Last week’s Home-Sweet-Home post was all about returning to familiar comfort foods after an indulgent time away. A week of home-cooked meals made from simple, healthy ingredients was a welcome shift after a few (too) many dinners out.
This week, we’re staying with home cooking but venturing beyond “old standbys.” For inspiration, we turned to Paleo Magazine’s Top Paleo Blogs for 2014. Most blogs making the list are personal favorites (particularly Mark’s Daily Apple, which placed first).
But for fun, we picked a site that’s new to us—Paleo Leap—as the source of this week’s line-up.
We’re super-impressed with Paleo Leap’s recipes—and choosing between them was super-hard.
Something that helped was the “browse by topic” section of their recipe index. It’s organized by cooking categories (e.g., “fast cook,” “fast prep,” “slow-cooker,” “stovetop”) and by diet categories (e.g., “autoimmune friendly,” “low FODMAP,” “dairy-free,” “no sweeteners,” “vegetarian”—yes, paleo-primal can be vegetarian). Plus, there are categories for “budget-friendly,” “kid-friendly” and “good for leftovers.”
Oh, and guess what else we found? A Paleo Leap post titled “The Art of the Weekly Make Ahead.” If you’re still trying to figure out this “Sunday Cook-up thing,“ definitely check that out.
For this week’s line-up, we chose recipes with short prep times.
We also kept chicken as the primary source of animal protein, picking several bird-based dishes. This is a bit unusual for us—we usually alternate between poultry, beef, fish, etc. But since trying a handful of new recipes requires extra time and thought, we decided to simplify in other places. (We’ll likely still supplement with ground bison or grass-fed beef late in the week.)
Okay, so ready? Here’s what we’re prepping and cooking this Sunday (click the links for full recipes and photos):
Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta (This one works for vegetarian friends as well…and is a wonderful way to use that spaghetti squash sitting on our counter.)
Thai Coconut Soup (This sexier version of chicken soup has garlic and ginger to fight all those colds going around.)
Indian-style Chicken Bites (This one requires marinating over-night, so we’ll get it ready on Sunday when we make the chicken for the Thai soup.)
Chicken Salad with Almond Dressing (Admittedly, we may tire of chicken by mid-week, but this makes a nice lunch or light dinner option—and we’re extra-excited about the dressing.)
Beet & Tomato Soup (We love having extra soups on hand. This one’s vegetarian—and nicely complements that chicken salad.)
Strawberry Applesauce (We’re going a little overboard here. But there were so many amazing recipes to choose from! This offers a special side to complete that beet soup and chicken salad…or we may just eat it as an after-dinner dessert. We’ll be omitting the optional honey, since apples and strawberries are plenty sweet as is.)
Extras for Lunches & Snacks: smoked salmon (Whole Foods brand—no added sugar), Applegate organic roasted turkey breast deli meat (they have other deli meats too), hard-boiled eggs, walnuts, berries, raw veggies
This is for sure way more involved than our typical Sunday cook-up…but picking a paleo-primal site and playing around is a fun change every now and again.
Anyway, who knows? Perhaps one new recipe this week will become a new standby the next.
(Thai Coconut Soup, Paleo Leap)
Got your own line-up of inspiring paleo-primal dishes? Please share them in the comments!