Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #99

I can’t believe we’ve reached 99 of these posts together! That is a lot of delicious meals. In fact, the other day I calculated that since I started eating paleo, I’ve cooked about 9000 meals, give or take a restaurant meal here and a vacation there. No wonder I feel like I could dice an onion in my sleep!

Ninety-nine problems but dinner ain’t one.

This week’s collection is made up of some of my go-to recipes—they’re comforting, reliable, colorful, and can be made pretty quickly, except for the Cincinnati Chili that is just begging to be made on a lazy day when you can just leave it to simmer in the background. Happy cooking!

Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)

Paleo Gyoza Meatballs | meljoulwan.comGyoza Meatballs

Cookup Tips: Meat “dough” can be made 1 day in advance then cooked—or you can cook the meatballs during your Cookup and re-heat just before eating. They’ll stay fresh and tasty for 5-6 days after cooking. They also freeze like champs!

Recommended Sides: Cauliflower Rice is always a good choice—or sauté snow peas in ghee and sprinkle with sesame seeds and salt. A salad of butter lettuce, radishes, and cucumbers with Zingy Ginger Dressing would be tasty, too.

Paleo Cincinnati Chili | meljoulwan.comCincinnati Chili

Cookup Tips: Chili tastes even better on day 2 or 3, so let this simmer on the back of the stove during your Cookup and enjoy it later in the week. (Pro tip: This is pretty great for breakfast with a fried egg on top.)

Coconut Almond Green Beans from the Well Fed cookbook | meljoulwan.comCoconut-Almond Green Beans

Cookup Tips: This is my mom’s favorite recipe of mine! It needs protein for a complete meal; I really like it with grilled chicken thighs or simple grilled shrimp. The green beans also taste great as leftovers, so you might want to make a double batch to eat for lunch or breakfast the next day.

Recommended Sides: When you add protein, this recipe includes the triumvirate of protein–veggies–fat, so you don’t need anything else.

Hamburger Salad

Cookup Tips: Cook the hamburger, make the mayo, and chop the veggies in advance; store everything in separate airtight containers in the fridge, then when it’s time to eat, reheat the meat and assemble.

Recommended Sides: You don’t need a side, but if you wanted to be fancy, Classic Diner-Style Home Fries or Sweet Potato Fries would be smashing.

Riceless, Soyless Sushi | meljoulwan.comRice-Free, Soy-Free Sushi

Cookup Tips: These taste best when made fresh, but they’re so fast, you won’t even mind.

Recommended Sides: Keep it simple! Cut up raw veggies—cucumbers, carrots, pepper strips—to eat alongside your sushi. If you want to make a fuss, Cauliflower Rice is nice.

Treat (Not Whole30 compliant)

coconuticecream1Spiced-Nut Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream

Cookup Tips: This is a little bit of a project, but it would be super fun on a lazy weekend day when you’re only to-do item is to have a good time.


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  • Jane says:

    Bought your Fresh & Hearty Salads…Love Love It! Have been using it almost everyday, so yummy and easy! My husband keeps saying this is really good as we both devour Salad Bar combos with a protein for dinner. Thanks for taking me out of my lettuce rut.

  • Kimberly says:

    I bought your Fresh & Hearty Salads. I absolutely love it!! I have been making your salads for a few weeks now. I’m trying to get back to the paleo way of eating and this has been a tremendous em joyful experience! Thank you, thank you for such awesome recipes! Tonight I’m making the barbecued chicken.
    I would like some recipes for the shredded zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrot, and the “riced “ cauliflower. I saw one in your book., which I will be eating. Oh the other one with shredded cucumbers too. Thank you again. & zigs bless you.