It’s time for the next installment of the Nom Nom Paleo Podcast!
Picture it: You finally get home after a long day at work, school, or just lying around the house, and you don’t feel like cooking dinner. I totally know where you’re coming from, because I feel the same way most days of the week. Luckily for my family, I’ve figured out how to get food on the table ASAP. In Episode 5 of our podcast, I’ll share my favorite tips and tricks to keep you well nourished—even when you’re totally unmotivated. No more falling face first into a bowl of cereal!
Show Notes & Links for Episode 5:
What We Ate:
I reveal the blend of seasonings I love to sprinkle on my daily dose of crispy fried eggs. Big-O chats with his younger brother about his love of camarones al ajillo, Mexican-style garlic shrimp. And Lil-O throws Henry under the bus by revealing one of his regular non-Paleo indulgences.
The bulk of this episode is all about desperation dinners. In other words, how do you get food on the table when you don’t want to cook? I don’t know about you, but I like to eat way more than I like to cook. Whenever someone asks me “what’s your favorite dish?” I almost always answer, “a meal someone else cooks for me.” But in all seriousness, the only way to make a Paleo lifestyle sustainable is to get off your butt and get cooking—even when you don’t want to.
Here’s what I stock in my pantry, fridge, and freezer for desperation dinners:
- Eggs — raw & hard-boiled
- Leftover roast chicken
- Canned fish — I keep a bunch of salmon and tuna tins in my pantry
- Refrigerated canned crab
- Paleo Mayonnaise — If you don’t make your own mayo, Primal Kitchen’s avocado oil mayo is a great alternative to homemade; Sir Kensington also makes a pretty good mayo
- Avocados or guacamole — I like Wholly Guacamole brand, but more often than not, I just ask Henry to whip up some homemade guacamole using his famous recipe
- Nori sheets and butter lettuce — Toasted seaweed and lettuce cups are my favorite alternative to tortillas
- Salad greens — Toss with oil and vinegar, and you’ve got an instant side dish!
- Frozen mixed vegetables
- Fresh herbs
- Spice blends
- Flavor-boosting acids — e.g. lemon, lime, assorted vinegars
Quick-Cook Dinners (15-20 minute meals):
- Sunnyside Salad with Crispy Eggs
- Easy Paleo Frittata
- Sweet Potato Hash (topped with your favorite protein)
- Garbage Stir-Fry
- Garbage Soup
No-Cook Dinners (5-10 minute meals):
- Lazy Devils (the recipe can be found in our cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans)
- Madras Chicken Salad
- Spicy Salmon Cucumber Bites
- Chilled Cream of Avocado Soup with Crab
- Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho
- Crab + Avocado Temaki
Lastly, the kiddos reveal that their desperation snacks include fresh fruit and SeaSnax seaweed snacks.
Crush of the Week:
Big-O tells us about how he likes flipping through my old school, out-of-print Quick & Easy Chinese cookbooks. Lil-O and our little buddy Matthew talk about their love of Cracklin’ Chicken—particularly when it’s doused with Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos Teriyaki Sauce.
Question of the week:
In my blog comments, Kadie asked: I would love for you to describe your greatest inspirations—are there particular people, places, or things that especially inspire your kitchen creations?
In a nutshell, my travels, my sister, and my mom are my culinary inspirations. I even admit that I’m turning into my mother. *Gasp!*
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