As I scramble around trying to throw together a Paleo dinner and transport children to and fro, I was wondering what the rest of you Paleo Hackers (especially ones with kids) use for your go-to meals. Tonight, for example, I threw about three pounds of ground beef in a skillet, added organic stewed tomatoes, cooked and tossed it all in a cooler with some sweet potato halves on the side. Other ideas?
I broil a sirloin in butter for 6.5 minutes on each side. During the first side I nuke sweet potatoes then throw them in the broiler during the second side and steam veggies with butter. Its all ready at the same time and minimal clean up. I throw the leftover in gladware for the lunches or toss into an omelette for breakfast. 15 minutes total prep and cooking.
I take boneless/skinless chicken and put it in a Pyrex with several pats of butter, lemon slices, s&p, and drizzle the top with cream. Bake at 400 until done, uncovered, approx 20 mins. I call this Crack Chicken, because I cannot stop eating it. Oh, and the chicken should be touching eachother, so it looks rather like a casserole when done.
We have a 3 yr old and almost 5 yr old. I love the Applegate products-grass fed beef hot dogs, deli turkey and nitrate free bacon. My kids love it! I also will do "taco meat" for them- grass fed ground beef cooked with diced onion + cumin and garlic powder. Hamburger patties, I'll crockpot a whole chicken and they will eat that. They love raw carrots, cucumber, cherry tomotoes, steamed broccoli, peas, green beans and of course ALL fruit. They love hard boiled eggs for breakfast along with a bowl of blueberries or strawberries. Almonds, organic raisins make good snacks. I did a blog post about getting kids to eat healthy if you'd like to read more.... http://www.intentionalconsumption.com/index.php/2011/01/12/getting-kids-to-eat-healthy/
I have a sticker chart idea + a meal plan :)
A few evenings ago I had one of those "my client just broke the Internet" work 'til 11 PM nights, and I just fried up some bacon, cooked up a ground beef patty in the skillet grease, and then fried an egg in what was left. Threw down some salad greens, then put the patty on top with the egg and bacon. It worked. Probably would have been awesome with some tomato or avocado, but Meat Mountain was fine as is.
I bake Paleo breads and slices a couple times a week and keep in the fridge. They are soooo easy to make - it would be a crime not to.
The savoury loaves usually have vegetables in the mix (sweet potato, zucini, pumpkin etc) and the "desert" loaves will have apple or rhubarb or similar in them.
You can fry off a slice of the savoury loaf in egg (french toast style) and serve with a piece of chicken or fish and steamed greens or avocado. Easy 10 minute meal. And delish!
And desert is already done too - just nuke it if you want it warm and drizzle some cream on top.
I don't generally use a recipe for my bread - I have mastered the art of looking for a type of consistency in the mix and just throw them together easily. I would spend maybe 20 mins prepping them twice a week. Cooking time doesn't count. And they store easily in the fridge in the baking paper you cooked them in.
I'll broil steaks and stir fry or steam some veggies (depending on what veggies they are). Takes 10 minutes. Mushrooms, zucchini and green onion stir fried in some fat (of your choice) is a good one. If you eat dairy, a little parmesan cheese on top is awesome. If you don't, skip the cheese and it's still pretty awesome.
Eggs and sausage for dinner is always a nice quickie. As much as I love me some bacon, it does usually take longer to cook than sausage.
And sometimes I just make a stock pot full of pork and greens that I keep in the fridge and reheat whenever I need a meal or a snack. I think that's one of the reasons I like that recipe (and keep mentioning it, heh!). Once it's cooked it refrigerates and reheats well, so kept in the fridge it can make a lot of tasty, no-thought meals.
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