Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #6

I must confess, I pretty much want to eat pumpkin, sweet potato, and cinnamon-infused things at every meal right now. After all, the day after Halloween is officially the start of Thanksgiving prep (with Christmas and New Year’s Eve not so far behind). I’ll try to curb my desire to encourage you to “cook pretend Thanksgiving for dinner every night until the real thing,” but I did sneak in some seasonally-inspired recipes.

Here are five paleo and Whole30 compliant dishes you could make for dinner next week, along with sugar-free pizza seasoning (that makes anything savory taste like pizza), and a salty-sweet nut butter that tastes like a treat but is nutritious enough for every day.

I included tips for how to work these recipes into your Weekly Cookup and suggested sides to go along with the entrées. Happy cooking!

Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)

Turkey and Cranberry Meatballs | meljoulwan.comTurkey and Cranberry 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! (These would also be nice plopped into some homemade chicken broth with sliced kale for a comforting soup.)

Recommended Sides: Some boiled potatoes rolled in ghee and minced parsley would be super tasty—or you could go with Mashed Cauliflower or Crispy Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries. You can boil white potatoes in advance, then reheat just before eating, and the mashed cauliflower can be made during a cookup and reheated, too. The fries taste best when cooked just before eating.

Homemade Pizza Seasoning10-Minute Pizza Soup

Cookup Tips: This can be made during a Cookup, but it really only takes 10 minutes, so you can throw it together at the last minute, too.

Recommended Sides: This recipe includes protein, veggies, and fat, so you don’t need to add a thing—but if you want more (more is almost always better), a green salad with Creamy Italian Dressing would be great (and you can make the mayo ahead of time for the dressing).

Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon | meljoulwan.comSweet Potato Soup with Bacon

Cookup Tips: This can be made in advance for a quick reheat just before eating. Just put the bacon and soup in separate, covered containers after cooking and reunite them in your bowl.

Recommended Sides: This soup is a side, so you need a protein entree to go with it (or on top of it). Roasted chicken thighs or pork chops are a good choice—or rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, if you’re in a pinch.

Fresh basil for Thai Basil Beef Stir-Fry | meljoulwan.comFastest/Easiest/Tastiest Thai Basil Beef

Cookup Tips: This is one of those dishes that tastes best when it’s made fresh. Luckily, it comes together super fast—about 15-20 minutes!

Recommended Sides: Definitely Cauliflower Rice! And maybe a salad of cucumbers and red onion tossed with Sunshine Sauce.


Reykjavik Salmon Salad |meljoulwan.comReykjavik Salmon Salad

Cookup Tips: Cook the eggs and make the mayo in advance. If you really want to go for it, you could also slice the cucumbers and store them in a plastic bag or covered container in the fridge.

Recommended Sides: This is complete as it is, but some cooled, boiled potatoes would be a nice addition.

Condiment (Whole30 compliant)

Paleo Meatza Pie | meljoulwan.comSugar-Free Pizza Seasoning

Cookup Tips: You can make this during your Cookup in, like, 5 minutes, and it means Pizza Soup is just a few minutes away. You can also use it to whip up Meatza, which makes any weeknight feel like Friday.

Treat (not Whole30 compliant)

almondbutterSpiced Almond Butter (not Whole30 compliant)

Cookup Tips: This takes just a few minutes to make and turns apple slices and celery sticks into something special. For more sweet treats, stuff a little almond butter into a dried date or spread some on a banana. (It also makes for a mean SB&J Burger!)

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  • Jeanne says:

    I am really loving the 5 Paleo Dinners! It has been super helpful, especially this month, trying to eat healthy, work, and do NaNoWriMo has not been easy. Thank you!

    • I’m really glad you’re enjoying them! Have fun with NaNoWriMo! Good luck and congratulations on tackling it! I completed my one and only in 2003, and it was an awesome experience.