My husband is embarking on a Whole Life Challenge for the next 8 weeks, that involves a rather strict dietary component. Crazy dietary restrictions are nothing new to me, but I’ve never cooked for the whole household with the rules. This time, the whole family is going to go along. I will bend the rules for the kids - allowing some gluten free grains and honey - but for the next 8 weeks, we are all going to be eating super duper clean!
Here’s what the rules look like:
No Grains or Starchy Carbohydrates. Only sweet potatoes are allowed. No wheat, rice, corn, barley, quinoa, even white potatoes and soy. And of course the more obvious… no bread, pasta, bagels, cereal, pastry, baked potatoes, and French fries are against the rules. For vegetarians, the exceptions to this rule are wild rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and fermented soy (but we aren’t doing the vegetarian rules).
No Sugar or Sweeteners. Nothing. Only Stevia is allowed.
No Dairy.No milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. Grassfed butter is allowed.
No Alcohol, Soda, or Fruit Juice. Only Kombucha, fruit puree (i.e. apple sauce, or whole fruit pureed in a blender), any fresh juiced or store bought vegetable juice, lemon juice, and lime juice.
No Artificial ingredients or Processed Foods.
When the eating gets tough, the tough get menu planning! Since I have to cook (literally) around three kids, one of whom insists on pulling up and standing, holding onto my pant legs, I’m not going to make a commitment to what I cook, when. I never know when my 7 month old is going to nap and give me a chance to use the kitchen hands (and legs) free. So here’s a list of stuff I’m going to make this week, hopefully in time for a proper meal. :)
Breakfast tends to be the easiest meal for us to sit down together as a family, so I almost always make a cooked breakfast for us.
Paleo Berry Cobbler
Perfect Almond Flour Pancakes
Slow Cooker Breakfast Meatloaf
Sweet Potato Hash
And of course lots of meat, veggies, and fruit. My butcher is making us some no-sugar bacon and chicken breakfast sausages to help us along.
Probably a lot of leftovers, but if I have a chance to whip something up, it’ll be this kind of thing (otherwise I’ll do these for suppers!)
Bahn Mi Sliders in lettuce cups
Green Bean Salad with roasted chicken.
Taco salad (maybe I’ll make this coconut sour cream...)
My 7 year old is over the moon that I’m going to roast a whole chicken (if the butcher has one on Tuesday, when we go). I’ll use leftovers for this Paleo Pad Thai.
Bora Bora Meatballs
We love soup for supper (especially on Friday night - it’s tradition!). Since I can’t make fresh bread or cornbread, I’ll look into some coconut flour or almond meal biscuits instead, like these: Perfect Paleo Biscuits
Italian Wedding Soup with meatballs
Thai Chicken Soup
I’ll also probably make some crock pot shredded meat to use throughout the week in various iterations. And I always have ground beef on hand. My family is pretty happy with a bowl of ground beef and veggies!
Snacks and Sauces
I do not like to eat vegetables without something to dip them in, so I’m going to be experimenting with some of the approved condiment recipes. We also need foods that can be easily gotten, since cooking an entire meal from scratch every time we need to eat does not fit with our current lifestyle. Basically, we need something we can spread peanut butter on!
This is a lot of new recipes for me; I might not get to all of them, but I’m going to try! It will be fun to have new stuff in my rotation.