Weekly Meal Plan-Free Printable

In college one of our roommates babysat for a cute-as-a-button eccentric 4 year old boy.  He liked to sit next to his bestie (also 4) on the top bunk discussing being a good brother, boogers and/or the afterlife. Rommate Holly was moving to Germany for a semester, therefore downsizing when she gave him her stuffed moose. Later, news came that he had named him Plans. This was way before Death Cab made an album by the same name. And, this wasn’t the first concept driven toy naming incident. I believe he had a bunny named Time or Inertia too. Kids are the best, especially creative ones.

Today we have a Moose named Plans on our hands.

While not an administrator or executer naturally I too LOVE love LUV plans. Mostly the making of them. Or the making of them for me. That’s my favorite. A whole day planned out just for me makes me swoon. Husband has gotten the memo and has planned some pretty epic days for me over the years.

Why then did it take me 30 years to realize that planning my food choices for the week would tickle my fancy? The answer is, I have no freaking idea, but it’s awesome.

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I have done the dinner meal plan before, but sometimes fell flat for lunches and subsequently, snacks. So, I consulted JR (the epic meal planner) and we designed this little weekly plan. Along with ALL 5 meals we eat a day we wanted it to include space to chart H2O consumption (more on that soon) and work outs (WO). We also wanted a space to write down our shopping lists ON THE SAME PAGE that could be torn away or folded under for a seamless fridge look.

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And, we wanted to offer this lovely and useful tool for eating success to y’all. I have used it for 2 weeks and find it perfection. But, please let us know if we should do any tweaking.

Weekly Plan Download

IMPORTANT: for it to print right make sure to turn on “borderless” printing.

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But, William you could get drunk. You could get addicted … to Paleo Chili

This is a tale of a girl (Erin) and her love affair with chili.

Oh, chili. My earliest chili memory is going to Wienerschnitzel after a mommy manicure date at the local beauty school. I had red nails. I ordered a chili dog. I was seven. After this encounter with salty meaty tasty wonderful, I became a chilli girl. Baked Potatoes became Chili Potatoes. Soup, nah, Chili. For the next fifteen years I ate chili from the can. Searching for favorites, Hormel was a winner for a while, then came Trader Joe’s (have you noticed that we’re fans), turkey was good, beef was better.

Then, a revelation: a husband, a kid, and twenty years later I woke up and thought: I think I can do better than TJ’s. I love to cook, but had never made chili. Bizarre for a connoisseur like myself. So, I went to the stove and tried my hand. After a little tweaking, success! Spicy flavorful AND healthy chili right in my kitchen.

Here’s the deal though, I make it almost every week and have never once used a recipe. Honestly, recipes drive me crazy – the measuring, the lack of creativity, plus the notion that an artist (is there another word for a chef) could itemize their process and it would turn out the same in my kitchen rings false. I make exception for baking – recipes are necessary for baking. I also loathe baking. (baked goods on the other hand…yum)

In the spirit of recipes being of the devil, here’s mine for the Paleo Chili I made last night.

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BEANLESS PALEO CHILI (serves 10)

7ish qt stock pot or french oven

2 onions chopped (saute in a little olive oil or bacon fat till transluscent)

3 Tbs Chili Powder, add more if you like spicy tasty chili. If you are sensitive to spice you probably don’t really like good chili – there are powder mixes that are less spicy, find those and thank me later.  (the kind you use makes a BIG difference. If you want to have kick ass chili get creative. I like to mix it up and buy mine in bulk at rainbow grocery in SF. Favorites are Chipotle, New Tex Mex and Ancho.)

1 tsp Smoked Paprika

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp ground cumin

* very important to add the chili powder, paprika and cumin in during the onion saute period. these types of dry spices need to open up to their full flavor and cannot do so if added during the liquid stage.

2 packages ground organic beef (costco)

1 package ground turkey (brown with onions)

1 red/yellow/orange pepper chopped (add after onion and spices and meat)

2 cans diced & fire roasted tomatoes (from TJs)

2 BIG cans of diced tomatoes

1 can of fire roasted diced green chile (from TJs)

Bring all to a boil and simmer for at least 30 minutes if not for hours. You can also use a crock pot after browning the meat – Low for 6 hrs, High for 2-3 hrs.

Serve with a garnish of chopped white onion, fresh tomatoes and CILANTRO.

And voila, chili glory.

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True confession: the above picture is not of my chili bowl, it is what I wanted to eat yesterday, but didn’t.

1 point for self control.

and, yes, that’s my child’s half eaten donut from church. i wanted it bad. for shame. for shame.

xoxo,

erin