In case you missed them, our latest cook-ups featured two stellar paleo websites: one that’s new to us, one that’s a long-time favorite. Planning a week of meals based on these sites’ recipes was fun and inspiring.
But this week, we’re putting our Sunday cook-up on replay—keeping things super-simple and sticking to what we know.
Planning, shopping, prepping and cooking for the week ahead doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes, simple is better…and offers a reminder that eating paleo-primal doesn’t have to be—and absolutely shouldn’t be—a struggle.
When working with Alchemist Eating clients, we’re shooting for sustained success and realistic solutions.
To help with this, here are 5 quick tips:
- Invest in a slow-cooker (makes making a delicious, nutritious meal lasting 3-4 days unbelievably easy).
- Have grab-and-go snack options on hand (hard-boiled eggs, chopped veggies, nuts, berries, apples, EPIC bars).
- If cooking’s intimidating, pick 5 paleo recipes and focus on adding one per week…gradually expanding your cooking repertoire. (Another strategy is to pick one recipe featured in our weekly Sunday cook-up.)
- Buy a copy of Well Fed Magazine, sold at Whole Foods (a “greatest hits” compilation of Melissa Joulwan’s most popular recipes).
- For extra implementation support, we offer personal chef services. A professional chef will prepare a few days’ worth of paleo food in your home or for delivery—whether for a special day or weekend…or as a regular weekly or bi-weekly service. And, for those wishing to take part in the cooking process, our chef is happy to teach as she works! (Contact us for more info—this option may seem extravagant but is actually more economical than you might think.)
So…with those tips in mind, here’s this week’s line-up:
- Spicy pear salsa (Sounds fancy but is super-simple: finely chop firm pears, red onion and cilantro—plus jalapeños for extra kick; combine chopped ingredients, fresh-squeezed lime juice and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil; serve with fish, eggs, veggies—anything, really.)
- Apple-fennel-ginger-onion soup (Sounds special but is done in a flash: sauté chopped onions in coconut oil, butter or ghee until soft; add a couple chopped apples—we use organic yellow ones, skin on—and chopped fennel—mostly the white bulb—plus fresh ginger…also fresh thyme if you want to get fancy; cook, stirring occasionally until everything softens; add a cup or so of broth; let simmer for a bit; puree in a blender. We’re picky and go with “organic low-sodium Pacific” broth for it’s minimalistic, “clean” ingredient list—better than the very similar-looking “organic low-sodium Imagine” brand, which contains inflammatory oils like canola. Better still, make your own.)
- Fish sautéed in coconut oil, butter or ghee (Whatever is fresh and as local as possible—staying away from farmed fish and the big guys highest on the food chain.)
- Spinach-walnut-tomato salad drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil (Something a little different…but still so easy.)
- Slow-cooker bone broth with ox tails, grass-fed beef liver, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, ginger and rosemary (Okay, okay…tails and offal may sound awful to those new to ancestral eating. But wow, what flavor—and so, so beneficial for skin, joint and bone health.)
- Oven-roasted chicken served in lettuce wraps with fresh veggies and pickles (Rub organic or pasture-raised chicken breasts with ghee or organic butter; sprinkle with paprika, garlic salt, sea salt and pepper; cook on 400 for 25 minutes. Done.)
- Strawberry applesauce (Recall that new recipe from two weeks back? It’s turned into a fast, easy staple. That’s how this try-a-new-recipe thing tends to work.)
- Prosciutto (Applegate brand—though we hear they are being bought out by a GMO-supporting giant…so this recommendation may soon change.)
- Hard-boiled eggs (We never skip this easy, economical, nutrient-dense smart fuel.)
- Veggies (Some raw for eating as-is or a quick sauté…others roasted with coconut oil and sprinkled with sea salt, ground pepper and cumin.)
- Nuts (Walnuts, pecans and macadamias—we adore you.)
- Dinner left-overs (A lunch-time staple—could be a breakfast staple too, but I “eat” bulletproof coffee for breakfast, and Randy has a Primal Fuel shake.).
There you have it. Nothing crazy. Nothing complicated. Simple, easy, good.
Still feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry—I did once too. See Tip 3 above…and just pick one recipe this weekend. (Or, if all this is really new, start with the lunches/snacks/extras list…and maybe go slow-cooker shopping!)
Got your own paleo-primal tips? Please share them in the comments!