Here's the scenario: You've arrived home after a barefoot walk home from work, replete with intermittent sprints and parked car squats. Caveman(/woman) want eat now!
Here's the problem: Though you remembered to start a mastodon steak thawing this morning, you're expected momentarily in your neighbor's cave for 30 Rock--you only have 10 minutes to cook dinner!
Besides "throw some meat in a heated, tallowed pan," or "throw some kale in a heated, coconut oiled pan," what are your favorite quick dinner hacks? My austere bachelor paleo dinners are wearing thin...
This one is right up my alley. Here are my standards...
You'll notice that there's a lot of overlap with the random stuff used in these. That's intentional. I find the base ingredients that I like, stock up on them at the grocery store, figure out how to prepare them, and then do random stuff with them depending on my mood.
Though not a complete 10-minute dinner hack, I suggest entering the delicious world of slow-cooking and stews. Get a Crock Pot, hack vegetables (try a 2:1:1 ratio onions, carrots, celery as a base, then add anything else) and meat up, add spices, a glug of wine, and some stock to the thing before stepping out for the day.
This may require either prep in the morning or before bed, but it's worth it. And a few days working on knife skills, and getting a good sharp chef's, and the prep should take 15 minutes, max.
Chopped up chicken or steak in a pan with olive oil. Add a couple bell peppers and an onion. Mexican seasoning, chili peppers, hot sauce for flavour. Top with avocado & salsa. Takes about 15 min.
I wanted to share this 'recipe' because I did this a couple of times this week with much success:
Boom. The butter cooks the cabbage quickly and the sausage cooks quickly -- especially when in small pieces. The kicker here is to find good sausage -- I had some farmer's market merguez for my meals this week (and thus the logical use of chili powder or red pepper). Also super easy clean-up.
Sausage (good quality), bacon, mushroom, and onion all chopped up and fried in Lard/Ghee... Cover in a locally made low-sugar tomato sauce, and pop a couple of fish oils and your good to go!
I'd say literally 15 minutes from open the fridge to put the plate in sink (Grok didn't wash up!!!)
All this is lacking in protein, but if you're very hungry, you can have this as an appetizer and then continue preparing meat, eggs, fish, cheese or similar.
If you're on your way home from the store, pick up freshly ground meat or a big piece of cheese. Edible (and delicious!) as-is.
One of the quickest proteins to cook is fish pan-fried in coconut oil or butter. Serve it with a big salad which you can throw together while the fish cooks. Or saute some spinach or other greens to accompany the fish. My favourite is wild salmon.
It may not be a 10 minute hack in the sense that work has to be done in advance, but I choose to spend one day a week prepping a lot of meals (Paleo soup, baked chicken). It all goes in Tupperware or GladWare or whatever, and then gets frozen. I hit it in the microwave for 7 minutes while I'm putting away my stuff from work, so when I'm finally ready to sit down and eat, the food's ready.
If it's a matter of cooking from scratch, my default is to saute up some 95/5 or 90/10 ground beef with half a head of cauliflower (cut up into florettes) or a crown of broccoli, along with some garam masala, white pepper, black pepper, cumin, and a little cayenne. It's not the most visually appealing meal, but it tastes pretty good, it's healthy, and it's filling.