Meal Plan / Week 26 September 2019

The Whole Life Challenge is back! Or more accurately, we’re participating in the fall WLC for the next six weeks. This week’s meal plan is very Paleo (with one exception at the end of this post), and includes many of our favorites from previous Challenges. Two new recipes that I’m excited to share are Cinnamon Coffee Cake and Olive Rosemary Bread; neither has any sugar, grains, or dairy, and both travel well – I took them with me to nibble during a cross-country flight!

Matcha Chia Pudding (Vegan)

Most meal-prep in my house is a team effort between me and my husband; for example, for this Matcha Chia Pudding, my husband prepared the vegan pudding at night; in the morning, I quickly cut up some mango and added salted pistachios and unsweetened coconut flakes. We had a delicious and filling breakfast in less than 5 minutes!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Paleo)

Nothing smells as nice as cinnamon, especially when it’s included in something yummy baking in a hot oven! I’m really happy with how this Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Paleo) turned out. It tastes delicious warm from the oven, and also reheats like a dream in the toaster.

Olive-Rosemary Bread (Paleo)

I’m always on the hunt for bread recipes that don’t include wheat or dairy. This one includes an ingredient that was a surprise, and that makes this Olive-Rosemary Bread (Paleo) really special.

Creamy Miso Chicken Salad with Tahini Butter Sweet Potatoes

This Creamy Miso Chicken Salad with Tahini Butter Sweet Potatoes is in my top-ten salads of all time. Savory, tangy dressing lightly coats chopped greens, bacon, and shredded chicken. The sweet roasted potato offers a fantastic contrast, with it’s own savory homemade Tahini [vegan] Butter.

Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

It’s not an exaggeration for me to say that there are only a few foods that I love more than Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. Adding a splash of balsamic vinegar adds just a hint of sweetness to these roasted beauties. They’re cooked with slices of bacon on top, which allow the flavor and fat from the bacon to seep into the vegetables. Truly delightful!

Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes

When I pulled a recipe for chicken thighs with sweet potatoes and prunes out of an issue of Real Simple last fall, I hadn’t yet begun to explore the Paleo Diet. The recipe just sounded delicious. We replaced prunes and honey with dates and farmer’s market-fresh plums and pluots. The resulting savory-and-sweet Braised Chicken and Sweet Potatoes combo is outstanding!

Tuna & Salmon Poke Bowls

This recipe for Tuna & Salmon Poke Bowls includes rice so it isn’t Paleo, but it’s great for anyone participating in the Whole Life Challenge at the Kickstart or Lifestyle nutrition levels. If you’re not familiar with Poke, it can best be described as diced raw, marinated fish which is tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and super-flavorful sauces. This is a family-favorite!


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