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Roasted Mustard Pork with Cumin Spiced Warm Carrot Barley Salad

Roasted Mustard Pork with Cumin Spiced Warm Carrot Barley Salad

1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners, 1 Dessert.

Not quite as cool sounding as John Lee Hooker’s, “One bourbon, one scotch, one beer,”  but I don’t have a cool guitar or band, for that matter. But sometimes when I say it, I try to sing it with the same tune, you know, to spruce it up a bit.

But I should be serious for one moment. We are super stoked about our new meal plan that is being released TODAY. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m a bit nervous, but mostly really excited.

Tomato Basil Salad

You might be wondering why a meal plan? The truth is, Joshua and I eat better when we plan.

Before getting started with real foods, I really struggled with my weight. Up and down, and up and down like a 6 month long roller coaster. Going from 130 to 155 lbs on a yearly basis. Can you even begin to imagine what that type of clothes budget looks like when there’s a constant 4 pant size fluctuation? But that’s no longer a concern for me. I’ve managed to maintain now for five years, thanks to the way we eat.

But it’s not just me. I’ve heard it time and time again in emails from others that have stayed on track with a whole food diet. Trying to maintain is not even an effort. Vanity and clothes aside, there are the benefits of feeling better, more confidence, overall improved health and less likelihood of heart disease, diabetes and a myriad of other health problems.

No more waiting for the weight to come back or ‘I don’t feel like doing anything’ moments. Say goodbye to the sugar binges and respective crashes.

The trick to staying on course, though, is through meal planning, but it’s time consuming. Worth it, but it’s work. Lucky for you, it’s something I enjoy. Isn’t it a shame, that all that planning only benefits 2 people? Why not share it? After all, one of the things I get most jazzed about is getting creative with food. The part where I can create recipes, make unhealthy ones more health conscious, make bland ones more flavorful. Then there’s adjusting texture for a better mouth feel,  playing with complimentary flavors and ingredients.  All this to create a taste sensation that makes eating real food fun and something you want to do over and over again. So you get the benefit of not having to meal plan, and I do the work for you!

The best part is I get an opportunity to share my excitement with you every week! Now not only through my blog posts but through our meal plans. These are actual recipes my husband and I eat in our home on a daily basis, and are the dishes we eat to maintain our health.

Foods we eat!

Here are some of my favorite recipes for the upcoming September meal plan. There was the always tasty Korean Bulgogi Style Beef with Napa Cabbage and Hazelnut French Toast for a decadent Sunday breakfast. Coming soon, photos of Ditalini Pasta with Bay Scallop and Zucchini. And here are just a few photos of some of the delicious desserts you’ll find in the meal plans.

I love an excuse to make dessert! Which in all honesty we eat almost daily...sshhhh!

I love an excuse to make dessert! Which in all honesty we eat almost daily…sshhhh!

Can you feel the excitement?

Unlike The Whole Food Revelation, there will be less beans, grains and legumes, simply because the focus is more on veggies (though you’ll still see legumes and beans). As a result, the meals are faster to make and that’s a win-win for everyone.

Some honesty first. This meal plan won’t be for everyone. Many of you have dietary restrictions. This won’t be a good fit if you can’t have grains, dairy or meat. But the hope is there are a few people out there like us (Joshua and I) that enjoy tasty recipes and a variety of ingredients.

If I could, I’d have you all over for dinner every night! Every. Night.

But since that’s not possible, I want to share my love of food with all of you out there who love food as much as we do. People who just dig on great food.

If you love to eat great tasting real food (but don’t want to do all the planning that’s involved) you can check out the meal plans here. It has all the details of what’s included, who this is for and who this is not for. You can also view a sample meal plan so you know what to expect and whether or not we might be a good fit.

Cumin Spiced Warm Carrot Barley Salad

Deal alert!

As a promotion for the pre-launch of our new Real Food Meal Plans For Two, Joshua and I have decided to offer all our readers and subscribers a special discount! Woohoo!

Not only will you get a 43% discount on our 1 year membership until August 31, 2013, but two bonus weeks to get started right away. You’ll get a meal plan for the week of August 18th and August 25th. That means you get 6 weeks of meal plans for your first month of membership!

For less than a $1.50 a week…

You’ll save time by having:

  • Meal plans and recipes all laid out for you
  • Itemized grocery lists separated by category for quicker shopping
  • You’ll know what to prep in advance to minimize your time in the kitchen
  • No more impromptu stops at the grocery store saving you 30 minutes a pop!

And you’ll save money:

  • By only buying what you need you’ll be spending less money every week
  • Bonus recipes to use up loose ends to make meals out of bits and pieces that would otherwise go bad
  • Less stops at the grocery store means less money spent on unnecessary items
  • Knowing what you’re going to eat instead of frantically trying to figure it out or overspending because you’re starving!

Ready to get started? Sign up for the meal plans right here.

Here are a few more of the recipes you can expect to see in the Real Food Meal Plans For Two….

I affectionately call this one 'Pig, Pears and Plums'

I affectionately call this one ‘Pig, Pears and Plums’


Since this is new, I’m looking forward to all of your thoughts. Would a simple meal plan make it easier to stay on track with whole foods? Is starting out with 3 meals a week a good foundation to build on?

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