What are the LaPortes eating: Weeks 3-4


Welcome back for the third (and possibly final) installment of “What the LaPortes are Eating!” The bad news is you didn’t get my meal plan last week. The good news is that this week you get two weeks worth of meal ideas for your planning pleasure.

Planned meals:

These weeks were a bit busier and I found myself using some simpler recipes. Each of these meals were prepared to be eaten for 2-3 meals each

Week 3

Zucchini Spaghetti with Italian seasoned potatoes

Meatloaf with roasted red pepper and tomato sauce

Salad with Chicken, apples and pecans and balsamic vinaigrette

Salmon with mango salsa and roasted sweet potato disks

Pork Roast with mango salsa and roasted butternut squash


Week 4

Chili with diced sweet potatoes

Chicken Tacos with mango salsa, shredded cabbage and tapioca flour “tortilla” shells

Beef Roast with potatoes, carrots and radishes

Salad with chicken, slivered almonds and citrus-sesame-ginger dressing

Koefta seasoned chicken with cumin roasted cauliflower, potatoes and tahini sauce



Breakfast 1: Roasted Potatoes and chicken sausage

Breakfast 2: Sweet potato hash with chicken sausage and scrambled eggs

Breakfast 3: Scotch eggs and red potatoes


Improvised Meals:

Thai style sauté with coconut milk, lime, hot sauce, fish sauce and red peppers

Chicken salad with homemade mayo, pecans and grapes.

Hanger steak with fried plantains


Off days:

As a family, we are still trying to figure out what to do with the fact we will probably always be hosting a Whole30 or nutrition challenge during the month of January…and our daughter’s birthday is in the month of January.

Traditionally, I’ll make a paleo cake and make her a real cake and we just eat separate food, but I have to say, I don’t like that plan. I really believe that celebrations are for celebrating and that includes food.

This year we decided to intentionally break from the challenge in order to enjoy her birthday treats with her. I’ll have to admit that it was really hard to have a “day off” in the middle of the challenge. Once we “broke the chain” of eating whole30, it became really hard not to continue making exceptions for other reasons. It was very different from ending the challenge and making intentional decisions about what food to include going forward. It was just hard.

I still don’t have a great answer for what we’ll do next year, but I wanted you to know that we’re still on this journey of practical nutrition together.

What have you been eating? What challenges have you run into as we approach the end of this Whole30?