Last week, I talked about how I needed to reevaluate my current nutritional intake and begin to make further changes to improve my health. I am off for two weeks, so I have more time to read, learn and come up with a new plan of action. My current goals are to: 1) Improve my health; 2) Improve my sleep; 3) Feel stronger; 4) Lose weight. I have to accept that though I love to cook, my work schedule makes it hard to do much during the week. I also admitted to myself that I do not wish to spend my entire Sunday, especially in nicer weather, cooking for the week and/or meal prepping. I am looking to simplify my life, but make healthier choices by avoiding quick fixes.
I spent my first week off, reading and creating my plan of action for the remainder of the summer. I will try out this routine while my work schedule is not a full one and hope that I can create some solid habits for when the school-year begins. I mentioned last week, that I really liked a few of the recipes on the Paleogrub website. They seemed to meet my criteria of healthy, simple and delicious. Further, they do not require massive amounts of obscure ingredients. In fact, I had many of the staples already on hand. I decided to purchase the Paleogrub Cookbook and their ten week meal plan. The meal plan is simple to follow and tells you exactly what you need to prepare all meals. It gives you a specific plan for each day that includes recipes and directions for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Paleogrub Cookbook is digital and once downloaded includes a search feature that is very helpful. You can follow it exactly as written, or as in my case select the meals that you like.
I know that it is not realistic for me to think I will cook every single meal included in the daily plan. Some days, I just want a smoothie for breakfast and that’s fine. Also, what they say serves two people really serves my husband and I with enough leftover for lunch the next day, which is perfect for my work week. Depending on how much you actually eat, I think you may not need all the lunches listed. What I did this first week was preview the week and make a plan for what I wanted to cook. I selected three dinners and one breakfast. Knowing I will have leftover for lunch, I only selected one lunch this week simply because the photograph looked so appealing. The plan also conveniently creates a shopping list for you, but I found that it included items for the entire plan as written for the week. Since I am customizing, based on our personal likes and needs, I did have to modify the shopping list. This was easy enough to do though, I simply emailed the list to myself and did an edit.
I do not make any money recommending this plan to you, I merely wanted to share that I thought it was good. The meals are laid out separately by week and I downloaded them to my computer and now have them to return to. I have noticed the scale moving down this week, which makes me happy. I don’t feel hungry, or deprived and I feel like I look forward to both cooking and eating my meals. Here are two recipes that I enjoyed eating this week.
Roasted Carrot & Avocado Salad
- For roasted carrots
- 1 pound carrots (assorted colors or just orange ones) peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 garlic, minced
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
- Rest of ingredients
- 2 small avocados, pitted and sliced or cut into chunks
- 3 cups arugula or salad greens mix
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ lime, juiced
- salt, black pepper to taste
I followed this lunch recipe pretty much as written, with only two changes. Instead of arugula, I used spinach and chopped romaine. Additionally, I only used one avocado as I felt that was enough for us. The salad had a bit of a kick as written, so either I added too much red pepper or it needs a bit less. My husband loved the kick, so it was fine, but next time I will use a bit less red pepper. I measured by eye, so it could be that I added too much. Always adjust to your personal taste preferences.
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Peel the carrots and cut them into ½ inch pieces.
- In a bowl mix the ground cumin, red pepper flakes, garlic, ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 ½ tablespoon of olive oil. Add the carrots and toss to combine.
- Spread the carrots into a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast for 25 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, place the avocado, arugula or salad greens and warm carrots.
- Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and lime juice and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Divide the salad between serving plates and serve.
This recipe made enough for two to eat salad with ample leftover for next day’s lunch.
Thai Pork Burgers
1/2 lb. minced pork
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 green onions, finely chopped 2 stalks lemongrass, finely chopped
1 tbsp coriander
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp honey
I followed the recipe pretty much as written, with just one change. I was not able to find fish sauce and googled what a substitute could be. I used coconut aminos in place of the fish sauce, but you can use soy sauce as well if you don’t have that on hand.
- Heat the grill to medium heat.
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and stir well.
- Using your hand, form 6-8 small patties.
- Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side. Serve hot.
I got four nice size patties out of a one pound package or organic ground pork. This dinner recipe was enough for two with leftovers for lunch the next day. The patties had a very nice taste. We topped ours with a spoon of homemade paleo mayonnaise with a pinch of onion powder, garlic and cayenne pepper.
If you try either of these recipes, please let me know how you enjoyed them. If you have a recipe to share, please leave me a message below.
To check out Paleogrubs recipes and meal plan, please visit their site at – Paleogrubs