Success with the Paleo diet really depends on how much effort you are willing to put into finding delicious recipes that don't get boring. My success has also relied heavily on how easy the recipes are to prepare. I don't have a lot of time between work, working out and developing my personal hobbies, so cooking has to be quick and efficient.
I often cook enough of each meal to have lunch for the next day. To help you out as you may be exploring the Paleo diet or looking for new recipes to add to your mix, here are my top two recipes:
1) Grilled Chicken Tenders
This recipe is simple because all you need is 1.5 - 2 lbs. Chicken Tenderloins or Breasts and any spices you would like to use to flavor the chicken. I am not a fan of boring meals, so I will do my best to find a "Paleo-Friendly" sauce or seasoning at the grocery store. Simply season your chicken the night before and place it in the fridge until you're ready to grill. I usually grill these for 12-18 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. You can add any vegetable to the meal. I usually do asparagus, brussels sprouts or peppers, which are all great to add to the grill as the chicken cooks.
2) Sweet Potato, Onion and Steak Hash
My personal favorite part about eating Paleo is eating a variety of meats. I tend to look for a lean steak meat, again 1.5 to 2 lbs. I will chop two sweet potatoes, one yellow onion and the steak into cubes. I cook the steak through in one pan and the veggies in the other with one to two tablespoons of coconut oil. When it's all cooked, I layer the meat over the vegetables in a bowl. Sweet potatoes are such a nutrient-packed food that I could eat them for almost every meal, so I don't tend to add to many spices other than salt and pepper. Occasionally, I will add salsa or hot sauce to the mix.
I love to mix up these dishes, so I can eat them each once a week. You can mix up which spices you use, what kind of meat you use and what vegetables to include. It's really all about finding new flavors and playing with new recipes, but keeping it simple. If you're ever in need of some inspiration, throw on the Food Channel and watch a round or two of Chopped. That's where I get my inspiration.
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