It might look like I'm a meal planning pro, but I still get stuck in a rut sometimes!! Last week was one of those weeks. Nothing was really sounding good, I felt like I had been eating the same thing on repeat for weeks, and I wasn't feeling inspired to come up with anything creative. When this happens, there are a few things that I do to spark my creativity and get the ball rolling!
How to get out of a meal planning rut:
-look at past meal plans (#wholedailylifemealplans is a great resource for this!)
-search on Pinterest for terms like #whole30, #onepot, etc.
-look in the fridge/freezer/pantry to see what is already on hand and try to make meals out of that
-go for something simple, like a no-cook plate or a pot of soup!
-let good enough be good enough; meals don't have to be elaborate or fancy, they just need to be nourishing!
Here's this week's meal plan:
Breakfast: Creamy Lemon Chicken and Kale Stew // You can find the recipe by AIP Lifestyle here. I have been making this for years and it never disappoints! I especially love starting my day with this because it is so easy on the digestion.
Lunch: Tuna Cakes with Haricots Verts // I didn't used to be able to eat green beans, but I've been doing just fine with these! I steam them well (about 10 minutes) so they're super soft and that's it. For the tuna cakes, I used this recipe as inspiration, but modified it pretty heavily because that's just how I roll when it comes to cooking! They are packed with flavor from the smoked paprika (which I tripled). I also wanted to mention that the ONLY tuna I use is Safe Catch, because each fish is lab tested to be well below the acceptable limit for mercury content. I have a double MTHFR gene mutation, which hinders my body's ability to detox, so mercury isn't something I'm willing to mess around with!
Dinner: Curried Beef with Sautéed Red Cabbage // The curried beef recipe is in my ebook, Weeknight Paleo. It's one of those "chop it all up and toss it in a pan" kind of meals, and there is tons of flavor from the curry! Red cabbage is another food that I didn't used to tolerate at all, but since I have healed my gut, I've been doing well with it. All I did here was add about 2 tbsp coconut oil and 1 cup of water in a large pot with 1 head of thinly sliced cabbage and let it cook for about 40 minutes until very tender. I didn't Add any seasoning to this other than a bit of salt since the curried beef has so much flavor!
Snack: I'm bringing a little Zupa veggie shot to work each day, and will probably pair this with some jerky or nuts. I do my best to eat intuitively, which means that if I'm hungry, I'll have more food, and if I'm not, I might not need it. (wholedailylife for 15% off your Zupa order!)
This entire meal plan is both Whole30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox compliant!
Have a wonderful week!