This week’s tester’s are: Alli and Michael Hirt from Seattle, WA. Alli works as a software engineer and Michael is a nuclear engineer. This cute couple met in engineering school at the University of Michigan. They love their community at CrossFit Loft in West Seattle.
“We loved cooking the meal plan, we’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to meal prepping and it was fun to try some things we wouldn’t usually make, like the Caveman Cobb or making our own mayo/dressing.”
“We have been eating Ice Age meals for several months now – they’re a great way to eat clean when you don’t have time to prep! So naturally we wanted to check out the Paleo Nick and Paleo Grind side of the site as well. We especially love the Barbacoa Ice Age meal and the Radical Rib Rub from Paleo Grind!”
Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:
Chain grocery store (Kroger): $110.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $95.00
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 double the Caveman Cobb recipe, 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 17.35 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 Super Radical Slow Cooker Ribs and Sweets. Place the ingredients into the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker on a foil lines sheet pan and place it on the counter or in the garage to cook for the next ten hours or overnight.
- Prepare the eggs, beets and squash for the Cavemann Cobb. While they are roasting/boiling, prep your veggies, steak and vinaigrette. Plate the salad ingredients and top with the steak. Enjoy this meal for dinner. Portion out any remaining salad and refrigerate for 3-5 days. You will have leftover dressing which you can refrigerate and use as you’d like.
- Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a day well done.
In cooking session two:
- Portion out the Super Radial Chicken and Potatoes. Store the portions in the refrigerator for up to seven days or freeze for up to six months. Clean out the slow cooker.
- Prepare the Sweet Chorizo Hash with Eggs and Guac and enjoy this meal for dinner. Even though the recipe states it is one portion, most people end up with leftovers. Place the hash into a container and store in the refrigerator and use within five days.
- Prepare the Lemon Pepper Roasted Salmon with Pickled Onions. Enjoy a portion of this meal for lunch or dinner. Portion out and properly store any leftovers.
- 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 was easy to prep and easy clean-up. The ribs were tender and fell right off the bone. We LOVED the Super Radical RibRub! We now put it on our chicken breast weekly meal prep regularly now,” Alli stated.
“I had trouble fitting all the ingredients into my six quart slow cooker, but jammed it all in there and stirred it a few times during the ten hour cook time to be sure they cooked evenly,” she noted.
Alli and Micheal spent thirty minutes prepping their ribs, ten hours slow cooking it, and yielded eight meals.
Notes: “This salad turned out beautifully! This is one of the most appealing meals we have made. The beets and squash were an unexpected twist on a traditional cobb salad. The dressing was tasty. We have used it on other salads since we had leftover,” Alli shared.
The prep time for this recipe was a total of thirty minutes (10 minutes to chop all veggies, 10 minutes to make dressing, 5 minutes for eggs, 2.5 minutes to prep steak and 2.5 minutes to plate), with a cook time of forty minutes. Alli and Micheal devoured the two portions it made.
Notes: “This breakfast dish was way tastier than the egg-based meals I usually make! I’ve never made my own guac before….it was delicious and easy, but took me much longer than the sixty seconds it claims in the recipe title,” Alli exclaimed.
“We made a larger batch of this recipe, so it ended up taking longer to cook than stated. We yielded way more than the four portions we expected,” Alli noted.
The testers spent thirty minutes prepping this recipe (ten minutes chopping veg, twenty minutes on the guac), twenty minutes to cook and yielded 6-8 portions of hash.
Notes: “This meal was the easiest to prep of the four meals we chose. It was simple and delicious! The Massie Mayo/remoulade recipe was so much better than any store bought,” Alli said.
If you have yet to give the Massie Mayo recipe a try, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!! It is so easy to whip together a batch that can last 3-4 weeks. You can then make so many sauces/dips with it as the base, and of course top any protein and carb loaded meal with it to add your fats.
Alli and Micheal spent twenty-five minutes (ten minutes on the pickled onions, fifteen minutes on the mayo/remoulade), twenty minutes roasting the salmon, and made two filets, equaling 8-10 portions.
Check out the pictures Alli shared from her meal plan testing journey:
Thank you Alli and Michael for participating in our meal plan testing procedure! You guys rocked it with some tasty recipe choices and awesome feedback. I look forward to having you test for us again when you are up to it.