I have had a whirlwind week with a trip up the California Coast delivering Ice Age Meals and then a trip to Minneapolis for two “Keep It Paleo!” Seminars. One was in Ames, Iowa and the other in Eden Prarie, Minnesota. I met some amazing people and had a lot of fun, all while putting in work! I’ll recap this experience tomorrow, so be sure to stay tuned for that…

We are one-quarter of the way through the year already! If you haven’t eaten as clean as you’d like thus far, it’s time to turn the train around. This week’s meal plan is a great place to start. While our testers did not get back to us with pictures or feedback, they did make some awesome meal selections. We’ve got Paleo Poppers, Chicken Paisano’s and the Tuna Crunch Bowl involved, so 15.13 is sure to be a hit!

Easter’s coming up this weekend and I bought a 25 pound pig leg yesterday. I’ve got to get going so I can get that baby in the brine. Have a great week and do your best to…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

Getting fired up for the Nicaragua Culinary Adventure! Here is the shirt design for this year’s trip…

  

Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:

Chain grocery store (Kroger’s): $215.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $176.00

The amount you will spend will depend on your geographic location and how much you rely on bulk purchases. As an example, you can get 1 quart of extra light olive oil at Kroger for $19.99 or you can get 4 quarts at Costco for $16.50. You follow? Meat and produce will also be less at the warehouse stores, but might require you purchase more than you’ll need for this plan.

Customize Your Plan and Shop It Up!

I have created a customize-able grocery list in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. Even if you’re not good with Excel, I’ve set it up in a foolproof way that even “The Jo!” could handle. Follow these instructions:

  1. Open the document and click on the tab at the bottom that says “Menu item & Ingredient Brkdown”.
  2. At the top, you’ll see the number “1” in bold just below each menu item. You can change this number to correspond with the number of portions that you’d like to make. Say you really like muffins and want 3 dozen, you’d change the “1” below Bacon Berry Muffins to a “3” and the grocery quantities will be updated.
  3. Click back to the tab that says “Meal Plan 15.9 Grocery List” and your quantities will be updated.
  4. Print out the grocery list.
  5. Compare what you need to what you have on hand and finalize your list. Then, head to the grocery store and make your purchases swiftly and efficiently.

Step-By-Step Instructions:

I want you to knock this out in one shopping session, two cooking sessions, and one short finishing session. I’ll explain these now, but want you to scroll down to read my notes on each meal below. They are listed under each picture.

In cooking session one:

  1. Prepare your Chicken Paisano’s, place it in the slow cooker, set the slow cooker on a foil lined sheet pan, and place it in your garage to cook overnight.
  2. Prepare the Paleo Tuna Crunch Bowl and eat to fuel your cooking session.
  3. Prepare the Butternut Squash Lasagna. Container this up and refrigerate or freeze.
  4. Clean up the kitchen.

In cooking session two: 

  1. Portion out your Chicken Paisano’s and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  2. Clean out the crock of your slow cooker and load it up with the Three Pepper Turkey Chili. Place the slow cooker on a foil lined sheet pan and set it up in your garage to cook overnight
  3. Prepare the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Sweet Potato Jalapeno Poppers. These are best eaten right away, so share with your family or friends. This should help fuel you through the rest of today’s food preperation.
  4. Prepare the Tuscan Grilled Pork Chop and Parsnip Puree. Eat a portion for dinner and properly store anything remaining.
  5. Clean up the kitchen and enjoy the remainder of your day.

In finishing session:

  1. Portion out the Three Pepper Turkey Chili and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  2. Sit back and take it all in. You just made a beautiful deposit in the Paleo Bank Account and you should be proud of yourself. Be sure to tell your friends about PaleoNick.com!

Chicken Paisano’s

Notes: This is one of my favorite meals of all time! It comes from the first restaurant that I worked in and can be done slow cooker style, or stove top style… I call the jus from this one “fire water” as the cherry peppers do a number on the broth. Make this. You’ll love it!

Paleo Tuna Crunch Bowl

Notes: This meal is a quick way to refill for lunch any day of the week. If you’re out of Massie’s Mayo, you’ll have to whip up a quick batch.

Three Pepper Turkey Chili

Notes: Boom! Super tasty and ultra simple slow cooker recipe.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Notes:  This recipe is AMAZING and you are totally missing out if you haven’t tried it yet. It can be a bit tricky to slice the butternut squash, but practice makes perfect, so grab your knife and get to it. If you’d like this meal to be a little more balanced out, make the beef and sausage a pound and a half instead of a pound and portion out in 8 – 4 Block meals to help keep you in the zone.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Sweet Potato Jalapeno Poppers

Notes: Oh Boy! If you haven’t tried this recipe yet, you are in for a real treat! I promise you, that you will want to make these babies again and again. I’m drooling a little just looking at the picture.

Tuscan Grilled Pork Chop with Parsnip Puree

Notes: Pork chops and parsnips are tough to beat! If you make this, whip up the tomato salad fresh each time you eat a portion. If you mix it and store it in the fridge, the salt will break down the tomatoes and the result isn’t as tasty or appealing.

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