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Our Weekly Meal Plan: Easy + Comfort Food Before Vacation

Paleo meal plan Jan 18

This week was all about three things: comfort food, keeping it simple, and eating up everything in the fridge before we headed off for a trip to the west coast (and our first plane ride with the boys, eek!). 

For even more meal planning inspiration, check out our meal plan archives —> HERE!

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Here’s what we ate for dinner this week:

Thursday: Meatballs with Fauxmato Sauce and a Side Salad
—> Meatballs recipe (three of them!) on our blog
—> Fauxmato Sauce recipe on our blog
—> Side Salad was whatever veg we have in the fridge topped with Tessemae’s Honey Mustard

Would you believe this gorgeous red sauce has no nightshades in it? Nope, not a single tomato. Our recipe for fauxmato sauce is loaded with veggies and wonderfully comforting! We even transformed the leftover sauce into chicken parm the next day for lunch using more leftovers!

fauxmato sauce

Friday: Wings, Crudités, and Chips with Onion Dip
—> Crispy Oven Baked Wings recipe on our blog
—> Onion Dip recipe adapted from Ina Garten’s recipe using local grass-fed dairy and Chosen Foods mayo
—> Potato chips cooked in olive oil

Appetizers for dinner along with boy snuggles and board games was the perfect way to spend a Friday night! And that onion dip… is as good as it looks, and even garnered a reply on social media from the great Ina herself!

Paleo onion dip

Saturday: Leftovers

We love leftover night and usually aim to add at least one into our weekly meal plan!

Sunday: Chopped Junior

Sunday brunch was a Chopped Junior competition between Finn and Wesley with secret ingredients: mushrooms, hard boiled egg, raw eggs, pecans, and butter. Finn made scrambled eggs with pecans on top, but Wes won with stuffed mushrooms – inside was herbs, pecans, and egg as a binder. The hard boiled egg on top isn’t recommended though. 😉 We love having fun lunches like this and seeing what the boys come up with!

chopped junior stuffed mushrooms

Monday: Pork Adobo and Asparagus
—> Pork Adobo recipe from The Domestic Man
—> Asparagus tossed with Chosen Foods Avocado Oil and roasted until tender

It felt really good to be making meals at home again and having Matt back in the kitchen! We kept it simple as we packed to take the boys on their first cross country trip, so it was quick pork adobo in the Instant Pot and roasted asparagus.

pork adobo

Tuesday: Pot Roast
—> Juicy Pot Roast recipe from our blog

This is one of our all-time favorite dinners, and is comfort food to the max! We used the Instant Pot on this one too to make it a really easy and quick dinner!

instant pot beef stew

 

All recipes in this meal plan can be found on the Internet!

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  • Andrew H

    How did you adapt the pork adobo recipe to the instant pot?

    • Essentially, I did the marinade, then the first sear, then did the cooking all in the Instant Pot on the Meat setting. Finally, I did the final sear after the Instant Pot shut off.