It’s the fist week of Healthy 7 menus. If you’re holding fast to a Paleo or Whole30 diet, this is the place for you. Congratulations for prioritizing your health and taking charge of your awesome life! Since this very well may be your first week on the program, I’ve filled this menu with some of the tastiest recipes that you can pop into the freezer to enjoy throughout the month if you like. Before I share the menu, here are the recipe highlights.
One of the joys of cooking is experimenting. As long as you follow the guidelines of Whole30, you can modify the recipes to your liking. For instance, I’m not a fan of cauliflower, so I substitute riced broccoli. And grocery stores have gotten on board by selling a variety of riced and spiralized vegetables (my Trader Joe’s even sells spiralized carrots in the freezer section). You’ll pay a premium, but if it keeps you on track, go for it!
Each week I give you four recipes for your lunches and dinners. That doesn’t mean you need to make ALL FOUR! In fact, I cook for myself and usually make just a couple of new dishes a week and resort to frozen foods for some of my meals. My freezer typically contains some version of Chicken Zoodle Soup, Chili, and Beef Stew. And you may need to trim some of the recipes based on how many people you are feeding. I suspect you might not really need six pounds of chicken wings…so keep that in mind before you head to the grocery store.
And here’s your weekly reminder to make the Health 7 menu work for you! Swap out vegetables. Adapt the recipes to meet your needs. Don’t make something you know you’ll hate! You can always pull out favorites from previous menus and switch around your meals as you like. I want YOU to be successful as you prioritize your health, so make adjustments that will guarantee success! Have a healthy and happy week.
I’m lucky because I have access to some terrific grocery stores that offer a variety of organic products and the essentials for many of the recipes. But not everyone is so lucky. Don’t let a limited selection at the local grocery store derail your efforts! Here are some ingredients that you can order online to make your program a success.
You can also try Barefoot Provisions and Thrive Market. Both deliver organic and non-GMO products right to your door, and offer a good selection of Whole30-compliant foods.
Dr. Brenda is a sociologist, educator, blogger, motivator, and financial coach. In addition to blogging at The Five Journeys, she writes 30-day challenges at BetterLifeChallenges.com. Her passion is guiding people on their journey to financial freedom through coaching at DrBrendaMoneyCoach and online courses at EarlyExitAcademy.com.