Menu Plan Monday: Whole 30, Week 1

Yes, I’m still alive.  My world has been overtaken by the most adorable little boy, who is now 7 months old.  That means I haven’t updated this blog in 6 months.  I’m sorry I fail.  I’ve missed you guys, and I’m hopeful that you all have missed me.


Isn’t he adorable?

I’m slowly getting my life back to normal, though.  Well… as normal as possible with a new addition.  I’m finally able to get back to the gym.  It’s been a battle because Grayson refuses a bottle.  That means I’ve been his only source of food until now; he’s finally showing some interest in solids.

I’m also trying to conquer my PCOS.  It’s nice to have a name for the mystery illness, but it still sucks.  With this comes insulin resistance and hormone imbalances, both of which hinder weight loss.  The only real way to alleviate the symptoms?  Lose weight.  Ha.

Of course the medication they usually prescribe is not recommended while breastfeeding.  Just my luck, right?

That just leaves diet.  I wasn’t sure where to start because I’ve heard a lot of different things: no dairy, no carbs, no sugar, no this, no that, blah blah blah.  I have a few friends who were talking about doing the Whole 30 program this month.  After some research, I decided to jump on the bandwagon to see how it affects my PCOS.

So, starting today, I’m committed to 30 days of no alcohol, dairy, grains, legumes, added sweeteners, carrageenan, MSG, sulfites, or overly processed foods.  It’s a huge undertaking, and I need as much support as I can get.  That’s why I decided to dust this blog off and post:  it’ll help keep me accountable.  Plus, menu planning will help me stay on track.  Plans are awesome.

Whole 30 Menu Plan Week 1

Breakfast:  I had a plan to make fancy breakfasts ahead of time and just reheat them.  I failed at that.  So, I’m just having eggs, chicken, and veggies, pan fried in coconut oil… and black coffee because black coffee > coffee with coconut milk.

Lunch:  Leftovers or salad with spinach, lots of veggies, chicken, and oil and vinegar

Snacks:  Bananas, Blood Oranges, Nuts

And….. dinner:

  1. Salt and Vinegar Chicken (with thighs instead of wings) with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
  2. Crock Pot Chicken with roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots
  3. Chicken and Vegetable Soup (homemade broth, leftover chicken, onions, snap peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, anything else I can find to throw in…)
  4. Slow Cooker Chili Verde
  5. Italian Seasoned Pork, Potatoes, and Green Beans (with Ghee instead of butter and homemade Italian Dressing Mix without sugar)
  6. Asian Meatballs (I’m subbing the fish sauce with coconut aminos because I didn’t want to buy a big bottle of approved fish sauce for one recipe) with Green Beans
  7. Hamburger Soup

If you’re looking for more menu planning goodness, The Vampire Diet is your gal… although her plan isn’t Whole 30 friendly.

What I need from you guys is periodic check ins.  Ask me how it’s going, if I’m sticking to may plan, what I ate that day, how a recipe turned out, stuff like that.  If I feel like no one cares, I might just cheat.  I’m going to try not to, though.

Also, if you notice something on my list that isn’t necessarily Whole 30 approved, please tell me!  I’m a n00b, so I might miss something in an ingredient list.  I actually bought nuts for snacks without realizing they were cooked in soybean and peanut oil.  So, yeah.  Thankfully I noticed before I started the program.  That could’ve ruined things!

So….. what have I missed in the past 6 months?  What’s new in your lives?  I’m pretty active on Instagram and Twitter; add me!


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Phone Pics of Awesome, June 2014 Edition

I promised that I’d get this post out this week, and I finally found time to do it.  Grayson has been a grumpasaurus this week.  I think he’s going through a growth spurt.  That means we’ve been cuddling a lot, which leaves little time for blogging…. or much of anything.

Thankfully he’s taking an epic nap today.  I’m caught up with laundry (I’ve been working on this between naps and playtime all day), dishes, showering, and (soon) blogging.  I’m hoping I can get dinner prepped before he wakes up, too!

Needless to say, most of the photos I took this month are of Grayson.  I tried to pick a variety of other photos to share here, though.  That way you don’t get too bored.  Here’s my June in review via cellular phone photos:

If you’d like to see the rest, head over to my Instagram (@pamasaurus).  There’s lots more Grayson photos there, guys!  A few of you have been asking for them!

Hope your June was as awesome as mine!


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Menu Plan Monday #95

I have been MIA for a while.  I’m sorry.  I’ve been a bit busy with an itty bitty.  I cannot believe he’s a month old already!

One Month

Isn’t he adorable?

I’ve also been drowning a bit in postpartum depression.  Thankfully, New Jersey thinks postpartum depression is srs bsns.  So it was caught early, and I’m already starting to feel a lot more human again.  I’m even trying to get back into a routine.  That routine includes menu planning and blog posting.

So… here’s a blog post about my first menu plan since May.

  1. Vegetarian Cheesy Rice
  2. Kielbasa Mac and Cheese
  3. Italian Pork, Potatoes, and Green Beans
  4. Hamburgers with Cheesy Vegetables
  5. Freezer Meal (I still have 4 left.  I’ll just grab whichever one I want that night)
  6. Chicken and Rice
  7. Meatloaf with Mashies

For more menu planning ideas, check out The Vampire Diet.  Also, I post yummy recipes over at Om Nomalicious.

What’s on your menu this week?


I know I owe you guys a June phone pic post.  I’m going to get it up at some point this week.  Promise.


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Introducing Grayson Daniel

So, it’s taken me a while to find time to write this post.  As it is, I’ll probably have to take a few breaks to complete it.  Why?  Oh, because I have a one week old baby who needs my attention.

Yup.  Baby G, also known as Grayson Daniel, arrived last Tuesday, a few days before his scheduled csection.  My water broke at 11:45 on the 2nd, and he was born at 2:30am on June 3rd.  He was 7lbs 14oz and 20inches long.  He’s just perfect.

Brand New Grayson


This last week has been a whirlwind.  I just don’t know where the time has gone.


Speaking of not knowing where time has gone, today is also Trinity’s 14th birthday.  I don’t think I’ll ever be able to understand where those years have gone.

Trinity and Grayson


I couldn’t have asked for two better children.  I just love them!

So, sorry I haven’t been around.  I hope you’ll forgive me!


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Phone Pics of Awesome, May 2014 Edition

Long time no post, right?  I know, I know.  I fail at computering lately, but that’s to be expected.  I’m set to have a csection in three days.  It just seems so unreal to me right now.  I don’t know where time has gone.  I feel like I just found out I was pregnant.  Of course, Daniel thinks ‘I’ve been pregnant forever.’  Ha.  Perspective is a weird thing, I guess.

So, instead of spending time on the computer posting menu plans and other boring things, I’ve been napping and trying to get life in order.  Having a baby is stressful, especially when you have to add planning for surgery to the mix.  I have a few last minute loose ends to tie and I’ll be set.  I’m currently waiting for a few phone calls to tie up said loose ends… so I’ll be completely ready soon.

No one really wants to hear about all this, though.  So, I’ll just get to the point and post some of my phone photos from last month.  Enjoy!

If you want to see the rest, feel free to check out my Instagram (@pamasaurus).  You can also see next month’s before they’re posted…. and get access to photos of Baby G before I get a chance to post here!

This will probably be my last post before G arrives.  Try not to miss me too much!  I’ll see you guys on the other side, where I’m a parent of two instead of just one!


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Menu Plan Monday #94

Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend and an awesome Mother’s Day.  I’ve been busy, but what else is new?  Life has to slow down eventually, but probably not for another 10 years or so.  I just need to figure out how to maintain balance in my life.

I had an appointment today and they informed me that if I go into labor now, they won’t do anything to stop it.  I feel like this is really the home stretch.  Less than four weeks!  Actually, 24 days until my scheduled csection…. but that’s only three days before my due date.  Things can obviously happen sooner.  Wow.  I don’t know where the past eight months went.

Freezer meals went well last week.  I ended up not cooking yesterday (woo!) so one meal got pushed forward to this week.  I made it 19 weeks this year before missing one, and now I’m pretty bummed.  Oh well.  19 is still a good streak!  I’m back at it this week, though.

  1. Cheesy Vegetarian Rice
  2. Sweet Pea Tortellini with Lemon Chicken
  3. Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
  4. Cheesy Tuna Mac
  5. Meatloaf with Green Beans
  6. Burgers with Veggies
  7. Italian Seasoned Pork, Green Beans, and Potatoes

For more menu planning ideas, check out The Vampire Diet.  Also, I post yummy recipes over at Om Nomalicious.

What’s on your menu this week?


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Menu Plan Monday #93

Somewhere around five weeks are remaining until the arrival of Baby G.  It’s getting harder and harder for me to complete tasks.  That means I should probably start working on my last minute preparations now, right?

I’m currently in the middle of a deep spring cleaning/decluttering of my house.  This ended up being a lot more intense than I thought it would be.  I’m not sure if I’ll get it all done, but I’m going to attempt to keep plugging along as much as possible.

Another project on my list is making freezer meals.  I know I’m not going to have a lot of time and motivation to cook once G arrives.  Since the hubster can burn water (unless it’s cooked on the grill…), I wanted to have a lot of options in my freezer.  I planned to have a huge cooking day, but have instead decided to do a little every day.  I’m going to double or triple every meal I’m making this week.  That sounds a lot more do-able than cooking 15 meals in a day, right?

For example, instead of making only one tray of enchiladas for Cinco De Mayo tonight, I’m going to make 3.  Two of them will be frozen.  Then I’ll just have to reheat them in the oven when I need a quick meal.  I’m excited!

Have any of you made freezer meals like this?  Do you have any tips or favorite recipes you’d like to share?  I’m always happy to learn from some people who have been there, done that.

I’ll stop rambling and get to the list now.

  1. Cheesy Vegetarian Rice
  2. Chicken, Bacon, Alfredo Lasagna
  3. Corned Beef Soup
  4. Spaghetti and Meatballs
  5. Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas
  6. Cheesy Tuna Mac
  7. Shepherd’s Pie

Yes, I have that lasagna on my menu plan again.  I had a major case of preggo brain last week while menu planning and totally forgot I needed Ricotta and Mozzarella to make it.  Oops.  So I just had alfredo noodles with chicken and am making the lasagna this week.

I have a lot to say today, apparently.  Daniel officially started first shift today after 10 years of overnights.  I’m not used to having my days to myself!  Anyway…

For more menu planning ideas, check out The Vampire Diet.  Also, I post yummy recipes over at Om Nomalicious.

What’s on your menu this week??


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