Happy Thursday! It is bad that I’m already thinking about what I want to cook this weekend?! I seem to have food on my mind lately.
I know I can always use a little inspiration for my grocery shopping list. Some weeks it feels like I cook the same thing over and over. Well… As I mentioned last week, one of the things that has been making me happy has been cooking paleo recipes. Let me mention that I’m not trying the paleo lifestyle on a strict basis (i.e. I love dark chocolate). It is more of a “cooking new recipes” type of thing and enjoying that aspect. I wanted to share the recipes I’ve been cooking in case you need a little inspiration in your grocery shopping list this week too.
What is Paleo? My short explanation: it is the caveman diet. You stay away from processed foods and enjoy more natural ingredients. Since I am not a paleo expert, you may want to check out this website here for more information.
Why Paleo? I have a few family members that complete the diet, and I have heard about the lifestyle in the past. In addition to that, Charles had a paleo challenge this past month at his gym that he wanted to participate in. To help him succeed with the challenge, we decided to change our diet to more paleo recipes. It turns out we both really enjoyed the recipes! I was impressed with how easy the recipes were to cook and how much flavor was impacted in each of the dishes.
What’s Been Cooking? I linked all the delicious recipes below… Enjoy!
Easy Breakfast Casserole from PaleOMG: Juli Bauer is a blogger and a cookbook author and her website is the place where I discovered one of the easiest breakfast casseroles ever. Seriously, extremely easy. I’ve cooked this recipe several times since I’ve found it just because of how easy it is and the amount of flavor it packs. If you are looking to change up your breakfast routine, give this recipe a try.
Roast Beef With Thyme, Garlic & Red Wine from Paleo Leap: With this recipe, I actually did things a little differently. I love my crock pot. Crock pot = Best. Thing. Ever. I used all of the same ingredients as the recipe listed, but instead of baking this little guy in the oven I threw him in the crockpot on low and let him cook all day. The house smelled AMAZING. Enough said.
Crock Pot Teriyaki Tenderloin from Life Made Full: You know how I mentioned I love my crock pot. Well, this recipe falls into that category as well. I put the pork tenderloin to cook Sunday morning while doing a few chores and enjoyed it for dinner that evening. Hungry yet?!
Fruit Salad from Paleo Table: This recipe was family tested as I made this as our salad dish at my nephew’s birthday party. I omitted the strawberries because the ones in the grocery story weren’t impressive, and I added the juice of one orange. You can use any fruit that is in season as well. I’m pretty sure the family enjoyed it… No leftovers existed.
Bacon-Wrapped Smoky Chicken Thighs from Balanced Bites: Looking for an easy meal to fix for a weekday meal. Try these bacon-wrapped chicken thighs. You throw together a spice rub and wrap the thighs in bacon and then DONE. That’s it. They cook in the oven for 40 minutes and all you have to do is throw together a side. I paired this recipe with oven roasted brussels sprouts and a cucumber-tomato salad, and just like that weekday dinner was served.
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup from Paleo Grubs: I felt a little crazy even considering cooking a soup in August, but the ingredients in this recipe had me hooked. When I first searched the Internet for Paleo recipes, Mexican dishes seemed to be missing. Since this lifestyle does not include beans or tortilla chips or cheese, I can see why. With cilantro being an ingredient in this dish, I knew I had to give this recipe a try to combat my Mexican food cravings. And this recipe did the trick. The dish was delicious! One addition I may use the next time I cook this dish is to add a lime wedge when serving.
If you are in the mood to spice up your grocery list and need a little change in your meals, consider giving these recipes a try. I know you will enjoy them! Have you tried any good recipes lately?
Happy cooking, everyone!