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Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #18
This week flew by in a blur of yoga (I’m back to some kind of yoga and some kind of meditation every morning, and it feels great!), lunchtime salads, lots of writing, and walks in the surly Vermont weather. It’s been -10F, 39F, 21F, sunny, gray, ice misting (Yeah, I made up that term.), snowing, melting, icy, windy, and wet. Basically, it’s gross.
Yesterday, I bottled up nine jars of homemade chicken bone broth, a.k.a., liquid gold.
I’m very superstitious about eating my bone broth every day. Most of the time, it’s in the form of Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup, but this batch of broth is so good, I drank a mug with salt, pepper, and dried chives sprinkled on top. Today, I think I’m going to spike it with fresh ginger.
Also on my to-do list: Scotch Eggs… because we’re going to see a broadcast of Jane Eyre from the National Theater. I mean, we pretty much have to eat Scotch Eggs and drink tea. Right? For you, I’ve collected five fun dinners, plus a condiment that is dreamy, and a special nibble to add pizzazz to just about everything you eat. Happy cooking!
Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: The meat “dough” can be made 1 day in advance then cooked—or you can cook the çevapçiçi 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! The original recipe calls for grilling, but you can also make these little guys in the oven: 425F for 20 minutes or so.
Recommended Sides: These taste great on a pile of Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Rice and do not skip the Ajvar recipe below! On our travels, we also ate these with shopska salat: a chopped salad of cucumber, tomato, onion, and bell pepper dressed with lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil.
Cookup Tips: You can spiralize the cucumber noodles and make the sauce in advance; store them separately in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. To make a complete meal, you need to add protein. Cooked chicken, steak, pork, salmon, and shrimp are all awesome! You might also add a hard-boiled egg or two.
Recommended Sides: This is a one-dish wonder! No sides required.
Cookup Tips: Rogan Josh 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. (This is one of my favorite “leftovers for breakfast meals.”)
Cookup Tips: This kissin’ cousin to the SB&J Burger tastes best when you make it just before eating. But it’s fast! And so luscious, you won’t even mind having to cook.
Recommended Sides: Plantains or fries are the way to go! You could have Crispy (green) Plantains, or Pan-Fried (yellow) Plantains, or Parsnip Fries, or Sweet Potato Fries. You can prep the plantains and root veggies in advance, so when you’re ready to eat, all you need to do is crisp them.
Cookup Tips: This needs protein for a complete meal; I really like it with pork chops or loin, or oven-roasted chicken thighs. You can wash and cut the kale, and make the dressing in advance, then massage the kale and toss with dressing just before eating.
Recommended Sides: When you add protein, this recipe includes the triumvirate of protein-veggies-fat, so you don’t need anything else!
Condiment (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: Make this during your Cookup and add zing to your meals for weeks! It’s great on the çevapçiçi, bunless burgers, grilled/roasted chicken, and fish. The original recipe calls for grilling the peppers, but you can roast them in the oven.
Nibble (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: These take about 20 minutes to make and they add flavor to your meals for weeks! Dave and I have been eating salads for lunch every day lately, and having a special little something—like spiced nuts or out-of-season (I-don’t-care) blueberries—makes the salad way more interesting and delicious. You might also sprinkle these on roasted sweet potatoes, on top of soup, or mix with some raisins for a quick snack.