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Your Ten-Minute Paleo Dinner Hack?

Commented on January 13, 2015
Created March 11, 2010 at 4:51 AM

Here's the scenario: You've arrived home after a barefoot walk home from work, replete with intermittent sprints and parked car squats. Caveman(/woman) want eat now!

Here's the problem: Though you remembered to start a mastodon steak thawing this morning, you're expected momentarily in your neighbor's cave for 30 Rock--you only have 10 minutes to cook dinner!

Besides "throw some meat in a heated, tallowed pan," or "throw some kale in a heated, coconut oiled pan," what are your favorite quick dinner hacks? My austere bachelor paleo dinners are wearing thin...

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Sounds fantastic; thanks! "Washing up"--what's that?

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on September 11, 2012
at 11:57 PM

The fatbomb is delicious!! Don't forget the avocodo!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on September 11, 2012
at 11:56 PM

There's no excuse. If you plan right and smart you can always make meals in advance so there's never a chance you'll end up with a patty which is more soy, wheat and caramel colouring with an assortment of feedlot beef.

Ad369bbf19109804bbe6609f023285b1

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on September 11, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Thanks, looks delish.

E791387b2829c660292308092dc3ca9b

(831)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Excellent list! The only thing I would add to it is that I stock up every week on a couple of pre-washed and chopped veggies for nights just like this when I am in a hurry or too tired to cook. I fry up some meat and then toss the veggies into the pan to steam in juice.

7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on September 11, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Anything that boasts no added msg no added preservatives I stay away from as well. No added sugars are a hoot as well.

05de181d71c1df6304a03566fe821d4b

(795)

on September 11, 2012
at 12:27 AM

I personally liked "**NO ADDED** MSG" I guess because it has enough MSG by itself ;)

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

(4181)

on April 12, 2012
at 02:45 PM

I second this. My quickest and most satisfying meal lately has been to put a can of oysters and sardines together in a bowl and do a huge squeeze of lemon. If nightshades weren't being evil to me, I would also do a healthy dose of hot sauce. Also, I cook up batches of chicken drumsticks and keep those in the fridge and then keep a bag in the freezer for all the bones to make broth (but keep my grassfed ruminant bones separate to make bone broth).

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 18, 2010
at 01:26 PM

Srsly? Since when are canola oil and soybean oil as ingredients considered either healthy or 'paleo'. And no ingredients list for the jerky. I want to like and support companies that cater to paleos - but you simply have to do better than this. Even if it tastes great, that is not enough. Hell, donuts and Fritos taste awesome and if they were made entirely from grass fed beef I might eat them.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 18, 2010
at 01:17 PM

Beth, I gave you an up-vote. Yeah, Wendy's and other fast food joints aren't the best (Chipotle is not bad, though) in terms of beef quality. But its a practical solution - and as a parent of 2 girls playing travel softball (different teams) - there are times when you have no other choice (except IF, of course). As a T2 diabetic, I can't always IF randomly. However, I'm usually very good about planning my food - so I'm rarely caught out with only fast food options. But if every one else in my family wants Subway, I'll have a salad with crappy beef (and have some Cod Liver Oil when I get home).

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 18, 2010
at 01:16 PM

Beth, I gave you an up-vote. Yeah, Wendy's and other fast food joints aren't the best (Chipotle is not bad, though) in terms of beef quality. But its a practical solution - and as a parent of 2 girls playing travel softball (different teams) - there are times when you have no other choice (except IF, of course). As a T2 diabetic, I can't always IF randomly. However, I'm usually very good about planning my food - so I'm rarely caught out with only fast food options. But if every one else in my fa,ily wants Subway, I'll have a salad with crappy beef (and have some Cod Liver Oil when I get home).

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 18, 2010
at 01:08 PM

Could always do a "fat bomb". 1-2 raw eggs, some HWC and/or coconut milk, a little vanilla. Throw in the blender with ice - that should hold you for a while.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 18, 2010
at 01:06 PM

"plate the berries" - nice touch!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 18, 2010
at 01:04 PM

Stoves, ovens and gas grills aren't paleo either. Should I build a fire in the backyard every time I want to eat? Or just go "raw"? Unless I am going to re-enact a stone age lifestyle and throw away my cellphone, computer, car, video games, TV, air conditioning, everything plastic, yada yada yada - which I am not (I love these things) - I see nothing wrong with using a microwave. And yes, I've done the research and read the arguments from both sides regarding health effects. To say its not 'paleo' is not a strong enough argument to recommend not using it.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 18, 2010
at 12:53 PM

Frying with olive oil might not be such a good idea - its got a low smoke point and oxidizes easily. Tallow, lard, coconut oil, ghee, palm oil would be better choices.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on November 18, 2010
at 12:50 PM

grokpot - hahahaha

1dd1d4bde5b46b4c90efeadea3a96a75

(180)

on June 12, 2010
at 08:19 PM

Prepping meals is great, but I wouldn't say the microwave as 'paleo'...

1dd1d4bde5b46b4c90efeadea3a96a75

(180)

on June 12, 2010
at 08:15 PM

Tip - precook loads of bacon about 75% done and keep it your fridge. Throw it in your pan as it heats up and it will be ready pretty much by the time it's hot enough for eggs. Also good because bacon snacks can be cooked up in 2-3 minutes anytime.

F82f7d4dafb6d0ffc4c2ee2a85420786

(484)

on May 19, 2010
at 09:20 AM

Invest in real Tupperware if you are worried - their stuff is safe, invisible to microwaves (if it's the dedicated microwave range) and only uses vegetable-based dyes. It's exy but worth it over time. Sorry for the hard sell, but I love it!

B1b9f0574aa9571f6aec6adb81d43190

(578)

on May 18, 2010
at 12:41 PM

Andrew, we must coin that!

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on May 18, 2010
at 06:56 AM

I'm so glad you didn't call it a Grok Pot!

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

(1932)

on April 24, 2010
at 01:25 PM

And those nalgene "leakproof" bottles work.....most of the time :-) Not particularly well when they have oil in them, for some reason, darnit.

03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

(3268)

on March 12, 2010
at 08:41 PM

I like the garam masala beef recipe. You might reconsider the plastic storage containers, though, especially if you are microwaving them. I've invested in some glass/pyrex ones that I feel a lot safer with.

Df11e66ec4dd4f749eca409633b6a3fb

(595)

on March 12, 2010
at 04:17 PM

I was just about to add basically this idea. Tortilla-less fajitas! It works great and you can make massive quantities for future reheating.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on March 12, 2010
at 03:47 PM

I say ouch not because of health/nutrition/omega concerns, but because I don't want to be a party to factory farming and its associated cruelties.

Da9e3c7c4d81dd2c3d84e8b1e0e5cb10

(482)

on March 12, 2010
at 02:12 AM

Maybe not for you 42. And again, I certainly am not at all a fan of industrial beef and avoid it in general. Sorry to offend your sensibilities. Won't make that mistake again here. BTW, for a real counterpoint, see http://blog.zeroinginonhealth.com/?p=1479; its author eats supermarket meat exclusively.

Da9e3c7c4d81dd2c3d84e8b1e0e5cb10

(482)

on March 12, 2010
at 02:04 AM

I'll say ouch! Lost a couple points on that one. Ah well. As an aside, I'm not so sure it's as horrible as all that based on what I've read at PaNu. Cows are ruminants, so their diet doesn't affect their omega 3/6 balance as much as chickens or pigs. And unless you think Wendy's lies, they add nothing but salt to their beef. Again, not something for every day, but I think it works in a pinch.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

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on March 12, 2010
at 02:03 AM

Um, Wendy's meat? Really? Corn-stuffed diarrheic acid-refluxed drooling feedlot cow up to her ulcerated udders in feces and urine? That's good eatin!

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on March 11, 2010
at 09:26 PM

crockpot-- i'm on it.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on March 11, 2010
at 09:09 PM

Ouch. Quick, but dirty...

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

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on March 11, 2010
at 08:12 PM

Yeah, okay, bonding, I get it. :-) I'm not a TV watcher... My go to Primal "fast food dinner" is a cooked naked rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods, a bagged salad and a pint of raspberries. I smother the chicken with butter/lemon, heat it in the oven for 10 minutes while I un-bag the salad and plate the berries.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on March 11, 2010
at 08:03 PM

nice! frankly, your guide will probably last me for the rest of bachelorhood.

Da9e3c7c4d81dd2c3d84e8b1e0e5cb10

(482)

on March 11, 2010
at 05:59 PM

Has anyone tried just dehydrating kale? I wonder if that would work.

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on March 11, 2010
at 04:32 PM

well, I realize that capiscums and goat's cheese aren't strictly paleo, but hey a guy's gotta live a little sometimes.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 11, 2010
at 03:40 PM

Nothing is faster than leftovers.

A1ae6a36ca0f4210882603e1255ea42d

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on March 11, 2010
at 03:31 PM

I second that, easy additional sustenance: tinned fish

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 11, 2010
at 03:27 PM

It's not just the show, but the primal bonding! ;-)

D15d6820ef1545edac65e975cc2d8949

on March 11, 2010
at 03:08 PM

You're welcome! I divide them into appetizer, main course and dessert because I usually only eat in the evening. When I get home at 6-7pm, I've worked up a good appetite, so I want something to fill me up just a little bit while also being fast & easy to prepare. Then, I can continue with the main course, which might take up to one hour to prepare (like a grilled chicken) - which is okay, because I just had something to eat. Which means I eat again at 7-8pm, and then perhaps a dessert after that.

D15d6820ef1545edac65e975cc2d8949

on March 11, 2010
at 03:08 PM

You're welcome! I divide them into appetizer, main course and dessert because I usually only eat in the evenings. When I get home at 6-7pm, I've worked up a good appetite, so I want something to fill me up just a little bit while also being fast & easy to prepare. Then, I can continue with the main course, which might take up to one hour to prepare (like a grilled chicken) - which is okay, because I just had something to eat. Which means I eat again at 7-8pm, and then perhaps a dessert after that.

D15d6820ef1545edac65e975cc2d8949

on March 11, 2010
at 03:06 PM

You're welcome. I divide them into appetizer, main course and dessert because I usually only eat in the evenings. When I get home, I'm usually pretty hungry when I get home at 6-7pm, so I want something is just a little bit filling and is quick to prepare. Then, I can continue with the main course, which might take up to one hour to prepare (like a grilled chicken) - which is okay, because I just had something to eat. Eat again at 7-8pm, and then perhaps a dessert one hour later.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on March 11, 2010
at 02:06 PM

Louisa--no, not austere at all. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on March 11, 2010
at 02:04 PM

I will try to wrap my mind around these sophisticated concepts, "soup" and "appetizer." These ideas sound incredible Mikael--thank you.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 11, 2010
at 09:45 AM

Spinach soup is one of my staples, though yours sounds much more elaborate, mine is always just some variation on pureed canned spinach and cream. If I'm feeling very utilitarian I'll stew my ground meat in it too.

5ebeec76e20738d0a17cd724d64b1e0f

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on March 11, 2010
at 07:05 AM

+1. You might also throw in some butter and/or grated cheese.

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5cd18bfcafadc56292971e59f2f1faf6

on March 11, 2010
at 07:51 PM

This one is right up my alley. Here are my standards...

  • Steak 2 minutes per side in a hot iron skillet plus 5 or so minutes in the oven for thick cuts. Nothing fancy is needed with a good cut of meat.
  • Saut?? of random stuff -- Heat your fat of choice in a pan and then toss in sliced onion, garlic, mushrooms, your meat of choice (stuff like chicken breast and pork loin seem to work best), and your veggies of choice (broccoli, kale, spinach, brusselsprouts, etc.). It takes some practice to get the timing right, i.e. cooking the meat enough without burning the onions, but I'm at the point where I can grab random ingredients and come up with something good within 10 minutes (hint: start the long cooking ingredients while you're still gathering and chopping the short cooking ingredients). Bonus points for getting bacon into the mix.
  • Leftover stew -- the ultimate real-food for bachelors. This requires some time to prepare but can be stored for days of quick meals -- good for a quick lunch at work or dinner during the week. Heat your fat of choice in a pot, saut?? some onions and brown some cubed stew meat in it, then add a liquid (usually water, broth, or stock), some veggies (carrots and potatoes are good defaults if you do potatoes), some spices (bayleaf), and simmer for a long time (the longer the better). You can find tons of good stew recipes on the internet and it's easy to Paleo-ize them if needed.
  • Bacon & eggs -- I can have a plate of bacon & eggs done in less than 5 minutes. As a bonus, omelettes are great for stuffing with leftovers and random stuff.
  • Big salad -- I usually start with a base of spinach and/or kale, add some random stuff -- sliced veggies, berries, etc., add a meat if I have it (shrimp, canned fish, etc. work well and are easy to keep around), and then douse in olive oil. This can be tricky to get right and tends to only be satisfying with sufficient fat and protein from oil, meat, avocados, etc..

You'll notice that there's a lot of overlap with the random stuff used in these. That's intentional. I find the base ingredients that I like, stock up on them at the grocery store, figure out how to prepare them, and then do random stuff with them depending on my mood.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on March 11, 2010
at 08:03 PM

nice! frankly, your guide will probably last me for the rest of bachelorhood.

E791387b2829c660292308092dc3ca9b

(831)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Excellent list! The only thing I would add to it is that I stock up every week on a couple of pre-washed and chopped veggies for nights just like this when I am in a hurry or too tired to cook. I fry up some meat and then toss the veggies into the pan to steam in juice.

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B1b9f0574aa9571f6aec6adb81d43190

(578)

on March 11, 2010
at 09:53 AM

Though not a complete 10-minute dinner hack, I suggest entering the delicious world of slow-cooking and stews. Get a Crock Pot, hack vegetables (try a 2:1:1 ratio onions, carrots, celery as a base, then add anything else) and meat up, add spices, a glug of wine, and some stock to the thing before stepping out for the day.

This may require either prep in the morning or before bed, but it's worth it. And a few days working on knife skills, and getting a good sharp chef's, and the prep should take 15 minutes, max.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on March 11, 2010
at 09:26 PM

crockpot-- i'm on it.

B1b9f0574aa9571f6aec6adb81d43190

(578)

on May 18, 2010
at 12:41 PM

Andrew, we must coin that!

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on May 18, 2010
at 06:56 AM

I'm so glad you didn't call it a Grok Pot!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 18, 2010
at 12:50 PM

grokpot - hahahaha

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A1ae6a36ca0f4210882603e1255ea42d

on March 18, 2010
at 01:41 AM

I wanted to share this 'recipe' because I did this a couple of times this week with much success:

  • Put favorite pan on stove and turn on burner
  • Throw big slab of butter on pan (approx 1/8 - 1/4 cup)
  • Cut up 2-3 gloves of garlic
  • Place garlic in now melted butter with S&P plus add'l spices as needed (I like chili powder)
  • Cut up big chunk of cabbage (about 1/3 of full cabbage) and place in pan
  • Cut up some sausage into large bite-sized chunks (not too small -- they'll burn) and cook in pan

Boom. The butter cooks the cabbage quickly and the sausage cooks quickly -- especially when in small pieces. The kicker here is to find good sausage -- I had some farmer's market merguez for my meals this week (and thus the logical use of chili powder or red pepper). Also super easy clean-up.

11ea7f70081d2eb9d1f66214e8142975

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on January 13, 2015
at 03:00 PM

I tried this last night and it was delicious!

5
Cc7d7fd7c5c6da2f9e4f0a0033af8fb1

on March 11, 2010
at 05:48 AM

Chopped up chicken or steak in a pan with olive oil. Add a couple bell peppers and an onion. Mexican seasoning, chili peppers, hot sauce for flavour. Top with avocado & salsa. Takes about 15 min.

Df11e66ec4dd4f749eca409633b6a3fb

(595)

on March 12, 2010
at 04:17 PM

I was just about to add basically this idea. Tortilla-less fajitas! It works great and you can make massive quantities for future reheating.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 18, 2010
at 12:53 PM

Frying with olive oil might not be such a good idea - its got a low smoke point and oxidizes easily. Tallow, lard, coconut oil, ghee, palm oil would be better choices.

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5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on March 11, 2010
at 07:22 AM

Well, if you're really hard-core paleo you could just grab that thawed mastodon steak and gnaw on it on your way over to your neighbor's cave. :-)

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3d6de27d32b0ed5599e644ebaf849c09

on March 11, 2010
at 06:41 AM

Eggs, however you fancy them, and good quality bacon. They have a reasonable fresh shelf life, so always keep some in, and only 5 minutes to prepare.

A1ae6a36ca0f4210882603e1255ea42d

(298)

on March 11, 2010
at 03:31 PM

I second that, easy additional sustenance: tinned fish

5ebeec76e20738d0a17cd724d64b1e0f

(1922)

on March 11, 2010
at 07:05 AM

+1. You might also throw in some butter and/or grated cheese.

1dd1d4bde5b46b4c90efeadea3a96a75

(180)

on June 12, 2010
at 08:15 PM

Tip - precook loads of bacon about 75% done and keep it your fridge. Throw it in your pan as it heats up and it will be ready pretty much by the time it's hot enough for eggs. Also good because bacon snacks can be cooked up in 2-3 minutes anytime.

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4c8a9bec5a27b66b28d3c5cddeb70e93

on March 11, 2010
at 04:55 AM

Sausage (good quality), bacon, mushroom, and onion all chopped up and fried in Lard/Ghee... Cover in a locally made low-sugar tomato sauce, and pop a couple of fish oils and your good to go!

I'd say literally 15 minutes from open the fridge to put the plate in sink (Grok didn't wash up!!!)

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Sounds fantastic; thanks! "Washing up"--what's that?

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8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

on March 12, 2010
at 01:42 PM

It may not be a 10 minute hack in the sense that work has to be done in advance, but I choose to spend one day a week prepping a lot of meals (Paleo soup, baked chicken). It all goes in Tupperware or GladWare or whatever, and then gets frozen. I hit it in the microwave for 7 minutes while I'm putting away my stuff from work, so when I'm finally ready to sit down and eat, the food's ready.

If it's a matter of cooking from scratch, my default is to saute up some 95/5 or 90/10 ground beef with half a head of cauliflower (cut up into florettes) or a crown of broccoli, along with some garam masala, white pepper, black pepper, cumin, and a little cayenne. It's not the most visually appealing meal, but it tastes pretty good, it's healthy, and it's filling.

03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

(3268)

on March 12, 2010
at 08:41 PM

I like the garam masala beef recipe. You might reconsider the plastic storage containers, though, especially if you are microwaving them. I've invested in some glass/pyrex ones that I feel a lot safer with.

F82f7d4dafb6d0ffc4c2ee2a85420786

(484)

on May 19, 2010
at 09:20 AM

Invest in real Tupperware if you are worried - their stuff is safe, invisible to microwaves (if it's the dedicated microwave range) and only uses vegetable-based dyes. It's exy but worth it over time. Sorry for the hard sell, but I love it!

1dd1d4bde5b46b4c90efeadea3a96a75

(180)

on June 12, 2010
at 08:19 PM

Prepping meals is great, but I wouldn't say the microwave as 'paleo'...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 18, 2010
at 01:04 PM

Stoves, ovens and gas grills aren't paleo either. Should I build a fire in the backyard every time I want to eat? Or just go "raw"? Unless I am going to re-enact a stone age lifestyle and throw away my cellphone, computer, car, video games, TV, air conditioning, everything plastic, yada yada yada - which I am not (I love these things) - I see nothing wrong with using a microwave. And yes, I've done the research and read the arguments from both sides regarding health effects. To say its not 'paleo' is not a strong enough argument to recommend not using it.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 11, 2010
at 03:24 PM

One of the quickest proteins to cook is fish pan-fried in coconut oil or butter. Serve it with a big salad which you can throw together while the fish cooks. Or saute some spinach or other greens to accompany the fish. My favourite is wild salmon.

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D15d6820ef1545edac65e975cc2d8949

on March 11, 2010
at 07:42 AM

  1. A soup made of spinach, dijon mustard, ground muscat, tabasco, salt and coconut milk (optionally, serve with halved hardboiled eggs) - easily prepared in the microwave oven; or
  2. Can of coconut milk - add vanilla flavouring and you'll have an instant milkshake!

All this is lacking in protein, but if you're very hungry, you can have this as an appetizer and then continue preparing meat, eggs, fish, cheese or similar.

If you're on your way home from the store, pick up freshly ground meat or a big piece of cheese. Edible (and delicious!) as-is.

D15d6820ef1545edac65e975cc2d8949

on March 11, 2010
at 03:08 PM

You're welcome! I divide them into appetizer, main course and dessert because I usually only eat in the evenings. When I get home at 6-7pm, I've worked up a good appetite, so I want something to fill me up just a little bit while also being fast & easy to prepare. Then, I can continue with the main course, which might take up to one hour to prepare (like a grilled chicken) - which is okay, because I just had something to eat. Which means I eat again at 7-8pm, and then perhaps a dessert after that.

D15d6820ef1545edac65e975cc2d8949

on March 11, 2010
at 03:08 PM

You're welcome! I divide them into appetizer, main course and dessert because I usually only eat in the evening. When I get home at 6-7pm, I've worked up a good appetite, so I want something to fill me up just a little bit while also being fast & easy to prepare. Then, I can continue with the main course, which might take up to one hour to prepare (like a grilled chicken) - which is okay, because I just had something to eat. Which means I eat again at 7-8pm, and then perhaps a dessert after that.

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on March 11, 2010
at 02:04 PM

I will try to wrap my mind around these sophisticated concepts, "soup" and "appetizer." These ideas sound incredible Mikael--thank you.

D15d6820ef1545edac65e975cc2d8949

on March 11, 2010
at 03:06 PM

You're welcome. I divide them into appetizer, main course and dessert because I usually only eat in the evenings. When I get home, I'm usually pretty hungry when I get home at 6-7pm, so I want something is just a little bit filling and is quick to prepare. Then, I can continue with the main course, which might take up to one hour to prepare (like a grilled chicken) - which is okay, because I just had something to eat. Eat again at 7-8pm, and then perhaps a dessert one hour later.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 11, 2010
at 09:45 AM

Spinach soup is one of my staples, though yours sounds much more elaborate, mine is always just some variation on pureed canned spinach and cream. If I'm feeling very utilitarian I'll stew my ground meat in it too.

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C0216e531655ebb46e6418acb0585c0a

on September 10, 2012
at 11:41 PM

Paleo tacos - saute ground beef, add taco seasonings to taste (e.g. chili powder, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper) and some fresh salsa and avacado. Serve in lettuce wraps instead of taco shells.

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Fc7712b6a931b618ffaf4d6475b5d8f4

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on March 12, 2010
at 04:29 AM

Haha, here are a few recipes I enjoy every week. They are very cheap and you can prepare them in 10 minutes, but they take another 20 to cook.

  • Stir-fried sauerkraut with cooked pumpkin and sausages
  • Grated zucchinis with seafood
  • Meat-stuffed Squash
  • Grated cauliflower couscous with lamb and carrots
  • Baked nightshades (tomatoes and eggplants) with sardines and anchovies
  • Seaweed-wrapped burritos/temakis with guacamole/ground-game-meat/tapenade and salad.

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on March 11, 2010
at 07:34 AM

I would turn on the grill, pop on one regular sausage or blood sausage, which takes 10 minutes on high, put in bacon after 4 minutes, and after 5 minutes crack two eggs into a frying pan of lard and fry till done. Many a time I will eat this on a bed of young greens or wilted spinach/swiss chard - or is this what you mean by your austere bachelor dinners?

If it is, then I would make it a little more interesting, perhaps a three-egg omelette made with milk or water cooked in lard, with scraps of bacon, onion and maybe goats cheese added to the middle nearing the end of cooking, (if you are that way inclined with the goat's cheese) add to this some spinach or other dark green leaves such as arugula, which can be thrown in and will naturally wilt in the heat, then the edges of the omelette can be folded over. Keep the eggs verging on raw in the middle as they continue to cook as the omelette sits on the table. For variety try marinated pepper (capiscum) slices inside, sliced sausages, chicken chunks or whatever else you have hanging around in the fridge as a filling; mushrooms, anchovies, salmon, whatever - the possibilities are endless. This meal takes under ten minutes and can be eaten on its own for a satisfying and chic meal for one.

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(7073)

on March 11, 2010
at 04:32 PM

well, I realize that capiscums and goat's cheese aren't strictly paleo, but hey a guy's gotta live a little sometimes.

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on March 11, 2010
at 02:06 PM

Louisa--no, not austere at all. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

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on September 11, 2012
at 12:53 AM

I love to just put some duck fat on the pan and cook up a few eggs and a slice of bacon. Then I'll saute some veggies in whats left of the duck fat and bacon grease. Quick and delicious!

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on May 18, 2010
at 11:12 PM

I tried the BEAT salad from MDA (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/bacon-egg-avocado-and-tomato-salad/) over the weekend & it was quick easy & yummy. BEAT = Bacon, Egg, Avocado & Tomato. I fried eggs in coconut oil, but recipe was for boiled. Preparation is to chop it all up and mix together.

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on September 11, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Thanks, looks delish.

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on March 11, 2010
at 04:13 PM

quick one pan chicken alfredo: slice chicken into medallions or strips so it will cook quickly in a stick of butter. once chicken is no longer pink add 8 oz cream cheese and .5-1 cup heavy cream depending on how thick you like the sauce. Takes about 15 minutes! Season to taste with garlic salt and lemon pepper.

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on March 11, 2010
at 02:11 PM

Here's my really quick dinner hack: a Wendy's double burger (throw away the bun) with two side salads (replace their dressing with my own vinaigrette that's half EVOO, half vinegar). And if I'm not able to take it home, I'll bring the vinaigrette with me in one of these Nalgene leakproof jars from the Container store.

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on March 12, 2010
at 03:47 PM

I say ouch not because of health/nutrition/omega concerns, but because I don't want to be a party to factory farming and its associated cruelties.

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on March 11, 2010
at 09:09 PM

Ouch. Quick, but dirty...

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on March 12, 2010
at 02:04 AM

I'll say ouch! Lost a couple points on that one. Ah well. As an aside, I'm not so sure it's as horrible as all that based on what I've read at PaNu. Cows are ruminants, so their diet doesn't affect their omega 3/6 balance as much as chickens or pigs. And unless you think Wendy's lies, they add nothing but salt to their beef. Again, not something for every day, but I think it works in a pinch.

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on March 12, 2010
at 02:12 AM

Maybe not for you 42. And again, I certainly am not at all a fan of industrial beef and avoid it in general. Sorry to offend your sensibilities. Won't make that mistake again here. BTW, for a real counterpoint, see http://blog.zeroinginonhealth.com/?p=1479; its author eats supermarket meat exclusively.

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on March 12, 2010
at 02:03 AM

Um, Wendy's meat? Really? Corn-stuffed diarrheic acid-refluxed drooling feedlot cow up to her ulcerated udders in feces and urine? That's good eatin!

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on April 24, 2010
at 01:25 PM

And those nalgene "leakproof" bottles work.....most of the time :-) Not particularly well when they have oil in them, for some reason, darnit.

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on November 18, 2010
at 01:16 PM

Beth, I gave you an up-vote. Yeah, Wendy's and other fast food joints aren't the best (Chipotle is not bad, though) in terms of beef quality. But its a practical solution - and as a parent of 2 girls playing travel softball (different teams) - there are times when you have no other choice (except IF, of course). As a T2 diabetic, I can't always IF randomly. However, I'm usually very good about planning my food - so I'm rarely caught out with only fast food options. But if every one else in my fa,ily wants Subway, I'll have a salad with crappy beef (and have some Cod Liver Oil when I get home).

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on November 18, 2010
at 01:17 PM

Beth, I gave you an up-vote. Yeah, Wendy's and other fast food joints aren't the best (Chipotle is not bad, though) in terms of beef quality. But its a practical solution - and as a parent of 2 girls playing travel softball (different teams) - there are times when you have no other choice (except IF, of course). As a T2 diabetic, I can't always IF randomly. However, I'm usually very good about planning my food - so I'm rarely caught out with only fast food options. But if every one else in my family wants Subway, I'll have a salad with crappy beef (and have some Cod Liver Oil when I get home).

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on September 11, 2012
at 11:56 PM

There's no excuse. If you plan right and smart you can always make meals in advance so there's never a chance you'll end up with a patty which is more soy, wheat and caramel colouring with an assortment of feedlot beef.

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on March 11, 2010
at 11:29 AM

Hot wok, coconut oil, meat from the fridge (or chicken breast or shrimp from the freezer), whatever veg I have handy, shaoxiang wine and soy sauce and/or stock and/or bean paste and/or hoisin or oyster sauce and/or chili paste (or coconut milk, curry paste, and Thai-style seasonings instead)... boom, lunch.

Sure, it's "meat and a hot pan"... but with a little knowledge and a few extra ingredients, there's absolutely nothing austere about it. Chinese and Thai cooking are totally adaptable to paleo if you don't mind a bit of fermented soy in passing.

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on September 11, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Two words, "Sushi Grade". I love raw fish. Throw in some raw veggies that you enjoy and/or some seaweed and you can eat in seconds.

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on September 11, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Omelette with whatever meat, cheese, veggies and fats I have handy. Easy breezy. Takes 5 min to make and 2 to eat. You get 3 minutes to spare to burp and clean up.

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on September 11, 2012
at 03:01 PM

Easy meal hack

2 cans of tuna in olive oil does the trick (no drain) either mix with tuna or drink it so yummy. If that is not available do sardines or get en in water drain and add your own oil. Or mix with avocado, fry in ghee? I never tried the last option though. If it's light you need try 1 can with olive oil and one in water or just one olive oil can of tuna is good enough for a light meal. No carbs just protein and fat :)

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on September 11, 2012
at 12:59 AM

Shredded pork (cooked in pressure cooker two days ago) shredded with a healthy helping of Ras al Hanout (Courtesy of Melissa Joulwan---Ingredients: 2 (level) teaspoons salt 2 (heaping) teaspoons cumin 2 (level) teaspoons ginger 2 (conservative) teaspoons black pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon coriander 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1/4 (slightly rounded) teaspoon nutmeg optional: 1 teaspoon saffron threads (I still don’t have saffron.)

avacado on side with quick squirt of aged balsamic and salad

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on September 11, 2012
at 12:58 AM

2 cans of tuna [in water of course], 1 avocado. Throw into a bowl and mix, season with salt/pepper/lemon juice/whatever else you like. Quick, easy, healthy, filling, delicious.

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on May 18, 2010
at 02:38 AM

A wonderful meal is the combination of micro-greens topped with a can of skinless/boneless sardines in olive oil including the oil from the can. Just add a couple of squeezes of lemon, some black pepper (and cayenne if it's one of those nights), a clove of garlic smashed and diced and it's a wonderful dinner, rich in flavor and nicely balanced with a nice dose of Omega-3. Stopped at TJ's for both this evening. Was very satisfying and is a favorite.

I didn't have good luck with the TJ's smoked sardines with the skin and bones. The skin had too weird of a mouth feel, sharp and wrinkled. Blech.

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on April 12, 2012
at 02:45 PM

I second this. My quickest and most satisfying meal lately has been to put a can of oysters and sardines together in a bowl and do a huge squeeze of lemon. If nightshades weren't being evil to me, I would also do a healthy dose of hot sauce. Also, I cook up batches of chicken drumsticks and keep those in the fridge and then keep a bag in the freezer for all the bones to make broth (but keep my grassfed ruminant bones separate to make bone broth).

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on March 27, 2010
at 03:20 AM

Keep a crock pot going all the time with cheaper grass fed beef and bones cooking slowly in it. I love avacados on the run by themselves or with fried eggs on top of them.

Fast if you are really caught short. IF works best when it is NOT planned, like Grok. Planned IF_ing allows the body to anticipate it. Learn to fed off the fast as an addition not a subtraction to your diet.

Meals are far more satiable when planned in advanced. Just knowing you have this feast, regardless of size ahead of allows the body to wait and enjoy it better.

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on March 24, 2010
at 05:31 PM

Eggs, eggs, eggs. The best thing for quick meal

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on November 18, 2010
at 01:08 PM

Could always do a "fat bomb". 1-2 raw eggs, some HWC and/or coconut milk, a little vanilla. Throw in the blender with ice - that should hold you for a while.

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on September 11, 2012
at 11:57 PM

The fatbomb is delicious!! Don't forget the avocodo!

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on March 24, 2010
at 01:06 PM

If you are Primal a few fast lard fried eggs would do the trick.

Also a handful of macadamia nuts takes no time to prepare and less time to eat. They are my emergency, I can't find anything primal/paleo/gluten-free to eat snack.

Also this scenario would be be an interesting time to try some IF.

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on March 11, 2010
at 02:22 PM

The kale chips thing works, though I find you've got to bake them for 20-25 minutes. And while you need a touch of oil on them, it does need to be just a touch. Too much oil and they will never properly crisp up. Low oven temp too - 250 degrees. But if you get it right they are pretty good.

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on March 11, 2010
at 01:48 PM

Whenever I do have time to cook, I cook LOTS - providing me with leftovers that are quick and easy most of the time.

Last weekend I made two different soups/stews - one in the crock pot (beef bones with lots of chunks and marrow + veggies) and one on the stove (tripe with home-made tomato sauce, garlic, onions, etc).

Both batches gave me easy to re-heat meals for days.

This weekend I'll be throwing a pork shoulder and some other assorted meats on the smoker. Next week's 10-minute meals won't be an issue.

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on March 11, 2010
at 03:40 PM

Nothing is faster than leftovers.

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on March 11, 2010
at 01:36 PM

I would miss the TV show and make myself a nice dinner!

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on March 11, 2010
at 08:12 PM

Yeah, okay, bonding, I get it. :-) I'm not a TV watcher... My go to Primal "fast food dinner" is a cooked naked rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods, a bagged salad and a pint of raspberries. I smother the chicken with butter/lemon, heat it in the oven for 10 minutes while I un-bag the salad and plate the berries.

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on March 11, 2010
at 03:27 PM

It's not just the show, but the primal bonding! ;-)

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on November 18, 2010
at 01:06 PM

"plate the berries" - nice touch!

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on March 11, 2010
at 09:33 AM

For leafy veggies, I like to tear them into large pieces, spray with some olive oil (I use a can... not quite paleo maybe but convenient. tho I think you can also get bottle that you pump with your hand then spray out oil) and put on a little salt if you eat that...then broil for about 5 minutes.

They get crispy and you eat them like chips!! Usually I use kale, but the store was out today and i tried it with... something else... think it might be swiss chard. Anyways its good too.

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on March 11, 2010
at 05:59 PM

Has anyone tried just dehydrating kale? I wonder if that would work.

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on March 12, 2010
at 05:52 AM

paleobrands.com

I like the meatballs!

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on November 18, 2010
at 01:26 PM

Srsly? Since when are canola oil and soybean oil as ingredients considered either healthy or 'paleo'. And no ingredients list for the jerky. I want to like and support companies that cater to paleos - but you simply have to do better than this. Even if it tastes great, that is not enough. Hell, donuts and Fritos taste awesome and if they were made entirely from grass fed beef I might eat them.

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on September 11, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Anything that boasts no added msg no added preservatives I stay away from as well. No added sugars are a hoot as well.

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on September 11, 2012
at 12:27 AM

I personally liked "**NO ADDED** MSG" I guess because it has enough MSG by itself ;)

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