Most of the time, I have the raw materials I need to prepare delicious paleo meals. But sometimes, you've had a long day, or week, and your fridge has only fresh veggies. The last bit of chicken was cooked, the bag of frozen shrimp got used up for lunch, and the one package of hot dogs you have sitting in there just doesn't really float your boat in that moment. What's a paleo to do? If I want to have a filling meal, what's the hierarchy of secondary options to animal protein that will most satisfy the paleo setup?
Since I do include dairy, I have thought that perhaps that's the best option, but sometimes there's not even cheese in the fridge, and I'm curious what other more strict paleo people do. Considering the original paleo humans had to hunt their meat down, I imagine there were numerous times where that protein source wasn't available. In the meanwhile, would they just eat greens and other vegetables, munch on lots of nuts and seeds, or just say "Oh well, looks like I'm fasting for a few days until I can find some animal to kill!"?
At least a few nights a week I find myself making a whole plate of potatoes with some greens, broccoli, spices and a lotof fat. If you have enough of those you can get about 20g of protein at the meal and it will fill you up. If you're on a lower carb diet and you're asking what you eat when you have no meat you should give up and go try to hunt some hapless neighborhood critter.
edit: not me. Bad!
Just a heads up, I am not strict by any means, but, if you don't have any animal type proteins in your fridge then stir-frying up veggies is my favorite thing when I don't have anything better to make. If you have almonds, that tastes pretty good along with the veggies :]. Or I fast.
Meat isnt my preferred protein. So i do not usually run out of it. I keep a weeks worth of portions of red wine braised oxtail in freezer. I prefer fresh fish for my daily protein. But its even more hassle to source and keep. So often have to resort to meat. Sometimes i eat canned cod liver, but i dont eat any other canned, fishs, the taste is just little too much like cat food ;)
Avocados with lemon juice and/or celery with almond butter. If still hungry, add coconut butter or macadamia nuts.
But I try to stock a couple pounds of 100% grass-fed ground beef or bison in the freezer for those emergency nights . . . .
That's when I reach for that can of salmon in the back of the pantry. Or I'll just skip the protein part of the meal and eat whatever is in the frige. One night last week I had left-over sweet potato and 1/2 a cantaloupe for dinner.
it depends on what my body is hungry for, if i need protein then it would be eggs or some kinda dairy. if im craving a lot of fat i might have a lot of coconut milk in a curry type thing with veggies.
and sometimes times like this result in late night shopping trips.
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