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August 30, 2019

September Meal Calendar + Shopping List – Paleo Friendly!

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Hey friends! I know planning for meals, shopping for the food, finding the time to cook, and getting food on the table can be a huge pain (and I don’t even have kids yet!). That’s not even mentioning whether the food is healthy or not! To make life a little easier for all of us, I’m sharing a calendar that includes a paleo-friendly meal every day and a weekly shopping list to go along with it. I really hope it helps! I’d love to receive any feedback you have so I can make improvements in the proceeding months!

A few months ago we started implementing an 80% paleo diet in our home because of our baby journey. Some months we are able to eat 100% paleo but let’s be real – sometimes you just want a gluten-filled, real milk chocolate chip cookie and I think life is too short to have something like that every now and then so we do.

The paleo diet is on that includes lean meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and avoids things like grains, legumes, dairy, and refined sugar. Our goal was to avoid gluten, dairy, and limit sugar to improve our gut health so going paleo was just easiest for us. Pinterest is chock-full of good recipes!

All of the recipes that I’m including in this calendar are not Paleo but they can be updated so that they are. I’m going to do my best to include all of the small changes we make so that they’re paleo-friendly. Some substitutes we make:

  • Trader Joe’s shredded almond cheese or none at all if the recipe calls for dairy cheese.
  • Coconut sugar for brown sugar.
  • Coconut aminos for soy sauce.
  • Almond milk for cows milk.
  • Gluten-free flour or almond/coconut flour for all-purpose flour.

September Calendar

Calendar Info

This calendar is interactive!!!! You can either print it out and write on it or you can save it as a PDF on your phone and interact with it on there!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CALENDAR

I don’t know how many mouths you feed in your home or if you cook every night but I included a meal every day just in case. We love to eat ours for dinner and then lunch the following day so we typically have to make something every night (we both also eat quite a bit). Every Friday night we have a ‘pizza picnic night’ where we make our own pizzas and watch tv/a movie together. By that time of the week I like to keep things as easy as possible so we usually use the Simple Mills GF Pizza Dough (Thrive Market is by far the cheapest place to get it! I’ve searched everywhere). We top it with Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce (I’ve seen this at Costco too!), Trader Joe’s almond milk shredded cheese, and veggies/meat if we have it. You can do whatever you want for this, of course, this is just what we do.

Each day has a meal on it that is linked so you can click on it and it will bring up the website with the recipe and instructions to follow to make it! When going through your pantry and fridge before going grocery shopping or after you get the ingredients you need shopping, you can check the box titled “INGREDIENTS FOR DINNER”. There is also a darker box to “PREP TOMORROWS DINNER”. That is in there because the meal the following day is one that can be prepared ahead of time. You can do it the day before and stick it in the fridge or you could even do it weeks ahead of time and freeze it. I will most likely do the latter just so I can make those days easier on me.

Shopping List Info

This shopping list is interactive!!!! You can either print it out and write on it or you can save it as a PDF on your phone and interact with it on there while you’re shopping! I would suggest keeping it on your phone if possible because they are long in length.

There is a shopping list for each week because I figured people usually go shopping once a week for groceries. On the left side of the shopping list you’ll see all of the meals lined up with their corresponding date. If you decide you don’t want to make that meal, just disregard that column of items needed for that recipe on the shopping list.

To download onto an iPhone: click on the week title, click on the arrow box in the upper right corner, click “save as PDF”.

To download onto an Android: should be very similar. If you don’t have a PDF reader on your phone, it’ll prompt you to download one.

Here’s a video of me explaining the calendar and shopping list if you prefer to watch that instead of reading!

WEEK 1

September 1 – Burgers + salad + sweet potato fries
  • Notes: You can eat these with a GF bun or use better lettuce as a bun! We will just get the sweet potato fries in the frozen section and throw them in the air fryer to cook.
September 3 – Paleo chicken pot pie
  • Note: This is a favorite of ours and serves a lot!! We even have some leftovers after we both have it for lunch the following day.
  • Note: Substitute the brown sugar for coconut sugar to be paleo-friendly.
September 5 – Sausage + eggs + salad/vegetable
  • Notes: We just don’t top it with cheese. Since it’s later in the week, we’ll probably cook a frozen vegetable with it.
September 6 – Pizza picnic night!!
  • Note: This is our favorite GF pizza dough mix but I’m going to try this recipe to see how it is! We use Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce (paleo-friendly), Trader Joe’s Almond Milk Shredded Cheese, and then top it with veggies/meat.
  • Note: These are SO GOOD! Substitute the parmesan cheese with the Trader Joe’s almond cheese or just omit it entirely.

WEEK 2

September 8 – Turkey meatballs + zucchini noodles
  • Notes: I will most likely prepare this ahead of time in a large freezer bag and then just put all of that in our Dutch oven or Instant pot when it’s time to heat up! Beans are not paleo since they are a legume. Stephen loves beans though so we’ll be keeping them in this recipe (remember, we are 80%! 😉 ). Omit them to make this recipe paleo-friendly. Also, substitute plantain chips instead of tortilla chips!
September 10 – Cauliflower stir fry
  • Notes: This is another go-to for us. If we don’t have meat to use we’ll just eat it as is with the eggs. If you always make sure to get a bag of stir fry vegetables at Costco to keep in the freezer, this will be something you make frequently!
September 11 – Korean BBQ lettuce wraps
  • Notes: To make this paleo-friendly swap brown sugar for coconut sugar, soy sauce for coconut aminos, cornstarch for arrowroot powder, normal mayo for avocado mayo, and omit the peanuts (they are a legume). We will be doing all of that except for removing the peanuts.
September 12 – Sweet potato and bacon hash + eggs
  • Notes: I follow this recipe but I like to put it on a baking sheet and stick it in the oven at 400 F for about 25-30 minutes until the potatoes are a little crispy. We’ll top the hash with some eggs! You can also substitute the Brussels sprouts for something else if you wish!
September 13 – Pizza picnic night!!!
  • Notes: This is our favorite GF pizza dough mix but I’m going to try this recipe to see how it is! We use Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce (paleo-friendly), Trader Joe’s Almond Milk Shredded Cheese, and then top it with veggies/meat.
September 14 – Sheet pan fajitas + tortillas

September 15 – Pot roast

September 16 – Summer soup
  • Notes: Omit the farro and corn to make this paleo-friendly.
  • Note: Switch up the veggies if you wish! I’ll probably make it with green beans this time around.
September 19 – Paleo pancakes + bacon + spinach + maybe an egg
  • Notes:  We like to keep paleo pancake mix on hand (we get a couple bags when it’s on sale at Costco). The spinach might sound bonkers with breakfast food but add an egg to it and it’ll be somewhat normal… Vegetables are important people!
September 20 – Pizza picnic night!!!
  • Notes: This is our favorite GF pizza dough mix but I’m going to try this recipe to see how it is! We use Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce (paleo-friendly), Trader Joe’s Almond Milk Shredded Cheese, and then top it with veggies/meat.
September 22 – Meat loaf + potatoes + veggie

  • Notes: The vegetable is up to you! Potatoes are included in the recipe.
September 23 – Sweet potato stew
  • Notes: Substitute almond butter to make this paleo-friendly. We use the peanuts though. This is a big favorite of ours and perfect for fall! If you want to make it go even further you can pair it with rice (not paleo technically but delicious).
September 24 – Salmon + asparagus
September 25 – Zucchini noodles + sausage
September 26 – Arugula + eggs + pico + avocado
  • Notes: This is super super simple. Add a big bunch of arugula to a plate, fry a couple of eggs, add them to the top, and add pico and avocado. This is another quick go-to for us!
September 27 – Pizza picnic night!!!
  • Notes: This is our favorite GF pizza dough mix but I’m going to try this recipe to see how it is! We use Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce (paleo-friendly), Trader Joe’s Almond Milk Shredded Cheese, and then top it with veggies/meat.
September 28 – Cauliflower rice stir fry
  • Notes: This is another go-to for us. If we don’t have meat to use we’ll just eat it as is with the eggs. If you always make sure to get a bag of stir fry vegetables at Costco to keep in the freezer, this will be something you make frequently!
September 29  – Squash fritters + veggies
  • Note: These are SO GOOD! Substitute the parmesan cheese with the Trader Joe’s almond cheese or just omit it entirely.
September 30 – Sausage + kale soup
  • Note: Another big fall favorite for us. I’ll share the recipe on the blog soon!
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