Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #14

If you live on the east coast of the U.S., you might be gearing up for the snowpocalypse that’s coming.  (Be safe, my friends!) The predictions say that the storm isn’t going to make it as far north as Vermont, so we’re not expecting snow. It is, however, quite chilly, so I stand in solidarity with you who are about to, maybe, be snowed in.

With that in mind, here are recipes guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out.

These recipes (a) make enough for leftovers; (b) are very easy to cook; (c) taste better the longer they sit around; and (d) are the food equivalent of a warm, snuggly blankie.

Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)

South Indian Curry | meljoulwan.comSouth Indian Curry

Cookup Tips: This curry is ridiculously easy to make and so luscious and comforting! You’ll need to add protein to this to make it a complete meal: roasted chicken, poached shrimp, browned ground beef or lamb, or cooked salmon are all good choices. (Use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or canned salmon to make it über-easy.) Or try it for breakfast topped with a few fried eggs! Make the sauce during your cookup, then just reheat with your favorite protein when it’s time to eat.

Recommended Sides: Cauliflower Rice is very nice.

Paleo Osso Bucco Stew | meljoulwan.comSlow Cooker “Osso Bucco” Stew

Cookup Tips: We recently re-shot the photo for this recipe, and I was reminded just how tasty it is! Plus, it grows even more delicious on days 2 and 3, and it freezes well. It also 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!

Recommended Sides: Mashed Cauliflower is pretty nice underneath—and a salad with Zingy Ginger Dressing or Creamy Italian would be delicious alongside.

walnut-pork_chops_hWalnut-Crusted Pork Chops with Baked Apples

Cookup Tips: There are two prepping options for this bad boy: prep some of the raw ingredients in advance during your Cookup (roast the walnuts, pre-cook the apples), then bake the apples and brown the chops when you’re ready to eat… or do the whole shebang in advance and reheat in the oven before eating (300F, covered in foil).

Recommended Sides: Colorful veggies are the way to go: either Simple Red Cabbage Salad or Mustard-Garlic Brussels Sprouts (or both!).

Paleo Czech Meatballs |

Czech 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: I like these with green beans (steamed and tossed with ghee), Mashed Cauliflower, or boiled potatoes with ghee and parsley. They’re also awesome with Kickin’ Cranberry Sauce. (Enjoy it while you can still find cranberries at the grocery store!)

scotcheggs1Scotch Eggs

Cookup Tips: 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 make them completely in advance and reheat before eating. Either way, they taste great.

Recommended Sides: You can be responsible (two ways to cook kale), playful (Sweet Potato Fries), starchy (Classic Diner-Style Home Fries), or crisp (Chopped 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. Pro tip: These are also fantastic with Kickin’ Cranberry Sauce.

Condiment (Whole30 compliant)

zingygingerdressingZingy Ginger Dressing

Cookup Tips: You can make this during your Cookup in under 10 minutes, and it stays fresh in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. The recipe lists lots of creative ideas for how to put this dressing to good use. (It’s my favorite recipe from Well Fed 2).

Treat (Whole30 Compliant)

coconutbutterHomemade Coconut Butter

Cookup Tips: Takes 10 minutes, changes your life. Homemade Coconut Butter for, like, a quarter of the price of a jar. Plus you get to gloat because you made it your own damn self.

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  • Petra says:

    I’m loving these posts. Not only are they are prompting me to try new recipes, but I’m reminded of old forgotten favorites (Hello, Scotch Eggs!) !

    • Glad you like them! I have that same experience as I’m looking for recipes to include… “Oh, man! I haven’t made THIS in a while.” I’d forgotten about that South Indian Curry, and there was a time I was making that almost every week. It’s a good one! Enjoy!

  • Myla says:

    Loving that stew! Adding it to this month’s menu. Favorite part… Recommended Sides. I love that!

  • Jim and I were just saying last night we were craving a nice creamy salad dressing, both to dip veggies in and for a crisp romaine salad. So thanks. I see that Creamy Italian and Zingy Ginger ending up in the fridge by day’s end. On day 17 of my 3rd Whole 30. Easiest one yet — so far. Thanks Melissa.

  • Jill says:

    Thank you so much for sending these! I have both Well Fed books on my iPad and they are well used. However, I am on day 11 of my first Whole 30, so it really helps to have ideas in my inbox! By the way, your books and blog are what convinced me that I could actually do the Whole 30 in the first place. Thank You!

  • cat says:

    Gearing up for 8-13″ of snow over freezing rain/ice tonight. Thank you for not putting a recipe in this mix that would require my going to the store because I didn’t have the ingredients already at home! Would like to try the stew… Sounds great for watching snow come down! Praying the power doesn’t go out! 🙂 Made your Golden Cauliflower Soup for Thanksgiving, so it’s time to make it again. It’s so yummy… Going to vote for your website now.

  • Bethany says:

    We love you! Plain and simple you have changed the way we cook for our family and EVERY recipe has been a winner! 3 kiddos included. We can’t thank you enough for your genius in the kitchen that has made our lives so much easier and tastier!