We are just over half way through this year, and as I look ahead, I try to prepare myself for what is to come, rather than what is behind me, living each day as it comes, and to it’s fullest. I found this quote the other day, and as I watch my own children grow and develop into these amazing little people I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to stay at home and teach them to learn, discover, and blossom. It makes me a happy person to see the world through there little eyes for just a moment each day.

What will make you happy today?

Your Pal,

Sister Katie

Mission Beach San Diego with my little people Lilly and Tate last month


Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:

Chain grocery store (Kroger’s): $152.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $135.00

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 I 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 and Butternut Braise 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 World’s Greatest Asian Chicken Salad . Eat some to as to fuel the remainder of your cooking session today. Portion out any leftovers and refrigerate for up to one week.
  3. If you are in need of Massie Mayo for the crab salad dish, prepare it now. It takes less than 5 minutes.
  4. Prepare the ingredients for the Short Ribs and refrigerate until tomorrow morning.
  5. Clean up the kitchen.

In cooking session two:

  1. Portion out your Beef and Butternut Braise and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  2. Clean out your slow cooker and add the ingredients for the Cinnamon Infused Short Ribs that you prepped yesterday, 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 Avo-Mango Shrimp Coctel and enjoy a little while you prepare the next meal. Portion out any leftovers.
  4. Prepare the Tamarind Puree in order to make the Tamarind Laquered Chicken Satay. If you are also making the recommended Papaya Salad, prepare that now also.
  5. Clean up the kitchen.

In finishing session:

  1. Portion out the Short Ribs and refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 6 months.
  2. Prepare the New York Strip, Crab Salad and Tomatoes dish and invite some friends over to enjoy or enjoy all to yourself, portion out the leftovers and properly store.
  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!

Beef and Butternut Braise

Notes: This recipe is a great slow cooker option, but can also be prepared in the oven, in a hotel pan, covered with foil at 290° F for 8 hours.

World’s Greatest Asian Chicken Salad

Notes: Full of flavor and loaded with veggies, this option is sure to please any and all salad lovers. The recipe calls for fresh Manadarin oranges (halos or cuties), but if these are out of season or you just can’t find them, canned is also an option. Be sure to have your chicken breast cooking before starting to prepare the veggies.

Cinnamon Infused Short Ribs with Butternut Squash

Notes: Another great slow cooker option, this recipe will fill your home (or garage) with the wonderful smell of cinnamon and have your taste buds drooling while waiting for the 8-10 hour cook time to be done.

Tamarind Laquered Chicken Satay

Notes: This Thai inspired dish is a wonderful option for chicken breasts. The tamarind pulp for the puree can be found at your local Asian Market and should be prepared first. This recipe goes really well with the papaya salad listed in the article. If you choose to add it to your meal to balance it out, be sure to add the ingredients to your grocery list before heading out to shop.

Mexican Style Avo-Mango Shrimp Coctel

Notes:  This wonderful appetizer type dish is packed with flavor and super fresh. I would recommend eating it all within a day or two of preparing it. Enjoy this dish with plantain chips, which can be found in the bulk bin sections at stores like Sprout’s and Whole Foods. Another option is to make your own Super Radical Plantain Chips by using our recipe.

New York Strip, Crab Salad and Tomatoes

Notes: This picture alone makes my mouth water! I am a sucker for a well charred piece of red meat. Paired with the crab salad and tomatoes, this is a complete meal in my book. If you are in need of some Super Radical Rib Rub, be sure to check out the recipe and add the ingredients to your grocery list before heading out to shop. You can also order a jar in the store to always have it on hand and make things easier on yourself.

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