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Leo turned ONE and Weekly Menu

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. This past week we not only celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary, but we also celebrated Leo turning 1! Here are some pictures I took with his “birthday meal.”
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He was precious and let me take some pictures. Leo will do anything if food is the reward 🙂
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This past week I also received some super cool stuff to eventually review for you guys! I got Pink Paleo Powder (click on the side bar link to go buy some!).
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I also got a review copy of Against All Grain’s Meals Made Simple with goodies.
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I was so excited to get this cookbook. It is beautiful and includes meal plans with shopping lists 🙂 The next package I received, Pure Indian Foods ghee sampler.
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So fun! And last but not least, The Paleo Mom’s The Paleo Approach Cookbook.
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As for this week, school resumes at The University of Alabama (where I work), so I am trying to keep the meal plan simple. I do this by thinking of big items to cook that will feed us 3 or 4 meals each. And getting a few batches of bone broth in the freezer for quick soups– the gut-healing properties of broth is awesome. And it boosts your immune system, which is crucial this time of year 🙂
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So what about the mean plan? Here is it! Remember I am posting a menu with last week’s photos so you guys can have a visual of at least a meal per day 🙂

Weekly Menu for August 18th-23rd

Breakfast options: Chunky Monkey Muffins from Health-Bent; Eggs with leftover veggies and kraut; smoothie with Great Lakes Gelatin, blueberries, banana, avocado, and coconut oil; boiled eggs with orange and “bulletproof” coffee (coffee with gelatin and ghee and spices)
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Snack options: Fruit and Nick’s Sticks grass-fed beef snack sticks; sardines

Monday

Lunch: Peach salad with chicken, roasted potatoes, and carrots drizzled with lemon and Kasandrinos Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Dinner: Spaghetti squash with meat sauce (browned beef plus tomato sauce and Italian seasoning)

**Save rest of spaghetti squash and meat sauce for tomorrow night’s spaghetti pie)

Tuesday

Lunch: Chicken, sweet potato (do an extra for tonight’s dinner!), and salad

Dinner: PaleOMG’s Spaghetti Pie with leftover sides from lunch
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Wednesday

Lunch: Leftover spaghetti pie served on a big salad

Dinner: One pot chicken with rice

**Sear some chicken breast in coconut oil, pour some (about a cup) broth or white wine in, add chopped veggies (carrots, zucchini, & broccoli), then turn the heat to medium and let it all braise for 20 minutes or so. While that is braising, cook organic white rice.
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Thursday

Lunch: Spaghetti pie leftovers with salad

Dinner: Seared salmon seasoned with Pink Paleo Powder served with sautéed zucchini/squash/greens, sweet potato, and a peach.
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Friday

Lunch: Leftover braised chicken and veggies

Dinner: Taco salads 2nd anniversary style (salad greens, Paleo Powder seasoned beef, white lime rice, salsa, and guacamole)
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Lunch: Leftover salmon on a big green salad

Dinner: Breakfast for dinner… market hash style! Not pictured– blueberry pancakes from The Paleo Kitchen.
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That wraps up the menu… I totally posted the date wrong on last week’s post. Whoops! If you are trying to follow my meal plans and new to paleo, remember to check out my post with a lot of good resources we use and why we chose this lifestyle! You can find that here– Stokes Paleo 2.0
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April Menu #2

Well I’m sliding in here last minute with the menu, but it’s here! This weekend was busy, but such a great weekend. My mom came down and helped me landscape the front of our house. She also helped me style up the front porch. She has a green hand when it comes to flowers and outdoor living so when I requested a weekend of outdoor help for my birthday, I knew I was doing something right.

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20140406-215601.jpg We had a full day of work getting all of that into the ground– she also transplanted hastas and day lilies from the farm for me to use. That helped a lot! Anyways. Super fun and a great birthday gift 🙂
Menu time, because I need to hit the hay!
Menu
Breakfast: Cacao chia pudding with dates (just using the dates as sweetener); eggs and roasted root veggies
Monday
L- Bacon wrapped chicken thighs with spinach salad topped with walnuts and grapes
D- Shepherds Pie
Tuesday
L- Shepherd’s Pie leftovers
D- PaleOMG’s Spaghetti Pie
Wednesday
L- Spaghetti Pie leftovers
D- Pot roast with carrots and sweet potatoes
Thursday
L- Pie leftovers
D- Meatballs with zoodles
Friday
L- Pot roast leftovers
D- Skillet salmon with whatever veggies are leftover

In case you didn’t see, I did a guest post over at Against All Grain! A big book review roundup– go check it out here and see what paleo books you need next!

And if you’re here because of that post, welcome to Cookin’ Up Life! I’m so happy you are visiting the blog :)>