Food Prep Ninjas Needed

Ok, Paleo people… I need your help!

I have a friend who had her gall bladder removed a few weeks ago, and since the surgery she and her fam have switched over to eating paleo. However, they are still working on dialing everything in, and with a 2-year old, an infant, and a husband who is a policeman and works super long and erratic hours, they have a bit of an uphill battle on their hands. If you are a paleo eater, you remember how confusing, tedious, and sometimes frustrating those first few weeks were–can you imagine doing it all while recovering from surgery and trying to deal with all of those variables? So this weekend I am going to go over and help her dial in her meal prep habits–but I need your help!

Almost all of the recipes I use for food prep are just some variation of chicken/pork/beef that’s been roasted or cooked in a Crock Pot, which is easy and yields a lot of food, but after a while it’s not too interesting.

So… what is your #1 All-Time Favorite food prep recipe?? Bonus points if you can eat it without reheating!

Also–what are your favorite Paleo snack foods that you can eat on the go? A person can only handle so many carrot sticks and hard boiled eggs…

Thank you in advance for helping me help out this mama and her fam! And I will compile all of the suggestions in a post next week so that everyone can benefit from this collection!

  • Simone

    I’m currently eating straight out of a packet of Justin’s All-Natural Honey Peanut Butter. Okay, so PB isn’t exactly paleo, but their Honey Almond Butter (or straight up Almond Butter) is also pretty delicious, and is well-stocked in the cupboard at home. These packets travel quite well. :)

  • TE

    When my hands are really tied, Steve’s Paleogoods. Expensive, but a little goes a long way (and helps kids too). Plus, it almost feels like a cheat. The PaleoKrunch bars are ridiculous.

    This roast chicken with shallots is amazeballs. Do the usual soy/aminos swap if necessary. http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/03/roast-chicken-recipe-caramelized-s/

    Fauxtatoes are an absolute MUST. http://bravoforpaleo.com/2013/05/25/faux-tatoes/ (butter is not “optional” IMHO).

  • Sarah G.

    So the best tip I have is this website…onceamonthmom.com It is a form of cooking called once a month cooking and it allows you to make the bulk of your meal for the month over one weekend and freeze them. If she doesn’t have a lot of freezer space don’t panic! It has lots of different plans to fit the individual needs of each family. There are lots of different menu choices and paleo is one of them! They come out with new menus each month so that they mainly use seasonal foods, which is great! There is also a Whole30 menu and a could mini menus that have just a few recipes. One of the mini menus is 5 crockpot meals. There is a registration fee but it is not too costly. This site has been a lifesaver for us! We have very busy schedules and without it I don’t think that we would be able to stick to our paleo lifestyle as well as we do. My only tip is to shop and prep a little each week. It makes the cooking process go faster and it is easier on the budget! Healthy thoughts and I hope your friend recovers quickly!

  • Jacki

    Primal Pacs are awesome. My biggest tip is to roast all the veggies for the week at once. I wrap up sweet potatoes in foil, cut spaghetti squash in half and place cut side down on a cookie sheet covered in foil, and cauliflower and broccoli all in the oven at the same time. In one hour, I have several days of prepared veggies.

  • Becky

    I would hope a RD talked to her at the hospital but she needs to avoid high fat foods. So bacon tends to be a paleo staple. Nope not for her! Please make sure we are giving her safe foods!

  • Shelby

    My husby and I mostly eat primal and don’t food prep but I do menu plan like crazy, and my husby reheats everything for lunch the next day! Sometimes I go with a crockpot of meat and use that all week…in taco bowls, on top of baked potatoes/sweet potatoes, with roasted veggies. We also LOVE us some bunless burgers (with guac, grilled onions, and pickles), they can be shaped ahead of time and thrown on the grill. Eggs are quick and you can chop everything before and scramble practically anything!

  • http://www.njpaleorunner.wordpress.com/ NJ Paleo

    OK this is not my forte but here are some ideas:
    Baked “fried” chicken — any chicken pieces can be used for this (drumsticks, thighs, breasts, boneless, bone-in, whatever). Mix almond flour with spices of choice (garlic powder, onion powder, parsley flakes, salt) and if you are fancy chop some nuts too. Beat 2 eggs (more if you have a lot of pieces of meat). Dip meat (skin-on is fine) in egg then coat with almond flour mix. Put in baking pan and bake until done (coating should become a bit brown but not burnt). This is good hot or cold (my daughter actually prefers it cold and takes it for lunch). I can’t make enough of this!
    Quick guacamole — Mash 1-2 avocadoes, add juice from a lime, and add organic salsa. Serve with chopped raw veggies (cucumbers, carrots, celery, peppers, cherry tomatoes, etc.).
    Baked sweet potatoes — I make a whole batch for a week — wrap in foil, bake, store in fridge.
    Cauliflower mash — I make a big batch of this! Chop 1 onion and a couple of cloves of garlic, sauté, set aside. Chop a couple of heads of cauliflower, steam until kind of soft, drain and mash with potato masher. Add sautéed onion and garlic, a bit of salt, and mix together.

  • Rachel Ostberg

    I saw a recipe posted by one of the paleo preppers at my box. It was like a sweet potato breakfast casserole (sp?) and it looked awesome. I haven’t gotten to try it yet, but I totally will soon, but here you go!

    Cut up 1 sweet potato and 1 onion, sautee in butter/bacon fat and garlic, with a little salt. Chop up fresh greens and add. Add sausage (I think you could also do a fav meat, like some chicken pieces or whatever you want really), crack some eggs on top of each dish (3-4 depending on the size of the dish).

    Put all this into an oven safe dish/pyrex thing and bake at 350 for 15mins. It’s breakfast all week!

  • kristinagadbury

    awesoooome snacks

    Amazeballs-Chocolate Chip Protein Ballz

    -2 T vanilla or chocolate protein powder of choice

    -2 T of almond butter (drippy almond butter works best)

    -2 T shredded unsweetened coconut

    -1 T pure maple syrup (honey or brown rice syrup would work too)

    -pinch of sea salt, Stevia and cinnamon

    1. In a small food processor, add the protein, almond butter, coconut and pulse until the ingredients are well incorporated

    2. Add the cinnamon, sea salt, Stevia and sweetener (maple syrup or whatever you decide to use) and pulse again- the mixture will start to clump together. It wants to be made into balls!

    3. Add in 1 square of extra dark chocolate (break it apart with your hands), or whatever mix-ins you’d like to use. Dried berries would be delicious, too. Pulse together one more time to finely chop the chocolate, and assess the situation to see if you’ll need more liquid sweetener for the balls to stick together.

    4. Roll mixture into 4 balls with your hands.

    Save in a ziploc baggie and munch for the perfect pre or post workout snack.

    also loooove me some LARA BARS, paleomg.com has awesome snacks too…as well as visit CRACKEDBUTTER.com ….amazing!!

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