Clean eating is all about eating real foods, those foods that are found in nature and are as unprocessed as possible. This meal plan has plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat protein.
We have a LOT to celebrate this week. First off, Monday is St. Patrick's Day. You can't have March 17th go by without some great Irish food. Over the weekend, we're celebrating my husband's birthday. I'm making two of his favorite desserts for dessert this weekend.
For St. Patrick's Day, we're having Irish Shepherd's Pie. It's an amazing combination of lamb and vegetable cooked in a red wine gravy. Then it's topped with garlic mashed potatoes and baked until lightly golden brown. Every bite is delicious. Cabbage is on sale this week because of St. Patrick's Day. I'll be using later this week in several different dishes.
This weekend we're celebrating my husband's birthday. We'll have a full weekend of fun and activities. On everyone's birthday, the birthday person gets to choose what they'd like for dinner as part of their birthday celebration. My hubby wants German food. I'm making a German beef dish called Flatladen. It's a simplified version of Rouladen that can be cooked in a crock pot or a Dutch oven. The beef roast is cooked with garlic pickles. It sounds odd but is completely delicious. I'll add braised cabbage and German potato salad to finish out his birthday dinner. My husband isn't much of a cake person, but he has two favorite desserts. I'm making both of them this week, Vanilla Creme Brulee and Apple Crumble.
My family eats as cleanly as possible. When it comes to dessert, I use cane sugar. Some people do not consider cane sugar a clean ingredient. Yes, there are cleaner, less processed sugars such as maple syrup and honey. I buy organic cane sugar to avoid GMOs in sugar beets, the main ingredient in conventional sugar. It works for us and since this is my meal plan, that's what I'm using.
For the remainder of the week, there is a good share of Asian and Mexican inspired dishes. I have been craving both and it shows this week. For lunches, we're having leftovers. We'd be either reheating a previous meal (Shepherd's Pie) or taking a few of the components and creating something new (Tacos al Pastor into Baked Taquitos). I am continuing to juice or make smoothies each morning for breakfast. I love how I feel when I juice. Plus, it's a great way to add more veggies into your diet.
To help with my grocery shopping, I'm going to start adding snacks to each week's meal plan. I'm not going to add them to the individual day. I will have a snack list. The kids, normally, grab a snack in the afternoon when they are hungry. It's well before dinner and it gives them a little energy to get thru the afternoon. You'll find the list at the end of the Weekly Meal Plan.
I hope you enjoy this week's meal plan.
Breakfast– Scrambled eggs with asparagus, mushrooms, and tomatoes, juice (beet, cucumber, apple, pineapple)
Lunch – Ploughman's Lunch (Cubed Irish Cheddar Cheese, sliced turkey, fresh grapes, garlic pickles, baguette with butter and honey, walnuts)
Breakfast-Yogurt parfait with strawberry jam, chopped walnuts, and shredded coconut, juice (kale, apple, orange, ginger)
Lunch– Taco Salad with leftover chicken from last night, field peas, sliced avocado, corn, bell peppers, and salsa over mixed greens/spinach or Chicken Taco flatbread pizzas
Dinner– Whole wheat Spaghetti with beef meatballs and marinara sauce (jarred organic sauce with added sliced mushrooms and squash), caesar salad
Breakfast– Over Easy Eggs on toast, apple slices, and Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Lunch– Leftover shepherd's pie, cubed cheese, and raw broccoli florets with maple shallot dressing
Breakfast– Omelette with feta cheese, black olives, and avocado, Strawberry Blueberry smoothie
Dinner- Spicy Salmon and California Sushi Rolls, Miso Soup with tofu, wakame, and shitake mushrooms
Breakfast – Banana Chai Pumpkin Waffles, Fried eggs, orange juice
Breakfast– Crepes with yogurt, strawberries and blueberries
Lunch- Ramen noodles in miso broth with hard-boiled egg, cabbage or swiss chard, mushrooms, and bean sprouts
Dinner- Roast Chicken in a Clay Pot with potatoes and carrots, sautéed Swiss Chard with raisins, Apple Crumble
Sun Dried Tomato Hummus with carrot sticks, cucumber slices, or pita bread
Cherry Chocolate Adventure Bars (homemade lara bars)
Walnuts and almonds
Bananas, and apple slices with peanut butter
So what's on your meal plan for the week?
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