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Real Food Meal Plan

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Your Real Food Meal Plan is here for you! A week's worth of healthy, clean-eating, weeknight meals.

I'm so excited to bring you this week's Real Food Meal Plan, the first of 2016! I'm actually always excited to bring you these weekly meal plans, but there's just something about the first week of January that just feels extra special.

If you're new to meal planning, you might to check out Meal Planning Made Easy and 10 Meal Planning Tools I Can't Live Without to get started. You can also find previous Real Food Meal Plans here.

Each week I create Real Food Meal Plans by selecting five easy recipes, all made with real food ingredients that can be made on busy weeknights. All the recipes are (or can easily be adapted to be) gluten-free and dairy-free. There's always a slow cooker recipe to kick off the week, and vegetarian and paleo options as well.

If you're doing the barre3 Challenge, trying to eliminate gluten and/or dairy from your diet, or just looking to eat cleaner, these meal plans will work for you. Just remember to follow the Portion Prescription, and fill at least half your plate with veggies!

p.s. There's still time to join me for the barre3 Challenge. Head to barre3 online to subscribe and join the Challenge, and enter the promo code b3rfwl at checkout for a chance to win 6-months of barre3 Online plus a core ball + resistance band.

p.p.s. If you're looking for breakfast and lunch ideas you might also want to check out Drinks & Smoothies, Breakfasts, Salads, and Lunches for more recipe inspiration.

Your Real Food Meal Plan is here for you! A week's worth of healthy, clean-eating, weeknight meals. Naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.

vg: vegan | v: vegetarian | gf: gluten-free | df: dairy-free | p: paleo | ff: freezer-friendly

1 | 10-Ingredient Slow Cooker Vegetable and Quinoa Stew from Real Food Whole Life (vg, v, gf, df, ff)

This hearty stew is super simple to make; just throw everything in the slow cooker and hit start. I like to serve it with a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil for a good dose of healthy fats. Leftovers are delicious, and the stew freezes nicely if you want to store extras for another day.

2 | Asian Salmon Bowls from Skinny Taste (gf, df)

These bowls will entice even the most skeptical of fish eaters, just be sure to look for wild (not farmed) salmon. If you can't find nori, feel free to skip it, though it adds a really nice flavor. You can usually find it in the Asian section of well-stocked grocery stores. Be sure to use gluten-free tamari in the sauce to keep the dressing gluten-free. 

3 | DIY Green Quinoa Bowls from Real Food Whole Life (v, gf, df)

These quinoa bowls can easily be made in about 20 minutes and are perfect for lunch or dinner. Make them your own by using whatever combination of veggies you like and have on hand. Grilled chicken, salmon or shrimp also make a nice addition to these bowls. 

4 | Italian Chicken Skillet from Gimme Some Oven (gf, df, p)

This one skillet meal couldn't be easier to prepare. Add simply roasted or steamed veggies on the side to round things out. Roasted broccoli or steamed green beans would be particularly good.


5 | Loaded Sweet Potato Fries from Real Food Whole Life (gf, df, p)

This is the kind of dinner that fills you up, feels completely decadent, yet is packed with real food, good-for-you ingredients. It's perfect with topped with a quick, homemade guacamole, but simply sliced avocado also works well. 

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