This weeks tester is: The wonderful and amazing Antonio and Lori from Alabama. Antonio made some stellar choices again this week and executed them with his expert Ninja skills.

Here are some of the pictures from their experience:

Most of the groceries purchased for 15.50
80 Clove Garlic Chicken ready for slow cooking
Asian Arugula Salad with Jidori Chicken
Moroccan Salmon
Paleo Nachos ready to eat
Zucchini Boats fresh from the oven

As always, Antonio did a great job of preparing the meals for this weeks plan. Thank you Antonio for being a stand out tester and providing me with tons of pictures and superior feedback for each recipe! I hope you will continue to test in 2016.

From Nick:

Great job, Antonio and Lori!  I love the Asian Chicken Salad and how the nacho meat is prepped out for snacks throughout the week. Thank you also for your willingness to help with our meal plans so often! I’d like to send you and Lori an Ice Age Meals gift pack as a token of my appreciation. I’ll have Katie contact you with details…

We’ve got two week to go in the year! Crazy, right? I want to encourage you to stay strong and to prep for an amazing 2016. We shot 16 videos last week and are in the process of editing them for release starting January 1st. We’ll be shooting every month of the year, so content will be current, and super fly! I hope you guys will follow along and I challenge you to get involved by volunteering as a meal plan tester. I’ll make it worth your while, I promise.

I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season as much as I am. This is my favorite time of year. We’ve finally got snow in Tahoe and there’s a storm on the way! Please take time during the holidays to count your blessings and to look back on all that you’ve accomplished in the past year. When you do, you’ll realize that life’s not fair… We have been blessed with way more the rest of earth’s inhabitants. It’s not that we have less, it’s that we have more. You follow? Please don’t forget this. And, as always, do your best to…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

Coming to you live from one of my favorite places. The Paleo Test Kitchen


Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:

Chain grocery store (Kroger): $151.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $133.00

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 want to make a double batch of the Asian Arugula Salad with Jidori Chicken,  change the “1” below the Salad to a “2” and it will double the listed ingredients for you.
  3. Click back to the tab that says “Meal Plan 15.50 Grocery List” and your quantities will be updated.
  4. Print out the grocery list from the first tab only.
  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 80 Clove Garlic Chicken and place in your slow cooker, set the slow cooker on a foil lined sheet pan, and place it on your counter or in the garage to cook through the day or overnight.
  2. Prepare the Tom Yum Goong – Thai Shrimp Soup. Eat a bowl and portion out what remains. Properly store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to five days or freeze for up to six months.
  3. Also while the soup is cooking. Prepare the Sausage and Shrimp Stuffed Zucchini. Eat one right away and store the remainders in the refrigerator for an afternoon snack the rest of the week.
  4. Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a day well done.

In cooking session two:

  1. Portion out the Garlic Chicken and refrigerate up to one week or freeze for up to six months.
  2. Prepare the Asian Arugula Salad with Jidori Chicken and enjoy this as your meal. If you have any leftovers, properly store.
  3. Prepare the Moroccan 5 1/2 Spiced Salmon as your dinner today.  Portion out any leftovers and store in your refrigerator for up to a week.
  4. Clean up the kitchen and polish that sink!

In finishing session:

  1. Prepare the Paleo Nachos with Chipotle Beef, Yams and Avocado. Eat this for whichever meal you choose this fine day. Properly store any leftovers in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
  2. Sit back and take it all in. Your Paleo Bank Account is stocked and  now you are a Culinary Ninja who is ready to tackle life with energy, clarity, and confidence. Be sure to tell your friends about!

80 Clove Garlic Chicken

Notes:  “This garlic chicken is fantastic. The meat literally falls off the bone after 10 hours in the crockpot. I actually had two use two spatulas to get the chicken out. I got 7 servings. Don’t forget to add that delicious stock to the containers!”

  • I used one whole chicken instead of two.
  • Reduced garlic cloves to 30 and added packet of fresh rosemary.

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 hrs on low

Shrimp and Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

Notes: “I liked it because it was easy, it tasted great, and it was filling. I ate two “boats” for lunch and it was more than enough for me. I made six boats; each zucchini was about 6-7 inches long.” Antonio said.

Be sure to mix up some Massie Mayo and Salsa Chipotle to garnish these babies with. Both recipes are listed on the recipe compilation this week and the ingredients are on your grocery list.

Preparation time: 25 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes

Tom Yum Goong – Thai Shrimp Soup

Notes: “I got about 6 pints of soup. It was excellent but the lemongrass is a question mark for me. I thought that the heat would make it soft but that didn’t happen. It is also bitter. So, you are eating along and suddenly you bite into one. Yikes! You may want to warn people about it” Antonio stated.

I would recommend removing the lemongrass when you are ready to eat the soup if you can see it. It’s not really meant to eat, it’s more for the added flavor. I will have to add this note to the recipe.

“I did have to order fresh Kaffir lime leaves from Amazon. I could not find any in town (dry or fresh).”

  1. I used seafood stock instead of chicken stock. There was marginal difference in price between the two.
  2. I couldn’t find Thai chiles in town (Amazon sells them). So, I used the Sambal chili paste to add spiciness to the soup. It worked! You can find the paste in any oriental store.

Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

Paleo Nachos with Chipotle Beef, Yam, and Avocado

Notes: “I was a bit skeptical about having the yams but it really adds a lot of flavor to the beef. The recipe is super easy to make and it takes less than 45 minutes to finish. This is a very healthy snack. One modification would be to saute ripe plantains (cut asian bias) and use them instead of processed plantain chips” says Antonio.

A recipe for Super Radical Plantain Chips can be found here. You will need to add plantains to your grocery list if you’d like to go this route.

  • Used jalapeño peppers instead of Chipotle peppers.
  • I topped my serving with a tablespoon of sour cream.

Preparation time: 25 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes

Moroccan 5 1/2 Spiced Salmon

Notes: “I’ve never liked salmon, but this sauce changed my mind! I’d love to see the sauce used with chicken. I bet you that would be a great dish,” Anthony shared.

Preparation time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

​Asian Arugula Salad with Jidori Chicken

Notes: “I made this one tonight and it was fantastic! Wife loved it. She said: “This is the type of salad I can eat everyday!”. Enough said. This one is very easy to make. The only negative thing is the many ingredients needed for the salad dressing…but that’s what makes this salad so great: the salad dressing!”

  • I added avocados to the salad.
  • I chopped the jalapeño peppers and added them to the salad dressing.
  • I used olive oil for the salad dressing.

Preparation time: 25 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes

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