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Whole 30, Week 1 – Menu

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.

  • Bananas
  • Nectarines
  • Water
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  • JOYfilled Family

    praise God for your perseverance. this is no easy feat.

    i've found that making double the dinner helps for lunches. my little guy is only 4 but he can eat a whole tri-tip/3 days. he's actually giving my husband a run for his money.

  • Cinnamon

    Thank you for sharing your menu. I love to see what other healthy eaters are enjoying.

    You reminded me to juice….carrot juice with apples or pineapple is soo yummy.


  • Erin

    Glad you are happy:)

    I try but leftovers with teen boys aren't that common.

    Are rissoles meatballs there? I'll post a recipe for you.

    I've never tried carrot and pineapple! I will have to. Really nice to be sharing food journey with you:)

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