We have six great choices for you this week! There are three hearty, chili-style dishes, the all time great, Paleo Chicken Salad, and two pork dishes to stock your Bank Account.
Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:
Chain grocery store (Kroger): $160.00
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:
- 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 want to make a double batch of the 10 Minute Game Day Chili, change the “1” below the Chili to a “2” and it will double the listed ingredients for you.
- Click back to the tab that says “Meal Plan 16.11 Grocery List” and your quantities will be updated.
- Print out the grocery list from the first tab only.
- 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 the notes on each meal below. They are listed under each picture.
In cooking session one:
- Prepare your Pork Chile El Nopal, 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 chicken and Massie Mayo for your Paleo Pecan Chicken Salad. The chicken needs a chance to chill, so we will throw the rest of it together tomorrow.
- Prepare the Jalapeno Pork Tenderloin. Enjoy this for your meal this evening. Properly store the remaining portions in your refrigerator for 5-7 days or freeze up to 6 months.
- Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a day well done.
In cooking session two:
- Portion out the Pork Chile El Nopal. Refrigerate or freeze your portions and clean out the slow cooker. Prepare the Beef Stew with Green Chiles and Yams and place into your slow cooker. Place on a foil lined sheet pan, and place in it your garage or leave it on the counter to cook for the next 6-10 hours.
- Prepare the Paleo Chicken Salad. Eat a portion and properly store any leftovers.
- Prepare the 10 Minute Game Day Chili. Portion out and properly store in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze for up to 6 months.
- Once the Beef Stew has finished cooking, portion this out and properly store. Enjoy a portion for dinner if you’d like.
- Clean up the kitchen and polish up that sink!
In finishing session:
- Prepare the Spicy Pork Salad (Laarb). Enjoy a portion with lettuce wraps, and portion out the leftovers (if any) and properly store.
- 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 PaleoNick.com!
Notes: This recipe is a wonderfully hearty slow cooker dish that is simple and very tasty.
The ingredients listed include 1 jar of Nopal Cactus. You can sometimes find this fresh in you local grocery store, but if you can’t find it fresh or jarred, celery is a great substitution. The recipe also lists cilantro, avocado, lime and jalapeno’s as garnishes. These items have been added to your grocery list.
Notes: This is one of my all time favorite dishes to make and have on hand in the refrigerator for a meal or a quick snack. I love the crunch the pecans, celery and grapes give it! You can pair this with lettuce leaves and eat like wraps, or just with a fork right out of the container.
Be sure to whip up a batch of Massie Mayo to go with it. The ingredients for the mayo are on the grocery list. If you don’t plan to make it, be sure to change the “1” to a “0” on the “Menu and Ingredients” tab of the excel sheet in order to remove the ingredients from your list before heading to the store.
Notes: Another great slow cooker meal, this beef dish paired with the kick of the green chiles is a winner in my book.
You can choose the heat of the green chiles in order to achieve your spice tolerance. This meal is a well balanced option that freezes very well.
Notes:This light and tasty dish has just the right amount of sweet and spicy. The crunch of the veggies paired with the right amount of juicy mangoes and the mint hits the spot.
You will want to be sure your mangoes are ripe for this dish. There is a jalapeno option, the recipe calls for 1/2, but you can always use a whole pepper for more heat or eliminate it if you don’t care for the spice.
Notes: 10 minute Chili…What!?! No joke. This super quick meal can be whipped up any day at anytime with the right ingredients.
The recipe says to garnish with lime juice, green onions and jalapeno. These items are not listed on the grocery list, so be sure to add them to your list if wanted. Go ahead and double this recipe if you’d like to stock it in your Paleo Bank Account. You can do this by changing the “1” below the Chili heading on the “Menu and Ingredients” tab on the excel spreadsheet to a “2”.
Notes: This Thai inspired dish is new to the meal plan. It’s too bad we didn’t get any feedback from Jo. I have never tried Laarb, but recently noticed it on the menu at my favorite Thai place. I will have to make it!
Pair it with lettuce leaves if you’d like as a great appetizer option for your next gathering.The Thai chiles and kaffir lime leaves can be found at any Asian market. Fish sauce can also be found there, but you can usually find it at your neighborhood grocery store in the Asian food section.