Helpin’ a Sister Out

 

ImageOver the last few months, a lot of friends have asked for my weekly meal plans, grocery lists, or to just do their grocery shopping for them. Apparently, I have a pretty good handle on this whole planning/prep thing — must be the Type A in me. Whenever people are trying to get healthy, lose weight, or have some health issue, I am quick to say, “Hey! Try this paleo thing!!” Including my dear little sister.  She got me into running and this ridiculous world of half (and soon full) marathons, and is an awesomely strong Army wife. Her hubs graduates in April and she wants to slim down for the big event in 9 weeks! Sounds like the perfect reason to throw in a lil paleo fun for 8 weeks!

She asked me for help planning and navigating this new way of eating. So, I promised to keep it simple and on budget, and also keep in mind that she’s currently only cooking for 1 but wants leftovers for lunch. So I searched my Pinterest page for the best of the best that have become frequent  requests in my house and made a list of the basic necessities to survive your first week of Paleo. 🙂 Truth be told, this is my dream gig – blogging, planning and cooking – and working out – I’d be such a happy camper. 🙂

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Jessie’s Week 1 Meal Plan 

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Taco Salad 

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Creamy Chicken Verde (can be made crockpot style)

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Bacon Pesto Stuffed Burgers

    I cheat a little here and get the Le Grande pesto from Wegmans in the organic cooler – it uses veg oil, but no dairy and no nuts – and it tastes AWESOME.

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Crockpot Buffalo Ranch Chicken 

great on top of salad – or in lettuce wraps OR just by itself – fabulous with some Paleo ranch dressing!

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Turkey & Spinach Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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Italian Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

Apple Pie Granola – this is a weekly staple!!                                                                                 Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies 

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Must have pantry items:

  • EVOO
  • Light Olive Oil (for mayo)
  • Coconut Oil 
  • Almond Butter 
  • Raw honey
  • Maple syrup (real deal)
  • unsweetened shredded coconut (organic aisle)
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Coconut Milk – canned – Thai Kitchen (full fat)
  • Nuts, nuts and more nuts
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