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Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #44
It’s legit fall here in Vermont: The leaves are finally beginning to change from green to red, yellow, and orange, and our thoughts are turning to potential Halloween costumes. We’re considering magician (Dave, obvs) and white rabbit. I can wear a fuzzy onesie! But we’ve also always been intrigued by the idea of getting a crew together and dressing as the cops and attorneys from the original Law & Order, with a way to play its distinctive dun-dun sound.
Smudge embraced the Halloween spirit a little early this year and festooned herself in cobwebs. She somehow got into the basement for goodness knows how long. (No one ever goes into our basement; it’s spooky down there!) I found her when I returned from my morning walk.
In the spirit of Halloween and cooler temps, I included Vampire-Fighting Pork Stew in this week’s Cookup list, along with Maple-Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons. Those macaroons are so good, it’s scary!
Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: This tastes even better after a few days in the fridge, so you can make it up to 5 days in advance. It also freezes very well, so think about a double batch. It tastes really great on a bed of shredded cabbage that’s quick-sautéed withe a little olive oil.
Recommended Sides: Mashed Cauliflower, boiled potatoes with ghee and parsley, sauerkraut, or a bed of sautéed cabbage.
Cookup Tips: The Meatza can be baked for the first time in advance, then just before eating, add the toppings and do the second bake.
Recommended Sides: This tastes really great with Crispy (green) Plantains, or a salad with Cumin-Lime Dressing. Plantains can be boiled and smashed during a Cookup, then crisped in a pan just before your meal. The Cumin-Lime Dressing tastes fresh for about a week, so you can make that in advance, too!
Cookup Tips: Prep the zucchini noodles in advance: sweat, rinse, squeeze, and store in the fridge. Then when you’re ready to eat, the Comfort Noodles come together in minutes! And if you make a lot of zucchini noodles, you’ll have them for other meals throughout the week.
Recommended Sides: This is a complete meal in a bowl and really doesn’t need sides. YAY! Although, if you wanted to beef it up a bit, you could add some cooked ground meat, along with the eggs.
Cookup Tips: Meatball “dough” can be made one day in advance and cooked the next day; cooked meatballs are good for about a week in the fridge, and they freeze well, so a double batch is a great idea!
Recommended Sides: These are nice served on a bed of Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Rice (and both can be baked at the same time, same temp!) and drizzled with Moroccan Dipping Sauce. You can grate the raw cauliflower into rice and store it covered in the fridge to cook just before eating. Moroccan Dipping Sauce tastes fresh for about 4-5 days.
Cookup Tips: This is the perfect meal for a weeknight if you cook “generic” protein and veggies (and hard-boiled eggs) during your Weekly Cookup. This recipe uses chicken, but beef, pork, fish, or seafood also works—and any combination of steamed and raw veggies tastes good! You can even make the sauce in advance and store in the fridge for up to 5 days, so when you’re ready to eat, it’s just a matter of assembling the ingredients on your plate.
Recommended Sides: No sides needed!
Condiment (Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: The Cumin-Lime Dressing tastes fresh for about a week, so you can make it in advance and drizzle it with abandon on your meals all week. The recipe page includes a list of creative ideas for how to use up your jar of dressing.
Treat (not Whole30 compliant)
Cookup Tips: I feel like these require no explanation whatsoever.