In the move “The Devil Wears Prada”, Emily makes the statement, “I’m only one stomach flu away from my goal weight.” This is such a classic line and so true for so many of us. While we may have made strides to losing weight and getting in shape, we usually carry around 10 pounds that we cannot seem to get rid of. If a stomach flu were to set in, we’d be right where we want to be, but then we’d be super weak. Don’t be weak, don’t be silly and don’t rely on a stomach flu! Dial in your portions using the Zone Diet and focus on Paleo foods. I have yet to see a better formula for longevity, productivity, and zest for life. Just Do It!

This weeks tester was Amber Burak and Family from Dublin, CA. Amber and her husband workout at CSA in Dublin, five days a week. With an active lifestyle Amber is always looking for healthy cooking options for her and her family. They enjoy eating Paleo, but find themselves making bad decisions when the Paleo bank account is not stocked, as I am sure we all do. Amber is a teacher and mother of two young boys. She said “After cooking PaleoNick’s meals for 15.15, I felt a sense of accomplishment! I made my own delicious mayo for the first time, my parents and husband loved my cooking, and I had properly portioned meals for the near future. ”

Here are a few photos of their meal preparation:

Kalbi Style Pineapple-Ginger Short Rib Ingredients
Honey Walnut Shrimp with Broccoli
Amber about to enjoy a bite of the Pecan Chicken Salad

Thank you so much Amber for participating in our weekly meal plan testing. Your meals look amazing and the feedback is much appreciated. We enjoy hearing stories of families who find the joy of cooking Paleo and using this food to help fuel their active lifestyles in the best way possible. Enjoy those cheat meals and ice cream, but remember how great it feels to eat clean and have your family love what you’re making.

You gotta love people like Amber! Follow in her footsteps, feel the sense of accomplishment, and don’t rely on the stomach flu! K? K.

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

Sitting at Starbucks in Vernon, CA. Been here since 6AM sipping on my Treinta Ice Water


Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:

Chain grocery store (Kroger’s): $220.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $187.00

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 Beef Stew with Green Chiles & Yams, 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 marinade for the Short Ribs and get them marinating in your refrigerator until tomorrow.
  3. Prepare the Honey Walnut Shrimp and enjoy a portion. Container this up and refrigerate for another meal this week.
  4. Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back.

In cooking session two: 

  1. Portion out your Beef Stew 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 Super Radical Chicken and Potatoes. Place the slow cooker on a foil lined sheet pan and set it up in your garage to cook overnight.
  3. Grab the marinading ribs from you fridge and fire up the grill. Your taste buds will be so happy you did! Enjoy some ribs and container up the rest for lunch or dinner later in the week.
  4. Prepare the Paleo Pecan Chicken Salad and enjoy a taste. Container up any leftovers and refrigerate for up to one week, but I doubt it will last that long.
  5. Clean up the kitchen.

In finishing session:

  1. Portion out the Chicken and potatoes and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  2. Clean out the crock pot once again and throw in your Chuckwagon Brisket Pot Roast. Once this is done cooking in 8-12 hours, portion it out and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  3. 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!

Kalbi Style Pineapple-Ginger Short Ribs

Notes: Here’s a new recipe for the meal plans that is sure to please your taste buds. These deliciously juicey ribs fresh off the grill are AMAZING! Make a double batch, you won’t be disappointed.

Beef Stew with Green Chiles & Yams

Notes:  This weeks tester stated the this meal was an “EXCELLENT recipe! One of the best, satisfying, and filling paleo recipes I’ve tried!” They used baby carrots to cut back on the chopping and heated the sweet potatoes in the microwave for a short time to soften them for ease of slicing.

Chuckwagon Brisket Pot Roast

Notes: Amber seared her pot roast before putting it in the crock pot and again used baby carrots on this recipe. While she enjoyed the dish, she wasn’t a huge fan of the turnips. She said she enjoyed the change in vegetables, and would make it again for sure.

Honey Walnut Shrimp with Broccoli

Notes:  Amber LOVED this delicious dish and said the leftovers were even better. While it’s a little expensive to make, it’s a great option when your looking for a change in the meat department.

Super Radical Chicken and Potatoes

Notes:  The tester went for the red potato option on this recipe and tried it with chicken breasts instead of the whole chicken. While her chicken ended up a bit on the dry side, she said she would try it again with thighs next time. The Super Radical Rib Rub has stolen a piece of her heart.

Paleo Pecan Chicken Salad

Notes: This Pecan Chicken Salad is always a big hit when it hits my mouth!  The crunch from the celery, grapes and pecans with the perfectly seasoned chicken and Massie’s Mayo, you just can’t go wrong. I’m always happy to see this recipe on the weekly selections. Amber chose to use rotisserie chicken from Costco in her salad and was not disappointed in the outcome. You should always feel free to make a twist on any recipe to test out your Ninja skills.

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