I know paleo can at first seem overwhelming with all the things you can’t/shouldn’t eat and what what you can eat and the mindset change that should be taking place as you continue your paleo journey. However, one of the things I want to make clear is that paleo should be taking away stress and unhealthy habits from your life, not adding them. Taking away the stress of feeling up and down with sugar cravings and carb overloads(big nap after that bacon mac and cheese for lunch?), breaking the unhealthy habits of sodas, deep fried foods, and zero greens with every meal. So, don’t let it add more stress of what to cook when and what to do when you’re gone all day or other people are providing food (isn’t it always pizza?) for a gathering. Some things you need to let go. You can be flexible.
The other part of the ‘paleo stress’ aside from confronting unhealthy food habits, is trying to be superman of the kitchen. As Steph G from Stupid Easy Paleo puts it: “95% of my breakfasts are not sexy.” Don’t feel like all of your paleo meals should look like they came from a Pinterest board. So, you make some plain roast chicken and brussels sprouts, it doesn’t have to pass a beauty pageant for you to eat and enjoy it.
Anyways, enjoy these simple meals!
Meal Plan #14
Over easy eggs cooked in ghee or bacon fat, some bacon or sausage, sautéed mushrooms and spinach, and some strawberries.
Leftovers from dinner the night before plus some baby carrots and almond butter and some walnuts or pecans.
Roast chicken breasts and sautéed brussels sprouts – I occasionally grill the chicken breasts but I also like them cooked on a cast iron skillet. The brussels sprouts I season with a little sea salt and cracked pepper and paprika and cook in ghee or bacon fat.
Salmon and asparagus – I like to season the salmon with sea salt and cracked pepper and occasionally some olive oil and honey and roast in the oven at 425 for ~15 minutes. The asparagus I do just like the brussels sprouts: a little salt and pepper and paprika and sautéed in ghee over medium heat.
Grilled chicken and broccoli – This is a great meal to bake some sweet potatoes with and stuff them or have it by itself! Give the chicken some salt and pepper then throw it on the grill over medium high heat. I usually steam the broccoli until it’s tender enough to lance with a fork.
Paleo Italian Meatballs in Marinara Sauce – Our missional community is having an Italian themed dinner night, which is generally synonymous with bread, pasta, and cheese. So, I thought I’d bring a paleo dish to offer some respite from the usual carbo-fest.