I am eating Paleo by necessity, but I try to add in some grains, legumes, and dairy for my family (while I omit). Two of my children cannot have glutamate either, so that puts them pretty much on the same eating path as me. One of them cannot eat chocolate, so we sub every chocolate recipe with carob.
Another note is that I do not avoid carbs. I actually actively work to ensure a higher Paleo-carb ratio, because all of my family feels better that way.
Depending on the season I am at in my life, I either cook M-F, or do once-a-week cooking, either way I go about it, I ensure that we have a different type of meal M-F, and leftovers on the weekend.
Monday-Friday, I rotate the breakfasts and lunches each week for one season (spring, summer, fall, winter). This keeps me from tiring with constant choices, while still keeping things different on a daily.
For dinners, Monday is some type of chicken dish, Tuesday is beef, Wednesday is soup and salad (autumn/winter) or sandwiches and veggies (spring/summer), Thursday is seafood/fish, and Friday is Make-In foods (since there are very few things I can eat out) or crockpot (autumn/winter).
We also were eating a lacto-fermented (cultured) food, beverage, or condiment with every single meal. (Any linked fermented recipes that mention whey, I substitute with water kefir or kombucha wonderfully.)
Linked below are recipes that I go to frequently. I’m posting them here, to spare myself from having to hunt down the link every time I post a meal plan on my blog.
In my daily life, all meals for a given month are entered into Food Planner (I *love* MealBoard but currently it is only for Apple, and I’m not using my iPhone any more), entered into allotted days, then a grocery list is sync’d. It’s so simple and helpful!
Cultured Fruit Chutney
Cultured Tartar Sauce – use coconut kefir
Cocktail Sauce without Horseradish
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing – I now make this entirely with coconut kefir, no dairy involved, and all of us prefer it over the dairy version!
Crockpot Coconut Yogurt – a note on this: I have found that it has to set in the fridge for another day before it gets the yogurt taste I enjoy, and that is with me putting probiotic powder AND water kefir in it
Southwest Seasoning Mix
Herb Seasoning Salt
Dorito Popcorn Seasoning
Cultured Cranberry Sauce
Cultured Apple Sauce
Water Kefir – I use raisins (affordable and effective), Sucanat (wonderful mineral content that the grains love), and 1/2 of a cleaned/dried pastured egg shell
Coconut Milk Kefir
Rustic Paleo Breakfast Pizza
Paleo Cookie Crisp
Spinach Sausage Scramble
Coconut Pecan Breakfast Bars
Paleo Sausage Egg McMuffins
Paleo Raisin Bran
Baked Breakfast Casserole with Apples
Vegan Life Changing Pancakes
Broccoli Bacon Egg Cups – I sub everything in this with Paleo options
Butternut Squash Breakfast Skillet
Apple Sandwich with Almond Butter, Blueberries & Pistachios – this is probably my family’s combined favorite. It is a little pricier, so it’s not a year-round thing. We serve with turkey breakfast sausage.
Creamy One-Dish Mac’ and Cheese – I have successful made this with rice pasta, almond milk, and Daiya “cheese” products and we like the taste even better than the animal dairy version; it’s definitely a splurge and not done very often!
Baked Sweet Potatoes – my favorite way to eat these is with plenty of coconut manna, cultured apple sauce, candied ginger, and crispy pecans
Italian Chicken Casserole
Better Than Take-Out General Tso’s
Perfect Chicken Salad
Roasted Potatoes, Chicken sausage and Peppers
One-Pot Paprika Chicken
3 ingredient Teriyaki Pan-Fried Chicken
Asparagus Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet
Slow Cooker Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce – hands down favorite chicken dish, served with riced cauliflower
Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole – I use sweet potato fries and sub Paleo options where necessary
Turkey Pot Pie Soup
Liver Pate – we add 8 ounces of cream cheese to this, sometimes
Pastured Beef Stroganoff
Chimichangas – I make these in turkey deli meat (Boar’s Head) with amazing results
Hamburgers – via Nourishing Traditions, page 355: mix 2 pounds ground beef with 1/2 pound ground beef heart and make into patties
Healthy Hamburger Helper
Ground Beef Stir-Fry
Stuffed Hot Dogs
Eat Drink Paleo Lasagna – this is my favorite lasagna, EVER! Add in some pepperoni to make it complete, as with any lasagna, of course (I use Paleo Cheese for the ricotta and Vegan Parm for the Parmesan)
Grain-free Spaghetti and Meatballs
Sloppy Jessicas (tweaked the way I thought it would be best, from the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine – I’ll eventually make this it’s own blog post with pics. Until then…): 3 cups chili, 3 cups mac n’ cheese, 3 oz pepperoni, 8 oz cooked breakfast sausage, 8 oz shredded mozzarella, 6 big pretzel buns. Cut buns in half lengthwise. Sprinkle mozzarella on both sides of each bun, bake at 350 until cheese is melted. Divide cooked sausage and pepperoni onto the bottom portion of each bun. Cover with divided mac n’ cheese and chili. Serve!
Paleo Deconstructed Beef Burritos
Cultured Ginger Carrots
Lacto-fermented French Fries
Root Veggie Hash
Sweet potato dollars
Hot Bacon Spinach Salad
Sweet and Spicy Brussel Sprouts – use apple cider vinegar in place of the white wine vinegar, omit honey
Cultured Broccoli Salad – I love adding cooked bacon and sunflower seeds with fermented mayo!
Indian Spiced Greens
Gluten-free French Fried Onions – the flour mix is equal parts cassava and arrowroot powder
Golden Cauliflower Soup
Chicken, Yam, and Chard Soup
Cabbage Soup with Ham
Open-face Tuna Melts
Loaded Sweet Potato Soup
Paleo Chicken Noodle Soup
Classic French Onion Soup
Sweet Potato Chili
Paleo Cream of Mushroom Soup
Paleo Pitas – I use this as naan, pitas, and roti, depending on the need. They work well!
Grain-free Multiseed Crackers
Cassava Pizza Crust – I make this for any pizzas we have, I don’t even bother with a website’s recipe for “paleo pizza crust” any more. Without any spices in the mix, it makes an excellent communion cracker when baked a little bit longer! I make a batch, then break in small squares, and freeze for Sunday mornings.
Paleo Hamburger Buns – oh.my.gosh.
Paleo Soft Pretzels
Paleo Lemon Pound Cake
Vanilla Bavarian Cream with Berry Sauce
Nourishing Orange Julius – I make this with coconut milk or almond milk
Nourishing Marshmallows – I am looking for a reliable vegan recipe with NO garbage ingredients like corn syrup. I’ve got some agar agar I am excited to use
Apple Pie Tartlets – this is a Christmas MUST for me
Avocado Carob Pudding – (we replace the cocoa with carob and use a tad less raw honey than the sugar)
Paleo Gingerbread Cookies