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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Paleo Freezer Cooking

Since changing our life over to a Paleo diet, I have struggled with the need to constantly cook and dirty yet another pan. Gone are the days of McDonald's drive thru and easy jars of spaghetti sauce.  Most pre-made foods have sugar in them. I'm not sure why food manufacturers think everyone needs sugar in their dinner but they do.

So my solution to give my cooking a rest on occasion is to stock pile my freezer with some meals. Now anyone with a toddler around knows that you can't just take an entire day and cook.  I decided that instead, I would triple my recipes each day for a week.  I figured that would give me one week of miserable daily cooking in exchange for two weeks worth of food in my freezer.  Without being repetitive, you can assume these are all paleo recipes. So here is the menu plan:

Monday: Meatloaf

Tuesday: Grilled chicken (I will probably more than triple this since we like extra for salads)

Wednesday: Sloppy joes (serve these in lettuce wraps or on paleo buns)

Thursday: Rats on a stick (adapted from the Eat Like a Dinosaur cookbook)

Friday: Spaghetti sauce (serve this over spaghetti squash)  - I use a Betty Crocker version recipe or make it up as I cook

Saturday: Cauliflower pizza

Sunday: Shepherds pie

There you have it. Lots of yummy foods to save you on a day when things are just not going right but you don't want to search yet again another restaurant menu for paleo options.

Now this can be rather expensive as the paleo diet over all costs more initially while you restock your pantry. I may not make these all in one week. In fact, I may just pick one recipe each week to tackle but at least there is a plan with 7 recipes.  If you tackle at least one freezer meal per week, you will still have a nice stockpile of food in your freezer.

I suggest freezing in ziploc baggies laid flat.  Cool everything in your fridge first until they are cold, then freeze them. This reduces freezer burn. Happy cooking!


Amandablair said...

What is rats on a stick?

BTE mom said...

They are ground meat with spices with a stick inserted inside. They weren't as big of a hit as I had hoped.

Anonymous said...

I modified the rats on a stick and my crew loved them. I processed purple cabbage, spinach, and yellow bell pepper until fine then added that to the meat. I added a couple eggs to bind it and added taco seasoning.

BTE mom said...

Sounds good! I can't wait to try it as the ones we had were a bit boring. Thanks for posting.