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Is Paleo do-able for someone who's not much of a cook?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 11, 2011 at 11:45 PM

I've been lurking for ages and gathering information on Paleo for a while now - trying to work up to the courage to 'rip the bandaid off' and do a 30 day challenge. The biggest obstacle I foresee is the amount of cooking. I'm not a great cook to begin with and have always relied on a lot of grains both for bulk and convenience. I have a toddler and a demanding full-time job, and I also care for an elderly relative who lives with me. NOT trying to lay out a lot of excuses but rather trying to recognize what the challenges are to this lifestyle change.

Thanks in advance for your perspectives and advice (and for the wealth of information I've managed to pick up so far.)

Cheers!

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on June 12, 2011
at 06:45 PM

The crock pot is a great tool for non-cooks. It is almost fool proof. A lot of the crock pot recipes are already meat and veggie based so the are pretty much paleo or can be made paleo with just a few substitutions. A good cook book to start with is "200 Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes: Healthy Dinners That Are Ready When You Are!" by Dana Carpender. She is not officially paleo but comes very close a lot of the time.

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on June 12, 2011
at 06:13 PM

Thanks Ben. :D - I've been doing a lot of voting but not answering. If someone's already posted an answer I like, I generally don't post my own answer.

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on June 12, 2011
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whoa. is it just me or have you been quiet for a while? Good to see you.

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on June 12, 2011
at 04:52 AM

I totally love cooking and am rather good at it but with a baby most of our dinners consist of two sauteed veggies in butter or coconut oil in one skillet and a piece of steak in another skillet. Done and Done.

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on June 12, 2011
at 02:35 AM

Pretty much how I'm rolling these days, too.

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on June 11, 2011
at 11:58 PM

Get a crock pot and make it your new friend. Even for someone who is not a cook and has very little time, you can still put a pork roast in a crock pot, top it with sauerkraut, and come home to a finished meal 8 hours later. (Cook on low.) Or a pot roast in the crockpot. Steaks can take 10 minutes under the broiler and then you can serve with a salad. There are tons of recipes that take very little prep time and don't require the skills of Julia Child to pull off - promise.

Good luck!

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on June 12, 2011
at 06:45 PM

The crock pot is a great tool for non-cooks. It is almost fool proof. A lot of the crock pot recipes are already meat and veggie based so the are pretty much paleo or can be made paleo with just a few substitutions. A good cook book to start with is "200 Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes: Healthy Dinners That Are Ready When You Are!" by Dana Carpender. She is not officially paleo but comes very close a lot of the time.

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on June 12, 2011
at 02:29 AM

Meat -> Skillet -> Belly.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on June 12, 2011
at 04:52 AM

I totally love cooking and am rather good at it but with a baby most of our dinners consist of two sauteed veggies in butter or coconut oil in one skillet and a piece of steak in another skillet. Done and Done.

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on June 12, 2011
at 02:19 AM

I cook every single one of my meals.

The only skills used.. Chopping, boiling water and frying meat. Max 20 minutes from start to eat.

My meals might be 'boring' but they are EASY and TASTY and FILLING!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 12, 2011
at 02:35 AM

Pretty much how I'm rolling these days, too.

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on June 12, 2011
at 02:45 AM

Broil and steam. That's all I do. I broil a meat (7 to 10 minutes each side) and I steam a veggie (usually takes 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the veggie). Super simple.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 12, 2011
at 12:45 PM

whoa. is it just me or have you been quiet for a while? Good to see you.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on June 12, 2011
at 06:13 PM

Thanks Ben. :D - I've been doing a lot of voting but not answering. If someone's already posted an answer I like, I generally don't post my own answer.

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on June 12, 2011
at 01:29 AM

This is not rally an issue with paleo as much as it is with simply time-usage.

That being said what works for us is just cooking every piece of a meal - for instance the chicken for the protein piece of dinner, or the sweet potatoes etc - in larger quantities. Then just saving all the leftover pieces for tomorrow's or anytime piecing back together to a meal. So our fridge ends up full of chicken tin foil packets, baked potatoes, etc.

If you do dairy, well, of course yogurt and cottage cheese is ready-made

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on June 12, 2011
at 12:35 AM

You can do it! Check out everydaypaleo.com- lots of recipes geared toward busy families.

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on June 12, 2011
at 12:30 AM

YES! Paleo is perfect for a non-cook. Cook up some meat, throw it on some veggies and you're done.

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on June 12, 2011
at 01:22 AM

Absolutely! I mostly just made protein-heavy salads or egg dishes since I couldn't cook when I first started Paleo... but then all of the yummy Paleo food made me want to learn how to REALLY cook, and now I love cooking! Best of luck with this!

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on June 12, 2011
at 01:14 AM

There is cooking, but it doesn't have to be extensive and fancy

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