One of the main hesitations about going primal/paleo is how difficult it is to plan and prepare meals. Well, let me tell you first hand, that is a myth, a big fat myth! Yes, you have to think ahead a little bit more and eat at home most of the time, but it is easier to cook for Paleo than the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet). And when you go out to eat, there’s usually always a modified option or something the cook can prepare. Eventually you’ll settle in to a few staple dinner items and a couple restaurants that fit the Paleo bill.
Here’s our number one go-to meal. Taco-less Salad. We have it at least once a week and keep a stash in the fridge to reheat when we need a snack. It is so easy, you can’t screw it up. The main ingredients get cooked up in one giant pan:
- Ground Beef
- Mexican Seasoning (I use an organic mix from Culinaria)
- Onions (diced)
- Peppers (diced)
Then the rest is up to your tastes. I like to mix it with lettuce or broccoli slaw, then throw in some cherry tomatoes & organic salsa (make sure there’s nothing processed in there). If I have it on hand, I’ll add cilantro or wrap them up in some Bibb lettuce.
The possibilities with this are really endless. Plus, it tastes great reheated.
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When we go out to eat, I normally get a salad, steak or sandwich with no bread. However, it’s kind of hard to get full on half a tiny chicken breast and it’s hard justifying the $8 price tag. We’ve narrowed down our restaurant options to those that provide the most meat, veggies, and fat for the money. Barbecue joints are usually great options for primal eaters because the have plenty of meat, a la carte side items, and let you control the sauce. One of our favorites is Southtown Pub. They have 12oz meat platters with two sides for $10-11. They also have charbroiled wings (with no breading) for $.65 each! I usually get those with a side of vinegar coleslaw (which probably has a little sugar in it).
Another great place is The Wicked Lady. They have a 12oz. Ribeye for $16 and a 20oz. Porterhouse (stuffed with onions, mushrooms, & jalapenos) for $24. And whoa is the steak good! Their cook knows a thing or two about a medium steak. They also have a sausage plate for $5 and their grilled vegetables are delicious.
What are your go-to Paleo meals?