Yes, I’m still talking about food. I hope you are continuing to eat well. Or maybe you’ve just joined us. Or maybe you have decided to be brave and are doing Whole 30 in March!!!!! (Raise your hands!!!) So, even though our W30 challenge has ended, I will continue to talk and share about food and healthy eating. When I’m not doing W30, Robbo and I do follow Paleo guidelines. We typically avoid grains, processed foods, legumes. We do eat small amounts of dairy and occasionally rice (usually if I’m eating at Krua Thai or India Spice).
This post is because of K.S. …
K.S. is a precious 19 year old has been shadowing me at the office as she prepares to apply to nursing school. She heard me
lecture educate a few patients about nutrition and started asking questions. She is in the middle of her own struggle with some pretty serious gut issues (and anxiety).
K.S. eats out a lot, or orders restaurant delivery. I have encouraged her to cook more at home. Since this process can be overwhelming, I thought I’d try to help break down some of these big changes.
We started by making a list of some of her favorite dinners. We also made a list of protein / meats she likes and veggies she likes.
Then, I did some homework for her ….
top ten dinner ideas
(just kidding, it’s top Eleven. I gave you a bonus meal).
Gluten free and dairy free dinner ideas. (These are NOT Whole30 specific, remember, we’ve graduated!!!)
There are several chips that are easy to find. Siete chips are a perfect corn chip replacement. Boulder Canyon has amazing potato chips
With everything you can pile on your nachos, you will hardly miss the cheese. Brittany Angell has
You can buy both Siete and Boulder Canyon around town. Sometime’s Market
BAKED POTATO WITH BRISKET
Potatoes and sweet potatoes are great!
Use REAL butter!!
You can make your own mayonnaise or ranch dressing, but here are some store brands to look for:
Primal Kitchen (mayo, ranch dressing, BBQ sauce)
Tessamae’s (mayo, ranch dressing, BBQ sauce)
The New Primal (BBQ sauce)
All 3 of these brands are full on Paleo / Primal approved. Some products do have added honey. No dairy. No gluten…. Primal Kitchen and Tessamae’s are in most our local grocery stores … Market Street, HEB, I think even WalMart. The New Primal is harder to find, but you never know (I think there were some New Primal products at Market Street).
Are you making your own brisket? There are plenty of great recipes. WATCH the ingredients in recipes for sauces or rubs! No sugar! Check your ingredients on the items like Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, etc.
Primal Palate Beef Brisket
Paleo Leap Texas Style Beef Brisket
Predominately Paleo Best. Brisket. Ever.
Sharon’s BBQ here in town does not use sugar in their BBQ rubs … which means you can have Sharon’s beef and pork. No sausage (added sugar). Pretty sure their chicken is OK too. Bring your own BBQ sauce and Ranch dressing. (I do it all the time!!!). You can have meat plate with potato and veggies (no corn = it’s a grain with NO nutritional value, and mac & cheese is not a vegetable); brisket salad (my fave from Sharon’s!); or brisket potato.
STUFFED BELL PEPPERS
This is a great recipe and easy to make. Get creative with your stuffing … ground beef or brisket or chorizo or mushrooms, etc.
Stuffed pepper recipes:
Primal Palate Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers
Primal Palate Karen’s PaleoFriendly Stuffed Peppers
PaleOMG Chile Verde Stuffed Poblanos
Primal Palate Chorizo Poppers
Primal Palate Jalapeno Pineapple Poppers
Primal Palate Guacamole Salmon Poppers
Physical Kitchenness Whole 30 Bacon Enchilada Poppers
Jalapeno popper DIP recipe:
Paleohacks Jalapeno Popper Dip
Plaid and Paleo Jalapeno Popper Dip
Jalapeno popper casserole recipe:
PaleOMG Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole
Jalapeno popper chicken salad recipe:
PaleOMG Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad
There are some frozen pizzas that will be
My favorite frozen pizza is Against The Grain pesto pizza!!!! So good!! Against the Grain does have a plain crust you can buy. There are also cauliflower crusts you can buy.
Careful with sausage and bacon … often times they have the sneaky added sugar! Pederson’s and Applegate are both brands that have sugar free bacon and sausage. Read the ingredient list to be sure you are getting the sugar free versions. If it has a “Whole30” little emblem on the package, it is
If you make your own crust,
Primal Palate Cast Iron Skillet Pizza (Not Dairy Free)
Paleo Running Momma Paleo Pizza Crust (Grain and Dairy Free)
Paleo Running Momma Paleo Pepperoni Pizza
Primal Palate Paleo Pesto Flatbread Pizza
Pizza casserole (one of my
PaleOMG Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie
SALMON AND 2 VEGGIES
This should be easy and
Make a list of the protein you like (salmon, grilled chicken, shredded chicken, tuna, ground beef, brisket, sausage, pork chops, etc. etc.).
Make a list of veggies (TRY NEW THINGS!!! parsnips and carrots! Brussel sprouts, asparagus, sweet potato, white potato, butternut squash, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, and on and on.)
SWEET POTATO HASH (breakfast or dinner)
This is another one of my favorites!! I mean a definite Go-To recipe we have made 100 times.
Sweet potato hash recipe:
Primal Palate Sweet Potato Bacon Apple Hash
We add green chili peppers and jalapenos. Oh man, so good. I know you (K.S.) don’t really like eggs, but top this hash with a fried egg!!! Heaven!!! Seriously, one of my all time faves! (Side note: I drown my fried eggs in butter. Yum).
This is the type of recipe you can use as a template and then get creative. Use sweet potatoes and bacon, but then, you could add any veggie. Spinach is perfect to saute in with the bacon and potatoes. Makes a great breakfast or dinner or breakfast for dinner.
If you really want to make actual enchiladas, the Siete tortillas that are 100% legit. Look and taste like corn tortillas, but are grain free. They have a few different tortillas, but I love their cassava flour tortilla.
Brittany Angell has great recipes for making your own tortillas.
And, you don’t have to make enchiladas. Look at THESE ideas from Real Simple Good.
Wicked Spatula Paleo Enchiladas
PaleOMG Chicken Enchilada Bake
The Whole Smiths Paleo Chicken Enchiladas
Against All Grain Paleo Chile Verde Chicken Enchiladas
This is another one that should be pretty easy by now. Siete tortillas or Brittany Angell’s homemade tortilla’s. You could also use bibb lettuce or any big leafy green to make your “taco.” Then make whatever kind of taco you want. Ground chicken, shredded chicken, whatever kind of frozen chicken you like … or beef or pork tacos. Top with cilantro, jalapenos, shredded cabbage. Go crazy with salsa … make your own, lots of store bought salsa’s are good but you have to read labels!
Check my grocery shopping posts on FB for a sample of Paleo approved salsa’s.
You can also do taco soup or stuffed baked potatoes, taco pizza, taco salad, etc.
Look at all the ideas:
Against All Grain Taco
Real Simple Good Taco
SPAGHETTI WITH BUTTER
So, your spaghetti is now spaghetti squash spaghetti or any other spiral cut veggie noodle. CeCe’s Veggie Company is at Market Street and HEB. Pretty easy to find. You can also make your own … there’s a spiralizer attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer or you can buy just a veggie spirazlier and spiralize ALL THE veggies!!!
Well, how about a noodle bowl. Sounds so good!!!
PaleOMG Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with OMG sauce
Fast Paleo with Garlic Butter Noodles with Turkey and Broccoli
The Whole Smiths Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Zoodles
Real Simple Good Creamy Chicken Casserole
You like pad thai!!
PaleOMG Pad Thai Casserole
This garlic butter sauce sounds so good and would be DELISH over some spaghetti squash.
The Whole Kitchen Sink Paleo Butter Garlic Cream Sauce
…. I was trying to stick to a Top Ten list, but then I found 2 great chili recipes, so you get Top Eleven.
Paleo Running Momma Paleo Pumpkin Chili
Lots of chili ideas:
Paleo Running Momma Chili
Bonus link (because these all sound crazy amazing!!!):
Paleo Running Momma Paleo Game Day Recipes
(think delicious appetizers / party food).
Homemade Mayo recipe:
40 Aprons Whole 30 Mayo
After you’ve made homemade mayo … obviously you can use it for all your mayo needs, but you can also use this as your base for a homemade ranch dressing or any kind of aioli!! (garlic aioli for your salmon!!; cilantro lime for grilled chicken or salmon; sriracha aioli, etc.)
Here are some online grocers … convenient to order, good for hard-to-find Paleo / Primal / AIP / W30 approved items.
The Simple Grocer
For K.S. … Thought you might like to read Mangia Paleo’s STORY.
(Great story for everyone, especially is you have history of IBS, Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis).
Keep the conversation going. Ask questions. Encourage each other. Share your stories! XO.