Sunday, June 12, 2011

Discovering Simplicity

I enjoy cooking. A lot of the challenge of Paleo for me is finding interesting and fun ways to make food that looks and tastes great. However, even I can stumble into a week where I am overwhelmed with life, busy, or away from home. It is in these moments that I experience weakness, exhaustion, and frustration that so often turns into finding an easy way out with fast food, frozen pizza, or a quick pasta meal.
I challenged myself to create a two-week meal plan that required little cooking time, once a week grocery shopping,  and simple food that anyone can make! Costco was an easy place to start for some great staples like frozen hamburger patties, rotisserie chicken, and great produce that was all Paleo-friendly. So here is a meal guide that can be a lifesaver for us when we are desperate for a vacation from the kitchen! Please join in and post any of your super easy, go-to meals for when you're in a pinch. Thanks!

Two-Week Meal Plan


Eggs or eggbeaters
½ Chicken Sausage
½ an apple

Fiesta breakfast
Scrambled eggs with salsa and guacamole


-Leftovers from dinner

-Veggie tray with
lunchmeat wrapped around sliced avocado

-Easy Salad: variegated lettuce, hard-boiled egg, pre-sliced rotisserie chicken, veggies of choice, oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.
OR: Costco’s pre-made salads either deli style or Cesar salad kit

-Tuna salad in lettuce cups (pickle, mayo, onion, tuna)


Veggie Tray


Beef Jerky



Monday - Cilantro Lime Shrimp with steamed artichokes (w/ olive oil mayo)

Tuesday/Wednesday - Rotisserie chicken and grilled asparagus (olive oil, salt and pepper)

Thursday Friday-Spaghetti and Meatballs- canned marinara, chicken meatballs, with spaghetti squash (instructions on a sticker on squash)

Saturday- Tacos~ Guacamole, carnitas or steak strips, and salsa in iceberg lettuce cups

Sunday- Bacon-Wrapped Steak with grilled zucchini (brush zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with no salt seasoning)

Week 2

Monday- Chicken kabobs, sweet potato chips, and salad

Tuesday- marinated salmon with green beans (diced garlic, sesame seed oil, gluten-free soy sauce)

Wednesday- Hamburger with all the fixings and sweet potato fries

Thursday- Ground beef, taco seasoning, guacamole, salsa, in iceberg lettuce cups

Friday/ Saturday- Stir Fry with frozen vegetables and chicken (fry with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 4 tablespoons of honey, 6 tablespoons of gluten-free soy sauce ½ tablespoon pre-chopped garlic). Cook chicken and sauce until the chicken is cooked through, then add vegetables.  For extra kick add in red pepper flakes!

Sunday- Turkey burger with avocado, bacon and grilled asparagus
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