This weeks tester is Olivia Seguin and her husband Michael from Cairns, Australia. Olivia is a Canadian and moved to Australia for her husband’s studies. They both started Crossfitting in 2014 at Marlin Coast Crossfit.
Olivia says ” I feel stronger and fitter than ever and have started competing in scaled events. Nutrition has become very important to us and we now eat almost completely Paleo. Since adopting the Paleo approach, we prepare practically all of our meals at home from scratch. I love that the Paleo Nick recipes are prepared in big batches that are easy to portion out into containers and freeze. We use these for our lunches and on the kind of nights when we previously would have had a frozen pizza (you know the nights I’m talking about!).”
We do know those nights Olivia! They have even recently invested in a stand-up freezer to enlarge their Paleo Bank Account.
Here are a few photos from their preparation:
Thank you Olivia for being an amazing tester with tons of feedback and photos of your journey! I am so glad that you have found this site and are taking advantage of the recipes in order to enhance your Crossfit capabilities (now if you just become a member you can benefit even further). Cheers!!
First off, a huge thanks to Olivia and Michael. I love the pics, the meal selection and the awesome feedback. You guys are the epitome of what Paleo Nick is all about and I appreciate you taking time to volunteer as tribute. I mean, testers. 🙂
From my end, things are full steam ahead a The Paleo Test Kitchen. We passed our health inspection, but are waiting to for the fire inspection. Hopefully that happens tomorrow and then we’ll be cooking with (natural) gas! (instead of propane)
We are going to take a step back on the meal plans for the month of July. With so much going on, Katie is going to take charge and I’ll be back with you in the month of August. The content on the site may be light as well and I ask that you understand. We are going through a stage of rapid growth and we have amazing things in the pipeline, they just take time to bring to fruition.
If you are reading this, “Thank You!” I appreciate you taking the time to be a part of what I do and I promise you that I will do everything I can to make your health and fitness journey a fun one.
“Keep It Paleo!”
Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:
Chain grocery store (Kroger’s): $145.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $126.00
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:
- Open the document and click on the tab at the bottom that says “Menu item & Ingredient Brkdown”.
- 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.
- Click back to the tab that says “Meal Plan 15.9 Grocery List” and your quantities will be updated.
- Print out the grocery list.
- 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.
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:
- Prepare your Chicken Paisano’s 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.
- Prepare the Polpettone (Meatloaf) and Pomodoro Sauce. Eat a portion to fuel your last step for today and portion out the leftovers. This meal reheats very well, so freeze some for up to six months or refrigerate for up to a week.
- Pre-cook the Pork and Sweet Potatoes for the Coconut Frittata and refrigerate until tomorrow.
- Clean up the kitchen.
In cooking session two:
- Portion out your Chicken Paisano’s and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
- Clean out your slow cooker and prepare the Super Radical Ribs and Sweets, 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.
- Prepare the Pulled Pork and Coconut Frittata and enjoy a portion to fuel the remainder of today’s cooking session. Portion out the leftovers. Again, this dish freezes and reheats really well.
- Prepare the dough for your Chocolate Chunk Cookies and bake.
- Clean up the kitchen.
In finishing session:
- Portion out the Super Radical Ribs and Sweeets and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.
- Prepare the Nachos with Chipotle Beef, Yams, and Avocoado. Enjoy this delicious dish and refrigerate any leftovers (not likely) for up to 1 week.
- 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!
Notes: This easy to throw together slow cooker dish is sure to please all your taste buds this week. If you’d prefer to have the chicken already broken down to allow for easier portioning at the end, check our video on how-to fabricate a chicken.
Notes: Olivia says that this was her favorite recipe from her selections. “The flavors were all really well balanced. The chipotle gave the whole dish a really nice smoky depth and the addition on the maple syrup added a really nice, slight sweetness which reminded me of home.” They invited their friends from the gym over and devoured this meal while watching CF Regionals. Olivia said “This is the perfect Paleo party food dish!
Notes: “Another awesome recipe! The rib mixture is so tasty in this dish” says Olivia. They invited friends over for this meal and everyone raved about it. Olivia couldn’t fit all of the potatoes in her 6 liter crock pot, so she roasted what didn’t fit in her oven.
Notes: “This meatloaf tasted amazing and was very easy to make. Like all of your recipes, it froze and reheated extremely well” stated Olivia. Don’t forget to add the Paleo Pomodoro(included in this weeks recipe compilation) and Spaghetti Squash (not listed on the grocery list) to balance out your meal.
Notes: “So good!!! Very easy and quick to make and the instructions were super clear,” is what Olivia had to say about this recipe. She shared with friend, which made them very happy! A non-paleo friend exclaimed that she couldn’t even tell they were Paleo.
Notes: This recipe was a huge hit with both Olivia and her husband. They really liked that it has so many veggies in it. “It freezes and reheats beautifully,” Olivia proclaims. This recipe, Nick came up with using leftover veggies he had in his refrigerator at the time. In the recipe, it calls for pre-cooked pulled pork and roasted sweet potatoes, so be sure to do this before you put the dish together to bake.