It’s the Final Countdown!
2018 Whole30 Week 4 Meal Plan
Oh yeah… it’s the last week (plus 2 days) so we are in…. The Final Countdown! (Yet another classic tune turned earworm. You are once again welcome!) My household is feeling pretty good right now. We are a little tired of eggs in general and breakfast-for-dinner, specifically. Also, my husband has been under the weather this week, so we switched up last week’s meal plan a bit. That meant figuring out how to make his favorite soup Whole30 compliant… And I was successful! The recipe for Whole30 Baked Potato soup can be found here and it was Ah-maz-ing! Seriously. Try it.
We also found a good chicken veggie soup recipe from Against All Grain. I made a whole chicken in the instant pot (instead of using chicken breasts), and then made bone broth later that night! It was a perfect healing soup for the sore throats in my house AND we got bone broth out of it. Win-win! 🙂
As we head into week 4, you might be thinking that you are almost done. But if this is your first Whole30, I have to step up on my soapbox to tell you that you HAVE to do Reintroduction. Seriously, I know you want cheese. And popcorn. And brownies. However, you have worked so hard for 30 days to give yourself this unique opportunity to add foods back in ONE AT A TIME and see how they impact you. Don’t blow it. The info you learn by reintroducing foods properly should be used to help build your forever diet. You’ll learn what you can add back in with no ill effects and what you really need to watch. Not saying you can’t eat those things, but you’ll want to weigh the health cost vs. taste benefit there in the future. Read more about my soapbox on Reintroduction here, and the official Whole30 stance here, but please take it seriously! You will learn SO much!
Here is the Week 4 (+2) Meal Plan!
|Monday||Warm Coconut Banana Breakfast Bowl||Garden Salad with Hard-Boiled Eggs||Chicken Chowder|
|Tuesday||Blueberry Pistachio Apple Sandwiches||Leftover Stir-fry||Beef Taco Salad with Cilantro Dressing|
|Wednesday||Breakfast Burrito||Leftover Taco Salad||Chicken Stir-Fry*|
|Thursday||Warm Coconut Banana Breakfast Bowl||Leftover Chicken Chowder||Salmon Cakes, steamed green beans & roasted potatoes|
|Friday||Hard-boiled Eggs and Fruit||Leftover Salmon Cakes||Breakfast for Dinner|
|Saturday||Blueberry Pistachio Apple Sandwiches||BLT Kale Caesar Salad (Gonna make the linked recipe but use caesar dressing**!)||Dinner Out|
|Sunday||Potato Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs||Whatever Leftovers Remain||Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken with Roasted Carrots & Potatoes|
|Monday||Chia Pudding of some sort||Leftover Chicken||Butternut Squash Soup & Garden Salad|
|Tuesday||Grain-free Oatmeal||Tuna or Egg Salad with cut veggies & ranch||Balsamic Braised Short Ribs with Candied Carrots (roasted with dates) & Creamy Mashed Cauliflower|
*My Chicken Stir-fry recipe changes every time I make it. Sometimes I pair it with cauliflower rice, sometimes not. It allows me to use whatever I have in the fridge and fry it all up with yummy ginger and garlic. This week, I’ll start by sautéing some garlic and ginger, adding some cut-up chicken breasts, then some broccoli, green beans and bell peppers. Once they are all cooked/tender, I’ll throw on some coconut aminos and pineapple juice (and may add some cut up pineapple). It should be yummy!
** I’ll either make my own caesar dressing (it’s a lot like making mayo… easier than you’d think!) or use Primal Kitchen’s Caesar Dressing.
I’d love to hear how your Whole30 is going! Next week, I’ll reveal some of the results from our household, but I’ll tell you now, we’re enjoying some looser clothes and much more energy!