Weekly Meal Plan: Lemon Zest

I cannot believe April is already coming up! I'm so looking forward to spring food and clothes, it seriously can't come soon enough. I started looking up some recipes for Easter this weekend, wanting to actually do more this year than just showing up for the celebrations with flowers. As I was brainstorming, I kept thinking of lemon-related recipes, relating to the freshness and rebirth that comes with Easter. So this week I'm spotlighting recipes with lemon

Rather than varying the types of cuisine like I normally do, I decided to do a different type of protein every night with this meal plan, featuring chicken, salmon, turkey, tempeh, pork, and shrimp! Almost all meals are paleo & WHOLE30 approved - read my comments for modifications to keep the meals within the Whole30 and paleo guidelines. Open the recipes below by clicking on the picture to check out what I found! 

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see comments for suggested modifications

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon garlic tahini 

Recipe from: Heartbeet Kitchen

She mentions here that tahini costs $10.. Trader Joes sells it for under $4. 

Lemon Garlic Tempeh & Kale

Recipe from: Eating Bird Food 

This is vegan and not whole30. Use sugar-free bacon instead for a whole30 and paleo approved meal. 

Avocado dijon turkey burgers

Recipe from: My Healthyish Life

Pork Steaks & Lemon Pepper Green Beans

Recipe by: Eat Drink Paleo

Zucchini Pasta with Lemon garlic shrimp

Recipe from: Downshiftology

Use ghee instead of butter and broth instead of white wine to keep whole30

Lemon Meringue Pie smoothie

Recipe by: Eat Spin Run Repeat

Can add a date for extra sweetness

Basil & Lemon Salmon

Use ghee instead of butter

Sheet Pan Chicken with asparagus

Recipe by: From Pasta to Paleo 

Add arugula for a salad

Creamy Cashew Caramel Smoothie

Recipe from: Blissful Basil 

Really has nothing to do with my lemon "theme" just really wanted to try this one out and thought to share!

Pre-run Oats: 

During my marathon training, I've found it basically critical to have a little bit of oats or an extra carb the morning of a big run (over 10 miles). I typically just make a bowl of 1/3 cup of oats, supplemented with a scoop of vegan protein powder, and add a banana and almond butter on top. 


I've tried to switch this recipe up, but I find myself always going back to the same combination of 2c kale, 1/2 cup roasted sweet potato, and 2 poached or fried eggs all cooked and then topped with 1/4 of a medium avocado. Roast a bunch of sweet potato on Sunday so this can be an easy and quick throw in during the busy weekday mornings. 

Shopping List

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I always do all my shopping at Trader Joe's! I typically find that their packed goods are so much cheaper than other health food stores. For Rx bars, which I recommend as a snack, I purchase in bulk on Amazon.

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