WEEK 3: MUSINGS ON TEX-MEX AND WHAT IS ON MY PLATE THIS WEEK

I cannot believe it is week 3. It has been frigid cold this week, and I am struggling with old feelings about food. When I was young every time there was a cold snap my mom would load us up and take us to eat Tex-Mex. I loved this experience… the chips, the guacamole, the cheese enchiladas! It was a rare treat because my mom only liked to go to Casa Ole when it was very cold out. SOOOO… needless to say I always crave some good old dirty Tex-Mex when the weather is cold, and that is why tomorrow we rock tacos! I am hoping that will stop my desire to dive face first into a bowl of chips and not come up for air until the manager of Chuys asks us to leave because my face buried in the chip bowl is making people uncomfortable. Check out my plan for week 3 below!

MENU
Breakfast
Sun.- eggs and bacon with berries and canned coconut milk with coffee
Mon.- Leftover cauli fried rice with 2 fried eggs and coffee with canned coconut milk
Tues.- Leftover cauli fried rice with 2 fried eggs and coffee with coconut milk
Wed.- apple chicken sausage with sweet tater fritter with coffee and canned coconut milk
http://planksloveandguacamole.blogspot.com/2014/05/sweet-potato-fritters.html
Thurs.- apple chicken sausage with sweet tater fritters with coffee and canned coconut milk
Fri.- apple chicken sausage with sweet tater fritters with coffee and canned coconut milk
Sat.- eggs and bacon and berries with coffee and canned coconut milk

Lunch-
Sun. – Fried Cauliflower rice ( COMPLIANT NOTE: Use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce, NO edamame) I will scramble 2-3 eggs up to mix in for protein
http://www.theglowingfridge.com/cauliflower-fried-rice-bowl/
Mon. – chicken and sweet potato dumplings

Tues.- chicken and sweet potato dumplings
Wed.- chicken and sweet potato dumplings
Thurs. – chicken and sweet potato dumplings
Friday – chicken and sweet potato dumplings
Sat. – Tuna salad on bed of kale and spinach with cucumber, sun dried tomatoes, bell pepper and spinach shreds
To make tuna salad mix homemade mayo with fresh dill a bit of lemon zest
http://www.paleofondue.com/2013/07/09/paleo-mayonnaise/

Dinner
Sun. – Taco Bowl- I am not going to eat this as nachos but rather as a salad with some chopped avocado ( I cannot do plantain chips because they are a serious no brakes food for me right now)
http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2014/01/31/plantain-nachos/
Mon. – macadamia crusted chicken with roasted green beans COMPLIANT NOTE: NO PANKO CRUMBS INSTEAD I USE SHREDDED COCONUT AND USE FULL FAT COCONUT MILK

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/10-healthy-nut-recipes/slide/6

Tues. – Almond and lemon crusted cod fish with leftover
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/almond_lemon_fish_with_spinach.html

Wed. – Damn Fine Chicken with roasted veggie mix of broccoli, cauli and carrots

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/4207543396/damn-fine-chicken

Thurs. – Chicken pesto meatballs and marinara with zoodles

http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2014/03/17/chicken-pesto-meatballs-marina/

Friday – best grilled chicken ever with leftover veggie kabobs

http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/06/09/the-best-chicken-you-will-ever-eat-ever/

Sat. – Steak and grilled asparagus

http://www.everydaymaven.com/2013/balsamic-marinade-for-steak/

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READY… SET… EAT! MENU AND GROCERY LIST INCLUDED FOR WEEK 2

So I am done with week 1, and I have discovered that every time I embark on a Whole 30 journey it gets easier. I am not experiencing headaches, or hunger pangs, but I am still grieving some of my old food friends. I have been in a panic at the thought of not having some good old dirty tex-mex for 100 days, but oddly enough that thought is even fleeting. I am feeling really ready to do this! So ready in fact that I spent what felt like a terribly long time making a menu and a grocery list for anyone who wants this to be their week to whole 30 on!  I am now very aware of why people charge money for meal plans and grocery lists, but I truly believe that if I can help one person find their way to health and fitness than I am paid in full! The list is comprehensive and you should go through your pantry and fridge and check off what you don’t need, and then hit the store ready to rock this week!

Breakfast

Sun. eggs berries coffee with coconut milk

Mon. eggs berries coffee with coconut milk

Tues. Chicken Apple sausage with berries and nuts

Wed. Chicken Apple sausage with berries and nuts

Thurs. Chicken Apple sausage with berries and nuts

Fri. eggs berries and nuts

Sat. Chicken Apple sausage with Apple and coffee with coconut milk

Lunch:

Sun. –  Kale salad with cucumber, red onion, celery and tuna bag mixed into homemade mayo with fresh dill

To make Mayo: take room temperature egg and whiz it in your food processor/blender then add in1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp dried mustard and 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar then whiz again slowly add 3/4 cup LIGHT OLIVE OIL in a slow stream drizzle to running food processor/blender when right consistency add in chopped fresh dill.

Mon. –  leftover soup

Tuesday – leftover soup

Wed.- Applegate farms turkey burger patty with sliced avocado and roasted broccoli

Thursday-  Turkey Burger patty sliced avocado with roasted butternut squash and roasted broccoli

Fri-  Kale salad with cucumber, red onion, celery and tuna bag mixed into homemade mayo with fresh dill

Dinner:

Sun.-  Paleo tortilla Soup

http://paleomg.com/chicken-tortilla-soup/

Mon.- pesto bacon wrapped chicken with shaved brussel sprouts

http://www.paleomomrx.com/2012/08/08/pesto-stuffed-chicken/

Tues.-  almond crusted chicken fingers with roasted veggies ( broccoli carrots cauliflower)

http://peachypalate.com/2014/05/12/chicken-fingers/

Wed.- steak with potatoes and grilled asparagus

http://www.everydaymaven.com/2013/balsamic-marinade-for-steak/

Thurs.- creole chicken with cauli rice SUBSTTUTION NOTE: I use paprika instead of saffron and Anchovy paste instead of anchovies

http://andrewzimmern.com/2014/04/24/paleo-hack-creole-chicken-coconut-plantation-cauliflower-rice/

Fri.- Best chicken ever  with grilled skewers

http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/06/09/the-best-chicken-you-will-ever-eat-ever/

Sat.- Turkey burgers, potatoes, and  grilled skewers- COMPLIANT NOTE: NO WORSECTERSHIRE

http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com/recipes/naked-turkey-burgers-w-grilled-red-potatoes

GROCERY LIST
PROTEIN:
3-4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2.5lbs worth)
1 pound (340g) organic chicken fillet skinned strips
2 lbs Chicken breast
2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
8 ounces Andouille sausage (sugar-free; sub chicken andouille if neeeded)
1 lb Ground Turkey
4 grass-fed New York Strip Steaks
Pedersons Natural Farms No Sugar Bacon
Eggs
Aidelles Chicken Apple Sausage
2 bags of tuna

PRODUCE:
8 oz. red potatoes
7 cloves garlic, sliced
3 cups fresh basil
Fresh bay leaves
1 head cauliflower
1 green bell pepper
2 ribs celery
2 bunches of cilantro
Red onion
cucumber
Bunch of parsley
4 limes
2 lemons
3 yellow onion
1 red bell pepper
1 poblano pepper
3 jalapeño peppers
2 avocado
Bag of shaved brussel sprouts
Bunch of asparagus
Bag of mixed veggies broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
Bag of broccoli
Bag of diced butternut squash ( or get your own and dice I am lazy)
Bag of spinach
Pre-made grilled veggie skewers
Fresh dill
Bag of kale
Apples
Blueberries
Blackberries

SPICES AND STAPLES
Cumin
Salt
Himilayan rock salt ( or coarse salt)
pepper
cayenne pepper
garlic powder
chili powder
curry powder
ground allspice
ground cinnamon
dried bay leaf
whole coriander seeds
whole cumin seeds
whole black peppercorns
paprika (sweet, hot, or smoked)
dry oregano
Dry mustard
cardamom
Poultry seasoning
Olive oil – extra virgin
Olive oil- extra light
balsamic vinegar
spicy brown mustard
Coconut aminos
Apple cider vinegar
Anchovy paste
Capers
3 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)

NUTS & DRIED FRUIT :
Bag of shelled Pistachios
Macadamia nuts
2 bags of Almonds
Raisins
Unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
Plantain chips

CANNED PRODUCTS:
1 (4oz) can diced green chiles
1 (14oz) can fire roasted tomatoes
32 oz fluid chicken stock (I used low sodium, no sugar added)
8 oz. fluid chicken stock (I used low sodium, no sugar added)
8 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
Organic full fat coconut milk ( I but several at a time)

FROZEN FOOD:
Applegate farms organic frozen turkey burger patty