Meat and Veg’ – Meal Plan #14

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Hello friends,

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!

-Tom Eats


Meal Plan #14

Breakfast:

Over easy eggs cooked in ghee or bacon fat, some bacon or sausage, sautéed mushrooms and spinach, and some strawberries.

Lunch:

Leftovers from dinner the night before plus some baby carrots and almond butter and some walnuts or pecans.

Dinner:

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.

Tom is also involved with Globe & Crown Publishing and Podcast, and The Surreal Appeal Art & Jewelry. Celebrate art and creativity by checking them out!

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Let’s eat! Meal Plan #13

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Hello, hello, hello!

I hope you’re having a good week! I’m really enjoying this beauticious weather we’ve been having in good ol’ Austin, TX. With such wonderful weather, why not go out and stinking’ enjoy it? Seriously. What are you doing on your phone reading emails?!

Anyway, these meals include some grillable options, and I encourage you to invite some friends over and share a meal outside. Sharing a meal together is one of the best ways to get to know people, and honestly, if you’re not sharing a meal with a person, then do you really even know them? What do you do for your birthday? Have a meal out and invite your closest friends and family? Great! Do you have a certain meal of the week you eat with your parents or some close friends? Terrific! So, knowing folks and eating with them go hand in hand. Want to get to know someone? Share a meal with them! If you eat approximately 3 times a day, then this gives you 21 opportunities in a week to build relationships with people. These meals are meant to be shared with others so put them to use and let me know how it goes!

Aaaaanyways, here’s the plan.

-Tom Eats


Meal Plan #13

Breakfast:

Last week I had a green smoothie for one breakfast. It was good, though I could tell I was a little hungrier than usual by lunchtime. Green smoothie = 80% green veggies 20% fruit. That “fantastically healthy!” orange-pineapple-mango-passionfruit-banana smoothie isn’t really doing ya much favors. When you make a smoothie, make it mostly with green veggies; fruits in moderation. And then of course there are egg scrambles with mushrooms, spinach, onions, whatever. Just because it’s breakfast doesn’t mean you can’t include some greens in there.

Lunch:

Leftovers. If we don’t have enough leftovers for a meal, I usually make a spinach salad with ham, walnuts, oil & vinegar, and maybe some blueberries or chopped pear.

Dinner:

Beef & Broccoli – a slow-cooker recipe, but a good one.

Chorizo & Beef Lettuce Wrap Burgers – Mix equal parts chorizo and beef add a single egg and form into patties and grill. serve in a leaf of romaine lettuce with all the usual burger fixin’s. Want to skip the fries? Try this recipe for sweet potato tots instead.

Thai Meatballs – These sound great, I haven’t gotten the opportunity to try them yet, though. I’m sure they’d be perfect to take to a potluck/party/appetizer extravaganza.

Chicken Fajitas – This girl has a pretty good recipe but I prefer to grill or use a cast iron skillet to cook the breasts whole and then cut them. I think it leaves the chicken moister this way. Also, serve with my recipe for mango salsa:

1 cucumber

1 red bell pepper

1/4 cup cilantro leaves

1 mango

1/2 red onion

juice of 1 lime

1 jalapeno, or more depending on spice preference

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Blend all ingredients in a blender until fully salsa-fied.

Tom is also involved with Globe & Crown Publishing and Podcast, and The Surreal Appeal Art & Jewelry. Celebrate art and creativity by checking them out!