Winter Meal Plan: Using Whole Foods for the Busy Mom

Hello Friends! It’s been a season of rest and healing for me over the summer and fall, which is why you have not heard from me in many months. Over the next year, I plan to share more of my journey of health, healing, homemaking, and miscarriage. Please join me for encouragement and tips. 

I will focus on five weekly areas: sharing tips, I'm learning through nourishment, recipes, keeping a well-stocked wellness tool kit, homemaking, and beauty through my weekly emails. You can keep up to date here

Nourishing with real whole food 
Many years ago, my husband and I began focusing on a Biblical diet based on Leviticus 11. As a believer, I want to follow my Father's instructions because He is love, and all His ways are good. It’s been a journey to come to a full understanding of answering the question “What is real food?” from a Biblical standard but also from a perspective of our food chain here in America. This year, we took it a step further to eliminate GMOs, all preservatives, food dyes, etc., and learn more about traditional ways of eating. 

It's been about eight months of change, and I'm noticing my energy levels increasing and brain fog lifting. I have a long way to go to heal my hormones from years of neglect, but I'm so thankful to be focusing on the foundation of health with food. 

Below I share some tips and ways you can simplify your meal planning while feeding your family whole nutritious foods.

Purchase High-Quality Ingredients
Do your best to purchase high-quality ingredients without preservatives or food dyes. Real food costs more than food made in a laboratory with chemicals. Our family has chosen to live below our means in other areas of life so we can fill our bodies with good quality natural food for healing and vitality. What are some ways you can alter your family budget to make room for a larger food budget while spending less in other areas? 

Keep it Simple
I am in a season of healing, so meals must pack a nutritious punch with lots of fat, good-quality protein, and nourishing carbs. I have created a straightforward system that works well for us currently that I share below. 

Winter Meal Plan Ideas

Breakfast: We keep our breakfast very simple. I batch-cook bulk meat by using my Instant Pot to eat alongside fruits and veggies, or make into an egg casserole.

Here's my simple Breakfast Egg Casserole recipe:
1lb of pre-cooked meat spread in a pan
Top with 12-16 whisked eggs
Finish off with cheese
Add-ins: You can add chopped veggies like mushrooms, spinach, and frozen hashbrowns (ensure no added ingredients such as these). 
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Lunch: We typically have leftovers from the night before. If we do not have any leftovers, the children like to make our easy and delicious instant pot mac and cheese recipe. I also keep organic turkey, cheese, fruits, and veggies on hand for quick grab and go snack plates and sandwiches. 

Instant Pot Macaroni + Cheese Recipe
1 cup homemade bone broth
1 cup raw cream
2 cups of noodles of your choice - we use these
Place the above ingredients into your Instant Pot and set it for 5-7 minutes, depending on your chosen pasta. Five minutes work excellent for our choice of pasta. 
Do a quick release (depending on the thickness and quality of your cream, the milk may spit out during this process. The thicker the cream, the less mess). 
Add your desired amount of butter and grass-fed cheese with no food colorings or preservatives.  

I am on a strict whole-food eating protocol, so I will forgo the pasta, throw a frozen salmon fillet to bake, and serve it with butter and avocado alongside my kefir smoothie recipe one to two times a week. Or I will batch-cook meat for burger bowls.  

Kefir Smoothie Recipe inspired by a Weston A Price recipe 
1 cup milk kefir
1 cup frozen raspberries
2 raw egg yolks from pastured locally grown farmers with a clean outer shell (please use discretion on this based on what quality of eggs you have available)
2 T melted coconut oil
1-2 T maple syrup or honey based on your sweetness preference. I use 1 T. 
Blend and enjoy! 

Sunday- Burgers + smoothies
Monday - New recipe or meatballs + in season veggie side or salad
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Roast + potatoes in the crock pot
Thursday - Soup 
Friday - Ranch Chicken, salad, homemade challah bread
Saturday - fellowship gathering potluck 

Having a plan in place is a wonderful way for me to eliminate decisions on food each day. If I feel like creating a new recipe, I will add that in. However, with most weeks, I am simply following the above plan. 
Thanks for dropping by today! I hope you found encouragement for building a peaceful home. If you know another mom who might benefit from what you've learned here today, be sure to share this post with her!

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