This weeks tester was unable to complete their chosen recipes, so I do not have any feedback or pictures to share. You won’t be disappointed in this weeks selections nonetheless. We’ve got a breakfast item, an appetizer and 4 hearty meals lined up for your eating pleasure.

As we walk through our everyday lives there are so many tiny things that we tend to overlook. These tiny things can equal HUGE triumphs when we succeed in them each and every day through how we fuel our bodies with our nutrition and also in life’s other trials and storms. We walk down a path that is easily turned in a new direction with each step we take, we have to learn to triumph over these tiny twists and turns, looking to reach our ultimate goals without losing sight of what’s around us.

Making choices today to triumph with food is probably something we all struggle with, but I believe that having the tools to prepare yourself for these tiny things along the way can make an enormous difference in how you feel and act as people. When we feel good about ourselves we tend to treat others around us better also, don’t you think…

Take the time today and everyday to think of the tiny things you can do to prepare yourself for triumph in any area of your life, whatever it may be for you. When being tempted to swing by Jack in the Box for a late night munchies meal, as Nick was the other night after working late in the new kitchen. He chose to just keep on driving and made the tiny choice to grab some salami out of the refrigerator at home instead. Just be sure you have stock in your Paleo Bank account, and this choice could be easier for you too.

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Sister Katie
(filling in for Nick this week as he continues to work late into the night to finish the new kitchen in Reno so that he can store the first shipment of food he has being delivered tomorrow. picture below was taken 3 years ago in MN with Nick, me and Jason, our other brother)

  

Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:

Chain grocery store (Kroger’s): $155.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $125.00

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 the Sweet Chorizo Hash and Eggs and eat it to fuel today’s cooking session.
  2. Prepare the butternut squash for your Albondigas Soup. While it is precooking, prepare the remaining ingredients and place them in the slow cooker, set the slow cooker on a foil lined sheet pan, and place it in your garage to cook for the next 10-12 hours.
  3. Clean up the kitchen.

In cooking session two: 

  1. Portion out your Albondigas and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  2. Clean out your slow cooker and prepare the Southwest Chicken, 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.
  3. Prepare the Lime Seared Skirt Steak with Avocado Pico and enjoy a portion after all your hard work today. Portion out any leftovers.
  4. Prepare the filling for your Shrimp and Sausage Stuffed Zucchini, leaving out the egg until we cook them tomorrow. Place the ingredients in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. Clean up the kitchen.

In finishing session:

  1. Portion out the Southwest Chicken and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  2. Prepare the Shrimp and Sausage Stuffed Zucchini. Enjoy these yummy little bites of deliciousness and refrigerate any leftovers (not likely) for up to 1 week.
  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 PaleoNick.com!

Albondigas – Mexican Meatball Soup

Notes: Loaded with vegetables, this hearty soup is guaranteed to fill you up. As a slow cooker recipe selection, it is doesn’t take too long to throw it together if you precook your squash while preparing the meatballs.

Southwest Slow Cooker Chicken

Notes: This slow cooker recipe has been a top pick from most of our volunteers. I tested it myself earlier this year and loved the flavors, but preferred to make it with chicken breasts or thighs to avoid all the bones, as the meat just falls off once prepared.

Chipotle Bison Chili with Butternut Squash

Notes: Another hearty option this week, this chili is loaded with wonderful flavor and vegetables. If Bison isn’t your thing, substitute it with any type of ground meat.

Lime Seared Skirt Steak with Avocado Pico

Notes: This selection is a winner for all who prepare it. You absolutely can’t go wrong with any meat topped in this avocado pico. This recipe would be great to use as a fajita base if you are looking for a larger meal option or it also goes great with eggs for a breakfast option.

Shrimp and Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Notes: Packed with flavor these boats of sausage and shrimp, topped with salsa chipotle and Massie mayo, are simple to prepare and sure to please.

Sweet Chorizo Hash with Eggs and Guac

Notes: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start yours off with this scrumptious recipe selection. Topped with guacamole once again, this flavorful hash and egg option is hard to resist.

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