One of the biggest challenges of eating paleo is that you actually have to cook and prepare your meals! Go figure. What's up with that? Our ancestors were hunter gatherers and they didn't have microwaves, fast food joints, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, prepared meals... etc - you guys get the point. Unfortunately most of us grew up in suburbia or in the city and we didn't live off our own land. If you grew up in the county and lived on a farm, well, then I'm jealous and you've been on the right track since day one! Kudos to you.
Being a husband, daddy of two great kids, and working full time (40-64 hours/week) doesn't leave me much time for cooking and preparing meals. Fortunately for our family Michelle is home and focuses a lot of her time on our daily meals and snacks, but time is still at a minimum because she's always taking them to their after school extra curricula activities, play dates, and helping with homework (lucky for them daddy really doesn't have much to do with that...seriously!). So, always having paleo meals is a difficult challenge BUT it's feasible! Remember U CAN PALEO! Here are some great, quick, and easy paleo recipes for everyone! I mean everyone, even kids!
1. Whole Organic Chicken
1 whole organic chicken (any grocery store but I get mine at Trader Joe's)
1 yellow onion
* put chicken inside crock pot and cut yellow onion, spreading them on top of chicken. Then set it and forget it for 6 hours. DO NOT add any water or broth. TRUST ME that chicken will provide it's own broth and flavor. It's delicious and the kids love it, but most IMPORTANTLY it's so easy even a caveman can do it!
2. Grass Fed Mini-Burgers
2-3 pounds of grass fed beef (Ideally get it from a local farm, but if you can't then go to Roche Bros - $5.99/lb. At least the Roche Bros. in Natick has it).
* I just make small patties (roughly 4 oz ea. but you don't have to weigh them) and then BBQ them. These are great for meals, but they're also great for quick snacks! So, if the kids want a snack give them one of these with some organic ketchup instead of a high glycemic/complex carb snack. Just an idea.
3. Chicken Fajita Salad (Robb Wolf's book The Paleo Solution:The Original Human Diet)
1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup sliced onions
1 lb skinless chicken breast (preferably organic free range)
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano
1 cup chopped bell peppers
1 red leaf lettuce
*Add olive oil to a skillet. Heat over medium. Add sliced onions, saute until soft. Add the chicken, cut into strips. Add the cumin and oregano, saute, tossing often. Add the bell peppers when the chicken has browned.
Wash and shred the lettuce. Add the tomatotes, toss. Serve the salad on two plates, top with the chicken fajita mix. Add the sliced avocado.
*If you are taking this to work, assemble the salad into a container with a lid. Save some of the fajita mix for leftovers, use only 1/4 to 1/3 of the chicken saute for each of the salads you prepare.
4. Grilled Salmaon (Robb Wolf's recipe)
1 lb salmon (wild caught - I get mine from Trader Joe's)
2 tbsp pecans
2 tsp rosemary
* preheat oven to 350. Add a bit of coconut oil to the baking pan, coat well. Lay the salmon in the pan skin side down. Chop the pecans. Sprinkle the pecans, rosemary, and sea salt over your fish, then bake for 12-15 minutes. Make sure it flakes easily with a fork; be sure to check the middle of the salmon.
There are SO many other easy and quick recipes in Robb's book, on everydaypaleo.com, elanaspantry.com, wholelife9.com, paleohacks.com, and itspaleo.com.
I hope you enjoy these tasty recipes and I'll be sure to add more soon!
Have a great weekend,