There were an ENORMOUS number of readers who wanted to see an entire week’s worth of CrockPot meals, so that’s what I’m delivering this week, with the help of PaleoPot. They have submitted their favorite meals and I’ve picked one of my own, that’s a total of FIVE CrockPot meals. That is enough to set you all up for the work week, and I’m relatively certain you will also have enough for a couple lunches worth of leftovers. This should be an EASY shopping trip this week.
If you are brand new to Paleo, I want to assure you that the shopping and prepping and cooking that go along with eating whole foods DOES become easier. You learn to shop your pantry first, then go to the store. Or you learn to check your store’s local ad and shop around whichever meat is on sale that week. You will learn to sub cheap stew cuts for more expensive sirloin. And you learn to buy in bulk when and where you can, like when the ground beef is buy one get one free.
This week, Breakfast is in Make it Paleo, so if you don’t have the cookbook, go out and buy it NOW, or order it by clicking RIGHT HERE. There is a reason I’m pushing this cookbook off on you all each week. It has been essential in my Paleo journey and I think that EVERYONE should own it. I don’t give up recipes that aren’t otherwise found on the web, so you will want to have this cookbook.
I personally haven’t tried all of these CrockPot recipes so this will be my first week trying them, therefore, I’m just going to present them to you without a whole lot of fanfare. The brains at PaleoPot say that these are the fan favorites so I’m sure they’re delicious. Let’s show him LOTS of love this week, OK? Jason over at PaleoPot doesn’t believe that people want to cook in their CrockPot all week, but I know LOTS of working moms who would disagree!
Welcome back to our Paleo Meal Planning, I hope you enjoy what we’ve picked out this week! And please let us know if you are craving something in particular! We’ll be happy to add it next week.
Root Vegetable Hash & Poached Egg
OK SO I found the Root Vegetable Hash online. I’m just going to tell you what I told myself the first day I tried this: Just TRY it. IF you don’t like it, you can throw it away and you never have to eat it again. I didn’t LOVE it the first day I ate it. I actually had to choke it down. Not because of the taste, but because it contains beets and I was certain that I hated beets. I ate it the next morning and choked a little less. By the third day, I love it. I LOVE BEETS. Pickled beets? Not so much. Canned beets? Keep ‘em. But fresh, roasted beets? REALLY, REALLY good. SO I implore you: Try them. You won’t regret it. Another note about this recipe: Skip the rosemary if you don’t like earthy-tasting things. Rosemary is relatively earthy and makes these veggies taste like…Earth. I prefer to add Oregano to mine instead of Rosemary, but if you love Rosemary, have at it.
Coconut Flour Waffles and Pancakes
These Paleo Pancakes are a family favorite. We drizzle them with Maple Syrup or honey, or spread them with nut butter for a protein-packed post workout snack. Make a double or triple batch, put them in ziploc baggies, and heat them up for 30 seconds in the morning for a quick breakfast. The ingredients list online calls for raisins, but doesn’t mention raisins anywhere in the instructions, and the recipe in my cookbook doesn’t say anything about raisins either, so I left them off of the shopping list. If you want raisins in your pancakes, have at it.
This week for lunch, I want you to focus on eating leftovers, or salad. Buy a couple bags of pre-made salad for easy fixings, or a few heads of lettuce for a more budget-friendly option. Play with whole fruit and veggies to top your salad with. I love having leftovers on my salad sometimes. The meatloaf this week would be REALLY good crumbled up on top of a salad with some cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and some mandarin orange wedges. If you like crunch on your salad, top it with nuts and seeds then drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar and olive oil. It’s SO delicious. I know people often have a hard time with leftovers; that seems to be a common theme with people I talk to. Leftovers are leftover money, think of them that way. For those of us on a budget, leftovers can really save the bank account from a dry spell because you’re replacing a meal with one that already existed. Try to find new, fun ways to eat your leftovers so that you have two distinct meals instead of two of the same meal. Ya’ dig?
Paleo Kielbasa and SuperKraut:
I hear people in the grain-free community lauding sauerkraut for its miraculous healing properties. It used to be one of my favorite foods (ask my parents), but I haven’t had it in years. I’m REALLY excited to have an excuse to buy some this week. Kielbasa is one of The Workaholic’s favorite foods. We used to eat it all the time in Jambalaya, and rice, and all kinds of grain-laden things. Now we get to enjoy it with sauerkraut. I can’t WAIT. Make this on your most pressed day. It’s a quick prep and a hearty meal.
Paleo Sausage Stuffed Peppers:
One of The Nerd’s favorite things when he was younger was stuffed peppers. Back then we used rice and tons of cheese to stuff them, but these Paleo CrockPot peppers are stuffed with sausage and cauliflower rice. They won’t take long to put together, but are perfectly hearty for a meal.
Paleo Mango Coconut Chipotle Chicken:
My kids LOVE sweet meat. Every time I make some sort of sweet chicken dish, I am terrified that they won’t like it, but they always do. Serve this over riced Cauliflower, which takes NO time to make (grate in your food processor then microwave for 3 minutes). If your kids are weirdos like mine, they will love this fruity Paleo chicken creation.
Easy Paleo Crock Pot Chicken Curry with Peppers and Cabbage:
CURRY! I love Curry. Anything resembling Thai or Indian food is a very, very good thing. The Workaholic loves it too which is just a bonus, because when he crawls into bed at 3am, I love it when he leans over and tells me how delicious dinner was. It usually only happens on Curry or Chinese nights. Maybe I should make more dishes like this. This Paleo Curry should knock your socks off and leave your house smelling like woah.
Super Fast Slow Cooker Paleo Meatloaf:
I know we had this last week, but I’m a firm believer that meatloaf should be a weekly feature. We have some sort of Paleo meatloaf at least once a week. I’m not kidding. Sometimes, when I don’t put it in the CrockPot, I shape it into little mini-loaves and cook it for about 40 minutes. And sometimes I put meatloaf in muffin tins then top with mashed cauliflower for little meatloaf cupcakes. But since this is a CrockPot week, we’re going to throw this into the slow cooker and leave it all day long so that we can go to CrossFit then to the notary then to mail paperwork to the ex then to ballet then…you get the point.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork:
This should be your Saturday or Sunday meal. This CrockPot Paleo Pork will feed you for DAYS. The yield is amazing and is phenomenal when reheated and served topped with an egg. I’m drooling. **someone get me a rag, please?** I love pulled pork. Don’t be tempted to run out and eat this on a bun. Get creative. And if you need some help? Visit PaleoPot for some great Pulled Pork Re-Use ideas. They’re the masters of pork pulling.
Pulled Pork is always DELICIOUS with Collard Greens. The best collard green recipe EVER is here: Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen
The Workaholic was drooling and licking his fingers, and begging for more when I made these. They’re not as hard as people say they are, you just can’t overcook them. So don’t. But get the cookbook if you don’t already have it, add a ham hock to your shopping list, and get stirrin’.
This week is all about EASE and I think that you’ll find that this week’s shopping list is extremely inexpensive. Don’t forget to add snacks to your shopping list. I don’t know what you like to snack on. My Paleo Pigs in a Blanket recipe is a really fun snack. We are pretty simple around these parts and we munch on a lot of raw veggies dipped in Beanless Hummus or Baba Ganouj. We go through apples, bananas, and berries like they are going out of style. We buy whatever is on sale and eat them whenever we want, sometimes slathered in almond butter with shredded coconut sprinkled on top. YUM. A week is not complete without Pumpkin Pucks to munch on. SO add those ingredients to your shopping list as wanted.
I want you to remember something EXTREMELY important about this shopping list: Shop your pantry first. Obviously you aren’t going to need salt, pepper, cinnamon, and thyme every week. You might not even need onions every week. If you have 3 white onions but the recipes call for red onions? Use your white onions for Pete’s sake. The shopping list is just a guideline of every ingredient in these recipes. Cross off what you have in your home before you go to the store.
Here’s your shopping list for the week!