Who is excited for the new Fall Recipe Bundle?! Enjoy the flavors of fall with all things pumpkin, maple, and locally grown produce. All recipes are both gluten and dairy free, and developed with nutritious, wholesome ingredients.

Okay, so fall is finally here, chilly winds and darker nights all around.

This is one of the best times to get back into the kitchen and settle in around the table with warm, nourishing food.

Creating good food for your family does more than fill little tummies. It presents an opportunity to gather and slow down.

But let’s be real. We are busy. Our kids are busy. So these recipes are not only healthy, but totally doable. As a busy mama of three little ones, I hear you. You want family-friendly, yummy and healthy fall recipe ideas. I’ve got your back.

Consider this your shortcut to meal planning in the season ahead. More time to be spent enjoying all the beautiful things fall has to offer, like football games, family hikes, and thanksgiving planning.

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FALL RECIPE BUNDLE

All of these delicious recipes are both gluten and dairy free in this fall recipe bundle. Why you might ask? For starters, each of these particular food groups are often the cause for chronic inflammation in the body. When we eliminate these foods and allow our bodies to heal, it can provide you with amazing results.

Eliminating dairy and gluten can lead to relief from many challenges, including the following:

  • Eczema, rosacea, adult acne
  • Headaches
  • Digestive complaints
  • Brain fog
  • Lethargy
  • Poor sleep
  • Weight gain

When we remove the foods that can cause low grade inflammation, we fill our plates with more nutrient dense foods which help reduce inflammation. You will see many plant based recipes including in the fall recipe bundle. There is no refined sugar, only natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar.

Here’s a full look at the recipes included:

4 Breakfasts

  • Pumpkin Doughnuts
  • Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats
  • Cauliflower Casserole
  • Sweet Potato & Egg Hash

2 Soups

  • Spider Web Pumpkin Soup
  • Carrot White Bean & Tahini Soup

2 Salads

  • Kale & White Bean Caesar Salad
  • Creamy Garlic Kale with Chickpeas & Sweet Potato

4 Mains

  • Bison Pumpkin Chili
  • Slow Cooker Maple Mustard Chicken
  • Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Peanut Tempeh with Purple Cabbage Slaw

2 Sides

  • Balsamic Roasted Veggies
  • Brussel Sprouts, Bacon & Brazil Nuts

7 Snacks

  • No Bake Pumpkin Protein Bars
  • Butternut Squash Hummus
  • Pumpkin Spice Fruit Salad
  • Pumpkin Tahini Energy Balls
  • Maple Pumpkin Popcorn
  • Figs & Prosciutto
  • Apple Nachos

1 Beverage

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 Dessert

  • Apple Spice Oatmeal Cookies

 

Ready to grab a copy for yourself? With the Fall Recipe Bundle, you get all of these recipes, a shopping list, and a huge time savings. All for $17.

Healthy Super Bowl party recipe ideas for gluten-free dairy-free guests.

As the excitement grows for Super Bowl Sunday, it’s time to plan out your healthy Super Bowl recipes. Now, I hear what you are saying. Is there such a thing as “healthy”Super Bowl recipes? You bet.

Today I’m sharing with you some fun finds that the whole family will love. With the game later at night, there are lots of small bites on this menu round-up. All of these items are gluten-free and dairy-free, so you can wake up in the morning feeling awesome. (Especially if your team wins!)

HealthySuper Bowl Recipes

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HealthySuper Bowl appetizer recipes

Chipotle Cauliflower Tacos- fun, vegetarian option as a main meal or appetizer from Pamela Salzman.

Avocado and citrus “ceviche”- light and bright from Cookie and Kate. Serve with organic, corn tortilla chips. Better yet, try the new grain-free chips from Siete.

Chicken Pineapple Meatballs- these look super kid-friendly! Recipe from Stupid Easy Paleo

Spinach and artichoke dip- I’ve made this recipe from Robyn at Real Food Whole Life and it’s amazing. Your guests will never know it’s dairy free, and it’s made in the slow cooker! I serve this with a mix of raw veggies, corn tortilla chips, Mary’s crackers, and sometimes pita bread for the kids.

Bacon wrapped cinnamon apples- this looks so fun for pre-game!

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HealthySuper Bowl entree recipes

Buffalo Chickpea Chili- a cool combo of flavors from The First Mess

Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Skins- those sweet potatoes actually help you sleep better at night, no matter what the score it. 

Slow cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup-one of our family favorites

Paleo Teriyaki Chicken Wings- make enough for a crowd with this recipe from Predominantly Paleo. 

Instant Pot Enchilada Chicken- this is on our list for this Sunday, along with the sweet potato skins on the side. Make extra and use it for Monday night’s dinner in tacos!

Roasted Cauliflower Chickpea Pomegranate Salad

 

HealthySuper Bowl Dessert recipes

(just don’t eat too much too late at night!)

Paleo Seven Layer Bars from Danielle at Against All Grain. (Love her Celebrations cookbook!)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Brown Rice Crispy Treats

Coconut Oil Chocolate Bark from Oh She Glows

Healthy Super bowl recipes ideas for gluten-free dairy-free guests.

Are you ready for some football?! Enjoy these fun, healthySuper Bowl party recipes. Join us in the private Facebook group and come tell us what you are making. 

 

Ever since we moved back to the US, I’ve been blown away by how many meal delivery service options are available in our area. Not only are there national brands, but also many smaller, niche meal delivery service choices. As an avid cook, I thought it would be cool to give this idea a test run to see if it’s worth recommending them to my clients.

First off, I was able to partner with Boston’s Just Add Cooking meal delivery service. They offer ingredients that marry with my food philosophy. This includes using fresh, local ingredients, including meat and produce, as well as balance meals focusing on vegetables first. The meals were not too complicated, nor too basic. As someone who truly loves to cook, it was a good sign that I learned a couple of new food preparation tips as I tested out the meals for two weeks. (One week provided for me, one week delivered by accident…and I’ll explain it later.)

You may have seen a sneak peek via my Instagram stories where I share what I’m cooking in the kitchen on a regular basis. 

Just add Cooking Meal Delivery Service Review Boston area meal delivery

Questions to ask of a meal delivery service?

Regardless of where you live, I thought it would be helpful for you to have a list of questions to help you decide which is the right meal delivery service for you. These are the questions that come to mind if you plan to shop around.

  1. Where are you getting your ingredients? Find out about where the meal delivery service company sources its ingredients. If it’s not readily learned from its website, you may want to keep looking.
  2. Do they offer meals that fit your food philosophy or way of eating? Some businesses cater to Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, or family friendly requests. Some have a mix, but check to see the menus to get a sense of the variety offered. In January, you can find many meal delivery services that offer Whole30 approved meals. It can be hard to figure out the “rules” in certain eating styles and these companies do the leg work for you.
  3. How many meals are included per week in the meal delivery service? Generally it looks like 3 is a standard. I know some families only prefer two meals, whereas others really like having four meals ready to go. This may be a case of trial and error, but look at how often you cook a full meal now, and hopefully you can add another day by using a meal delivery service.
  4. How much packaging is involved? This was a hot topic when I brought it up in my private Facebook group.  People who have tested out meal delivery services in the past were really frustrated by the overwhelming amount of packaging needed to ship things to stay fresh. I was actually really happy with using Just Add Cooking because of the minimal amount of packaging used. Not only that, but they use a frozen water bottle to keep the food fresh, so even that can be used. I was able to reuse the sturdy boxes to ship Christmas gifts so I had very little waste. Yes, there are small containers of the ingredients, but they were nearly all recyclable.

Can I use a meal delivery service if I have food allergies?

This is a great question. I find the local services are better able to manage accounts that require sensitive handling of ingredients. You may be better served partnering with a holistic chef in your area who can package the meals and deliver them to your home each week.

What's better_ Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, or Just Add Cooking meal delivery service_

This was one of my favorite meals from Just Add Cooking with roasted chickpeas!

How does a meal delivery service work?

In my case with Just Add Cooking, I needed to select my meals for a Sunday home delivery by a certain date and time. There is a reasonable number of meals to choose from. Some were labeled gluten-free so I was able to narrow my choices down quickly.

Once the meals are selected, they are saved for the upcoming week. I received a box Sunday afternoon by the nicest delivery man.

The following Sunday, I was surprised by the delivery man. I had missed the notation that Just Add Cooking is a subscription based meal delivery service. Oops. Here’s the best part though. When I told my husband about my mistake, he asked if it was the same company who provided the meals the week prior. The flavor in those meals were so good he didn’t mind my oops!  Just pay attention to the fine print is my lesson I’ll share with you.

If you are in the Boston area, you can check out Just Add Cooking here.  I may try them again soon as they consistently adjust their menu to include seasonal items. Happy cooking.

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Registration is now open for my group coaching program, 21 Day Real Food Reset: three weeks of meal plans, grocery list, and recipes! This is your chance to relearn what  it means to eat healthy. The next group start date is Monday, Oct 1st. Register by Saturday, Sept 29th.

“Having tried various cleanses, Emily’s reset was amazing, it took away the bloating, the constant hunger and the cravings. The need for sweets was gone. I have done the reset twice and will certainly do it again. My kids liked most of the meals which was also great!”    -Real Food Reset student

They say it takes three weeks to make changes become a habit. I think it takes three weeks to see positive results that motivate you to stick with change. I’m happy to share with you a 21 Day Real Food Reset Program. This program is designed to help you make simple, nutritious food that will help stabilize your blood sugar, keep your energy up, and curb those cravings. Eating well should be simple and fun and that’s what we are going to do over the next three weeks.

I gained a lot of confidence around using different ingredients and the “why” behind choosing them over more main stream ingredients. -group member

Are you ready to give your body the chance to:

  • lose weight
  • eliminate bloating
  • improve your sleep
  • improve your sleep

The eczema I’ve had for years went away after doing your Reset program.

All of these changes were some of the improvements the last group of women found in my Reset coaching program.

21 day Real Food Reset Program Meal Plan Gluten Free Dairy Free Recipes

WHAT’S INCLUDED THE 21 DAY REAL FOOD RESET?

Here’s the important stuff, this is what you get with the 21 Day Real Food Reset:

  • Meal plans for 3 meals a day, plus snacks, for all 21 days
  • Coordinated, organized grocery lists
  • Step-by-step meal prep guides
  • Real food based menus that are both gluten-free and dairy free
  • A private Facebook accountability group
  • 30 days of Thrive Market, and 25% off your first order
What Cooking Oils Should I Use in the Kitchen?

“I threw out all my cooking oils after I did your Reset program.” This is what I teach as Lesson One of the 21 Day Real Food Reset. Which oils belong in your kitchen, and which ones don’t.http://emilyaroach.com/21-day-real-food-reset-program/Ready for more?! Join us starting next week with done-for-you meal plans, nourishing recipes, and weekly calls with the opportunity to ask me, a culinary nutrition expert, the questions you have about eating healthy.

Posted by Emily Roach Wellness on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

21 Day Real Food Reset Program recipes

As a bonus, you’ll also get a handy Kitchen Prep Guide to help you organize your tasks each week. A little preparation is what makes eating well become part of your lifestyle, instead of a quick fix. I’ll give you some of my favorite kitchen hacks over in the Facebook group.

My favorite part of the FB group was the sense of community it created. -group member

FAT, FIBER, PROTEIN.

These are my guiding words when I teach at my workshops or with private clients. Pairing these macronutrients together help you achieve your goals. Here’s how I address this in the program:

  • Each meal or snack features this combo to help keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day. This is how we avoid the “hangry” stage.
  • The recipes are rich in fiber, which helps your digestion improve, builds immunity, and is important for lowering cholesterol.
  • Healthy fat is so important for you to feel full. Fat is important for our brain health and to keep the cravings away.

READY TO JOIN THE 21 DAY REAL FOOD RESET?

I hope you are ready to join in and try something new. This program is different as you won’t be doing it alone. You will have my support, and also the support from a community. Past participants said they thrived on the group aspect of this program.  The 3 weeks of meal plans, grocery lists, and private community support is $97. (the live sessions alone are a $350 value!)

Are you ready?

Yes?

Let’s do this.

 21 Day Real Food Reset Meal Plan

F.A.Q.’S ABOUT THE 21 DAY REAL FOOD RESET

  1. How many people will this feed?
    1. This is designed to feed a family for dinner, most of the family for breakfast, and generally mom and dad for lunches. There is flexibility in the meal plans and I’ll walk you through the way to customize it for your situation. I’ve done this with my family and I feed myself and my husband the breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. The kids also get the dinner, but make their own choices for the balance of meals.
  2. Can I do this if I a vegetarian?
    1. Yes, there are simple swaps you can make for all the recipes that include even more fiber-rich options. Lentils, beans, and tempeh are all vegetarian protein sources used as alternatives. These are listed on individual recipe pages.
  3. Will there be a lot of expensive ingredients to buy?
    1. The goal here is to make this affordable for all of you. There may be some new ingredients to you, depending on how you have currently been cooking. If anything is unfamiliar, please feel free to ask questions about them in the Facebook group.
  4. How do I get my files?
    1. Once you make your purchase, you will be sent a confirmation email. Please confirm your email address and the meal plans and prep guide will be sent along soon after confirmation. Please check your junk mail if you do not receive it your confirmation email.
    2. Your meal plans will be sent to you as a PDF file. Print the black and white, or color, version and save it in a binder each week. Staying organized is half the battle!
  5. The private Facebook group sounds awesome, how do I get in?
    1. Once you get your Welcome email, you will find a link to access the Facebook group. Please request to join and I will approve the new members throughout the registration period.
  6. I’ve got another question. Can I email you?
    1. Yes, send it along to hello@emilyroachwellness.com

READY TO JOIN US FOR THE 21 DAY REAL FOOD RESET? CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE PROGRAM. WELCOME. 

 

whole30 fast and easy recipes for your next challenge. Doing your first Whole30_ Start here.

In light of the newest Whole30 cookbook, I thought I would share a Whole30 Fast and Easy Meal Plan for you. You may be thinking about next month and starting a Whole30. Here’s your chance to get see how fast and easy some Whole30 recipes are to make at home. Keep things simple and use quality, fresh ingredients and you will be inspired to keep your Whole30 going!

The recipes I’ve picked here are often easy to prep ahead, which is where the magic happens if you are planning a Whole30. It’s the “planning” portion that is most important, and often overlooked. You will want to prep ahead quality snacks, make-ahead meals, and easy breakfast options to keep your motivation on tract.

Quick version of the Whole30

Some of you may have already tried a Whole30, while others have heard about it for awhile. Here’s my general guideline for explaining a Whole30:

  • Fill your plate with a lot more vegetables and fruits, but mostly vegetables.
  • Accent your plate with a quality protein, such as grass-fed beef, pastured raised chicken and eggs, nitrate free pork products, and seafood.
    • Here’s what’s not being explained enough when talking about a Whole30 challenge. The quality of your food makes a huge impact on your health. It’s worth spending the money on the best quality meat you can find. Learn more about why in my post here about sustainable farming. Poor quality meat causes inflammation in the body and it’s the number one issue you want to resolve when it comes to optimizing your health.
  • Add in healthy fats from avocados, coconut, olives, nuts and seeds.
  • Eliminate the following: sugar, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, legumes (beans/lentils/peanuts) and dairy.

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How do I make Whole30 Fast and Easy for me?

My best advice is to plan ahead, and don’t go it alone. Having someone to partner with is great motivation for sticking with the plan. This may be your husband, or maybe it’s your best friend. Staying accountable is one of the keys to success. I also coach clients who need an accountability partner outside the home, and clients appreciate being able to ask the random questions that come up when navigating a Whole30.

One additional suggestion is to be super organized about what you have on hand, and what’s needed at the grocery store. Your success will come from getting the junk out of the house so it’s not tempting you. I rarely buy big tubs of ice cream any more for my kids because I didn’t want it tempting me, lingering in the freezer. Keeping your kitchen clean, clutter free, and organized makes a difference. To make grocery shopping easier when starting a Whole30, you can shop at Thrive Market and order their Whole30 Starter Set. Type it in the search bar and there are two different packages available.

On to the menu items…pick a few new recipes, but remember to keep things simple. That’s the best way to stay on track!

Whole30 fast and easy lunch ideas

Whole30 Fast and Easy Breakfast Ideas

  • Mango Lime Chia Pudding-this is a great recipe if you make your pudding with coconut milk and it’s too rich.
  • Turkey Blueberry Patties– a unique combo to mix up your morning. Bake these ahead of time and reheat as needed. Save the muffin recipe here for post Whole30.
  • Scrambed eggs, layered over spinach, with a side of kimchi or sauerkraut. Remember to add in fermented foods to your routine to improve your gut health.
  • Sweet Plantain Apple Bacon Hash– grab some pink lady apples for this fast and easy Whole30 breakfast.
  • No coffee, remember. Grab this Teechino Dark Roast Dandelion tea that helps support your liver as you detox during this program. It looks like coffee, just drink it black or with almond milk.

Whole30 Fast and Easy Lunch Ideas

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Whole30 Fast and Easy Dinner Ideas

  • Fajita skewers-this is always a kid-favorite in our house, make extras for lunches the next day.
  • Asparagus Spinach Frittata– I’m a huge fan of breakfast for dinner, and then having leftovers for breakfast or lunch later in the week.
  • Quick Garlic Lime Pork Chops
  • Hamburger served on a grilled portobello mushroom cap, or sweet potato toast.
  • Steak Salad Steakhouse Style– doesn’t that look delicious in the image above?! Make the Whole30 ranch dressing and you can use it on a number of things during your Whole30 challenge.

Whole30 Fast and Easy Snack Ideas

  • Quick note here…snacks are not a key part  of the Whole30, however I think there are times when you need to grab something fast, and these are all easy to find.
  • Epic bars- variety pack sold here. 
  • Chipotle roasted almonds
  • Plantain Chips
  • Seaweed Snacks– look for ones made with olive oil, avoid anything with canola/sunflower/safflower oil.
  • Dry Roasted Nuts- no oils in the ingredient list.

Additional Whole30 Resources

Whole30 Fast and Easy Meal Plan Recipes

Pin this for next Whole30 Fast and Easy Challenge!

For more inspiration, check out years of past dinner plans here, my Pinterest collection here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of weekly meal plans.

In the name of efficiency, I have been trying out a variety of grocery delivery services over the past couple of months. This past week I had the opportunity to try Farmers to You, a co-op of Vermont farms that will deliver in my area. Farm fresh produce and meat, without an hour plus drive. Yes, please! Don’t miss your special discount code at the bottom of this post.

Farmers to You Farms

What is Farmers to You?

Here’s how Farmers to You works. A wide variety of farms in the Vermont area provide their best quality produce, meats, syrups, and more to be delivered to Boston area families. We go online, choose what we want, then it gets delivered at a predetermined pick up location one day during the week. I was able to pick up my order at the Wellesley Farmers Market, which is now 100% served by Farmers to You.

One of the most important lessons I have learned as a culinary nutrition expert is to understand where your food is coming from. The shorter the distance from farm to table is always going to be in your best interest. Vegetables grown on small farms, where they truly care for the soil and the land, gives you more nutrient density in the food on your table.

If I have a choice to spend money with a small farm family business versus big agra, the small farm will always win. I know that someone has nurtured what they have grown, whether it’s fruits, vegetables, or animals. That positive energy becomes part of your food, and then part of us.

Food, if you can call it that, which has gone through processing becomes dead food. Same goes for food that is picked before it’s ripe. The most important step I teach my private clients is how the quality of the food they eat affects their health and energy level.

Is Farmers to You all Organic?

Here’s another tidbit worth remembering, you don’t always need to buy organic.  There is a time and a place for certified organic, but if you are partnering with a small farm that uses old-school methods of farming, they don’t need the costly organic stamp of approval for me. Organic farming has become a big business, and just because it’s labeled organic does not always guarantee it’s the best choice.

Farmers to You Vermont farm delivery service Boston

How do I prioritize what I buy organic versus not? Here’s my cheat sheet:

  • Choose grass-fed, pastured raised meat from small, local farms. You will get a better quality meat than a factory farm organic chicken. Yes, that’s what Perdue is doing to the organic business. Choosing the highest quality meat you can afford is the most important thing. I would ask you to spend the extra money on meat and dairy quality, and buy all your other veggies non-organic if your budget is tight.
  • Dairy is next in line. I’m comfortable with non-organic if the cows are pastured the majority of the year. Here’s more info on how to make smart choices about dairy…and guess what, it doesn’t include fat-free anything.
  • Eggs-pastured raised, small farm is best. Even organic standards allow for large scale chicken coops with very little outdoor exposure. Farm fresh eggs all rate higher for Omega 3, a key nutrient for anti-inflammatory diets. 
  • Root vegetables-if it’s not local and you don’t know the farm, choose organic. The veggies absorb everything that’s in the soil. If that includes Round-Up, then you get that too. Farmers to You partners with River Berry and Dog River Farms. You can grab some certified organic root vegetables with them.
  • Strawberries- top of the charts for the Dirty Dozen so I don’t make exceptions here. Always buy organic.
  • Apples- they tend to be heavily sprayed, but you can find good non-organic apples that have been grown with Integrated Pest Management practices. From Champlain farm owners,
  • Bill and Andrea at Champlain Orchards are committed to ecological practices and are Eco-Apple certified. Due to challenges of our Northeast climate, they use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and minimally spray their apples to manage pests in conjunction with natural methods.

  • Leafy greens- an avid reader informed me that leafy greens attract lots of bugs so they are sprayed heavily with pesticides. I’m sticking with organic here, unless I hear the farm follows a non-toxic protocol.
  • Corn-buy organic, otherwise it’s most likely from a GMO seed.
  • Red peppers- organic, top of the dirty dozen list.
  • Balance of fruits and veggies-grab organic if you can if in a grocery store. I’m comfortable without the organic label if it’s from a small, trustworthy farm.

Here’s a peek at how Farmers to You connects you to the food you serve your family.

A Community of Families and Farmers from Farmers To You on Vimeo.

How do I sign up for Farmers to You?

Super easy to test out if you are in the Boston area. Check here on this page to find delivery sites in your area. Want one in Needham? Let me know if there is enough interest and I’ll do a test run! While I love supporting my local farmers market, time is tight as a busy mom with three little kids and a husband who travels. Let’s not even mention the craziness of the kid’s sports schedules over the weekend. If I can make my cooking/grocery shopping a little more efficient right now, I’m all for it.

I created an account, placed an order by Sunday for a Thursday pickup. I got a text reminder and an email about when and where to pickup my order. It was super simple. *You do need to update your order for the following week as it automatically creates a reoccurring order. I adjusted mine to reorder basics and suspended it for a week to allow me time to process what I already received. Next week I’ll update it and see what new items are available.

What am I making with my delivery from Farmers to You?

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There are some recipes on the Farmers to You website, but here’s a few more ideas based on what caught my eye last week.

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Ready to check it out?! Head over here to place your order with Farmers to You.  My readers are getting 15% off their first order! Use the code: ER15. This expires Sunday, Dec 17th. Just think about how extra special Thanksgiving can be with fresh ingredients.

Come back here and leave a comment sharing what you are excited to try first! 

Note: I partnered with Farmers to You and was provided free product to facilitate this story. I had a great experience and look forward to placing orders with them again on my own. 

Farmers to You Food Delivery in Boston

Vegan Pumpkin Pasta from Pickles & Honey

Over the past few years I have gotten many emails asking for more vegan recipes in my meal plans. This fall I created on full vegan meal plan highlighting the best of autumn’s bounty. Pumpkins, root veggies, fall greens and more take the center stage in my fall vegan meal plan.

If you are unfamiliar with a vegan diet, it’s a plant-centered diet that does not use any animal products. Vegans opt out of dairy from any animal, and also honey made from bees. There can be great benefits from a vegan diet, but it can be challenging to sustain. Often I see a deficiency in B12, a key nutrient that gives us energy. If you follow a vegan diet, you need to have your B12 monitored and supplement with food rich in B12, like spirulina. B12 actually requires intrinsic factor to be absorbed in the intestine, along with the presence of calcium. Some vegans and vegetarians can develop anemia, and may require injections of B12. This is not to scare anyone away from a plant-based diet, it’s important for you to understand how to maintain a healthy balance if you suddenly eliminate a food group from your diet.

As you may have noticed from our trip to the local farms, we do not follow a vegan lifestyle in our home. However, I am trying to mix up what we serve and add more vegetarians options into our routine. We enjoyed an awesome lentil chili last week from The School Year Survival Cookbook. Next up is a chickpea ratatouille from the same book.

Key Benefits of a Vegan Meal Plan

  • increase of fiber can improve digestion and gut health, leading to less inflammation, better skin, sleep, and mood.
  • intake of a wider variety of phytonutrients will support a healthy immune system.
  • lack of animal products can also decrease the amount of inflammation in the body.

Vegan Dinner

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pasta– creamy goodness with a boost of probiotics via white miso

10 Minute Peanut Stir Fry-super quick and flexible for what’s in your fridge.

Spiced Vegan Minestrone Soup– from The Glowing Fridge

Chocolate Cinnamon Walnut Chili-also known as Healthy Cincinnati Chili from Nutrition Stripped. Who doesn’t love an excuse for more chocolate?!

Fall Vegan Chili Recipe Meal Plan

Gorgeous chili recipe from Nutrition Stripped. copyright 2015 Katie Newburn Photography

Vegan Lunch

Ultimate Vegan Pumpkin Soup-the color alone is amazing. Plus there’s lots of phytonutrients in pumpkin and squashes to help regulate cell growth, improve your skin’s appearance, and supports your immune system.

Roasted Chickpea Kale Salad and Creamy Dressing-love this one from Joyous Health.

Sweet Potato Apple Turmeric Soup-pop this one into your crockpot for an easy dinner at the end of the day, or prep ahead for lunches.

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Vegan Breakfast

Overnight Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding-these parfaits from The Flavor Blender are on my to-make list this week.

Breakfast Miso Vegetable Soup-love the addition of gut health supporting miso in this soup.

Vegan Snacks

Vegan Cheez-Its-cool way to enjoy a childhood favorite, without all the preservatives and damaged oils.

Stovetop Popcorn-our family favorite treat

Homemade Apple Pie Larabars– fun fall treat!

 

For more inspiration, check out years of past dinner plans here, my Pinterest collection here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of weekly meal plans.

Time to celebrate the beginning of Fall with an Autumn Paleo Meal Plan. I’m so ready for all things pumpkin, plaid, and warm. There’s plenty of fresh goodness at the farmer’s markets so indulge in the end of summer treasures like tomatoes, peaches, and fresh herbs.

What makes a meal plan paleo? I make simple swaps like adding in two vegetable sides with a protein instead of the protein/starch/vegetable that many of us grew up with at the table. Dairy is replaced with nut milks and cheese options, and refined sweeteners are swapped for honey or maple syrup. Simple swaps are a great way to make some lifestyle changes that will become a regular habit over time.

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Autumn Paleo Meal Plan Ideas

Paleo Dinner Ideas

Paleo Pumpkin Chili

Harvest Turkey Meatloaf in Delicata Squash

Pressure cooker Lamb stew-if you have an Instant Pot and wondering what to make with it, give this recipe a try.

Crisp Chicken Legs with Sweet Tomatoes and Basil-adding in meat on the bone is a great plus to your diet.

Garlic and Ghee Roasted Chicken with Carrots

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Lunch

Butternut Squash Soup-add some protein using the Great Lakes collagen powder.

Roasted sweet potato and brussel sprout salad with Maple Tahini Dressing.

Harvest Honeycrisp Kale Salad– omit cheddar to be Paleo compliant…or go for it with an organic, quality cheddar.

Breakfast

Paleo Pumpkin Smoothie

Loaded Breakfast Fries-this recipe makes a great “breakfast for dinner” option too. If you ever wonder if potatoes are really Paleo, this article gives a great explanation. 

Snacks

Nut free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins-still finding zucchini at the farmer’s markets!

Dessert

Pumpkin Spice Truffles

Paleo Peach Cobbler

 

Ok, now there are so many delicious ideas on this week’s Autumn Paleo Meal Plan. Tell me which recipe you want to make first!
For more inspiration, check out years of past dinner plans here, my Pinterest collection here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of weekly meal plans.

Hello back to school season! It’s time for a new meal plan that will help you save time, plan ahead, and make lunch packing a breeze. Well, that’s the goal anyways. Life tends to get in the way of our grand plans sometimes. Those early mornings are hard, aren’t they? But, it’s easier to start with a plan and adjust when necessary. My back-to-school meal plan can help you fill in the blank of what’s for dinner when you are making the grocery list for the week ahead.

The recipes I’m sharing use real food ingredients, although I too rely on some quality packaged items to round out my kid’s lunch boxes. They are used when time is tight, or it’s the end of the week and we are out of all the prepped goodies. The kids don’t mind when they get the occasional bag of pretzels or beef jerky sticks. I don’t mind either when I’ve taken the time to read through the ingredient list and weed out the junky versions. Eating well needs to be a balance, for everyone in the family. Time is tight and if you are making a couple of new recipes each week to expose everyone to new flavors, you’re on the right track.

In the coming weeks I’ll share with you some additional lunch packing tips that are specifically for kids. After the novelty of the first couple of weeks, we all need a little variety in the lunch packing routine!

Here’s a few recipes to help you get ready for those after school activities and map out your back to school meal plan!

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Dinner

Late Summer Minestrone Soup– one pot meal that’s quick and uses fresh, local ingredients from Aimee at Simple Bites.

Instant Pot Carnitas-from PaleOMG

Cashew Chicken Sheet Pan– another prep ahead option with paleo and gluten free notes included

Thai Basil Turkey Bowls– make this part of your Sunday meal prep for the week. Grab cauliflower rice in the freezer section to save time. 

One Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas– quick 20 minute meal from No 2 Pencil

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Great “green” lunch from The Natural Nurturer. The mac daddy of all lunch boxes is the PlanetBox.

Lunch

Granola Apple Peanut Butter Crunch Wraps– use my homemade granola listed below and swap in a nut-free butter for school to make this work.

Chickpea and Avocado Salad– from the Natural Nurturer

Chili Garlic Tofu Bowlslook for organic tofu to avoid GMOs.

Breakfast

Sausage Pizza Egg Muffins– from Paleo Running Momma

Banana Almond Chia Puddingmake ahead option from Grits and Chopsticks

Homemade Granola– leave out the nuts and add more seeds (like sesame for calcium!) and then use it as a nut-free school option.

Southwestern Breakfast Bowl -from The Do It All Mama. Make this one for dinner and have the leftovers for breakfast. Mix in some spinach to get in a serving of greens first thing in the morning.

Snacks

Oatmeal Green Smoothie Muffins– totally making these again this week! Super fast to make with your blender.

Cranberry Coconut Energy Bites-swap in pumpkin or sunflower seed butter to make it school-safe.

Fruit Leather-use a dehydrator or your lowest oven setting to set.

Bonus

*Healthy Batch cooking ideas– tons of ideas for all meals of the day. There are lots of ideas here you can add to your own back to school meal plan.

*I purchased the Real Lunches Real Easy III as I love having something new for packing lunches. It’s worth the $10. I’m not an affiliate but think it’s a great product and something you can share with your kids to get their input. I’ll be printing mine at Staples and having it bound together as a true cookbook.

back to school meal plan with quick and easy recipes

For more inspiration, check out the years of past dinner plans here, my Pinterest collection here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of weekly meal plans. Leave a comment with your favorite family recipe to add a back to school meal plan.

Every year I like to find a delicious summer recipe I can make over and over as new guests arrive at the beach. I learn how to make it without recipe cards or books. This keeps things simple in the kitchen during the summer months. After a day at the beach, I want quick recipes, food for a crowd, and lots of fresh vegetables. Here’s a list we can use to plan out our summer meal plans and spend more time playing out side.

DELICIOUS SUMMER RECIPE FAVORITES

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Main Dish

Summer Frittata

Crock pot Chicken Fajitas

Lobster Avocado Grapefruit Salad

Salmon Burgers (I’ll skip the breadcrumbs and use 2 tsp almond flour instead)

Pesto Chicken Skewers

BBQ Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

DIY Summer Cobb salad with chicken, or swap in tuna or salmon. Delicious summer recipe ready in minutes!

Chicken or Salmon Cobb Salad

Swordfish Kabobs

Black Bean Tacos

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Side Dish

Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Chunky Mexican Coleslaw

Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Easy summer cocktail recipe blueberry gin smash

Gorgeous cocktail from A Simple Pantry

Beverages

Mint and Melon Agua Fresca

Blueberry Thyme Smash

St. Germaine/vodka Smash (this was our go-to recipe last summer!)

Treats

Watermelon Pizza

Strawberry Shortcake Skillet (not as simple, but so delicious!)

Paleo Lemon Bars

Watermelon Pizza Snack Idea Delicious Summer Recipe

For more inspiration, check out the years of past dinner plans here, my Pinterest collection here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of weekly meal plans. I hope you find a new delicious summer recipe to feed your family this summer!