The Journey So Far – Meal Plan #21

Hello, friends.

How’s it going on your paleo journey so far? Maybe you’ve just started and it seems like you’re dying and all of sudden there are Chick-Fil-A’s on every block and oreo donuts in the office break room every day. Maybe you’ve just started and it feels new and fresh and exciting and you feel great! You’re discovering new vegetables and you don’t get food comas or hunger hangovers anymore.

If you’re just starting, it gets easier! If you’ve been at it a long time, you know this already. You also hopefully have some good food theory in your noggin to help guide you along your  ever expanding culinary adventure. You know that paleo is not just a diet, but a lifestyle (and what I mean by that is it’s not a fad diet!) You know that eating paleo is taking a step towards a healthier and happier life. What’s the point if you’re stressed out all the time about added sugar or breads or legumes?! You also know that paleo is not just a meat-fest, but focuses on adding more vegetables and having a truly balanced diet. You also know that everybody is different, what may work for me may not work for you. Find what feels good.

Anyway, just a quick recap over some of the stuff we’ve talked about. If you want to review these posts, take a look back at the meal plan page.

Whatever the case, I hope you’re enjoying the meal plans I offer here at Tom Eats. My goal here is create healthy happy individuals through food and thought. So now, on to the meal plan!


Meal Plan

Breakfast:

Eggs, as per usual, with butter coffee making its way back in there! Recently I’ve been sautéing some veggies in a pan and then cracking a few scrambled eggs over them. Easy one-pan breakfast with some good greens. Also, check out this interesting podcast interview with the guy who came up with butter (bulletproof) coffee.

Lunch:

I really liked meal prepping last week and having lunches fully prepped and tupperwared (real word?) out for the week. This keeps my lunch consistent and easy. Roasted chicken with some spices (paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper), steamed broccoli, roasted sweet potatoes, and some almond butter. The best part is that it doesn’t take much longer than cooking a single meal, just make a lot and bag it up!

Dinner:

Crock-Pot Sweet Potato Chili! – I love all kinds of soups, and in my mind chili falls under that umbrella.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon – This is an awesome side dish for any meal, especially to bring somewhere. Add some bacon or big chunks of ham and you can turn it into a meal.

Thai Curry Turkey Meatballs – Okay, so full disclosure, I haven’t made this recipe yet, but it sounds great! Also, when I do make it, I think I’ll use ground beef instead of ground turkey. As always, serve with cauliflower rice!

Dessert!:

Shamrock Shake! – So, this is a classic seasonal golden arches special, usually loaded with terrible chemicals and dyes and sugar and corn syrup upon corn syrup…BUT! This ‘copycat’ recipe is awesome because it’s completely paleo, delicious, and ACTUALLY quite nutritious. Gets the green color from spinach! I’m thinking of making a hybrid between this and my green smoothie…

Stay happy and healthy and enjoy cookin’!

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Meat in Paleo – (Indian) Meal Plan #20

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Hello, friends!

I hope this email finds you well! This meal plan is made up of dinners based on traditional Indian recipes. I LOVE Indian food. And to make some really delicious, really healthy Indian food at home is so easy. Most Indian dishes have a lot of spices, vegetables, and coconut milk. Not as meat-centric as a typical Western spread.

I’ve heard a lot of people think that eating paleo is mostly just eating steak and bacon and maybe a little side salad if they feel like it. Sure, if you’re doing paleo as a “quick-fix weight-loss program,” that can fly, but it doesn’t fit in with the real paleo mindset (the people who are in it to win it!) Changing what someone does is one thing, but changing what someone thinks is a whole ‘nother ball game! Meat is definitely a part of it, but the mindset of most Americans has been shifted to believe that meat makes the meal, everything else is just supplemental. The paleo mindset focuses on meats and vegetables.

Check out this graphic, I think it sums up a typical paleo ‘plate’ pretty well.

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Veggies are a big deal and they have to be there! Make them a priority in your meals!

Anyway, all that’s to say don’t neglect the veggies (we’re not meatheads!)

-Tom Eats


Meal Plan #20

Breakfast:

Eggs, bacon, green smoothies. I really love this for breakfast. It has everything I need and fills me up. Really gets my days off to a great start!

Lunch:

Leftovers from the night before (as per usual). And I am trying to meal prep at the beginning of the week so that if my wife and I end up feeding someone else (or being fed by someone else) and don’t have leftovers, we aren’t left without a lunch the next day! Meal prep: roasted chicken breast, broccoli, and sweet potato.

Dinner:

Butter Chicken – The garam masala spice is a must for Indian food! Fenugreek, cardamom, and brown sugar are not entirely necessary.

Chicken Tikka Masala – Yeah, yeah. typical Indian dish, but this recipe is probably one of the most delicious paleo recipes I’ve ever tried!

Fried Dill Potatoes – Great Indian paleo recipe with white potatoes. Note: white potatoes are a starch, not technically a vegetable. Most people consider them to be a paleo “gray area.” They should be consumed rarely (french fries are not paleo).

Paleo naan – This stuff is so good! A great substitute if you can’t have Indian food without naan. However, this recipe uses non-wheat flours and non-dairy milk and that’s about it. Making it a good substitution over the traditional stuff, but it doesn’t really carry any beneficial ingredients. One of those “not as bad for you” type of things. On the plus side, tastes great, similar to traditional naan and easy to make!

Sabji (sautéed cabbage) – I love to serve this with other Indian dishes/curries. It’s basically just same spiced sautéed veggies, mostly cabbage. Goes great mixed in to other saucier dishes!

Have a great week and happy cooking!