Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #40

I’ve been making some of my favorite recipes from Well Fed this week, and it’s been deeee-licious. It had been about two years since I cooked a batch of Moroccan Meatballs, and I forgot how luscious that sauce is! I ate them for dinner one night, then lunch the next day, and breakfast the day after that. It felt like a silky, spicy indulgence every time.

This week, I’ve gathered some oldies but goodies for you!

Italian Pork Roast in the slow cooker because, really, what’s easier than that?! Czech Meatballs because they’re tender and savory and make me laugh because when I eat them I want to yell, “Czech out my balls!” Scotch Eggs because they’re tasty at any temperature and the recipes makes a lot, so you can cook once and eat frequently. Sushi because it’s fun! Caesar Salad because it’s crisp and cool. And Ranch Dressing because… RANCH DRESSING.

In the spirit of things from my past that I love and miss, I also did a barn-burner met-con this morning at the gym before my leisurely stroll on the trail in the woods. It was 11 minutes of hustle and left me a sweaty mess, just like I hoped it would.


I hope you have a kickass day that exceeds your expectations for awesome. Happy cooking!

Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)

Italian Pork Roast | meljoulwan.comSlow Cooker Italian Pork Roast

Cookup Tips: Definitely throw a hunk o’ meat into the slow cooker over the weekend. Future You will be very grateful.

Recommended Sides: VEGGIES! Mashed Cauliflower and Zucchini Noodles are both great with this pork.

Paleo Czech Meatballs | meljoulwan.comCzech 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.

Riceless, Soyless Sushi | meljoulwan.comRice-Free, Soy-Free Sushi

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.

Paleo Caesar Salad | meljoulwan.comCaesar Salad

Cookup Tips: You’ll need to add protein to this to make it a complete meal: grilled 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!

Scotch Eggs | meljoulwan.comScotch Eggs

Cookup Tips: I know I recommend these often, but they’re so handy, I think you should make them every week! 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. (And if you have Well Fed, don’t forget about all the “You Know How You Could Do That? flavor variations!)

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.

Condiment (Whole30 compliant)

Ranch Dressing

Cookup Tips: Make this during your Cookup and add flair to your meals all week. It’s great for salads, sure, but you can also drizzle it on hot vegetables or grilled chicken, plop it on a bunless burger, and use it as a dipper for roasted sweet potato wedges.

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  • Karla Thomas says:

    The Italian pork roast is the best thing I have ever tasted. I don’t even try new recipes, because as soon as I have a pork roast in my hands, I want that. I swear I could stand at the kitchen counter and eat the whole thing as I take it out of the pot. (And now I want to go buy a pork roast…)

  • Gail Brown says:

    I made the Silken Ginger Zucchini soup for my work week. It has great flavor and will definitely remain in my soup rotation! Thank you.

  • Sarah says:

    Hi Mel!
    I have long been a big fan! I am happily married and my husband and I have 5 boys from 14 yrs to 4 yrs. Thanks for all the ways you help me keep them all WELL FED!
    We are currently packing up and moving from Michigan to Minnesota this week and this list of dinners are a gift to this busy, distracted, tired woman! I am in the midst of a moving week cook up so that I don’t need to think, I can just point, wahoo!
    Have an awesome day!
    I can. not. wait. for the next book!
    Rest up!!

  • Sarah says:

    Hi Melissa,

    I have been a fan for a long time! I am a happy wife and a proud mama of 5 boys ranging from 14 years down to four. We are moving from Michigan to Minnesota this week so yesterday I did a cook up of all the meals from this weeks newsletter. Thank you! Thank you for helping me keep my family well fed! When one of the boys comes to me hungry (again;) ) it will be such a help to be able to open the fridge and point instead of scrambling to fix a meal or snack.
    Rest up and take care of yourself,

    PS- I can. not. wait. for WellFed Weeknights! Congratulations on all you hard work!

    • You’re so nice! I loved BOTH of your comments… and I love that you took the time to comment when you’re so busy! Best wishes on your packing and move. We’re on our way to Minnesota on Tuesday to do our press check for the cookbook. I hope things so smoothly for you and your family. Wishing you many HAPPY adventures.

  • Rachel says:

    I think it’s just incredibly generous of you to take the time to provide free, delicious recipes AND coordinate free dinner plans every week. Every week! Czech meatballs are my family’s favorite dinner. The first time I made them I was past my due date with my second baby and I made 4 lbs of them to freeze and use for after the baby’s arrival. Thanks for providing the recipes that are shaping my kids’ childhood food memories!

    • This comment just made my day. Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out! So thoughtful of you. I’m just delighted that the Czech meatballs were there when you needed them. Thank YOU for raising happy, healthy kids 🙂

  • Megan says:

    I have made your olive oil mayo more times than I can count. I recently got a Vitamix and this time it did not turn out. It is staying at a liquid consistency. I cannot survive whole30 without your mayo!! PLEASE HELP!!

    • I’ve heard that the Vitamix is too strong for mayo. If you have a food processor, that works great! And my favorite way is a stick blender and a pint-size Mason jar. Place all the mayo ingredients in the jar, whirl with the stick blender… done!