When you meet a Paleo diet enthusiast, they will probably be the first to tell you that the Paleo diet is not a diet at all, but a new way of eating that is easy and delicious. It's easy in that Paleo meals consist of just two main ingredients - lean protein and vegetables. Add seasonings and creative cooking methods and you have "delicious!" Here are some examples of how easy it is to prepare Paleo meals, whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Who doesn't like bacon and eggs?! The good news is that bacon is totally allowed on the Paleo menu and here's a great way to prepare a bacon and egg breakfast that's yummy and good for you. Look in your refrigerator veggie drawer and pull out a couple of your favorites - zucchini, peppers, broccoli, spinach, whatever you like. Cook some bacon in a large frying pan, remove from the pan but reserve a tablespoon of the bacon grease. Chop the veggies and saute in the bacon fat until tender. Beat the eggs (one per person) together with a splash of water and pour over the veggies. Crumble the bacon into the mix. Cook to desired doneness. Enjoy!
For an easy, satisfying lunch, how about a nicoise salad! First, boil some eggs. With Paleo, it's a good idea to always keep boiled eggs on hand in the refrigerator. They are great to snack on or to use in dishes like this. Wash and dry some tomatoes and some lettuce. You can use any lettuce you like, iceberg, romaine, bibb. Next, look in your pantry for tuna, green beans, capers and black olives. Place the lettuce in a bowl. Drain the tuna and green beans and add to the lettuce along with the remaining ingredients, topping it all off with chopped eggs. Whisk together 2 Tbs. olive oil and the juice of one lemon and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and you have a quick and easy, delicious lunch that won't weigh you down.
And for dinner, let's have steak! Select the cut of your choice, rib eye, sirloin, filet. For the best cooking results, let your steak come to room temperature before cooking. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Season the steak on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat an oven proof pan on the stove to high. Pour a tiny amount of olive oil in the pan and sear the steak for about 1-2 minutes on each side then place in the over to finish cooking to desired doneness. For medium rare, probably no more than 4-5 minutes. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with your choice of steamed or roasted vegetables.
Paleo is easy as one, two, three. One, pick your protein. Two, pick your vegetable. And three pick a cooking method. The combinations are endless!
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