Five Paleo Dinners to Cook Next Week #97

Summer has officially arrived in Prague. As I type this at my standing desk, I have the fan pointed directly on me and as I move about the house, doing chores—cooking dinner, folding laundry—I take it with me like a most un-snuggly pet. But while the downside of summer is frizzy hair and sweaty arrivals at my destinations, the upside is watermelon! bright colors! Chuck Taylors, all day, every day (celý den, každý den)! And grilling!

Despite my ambiguous feelings about temps in the 80s (or should I say high 20s in Celsius?), I am 100% into these recipes—and I hope you are, too. Wishing you cool thoughts, delicious meals, and lots of summertime fun.

Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)

dailo_pork_watermelon-2DaiLo Pork & Watermelon

Cookup Tips: This tastes best when it’s made to order, but it comes together in about half an hour, so you won’t even be mad at it.

Recommended Sides: The recipe has cauliflower rice built in, but a simple cucumber salad (cucumbers, red onion, rice vinegar) would be an awesome go-along.

Egg Foo Yong | meljoulwan.comEgg Foo Yong

Cookup Tips: This recipe is pretty much made from leftovers, so if you cook chicken, beef, or pork during your Cookup, you can toss it into an Egg Foo Yong patty with whatever leftover veggies you have on hand.

Recommended Sides: Try a diner-style mash-up and make some Home Fries or Sweet Potato Fries instead. You can do prep on all the veggies for sides during a Cookup, then finish them at dinner time.

Russian Shashlik

Cookup Tips: You can marinate the meat up to 24 hours in advance, then cooking takes just 10-15 minutes. YAY!

Recommended Sides: Definitely make the carrot salad that’s on the page with the kebab recipe—and Potato Salad is an excellent go-along, too.

Tropical Chopped Salad

Cookup Tips: I recommend against making this in advance; the flavors will be much brighter and tastier when you make it fresh—but it takes such a short time that you won’t even mind. If you want a shortcut, you can use pre-cooked and peeled shrimp. (I am a fan of shortcuts.)

Recommended Sides: This really doesn’t need a side, but if you want extra credit, and extra vegetables, I recommend raw veggies—carrot sticks, cucumber coins, etc.—with Sunshine Sauce.

nullBasil Coconut Curry

Cookup Tips: Curries taste great fresh and on day two, and this comes together quickly, so you can make it during your cookup or throw it together on a weeknight at dinner time.

Recommended Sides: You’ll probably want a batch of Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Rice, and it’s also delicious with a side of the cucumber salad I included in the Tod Mun Chicken Cakes recipe.

Treat (Not at all Whole30 compliant)

 Sweet & Salty Fudge Bombs

About the Recipe: A little something sweet to celebrate once a while is a good idea.

Cookup Tips: These hold up great in the refrigerator, so you can make them in advance. Feel free to cut the recipe in half; it works just fine that way.

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