Meal Planning And Prep: Whole30 Week 3

Last weekend I spent more time than usual on my meal planning and prepping. I really wanted to have enough food to make it through the week without ending up throwing things away. As a result I think we ended up spending more than we would have liked on groceries- however, I think we bought just the right amount of everything. Anything we have extra of will still be good going forward into next week. 

weekly meal planning and food prep

 I even planned out more specific breakfasts and lunches this week, although I knew I wouldn’t stick to them specifically. It did help with estimating leftovers and how much other stuff to buy for lunches. This is how my meal planning worksheet looked:

meal plan Here is a clearer version of my  meal plan with links to recipes:

Sunday: Pulled pork sliders, butternut squash mash**, asparagus

Monday: One pot chicken thighs with green beans added

Tuesday: Salmon, roasted red potatoes, broccoli

Wednesday: Paleo stuffed peppers

Thursday: Paleo steak fajitas

Friday: Bison bacon sweet potato sliders** and green beans

Saturday: Spaghetti squash with paleo meatballs** and salad or spinach

Breakfasts: Twice baked potatoes**, Sausage frittata, eggs with bacon and veggies

Lunches: Salads with grilled chicken or steak, leftovers

Other: Apples, berries, baby carrots, sweet potato chips, chicken and zucchini poppers, plantain chips, paleo ketchup

While everything this week was good, the recipes with ** are ones that I recommend trying and personally will definitely be making again!

meal prep whole30 week 3And now for the prep. I spent way longer than I would have liked in the kitchen last weekend. At least it was a 3 days weekend, so that helped a little. 

1. Washed, cut, and stored broccoli for Tuesdays’ dinner

2. Peeled garlic and stored in airtight ziplock bag for recipes throughout the week (so many of my meals this week had garlic in them!)

3. Cooked steak for salad

4. Stored other steaks in ziplock bag in freezer for Thursdays’ dinner

5. Washed, trimmed, stored green beans

6. Peeled and cut carrots for Monday’s dinner

7. Washed and sliced peppers for salads

8. Washed and chopped mushrooms for stuffed peppers

9. Roasted sweet potatoes for lunches

10. Washed and sliced cucumber for lunches

11. Made plantain chips

12. Made zucchini poppers

13. Roasted broccoli for lunches

14. Made apple chips

15. Made twice baked potatoes

16. Made sausage, veggie and egg frittata (I didn’t follow a recipe….I used Fresh Market Southwest sausage, onions and peppers, kale, spinach, tomatoes, and eggs)

17. Rob grilled chicken for lunches on indoor grill

Whew! That makes me tired all over again just typing it out! Goals for this week are to spend less money and spend less time in the kitchen. However, since its the last full week of Whole30 I also want it to be a good one, so we’ll see. Last weekend I spent about 3 hours food prepping, plus 45 minutes meal planning and maybe an hour or so grocery shopping. That just seems like way too much time out of a weekend to put towards this stuff! 

If you meal plan and/or prep, how much time do you spend on it?

Do you have any Whole30 meals that we should try during our last full week?

Do you plan your meals by day or just pick a bunch or meals you will make each week?

I’ll also be linking up with Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers for their meal planning link-up!

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42 thoughts on “Meal Planning And Prep: Whole30 Week 3

  1. That sure is some awesome meal prep! I am very impressed :) I always plan meals for 7 days, not specific as to which day. I end up changing my mind as to what I’m in the mood for if I do it too specifically.

    Your meal plan also looks really good! I made a big batch of my (paleo) meatballs that I adapted from my grandma’s recipe, but they haven’t actually made it into any sort of meal – we’ve been snacking on them.
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    • Meatballs seem like a great dish to make over the weekend and use throughout the week in both snacks and meals!

    • Agreed- it even just helps with knowing what meat I need to freeze versus leave in the fridge!

    • Thats a good idea and sort of what we end up doing too- like if I end up going to a yoga class or something one night Ill switch to a meal that takes less time to cook!

  2. You’ve been killing it with the meal prep lately – all of this looks and sounds so good! I may take a page out of your book and start doing some Sunday prep, at least for lunches, as I’m finally going back to work this week and there is NOWHERE healthy or even appealing near my new office.
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    • Sounds like a great idea! We usually cook up some meat on the weekend to use in salads or roast some veggies for work. Its nice to have healthy options that don’t cost as much as eating out!

    • Very true! The weeks when I spend more time on meal prep set me up for a very smooth week.

    • Definitely give the burgers a try! And good luck with your planning- it really does pay off!

  3. I can’t plan our dinners ahead because I never know what we will feel like so I buy our staples and can throw basically anything we would want together pretty quickly. When I used to work in an office, I would prep a bit on Sundays just to have salads ready to go (like roasting my veggies in advance)..My only issue with roasting a ton of vegetables in advance is that I tend to eat them all up at once lol.
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    • I know, I need to ration myself with things like roasted veggies, otherwise they are all gone by Monday! That’s why it helps for me to think about how to make my food last for the full week.

    • It can be time consuming, but when I have a free weekend I feel like I have no excuse but to get it done! The weeks when I don’t do any I always regret it!

    • Thanks! I definitely kept it a little simpler for this upcoming week but should still have plenty of good meals!

    • Sometimes I have weeks like that where i just plan to make very simple meals that I have eaten a million times before. However, I know I regret it when I don’t have certain things like breakfast and lunches prepped to save time during the week!

    • Haha I think most people are surprised by the Whole30 and how you can eat meat, fat, etc. I agree that it helps to do it by day, but I find that if Im not too busy during the week I don’t necessarily need to plan each day and it still works out pretty well.

  4. Your organization never ceases to amaze me. I’m totally embarrassed by my list-making skills after seeing yours. I have started to get a lot better about this though. I actually know what we are having for lunches and dinners through Wednesday. It’s a miracle.
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  5. I am in awe of all the prep you do on the weekends! I think that is one extra step I could take that would really help with cooking our meals during the week. I’m going to have to try that out.

    Best of luck with your final week on Whole 30!
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  6. I hate how long meal planning takes also, but when I reflect on how much time it saves me throughout the week, and how much better I feel when I am prepared and healthy, it is well worth it. I spend at least an hour grocery shopping (unless I can finagle my hubby into doing it for me) and usually 3-4 hours prepping. Add that to your weekly cleaning, and half your weekend is over! Gahhh! Weekends need to be longer!
    Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz recently posted…Sweat out the SaltMy Profile

    • That sounds alot like my weekend! I am trying to figure out ways to save some time, but I think some weeks are just better or worse than others based on what I decide to do.

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