One of the most difficult challenges in changing a diet/lifestyle is the organisation and for a large family it may indeed seem overwhelming. Reading blogs/websites is a wonderful help but many of the recipes/menus are for a family of four, and some food choices would make the costs for a family of eleven or a family on a tight budget incredible. My hope is by sharing the reality it may aid families transitioning or those wanting more ideas. Whilst I am striving to be Whole 30 (and not always succeeding) my family is not yet totally Paleo/Primal. Angela also has a large family and her menus for Week 1 and Week 2 on Whole 30 are interesting and inspirational.
* The items on the menu which are not Whole 30 will be in italic. Mostly they have been eaten by the non-whole 30ers, not me. Potatoes in particular still occur on our menu as we find them difficult for a large family budget to eliminate.
My apologies for an incomplete list as relying on memory rather than a food diary is not the most accurate.
- Vegetable Juice; Carrot, Celery and Beetroot.
- Yoghurt and Fruit (Children)
- Fruit Smoothies; Orange Juice, Frozen Banana and Peaches.
- Omelette; topped with spring onion and tomato
- Bacon and Fried Eggs
Variety and presentation are key elements in salads, each salad has a slightly different variation, we are also enjoying introducing new foods. Salad choices in the past week include; lettuce, tomato, carrot, capsicum, cucumber, broccoli, green beans, mushroom, radish, baby spinach, red cabbage, white cabbage and red onion.
We never add dressing to our salads, but I did make a French dressing, no-one was keen preferring the unaltered taste of salad.
- Shipwreck Stew with Green Salad (Beans were not Whole 30) (A Favourite.)
- Bacon, Eggs and Fried Tomatoes.
- Tuna Salad and Garden Salad (Another success)
- Chicken and Salad (purchased at Healthy Habits when I met PC for lunch)
- Plenty of Salads (better recording next week)
- Grilled Chicken Thighs with Potatoes in their Jackets and Green Salad. (Hit!)
- Homemade Rissoles with Mashed Pumpkin, Mashed Potato, Broccoli and Peas.
- BBQ; Sausages and Lamb Chops with Mashed Potato, Mashed Pumpkin, and Green Beans
- Leftover Shipwreck Stew with Roasted Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Zucchini and Mashed Potato and Pumpkin. (A huge hit! I just added sliced zucchini in with the brussel sprouts)
- Chips (fast food)
- BBQ; Sausages, Lamb Chops and Green Salad
- Baked Dinner; Roast Lamb with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Potatoes and Green Beans.
- * Bonus, previous week, Chicken Thigh in Tomato and Mango Sauce with Mashed Potato, Mashed Pumpkin and Broccoli. (Hit!)
* For four meals we had 5 extra teenage boys visiting, I was cooking for 11 boys in total, plus three adults (younger girls were visiting elsewhere.)
We often buy a box or two of fruit per week, although with Whole 30 the emphasis is on vegetables rather than fruit.