This week’s motto is to “keep it in the family”. My mom is currently visiting as she watched “The Jo!” and “The Bro!” while @jessiesmassie and I traveled to Nicaragua. Yesterday, my mom told me how much she enjoys these meal plans and how practical it is to prepare meals in batches and freeze individual portions for future consumption. I really enjoyed hearing this.

Today, my brother is the meal plan tester, and you can see that he’s got his bus tubs in order and has selected a great menu for you. So many times, it seems like we treat those closest to us the worst. Do you know what I’m saying? A lot of the time, it is my wife and kids who are recipients of the brunt of my “hanger” or crabbiness. I can muster the energy to treat the general public well, but, when it comes to them, I let loose. We also tend to be extra critical and sarcastic with those closest to us. I am totally guilty of this! Anyone else?

Anyhow, it is great for me to see that I am positively impacting those closest to me. My sister sets up these meal plans weekly, and she and my mom have been testers. Now, my brother is stepping up and employing the ways of the Culinary Ninja. We are truly keeping it in the family! If you enjoy these meal plans, I want to encourage you to share them with your family. They’ll likely lead to a longer life, so you’ll get to hang out with your loved ones for years to come!

This weeks tester is Jason Massie from Chaska, MN. Jason is the owner of the newly opened Crossfit Uffda in Eden Praire, MN. Not only is Jason an amazing coach, cook and father, he is also Paleo Nick’s older brother. Here are a few pictures from his cooking adventure.

Groceries for 15.20
Ingredients laid out
Veggies for the Orange Peel Chicken
Chicken for the Orange Peel Chicken
Chicken Wings

Thank you Jason for taking on this weeks meal plan and choosing some awesome recipes for everyone to try!

We’re back from Nicaragua. It was the most amazing experience. With each Culinary Adventure, I become convinced that they cannot get any better, and then we go on another one and I am proven wrong. The gathering of great guys and gals was unprecedented and we adventured hard! I am working on a recap of the experience as well as the release of the upcoming Culinary Adventures that will take place this fall.

Have a great week, make the food on this plan, stock your Paleo Bank Account and…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

(Rocking it on the beach with my babe…)


Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:

Chain grocery store (Kroger’s): $ 154.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $138.00

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 Apple Raisin Country Style Ribs, 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 Chicken Wings. (This recipe needs to marinate for 15 min or up to 24 hours)  Eat a portion for dinner and package up any leftovers and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  3. Prep your ingredients for the Carnes En Sus Jugos and put them in the refrigerator for tomorrow.
  4. Clean up the kitchen.

In cooking session two: 

  1. Portion out your Country Style Ribs and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  2. Prepare your Carnes En Sus Jugos and get it in the oven for the 5 hour cooking time.  Portion out and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 6 months.
  3. Prepare and Majoram and Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash.
  4. Prep your veggies and chicken for the Orange Peel Chicken and put in the refrigerator for tomorrow.
  5. Clean up the kitchen.

In finishing session:

  1. Prepare the Honey Walnut Shrimp and enjoy to fuel the remainder of our cooking session.
  2. Prepare Orange Peel Chicken. Portion out and refrigerate or freeze.
  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!

Apple Raisin Country Style Ribs

Notes:  A great slow cooker recipe that is sure to make your house or garage smell amazing! Note for Jason, a stock pot and a 350 degree oven is NOT the same as a slow cooker…Who knew!?!

Chicken Wings with Pineapple and Poblanos

Notes:  You sure can’t go wrong with a dish full of chicken wings! Cook up some of these wings and take them to your next BBQ or potluck and impress all your friends.

Marjoram and Garlic Roasted Butternut Squash

Notes:  This recipe is so good and rather easy to prepare. It pairs well with the Ribs and Carnes En Sus Jugos.

Carnes En Sus Jugos

Notes: Meat in it’s juices is the translation for this mouth watering recipe. New to the meal plan selections, you’re sure to be satisfied with this recipe. Don’t forget to make a batch of the tomatillo salsa, which is included on the recipe compilation.

Honey Walnut Shrimp with Broccoli

Notes: A tester favorite, this recipe, while a little pricey, is one you will make over and over once you give it a try.

Sesame Orange Peel Chicken

Notes:  Loaded with veggies this paleo spin on a Chinese classic won’t leave you hungry. The orange peel can be a bit much for some, so if that’s not your thing, try using orange zest as a substitute for the chunks of orange peel.

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