Meal Planning

Whole30 & Paleo Gadget Shopping List

Worried about how you're going to make the Whole30 or Paleo diets work in your life? Here's a gadget shopping list to make life a little easier!

Worried about how you're going to make the Whole30 work Here are the products that might make life a little easier during the Whole30.

If you've been around this blog for even a millisecond, you will quickly realize that our family does a lot of Whole30 and paleo-type eating. We aren't fanatics, we just eat what works for our family.

Over time, we've really come to appreciate certain gadgets in the kitchen. If you're doing the Whole30 or eating Paleo meals, you know that it requires more effort than just throwing a frozen pizza in the oven. There's a Whole30 cookbook that has a lot of great recipes

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  1. Vegetable Spiral Slicer

  2. 6 Quart Regular Slow Cooker (or this programmable one if you spend a lot of time outside of the home)

  3. Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives

  4. Meat Thermometer

  5. Cast Iron Skillet

  6. Vegetable Peeler

  7. Boxed Grater

  8. Baking Sheets with Raised Sides

  9. Food Processor or Blender

  10. Travel Friendly Food Storage

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1. Vegetable Spiral Slicer

If you're missing spaghetti, then you need this gadget. Will zoodles (zucchini + noodles) taste the same as real, carbohydrate noodles. Um, no. But it's a good substitute!

2. 6 Quart Regular Slow Cooker

Slow cookers in general just make life a lot easier. Busy school or work nights will thank you for planning dinner ahead of time with a gadget like this. I personally love this Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew recipe for the Whole30 and just remove the non-complient ingredients. It still comes out tasting great!

3. Stainless Steel Kitchen Knives

Spaghetti squash. Those are the only two words you need to hear to understand how badly you need sharp, durable knives in your kitchen. The Whole30 and Paleo diets require a lot of fresh veggies and those veggies require a lot of prep. Please don't use cheap knives.

4. Meat Thermometer

Please don't undercook your meat and get salmonella. Yuck.

5. Cast Iron Skillet

Am I the only one who thinks Brussel sprouts turn out amazing every time they're cooked in a cast iron skillet? My Dad gave us one when my husband and I got married. Even though I kind of chuckled at the time, (Me?? Cook??) I've been using it ever since then. Thanks, Dad!

6. Vegetable Peeler

I'm not the best vegetable peeler with a regular knife. I waste too much! Peelers are necessary in my healthy kitchen.

7. Boxed Grater

I love to make "cauli rice" but used to do it with a regular flat grater. That cauliflower would fly everywhere and was a pain to clean up. I just don't have time for the extra mess. Use this boxed grater to keep the chaos contained.

8. Baking Sheets with Raised Sides

When I first purchased baking sheets, I grabbed the ones without the raised sides because I thought they looked sleek and modern. Obviously, I knew nothing about roasting vegetables because I would've known what a terrible choice I had made.

Save your veggies from flying off into the depths of your oven by purchasing baking sheets with some sort of protective wall.

9. Food Processor or Blender

Unless you have incredible chopping and blending skills by hand, you're going to need one or both of these. I just don't have the time to do that kind of heavy lifting...oh and I'm also very bad at chopping things into tiny pieces.

10. Travel Friendly Food Storage

This may be listed as last but it's probably one of the most important gadgets on this list. Why is it so hard to find on-the-go food storage options for working or busy men and women? You can only pay for so many overpriced salads before you decide to bring your own lunch into work (or in my case, send lunch with your husband).

Eating healthy is only as fun as the gadgets you use to make your meals. I look forward to making a delicious meal when I know I have good knives to chop the veggies and sturdy baking sheets to roast them in.

What are some of your favorite kitchen gadgets? 

Whole30 Game Day Recipe: Guacamole

Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!

Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? If you've been around Frugal on the Prairie for a while then you know what huge football fans we are. We have literally worked schedules and birthday parties around games on the weekend. I know that sounds a little insane, but it's just something we're passionate about in our family.

I'm sure you've noticed my family is doing the Whole30 for the month of January so our Game Day recipes will not be including the carb-filled, sugary stuff I usually cook. I'm excited to be including this yummy recipe on one of our favorite days of the week.

(Psssst...If you're interested, I've got Whole30 meal plans and tips here and here available.)

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This past weekend I shopped at my local Randalls to make this delicious guacamole recipe that I've tweaked a little to make it Whole30 compliant. Guacamole is like the official family dip for every vegetable in our house. We love it!

Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!

Whole30 Guacamole Recipe for Game Day! Ingredients

  • 5 avocados

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Ole El Paso™ chopped green chiles

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • chopped fresh red onion, if desired

Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!

Directions

  • In medium bowl, mix all ingredients except onion, mashing avocados. Sprinkle with onion. Enjoy!

  • (Note: The original Old El Paso™ recipe calls for 2 ounces of queso fresco cheese but I omitted this for the sake of the Whole30.)

Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!
Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!
Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!
Ready for Game Day while you're on the Whole30? Keep things yummy and compliant by whipping up this easy, one-step guacamole!

What's your favorite Game Day recipe? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #oldelpaso :)This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons. The opinions and text are all mine.

Aldi vs Walmart: The Ultimate Price Comparison

Is Aldi really cheaper than Walmart? I went to both stores for the ultimate price comparison on over 85 items and I'm sharing it all on the blog!

Is Aldi really cheaper than Walmart? I went to both stores for the ultimate price comparison on over 85 items and I'm sharing it all on the blog today!

My Shopping Experience at Aldi & Walmart

I've been shopping at Aldi for over 15 years and at Walmart for as long as I can remember. I feel like both stores really have a lot of pros and cons (more on that in a future post) and recently decided to narrow down exactly how different they are in pricing.

My family and I are doing the Whole30 for the month of January so our produce and meat prices needed some special attention. I like to know if I'm getting the best deal when we're eating plenty of both at every single meal.

Obviously, your shopping experience with the quality of each store may be different than mine so please keep that in mind while reading this post. I've been to both wonderful and terrible Walmart and Aldi locations. I've purchased wonderful fruit from one, terrible fruit in another, and vice versa. You just never know!

Things You Should Know About My Grocery Comparison

There are so many details to take into consideration while going through this comparison.

  • With over 85 items included, my prices may be slightly different from your prices depending on your location
  • All compared products are Walmart's Great Value brand and the Aldi store brand
  • Both the Walmart and Aldi used in this experiment were located in Houston, Texas, USA
  • This experiment was performed and posted in January 2016. This may affect the prices of produce and other groceries
  • I did not include any sale prices. This was done in an attempt to give you the most accurate price comparison possible
  • I've included the total price for each item but as Walmart and Aldi differed on sizing for most of their groceries, I've included the price per unit as well. For example, Walmart sells apples in a 5 pound bag and Aldi sells theirs in a 3 pound bag. I list the prices as $4.82 and $2.99 but ultimately compare them as $0.96/pound and $1.00/pound, respectively (Winner: Walmart)
  • Price per unit was used to determine each item's winner

Lastly, many hours were put into this project. I put on comfy tennis shoes and walked around these stores with a giant legal pad, trying not to miss a single detail. Every effort was made to ensure accuracy in the making of this post. However, please expect that available items or prices may vary. With so many locations around the world, it's just bound to happen.

Download Aldi vs Walmart: The Ultimate Price Comparison

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Conclusion: Is Aldi Cheaper than Walmart?

Mostly yes, but not in every category! I really thought Aldi was going to blow Walmart out of the water on every single item. Obviously, it was far and away the winner all around. But it really failed in the meat prices, both frozen and fresh.

Here are the winners according to each section:

  • Produce: ALDI
  • Meat/Fish: WALMART
  • Snacks/Basics: ALDI
  • Condiments: ALDI
  • Cans/Jars: ALDI
  • Dairy: ALDI
  • Baking: ALDI
  • Miscellaneous: ALDI

Your savings may be dependent on what you and your family mostly eat. For example, Walmart was far and away more cheaper in the meat department. But if you don't typically eat meat, then Aldi would be a better choice if you're looking for one-stop shopping.

Overall, I'm incredibly glad I was able to do this because I can print it out and easily compare my normal stores (Walmart & Aldi) to other sales in my area (Sam's, Costco, Target, Kroger, HEB, and so on).

Do you shop at Aldi or Walmart? What do you like/dislike?

Tips for Feeding Your Family On the Whole30

Is eating healthier a part of your New Year Resolutions? I've got some great tips for feeding your family on the Whole30!

Are you ringing in the New Year with healthy resolutions? Planning on doing the Whole30 with your family but worried about how it will go? My family and I did it and survived so we've got a few tips to share! Today I'm guest posting at My Love for Words blog and sharing all of my secrets for making the Whole30 work with a family. It's easier than you think but there are some MUST DO's on the list so don't miss it.

If you're unfamiliar with this program, here's a very brief description: The Whole30 diet is where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, such as sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes.

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Interested in some Whole30 meal plans and other tips? I've got plans for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4. I also have a list of things you should know before you start the program.

Note: I am not affiliated with or endorsed by the Whole30 program or it’s authors in any way. All views and opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Please consult a physician before you make any drastic changes to your diet.

2 Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken w/ KC Masterpiece Sauce

This is the easiest 2 ingredient slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe! #KCMasterpiece helps me keep things delicious with Sweet Honey and Molasses Barbecue Sauce.

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My BBQ sauce obsession just got better! There are so many things to love about Kansas City but it's their BBQ that really takes the cake. And nobody sells delicious sauces like KC Masterpiece.

This is the best slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe ever! The ingredients used in their Sweet Honey and Molasses Barbecue Sauce recipe is unmatched and makes it easy to just mix two ingredients in the Crock Pot and still have a meal that is jam-packed with flavor.

Ingredients: 

  • 4-5 chicken breasts
  • 18 ounces KC Masterpiece Sweet Honey and Molasses BBQ Sauce

(optional) toppings

Directions: 

This is the easiest 2 ingredient slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe! #KCMasterpiece helps me keep things delicious with Sweet Honey and Molasses Barbecue Sauce.
This is the easiest 2 ingredient slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe! #KCMasterpiece helps me keep things delicious with Sweet Honey and Molasses Barbecue Sauce.

1. Place chicken breasts on bottom of slow cooker. (For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable liner.)2. Pour BBQ sauce over chicken. Rotate so they are all covered. 3. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours. Shred chicken with two forks, mixing in the BBQ sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker. 4. Serve with hamburger buns and toppings.

It's that easy! Personally, we like to compliment the tender chicken with crunchy cabbage, red onion, and a little bit of pepper.

We are a busy family, just like you. There isn't a lot of time to prepare an elaborate meal during the week. I love the ease of this recipe! The fact that it tastes so good just makes it even better.

What is your favorite BBQ recipe? 

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The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan - Week 4

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I recently mentioned that my husband and I were doing the Whole30 eating program for the month of June. If you're not familiar with how it works you can visit the official Whole30 website for a more detailed explanation. Here is my humble and brief summary.

What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients.

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Things You Should Know About My Whole30 Meal Plan

The first thing you should know is that my meal plans for the Whole30 are extremely basic. When I say extremely basic I mean that Thursday's dinner was prepared by cooking ground turkey with spaghetti sauce, microwaving sweet potatoes, and steaming whatever veggies we had in the refrigerator. I also plan leftovers for almost every lunch as a way to accommodate our busy schedule.

I wish that I had the time and energy to cook fancy recipes for my family. I wish there was room in my budget for items like salmon and steak every other night. But the baby lives on my hip, our grocery budget is tight, and there isn't much I can do about it.

If you're looking for an elaborate meal plan, this is not the plan for you. If you are a busy individual who wants to try the Whole30 without doubling their grocery bill, then you are in the right place!

Behold, The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan for the last week of the program. I added an additional two days to the menu so you could have a full 30 days worth of ideas.

Please note that this menu is suited for two adults. We personally followed this menu as close as possible. Recipes may have been switched around due to the time constraints of long workdays or a fussy child. Also, be sure to save some chicken from Saturday's dinner to use in Sunday's lunch. Also, this post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.

Whole30 Recipe Sources

I didn't shake things up too much, even with this being our last week on the program. But I was excited to find some new yummy recipes from From this Kitchen Table, I Heart NaptimeMy Healthy Happy HomeSweet C's DesignsDaily Rebecca, and Buzzfeed.

Avocado Chicken Lettuce Wraps |  Bacon Butternut Squash Quiche | Homemade Guacamole | One Pot Paleo Chicken Curry Stir FrySweet Potato Breakfast CasseroleTomato and Avocado Omelet

Pinterest has also been a great source and I constantly use it for reference and inspiration.

I should note that one of these recipes called for bacon. But Whole30 compliant bacon is insanely(!) expensive so I used whatever extra meat I had on hand instead.

I've been exclusively using the Whole30 website for guidance, but if you'd like an actual paper copy of rules, guidelines, recipes, and tips, the The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom is a great resource! I also love reading It Starts with Food (written by the Whole30 founders, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig) for even more inspiration.

Whole30 Experience

The beginning of this week was fantastic! I felt stronger and more dedicated to the Whole30 program than ever. I loved the food I was eating and my unhealthy cravings were not only non-existent, but any sugary and non-compliant foods also looked downright unappealing. It was the first time in my life that ice cream didn't look good. I know this sounds crazy but it made me feel like I was finally in charge of my own body. It was awesome!

However, my last few days on the program were surprisingly difficult. I started thinking, "Well, 27 days is basically the same as 30 so..." Our work and life schedules also became increasingly hectic as we got closer to the end of the month. Did that influence things? Maybe a little bit. Subway sandwiches always look so much easier than whipping up a hot meal.

But I stuck it to the end and I'm officially done. BAM! Let's just say that the morning after Day 30 I did a happy dance on my way to the kitchen. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself still reaching for Whole30 meals following the 4th week. When your body feels good you can't help but continue to eat healthy!

Are you trying the Whole30? What has been your experience so far? Love/hate it? Give me all the details!

Previous Weeks:

The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan - Week 3

Looking for an easy Whole30 meal plan for those busy weeknights? These recipes are easy to make, won't hurt your budget, and are delicious too!

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I recently mentioned that my husband and I were doing the Whole30 eating program for the month of June. If you're not familiar with how it works you can visit the official Whole30 website for a more detailed explanation. Here is my humble and brief summary.

What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients.

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Things You Should Know About My Whole30 Meal Plan

The first thing you should know is that my meal plans for the Whole30 are extremely basic. When I say extremely basic I mean that Sunday's dinner was prepared by cooking ground turkey with spaghetti sauce, microwaving sweet potatoes, and steaming whatever veggies we had in the refrigerator. I also plan leftovers for almost every lunch as a way to accommodate our busy schedule.

I wish that I had the time and energy to cook fancy recipes for my family. I wish there was room in my budget for items like salmon and steak every other night. But the baby lives on my hip, our grocery budget is tight, and there isn't much I can do about it.

If you're looking for an elaborate meal plan, this is not the plan for you. If you are a busy individual who wants to try the Whole30 without doubling their grocery bill, then you are in the right place!

Behold, The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan.

Please note that this menu is suited for two adults. We personally followed this menu as close as possible. Recipes may have been switched around due to the time constraints of long workdays or a fussy child. Also, be sure to save a little chicken from Saturday's dinner to use in the recipe for Sunday's lunch. Also, this post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.

Recipe Sources

I stumbled onto Lexi's Clean Kitchen this week and went a little crazy. She's got so many delicious Whole30 recipes that I just couldn't help myself! I also used a few from Nom Nom Paleo, Half Baked Harvest, and Buzzfeed.

3 Ingredient Breakfast Skillet | Brussels Sprout Breakfast HashGrilled Veggie & Grilled Chicken Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette | Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins |  Homemade Guacamole | Sausage Egg "McMuffin" | Spaghetti Squash Boats with Homemade Meat SauceTomato and Avocado Omelet

Pinterest has also been a great source and I constantly use it for reference and inspiration.

I should note that one of these recipes called for bacon. But Whole30 compliant bacon is insanely(!) expensive so I used whatever extra meat I had on hand instead.

I've been exclusively using the Whole30 website for guidance, but if you'd like an actual paper copy of rules, guidelines, recipes, and tips, the The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom is a great resource! For inspiration to keep me going, I've been loving It Starts with Food by the creators of the Whole30, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig.

Experience

I've never felt better in my entire life. My energy is endless, I sleep like a baby, and my body feels strong and healthy. And my skin! I have the same glow I had before I went through my hormonal teen years.

Despite all of these incredible perks, my cravings for unhealthy food seem to be on my mind constantly. Maybe my body is thinking, "You already feel so good so a cookie or two isn't going to hurt you." The closer I get to the end of the month the harder this becomes.

Are you trying the Whole30? What has been your experience so far? Love/hate it? Give me all the details!

Other Weeks:

The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan - Week 2

Looking for an easy Whole30 meal plan for those busy weeknights? These recipes are easy to make, won't hurt your budget, and are delicious too!

Interested in starting a blog and making money from home? I earned my first $200 within 3 months of starting Frugal on the Prairie then went on to earn a full-time income from home about 6 months later! If you're ready to get started, I have a step-by-step tutorial for setting up your domain and hosting here, which can be a headache to figure out by yourself if you've never done it before! I also highly recommend and use Bluehost for my hosting! (<---That's an affiliate link but girl, I never recommend something I don't love or use ;) 


I recently mentioned that my husband and I were doing the Whole30 eating program for the month of June. If you're not familiar with how it works you can visit the official Whole30 website for a more detailed explanation. Here is my humble and brief summary.

What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients.

Things You Should Know About My Whole30 Meal Plan

The first thing you should know is that my meal plans for the Whole30 are extremely basic. When I say extremely basic I mean that Monday's dinner was prepared by cooking ground turkey with spaghetti sauce, microwaving sweet potatoes, and steaming whatever veggies we had in the refrigerator. I also plan leftovers for almost every lunch as a way to accommodate our busy schedule.

I wish that I had the time and energy to cook fancy recipes for my family. I wish there was room in my budget for items like salmon and steak every other night. But the baby lives on my hip, our grocery budget is tight, and there isn't much I can do about it.

If you're looking for an elaborate meal plan, this is not the plan for you. If you are a busy individual who wants to try the Whole30 without doubling their grocery bill, then you are in the right place!

Behold, The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan.

Please note that this menu is suited for two adults. We personally followed this menu as close as possible. Recipes may have been switched around due to the time constraints of long workdays or a fussy child. Also, this post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.

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I should note that one of these recipes called for bacon. But Whole30 compliant bacon is insanely(!) expensive so I used ground turkey instead.

I've been exclusively using the Whole30 website for guidance, but if you'd like an actual paper copy of rules, guidelines, recipes, and tips, the The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom is a great resource! I also love reading It Starts with Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig for even more inspiration.

Whole30 Experience

There are some repeats from last week's menu and here's why: I'm cheap. Really cheap! It's as simple as that. But I had more time on my hands towards the weekend and was able to find some new, affordable recipes.

The headaches from last week are completely gone and have been replaced with the best sleep of my life. My mid-morning and mid-afternoon energy slumps have also disappeared. I have never felt this energized before and the extra pep in my step is all the encouragement I need to keep up with the program.

Are you trying the Whole30? What has been your experience so far? Love/hate it? Give me all the details!

*I prepped the cabbage the night before to make for a quick breakfast.

**I replaced the bacon with ground turkey because it's cheaper.

Other Weeks:

The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan - Week 1

Looking for an easy Whole30 meal plan for those busy weeknights? These recipes are easy to make, won't hurt your budget, and are delicious too!

Interested in starting a blog and making money from home? I earned my first $200 within 3 months of starting Frugal on the Prairie then went on to earn a full-time income from home about 6 months later! If you're ready to get started, I have a step-by-step tutorial for setting up your domain and hosting here, which can be a headache to figure out by yourself if you've never done it before! I also highly recommend and use Bluehost for my hosting! (<---That's an affiliate link but girl, I never recommend something I don't love or use ;) 


I recently mentioned that my husband and I were doing the Whole30 eating program for the month of June. If you're not familiar with how it works you can visit the official Whole30 website for a more detailed explanation. Here is my humble and brief summary.

What is the Whole30?

The Whole30 is a program where you strip out all foods that have a poor impact on your health, both physically and psychologically. You may not think certain food groups affect you negatively but the Whole30 adopts the belief that all sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes should be eliminated from your diet and replaced with more wholesome, natural ingredients.

Things You Should Know About My Whole30 Meal Plan

The first thing you should know is that my meal plans for the Whole30 are extremely basic. When I say extremely basic I mean that Monday's dinner was prepared by cooking ground turkey with spaghetti sauce, microwaving sweet potatoes, and steaming whatever veggies we had in the refrigerator. I also plan leftovers for almost every lunch as a way to accommodate our busy schedule.

I wish that I had the time and energy to cook fancy recipes for my family. I wish there was room in my budget for items like salmon and steak every other night. But the baby lives on my hip, our grocery budget is tight, and there isn't much I can do about it.

If you're looking for an elaborate meal plan, this is not the plan for you. If you are a busy individual who wants to try the Whole30 without doubling their grocery bill, then you are in the right place!

Behold, The Busy Person's Whole30 Meal Plan.

Please note that this menu is suited for two adults. We personally followed this menu as close as possible. Recipes may have been switched around due to the time constraints of long workdays or a fussy child. Also, this post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer for more information.

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Whole30 Recipe Sources

I constantly browsed the Whole30 website, Our Paleo Life, and The Clothes Make the Girl for recipes and ideas. I don't have the money or patience for half of the fancier dishes but I got lucky and found the following recipes.

Homemade Sausage Patties | Bangers and Mash  | All Day Frittata

Pinterest has also been a source lifesaver and I'm still pinning away like a madwoman.

Anything else listed on the menu was made very low-key. For example, the eggs were either scrambled, boiled, or fried. It's a real life meal plan, people.

I've been exclusively using the Whole30 website for guidance, but if you'd like an actual paper copy of rules, guidelines, recipes, and tips, the The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom and It Starts with Food are great resources!

Whole30 Experience

Headaches in the morning. Headaches in the afternoon. Headaches in the evening. If there's one thing I can tell from the first 24 hours of this program, it's that I am addicted to sugar. I didn't gorge myself on carbs or candy the night before like I wanted to and I'm glad I didn't! My head was constantly pounding the entire week and all I needed wanted to do was pour a bag of Skittles down my throat.

I quickly realized that Whole30 recipes can be Paleo compliant but not the other way around. The limitations were killing me and I realize how pathetic that sounds. I've become too used to easy/fast/cheap foods. The fact that I was dragging my feet to make something fresh and healthy is ridiculous.

At the end of Week 1 I made it a goal to branch out and find new recipes.

Other Weeks:

Are you trying the Whole30? What has been your experience so far? Love/hate it? Give me all the details!