Each of these main dishes are our over the top favorites:
This is perfect for a quick meal. If you have these ingredients on hand, this can be whipped up in about five or ten minutes. You don’t need to bake it. Serve this with a big toss salad.
1 pound ground organic beef or ground turkey
½ minced onion (I speed cook with minced dried onion.)
½ chopped green pepper
1 jalapeno pepper chopped
½ TBL garlic powder
1-2 TBL hot sauce as desired. We use Jalepeno Tabasco sauce and makes it really good.
1 can of diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
One mashed avocado with 1 TBL lime juice and some salt, pepper on top.
I found this in my beginning Paleo days at Crossfit Ammo. It possibly came from a handout Erin gave to me. My compliments to the chef who created this! We make it often in our family and freeze 1/2 of it for another meal if there is any left over.. There were a couple of adjustments I had to make as I didn’t have all the right ingredients.
1. Saute onions & garlic until the garlic is browned (about 5 minutes)
2. Add the meat, chili powder, thyme, and cumin
3. Stir mixture in pan for around 5 minutes
4. Pour in marinara sauce, add tomatoes, serrano peppers, and salt. Mix.
5. Simmer for at least an hour.This chili is delicious! Here’s some tips:
I like putting the serrano peppers in a food processor to almost puree them, and then mix them in. Speed cook using dry onion flakes. Tastes amazing. Yes it does!
A salad I selected at Cheesecake Factory was so delicious, I decided to replicate it best I could. Since the Cashew Chicken is one of our very favorite main dishes, I decided this would work.
Toss Mixed Greens Organic
Shredded Carrots (I like a bunch. Cheesecake Factory just had a little.)
Fresh Cilantro (lots)
We love to get Rotisserie Chicken once and awhile. This makes such an easy way to have the chicken to combine in the Cashew Chicken recipe.
My photo for this post actually has more chicken in it than I like. I make extra sauce and then put this on top of the salad. Cheesecake Factory did have thin tortilla strips on theirs. Hmmm. ….we could cut into strips and bake slightly one of the Easy Paleo Tortillas to place on top if we wished.
Maybe you have some of these tortillas already made up and packaged in your freezer. This is the best way to have them on hand. Two days after I make the Tortillas, I divide into sets of four with a piece of wax paper between each and place in sturdy zip loc bags to rest in the freezer until I need a few.
By the way, both of these recipes are included in the Fabufit Paleo Recipe Index Cards.
Here’s a recipe from Wellness Mama I tested and adapted in my kitchen and found absolutely delicious. The cashews and maple syrup add the crunch, and placing it in a lettuce wrap makes it a light and refreshing. Serves 4.
Here is my revised recipe:
Sauce and Spices
John and I don’t very often eat real bacon; however……Making this recipe with a good quality real bacon is totally fabulous.
(Turkey Bacon can be substituted for regular bacon.)
Manna Bread (Naan Bread) is one of our very favorite recipes. It is so easy with only 3 ingredients and a dash of salt. Yesterday, we had put a Crock Pot Chicken on early in the morning to have in time for lunch. I made a batch of Manna Bread but made it in little small breads about the size of small pancakes. I put them on a baking sheet to reheat just at lunchtime along with a big green salad.
If you haven’t made the Manna bread, here is the link: Manna Bread. This will definitely be in the next Paleo Fabufit Cooking Cards.
The Chicken recipe is easy and any left over can be frozen for a later meal.
Taken from an old old Rival Crock Pot Slow Cooker Cookbook
This has been a family favorite of ours for years and years. I realize it perfectly meets Gluten Free and Paleo Approved guidelines. This particular crock pot has long worn out, but the recipe book is still readable. A crock pot will be a great tool in helping you prepare ahead.
Put carrots, onions, and celery in bottom of crock pot. Add whole chicken. Top with seasoning (except basil) and liquid. Sprinkle basil over top. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or high 3.5 to 5 hours (use 1 cup vs. ½ cup water if cooking on high.) Remove chicken and vegetables with spatula.
Using Spaghetti Squash instead of pasta in your favorite spaghetti and sauce recipe can turn a somewhat debit food into a nutritiously delicious credit food.
You can use a jar of organic Marinara Sauce for a quicker version. UPDATE: (Actually, this weekend I discovered the Classico brand of Organic Pasta Sauce from Costco and it was delicious. I just added a bay leaf as I simmered it. Doing it this way I just combined the ingredients for the meatballs before cooking and cooked them in the olive oil on low heat.)
If you use the Organic Pasta Sauce, then go ahead and combine the ingredients for the meatballs a little differently as they need to hold together as you brown them in Olive Oil:
Shape into balls and brown in olive oil.
If you don’t have a favorite sauce recipe and prefer to make your own sauce instead of buying the ready made sauce, here is mine:
Discard juice from grated onions. Saute Onion, Pepper in the olive oil for 10 minutes. Saute lean ground beef in with onions, pepper.
Transfer to cooking pan.
Add remaining ingredients:
Cook over low heat about 45 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. Just before serving remove garlic clove and bay leaf.
Cook Spaghetti Squash
I saw this recipe on the Paleo Ammo postings and have made it many times now. My family loves these burgers. You can make them as spicy as you like, or eliminate the jalapeno all together. NOTE: the first time I made them, I included too much of the juice from the tomato. The second go round was much better. We had ours on a big lettuce leaf. Now we love the leftover on Stupid Easy Paleo Tortillas.
(preferably in coconut oil or olive oil). This is still great even without the egg.
Place the fried egg on top of the burger and top with the guacamole.
Cold weather calls for soup. Here in Texas, we have had a rare few days of very cold weather. I discovered this delicious soup in my Ninja Cookbook.
Mix and serve. Keep chilled. This is also a delicious lunch served on a Stupid Easy Tortilla with a piece of dark lettuce and the chicken salad on top.
We bought a big size crock pot this year to accommodate extra guests and to possibly have a little bit to save to have for the next day’s lunch or to freeze. (Unlikely)
Depending on the size of your family and your crock pot, purchase a big pot roast.
Seer the piece of meat in a hot skillet just enough to seal in the juices and brown both sides.
Slice about 3 or 4 big carrots, an onion (or use dried minced onion for speed cooking), and a chopped sweet potatoes.
Put the chopped vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot.
Place the roast on top of the veggies
Sprinkle with a package of dry Lipton Onion Soup mix – yikes this probably doesn’t meet Paleo, but I don’t have a replacement.
Pour a can of beef broth over all the top.
You can put this on early in the morning and let it cook all day. You can also freeze left overs or have the next day.
This recipe is modified from an old Dr. Phil book. We love this meal. It is a yummy company dish, or perfect for that special meal at home.
Prepare a square of parchment paper for each serving.
Place cooked spaghetti squash on each paper
Next Place piece of salmon uncooked on each serving of squash
Next brush the top of each piece salmon with Dijon mustard
Place grated carrots and asparagus on top
Fold up the parchment paper tightly to seal in the ingredients for each serving
Bake at 375 about 25-30 minutes.