Considering that the New Year is beginning in 2 days and many of you might be considering food choices for the new year, I thought I’d introduce you to some of my favorite food blogs that have great free meal plans available. These are all whole, real food-based recipes. Wishing you great health and happiness in 2017!
Jessica at Good Cheap Eats has quite a few posts from her experiences with following the Whole30. She also has many meal plans available to check out beyond the Whole30 as well as cookbooks and e-books.
*For anyone doing a Whole30 and not knowing what to do when you’re done, I highly suggest reading Diane Sanfilippo’s “Practical Paleo, 2nd Edition” or Lisa Leake’s “100 Days of Real Food Fast & Fabulous” to continue on your real food eating journey. (Affiliate links)
Kelly at New Leaf Wellness has many freezer crockpot meal plans. If you are interested in making a month of paleo meals, then she has a free plan here you’ll want to check out (including a grocery list!). Gluten free and dairy free? She has a 31-day plan for that here (again, with a grocery list – so helpful!). While she isn’t a vegetarian, she does have a few plans for vegetarians such as this one. A particular gem of a post on her site that I love, love, love is this collection of spice mixes and sauces commonly used in recipes – so helpful when replacing processed foods.
Meatless and Mostly Meatless ?
If the new year has found you thinking that there is no way that you can eat real food on your income, then please head over to meet Tiffany at Don’t Waste the Crumbs site check out any of her meal plans. Most of her monthly plans (available with recipes for free!) for a family of 4 average around $350. She even has two plans that are one week menus for a family of 4 based on $50/week proving it is possible to still eat foods such as fresh produce, eggs and carnitas even on a tight budget.
Paid Service Plans
I have personally used all of the following sites and they are owned by people that give personal attention to their product. They give the small business attention to these services. Most have recipes on their site so that you can see for yourself what you will get if you sign up for their service. They do have a free option to try before you commit to buy anything so you can 1) get a free plan and 2) get an idea of the different options available.
Allison’s meal plan at Prep Dish is a simple and neat plan that can be either gluten free or paleo – her plans are easy to follow and she is very customer oriented and welcomes feedback.
Justin and Erica are just beginning their meal plan service. It is paleo based. Their site has a ton of recipes for you to check out – one of my favorite hot beverages is their Pumpkin Chai Latte. It’s better than a PSL any day.?
Lisa at 100 Days of Real Food has so much great information available on her site especially for anyone just making the transition to eating real food beginning with the 10 Days of Real Food Pledge.
Erin Chase from $5 Dinners fame has now created a system to allow you to assemble 10-12 meals to put in your freezer in less than an hour! Many recipes are already gluten and dairy free, but if not, every recipe has modifications listed.