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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.
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.
Whole30 Recipe Sources
*Amish One-Pan Ground Beef and Cabbage Skillet | Chicken Broccoli Bake | Homemade Sausage Patties | Sausage Egg "McMuffin" | The Wedding of Sausage and Cabbage | **Yam, Celery Root, & Bacon Hash | You're the Top Tuna Salad
Pinterest has also been a great source and I've been building up a nice collection of recipes.
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.
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.