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How do you plan ahead?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 04, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I am new to this paleo lifestyle, and am finding it hard to have everything I need to adhere to the plan. Im a nurse and usually work 60 + hours a week, plus am a full time student. Even planning my meals ahead of time requires me to cook daily. Any ideas for grab and go meals? Anything will help! Thanks!

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on June 04, 2013
at 09:14 PM

Breakfast: boil 12 eggs. Peel (o rnot, your choice) and refrigerate for breakfast.

Lunch and Dinner: roast/cook enough meat for the week, split it up into 'I can bring this to the break room and nom it' portions via tupperware, and just grab and go.

Basicall, have a cooking day. Freeze the meals for the last half of the week and refrigerate the meals for the first. Works for me, but I work at home... so I have no excuse, except that I don't want to take 2 hours out of every work day just to cook.

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on June 05, 2013
at 07:03 PM

Easy to grab snacks, like jerky, nuts, and fruit have saved me countless times. As for larger meals, like breakfast, eggs are very easy (and cheap) to prepare in a number of ways, plus, everything can be made better with bacon :). Slow cookers are awesome for almost any meat/veg mix for dinner, and can be large enough to prepare two days worth of meals. Simple two piece meals (a protein and a veg) can become incredibly easy and tasty when thrown on the grill. I've found that a lot of paleo-newcomers get frustrated when they try to over think their meals and create tons of combinations. They run out of ideas, throw up their hands in frustration, and reach for an easy fix...like a bagel. Like most things in life, simple is best. Experiment with some herbs and spices to make those simple choices even better.

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on June 04, 2013
at 09:09 PM

I've been cooking several meals on Sunday so I have enough for lunch and dinners for the week. Lately I've been making a HUGH paleo meatloaf with vegetables and haven't gotten sick of it yet. The one thing is cooking for one means a boat load of repeating meals and leftovers. Variety is very hard.

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on June 04, 2013
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One tip I saw that was helpful was to mix a huge salad at the beginning of the week for lunches, and then just have some of that every day with a bit of protein. Then cooking some chicken that same day and shredding it, or some beef and slicing it, has easy assemble meals for the rest of the week.

Also, finding things that freeze well helps! We made cauliflower rice (just throw some cauliflower into a food processor and pulse it until you get small, rice-sized pieces) and then put several bags into the freezer. For a fast fix, pop one out and put in boiling water, or even nuke it. A bit of oil and garlic, and it's filling!

Hope this helps, I'm pretty new too, and still always looking for fast ideas myself.

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