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Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #9
Aaaah. Do you feel that?
It’s the gentle lull between last week’s turkey feast and the holiday frenzy that’s going to jump off next week.
For now, it’s peaceful—which means we can turn our attention to healthful, restorative, delicious food to prepare us for the fun and frolic to come.
I’ve collected five of my favorite recipes that (a) make enough for leftovers; (b) are very easy to cook; and (c) taste better the longer they sit around. They’re the perfect recipes for post-holiday recovery and pre-holiday fortification. Happy cooking!
A gift recommendation for you: Cook a batch (or a double batch) of Chocolate Chili and put in the freezer for future meal emergencies. I can pretty much guarantee that sometime between now and, say, January 5, you’re going to need something fast, tasty, and paleo. Give yourself the gift of Chocolate Chili!
Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: This tastes awesome on days 2 and 3, and it freezes well, too. It’s comforting, easy to make, and requires very little commitment from you. Throw it in the slow cooker during a Cookup or just plop the ingredients into the slow cooker before bed; by morning, it’s stew!
Cookup Tips: You’ll need to add protein to this to make it a complete meal: roasted chicken or poached shrimp are both good options. (Use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or canned salmon to make it über-easy.) You can make the dressing, cut the lettuce, and prepare your protein in advance, then assemble before eating. When I make this on weeknights, I just skip the croutons, but if you want to make them, I recommend you prep the dough in advance, then bake them just before eating.
Recommended Sides: None required… yay!
Cookup Tips: You can cook the meat, chop the raw veggies, and make the chips in advance—or skip the chips and make a taco salad instead. (Or try Crispy (green) Plantains or Pan-Fried (yellow) Plantains. You can boil the plantains in advance, so when you’re ready to eat, all you need to do is fry ’em up. Dice the avocado just before eating for the best flavor.
Recommended Sides: Keep it simple! Cut up raw veggies—cucumbers, carrots, pepper strips—to eat alongside your nachos. If you’re open to a smidge more work, Cauliflower Rice is nice.
Cookup Tips: I know I recommended these about a month ago, but they’re so handy, I think you should make them again! You can boil the eggs during your Cookup and mix the meat with its seasonings, then roll and bake them just before eating for maximum crunch. Or prepare them completely in advance and reheat before eating. Either way, they taste great.
Recommended Sides: You can be responsible (Mustard-Garlic Brussels Sprouts), playful (Sweet Potato Fries), starchy (Classic Diner-Style Home Fries), or crispy (Simple Red Cabbage Salad). You might also make a quick dipping sauce of homemade mayo mixed with mustard. The Brussels sprouts taste best when roasted just before eating and the cabbage salad tastes best when it’s fresh. But you can prep both the sweet potatoes and white potatoes in advance, then do the final cooking when you’re ready to eat them. Mayo can be made during a Cookup and used all week.
Cookup Tips: This tastes better when you don’t eat it right away, so make it during a leisurely cookup, cover it tightly with foil, and slide it into the fridge for 3-4 days. When you’re ready to eat it, reheat in a 300F oven, covered, until hot—or cut it cold into pieces and reheat in a non-stick skillet on the stovetop. (It’s also great diced and mixed into an egg scramble.)
Condiment (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: Make this during your Cookup and add zing to your meals for weeks! It’s great on Plantain Nachos, sweet potatoes, a bunless burger, grilled/roasted chicken, and even as a dipping sauce for Scotch Eggs.
Treat Bonus Veggie Recipe (Whole30 Compliant)
Cookup Tips: This is usually the space where I recommend a little paleo treat, but this week, I encourage you to make Golden Cauliflower soup instead—and eat a cup once a day. Now is an awesome time to get lots of veggies, and soup is so comforting! Make it with bone broth to give yourself a super-gut, and/or add some Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides for a protein boost. (If you’re into the soup idea, but not feelin’ the cauliflower, maybe you want Silky Gingered Zucchini or Persian-Spiced Winter Vegetable. Same guidelines re: bone broth and protein powder apply.)
A Gift Recommendation for You (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: What’s a more thoughtful gift to yourself than spicy, mellow, rich, comforting, just-pull-it-out-of-the-freezer-and-heat-it Chocolate Chili?! Make a batch or two, divide it into BPA-free containers, and sock it away for future dinner emergencies.