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Week Eats v.8 // Comment & Linkup Meal Plan for the sugar-free suffering

week eats saturday

Hey gang! Welcome to Week Eats.

It’s my weekly comment & linkup post about what you’re planning on eating this week. As you probably know, me & over 100 friends are doing a No-Sugar 30 where we are being conscious about the processed added sugar in our diet and giving it the boot in an effort to stop the addiction. Naturally occurring sugars in fruit, honey, pure syrup, dates, coconut, etc are just fine. The point is not to be an extremist, but rather to identify all the hidden (and not so hidden) sugar portions in our lives and lessen them for a healthier us.

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Back to what we’re going to eat around here this week. I realized how few vegetables I eat raw (optimal way to consume them to get all the nutrients). I mean, I’ll roast or steam some with dinner, but lunch? What do I actually eat for lunch? Grilled cheese with the kids? Pasta with the kids? Maybe leftover soup from the night before?

It’s salad time. I’m skipping committing to dinners as I just really gotta focus on lunches for right now. Sorry, AA.

I have pinned a ton of salad recipes on my ::la salad:: pinterest board and I’m ripping from them for this week.

Monday: Kale Avocado Sesame Tangerine salad from Joy the Baker.

avocado salad

Tuesday: Mixed greens & Sauteed pears. 

mixed greens

Wednesday: California Quinoa Salad.

quinoa salad

Thursday: Kale & Clementine Salad.


Friday: Chop Salad with Cilantro dressing.

chop salad


Eat & enjoy your meals this week! Tell me what you’re making so I can get some inspiration for dinner. Le sigh.


  1. Celia on January 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Those salads look great! Here’s another one for you that I always take to potlucks. It’s colorful and tasty, and veg/gluten-free so people don’t feel left out if they’ve got dietary restrictions. II do usually add a bit extra of the dressing ingredients, but otherwise it’s amazing as is. Quinoa-black bean-mango salad: http://www.theppk.com/2010/04/quinoa-salad-with-black-beans-mango/

    We’re doing lots of pantry meals this week (month). I’ve got a stocked freezer and pantry, and really need to use up the older stuff before I have to toss it.

    Tonight (Saturday): Small dinner party with the neighbors… I’m making a huge pot of soup with homemade chicken stock, vegetables, and either lentils or some kind of grain in the pantry, along with homemade bread. Neighbors are bringing salad.

    Sunday: Slow-cooker kalua pork ( http://nomnompaleo.com/post/10031990774/slow-cooker-kalua-pig ) with rice and an Asian-ish cabbage slaw

    Monday: Roasted vegetables, fried eggs, and green salad

    Tuesday: Taco Tuesday- We usually do vegetarian tacos, but I got a great deal on pastured ground beef at Whole Foods this weekend, so we’re living it up next week. Meat, homemade tortillas (pantry cleanout), beans, cabbage slaw (cabbage, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, maybe 1/2 a jalapeno), and salsa

    Wednesday: Soup and bread… not sure what kind yet.

    Thursday: “Tuna pie” (sounds gross, but my mom made it a lot when I was growing up and my family loves it). I’ll write a second comment with the recipe. It’s essentially a quiche with a rice crust. We’ll have that with some kind of vegetables.

    Friday: homemade veggie pizza with an assortment of vegetables available for topping, plus a green salad

    • Celia on January 10, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Tuna “pie” (serves 4-6, but make two if you have teenagers)

      2 to 2 1/2 cups leftover cooked rice (brown, white, whatever)
      4 eggs, divided
      1 Tbsp olive oil
      1 6-oz can tuna, drained
      1 cup milk
      1 cup grated cheese (I use Jarlsberg or Swiss most often, but pepperjack and jack are nice, too.)
      salt and pepper
      herbs if desired, about a teaspoon dried (I alternately use Italian herb blends OR some dill. Dill usually wins out with the Jarlsberg, though.)

      Preheat oven to 350. Mix rice, 1 egg, olive oil, and some salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Press into pie plate with a fork. Top with the canned tuna. In the same mixing bowl, whisk the cheese, milk, remaining 3 eggs, a bit more S & P, and herbs (if desired. Pour evenly over the tuna. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until the custard is set and the top is golden. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

      • Natural Mama Nell on January 10, 2015 at 10:50 am

        Although i loathe tuna, i bet my husband would love this!

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 10, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Amazing! And great ideas!

  2. Rosie on January 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I could happily eat the same salad every day, so I’m no help there… But here’s what we’re having this week:

    Saturday: Homemade pizza
    Sunday: beef stew & homemade bread (making a double batch because the leftovers are amaaaaazing)
    Monday: Chicken taquitos, beans & rice
    Tuesday: Baked potato soup with bacon and whatever bread is left
    Wednesday: Breakfast – bacon, eggs, omelettes, home fries
    Thursday: leftovers
    Friday: Mac n cheese & green beans (with a side of frozen vegetables because my 5yo begged for it… And for some reason the kids all adore frozen mixed veggies while still frozen?)

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm


  3. Laura on January 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    This week we are having:

    + Meatloaf (I know meatloaf sounds unappetizing to many, but my husband makes it with big chunks of peppers, onions, canned diced tomatoes, chunks of cheddar, mushrooms) with baked potatoes
    + sirloin top roast with roasted Brussels sprouts and pao de queijo
    + pork chops with salad and some type of veggie 🙂
    + spaghetti
    + roast chicken with glazed carrots and roasted cauliflower
    + chicken enchiladas (chicken, black beans, and spinach) probably with homemade salsa to top it
    + Italian beef in the crock pot (YUM!!!) with lots of sides for my son’s birthday party this weekend
    + Italian wedding soup

    We are a gluten free family, so any type of pasta is the quinoa brown rice noodles from Trader Joe’s.

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 12, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Wow! Love it!!

  4. Laura @ Mothering Spirit on January 11, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Did you take all those photos?? Holy heavens. Beautiful and mouth-watering. I want them all. Unfortunately I live in a house of men who would sooner die than eat a week of salads. This is why I dream of escaping to a yoga retreat and eating all leafy green kale quinoa delights. Someday.

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 12, 2015 at 11:07 am

      hahah love it–no these images are from the source of the recipe. I should have said that! Let’s go to the Lodge and just eat quinoa and kale the whole time. And chocolate. When we’re done with this ridiculous nosugar30.

    • theresa on January 13, 2015 at 9:52 am

      I’m with you. I’m the only one in the house who would eat salad 🙁 and husband works from home so i feel the pressure to cook lots of meat and potatoes…. i’m so bored of it! not motivated@!

      • Natural Mama Nell on January 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

        I know. Meat and potatoes–blew! Too much of it!

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  6. Erica Saint @ Saint Affairs on January 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

    All of those salads look delicious. Like seriously delicious. Yum!

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 12, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      So far: yes!!

  7. Carolyn on January 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    This is a SYMPHONY of flavors and colors. YUM. OH.

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