What’s great about the Paleo Diet is that you don’t have to spend every extra minute you have in the kitchen. No matter what your schedule is or how many people you are cooking for, it’s actually pretty easy to cook something wholesome and nutritious for dinner. So, never skip dinner, because your body needs stable blood sugars, energy, and proper nutrition to survive. This is especially important to maintain a healthy body weight and metabolism.
Ingredients are versatile
It’s easy to get bored with eating the same dinners every week. Paleo is all about choices and mixing and matching amongst those many choices. What makes Paleo even better is that flavor is never compromised. Cooking vegetables in fats like coconut oil and bacon fat makes for a great savory main or side dish. Drizzling crunchy salads with olive or macadamia oils make them extra tasty. Get comfortable with herbs and spices that will always enhance flavor. Even a little salt and pepper go a long way. Almonds and berries can be thrown in for extra flavor and nutrition.
Create a large salad at the beginning of the week. It can stay fresh for several days after and makes for a great main or side dish. Warm salads can be quickly heated in a pan with coconut oil: Swiss chard, spinach, and kale are great hearty greens to use. On top of your salad and for extra protein, add a poached egg on top of a cut of cooked lamb or salmon.
Chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, beef, shrimp, and salmon are all Paleo-approved proteins that can be poached, broiled, grilled, baked, or fried. Yams and sweet potatoes can be thinly sliced and baked, boiled, mashed or steamed. Kale chips are a great nutritious side dish that bake in an oven for about a half an hour.
Consider one-skillet dinners, too. Pan roasting a protein such as a steak or pork chop allows you to easily add flavor to onions, peppers, or even apples that are thrown in to roast at the same time. Make extra, because then you can end up with dinners that offer leftovers for an even faster dinner for the next day.
Kitchen must-haves that make dinner faster and easier to prepare
Roasting pans, slow cookers, a set of pots and pans, a reliable vegetable/fruit peeler, a digital meat thermometer, and a good set of knives are incredibly handy when preparing quick Paleo meals. Roasting pans come in handy to roasted veggies and proteins. Slow cookers are a huge help. You can cook a meal while you are at school or work all day. Pots and pans are great for quick poaching, pan-frying, and so much more. A vegetable peeler comes in handy for removing unwanted skins and for making curly ribbons you can eat. A digital meat thermometer is absolutely essential for food safety. Investing in a nice set of sharp knives makes life easier and can save time.