This weeks tester is Chris Carr from Monterey, CA.This is what Chris had to say about herself and her journey with Crossfit and eating Paleo:

“My name is Christine but I go by Chris. I am an officer in the United States Air Force (just hit 11 years!) and currently going through graduate school in Monterey, CA. In between school I enjoy my time traveling, cooking, crossfitting, and coaching. I have been at my home gym, Systematic Crossfitin Pacific Grove, CA since it’s opening in 2013 and one of the reason why I love my gym so much is because we focus a lot on nutrition. This is part of the reason why I wanted to do these recipe checks because I use Paleo Nick recipes quite often!

Here are some of the pictures from Chris’s meal preparation:

Portioned Out 3 Pepper Turkey Chili
Garlicky Beef with Mushrooms
Chicken thighs marinating
Cookies in the oven
Chris at work
Chris killing it at Systematic Crossfit

Thank you Chris for particiapting in our meal plan testing! Your feedback was some of the best so far. Thank you also for serving our country for the past 11 years! You are an inspiration to us all.

We’re 22 weeks into 2015! Can you believe it? I am rocking and jamming all day every day putting together the Paleo Plan for the 2015 CrossFit Games. Because of this, I am especially grateful for people like Chris and for my sister, Katie, for putting these plans together on a weekly basis. This week’s selection of meals was especially radical and Chris did a bang up job!

I hope you guys have a great finish to your week and that you strive at all times to…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

A pic from our trip to Monterey last fall


Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:

Chain grocery store (Kroger’s): $ 138.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $112.00

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 chosen Three Pepper Turkey Chili recipe, 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 and allow them to marinate for 30min-24 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Prep your ingredients for the Garlicky Beef with Basil and Mushrooms. Eat a portion for dinner and portion out the leftovers. Store them in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze up to 6 months. put them in the refrigerator for tomorrow.
  4. Clean up the kitchen.

In cooking session two: 

  1. Portion out your Chili and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  2. Prepare your Butternut Squash Lasagna. Portion out and refrigerate or freeze.
  3. Cook your Chicken Thighs. Portion out and refrigerate or freeze.
  4. Mix up the Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough and place in the fridge fr tomorrow.
  5. Clean up the kitchen.

In finishing session:

  1. Prepare your Paleo Sushi Stacker and enjoy this delicious treat.
  2.  Bake your cookies and enjoy the aroma that fills your home. Share these with your friends, or be selfish and keep them all for yourself. Either way, you just did an awesome job of preparing 5 dishes and a batch of cookies.
  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!

Three Pepper Turkey Chili

Notes: Chris thought the flavor was amazing on this recipe. (And I totally agree, because I just made a batch of this this week)  She only had a 4 quart crock pot (instead of a 6 quart), so she went ahead and halved the ingredients on this recipe and still ended up with 12-28oz containers.

Garlicky Beef with Basil and Mushrooms

Notes: Chris really enjoyed the variety of mushrooms on this recipe, stating that it “totally helped the flavor.” She wasn’t a huge fan of the coconut cream though. She thought the flavor combination of the beef and coconut was a bit weird. She also suggested removing the beef from the pan after cooking and then cooking the mushrooms and returning the beef to the pan. She had a tough time pushing the beef to the side, as per the preperation instructions, and having enough room for all the mushrooms.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Notes: “Excellent flavor! Flavors were great, and when I shared with others, the skepics enjoyed it!” stated Chris.  The recipe calls for 4 pounds of Butternut Squash, which is equal to 2 each, but Chris said 1 was plenty for her preperation.

Honey Sesame Chicken Thighs

Notes: Chris liked how quick and easy this recipe was, but suggests using more Tamari to add a little more flavor. She thought the chicken was a little bland even after marinating in a zip lock bag for 24 hours.

Paleo Sushi Stacker – California Roll

Notes: This recipe is a new option on the weekly meal plans and is sure to please all you Sushi lovers out there. If you are not a fan of the Samon row or have a hard time finding it, feel free to leave that part out.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Notes: Chris shared these cookies with her fellow gym members and they were well received by all. She loved that they were soft and chewy, but decreased the chocolate chips from 1.5 cups to 1 cup because she claims that is too much chocolate for her. I think she’s crazy, but to each there own 🙂 (and that’s probably just my sweet tooth talking).

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