Meal Plan 11th - 17th May 2015

This week, is week two of my 'Whole Life Challenge', which essentially is eating 'paleo'. The first week's lifestyle challenge was eating veggies at every meal, so for breaky, I swapped from my much loved chia seed puddings, to smoothies with kale or baby spinach (along with almond milk, water, 180 protein powder, 1/2 avocado, and a few frozen berries). For lunch, it was easy if there was leftovers from the night before! If there wasn't I would usually munch on some celery, along with other snacks. Have found dinners to be easy, I guess because I am meal planning!

I have six meals for you this week, I am going to drop one, as there is usually one night that doesn't quite go to plan, or an unexpected dinner date is arranged. 

So this week my family is having... 

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Please note with my grocery list there are a few changes... I have used bacon instead of pancetta (as a recipe already called for bacon so instead of buying both will just stick with bacon). I am not including natural yogurt and wholewheat wraps (from one of the meals as I am not eating this at the moment). I have excluded the 'baked beans' from Jamie Olivers 'Lamb meatballs & chop salad) as there are many ingredient I am excluding. I am using kumara instead of potato (if the recipe calls for a white potato). A lot of the recipes call for kale, I will swap kale for baby spinach on some of the recipes, as I love baby spinach, and it is cheaper than kale. I have excluded balsamic vinegar. Also, please not in the grocery list it looks like I request 'white wine' - but that reads 'white wine vinegar'.

Creamy paleo chicken skillet

Cajun steak & collard greens
Jamie Oliver. Jamie's 15 Minute Meals. Published by Penguin Group, London, England. 2012. Pg84.

Serves 4

2 rashers of smoked pancetta (I am going to use bacon)
olive oil
1 big bunch of mixed fresh herbs, such as bay, thyme and rosemary
1 carrot
4 spring onion
½ bunch of radishes
200g curly kale
1 chicken stock cube

2 x 250g sirloin steaks, fat removed
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 tsp dried thyme

Chilli Vinegar
1 fresh chilli
1 bottle white wine vinegar

Before you start it is recommended (in order to complete in 15 minutes) that the ingredients are out, kettle boiled, oven at full whack 240°C, large lidded pan at medium-high heat, large fry pan high heat.
2 Slice the pancetta, put it into the lidded pan with 1 tablespoon of oil, then pick in the herb leaves. Trim, finely slice and add the carrot, spring onions and radishes, stirring regularly. Drain and rinse the beans and put into the medium frying pan with 2 tablespoons of oil to fry and crisp up.
3 Slice the kale (if needed) and add to the lidded pan, crumble in the stock cube and pour over 300ml of boiling water, then put the lid on.
4 Rub the steaks with salt, pepper, paprika and thyme. Put them into the really hot large fry pan with 1 tablespoon of oil, turning every minute until cooked to your liking. Slice the chilli and add to the bottle of vinegar with a couple of bay leaves, if you have them (it will keep for months), then add a drizzle to the greens before serving. Carve the steaks on a board at the table and serve with the beans, greens and a splodge of mustard.

(please note I did not include the smoky baked beans in this recipe because of the 'paleo' diet I am on for 8 weeks, if you want to include you could google it, as it is available online)

Lamb meatballs & chop salad
Jamie Oliver. Jamie's 15 Minute Meals. Published by Penguin Group, London, England. 2012. Pg 104.

Ingredients out • Kettle boiled • Large frying pan, medium heat • Large lidded pan, medium-high heat

400g lean lamb mince
1 heaped tsp garam masala
olive oil
1 pinch of saffron
1/2–1 fresh red chilli
2 spring onions
1/2 a bunch of fresh coriander
2 cloves of garlic
1 x 400g tin of chickpeas
350g passata

1/2 a cucumber
2 little gem lettuces
1 bunch of radishes
2 ripe tomatoes
tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon

To serve
1 heaped tsp harissa (I'm not including)
4 heaped tbsp fat-free natural yoghurt (I'm not including)
8 small wholewheat tortillas (I'm not including)
1 orange

1 Mix the mince in a bowl with salt, pepper and the garam masala. Divide into 4, then roll each piece into 4 balls with wet hands, placing them in the frying pan as you roll them and adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss regularly until dark golden all over. Put the saffron into a cup, just cover with boiling water and leave to soak.
2 Finely slice the chilli, trimmed spring onions and coriander stalks (reserving the leaves), put them into the large pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then squash in the unpeeled garlic through a garlic crusher. Fry for 40 seconds, then add the saffron and its soaking water, the drained chickpeas andthe passata, cover and bring to the boil. In a small dish, swirl the harissa through the yoghurt.
3 Roughly chop and mix all the salad veg for the salad on a board. Add the extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice, then season to taste. Loosen the sauce with a splash of water if needed, then pour into the meatball pan and season to taste. Microwave (800W) the tortillas for 45 seconds. Serve it all with orange wedges and a scattering of coriander leaves.

Pan-fried fish with poached eggs on potato rosti 
I just realised this recipe serves ONE! (So the ingredients I have included on my grocery list, is only for one, bummer! So I will either make this meal to serve 3 or 4) 

New Zealand Healthy Food Guide. Edited by Niki Bezzant (Editor-in-chief). Published by Healthy Life Media. Auckland, New Zealand. May 2015. Pg 81. 

1 flourly potato, grated
1 small carrot
2 spring onions, finely chopped
sprinkling of Tuscan seasoning
oil spray

Poached egg and fish
1 very fresh egg
dash white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
120g white fish fillet, such as tarakihi
1 11/2 cups kale
4 cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
parsley to serve

1 Once the potato is grated, wrap in a clean tea towel and squeeze out any excess moisture. Mix rosti ingredients together with Tuscan seasoning.
2 Heat a pan with oil spray. Add rosti mix once the pan is hot. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and keep warm. 
3 Put egg on to poach and add a dash of vinegar to a pan of steadily simmering water. Break the egg into a cup. Create a gentle whirlpool in the water to help the egg white wrap around the yolk. Slowly tip egg into water, white first. Leave to cook for 3 minutes. 
4 Meanwhile, re-spray pan with oil. Add fish and cook until tender, turning once. Add kale with tomatoes, vinegar and a tablespoon of water. Cook for a few minutes until the leaves are just wilted. Remove egg with a slotted spoon. 
5 Place rosti on a serving plate with the kale and tomatoes. Top with the fish and poach egg. Serve with fresh chopped parsley.

[Paleo] Nachos

Chicken quinoa bites, mashed kumara, kale chips & aioli

This is something I am going to make up on the night... I'm thinking of making some chicken and quinoa 'poppers' (a.k.a bites, meatballs etc, using chicken breast, cooked & cooled quinoa, egg, herbs) serve them with some mashed kumara (made with some butter, salt and pepper), kale chips (found this great link:, and I have wanted to make my own aioli for sooo long... I found these two recipes... will pick one of them! ( OR

Reviewing the week...

I will try make this short this week; two really nice meals! The creamy paleo chicken skillet and the paleo nachos. Soo good! No changes to either of these meals. The lamb meatballs dish was also good, I served it with kumara chips as well as the salad. I had a lot of sauce that was wasted, next time I would make the meatballs smaller.

This week, I think may be the first week that I had a meal that was particularly unappetising! It was meant to be cajun steak with collard greens, a Jamie Oliver recipe, however, we were gifted some tuna from my parents, so I went ahead with trying to cook that! I used a Jamie Oliver recipe I think I didn't like this meal because the tuna was too raw for me, so just a personal preference thing! My 1 year old ate it up like it was freshly sliced bread! So at least someone ate dinner. The side salad that went with this dish, was unattractive and unpalatable!  I do not recommend this recipe for the greens.

Thursday night was fish night again, we still had another fillet of tuna to eat, but we weren't ready to try it again, so I made a really simple but very scrumptious meal! I made a quick coating for the chicken: 
1/2 cup almond meal, 1tsp salt, 1/2tsp black pepper, 1tsp paprika, 1tsp oregano, 1tsp garlic powder, 1tsp cayenne pepper. Cut the chicken breast into pieces, lightly beat one egg and coat the chicken pieces in the egg. Then cover the chicken in the coating. Bake the chicken at 200C for 20 minutes. I served it with kumara chips (sprinkled with moroccan seasoning), and steamed green beans. The chicken was very spicy, which I loved, but if you were serving it to your kids, or someone that doesn't like spice, I wouldn't include the cayenne pepper. We only had one chicken breast defrosted, so if you have more chicken, use 1 cup of almond meal for the coating mixture.
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I hope you enjoyed this week!

Nicci xx


  1. mmm ... my mouth is watering just reading this. I've been eating paleo for a few months now and just love it. Can't wait to try the Cajun steak and collard greens - yum!

    1. Thanks Julie! Did you try the Cajun steak and collard greens?? We ended up having tuna with the collard greens... and it was not the nicest meal, the tuna was too raw for my liking, and I found the collard greens to be unappetising... How did you go? !


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