This week’s tester is: Camille Cooper from Alburn, AL. Camille is a full-time college student. She spends her gym time at CrossFit on the Plains. When she’s not in school or at the gym, she enjoys spending time hiking with her dog, dancing, and anything that is on or near the water.
“I love anything in a crockpot, and being a student full-time and always having a full day, it’s nice to have easy recipes to throw into the crockpot, like the super radical chicken and potatoes,” Camille shared.
Approximate Meal Plan Cost As Prescribed:
Chain grocery store (Kroger): $50.00
Warehouse store (Costco or Sam’s): $40.00
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 batch of the Spicy Chicken Stir Fry, 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 17.41 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 Super Radical Chicken and Potatoes. 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 6-7 hours on high or 11-12 hours on low overnight.
- Prepare the Chipotle Chicken Pizza. Enjoy this meal for dinner. Portion out any remaining food and refrigerate for 5-7 days.
- Clean up the kitchen and pat yourself on the back for a day well done.
In cooking session two:
- Portion out the 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 meatballs and squash for the Mexican Meatball Soup. 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 six hours on high or 10-12 hours on low.
- Prepare the Spicy Chicken Stir Fry. Enjoy this meal for lunch or dinner. Portion out any remaining food and store in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- 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 loved how the chicken held on to all the flavors and spices, and I liked how easy this one pot meal was. It was delicious as leftovers as well, and held up for the rest of the week. I used red potatoes and thought the starch held up better than sweet potatoes,” Camille shared.
I had a hard time fitting the entire chicken into my Crockpot, even chopped up. And I had to buy a tool to break the whole chicken up. I would have preferred to use a mix of chicken breasts and chicken thighs,” the tester noted.
There is an article on How to Fabricate a Chicken if you have never done this before. You always have the option of using breasts, thighs, chicken legs or drummies instead of a whole chicken for this recipe.
Camille spent ten minutes prepping this recipe, six hours slow cooking it, and yielded eight portions.
Notes: “I really liked all the flavors together, and this recipe tasted good as a leftover. The bacon was my favorite touch, and I didn’t think the avocado was necessary,” Camille exclaimed.
She noted that she would try this recipe again with ground chicken instead to get a more even crust. She ended up with holes in her crust. She also thought she’d like to use a sugar-free pizza sauce instead of the tomato puree listed in the recipe. There is a recipe for a Tomato Basil Sauce on this site if you’re interested in adding even more flavor to this recipe.
Camille made note that the recipe doesn’t call for a specific amount of tomato puree, it just lists it as an ingredient. The amount you use will depend on the size your pounded out chicken breast ends up. You will want to cover the chicken without drowning it in puree.
Camille spent five minutes prepping her pizza, twenty minutes baking it, and made out with four portions.
Notes: “I really like how much food this recipe made and how simple it is in the slow cooker. The flavor of the meatballs was great, and it’s an easy way to get more vegetables in,” Camille stated.
“Next time, I would add bell peppers instead of cabbage, and mix taco seasoning and hot sauce into the crockpot. The soup is not that Mexican-tasting to me, and I like a lot of flavor and spice in my food,” she noted.
For this recipe, you need to cook the meatballs and the squash before placing all the ingredients into the slow cooker. The prep time is a little longer than most of the slow cooker recipes on this site, but the result is worth the time.
Camille spent thirty minutes prepping this dish, six hours slow cooking it, and yielded six portions.
Notes: “This is a convenient recipe that is easy to whip up and eat throughout the week. I like how easy it was; the hardest part was chopping all of the veggies,” the tester shared.
This recipe uses what Nick named the “Asian Bias Cut.” There is an article here that shows you how to achieve this specific skill.
Camille spent ten minutes prepping the stir fry, forty minutes cooking it, and made four portions.
Scroll down to see the photos Camille captured while preparing here chosen meals:
Thank you Camille for taking time time out of your very busy schedule to prep and cook these four meals. Hearing that you and your roommate meal prep together is awesome news! Taking a little time each week to plan out what you are going to be eating the following week is such a game changer when your schedule is so jam packed with attending classes and studying. Keep up the good work!