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Are you searching for Paleo dinner ideas to fit your busy schedule? You may have found that you are running out of ideas to meals to make for dinner either for yourself or for your family. These days, it seems that getting the most done in the shortest amount of time is a way of life for many people. The key is to plan ahead. This means preparing and planning your dinner menu in advance. It’s not that difficult if you take the time to shop for your groceries at the end of the week and cook on Sundays.

The most important thing to remember on the Paleo diet when you are planning your meals is that all of your food should come from real sources. You should keep your foods balanced, simple, and clean. Focus on eating meats, fish, eggs, nuts, healthy fats, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. If you’re on a budget, it’s best to spend a little more on meats than anything else.

Making Paleo meals ahead of time

One of the most convenient pieces of equipment to have in the kitchen is a Crockpot. You can cook a whole roast and a few pieces of chicken in one Crockpot at the same time depending on how big your model is. Just season the chicken (use frozen breasts or thighs), wrap in foil, and place at the bottom. Then season and put your meat in a glass baking dish that fits in the Crockpot. Add some water, and in about six to eight hours you’ll have beef and chicken for meals for the following week. See, planning ahead really pays off!

If you love roasted veggies, put some on a baking sheet along with olive oil and roast in your oven. You can pretty much roast any kind of veggie. From carrots and Brussel sprouts to eggplant and squash, the possibilities are endless! You can store then in Tupperware containers for easy preparation on those nights when you have to work late or just don’t feel like cooking.

The best thing about the meat, poultry, and veggies is that you can mix and match the dinner menu for the week. All you have to do is reheat. You can get creative and make shredded BBQ beef, a chicken fajita bowl, cold chicken salad, or mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes. Your roasted veggies can be your sides for these meals.

If you don’t have a Crockpot and don’t want to plan ahead, you can make a Paleo dinner in a flash. Boneless chicken thighs or breasts don’t really take that long to cook if you cut them up on cubes. Add some curry seasoning and some coconut milk—Delicious! Or consider roasted rack of lamb, sausage hash with sweet potatoes, or just some really good grilled sirloins or ribeyes. And what could be better than breakfast for dinner—eggs, ham, bacon, or sausage!

 

James Christopher, Creative Writer