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What We Ate: Our Weekly Meal Plan Designed By the Boys

What We Ate: Our Weekly Meal Plan Designed By the Boys | Paleo Parents Meal Planning

And nope, it’s not all just cookies and dessert!

One thing we really love about meal planning together is that it teaches the boys how to build a balanced meal- a skill they will take with them and use for the rest of their lives.

This weekend the boys even wanted to set up their own Chopped Jr competition (it’s a competitive cooking show on TV). They were given three secret ingredients (wild ready to eat salmon, black olives, and seasnax) and had to make a dish from it. Then the whole family ate lunch and picked which dish was the winner. They can’t wait to do it again, and we love that they are so involved in the kitchen! (Look at those excited faces!)

Chopped Jr Jr, What We Ate: Our Weekly Meal Plan Designed By the Boys | Paleo Parents Meal Planning

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This week the boys designed the meal plan entirely by themselves, from one of their most-loved cookbooks (the cookbook we wrote for them!), Eat Like a Dinosaur. These recipes represent some of our family favorites- ones we’ve been making since going Paleo many years ago. We hope your family loves them too!

Need even more inspiration? Find an archive of past meal plans HERE!

Now, on to this week’s kid-designed meal plan!

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Monday: Chicken Soup
—> Alright, this recipe isn’t in ELaD, but mommy was sick and this recipe from the blog was just what we needed! Make your own homemade broth for the base for a boost of super nutrients!

Chicken Noodle Soup, What We Ate: Our Weekly Meal Plan Designed By the Boys | Paleo Parents Meal Planning

Tuesday: Beef and Broccoli and Fried Cauli-rice with Shrimp
—> Beef and Broccoli recipe from ELaD
—> Fried Cauli-rice with Shrimp recipe from ELaD

Huge servings of veggies in this meal! The boys don’t mind at all when the broccoli is served in a tasty sauce with beef in a great-tasting sauce, and the cauliflower is in the form of rice! Great tactics for non-veggie-loving kids!

Beef and broccoli, What We Ate: Our Weekly Meal Plan Designed By the Boys | Paleo Parents Meal Planning

Wednesday: Pulled Pork and Roasted Carrots
—> Pork Roast Recipe from ELaD
—> Carrot Rounds recipe from ELaD

We love using the Instant Pot to cook a pork roast until it’s falling apart! Then everyone uses their favorite sauces as toppings, usually barbecue or honey mustard. And roasted carrots are a great (super easy) side dish!

pork roast pulled pork, What We Ate: Our Weekly Meal Plan Designed By the Boys | Paleo Parents Meal Planning

Thursday: Waffles and Eggs in a Nest
—> Frozen Waffles recipe from ELaD
—> Eggs in a nest from ELaD – sausage stuffed in the bottom of a muffin tin with an egg cracked on top and baked!

The boys love breakfast for dinner nights! Especially when it involves waffles and plenty of toppings like whipped cream (we make it at home, without sweeteners or preservatives, using this gadget), sliced bananas or strawberries, or jam.

Frozen Waffles, pork roast pulled pork, What We Ate: Our Weekly Meal Plan Designed By the Boys | Paleo Parents Meal Planning

Friday: Shepherd’s Pie
—> Shepherd’s Pie recipe from ELaD

What’s better than comfort food on a Friday night at home playing games and spending time together? Meat and veggies topped with creamy mashed cauliflower or potatoes is a winner every time!

Shepherd's Pie, What We Ate: Our Weekly Meal Plan Designed By the Boys | Paleo Parents Meal Planning

Special Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies
—> Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from ELaD

Finn made these almost entirely by himself (and did a good job licking the bowl too!). These classic, pillowy chocolate chip cookies are a family-favorite.

Baking cookies, What We Ate: Our Weekly Meal Plan Designed By the Boys | Paleo Parents Meal Planning

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All recipes from this week’s meal plan can be found in Eat Like a Dinosaur!

Eat like a dinosaur, What We Ate: Our Weekly Meal Plan Designed By the Boys | Paleo Parents Meal Planning

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