Family Dinner Plan: Whole30 days 7-13

The first 6 days of the Whole30 challenge were, well, challenging. For the last few weeks, I have been reducing my sugar intake and cutting back on most breads and pastas, but that still did not prepare me for complete removal of these items from my diet. I was a little tired mid-week, and one day I felt like I was eating constantly because I was so hungry, but by Friday I was feeling pretty good and was not tempted by the first-of-many back-to-school parties.

Breakfasts are tricky on the Whole30, IMHO. It is so ingrained in me (pun intended) to seek out grains for breakfast. Cereal, oatmeal, toast, pancakes, waffles, so many choices. The Whole30 plan changes all that. Breakfast options now include eggs (any way), sauteed vegetables (often with eggs), bacon (with eggs, duh), Paleo Oatmeal, berries with coconut milk, or basically any leftovers from the night before. Lots of eggs, which is sort of ironic, since my girls are now molting and not laying. Oh, the tragedy!

Our box from Mariquita Farms this week is full of things to put up for the winter – namely, Tomatoes, Anaheim Peppers, and Tomatillos. These three, along with onions from a previous box, will go into Tomato and Green Chili Salsa and Tomatillo Green Salsa (I thought cilantro would go in as well, but the recipes call for dry herbs). We also found a big head of Green Cabbage, so I will start my sauerkraut this weekend. Other items in the box included Gala Apples, CilantroHeirloom/Cherry Tomato Mix, and Lettuce.

Here is my menu plan (still on the Whole30 Challenge) for the week of September 16:

Sunday: Roast chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, salad with cherry tomatoes, sauteed greens

Monday: Pork and Green Chili Stew, cauliflower rice, salad with avocados

Tuesday: Taco/Taco Salad night, except with ground lamb with Greek seasoning

Wednesday: Soccer night and dinner out (last week, the kids ended up with pizza and I came home to leftovers!)

Thursday: Roast salmon (or maybe ling cod), sauteed greens, squash puree, roasted beet salad

Friday: Another back-to-school party, I need to bring an appetizer and it will need to be Whole30-friendly. Maybe salami and cucumbers, or liver pate with cucumbers, or maybe a bowl of grilled sausage. I will have to see what kind of mood I am in!

What is on your menu plan this week?