This week’s tester is: the ever so awesome India Wood and her fur friend Whiskey from San Diego, CA. India has tested for us a handful of times now, and I always look forward to her feedback and amazing photos! Here is what she had to share this time around:
What do you do for a living? “I recently started a new job at Ametek/VTI Instruments. I still work in a cubicle but at least I have a stand-up desk this time! Plus, my company is hosting a health fair this month for their employees.”
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? “Working out with all of my friends at CrossFit ATR, cooking, and playing with Whiskey.”
Any additional information you would like to share: “I found Paleo Nick on Instagram. The Slow Cooker Pork Belly Tacos recipe is my new favorite recipe! The Paleo Hoisin Sauce is the best sauce everrrrr!!!
Did you enjoy cooking this meal plan? I enjoyed it very much! I think you should remove the ‘dislikes’ part on the feedback form. There is nothing that I dislike about Paleo Nick or his recipes.”
Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:
Chain grocery store (Kroger): $115.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $85.00
Your final tally will depend on your geographic location and how much you rely on bulk purchases. As an example, you can get one quart of extra light olive oil at Kroger for $19.99 or you can get four quarts at Costco for $16.50. You follow? Meat and produce will also be less at the warehouse stores, but might mean you’re buying more than you’ll need for this plan.
Customize Your Plan and Shop It Up!
I have created a customizable grocery list in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. Even if you’re no good with Excel, I’ve set it up in a foolproof way that even “The Jo!” could handle. Just 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 Bacon Berry Protein Muffins just change the “1” to a “2” and it will increase the ingredients for this recipe. Make sense?
- Click back to the tab that says “Meal Plan 17.27 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 and two cooking sessions. I’ll explain these now, but make sure to scroll down to the notes on each meal below. They are listed beneath each picture.
In cooking session one:
- Prepare the Pork Belly, place it into the slow cooker, set the slow cooker on a foil-lined sheet pan, and leave it on your counter or in your garage to cook for six hours on low.
- Prepare the Bacon Berry Protein Muffins. Place two muffins into ziploc bags or containers and freeze. Pull out when needed.
- When the Pork Belly has finished cooking, slice or shred and portion it out. Follow the instructions for completing the Pork Belly Tacos and enjoy a few for dinner.
- Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a day well done.
In cooking session two:
- Prepare the Super Radical Chicken Legs, Massie Mayo and Red Onion Remoulade. Enjoy this meal for lunch. Portion out any leftovers and refrigerate for up to five days.
- Prepare the Paolina Pasta. Portion out and store in the refrigerator for five to seven days or freeze for up to six months. Enjoy a portion for dinner if you’d like.
- 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: “I liked everything about this recipe!! I had extra of the Paleo Hoisin Sauce and was a hit at a 4thof July BBQ. It was eaten up by everyone before the store-bought salsa was! I liked the idea of using lettuce leaf as the taco shells. My “shells” were fresh and crisp, and it provided a delightful crunch with each bite,” India shared.
“There is absolutely nothing that I dislike about this recipe. The Stuffed Bison Sweet Potatoes was my all-time favorite Paleo Nick recipe but the Slow Cooker Pork Belly Tacos took its spot. San Diego is known for their tacos and beer, but the city better watch out because these tacos are the best. Portions made would have been ten (10) tacos if I cooked 3 pounds of meat but I only cooked half of that amount (which I truly regret),” she noted.
The Paleo Hoisin recipe is included in this week’s recipe compilation and the ingredients are found in the weekly grocery list for you also.
India spent twenty minutes prepping this meal, six hour and six minutes cooking it all, and made five tacos cooking half the amount of meat the recipe called for.
Notes: “These muffins are berry delicious! See what I did there? Word of advice, don’t post an image of these muffins on any social media website because your friends will beg you for one. The dozen that I baked didn’t even last for 24 hours. I am a sucker for sweet n’ salty flavors; the sweetness from the blueberries and bananas with the saltiness from the bacon was a delicious combination. These muffins are perfect for breakfast when you’re on the go,” India exclaimed
With a prep time of five minutes, and thirty minutes of baking, India prepared twelve muffins. This would be a great recipe to double!
Notes: “I loved the ease of this recipe, including the Massie Mayo recipe; yet the presentation of this dish looked fancy (even the name sounds fancy). The Super Radical Rib Rub had a nice smoky kick to it but the red onion remoulade was sweet. The rub and the sauce balanced the flavors in perfect harmony. I bet Nick has a recipe for paleo slaw that will plate well with these drumsticks. Yum!” India stated.
“I don’t own a grill! I cut slices in the most meaty parts of the drumsticks, before searing them in a hot skillet for a couple of minutes. After that I transferred them into the oven at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes,” she shared.
You’ll need to whip up a batch of Massie Mayo in order to make the remoulade for the meal. I have included the recipe and ingredients with this week’s plan.
India spent seventeen minutes prepping this meal, forty minutes cooking it, and yielded 6-2 leg portions.
Notes: “This is a great healthy alternative to wheat pasta if you’re a pasta lover like me. It was very quick and easy to prep and cook – it took me under an hour! I was able to enjoy this meal without feeling bloated or heavy like I usually do after eating a plate full of pasta covered in heavy sauce (yikes!),” the tester proclaimed.
“I added more protein to the recipe. I used two grass-fed jalapeño stuffed sausage links instead of one. I like a little heat in my pasta which is why I chose spicy sausage. If I used regular sausage I would most likely add red pepper flakes to the tomato sauce,” she noted.
India spent ten minutes prepping this dish, twenty-five minutes cooking it, and made three good sized portions.
Check out the AMAZING photos India submitted for this meal plan:
Thank you India for once again making my job fun and easy with all your awesome photos and feedback with these four great recipe choices. Your muffins look OUTRAGEOUS! The addition of the IAM stickers was a nice touch. You rocked it girl!!