Welcome to our very first installment of Meal Plan Monday! I’m taking submissions from readers for this series in exchange for a free e-book and 10 bonus entries into our next giveaway. But for this week, I had a reader suggested that I go first, so, here goes!
I use Plan to Eat for my meal planning, and I seriously don’t know what I would do without it. I can easily input recipes from all my favorite blogs, drag and drop them into my meal calendar, and then PTE spits out a grocery list for me for what to get! But that’s just the basics of the program. There’s so much more I could say about Plan to Eat, but I’ll save it for my review and giveaway post for a year’s subscription, coming soon!
Here’s a screenshot of one of my weeks that I’ve planned (click to enlarge):
And now, all the links to where you can find the recipes!
Breakfast: Spinach Mushroom Egg Bake Muffins (grain-free)
Lunch: Chicken Rice Soup (from Nourishing Traditions) with a hearty salad (I put whatever I have on hand in there — satsuma slices, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomato, chunks of cheese, crispy walnuts, carrots, etc.) with Basic Dressing
Snack: Baked kale chips (my mom’s recipe, coming soon!)
Breakfast: Coconutty Cinnamon Banana Bread (I would make this Monday night as a healthy dessert/snack, then eat leftovers with breakfast)
Lunch: Ultimate Beef and Liver Chili (can be made ahead of time in bulk and frozen!)
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Cold Breakfast Cereal (requires planning ahead — soaking flour, etc.)
Dinner: Easy Eggplant Parmesan (I usually toss some ground, grass-fed beef in there as well)
Snack: Soaked Sunflower Pumpkin Seed Crackers (requires planning ahead for soaking) with raw cheese
Breakfast: Summer Squash Pancakes (recipe from What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on GAPS Intro Handbook) with bacon and eggs
Snack: Crispy Walnuts with yogurt and berries.
Breakfast: Peanut Butter Cold Cereal (from Wednesday)
Dinner: Cornish Game Hens with Grapes (from Nourishing Traditions)
Snack: Sauteed Apples with whipped cream (could be dessert)
Breakfast: Chicken and Apple Breakfast Sausage with eggs and sprouted toast (and butter, duh).
Lunch: Homemade Sloppy Joe’s
Dinner: Bacon-Wrapped Salmon Cakes
Snack: Grain-Free Pumpkin Cookies
And there you have it! One week’s worth of things I love to cook in my kitchen.
Other Plans & Things
As I mentioned in the announcement last week, I’d love for this series to be more than just about meals. If you choose to submit a meal plan for Meal Plan Mondays, we want to hear about what else is going on with your real food lifestyle. I thought of the following topics to discuss, so again, I’ll go first!
One of my biggest current goals is to start producing more of my own food. The Pre-Husband and I are looking into aquaponics systems, so we can grow both garden veggies and fish to eat! We are also preparing to get our own chickens for eggs, and possibly meat.
PH and I are going to be starting the GAPS diet in the coming weeks to heal our guts. I’m putting up a post to explain more about this ASAP. Reversing gut damage is a huge health priority for me, because I believe Hippocrates when he said, “ALL disease begins in the gut!”
I ask you guys questions all the time on Facebook, but I’ll throw another one here as well. Does anyone have any tips to share with me as I get ready to start GAPS? I would love to hear some advice from experienced GAPSters!
My latest thing is keeping a bag in the freezer to toss vegetable scraps in for making stock. I was keeping it in the fridge at first, and then realized that doesn’t really make any sense! May as well freeze it as you go, before any of it goes bad.
Favorite gadgets or cookbooks
Eh, well, I think we all know by now that I’m borderline obsessed with Nourishing Traditions. That and all my favorite real foodblogs provide me with plenty of recipes these days. Oh! I also am using the What Can I Eat Now? e-book from Health Home and Happiness for all the recipes I will need for GAPS intro. It’s awesome!
As for gadgets, I was pretty lacking in this department until recently. I don’t even have a toaster, for goodness’ sake. (That’s because I live in a solar-powered hippie home.) But I did just get a Cuisinart Mini-Prep food processor, and I’m in love. It may have a little something to do with the fact that it’s adorably pink, though.
My “conversion” story
In a nutshell, I was always a bit of a natural health freak, but I just never really cared about food until Christmas of 2010. That’s when my mom, who’d been seeing a real-food holistic nutritionist and had drastic health improvements, gave me my copy of Nourishing Traditions. I started cooking real, traditional food and researching real nutrition, started blogging about it, and the rest is pretty much history!
Now, it’s your turn!
To be featured in this series, submit a week’s worth of meal planning from your meal calendar — preferably with links to recipes if they can be found online — to me by email: emily @ butterbeliever . com (minus the anti-spammy spaces.) Of course since we’re all about real, traditional food around here, your meals have got to be legit. So obviously, no toxic, fake, or processed ingredients. If you’re not sure what counts as real food and what doesn’t, dig around here a little or just ask me.
Your weekly meal plan could be as simple as just a list with days of the week and what you’re feeding your household for each day — breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hopefully even a few snacks or dessert thrown in there. Or you could get fancy, and submit an image from your meal calendar, or a spreadsheet, or whatever. We just wanna know what you eat!
Also, feel free to include your take any of the other topics I discussed above. I want to hear more about your real food lifestyle! Pictures are great, too.
(What’s in it for me?)
If your submission is chosen to be featured, you’ll get some goodies!
- A free e-book. My very first e-book to be sold on the site is coming shortly, and each featured Meal Plan Monday submitter will be getting a free copy. (as soon as it’s ready!) It’ll be worth like, lots of money of course.
- 10 bonus entries into the next giveaway. Whatever the next prize giveaway is here at BB, you’ll get 10 bonus entries for free!
- Promotion of your blog or website. You’ll of course get a link and I’ll write you a little blurb, but you could also include links to your own recipes in your weekly meal plan!
So, if you’d like to participate, send in your submissions and I’ll start posting them — and giving you your goodies, of course! I can’t wait to see what you’ve all got planned in your kitchens. See you back here next week!