Whole 30 Week 1 Dinner Plan - Pretty Real

Whole 30 Week 1 Dinner Plan

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It's that time of year! I'm ready to pay the piper for the terrible, horrible, wonderful, very bad things I've been eating lately. The one plus is that I'm literally craving a cleaner diet as my body rebels from the constant barrage of fat and sugar. Here is my Whole 30 Week 1 Dinner Plan along with notes. One note being, make extra if you can. That way you will have leftovers for lunch or for a busy night when you'd usually eat pancakes or grilled cheese for dinner (no? just me?). The key to the Whole 30 is preparation. So here goes:

whole 30 dinner plan week 1
Tuesday, January 1: Sweet Potato Noodles with Cashew Sauce
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If you've never tried cashew sauce, what are you waiting for?! It's difficult to get a creamy texture on the Whole 30 but this sauce nails it. My notes on the recipe: I add ground turkey and season as I would an Italian dish (garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano or Italian seasoning mix). This makes it go a little further and makes it more hearty for my family. I use this spiralizer.

Wednesday, January 2: Spaghetti

Sometimes I make meatballs but this week, I'm tired. So I will simply brown ground turkey, seasoning as described above, use jarred marinara sauce (this kind has zero sugar), and serve over zucchini "noodles." The kids may or may not have real pasta. Sometimes I'm hardcore. Mostly I'm not.

Thursday, January 3: Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet potatoes
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I'll be honest- the first time I tried making the mayo was the last time. While it tasted fine, it was so runny and I couldn't shake the thought of eating raw eggs. I might try again but it's just as good without. I double the sauce measurements and cook the chicken first and then add the sauce. That way I can remove some of the chicken for the kids and give them the option of eating it plain or adding BBQ sauce. I usually serve with a side of steamed broccoli. From a bag. haha.

Friday, January 4: Taco "Rice" Bowl

No linked recipe here- I simply brown ground turkey and season it with chili powder, season salt, garlic, cumin, pepper, and paprika. I season the cauliflower "rice" with salt, pepper, cumin, and if I'm feeling ambitious, lime juice and chopped cilantro. I top with guacamole, or pico de gallo (store bought or homemade). The kids will get the choice between eating it like me or in a taco shell. You can do the same thing but eat in a lettuce wrap. I prefer the rice since it's more filling.

Saturday, January 5: Pizza

For the kids, that is. I try not to make 2 separate meals while I'm doing the Whole 30 but sometimes they just need a break and so do I (from their whining about my healthy meals!). I plan to eat leftovers. In a bind, I usually end up eating breakfast for dinner...

Sunday, January 6:  Chili
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This recipe is delicious. I add beans for the kids. They'd eat it either way but I find it stretches the meal a little bit. I find topping it with jalapenos, cilantro, and onions, makes it feel a bit more indulgent (vs the usual sour cream and cheese).

If you don't have a spiralizer, get one! This is the one I have. They are so helpful. If I don't have leftovers, I often will spiralize zucchini and top with whatever meat I have on hand or even just sautee with olive oil, salt, and pepper. It's a light meal but I snack on fruit or veggies in between.

Good luck! I will try to come back and share week 2 meals and some helpful hints for a successful Whole 30.

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