Grow up and eat your veggies ; )

Okay...it's easier said than done, but forreal we need to start eating our veggies a little more. So with keeping that in mind, I'm throwing in a repeat recipe this week to sneak in a little more green to completely Elevate your Body, CrossFit or Weightlifting ; ). 

Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry - Recipe Download

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The Food is BACK - Meal Plan Week ? - 2017

With summer on the front burner, I want to encourage you guys to get those workouts in and to eat clean at every opportunity. You can make excuses or you can make a difference in how you look, perform and feel.

There's always national donut day, cookie day, pizza day, someone's birthday, you name it. Sure, these are times for celebrating and it's good to indulge once in awhile, just be careful not to get carried away.

You won't get fat from a cheat meal here and there, but they will add up over time and will take twice as long to get rid of. So, be disciplined!

Grass Fed Barbacoa - RECIPE HERE 

Paleo Caesar Salad with Shrimp - RECIPE HERE

Mexican Meatballs Over Calabacitas - RECIPE HERE

Zucchini Entomatada - RECIPE HERE

 

 

Meal Plan Week 14 - 2017

Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:

Chain grocery store (Publix): $220.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam's):  $178.00

Your final tally will depend on your geographic location and how much you rely on bulk purchases. As an example, you can get one quart of extra light olive oil at Publix for $19.99 or you can get four quarts at Costco for $16.50. You follow? Meat and produce will also be less at the warehouse stores, but might mean you're buying more than you'll need for this plan. 

Customize Your Plan and Shop It Up!

I have created a customizable grocery list in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. Even if you're no good with Excel, I've set it up in a foolproof way that even "The Jo!" could handle. Just follow these instructions:

  1. Open the document and click on the tab at the bottom that says "Menu item & Ingredient Brkdown."
  2. At the top, you'll see the number "1" in bold just below each menu item. You can change this number to correspond with the number of portions that you'd like to make. Say you want to make a double batch of the Chicken Tortillas Soup just change the "1"  to a "2" and it will increase the ingredients for this recipe. Make sense?
  3. Click back to the tab that says "Meal Plan 17.13 Grocery List" and your quantities will be updated.
  4. Print out the grocery list from the first tab only.
  5. Compare what you need to what you have on hand and finalize your list. 

Then, head to the grocery store and make your purchases swiftly and efficiently.

Step-By-Step Instructions:

I want you to knock this out in one shopping session and two cooking sessions. I'll explain these now, but make sure to scroll down to the notes on each meal below. They are listed beneath each picture. 

In cooking session one:

  1. Prepare the Slow Cooker Carnitas, place it into the slow cooker, set the slow cooker on a foil-lined sheet pan, and leave it on your counter or in your garage to cook for 10-12 hours overnight.
  2. Prepare the Mac Nut Crusted Pork with Cucumber Avocado Salsa. Enjoy this as a meal or dinner tonight. Properly store any remaining portions in your refrigerator for up to five days.
  3. Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a day well done. 

In cooking session two:

  1. Portion out the Carnitas and refrigerate for up to seven days or freeze for up to six months. This one freezes and reheats very well. 
  2. Prepare the Deep Dish Breakfast Pizza. Enjoy a slice for breakfast and portion out the remaining slices for more meals this week. Store these in the freezer and pull one out each night for a quick breakfast the next morning.
  3. Prepare the Thai Turkey Meatballs with Cauliflower Rice. Portion out and store in the refrigerator for five to seven days or freeze for up to six months (they won't last that long!). Enjoy a portion for lunch or dinner if you'd like.
  4. Sit back and take it all in. Your Paleo Bank Account is stocked and now you are a Culinary Ninja who is ready to tackle life with energy, clarity, and confidence. Be sure to tell your friends about PaleoNick.com!

 

Deep-Dish Breakfast Pizza Recipe Download

Meal Plan - March - Week 12 - 2017

What's Up Elevation Nation,

We're in the second week of trying this meal plan thing. Based on your feedback, you guys wanted tips on how to sneak more veggies in your diet. I'm happy to tell you I've found a solution...but first click this button below and follow us on pinterest RIGHT NOW!

Chain grocery store (Kroger): $180.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam's):  $145.00

The amount you will spend will depend on your geographic location and how much you rely on bulk purchases. As an example, you can get 1 quart of extra light olive oil at Kroger for $19.99 or you can get 4 quarts at Costco for $16.50. You follow? Meat and produce will also be less at the warehouse stores, but might require you purchase more than you'll need for this plan. 

Notes: Trader Joes has some awesome deals this week. We plan on getting our Vegan Chorizo and Vegan Italian Sausage (as long as the protein count is high). For the Vegetarians out there, try mixing this with Setan or the Vegan Italian sausage in replace of the Chicken Sausage...trust me on that...it's delicious. For everyone else, Chicken Sausage can be found at Publix shoot for the Greenwise option! 

Download Recipe - Sausage & Eggplant Ragu

Notes: None, let me know how this one goes for those who smoke meat regularly. I've heard the raisin sauce isn't that good, but to each their own =)

Download Beef Brisket With Raisin Sauce

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Notes: This is Alyssa's favorite recipe for paleo Lasagna. Sometimes we will put feta on it and replace hamburger meat with ground satan  (meatless hamburger meat). Good luck out there! 

Download Butternut Squash Recipe

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Notes: Great weekend snack in between meal prepping! 

"Kickin' Like Van Damme" Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fingers

 

Cinnamon Infused Short Ribs

Cinnamon Infused Short Ribs

Notes: Best Homemade Salad I've ever had...hands down.  Download Greek Freak Salad with Halibut or Salmon

Notes: Best Homemade Salad I've ever had...hands down. 

Download Greek Freak Salad with Halibut or Salmon

Meal Plan - March - Week 11 - 2017

This is the first week of trying this meal plan thing so we'll have to workout the kinks. It's 11th week of the year so that's where we will start so don't let the absence of week 1 deter you from trying a few of these recipes out. Before you go any further.... 

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Approximate Meal Plan: 

Chain grocery store (Publix): $155.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam's): $125.00


The amount you will spend will depend on your geographic location and how much you rely on bulk purchases. As an example, you can get 1 quart of extra light olive oil at Kroger for $19.99 or you can get 4 quarts at Costco for $16.50. You follow? Meat and produce will also be less at the warehouse stores, but might require you purchase more than you'll need for this plan.

Customize Your Plan and Shop It Up!

Notes: Listen, I know eating chicken can get really boring. Try this classic chinese takeout recipe with a bit of a healthy remix to it! 

Recipe Download - Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

Notes: Shrimp can get a little pricey very fast. Try substituting the shrimp with lean chicken breast. Go easy on that honey because it'll increase your Carbs by ALOT, don't go adding more honey because you want it sweeter ; ). Small Tip, I like throwing extra bell peppers I have left over from chili just to give it more color. If it fits your macros, put all that goodness on a bed of rice and you're good to go! 

Recipe Download - Honey Walnut Shrimp & Broccoli

Notes: Another hearty option this week, this chili is loaded with wonderful flavor and vegetables. If Bison isn't your thing, substitute it with any type of ground meat. Sometimes I ground up my own chicken breast, but 90/10 or 80/20  beef for more is cool if you want more fat. 

Recipe Download - Chipotle Bison Chili with Butternut Squash

Notes: This is great for Breakfast and giving you fuel for your meal prep day. If you're counting macros, it is high in fat, so finding a turkey sausage or chicken sausage and applying your Chorizo spices works well too.

Recipe Download - Chorizo, Eggs and Gauc 

Recipe Download - Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

Notes: These have always looked delicious but, because Alyssa has never made them for me I'm not sure how they taste. Listen, before you go all "COOK IT YOURSELF GRIFF", we established that I'm not allowed to bake things...at all. It never works out for anyone. I know how to read the recipe, but for some reason it never comes out right. 

Disclaimer: I purchased these recipes from Paleo Nick and figured I'd just share em. I am not in anyway or form reselling these recipes or claiming them as my own.