A couple of you have asked for a shopping list now, things that you should buy at the store weekly or keep in stock in your fridge/pantry in order to stay on track with your Paleo endeavors. Here’s a good place to start:
- fruit: whatever you like, but keep lots of it in stock. Apples, bananas and pears are portable and easy to take as snacks or with your lunch at work. Dried fruit is great for emergencies too. **Addition: lemon juice and/or lime juice (fresh or in bottles)
- vegetables: zucchini, squash, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, onions (green and white), celery, green beans, avocadoes; don’t forget about frozen veggies too, as long as they are good quality with no added sauces or preservatives
- canned tomato paste
- nuts: pecans, almonds, walnuts and pistachios; sometimes you can find unsalted and unsweetened raw macadamia nuts too, so grab those up; ALSO in this category: nut butters like almond butter will save your diet and keep you full during the day when you get hungry
- meat: fish fillets, steaks, chicken breasts, roasts, jerky
- spices: basil, cilantro, ground cayenne pepper, chili powder, sea salt, pepper, thyme, **addition: jars of minced garlic, or fresh garlic cloves
- olive oil, almond oil and/or coconut oil
- new addition: almond milk and kefir, for protein shakes, and almond milk is just so damn gooooood
I wouldn’t recommend going out and blowing tons of money on all this all at once, unless you can afford it. Buy a few things at a time and then just keep it stocked ongoing. The meal combinations you can come up with on short notice with these few basic essential are pretty unlimited.
Here’s a really simple roasted chicken recipe that you can make that will hit the spot for that weekend dinner for the family:
**forgot to add in original post: dijon mustard
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp of pepper
1/8 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp thyme
1. Spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray or line it with aluminum foil.
2. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the skin of the chicken.
3. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil and lemon juice, then spread it evenly over the skin of the chicken.
4. Forgot to add in original post: baste skin with about 1-2 Tbsp dijon mustard
5. Place in the oven at 325F for an hour and a half.
6. Check the temp of the chicken after an hour and a half. If its not at 165F yet, put it back in for increments of 10 minutes until it reaches temp.
And then for a new way to eat sweet potatoes, if you’ve never had them mashed its REALLY easy:
2 sweet potatoes
1/4 cup butter
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1. Cut the sweet potatoes into smaller chunks and boil about 15 minutes until they’re soft and mushy.
2. Place them in a bowl and mash.
3. Add butter and cinnamon.
That’s it. They’re gooooooood.