Does your new year health kick already feel like a distant memory? This February real food meal plan will help get you back on track. Packed with gluten-free recipes that will take you from breakfast to bedtime, this meal plan simplifies healthy eating but maximizes flavor.
February can be a tough month as resolutions fall by the wayside and the cold weather makes us want to snuggle up and snack. Then there’s Superbowl buffets and enticing Valentine’s chocolate which can be impossible to refuse.
Fear not, this real food meal plan promises not to deprive you of those tempting treats thanks to these low-carb candy recipes and also promises fulfilling food that will keep any cravings at bay. With each recipe taking less than 45 minutes, it’s ideal for family meal planning and is designed with all ages in mind.
Meal Planning Tips
- There are 5 gluten free dinner ideas each week but you can also use these recipes for lunch or weekend meals.
- To save time the following day, make extras of each recipe so you can enjoy leftovers.
- If you make salads, you can enjoy leftover protein from each recipe, again to speed up meal times.
- Enjoy weekends for eating out, eating leftovers, or come up with a meal spontaneously (I find that when I have some wiggle room in my meal plan, I can satisfy cravings and I’m more likely to stick to it.)
- Got picky eaters? Try these kid-friendly instant pot recipes
Where to Buy Ingredients
- Buying fresh produce from farmer’s markets helps to find organic ingredients at a reasonable price. It’s also better for the planet with most farmers markets offering packaging free produce. Search online for one nearby or consider joining a CSA (community-supported agriculture) co-op where you can buy produce boxes from local farmers. I’m a big fan of Farm Fresh to You and Imperfect Foods.
- For pantry and fridge staples I recommend Thrive Market. After comparing the prices of Thrive Market vs. my local grocery and health food stores, I found Thrive Market always wins. Whether it’s raw honey, gluten-free flour, avocado oil, gluten-free snacks, spices, and even meat and frozen foods, Thrive Market has the best deals. Use this link to get 25% off your first order + a free gift.
- Your local grocery stores will always be most convenient but aim for organic produce, grass-fed meat, pasture-raised chicken, wild-caught seafood, etc. as much as possible.
Where to Buy Meat
- Good Ranchers – sourced only in the USA from local ranches and farms in the heartland of America. All meat is hand-trimmed and cut, individually wrapped, vacuum sealed, and flash frozen. A subscription box of 10-11 lbs of mixed beef and chicken is about $154. Get 10% off + free shipping on orders over $100 here.
- Crowd Cow – is sourced from all over the world but focuses on independent family farms and co-ops. Their diverse range includes specialty meats such as Japanese wagyu beef and wild Maine lobster. All beef is dry-aged for a minimum of 14 days, so it’ll be restaurant quality. They also offer meat and seafood individually, and pre-made side dishes and desserts, so you could order a complete meal as a gift – or for a Valentine’s date night treat. A subscription box of 5-6 lbs of mixed beef, chicken and pork is about $129. Get $100 of free meat + free shipping here.
- Butcher Box – sources meat from the best farms around the world. They offer gift cards starting at $50 or you can gift subscription boxes of beef, beef and chicken, mixed box, or mixed box with seafood. If you want to mix and match exactly what you want, Butcher Box is the best option and the only one I found that offered this service. A subscription box of 8-11 lbs of mixed beef and chicken is about $137. Check out their latest deal here.
- Porter Road – sourced from family farms in the USA. Expect restaurant-like quality thanks to meat that is not frozen and dry aged beef. You can order a box of meat or individual meat with specialty cuts like Korean short ribs, pork brisket, and even holiday items like a half ham. A subscription box of 8-10 lbs of mixed beef and chicken is about $127. Get 10% off here.
- Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken
- Instant Pot Taco soup
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
- Gluten-Free Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- Low-Carb Instant Pot Creamy Cauliflower Soup – try it with mushrooms instead of bacon for a delicious vegetarian option.
- Chicken Egg Roll in a Bowl
- Instant Pot Beef Chili – ready in 30 minutes
- Aglio e Olio with Spaghetti Squash
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
- Gluten-Free BBQ Chicken Pizza – a great option if entertaining a crowd for superbowl.
- Instant Pot Risotto
- Instant Pot Beef Pho
- Instant Pot Roast Chicken served with Steamed Artichokes
- Serve leftover chicken with Loaded Baked Potato Salad
- Instant Pot Three Bean Chili
- Instant Pot Spaghetti
- Gluten-Free Chinese Dumplings
- Instant Pot Salsa Verde Beef Tacos
- Quesadillas with shredded cheddar cheese and Gluten-Free Flour Tortillas
- Easy Gluten-Free Chicken Strips with a salad or gluten free buns to make a fried chicken sandwich
We’re all aware breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, but it’s usually when we lack time the most. To ensure you start your day in a healthy way, I recommend batch cooking these breakfast recipes then reheating on busy mornings.
These snack ideas are made using real food ingredients and are a healthy option to keep you full between meals. This list also includes healthy snack ideas for kids.
- Sprouted Hummus
- Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- Paleo Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- Instant Pot Egg Salad serve it up in lettuce cups or with this low carb bread
- Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
For lunch you can either leftovers to save time or keep it simple – like a charcuterie tray of fresh fruit, raw vegetables, healthy dips (like this Onion Dip), raw or organic cheese, nitrate-free salami or lunch meat, and gluten-free crackers.
This is a tricky month for tempting treats. Avoid the shelves of Valentine’s chocolate and opt for these healthy options instead. These dessert recipes are so delicious it’s hard to believe they are all gluten-free and made using real food ingredients. What’s not to love about that?
Health & Wellness
February usually means we’re still in the thick of cold and flu season. While a healthy, nutrient-rich diet is one of the best ways to boost your immune system, these wellness recipes may also come in handy should illness strike. Not only do these natural remedies save you money and a trip to the store, but they can be made using ingredients already in your pantry – exactly what you want when you’re feeling under the weather.
- Honey, Lemon and Ginger Elixir Cold Remedy
- Elderberry Gummy Snacks for Cold and Flu
- Turmeric Golden Latte
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More Meal Planning Ideas
- January Real Food Meal Plan
- Minimalist Meal Planning for Busy Moms (with free printable)
- 20 Instant Pot Meals in 30 Minutes or Less
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Mihaela | https://theworldisanoyster.com/ says
A meal plan makes life so much easier, especially a busy life. Thanks for the tips and for putting together a plan that works very well!
Look at this delicious roundup of all of these real food prep meals for February. This is great and works wonderfully for wrapping up winter!
Absolutely loving all these meal planning tips! Can’t wait to get started!