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Meal Plan w/Mexican Love

Why, oh why, do I suck so much at meal plans? I make them just fine, but I rarely stick to them. I pretty much need to accept that I won't eat breakfast if I don't have it pre-made and waiting. I don't think I stuck to any lunches I'd planned (except the leftovers), and I only did about half of my Whole30 prep. GAH. And that's with me trying to get back on track!

So, let's try this again, but maybe less stringent. Oh, and I would like to add that all the raves I heard about PaleOMG Pizza Spaghetti Pie was totally deserved. My kids went back for fourths. The hubby, who does not care much for spaghetti squash or sausage, went back for seconds. I'm going to really enjoy playing around with different 'pizza toppings'. The homemade italian sausage really made a difference for hubby's reflux problem.

Also, I have seriously been craving Mexican food lately. Now, I'm half-Mexican, but I didn't see my dad's family much after my parents divorced. I'm half-way across the country from my dad now. I miss real Mexican food. Trying to gather & learn family recipes has been my new project. I make some mean carnitas, but that's about it. I do like to believe that I have the best salsa recipe in the entire world. Close, anyway. I perfected it with store-bought food, but now that I'm staying home on my little homestead again, my goal next year is to start ordering a few heirloom varieties to play around with to really perfect it.

Anyway, my goal right now is to learn how to cook good homemade Mexican food, and in particular to hurry and eat my fill before I start Whole30 again January 1st. Whole30 eliminates grains (rice, corn, tortillas of any kind), beans, and alcohol, so that really cramps my Mexican style. I will eat up these next couple of weeks, and then I want to experiment with turning some of my favorites into Whole30-compliant versions. I've done one successful Whole30, so I want to play around with my own recipes this time. Some Whole30 purists might think that attempting compliant tacos/enchiladas/refried bean substitutes/etc. is engaging in Sex With Your Pants On behavior, but I just like what I've learned from my first Whole30 relying on other people's recipes and want to experiment with some of my own family favorites.



Monday, 12/15

D: Hot ham & cheese sandwiches, veggies.

DO THE DAMNED CHICKEN MARINADE (if the chicken is still good)

Make a PaleOMG Pizza Spaghetti Pie to freeze (we only used half of a very huge spaghetti squash)


Tuesday, 12/16

D: Chili Cilantro Lime Chicken

* Assuming I have chx is good, make broth
* Make Salsa & Salsa Verde


Wednesday, 12/17

D: Chili Relleno Chicken Enchiladas - I'm using pablanos since there were no Anaheims, and fresh jalapeños only, because there's no way I'm eating anything with any kind of pickle juice, even peppers.

* Set down boston butt


Thursday, 12/18 - possible jury duty

Free Day or Prep Day

* Soak beans

Friday, 12/19

D: Carnitas, refried beans (I've never actually made them homemade! I always lazy out with a can), fideo.


Saturday, 12/20

D: Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup


Whole30 Prep

Paleo Pork Sausage (I didn't particularly care for the beef sausage I tried last week)

Paleo Sweet Potato Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Paleo Crockpot Meatballs

Frittata w/Carmelized Onion, Turkey Sausage, Mushroom, & Spinach

Experiment with other egg muffins &/or scotch eggs