Cooker Beef Stew – I included this again because OMG we are obsessed with it. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, WHHHHYYYYY? We make this on Friday nights and finish it up on Saturdays at lunch. Rather than putting veggies in to cook with the stew, I prefer to make some potatoes ahead (12 minutes in the IP!) and some green veggies while the stew is cooking.
On Saturday nights we typically eat a nice steak. This is our treat for the week.
Enjoy your week and let me here what you’re cooking up!