Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #79

Well, here we are… in the sort of netherworld between the winter holidays and spring. I don’t know what your day-to-day is like, but here in Prague, it’s quite gray and not cold enough for snow. I feel ridiculous complaining because I’m so very fortunate to be living in Prague at all, but I’m an imperfect human, so I will say this: I’m disappointed that we haven’t had a solid snowfall in Prague.

Is it so much to ask for some lovely white snow on the spires?!

See what I did? I whined anyway. Humans, man! Never satisfied.

To help you weather the remaining months until spring with a smile on your face and good food in your tummy, here are some comforting recipes to cook next week. There’s something spicy, something crisp, something you can simmer on the back of the stove, and a hug-in-a-bowl at the end. Consider yourself hugged.

A question for you: I’ve been doing these Five Dinners posts for ages now. Is there anything you’d like me to add or do differently? If you have suggestions, share them in comments.

Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)

Greek Beef Stew

Cookup Tips: Simmer a double batch and prepare for future food emergencies! Eat some now and divide the rest into BPA-free containers, them sock ’em away in the freezer for when you’re So Over Cooking, but still want/need to eat something delicious and healthy.

Recommended Sides: How about a bright Turkish Chopped Salad and some Cauliflower Rice?!

Tandoori Chicken with Curry Pineapple Cauliflower Rice | meljoulwan.comTandoori Chicken w/ Curry Pineapple Rice

Cookup Tips: Start the marinade process during your Cookup and cook the chicken the next day. The Mint Chutney can be made on cookup day and stored all week. Chop the raw cauliflower into rice and store in a covered container in the fridge until you’re ready to make the whole recipe.

Recommended Sides: None required! YAY! (Although, if you want extra veggie bonus points, this Simple Lemon Spinach would be great!)

Italian Hoagie Salad

Cookup Tips: This is all the best part of a sub sandwich without the bun, and it can be thrown together in about 10 minutes. This tastes best when it’s tossed just before eating, but if you wanted to get a jump on it, you could pre-julienne the deli meats and veggies.

Recommended Sides: It’s everything you need in one delicious bowl!

Citrus Carnitas

Cookup Tips: This can be made over the course of a lazy weekend day, then turned into kickass meals all week long. It requires almost no hands-on work, and it’s crazy good.

Recommended Sides: Pork+plantains is my favorite food equation—and it’s choose your own adventure: You can go for Crispy (green) or Sautéed (yellow). For Crispy, you can boil the plantains in advance, then crisp-up just before eating. The carnitas are also awesome with Cucumber-Pineapple Salsa listed below and Citrus Cauliflower Rice with your favorite salsa.

Chicken Paillard with Onion-Pepita Relish

Cookup Tips: This is so fast, you don’t need to do anything in advance. How awesome is that?!

Recommended Sides: This recipe from Well Fed Weeknights includes veggies and protein in one, but if you want to add another veg on the side, the Roasted Carrot-Caraway Soup or Persian-Spiced Winter Vegetable Soup would be great.

Warming Bonus (Whole30 compliant)

Roasted Carrot-Caraway Soup

Cookup Tips: This is usually the space where I recommend a condiment or paleo treat, but this week, I encourage you to make this soup with bone broth 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 collagen boost. (If you’re into the soup idea, but not feeling the carrots, maybe you want Silky Gingered Zucchini or Golden Cauliflower instead. Same guidelines re: bone broth and collagen powder apply.)



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  • Jim Brennan says:

    My only suggestion is to find a way to send me more time, since your 5 meals to cook invariably has me spending too much of said time evaluating recipes, deciding which ones to take on next, and using that incredible hyperlink concept to build a waiting list of more meal ideas than one man could eat in a month! Haha!