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A Weekend in the Woods, a Food Plan and a Meal Plan for This Week (January 11)

A Weekend in the Woods, a Food Plan and a Meal Plan for This Week (January 11)

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Snow, snow, snow, snow, SNOW!!!!  How did it get to be Tuesday…or the middle of January?  I keep thinking time will slow down a little bit but it just doesn’t!!

This weekend we went to a wonderful Family Camp…in the middle of the woods in Central Wisconsin with no internet access!!  It was wonderful to unplug and spend time with friends, and that is the main reason I am late in posting this!!  Sorry!

Before I post the menu, I just have to tell you about the food at camp this weekend.  This is a wonderful church camp that we go to and all the food is included in the cost.  It is tasty, but sadly, like most camps and restaurants, it is far from healthy.  While it is made on site, it starts with processed ingredients like white pasta, white bread, canned soup, salad dressing, chicken strips, etc.  Needless to say the gluten free, dairy free, additive free family can’t find much to eat there.  Add to that Whole30 for me, and I didn’t even bother.  So, I got the menu from the camp and made all our food…trying to make the same basic meal they were providing so my kids would not feel left out or deprived!  I am happy to tell you I made the 6 meals that I needed in about 3 hours on Friday morning.  And that included clean up!  Not bad!

Their menu:

Saturday Breakfast:
Cinnamon French Toast & Sausage
Orange Slices

Saturday Lunch:
Grilled Cheese & Chili
Salad Bar

Saturday Dinner:
Chicken Parmigiana & Spaghetti
Cucumber Salad

Sunday Breakfast:
Egg Bake & Hashbrowns
Bagels & Cream Cheese
Cantaloupe

Sunday Lunch:
Chicken Tenders & French Fries
Tossed Salad

MY MENU:

Saturday Breakfast:
Paleo Pancakes  & Sausage (reheated the pancakes in the toaster)
Smoothies (Premade and put in freezer the night before to thaw)

Saturday Lunch:
Chili
Yogurt Parfaits
Salad Bar (we ate theirs and I brought salad dressing)

Saturday Dinner:
Balsamic Chicken and Veggies (done stir fry style)
Mashed Cauliflower
Cucumber Salad

Sunday Breakfast:
Quiche Muffins with a sweet potato crust
Smoothies

Sunday Lunch:
Chili
Yogurt Parfaits
Tossed Salad (from them with our salad dressing)

I also brought snacks with us, because there are delicious but so-not-good-for-you treats out all weekend!  I brought bananas, HB eggs, Guac with plantain chips, apples with almond butter, and popcorn. Oh and I brought 4 GF cookies for my kids! We ate all the snacks!!  The cool part is that I didn’t hear any arguing from my kids about NOT getting all the chocolaty, gluten & sugar filled treats that were there because a) they had full bellies, b) I offered cookies and other sweet snacks at the right time…like after dinner and c) they were so busy having fun (sledding, ice skating, hiking in the snow, and playing board games) that they didn’t give it another thought. At least that is my theory!

Overall I call this weekend a win.  And, though some would feel odd doing this (bringing their food into the dining room), I can’t even tell you how many conversations our food opened up with people at camp…some were SO eager to learn!!  The best part is that after spending a weekend in confined space with some people who were getting sick that I have a healthy family the following week AND we had ZERO TEMPER TANTRUMS ALL WEEKEND LONG (despite far less sleep for my kids than normal)!!  PRAISE GOD!!!  My friends, this works!  And it makes spending 3 hours cooking on Friday worth every second!

Here’s a quick picture or two of some of our weekend fun. Both my kids tried ice skating for the first time!  The lake ice under the snow was so smooth!

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In order to get down to the lake you had little choice but to take this hill.  Most adults walked.  Most kids took this route (with or without a sled!).  We have no idea why there were so many leaves on the hill…there really was snow there too!

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Now, without further ado, here is the menu for this week…week 2 of Whole30!!  I hope you enjoy!!

Meal Planning Calendar Weekly WHOLE30WK2

And here is the downloadable pdf version: Meal Planning Calendar Weekly WHOLE30WK2.

As always, be healthy!

Colleen