Paleo Weekly Menu–Week 1

This week will be a huge learning curve for me figuring out how to cook without grains, legumes and carbs.  We eat a lot of noodles, rice and bread so this will be interesting but I’m excited.  You can read why we are attempting the Paleo diet here

I scoured the internet for Paleo menu plans, recipes and shopping lists only to get completely overwhelmed.  So instead of using some of the more complex Paleo recipes out there, I’m going to use this matrix and will cook mostly simple meals this first week.

Monday–this is our last non-paleo day and I’ll be using ingredients we have on hand to make a tofu, bok choy, noodle stir fry.

Tuesday–Meatloaf and green beans

Wednesday–Taco salad

Thursday–Fish (probably salmon) and sweet potatoes

Friday–Baked Chicken and veggies

Saturday–Veggie soup

Sunday–Meatballs and spaghetti squash

Breakfasts: eggs, bacon, leftovers, fruits and yogurt, smoothies

Lunches:  Tuna salad, egg salad,  shrimp on salad, veggie platters,

Snacks: Nuts, dried fruit, veggies, fruit

Shopping list:

Ground beef


Whole fryer chicken




Canned Tuna

Canned Salmon

Dried Fruit


Frozen veggies

Spaghetti squash

Green beans




Spaghetti sauce

Chicken broth

Sweet potatoes

Frozen fruit


Fresh fruites

Fresh veggies

Fresh herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary)

Coconut oil





Why Paleo?

Why are we trying out the Paleo Diet?  Mostly for my son and I.  I have recently been diagnosed with hashimoto’s thyroiditis which is an autoimmune thyroid disorder.  My doctors originally thought I had post-partum thyroiditis but the last specialist truly believes, based on my history, that it is hashimoto’s thyroiditis–a life long disorder.  I am regulating my thyroid using hormones but I still go through “episodes” that cause joint pain, extreme exhaustion, muscle weakness, mental fogginess, severe depression, etc.  Apparently, any time you mess with the thyroid (good or bad), it takes a while for symptoms to get better.  It has been years of going through cyclical “spells.”   I have been interested in the Paleo diet but wasn’t sure I really wanted to try it until I read several testimonial from other autoimmune sufferers–specifically those with hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  I was so excited to read that their symptoms were greatly relieved by  changing their eating habits, and I’m willing to give it a try.

The other reason I want to try to the Paleo challenge, is my son.  He’s on the autism spectrum and I have read over and over again that autism symptoms can be relieved by gluten free eating.  He has always been an incredibly picky eater and has craved white, salty, over-processed carbs.  This diet will be a challenge for him to comply to but I’m hoping once we make the change, he will feel much better and will be more cognitive as a result.

The premise of the diet makes sense to me–our society is full of over processed foods with way too many ingredients.  As I attempt to simplify our lives in other ways, it only makes sense for us to simplify our diet–eating whole foods in their pure forms.

I have never been a fan of “fad diets” and I’ve never really believed that a particular way of eating can change your life.  I have, however, been attempting to become more crunchy and have struggled with how to do that with our meals.  I’d love to be feeding my family truly healthy meals–I spend every evening cooking meals for my family so they might as well be good for you!  Anyway, the Paleo diet seems like a promising way to possibly help us feel better and eat healthier.  It’s worth the try! And coming from a skeptic, I will share my honest opinions as we go through the process.

Pre Paleo Party

We have decided to try out the Whole30–do 30 days of a Paleo diet and see how it goes from there.  We are including the kids in this. This week is going to consist of teaching about nutrition and learning how to eat on a Paleo diet (as well as reasons why).

The first step of going Paleo is cleaning out your pantry from all things that are not on the diet (carbs, grains, legumes, etc). I really don’t like wasting food so I didn’t want to just throw it all in the garbage. When the kids woke up I had a surprise for them–I told them they could eat any of the food items I had on the counter all day long.  They could eat all the cookies, all the chips, all the crackers they wanted to their hearts content.


They went crazy!


Party time!


Enjoy, little children, enjoy,  ’cause starting tomorrow you’ll become a cave man and you’ll be eating only meats and veggies!


Weekly Menu 3/25-3/31

Monday–Order out

Tuesday–Vegetarian Dumplings 

Wednesday–Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Thursday–Thai Curry Udon Stir Fry


Saturday–Noodles with Tomato Sauce

Sunday–Curry Rice and Veggies



Weekly Menu-3/11-3/18

This week we are going heavy on the meat because Lent starts next week.  Next week we will start a vegetarian and gluten free menu for 40 days.

Monday–Beef Tacos (so simple: fry beef with taco seasoning packet, warm taco shells, serve with tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc)

Tuesday–Corned Beef and Cabbage 

Wednesday–Yaki Udon

Thursday–Rubins (with left over corned beef)

Friday–Frozen Dinner

Saturday–Broiled Steak and veggies

Sunday–Eat Out


Weekly Menu 3/4-3/10

As much as I love cooking for my family, there are some weeks when it just needs to be simple.  This week is going to one of them.

Here’s what’s on the menu for the up coming week:

Monday: Broccoli Cheese Soup (using my all time favorite recipe mmmm!)

Tuesday:  Beef Tacos

Wednesday:  Tortellini Soup 

Thursday:  Sausage Bake

Friday:  Veggie Quesadillas

Saturday:  Eat Out

Sunday:  Frozen Dinner


A Magnificent Cooking Tool

Let me introduce you to something I wish I had been using long ago.  It’s this:

IMG_4657It’s an apron.

Do you have one?

Do you use it?

Mine usually hangs on the wall all pretty and unmarred.  But had I been using it I would not have splattered oil on numerous clothing items that I love.

I’m convinced–an apron is an invaluable cooking tool.  I have made a vow to use it every time I cook from now on.  I suggest you use one, too.