Whole30 Meal Prep

The countdown to #SeptemberWhole30 has begun!!!  Are you ready?

I am getting exciting.  I know that sounds weird, but since this will be my 3rd round I know how amazing I will feel!  Yes, eating clean takes a lot of planning and food prep.  So let’s talk about how I plan and prep.

First I make my meal plan a week in advance.  So since Sunday is my meal plan/prep day the meal plan I make is for the following week and the meal prep is for the current week!  There are several reasons for this!!

HERE IS MY WEEK ONE MEAL PLAN!

As you can see, I keep it simple and don’t mind eating left overs!

I do most of my shopping at Spouts.  Their adds run Wednesday to Wednesday.  (This means on Wednesday you get 2 weeks worth of sales). So if I make my meal plan on Sunday so I can shop on Wednesday.  (Yes, something’s I wait to purchase on Saturday so it will be fresh for Sunday meal prep).

Meal planning a week in advance also protects me if my schedule goes crazy (someone gets sick, work late, travel).  I don’t have to worry about rushing to make a meal plan because I did it last week.

Ok, here are some of the staples I make every week! (Click for Recipe)

  1. Homemade Mayo
  2. Veggie Dip
  3. Chicken Salad
  4. Veggie Soup
  5. Hard Boiled Eggs
  6. Roast some veggies (these can be used for breakfast or sides at dinner)
  7. Either Breakfast Muffins or Casserole

I also premake some items.  For example, if “spaghetti” and meatballs is on the menu I premake the meatballs.  Salsa for Taco night can be make ahead.  Also to keep zoodles from being too watery you can spiralize them, lay on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.  Let sit for 30-45 mins then squeeze out juice.  Store in a ziploc in the fridge.  Really anything you can do cut, roast, mix ahead will make weeknights easier!!

I have three teenagers in my house so sometimes I get home from work to find that my hubby is working late, one child is working and another is going out with friends.  This is when I use some of those things like Veggie soup and Chicken Salad.  I also will make Aidells sausage with peppers and onions!  Yum!

I didn’t talk about these 2 other kitchen gadgets that I am loving so far (still learning and testing).  The Instant Pot and my Air Fryer.  I have made several things in the instant pot, so far it is worth it just for boiling eggs.  However, it also cooks meat super fast!  I love to dice potatoes and put in the air fryer they com out golden and crispy!!  It is also the only way I have found to make curly sweet potato fires without them wilting and becoming soggy!!

Now for those of you that travel or work on the road.  You can still do this!!  Please read my Whole30 on the go post HERE.

The key is to not be afraid to take a cooler and a bag of emergency food.  I keep a couple of Larabars in my purse.   I also keep a container of ghee and bottle of Franks hot sauce at work.  I can always run get a potatoe and rotisserie chicken and have a buffalo chicken stuffed baked potato if I forget my lunch.

Lets face it there are endless ways we can justify falling off the wagon BUT there are equally (if not more) reasons to stay strong and stay the course!  Don’t be afraid to take your own food to a dinner party or family Birthday (I have done both).  Just remember there is someone (lots of someone’s) that due to allergies/sensitivity has to do that all the time.  They survive going out and to friends houses and so will you!

I hope this helps and if you have questions or need more help just comment or shoot me an email!

T-MINUS 3 DAYS AND COUNTING!!