Five Paleo Dinners To Cook Next Week #113

This week’s collection of dinners is all about comfort food: warm, soothing, mellow, and cozy.

Who doesn’t love to be cozy?!

From a snuggly bowl of Osso Buco stew to a steamy-in-the-middle Scotch Egg to Pesto Chicken Meatballs, you can consider these recipes a hug from me to you. Feel free to share with your near and dear—more hugs are always better!

Dinner Ideas (Whole30 compliant)

Paleo Osso Bucco Stew | meljoulwan.comSlow Cooker “Osso Bucco” Stew

Cookup Tips: We recently re-shot the photo for this recipe, and I was reminded just how tasty it is! Plus, it grows even more delicious on days 2 and 3, and it freezes well. It also requires very little commitment from you: Throw it in the slow cooker during a Cookup or just plop the ingredients into the slow cooker before bed; by morning, it’s stew!

Recommended Sides: Mashed Cauliflower is pretty nice underneath—and a salad with Zingy Ginger Dressing or Creamy Italian would be delicious alongside.

scotcheggs1Scotch Eggs

Cookup Tips: 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 make them completely in advance and reheat before eating. Either way, they taste great.

Recommended Sides: You can be responsible (two ways to cook kale), playful (Sweet Potato Fries), starchy (Classic Diner-Style Home Fries), or crisp (Chopped 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. Pro tip: These are also fantastic with Kickin’ Cranberry Sauce.

Tod Mun Chicken Cakes

Cookup Tips: The meat “dough” can be made 1 day in advance then cooked—or you can cook the chicken cakes completely during your Cookup and re-heat just before eating. They’ll stay fresh and tasty for 5-6 days after cooking.

Recommended Sides: These taste great on a pile of Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Rice—or a lovely salad of butter lettuce and red onion topped with Zingy Ginger Dressing.

fiesta_pork_chopFiesta Pork Chops

Cookup Tips: This one really tastes best when you make it fresh, but it’s a fast recipe!

Recommended Sides: I like these chops with green beans (steamed and tossed with ghee), Mashed Cauliflower, or boiled potatoes with ghee. You could also do a simple sauté of wide strips of onion with green and red bell peppers and a pinch of chili powder.

Chicken Pesto Meatballs | meljoulwan.comPesto Chicken Meatballs

Cookup Tips: This also tastes even better after some time in the fridge, so you can make the whole shebang during a Cookup and eat it later in the week. It’s also great for freezing!

Recommended Sides: You can serve these on top of Zucchini Noodles—prep the zucchini in advance: julienne it, sweat it, rinse it, pat it dry, and place in fridge until you’re ready to eat— or Spaghetti Squash roasted during your Cookup.

Condiment (Whole30 compliant)

lizardsauceLizard Sauce

Cookup Tips: Make this during your Cookup and add zing to your meals for weeks! It’s great on the Scotch Eggs, sweet potatoes, a bunless burger, grilled/roasted chicken, or drizzled over fried eggs for breakfast (or brinner).

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