Monday, April 6, 2015

Weekly Paleo Meal Plan + AMAZzzz Paleo Veggetable Soup

Mann what a weekend! Easter! Sports! Beer watching sports! More sports! More beer watching sports! I'm not a huge fan of the NCAA tournament because it brings back traumatic childhood memories of being a die-hard Jayhawks fan and writing tear-stained diary page after page about how this time I won't recover from our loss, we truly deserved to go all the way this year and life is so unfair and if the Jayhawks can't have the title then what is left to believe in. (direct quotes from my 5th grade diary. I did in fact have a swift recovery that year as the entry two days later weighed my future husband options: Taylor Hanson or Lance Bass or Paul Pierce?).

Anyway, onto le weekly meal plan:

Breakfast for the week: Hearty Breakfast Casserole / Green Smoothies (I'm getting bored with my smoothies...suggestions for new smoothie recipes please!)

Lunch for the week: Slow Cooker Picadillo 

Monday Dinner: BLT Breakfast Salad, because LOOK AT THIS



Tuesday Dinner: Sweet Potato Burgers (subbing a few ingredients, updated recipe to come)

Wednesday Dinner: Breakfast for dinner! Trying out some paleo pancake and/or waffle recipes - anyone have suggestions for this??

Thursday Dinner:  Paleo Gnocchi (Hi can someone please tell me the correct way to pronounce this? I love it. I love to eat it at restaurants. When I order it at restaurants I'm always like "I want the nock-eyyy, wait I mean neeyokeyy I mean..sorry I'm simple" and everyone is like:



Friday Dinner: Leftovers

Desserts: Banana Cake, dark chocolate (72% or higher cocao)

Snacks: almonds, veggies, fruits, sweet potato chips.


Ok so I read this New York Times article and at first panicked that I'm going to die or my body will turn 80 in approximately 6 years because I love meat so much (I'm an end-of-the-world type thinker), then got a reality check and decided to just try to stop relying so much on meat and incorporate some more plant-based meals into the meal plan. Last week I made this vegetable soup that turned out DELICIOUS and really filling and packed with 1000000 servings of vegetables (I measure servings loosely):


Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 6 hours (set it and forget it in my new crockpot)
Servings: 8

Ingredients:
  • 3 stalks of celery, sliced ($.50)
  • 1 package of frozen green beans (15 oz) ($2.00)
  • 1 package of frozen peas (12 oz) ($1.50)
  • 4 carrots, chopped ($1.50)
  • optional: 14 oz navy beans ($1.00)
  • 2 zucchini sqashes, chopped ($1.50)
  • 32 oz vegetable broth ($2.30)
  • 1 14 oz can of tomato sauce ($1.00)
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes ($.1.00)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon minced dried onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (this came out pretty spicy so maybe lay off on this a little - easier to add more later)

Throw all the ingredients in the crockpot for 6-7 hours, then enjoy veggies like you've never enjoyed them before.

I need suggestions: plant-based meals/blogs, paleo pancakes/waffles, and smoothie ideas. HELP!




19 comments:

  1. So much yum here. That BLT Breakfast salad...I will be making that. It looks like a plate of everything that is correct in the world. Also, I have been dying for a good veggie soup!
    I hope you had a great weekend love!!!!

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  2. That breakfast salad looks GOOD! Can you meal plan for me :) ?

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    1. haha yesss! you can just copy, that's what it's here for (:

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  3. All the yum!!! And I thought it was "NO Key"?? But I've only eaten it once in my life so I'm no expert;)

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  4. Mmmm that soup has my mouth watering! And that diary entry, too funny! But in all seriousness, who was your husband?? ;)

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  5. Your soup recipe sounds delicious!!! I think I need to try it for lunches or something this week. Thanks for sharing! I am going to go read that article now and scare the shit out of myself, have a great week!

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  6. Breakfast salad looks good....there have been times I have thought a salad sounds good in the morning but it ends up not being quite the same. Add an egg and that changes the whole thing.... and the type of greens. I have a hard time with getting a soft boiled egg to turn out just right.

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  7. I say Gnocchi the second way. Sweet potato burgers, yes please. I need breakfast ideas too, I need quick and easy.

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  8. Your menu is making me so hungry and I just had lunch LOL! xo, Biana

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  9. AH! Hilarious!! I went to KU, and have also been the crying victim of a tournament loss. Only I was like 24 years old... not 11ish. I maaaay or may not have a jayhawk tattoo which was inspired by the national championship in 2008 and the drunken celebration that occurred directly after. Damn Jayhawks.

    Also, I'll have to try this vegetable soup, looks good!

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    1. OMG that is AWESOME! That championship was WORTH IT. I was ready to get one too! hahaha

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  10. This morning I put a combo of coffee and coconut milk in my smoothie (1/2 cup each) instead of all coconut milk. Then I added protein powder, cocoa powder, half a frozen banana, ice, and a little cinnamon. Oh, and a handful of spinach. It tasted like a frappuccino.

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    1. annnnnd that is going to be my breakfast tomorrow! thank you, Jess!!

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  11. That salad looks amazing!! Also Im going to try those sweet potato burgers they are sure to be a winner!

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  12. thanks for including me in your meal plans!

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  13. I am so grateful to have found this blog. Thank you so much for sharing your meal plans along with the recipes. You havbe made my life so much easier!! Keep 'em coming!!

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  14. This soup looks amazing and I think I am going to have to try it - even with the weather getting warmer thank goodness for the crock pot not making the whole house warm up and still being to eat some of our favorite meals!

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  15. I am trying this recipe and I was wondering if you cooked the vegetable crockpot soup on low for 6-7 hours or on high?

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