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Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #8
This post should really be called “Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week When All You’re Thinking About Is Getting Ready For Thanksgiving.” Or maybe that’s just me.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!
Next Thursday, we’re starting festivities off right with a workout at my gym, then driving to Montreal with some friends. We’re bringing a portable, paleo-enough Thanksgiving feast with us to eat when we arrive, then Friday, it’s Joe Beef and poutine and who knows what else!
But before I get carried away with daydreaming about special treats: There’s still a full week in which we all need to feed ourselves delicious, nutritious food.
When I’m preparing for a special occasion, I want my “regular” food to be fast, easy, and not too challenging to my tastebuds. So in an attempt to help
you me all of us eat well while we prepare for the holiday, I’ve compiled dead-easy recipes that are also very satisfying.
I recommend you make the Italian Pork Roast on the weekend (slow cooker… so easy!), so you can nibble on it Monday/Tuesday, then plan to have bunless burgers or Riceless Sushi for dinner Wednesday (Who wants to really cook on the night before Thanksgiving?!). I’ve also included an excellent recipe for turkey leftovers, and I encourage you to make a batch of homemade mayo and the Kickin’ Cranberry Sauce so you make turkey rollups on Friday: wrap leftover turkey in a butter lettuce leaf and dress it with mayo+cranberries. One hundred percent yes to that!
Bonus points: Cook a batch of Chocolate Chili this weekend to put in the freezer for next weekend, when you’ve had your fill of turkey, pumpkin, and cranberry.
(Housekeeping note: I won’t be sending out a “Five Dinners” post or newsletter on November 26, but I’ll be back at it on Thursday, December 3.)
Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: Definitely throw a hunk o’ meat into the slow cooker over the weekend. Future You will be very grateful.
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: I like these with green beans (steamed and tossed with ghee), Mashed Cauliflower, or boiled potatoes with ghee and parsley.
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.
Cookup Tips: Burgers cook so fast, I recommend you make these just before eating. The link above takes you to my roundup of delicious burger toppers ’cause there’s nothing better than a “sporty supper” the night before a holiday.
Recommended Sides: Again, you might want to have raw veggies or a tossed salad, but if you feel up to it, fries are the way to go: Crispy Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Herb Parsnip Fries, or Classic Diner-Style Home Fries—don’t forget the Kickass Ketchup! You can prep all the potatoes in advance, then throw them in the oven while you cook the burgers.
Cookup Tips: Here it is: your new favorite way to eat leftover turkey! This holds up great in the fridge and freezer, so you can make it a day or two after Thanksgiving and eat it anytime thereafter.
Condiments (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: Both of these can be made in advance and taste fresh for a week or so.
Bonus (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: I recommend you make a batch of Chocolate Chili this weekend and pop it in the freezer for next weekend. It’s like a thoughtful, post-holiday gift for Future You.