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The best way to be sure you stay on track and that your grocery budget doesn’t go to waste is to use a meal planner!
I've shared a few months' worth of my weekly meal plans with you to help get you started. Have a look at the one below, then find ALL of them PLUS a blank planner for YOU to use on this page!
You'll notice I eat very simply, and I repeat foods often. That's because the quickest route to over-spending on groceries is thinking you need to eat something different at every meal.
My advice: Get boring. Repeat meals. Eat leftovers. Cook in bulk. With the time you save, you could read my book. Twice!
This week, I'm pulling from the following websites:
- Real Food Liz: Roasted carrot hash with sage, cinnamon and bacon
- Real Food Liz: Easy espresso-rubbed ropa vieja with smoky sweet potatoes
- A Girl Worth Saving: Slow cooker shredded pork
- Primal Palate: Beef liver & onion meatballs
And the following recipe books (if you don't have 'em, improvise or Google a similar recipe!):
- The Paleo Foodie Cookbook: Paleo Tabbouleh Salad (recipe available FREE online at Hollywood Homestead)
- The Paleo Foodie Cookbook: Slow cooker chocolate chicken molé
- The Ancestral Table: Colcannon recipe (potato, sausage and kale dish)
Again, download the blank meal planner and see 2 months' worth of meal plans here.
HERE’S HOW I DO IT: I fill in the meals I plan to eat in the chart. As I go, I add ingredients I need to the shopping list (I don't show my shopping list below, in case you'd like to use the plan for yourself). Easy!
This week, I'll make big batches of hard-boiled eggs, sweet potatoes, chili, and double-batches of everything as I go – so I'll have leftovers galore. I use PaleoChef salad dressings!
- These are “unofficial” meal plans. This is how I do it, and what I eat – this isn't an official “meal plan program.”
- Still, checking out what I'M doing is a great way to get ideas for YOURSELF.
- I don't usually snack; if I do, it's hard-boiled eggs, nuts, coconut flakes, sardines (yep, sardines) or a PaleoKit.
- COOK A FEW BIG BATCHES OF A FEW DIFFERENT THINGS ON SUNDAY (ie a bunch of sweet potato, meatballs, chili or hard-boiled eggs). You can pull from these all week.
- I pull from FREE online recipes (which I link), and I also pull from recipe books I own. You might not have those books. Either get 'em, or improvise by inserting your OWN recipe! I'm not trying to make your life difficult by cooking from books you don't have. I'm just using all the resources I have, and I encourage you to do the same!
Need accountability? Leave a comment when you're done with YOUR weekly real food meal plan. I'm waiting to hear from you…
Thanks for reading, and happy planning!
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